Last month, my good friend/soul sista Stephanie came down to visit. If you remember from one of my older Moment Diary videos, I visited her back in February and since then we've decided to try and visit each other when we can.
If you're not familiar with Stephanie and her work, she's a fashion illustrator based in LA. We met each other on Instagram some time in May 2014, so over 2 years ago. I instantly felt this connection with her and it made sense because I found out she's also a Pisces. Woot! Anway, we've done a couple collaborations in the past and we finally got to meet in person earlier this year.
When she came down to visit, I took her to Snooze for brunch, Communal Coffee, Sunset Cliffs, Liberty Public Market and The Fireside. I had a general idea of where to take her but I knew I just wanted to go with the flow of the day. My favorite part was definitely our time at Communal Coffee. We spent most of our time there since we finally got to do our first IRL collab together. It was kinda impromptu, but I had thought of the idea vaguely a couple days beforehand and once I told her the idea she was totally down! Here's the final video of our fun collaboration:
It was definitely my favorite collab we did together thusfar, and I'm sure Steph would agree. It was such a fun challenge and I love how we were both giving each other feedback during the whole process. And the amazing thing to me is that meshing both our styles together just WORKED SO WELL. When you view our work separately, our styles are very simple yet I feel that I'm a bit more detailed. I was excited for her to draw the characters because she has a much more flowy, whimsical style when it comes to drawing poses. I still struggle a bit with drawing people, so I felt relieved that all I had to worry about was the actual scene, lol. I do hope we get to do more of these collabs together, and hopefully we can make it a thing :)
Anyway, I'm excited for more adventures with this girl! She's such a genuine soul and I believe it shows in her illustrations. Be sure to follow her @stephaniesurtida