i did my first art collaboration!

Okay well, that's not exactly true. My best friend from middle school and I collaborated on a comic strip series called Laffu or something like that. I remember that it centred around two teen boys who were friends, and I can still picture the art... I kinda wish I still had those! 

  It all started with a colour (as usual). I knew I wanted the background of my piece to be the same colour as Frida's house in Mexico. So I found a photo in Google Images and used the eyedropper tool to sample the perfect blue.    I am not one to endorse smoking cigarettes, like AT ALL. Yuck. But the most iconic pictures that come to mind when I think of Frida, she's usually smoking!

It all started with a colour (as usual). I knew I wanted the background of my piece to be the same colour as Frida's house in Mexico. So I found a photo in Google Images and used the eyedropper tool to sample the perfect blue.

I am not one to endorse smoking cigarettes, like AT ALL. Yuck. But the most iconic pictures that come to mind when I think of Frida, she's usually smoking!

But anyway, I don't think worked with anyone on anything since then. Then I happened to notice that Instagram was holding a DM for me. You know how if someone messages you but you're not following them it sorta puts it in a place that's not exactly visible? A week prior to this @ashthedoodler had reached out to me asking if I was interested in collaborating on something. 

I checked out her profile and she didn't seem like a scammer or a bot, and I loved her work! I immediately felt MORTIFIED noticing that she had sent the message at least a week prior to this. Damn you, Instagram! 

  One of the pattern options I sent to Ash. Marigolds are featured in Kahlo's art and are known as "the flower of the dead" in Mexico.

One of the pattern options I sent to Ash. Marigolds are featured in Kahlo's art and are known as "the flower of the dead" in Mexico.

I apologized profusely and we got to chatting about what we could do together. We decided to honour a woman who inspires us deeply and paved the way for us in the art world. Before even receiving her list of awesome suggestions, Frida Kahlo came to my mind right away. When I got her list and saw Frida's name on it, I said we had to do it! 

I'm so incredibly proud of how this came out. Our art styles really work well together, and I'm so happy Ash reached out. Please go check her out on Instagram @ashthedoodler, and her Etsy shop if you're interested in a custom portrait. 

  Portrait of Frida Kahlo - a collaboration between Ash Menardo and Jess Couture

Portrait of Frida Kahlo - a collaboration between Ash Menardo and Jess Couture