And now, back to some classic Sketchbook Closet fashion illustration. (Don’t worry, Wedding Wednesday will be back soon!)
Today’s Fashion Illustration:
AllSaints $$$ Cargo Biker Jacket or Free People $$ Vegan Leather Moto
A while ago, my friend recommended posting work in progress. After much deliberation, I’m finally getting around to it. It’s fun for me to see the process of the pieces; I hope you’ll enjoy it too!
The subject I really wanted to focus on is my (not so) shiny new leather jacket. It’s a recent purchase and I just can’t wait to get it on my back again. I plan to finish this sketch with watercolor.
The pad I’m using is an Arches hot press watercolor block. I prefer hot press because it has a smooth surface (which is better for scanning.) Watercolor blocks are also easy since they dry flat without ripples or curls.
The leather of this “cargo biker” jacket is really soft and supple. It has a lot of texture, highs and lows, and definition. I tried to express that with shaky line work and a rough pencil quality.
Since this is a black jacket, a lot of the lines will get covered up by the dark paint. But, I’ll be able to pull them out with white ink (or Photoshop.) I really can’t wait to add color and see the finished product.
I hope you like this new part of Sketchbook Closet; thanks for viewing.
Lately, blogging is second to wedding planning and work. I’ve felt guilty and empty without it. After brainstorming ways to bump activity, I’ve come to today’s post. It introduces *gasp* photos to Sketchbook Closet. (Yes, I’ve contemplated this for a long time. I want to share in more than just drawing and sometimes a photo’s best.) I’m also widening the subject matter I’ll feature. I’ll still focus on clothes, but I have a lot of creative clutter in my brain and this blog was meant to be an outlet. I don’t want to limit myself. I hope you’ll enjoy what else I have to share. So without further ado: My DIY ask your Bridesmaids bag.
I’m on Pinterest, so I’d seen lots of creative ways to “pop the question” to your closest friends. When VNg asked me to marry him, this was one of the things I was most excited about.
I’ll take you through my process, step by step – With pictures!
For Him: Aesop Facial Hydrating Cream & For Her: Fabulips Set by Bliss
VNg loves when I do illustrated gift guides… I figured five days ’til V-day, why not?
Let’s start the countdown with some faves of VNg’s and mine.
I’m a huge fan of the Aesop line and I think I got this moisturizer for the first time last year as a Christmas gift. He loves it, it smells great, is light on the skin, not too oily, and keeps his face moisturized all day. It’s especially perfect in these harsh dry winters.
As for me, I absolutely love Bliss spa and products. (Also why I love W Hotels so much!)
This year for Christmas, VNg got me a gift card for Bliss and I tried out Fabulips for the first time. The treatment was a little silly. I don’t think I’d ever spend thirty real dollars for a glorified version of someone putting lip gloss on me. But, I did fall in love with the lip scrub and peppermint plumper.
This would be the perfect little gift set for any girl you want to pamper!
I’m going to try to continue the countdown throughout the week with more gift guides. Stay tuned.
And, as always, thanks for viewing. (I know it’s been ridiculously infrequent. Blame it on wedding planning!)
I hope everyone is having a fantastic Thanksgiving! This year has given me so many things to be thankful for: my gorgeous new nephew, VNg asked me to marry him, a fabulous new job, and of course the usual: my great family and friends.
One thing I’m extremely thankful for is the incredible support and encouragement I’ve received while doing Sketchbook Closet. I wanted to share how far I feel I’ve come in just a year. This blog was supposed to be a fun outlet for me – but also help me hone my skills. While things haven’t turned out exactly the way I expected (what does?) I’ve definitely seen “improvement” in my sketching ability (especially speed)! It’s exciting to be able to see the difference over the past year.
Thanks so much everyone, I wouldn’t have been able to keep on posting without everyone’s super kind words!!!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!
Kate Spade $$ Waverly Street Drew Bag (On sale for $199!)
If you follow my instagram you may have seen a page in my sketchbook with all of my handbags. I was toying around with the idea of doing a “bag gallery” of all the bags I own. Most of you thought it was a fun idea (I do too!) I’m still trying to figure out how I want to format it. But, for now – here’s an entry into the archives for that plan.
This fashion illustration is of one of my favorite handbags – My Kate Spade Waverly Street Drew satchel.
I actually got this baby on Gilt during a flash sale. Sites like Gilt get me every time (which is why I don’t shop them often.) You know how they only let you hold an item in your shopping cart for a limited amount of time? That stresses me out! Plus – competing with all the other shoppers for items as soon as the sale goes live?! No wonder this was an impulse buy!!
Fortunately, it turned out to be a great find. I love it. It’s the perfect size, has lots of cute details, and is perfect for lady-like functions such as baby showers and tea time!
Oddly enough, this is VNg’s favorite handbag. He really loves it for some reason… It’s funny to me when boys have very strong preferences to fashion.