Sneak Peak | Illustration

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Yet another set of illustrations I completely forgot to share!
Here is a sneak peak as well as some of the initial sketches. I drew this using pencil on paper or rather, 5 sheets of paper to make one giant workspace. I then rendered and tweaked it in photoshop. You can read about how I create my pieces in more detail in my post on My Illustration Process

I have about 6 or 7 other images in this collection which I will share with you in another post later this week. However, you can view more of my illustrations in the following posts;

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Film Noir | Fashion Film

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This fashion fix video has got to be one of my all time favourite video uploads.
I posted it as my first video of the 2016, to mark my return to YouTube after the robbery. It features a faux leather jumpsuit I made and you can check out the images in my previous post, DIY Jumpsuit. The photos came out just as I had hoped and I wanted to do something equally cool for the video. 

The idea was very simple and extremely quick to edit. I had always wanted to shoot a black and white video because they always seem so classic and seemed to match the simplicity of the concept.

The soundtrack features a song I was listening to on repeat at the time by Kelis, Machine drum remix. I knew I wouldn't get paid for this upload, as I didn't own the copyright to the song; but I didn't care because it all just worked together so well and I thought it would be worth it.

Hope you like it as much as I do! Here's the video... 

Be BOLD xx

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Night Life: Photo Shoot

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I mentioned very briefly in a previous post that it was my Birthday last month. I filled the day with lots of fun stuff, including doing a photo shoot in my living room. 
I used my assistant and friend Mirriam as a model. I did her makeup, styling and took the photos; assisted by my friend Mbali.
I was going for a moody, high contrast, strong shadow look, but I didn't have enough light and it was difficult to control the sharpness of the images in those conditions... 
In real life, we look nothing alike but because I did her makeup and dressed her in my clothes, Mirriam ended up looking like my twin! 
Most of the clothes were designed and made by me. Outfit details can be found on the images.

Hope you like!
Be BOLD! xx

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Model, Mirriam Awah
Assistant, Tembe Mbali
Photographer, Stylist, Makeup artist, BisaNation

Bold Transition

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I have made a sincere decision not to give a crap what anyone else thinks.
Being on YouTube has really helped me to desensitise myself when it comes to other people's opinion online but in the real world, there are too many people close to me that affect my mood. I get hurt or frustrated when they don't understand me or take me the wrong way.
Now I've decided that I can't give anyone that much power; No matter who it is.
I literally have to shake off negative opinions about me and focus on what I think about myself.
I am becoming increasingly aware that it's what you say to and about yourself that counts.

Be BOLD!xx

Self portraits by BisaNation

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Head In The Clouds, Reaching For The Stars

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Happy new year loves! 
I always say this but this time, I'm actually going to do what I say: I am determined to post to my blog weekly!!!!!
I think my main problem is that I always like to have really nice images for each post and sometimes that's difficult as I don't have a regular photographer to work with. It sucks but maybe that will push me to practice my own photography... 

Life has changed immensely for me over the last few months. 2016 was a year for me to grow and face some truths about myself and life in general but most of my adulting began last September. 
Like I said in my previous post There's Something About September, I always view that month as a marker for change and transition. 
It happened at the beginning of the month and I wrote down my thoughts, hoping to post it to my blog. I didn't end up doing so but here it is now? The moment I had the realisation...

-4th September 2016
Head In The Clouds, Reaching For The Stars

This morning I realised something: I am hardly ever present at the moment. It hit me almost like an epiphany!
As a child, I always had a vivid imagination. Even now, I spend most of my time day-dreaming. 
In the past, this has always served me well because everything I usually want to achieve, begins with a vision in my mind; Whether I'm creating a concept like a song, a story, a piece of art, or where I wanted to be in life. Somehow the results would always turn out exactly as I had imagined.

However, as I've grown older I've begun to feel more like a passenger, watching my life take strange turns in random directions. 
As a result, I've found my mind has been wondering further and further into the future. Resulting in a huge gap between where I am now and where I want to be- with no way of implementing a cohesive plan. Making me feel even less in control.

I've realised that it no longer benefits me to remain thinking waaayyy ahead into the future. All that does is make the present seem comparatively disappointing.
How can I expect to reach those goals, if I don't set targets according to where I am now?
It's great to dream. Achieving those dreams, however, is another ball game altogether!

I used to think the phrase 'keep your head in the clouds, with your feet firmly on the ground' was referring to humility and keeping a level head... Now I see what it really means is that while it's important to keep your dreams and imagination going, you also need your feet firmly on the ground. A plan of action, a map in order to take the correct steps to get to your destination.

Be BOLD!xx

Birthday Girl!

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It was my birthday on Tuesday 13th December. I had planned to post about it on the day, as I failed to do so last year but alas, it was not possible.
I tend to have a mini pre-life crisis just before my birthdays... I'm sure that many December babies can relate. 
That end of year self-assessment, marked by the fact you have become a year older and therefore should have more to show for it. Anyway, I got over it and managed to have one of my best birthdays. 
I promise to post photos and more details of what I did to celebrate later... I've been so ill, run down and exhausted. Thankfully, I managed to recover in time for my birthday but please bare with me as I get my mojo back!

Photography, Trevor Andre James
Artwork, BisaNation

Dress, DIY
Choker, Zara
Belt, Vintage
Shoes, Schuh

I'm Just Slayin' MakeUp Tutorial

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Hey Lovelies! 
Here's my latest makeup tutorial. It's Vampy and dramatic, whilst a little sweet.
I love it!
Scroll down for the video and list of products used.xx

List Of Products Used;

DermaColour Camouflage System, DM 20
DermaColour Camouflage System, D 14
Sleek Eyeshadow PalletteRespect (PPQ Shangri- La Collection)
MakeUp Revolution Golden Sugar Palette 1
MakeUp Academy Eye Liner Pencil, Extreme Black
L'Oreal Super Liner, Jet Black
Girl About Town Lashes, 

Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, NW45
Stila Prime Pot, Caramel
Ben Nye Colour Wheel, Mojave
La Girl Pro Conceal, Fawn
Sacha Cosmetics Setting Powder, Buttercup
Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights Contour Pro
Ben Nye Translucent Powder, Sienna
Island Beauty Pressed Powder, Super Tan

MakeUp Academy, Felt Pen Liner

Sleek Blush By 3 Palette, Pumpkin

Barry M Lip Liner Pencil, No.6
MakeUp Academy Eye Liner Pencil, Desert Sand

Illustration | Tom Ford

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Here we have yet another illustration that I forgot to share!
This time, she is wearing all Tom Ford with a Chanel bag.
I have a detailed post on my drawing process here, but this image took roughly 17 hours to complete.

Illustration by yours truly, BisaNation

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How To Mix The Perfect Shade Of Purple Lipstick

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As part of my Liptrick series on my channel, I uploaded a tutorial on how to create your own shades of purple lipstick. This technique enables you to create a shade tailored to you no matter what your skin tone.
It was a fun video to edit and I'm pretty pleased with the result. Click HERE to watch my tutorial

Black Diamond

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So here are the completed images I mentioned in my previous post. These photos I took feature a black velvet dress that I made last year. The diamante embellishments are actually a several pairs of earrings that I bought from Primark haha!

Photography & Digital Retouching, by yours truly

Dress, DIY
Choker, Vintage
Necklace, Primark
Bracelet, Femme Flirty & Fabulous
Rings, Primark

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