Hagia Sophia ATB
Adventure, Art, essay, Products

Postcard: Istanbul

The Hagia Sophia (Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett) I took my first big trip by myself just before my 25th birthday. It was a trip to Turkey. I was living in New York City at the time, and I had friends who were well traveled. They inspired me to get out and explore the world. I… Continue reading Postcard: Istanbul

House of the Rising Sun ATB
Art, Music

Press Play: House of the Rising Sun

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett "The House of the Rising Sun" is one of my favorite traditional folk songs. It's a dark tale of remorse, with a catchy melody. The most popular version is the one by The Animals from the '60s. My version is more stripped down. I tried to give it a haunting quality… Continue reading Press Play: House of the Rising Sun

We Will Get By Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art

We Will Get By

I hope all of you are doing well, given the circumstances. Even all the way out here in Fiji, the coronavirus has arrived. The capital city, Suva, is in lockdown, and there is a curfew. But things are good overall. It's a time of togetherness at home, creativity, reflection and, as always, gratitude. Funny story:… Continue reading We Will Get By

NYC skyline notebook
Art, design

Notebooks and Stationary with Hand-Drawn Covers

Are you writer? An artist? Someone who likes to journal? If any of the above, consider my selection of notebooks, each featuring a hand-drawn, original illustration by yours truly. They're fun to carry around as a catchall repository for thoughts, sketches, ideas, mind mapping, etc. You can buy the notebooks lined or unlined. They are… Continue reading Notebooks and Stationary with Hand-Drawn Covers

Rainy afternoon Illustration by Aileen Torres Bennett
Art, Music

Original Music: Rainy Afternoon

I created another acoustic guitar instrumental track, continuing to experiment with Audacity. Same method as my last track: I recorded a snippet of rhythm guitar, copied and pasted it into a sequence in the Audacity timeline, then recorded a solo over the rhythm.   You can listen to my last track here and watch a… Continue reading Original Music: Rainy Afternoon