Happy weekend lovelies! I have some exciting news to share on the shop front. I’ve recently partnered with Casetify (a leading phone case manufacturer who prints on transparent cases so your golden iPhone can shine through!) and am now offering for the first time ever some of my favorite illustrations on cell phone cases.
It was so much fun choosing which illustrations to feature and I will definitely be adding more to my Casetify shop soon. If you have an illustration in mind that you’d love to see on a phone case, iPad cover, etc. let me know! I hope you have a fabulous Saturday and happy phone case shopping =)
P.S. – Thanks so much to the Marchesa team for featuring my illustration of their gorgeous clutch on Instagram! And a happy welcome to my new Insta followers, I can’t wait to share my journey with you!!
Last week I was in complete sketching heaven… couture week was upon us and my instafeed was overflowing with inspiration. It’s always exciting when you have so many things to draw that you can’t keep up!
Giambattista Valli was by far my favorite… the proportions, the colors, the styling… it was all just begging to be sketched!! Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad also didn’t disappoint in a plethora of sparkles and gowns fit for queens. The Valentino show was very dark but very beautiful. I wasn’t as inspired to draw any of those looks yet though… I think I’m still too much in a summer state of mind! =) A golden goddess from the Elie Saab show:
We had planned a visit to the country to see my family this past weekend but I knew I couldn’t leave my art supplies in New York. So I packed up everything and kept sketching on the go! Three sparkly looks from Zuhair Murad:
So many sparkles and so much tulle… it’s time for me to come back to reality but I just can’t get over these photos! Someday maybe Giambattista will be my everyday 😉 Have a fabulous week!
How gorgeous was Marchesa’s Resort collection? If you missed it, you can find all the looks here. I follow them on Instagram and love seeing up close garment details and inspiration behind the line! I picked my three favorite “casual sunday brunch” looks and had so much fun rendering the details… meet my Marchesa triplets!
After a short work day, I’m off to the beach to enjoy some sunshine! Hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend!!
I’m a firm believer in celebrating victories big and small when you’re working hard to pursue a dream… and this past Sunday, I reached 3,000 Instagram followers!
When I quit my full-time job back in January of this year, I had a vision of where I wanted to be, the support of my close friends and family, and about 600 sweet Instagram cheerleaders giving me that extra boost to make the leap.
Fast forward nearly 5 1/2 months later and I’m able to share my journey with some wonderful people! I love seeing the comments and making a connection through my art, it helps me to keep going, keep pushing to achieve my goals and know in my heart that if you work hard enough and believe in yourself, you can will your dreams into reality.
I hope you have a happy Wednesday and a wonderful July 1st! I’m excited to celebrate the 4th this weekend with some dear friends and hopefully plenty of watermelon! =)
Happy Friday! Hope you had a great week and have fabulous plans for the weekend! I get a lot of comments on Instagram and questions via e-mail asking what materials I use to create my drawings. So for a fun Friday post, I thought I’d share all about my favorite supplies!
First up, the most important part… Copic Sketch markers. They are definitely my favorite brand and although I have Chartpak and Prismacolor markers too, I can achieve the best blending with Copics. Unfortunately they are also the most expensive =( but I think it’s worth it. The brush side on the sketch marker almost feels like painting! If you’re going to go for the Copics, be sure to pick up a colorless blender too. It helps blend colors together and can even dilute pigment if you make a little mistake or need to soften the color. My favorite Copics for skin tones are YR000 Silk, E50 Egg Shell, E51 Milky White, E31 Brick Beige, and E35 Chamois and for the perfect pout, R29 Lipstick Red and RV29 Crimson.
The second most important… paper. I’ve tried my fair share of papers and it’s really hard to find ones that don’t bleed and feather when the markers soak in. So far the best ones I’ve found are both by Canson. My go-to paper for originals is the Canson 150lb. Illustration “FanBoy” paper. I usually work on 9 x 12 size paper and then trim it down if I need to. It’s a smooth, acid-free, heavyweight paper and is nice and substantial for original pieces. For practicing and doing rough sketches I use Canson Marker Paper. It has a special coating on it that prevents bleed-through to the other side. You can really move the ink around on this paper which can be fun for blending but can also lead to muddy looking drawings. So experiment and have fun with it!
I use colored pencils and ink to do the outlines on all my drawings. I keep going back to Prismacolor pencils because I have my favorite colors for outlining, Black, 90% Cool Grey, and 70% Cool Grey. For highlights I use a white Prismacolor pencil and if crisp white is needed, either a white gouache and tiny paint brush or even a white gel pen for details. For really dark blacks, I sometimes use black Micron pens or Copic pens on outlining but this is used very sparingly.
That’s pretty much it! I hope this helps when choosing your own art supplies. It’s fun to try new things and experiment with new techniques. Happy sketching!