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Fusion Designs Caricatures: Live Art Entertainment Experience at Paris Comic Con

Superheroes saved the day at Paris Comic Con. Angel Lopez and Kevin Cardona, founders of Fusion Designs Caricatures, and their crew Sandra Carrano, Amy Jimenez, Erick Macias, Alex Casanova, Sam Sellers, Chris Meesey and Damion Dunn flew all the way from LA to attend one of the most pop-cultured and artistic convention. They are talented artists who come from different backgrounds. Most of them worked at Universal Studios or Six Flags before conquering the world’s greatest conventions. Now they travel the world together and produce amazing caricatures and artworks.

With Angel Lopez, co-founder of Fusion Designs Caricatures

Hollywood Press Corps had the pleasure of meeting Fusion Designs at Comic Con Paris 2016. They are approchable guys with a great sens of humour. Their booth atmosphere is laid-back and friendly. Although poorly located on the mezzanine of the convention center, they didn’t go unnoticed. Armed with pastels and air paint, they were busy drawing and connecting with the public.

“Caricature me like one of your French Girls” should have been how the quote goes. Because what’s more amazing than a piece of art done by a caricaturist. Portraits on oil canvases or photoshoots are overrated; caricatures are the real deal. Cheaper, faster and funnier, they bring something more to the picture. Moreover, their talent and the quality of their works are way higher than the usual caricatures you may find in the streets.


I had the honour of getting my caricature done by Chris Meesey (aka Meesimo). Trained by Tom Richmond and Ed Steckley, he is regarded as the most talented artist by his colleagues. Illustrator, caricaturist, painter… he wears many hats. He has published several books and produced comic books (Knucklehead Comics, SWALLOW, Extremities). On his website, you can check out his amazing artworks: http://meesimo.com
He is really easy to talk to. Everyone was gathering around, admiring the prodigy at work. Seeing the result of the caricature was impressive. The way he captures one’s personality in a caricature is rare.

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Caricature by Chris Meesey

Erick Macias and I got to talk and know each other while Chris was drawing me. “The most popular demand from people is to be drawn as Harley Quinn.”, Erick told me jokingly adding that they don’t seem to care how insane of a character she was. But that’s what caricatures are about, self-deprecation. Erick produces beautiful caricatures. He is a skilled and self-taught artist and knows the value of communicating with the person he is drawing.

Dustin Brown also had his caricature done by Chris. Here is his experience:

“I had the opportunity to get a Caricature drawn by Chris at the Paris Comic Con. Chris is a talented artist that draws caricatures for Fusion Designs. The Comic Con event was winding down on the the Sunday that I attended. Fusion Designs was busy drawing some of the people in attendance. Chris chatted with me as he drew. I asked him to make me a superhero. We decided Batman would be the best choice. Chris works so fast. I couldn’t see what he was drawing. We talked about comedy writers from Saturday Night Live and Chris’ experience as a caricature artist at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The end result was just amazing. Chris is truly a master level artist. I didn’t get a chance to speak with Chris after he showed me the drawing he made as he had to start on another one. I will cherish the drawing of me as Batman with an over sized chin. I’ll always remember the 2016 Paris Comic Con and the great day I had. All the people at Fusion Designs were so nice. It was such a great experience. “

Dustin Brown and Chris Meesey

The friendliness of the artists at Fusion Designs takes away the intimidating process of getting one’s caricature done. For 10 to 20 minutes, you get to sit, talk and laugh with the caricaturist. At the end, it feels like you have to say goodbye to an old friend.

Damion Dunn’s artworks were also spectacular. He worked at Universal Studios Hollywood as a caricature artist and is now illustrating and working with Fusion Designs. His drawings of futuristic, estranged creatures are fascinating. He has is own style and brings something unique to his caricatures. On his blog http://damion009.blogspot.fr, he shares his latest pieces and his love for art. He also showed us a caricature of the crew he had done as a gift. It allow us to see the Fusion Designs crew as one big family, passionate about what they are doing.

