The self-taught artist, J.D. Hillberry, has been a professional artist for almost 20 years. Over this time, he has become the most respected and well known artist in his field. His charcoal and pencil drawings are praised for being life-like and his style interests viewers because it plays with their perception of reality and tells a story. His book, Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil, has sold over 50,000 copies to date and it is now considered a classic drawing instruction book that is used by student all over the world. However, although Hillberry always enjoyed art when he was younger, he never thought he was going to be an artist.

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Whether being judged by Simon Cowell or Jennifer Lopez, the hit singing competition American Idol has always produced incredibly successful artists for all types of genres. We all know and love Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Daughtry, but considering the fact that everyone can’t win the title of “Idol” some equally talented individuals are bound to slip through the cracks.

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“Sophisticated design for the modern woman” is the way the Italian shoe designer label, Via Spiga,  is described on its official Facebook page, but what it should say is “put some sass in your step.” Because, the Via Spiga shoe designs are some of the most lively and colorful ones around today. Their shoes combine elegant classic shapes like the stiletto heel or the wedge with modern detailing like ropes, cutouts, and buckles that give their designs a unique twist. They are metallic when everything else is matte and they are bringing luxury back one step at a time.

The Via Spiga label was established back in 1985 and it got its name from the main street in one of the most famous shopping districts in Milan. The Via Spiga ”Heritage” page on the company’s website says, “Italian design, luxurious materials and beautiful detailing maintain Via Spiga’s rich heritage…” and I personally have to agree with them. Their designs are beautiful, wearable, and most importantly unique. I can’t tell you how many pairs of matte flats I’ve seen lately and I’m over it. By the looks of things, so is Via Spiga.

 

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