One of the problems with Christmas shopping is that I find so many things I want for myself. This year I tried to be very disciplined, but one thing I just couldn’t pass up was this beautiful Barbie Wall Calendar for 2014. It features thirteen, large scale, full color Barbie illustrations by Robert Best. Personally I think Robert is one of the most talented doll designers and fashion illustrators in the world. His drawings are done in the classic Parsons School of Design style but he adds his own charming Barbie doll flare. Having worked with him in Barbie Collector I promise you it was somewhat intimidating. My fashion illustrations are cute, but Robert’s are just gorgeous.
True story: Before Robert started working at Mattel I found some of his Barbie Doll illustrations in Barbie Bazaar. I was so taken by them that I tore out the pages and pinned them to my cubicle wall for daily inspiration. Then one day he walked by and saw them there. I was kind of embarrassed, but thrilled that the artist was now one of my co-workers. Fast forward a few years and once again I have his illustrations pinned to my inspiration wall. Some things change, but I will always be enamored of Robert’s work! Here are some more shots of the beautiful fashion illustrations in the 2014 Barbie Calendar.
Whats on your inspiration wall?