Snapshot of the gift artwork on Damion Dunn’s phone

You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/fusion_designs/ to see their incredible artworks. And you can even email them at http://services@fusiondesigns.biz if you want to host a unique live art entertainment experience in your living room!

Laurie Le Bomin

Laurie Le Bomin

Writer and photographer based in Paris, France.

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The Night of 100 Stars – 26th Annual Awards Night Gala – The Beverly Hilton

Blanca Blanco at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Blanca Blanco at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency

 

Actress and model Blanca Blanco arrived at the Night of 100 Stars and turned everyone’s head in a stunning and unique gown by Haute Couture designer Quynh Paris. The shimmering, romantic violet gown accentuated the beauty’s curves and offered a peek-a-boo view of her legs. The movement of the dress was captivating and the material combination of tulle and organza gave volume to the dress, making it appear as though the gown was floating around her.

Actress and model Blanca Blanco in a Quynh Paris design. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Actress and model Blanca Blanco in a Quynh Paris design. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency

The complexity of the gown was perfectly offset with simple teardrop diamond earrings and an elegant, side-swiped hairstyle. Blanco made a strong yet delicate statement on the red carpet on Sunday night and fans were blown away with her style and elegance.
Quynh Paris’s handmade gown was inspired by the starlight and she spent two months creating the perfect blend of couture and avant guard fashion.

Photographer and publisher Winston Burris with actress Blanca Blanco
Photographer and publisher Winston Burris with actress Blanca Blanco

Fabby Lifestyle was wowed by the decadent couture and the fabulously bold statement the star and the designer created together on the red carpet. We will be seeing much more from both of these extremely talented ladies in the future.

Actor John Savage at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Actor John Savage at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Swiss-born Italian/Greek actress Sofia Milos. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Swiss-born Italian/Greek actress Sofia Milos. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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The Madison & Mulholland Gift Bag for the Oscars 2016

The Oscars 2016, product placement company, Madison & Mulholland featured a super-sized 20’’gift bag filled with all items for travel, beauty, fashion, and the home. Here’s a look at over 25 of the brands featured!

 The Madison & Mulholland 2016 Ultimate Nominee Bag was gifted to celebrities & VIPs at the Oscars
The Madison & Mulholland 2016 Ultimate Nominee Bag was gifted to celebrities & VIPs at the Oscars

Some of the top A-list celebrities receiving Madison & Mulholland included Amy Schumer, Angelina Jolie, Melissa McCarthy, Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Diane Lane, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Roberts, Rooney Mara, and Rachel McAdams.

Kate Hudson featured her new athletic line Fabletics including a gift card for industry goers. The inspiration behind the brand is reaching consumers that are active whether they’re running a marathon or running around town. The brand is all about offering great workout apparel at a more affordable price point.

A Red Carpet Favorite was the “Regal” vintage-inspired necklace by Madison & Mulholland, which retails for $250 perfect for a LBD or collared top!

The "Regal" Vintage necklace looks great at VIP events
The “Regal” Vintage necklace looks great at VIP events

 

Leather-maker, Laundi Vindi’s fine leather goods were also inside this years Oscars bag allowing industry goers a $500 gift card. Laundi Vindi boasts handpicked leathers known for their beauty and durability.

A gorgeous leather handbag from Laudi Vidni sure to get attention on any red carpet
A gorgeous leather handbag from Laudi Vidni sure to get attention at any VIP event

Yarnpop.com was also featured in this year’s products offering a beautiful tote to taking your knitting projects with you on the go!

Travel On featured a Cosmetic Travel Bag, Multipurpose Packing Cube, and 18’’ Wheeled carry-on. Travel On is known for their Anti-Theft bags,which are gaining notoriety in the travel industry.

Perpetual Shade Luxury Eye Masks provided travel eye masks that said “HATER BLOCKERS!” ($69)

Gig Headphones are an amazing product with a dynamic range
Gig Headphones are an amazing product with a dynamic range

Gig Headphones were another popular item in this years bag. I recently used the Gigs headphones on a flight back to New York and was amazed with the sound quality and durability.

