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Studio Tour…

Joanna Baker Illustration Studio TourHi friends! I’m excited to reveal a glimpse into my home studio space and share how I spruced up my storage with a DIY art cart project. I’m really happy with how everything turned out and I’d love to know what you think!

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Happy 2016!!

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Helloooo in 2016! I’m excited to start the new year, “Phase 2” as I call it, of freelance life. It will officially be one year of this crazy adventure on January 16th and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings!

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Birthdays, Features, and Mentions…

birthdaycake-joanna-bakerHappy April!! This past week has been super exciting for more reasons than one and I’m so happy to be able to share it all with you. If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that a week ago today, I turned twenty-nine. That’s right, it’s the last official year of my twenties and I can’t believe I’m that much closer to thirty!! Yikes. According to my eight year old self, I should be married by now, have a house in the country and a horse in the backyard. Thankfully I can check at least one of those things off that list =) I had a moment last week where the realization of “thirty” caught me off guard. I gave it about five seconds of thought and then moved on… there’s too much to do to be worried about that one!

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I had a great birthday and was lucky enough to soak up the morning sunshine while strolling through the floral district, get a glittered mani-pedi, meet with a client downtown, try my first ever doughnut from Dough (heaven), do a little window shopping, have birthday drinks at The Winslow and devour yummy birthday cake from Milk Bar. Life’s biggest moments are so much better when shared with friends!

There is some exciting shop news to be revealed shortly but in the meantime, I wanted to share a couple of Instagram mentions… march-april-press-joanna-baker

Copic markers are my go-to for all my illustrations and last night, Copic featured my floral eiffel tower illustration on their Instagram! My collection of Copics is one of my most prized possessions so I was excited to get mentioned on their feed. It’s about time I go to the art store and stock up on my favorites!

This morning I woke up to an Instagram mention from Bergdorf Goodman… the holy grail of fashion… who featured my Christian Louboutin shoe sketch on their Instagram account. So exciting!! I visited BG on Saturday and pretty much drooled over these amazing beauties… I knew they just had to be sketched =)

All the wonderful comments and support I’ve gotten on social media over the past couple of weeks have been amazing. Sometimes it’s hard to put work out there and wonder what happens to it…does anyone see it? Does it just sort of float off into the Instagram stratosphere? You are all so kind and those encouraging comments help get me through the inevitable times of doubt. Thank you so much, dear readers, and if you’d like to catch glimpses of my works in process, be sure to follow me on Instagram! xoxo

~Joanna <3

Anna Sui Illustrated…

This past week has been both crazy busy and super exciting! I definitely needed the weekend so I could catch up on all my drawings. It feels amazing to have so many things inspiring me to sketch and I can’t wait to share them all with you…

First up… the Anna Sui show at New York Fashion Week!!

I was fortunate enough to get chosen by the Would You Rock This team to attend the Spring 2015 Anna Sui show at Lincoln Center on Wednesday! In exchange for tickets to the show, I sketched my favorite looks from the new collection…

The show was beautiful… Anna’s signature boho prints and colors were on full display and you could tell she was in her absolute element. Many of the pieces had an iridescent or lamé sheen to them and the models seemed to glow from the runway (so much so it was difficult to get photos!) It was an amazing opportunity to attend the show and I was so excited to get back to my little studio and start drawing my favorite looks! Here’s a quick Instagram clip of the final walk:

Be sure to check out my feature on the Would You Rock This Facebook page and stay tuned for more runway inspired sketches and photos from New York Fashion Week!

~Joanna <3

A Humble Moment…

It’s been over five years since I last drew in a formal class with a model. Since I graduated from Parsons, began my career in the fashion industry, and started up my illustration blog, I hadn’t had the opportunity to draw from life… er rather I hadn’t given myself the opportunity.

I stumbled upon the Would You Rock This online community a few years ago after doing some research on fashion illustration and found out that they offer live sketch sessions for fashion drawing in the city. “This is perfect!” I thought and promptly forgot about it in  the hustle and bustle that is living in New York.

Just a few weeks ago and I get an e-mail about a drawing session with renowned illustrator Renaldo Barnette and I’m nearly petrified at the thought of going. “I’ll be horrible!” “I can’t draw!” “I’ll get discouraged and never draw again!” All of these lovely little sentiments were running on an infinite loop inside my head.

At some point, I decided that I needed to go OR ELSE. I didn’t know what ELSE was, but I signed up online and paid my $30. There was no going back. Like I said, Renaldo was going to teach us. Even if the worst did come true for me, at least I would get to see Renaldo work!

After the first hour in class I realized that all of my drawing fears were realizing themselves onto my page. I tried not to judge myself too much, but as an artist, the judgment is ingrained way too deep. It wasn’t until the last few minutes of the three hour block that I started to get the hang of it. The whole class wasn’t a total wash out though, we did get to see Renaldo sketch and have a peek into his illustration portfolio!

As frustrating as it was, I know I must go back. You only get better with practice, right? Since my sketches from the session are downright frightening… click the top image to see a video of the lovely Renaldo sketching away. He is so talented and it is such an honor to watch him create! A special thanks to Brandon and the team from WYRT for hosting the event. And I love my new Copic markers! =)

~Joanna <3