Saturday, August 29, 2015

Model Life Takes Shanghai Photo Contest starts today!





I’m holding a Model Life Takes Shanghai Photo Contest! Starts TODAY ends 9/2!

The fashion illustration by Jazmin Ruotolo in the Model Life series is such a fun, beautiful twist for the graphic novel world. In Model Life Takes Shanghai, I love how Zell's style is so chill and relaxed, cute but also has an edge. I love her signature black jacket, tall boots, and her slouchy tops that reveal some shoulder!

So, with signature fashion pieces in mind, I'm holding a fashion and accessories photo-contest!

Tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, a photo of your favorite clothing ensemble or accessory + share how/why it defines your style or holds a special meaning to you.

Three winners will receive signed prints of the cover of Model Life Takes Shanghai + a free downloads to Model Life Takes Shanghai from the ComicsPlus app (AND free downloads of the first episode Model Life Takes Fashion week if you don't have it). 

The top winner also receives a copy of the book Shanghai Posters: The Power of Advertising, which shares models in vintage Shanghai advertisements, which I picked up at the MET after going to the China Look the Looking Glass exhibit.

Your photo could be anything you love to wear, a pair of earrings, your favorite jacket, your favorite go-to heels, your grandmothers dainty watch, a bracelet you always wear. Tag me, and share a story about why it's a signature or special piece in your closet, memory and everyday life. You can submit more than once.


This Vivienne Tam jacket is one of my favorite items in my closet, not only because it's been fun to dress up or down from day to night (it's seen plenty of late nights and has a stain to prove it, it also had longer sleeves but some gum or gunk was attached to sleeve and had to shorten it) but mostly it will stay in my closet for years because it reminds me of my determination to strive. I bought it when I was struggling as a model and really shouldn't have spent the money on something new. But the beauty and delicate features of this jacket made me feel pretty, classy, professional and ready!

 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Model Life Takes Shanghai, episode #2 of the Model Life graphic novel digital series SOON!


Model Life Takes Shanghai will be here soon!!

September 2nd!!

Download the ComicsPlus app and follow the Model Life story on your digital device!

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Model Life Takes Shanghai shares a moment in time with Shanghai based fashion model Zell, and Razz, who just arrived in town from New York City. Their story reveals the darkness that occurs when perfection and beauty encounter revenge and betrayal.
 
Fashion illustration meets the graphic novel world in an eye-catching and dramatic style by Jazmin Ruotolo.

The fashion illustration is a fun twist to bring to the graphic novel world and my hope is this series will also bring more female readers, or those who have never read graphic novels, to the graphic novel side of storytelling and enjoy the reading experience, and want more.
 

You've met Razz and ISO before in episode 1- Model Life Takes Fashion Week, and they are carried through into this second episode, and it's all about revenge and friendship.


The story also involves photographic Shanghai --- The Bund, to the Oriental Pearl Tower, Yu Garden, Nanjing Road and more, from real photographs of my trip to Shanghai a few years ago.

Here are some sketch-to-page illustrations from Model Life Takes Shanghai and also photos from my trip.






 
 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Introducing Model Life Takes Shanghai episode 2 of Model Life graphic novel series

 
 
 
MODEL LIFE TAKES SHANGHAI!
Episode 2 of the Model Life on-going mobile series takes place in Shanghai! Zell is a rising fashion model and her face is all over Shanghai. Finding success is her only priority until NYC's longest running-muse, Razz, arrives in town. Between photo shoots Zell is on a mission to assist one of her best model-friends, ISO, seek revenge on Razz because ISO believes Razz killed her favorite NYC-based photographer before moving to Shanghai. Only Zell's promise to ISO is shaken when the mission proves that choosing to be true to your word can mean the betrayal of a new friend. Fashion illustration meets the graphic novel world with Jazmin Ruotolo’s expressive and dramatic style and Isobella Jade brings years of experience in the modeling industry to the page with some added chaos and weapons.
 
AVAILABLE at the end of August on the COMICS PLUS app!
 
Check out episode 1, Model Life Takes Fashion Week, to catch up with ISO and her beginnings with Razz.  The "pen" used in Model Life Takes Shanghai is a tool ISO first created in Model Life Takes Fashion Week.
 
 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comics-plus/id323397665?mt=8