Tag Archives: Fall

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.

Military Parka over Oxblood

watercolor fashion illustration

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
Military Parka $$ Urban Outfitters or $$$ Current/Elliott, white boy button-down $$ Madewell, oxblood sweatshirt $ Topshopskinny black denim $ asos or $$$ JBrand, Clarks Rosepoint Booties $$ Nordstrom

Congratulations to the two winners of the giveaway. They are Claire – and – Victoria (of Oh-So Pretty)!!

Thanks to everyone for participating and offering suggestions for the future of the blog. It seems like most of you just want the hits to keep on coming. I will definitely try to continue to deliver great outfits with a mix of price points. And, I promise to focus on what to wear during these super cold days!

Some of my favorite suggestions were: more gift guides, Instagram videos and tutorials, tech accessory and soft goods round-ups, and collaborations.

I’ve been wanting to do some sort of tutorial for a while, but just haven’t been sure how to spin it. I’ll be sure to add it to the line-up. I really think having some videos on Instagram could be really cool… although I’m not sure how I would videotape and draw at the same time. (I guess VNg would have to help…)

And, I would really love to do some more collaborations. Anyone out there who is interested and has any ideas — shoot me an email – I’d love to hear about it!!

Thanks again…. and thanks for viewing! Happy Humpday!!

Fashion Sketchbook – J.Crew Fall Catalog

I pulled a couple more pages from my fashion sketchbook… this time inspired by the J.Crew fall catalog. (You might have seen a sneak peek on my Instagram last night.) Today’s post is a little more about my process and where I want to take Sketchbook Closet in the future. I hope you enjoy!

J.Crew fall fashion sketch - trend: camo

Today’s Fashion Illustration: Tombo dual brush pen and Adobe Photoshop CS6

J.Crew fall fashion sketch - trend: sporty

I’m a huge huge fan of J.Crew. So, pulling pages from their catalogs for practice is easy and fun. (I just have to be careful not to be tempted to purchase everything from the pages.)

Drawing with marker can be a little bit daunting, but I really like the focus it forces. (Plus, it’s just the sketchbook – and I think there’s a lot of merit to not keeping your sketchbook “precious.”)

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Fall ’13 NYFW Illustrated – J.Crew

So… you had to know I was going to illustrate from J.Crew’s Fall 2013 show. (Sadly) a large portion of my paycheck goes right to the J.Crew bottom line. (You’re welcome, stockholders. Wait – I don’t think J.Crew is traded otherwise I would be all over that.)

J.Crew women's Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week Looks - Fashion Illustrations

Today’s illustration:
J.Crew

J.Crew peeps are just doing everything right!! It’s so effortless and stylish. I love the bold colors, the awesome pattern mixing, and the great textures. Plus, all the accessories and soft goods are SPOT on!! The J.Crew girl is just so cool and chic; well… I just want to be her!

I know I need to be posting about my trip; Hong Kong is an awesome place. There’s gorgeous views and delicious food everywhere. I’ve been updating on Instagram and have some good ideas for some posts; so check back soon!

Hope you liked these fashion illustrations. (I’m messing around with new brushes and textures on Photoshop… you know – just having fun!)

Thanks for viewing! <3

Fall ’13 NYFW Illustrated – Kate Spade

I have a major crush on Kate Spade right now. (I’m obsessed with the accessories – bows, hearts, & more bows!) And, I can’t get enough of the Fall ’13 line. I love the retro vibe and the clean  punchy graphics. Plus, they make for great fashion illustrations!

Kate Spade Fall 2013 NYFW fashion illustrations

Today’s illustration:
Kate Spade

Freaking donut sweater!? What’s not to love??  Basically, I want all of it.

Stay tuned for more from New York Fashion Week.  <3 Thanks for viewing!