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Wardrobe Essential: the Leather Jacket pt. 2

Here’s the final result of my fashion sketch! It was completed with watercolor and cleaned up in Photoshop.

All Saints Spitalfields Cargo Leather biker jacket watercolor fashion illustration sketch

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
AllSaints
 $$$ Cargo Biker Jacket 
or Free People $$ Vegan Leather Moto

These days, it seems the leather moto is an on-trend must-have. The price tag can average well over $300; so I see it as something of an “investment.” For what you could end up spending, this jacket should last forever.

I’m not sure about tailoring leather, so I wanted something that looked great off the hanger. (A tall order for a short girl.)

My hunt for the perfectly proportioned piece lasted two years. (My friend, also spent a year choosing her leather love.) But, it was well worth it!

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Wardrobe Essential: the Leather Jacket pt. 1

And now, back to some classic Sketchbook Closet fashion illustration. (Don’t worry, Wedding Wednesday will be back soon!)

allsaints leather jacket fashion sketch sketchbook

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!

allsaints leather jacket fashion sketch sketchbook cargo biker

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.

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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.

Wedding Wednesday: DIY Ask Your Bridesmaids Bag

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.

DIY ask your bridesmaids gift 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.

DIY ask your bridesmaids gift bag

I’ll take you through my process, step by step – With pictures!

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V-Day Gift Guide: Skin Lovers

Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydration Cream and Bliss FabulipsFor 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!)

Thankful! My Fashion Illustration Evolution

Progress is awesome!! Thanks for all the support!!

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!