Industry professionals were also treated to Tee Time Gold Cards valued at $5000 to be used at over seven thousand courses worldwide. Other great travel offers in this year’s bag included The Hotel Card offering $5000 in hotel bookings.

Other accessories included iPhone cases by Naw Jack, which features Corium designs along with BUCO bags featuring coin purses perfect for keys, credit cards, and of course lip gloss ($98)! Infinity headbands by Ambrosia Designs also featured a stunning rhinestone headband perfect for any age! Proceeds from all sales go to girls in foster organizations within South Florida.

Other charitable goods included Luxchilas Bags who support the women of the Wayuu Tribe of Colombia. The brand is known worldwide for their luxury “Wayuu Mochila” bag. The bright, geometrical design of Luxchilas brings life to any outfit.

RetroSpecs & Co. included their yellow Optyl frames from circa 1960-80s ($69). Retro Specs aim is to preserve the revolutionary designs of eyewear from the past.

An assortment of beauty products filled Madison & Mulholland’s Oscar bag from Sea Radiance who featured their gentle cleanser and rapid eye lift along with certificate for $100 towards lasers, botox, and fillers at Dr. Debra Jaliman’s clinic at 931 Fifth Ave, New York.

An Idaho favorite, Mirai, is a Japanese inspired product with natural healing powers (persimmon green tea extract, coconut oils, and others). The Mirai Clinical Body Care Collection included Purifying & Deodorizing Body Wash, Deodorizing Body Bar, Purifying & Deodorizing Spritzer ($94).

Mirai Clinical was honored to have its body care collection selected for inclusion at the 2-16 Ultimate Nominee Gift bag, which was given to this year’s Oscar nominees and A-List presenters
Mirai Clinical was honored to have its body care collection selected for inclusion at the 2016 Ultimate Nominee Gift bag, which was given to this year’s Oscar nominees and A-List presenters

Le Metier De Beaute gifted anti-aging complex liquid foundation, a kaleidoscope of cheek color, Amelie crimson lip color, along with liquid eye liner ($300 value). Bliss included their ever-popular Fab Girl décolleté and bust soufflé.

Other health and beauty products included Zarabee’s Naturals Honey Cough Soothers, Cough & Throat Relief, and Immune Support Vitamin Drink Mix ($8).

Other novelty items included Susan Miller founder of Astrologyzone.com who featured wall and pocket planners/calendars with art by the renowned artist Izak Zenou.

Cholocation’s ($50) and Think Thin sweetened up the gift bag with Salted Carmels infused with protein powder.

Libations in this years bag were provided by Avon Silver Tequila ($50) and Powell & Mahoney Craft Cocktail mixers ($8).

For the home, Italian Luxury designer, Pratesi featured its ascetically pleasing pillows with fun and intricate designs. Parker Wool gifted its Longwool luxurious sheepskin cushions perfect for the home office or bedroom.

With so many amazing brands to experience, Madison & Mulholland outdid themselves this Oscars season!

Liz Fraley

Liz is a freelance writer residing in Beverly Hills, California.

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Dwell on Design LA 2015

By Adrian Brooks CollinsJune 1st

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From the green conscious, no-paper, Dwell on Design LA 2015 App, to the pic perfect, life size mockup of Elan Musk’s with UCLA’s Hyperloop, this year’s Dwell convention is clearly innovation driven.  The concave OLED 4k pixel LG 32” screen is an eye-popping counterpart to their spokesmodel and design icon, Nate Berkus.  Where else would you find a folding bicycle helmet prototype and a family sized hanging indoor outdoor patio pod under one roof?  Whatever your plans make time to visit this truly exciting collection of countless building, design and decor notes in an orchestra of color, light and space.  With the construction boom, renovation and real estate valuation, there’s no greater, friendlier, and culinarily enhanced environ to explore.  The DODA 2015 App easily assists you with a virtual walk through and tour, talk and presentation scheduling so that seeing it all is doable.  The careful layout of plant laden and tastefully appointed rough, hewn repurposed wood and stone composite slabs are a workshop of possibility waiting to be bring your design dream to life.

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Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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