Tag Archives: Spring

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:
 $$$ Cargo Biker Jacket 
or Free People $$ 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:
 $$$ Cargo Biker Jacket 
or Free People $$ 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.


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.

Refreshed: A Crisp White Popover & Peach Jeans

All my life I’ve felt like a jack of all trades. I never seem to master of one thing, but “get by” at a lot of things. I think because I have too much going on in my brain, I can’t focus on any one subject for long.

Fashion illustration of a crisp white pop over and soft washed peach pastel denim with a Kate Spade pebbled leather tote

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
Chandler Pinot Noir $ Warby Parkerwhite popover BCBG (or $$ J.Crew), Luster necklace by Good Season, pastel skinny jeans $ asospatent wedges Guess Outlet (or $$ Michael Kors and $$$ Jimmy Choo), pebbled leather bag Kate Spade (or $$ Cole Haan and $$$ Marc by Marc Jacobs)

This is one of my biggest downfalls. It results in abandoned ideas and unfinished projects. But, I never want Sketchbook Closet to become that. I really love this blog.

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Casual Color: White Shirt, Dot Mini, & Pretty Pops

Lately, the weather’s been so gloomy. (I hate it.) I did a cheery fashion illustration to brighten up the day. I hope you like it!

Fashion illustration, Madewell shirt, Polka Dot mini, mint bandeau, Coach Penny Legacy Perforated

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
essential boyshirt $$ Madewell, mint bandeau TNA (or $ Urban Outfitters), jersey dot mini skirt Seoul (or $ F21), pop color sneakers Seoul (or $ Van’s), perforated Penny $$ Coach Legacy

My vacation’s nearly here. I’m so ready to go. I feel like a senior in high school and it’s the last week before summer break. Fortunately, I’ve been really busy at work and time is flying.

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I Love My: Chambray Shirtdress

Hello and Happy Monday! I’m so pleased with the (recently) warm weather I wanted to feature a fashion illustration of one of my favorite dresses.

Light summer denim chambray day dress from Madewell

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
chambray shirtdress Madewell (or $ F21 and $$ Saks)

Also – another exciting moment for Sketchbook Closet: a fun feature from Nina of Anything et Everything! If you haven’t already checked out her beautiful site, I hope you do!

VNg and I had a fun weekend; we spent time with friends and family and got fresh air.

Meanwhile, I returned about 80% of the online purchases I made last week. I’m trying to prepare for our vacation, but failing miserably.

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