Mikey Espinosa x Mel Grecia Quimpo fashion show 2017

Earlier this year, I collaborated with Mel Grecia Quimpo; a fashion designer from Aklan, Philippines.IMG_2734The theme was East asian beauty. What I loved about the catwalk is that there were a range of skin tones. I wanted to keep the designs simple and symbolic so I added flowers and animals.IMG_2771Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 20.37.52Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 20.48.19Here are images of the models wearing the dresses designed by Mel Grecia Quimpo and designs painted on by myself!IMG_3628IMG_3666IMG_3667This bomber jacket was worn by a male model.SKIRT Mikey Espinosa - Rommel painting (Feb 2017) 11

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Mikey Espinosa – The sea and sky of Tangalan

I knew two people who were in love and who were separated by the sea, so they wanted to remember that feeling. As a gift I recreated the image I saw when I was with them on their last evening together. They watched over the sea on the Tangalan beach, Panay Island in the Philippines.Mikey Espinosa x Beryl and Ray sea 2017.01 raw 1I wanted to create a very romantic sky so I gave it a peach hue as if it was sunrise or sunset, showing that although this romance is a new beginning, it will soon end because they will soon have to part ways.Mikey Espinosa x Beryl and Ray sea 2017.01 raw 3Mikey Espinosa x Beryl and Ray sea 2017.01

MIKEY ESPINOSA – RACHELLE ANN GO AS FANTINE (LES MISERABLES)

Last year, I had gone to see Les Miserables in the theatre in Londons West End. Rachelle Ann Go had just finished her role as Gigi in Miss Saigon and with such a powerful and emotional voice I wanted to hear her sing “I dreamed a dream.” As usual, I was blown away and I just had to draw her as Fantine.

Mikey Espinosa - I dreamed a dream - Rachelle Aug2016 raw 1Mikey Espinosa - I dreamed a dream - Rachelle Aug2016 raw 2I wanted to show the two sides of Fantine,Β  before and after she was struck by hard times and her sacrifice. I did this by ripping pieces of paper and sticking it onto the base of her drawing to show how she became a victim of exploitation.Β Mikey Espinosa - I dreamed a dream - Rachelle Aug2016 raw 3She did an amazing job as Gigi and Fantine and I’m happy to hear that she is coming back to London to be in Hamilton!13781884_10154112619246998_4492931696892787224_n

MIKEY ESPINOSA – BLUE SKIES AND BLOSSOM TREES

I worked on this painting for a lady who once worked in Washington as a nurse and was taken back by the cherry blossoms that were there. For once she took the time to stand back and pause to appreciate something and she wanted that to be recreated in a painting.

I imagined her looking up and noticing the blue skies and how it compliments the cherry blossoms to create light hues reaching towards the sky. I wanted to create awe and grandeur to the viewer as the branches spread across the sky.

Mikey Espinosa - Cherry Blossom 18.10.2016 raw 5

MIKEY ESPINOSA – FOOD GODDESSES

During my stay in the Philippines, I was asked to do paintings for a restaurant that serves an array of foods; known for their smoothies, pizzas, enchiladas and pastas. I decided to paint four women eating their best selling foods. Their restaurant is situated in Kalibo and is known as Dorings! But here are the paintings I did!Mikey Espinosa x Dorings cafe - Four muses 10.2016 - Beauty spaghettiMikey Espinosa x Dorings cafe - Four muses 10.2016 Beauty PizzaMikey Espinosa x Dorings cafe - Four muses 10.2016 Beauty QuesadillaMikey Espinosa x Dorings cafe - Four muses 10.2016 Beauty shake

Mikey Espinosa – My Little Pony – Pinkie Pie painting

I have a little friend that loves My Little Pony, I would call myself a fan of MLP so I had such fun painting this piece for my friend!

Painting her body first, and the sky around her. I did this because Pinkie Pie is famed for her curly locks and I wanted to have the freedom of painting her curls wherever I wanted to.

Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony - Pinkie Pie (Feb 2017)Of course Pinkie Pie is known for her energetic behaviour and love for foods and parties and I wanted to include this Β feeling in the painting with sparkles, cookies and a picnic mat! Wouldn’t you want to eat with her!

Mikey Espinosa – Golden sunsets

I painted these three pieces for someone in Philippines who wanted to be reminded of the fields in the countryside of the UK. Yellow ochre was my main base to create this image.

The sky was first, I used white to help create a gradient for the sky and the extra white to add clouds .Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 - Tita Carol raw 2Once the clouds and sky was finished, I added the flora using yellow paint so that the green would not look disconnected from the hues of the sky.

The finished pieces include a small house, a fence and tulips to add focal points.Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 3Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 2Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 1

MIKEY ESPINOSA – FRUIT EATING FILIPINA

Mikey Espinosa - Hungry Mestiza 15.09.2016 4A painting I did inspired by my time in Philippines during August. I painted her in a traditional Maria Clara dress eating traditional Filipino fruits like Rambutan, Papaya and Lanzones.Mikey Espinosa - Hungry Mestiza 15.09.2016 5Mikey Espinosa - Hungry Mestiza 15.09.2016I wanted to paint a sunset because being raised in a city with tall buildings you rarely see the horizon so sunsets really emphasised the horizon to me and how vast land can be.