Illustrations . Portraits . Cartoons . and More
Holly Starlight is an American artist living in Japan. She has been drawing cartoons ever since she can remember, starting with superheroes like the Powerpuff Girls and Sailor Moon. She fell in love with drawing portraits in elementary school when she first drew her favorite pop singer Adam Lambert. Since then, she has drawn portraits of other beloved musicians such as Kate Bush, Mark Hollis (of Talk Talk), KISS, and more. She also enjoys pinup art as well as all things retro. Her most frequently used drawing mediums are colored pencil, graphite, and digital.
Outside of drawing for a hobby, Holly Starlight has also drawn customer commissions such as family portraits, pets, and graphic designs (logos, web, print, etc). She is currently utilizing her art in her career with digital marketing, design, video production, and more.
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💎Lady Gaga Project 💎
“Lady Gaga, 2019 Oscars” Illustration by Holly Starlight.
I drew Lady Gaga with graphite pencils with her iconic 2019 Oscars look, styled with the Tiffany & Co. 128.54 carat Tiffany Diamond which has been worn by four women during its lifetime, including Audrey Hepburn, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. It’s valued over $30 million! I recreated the necklace and earrings with 3D glass jewels and framed the portrait in a box frame, lined with Hollywood movie sign-style twinkle lights. The lights operate by battery and has switches on the back of the frame. I’d greatly appreciate your support as this is my most favorite piece I’ve ever made. 🥺❤️
🌈 Lady Gaga is one of my biggest inspirations and I love all that she stands for. “Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded.” Comment down below what you love about Lady Gaga and your favorite song of hers. 🥰
Click play to watch me draw Lady Gaga. I worked on the portrait off and on from October 2021 to March 2022. I spent about one month going from store to store in Japan finding the perfect jewels to attach. I also purchased the box frame from a local art store. I've been enjoying sourcing my art supplies locally to support smaller shops. It's a great way to get to know the art community, and I've made amazing memories speaking with all kinds of people through the process.
This video features the jewelry arrangement and attachment process. I mapped out the jewels, placed and arranged them to ensure the right size, and then attached them with super glue. I lined the inside of the frame with battery-operated string lights. Four light switches are tapped to the back.