How To Live Sketch: Completing a Drawing in Five Minutes or Less

The one technique I get the most questions about is my live sketching. A live sketch is a quick gestural study done on site in just a few minutes.

 

 Examples of my live skeches

Examples of my live skeches

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Live sketching is very trendy in the fashion world right now, it makes up a good part of my income as an artist, and opportunities for it are everywhere. I've sketched at fashion shows, retail events, charity galas, weddings, showers, and corporate parties. It's a fantastic way to be able to work for some big industry names as well as market yourself as an artist.

With that being said, the idea of sketching so quickly for an audience can be intimidating so I'd like to share with you what my process is and how I learned my technique.

First and foremost, you have to understand that live sketching is a skill that takes A LOT of practice. I have done thousands of drawings over the years, and continue to practice regularly.

I was first introduced to the technique of quick sketches 10 years ago when I started studying Fine Art and Concept Art at an animation school. I was taking 2-3 life drawing classes a week, and one of the exercises was 1 minute gesture drawings.

With a piece of charcoal and a large pad of newsprint, the model would pose and you would have 1 minute to sketch the pose before the model would change poses. You'd do about 25 in a row, one after the other. One class would consist of maybe doing 50 -75 of these quick sketches (along with other exercises in between) so you could imagine how quickly you were working.

 Examples of some of my student gesture drawings.

Examples of some of my student gesture drawings.

About 95% of the sketches looked like a pile of scribbles, but every now and then you'd hit a gem, a piece that was dynamic and strong, where you expressed so much movement and weight with such little line work.

To learn about gesture drawing I recommend the book The Natural Way to Draw by Nicolaides. The second exercise in the first section is all about gesture drawing. It's quite an old book so the language is a bit dry, but the exercises are wonderful for developing yourself as an artist.

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If you don't have access to life drawing classes, you can also do gesture drawing in public. I used to take my sketchbook with me to coffee shops, or on public transit and sketch the people sitting around. My first year of school I filled ten 8.5”x11” sketchbooks, front to back with multiple sketches per page, all squeezed in. Most of them were absolutely terrible, but it didn't matter. Each scribbly sketch was teaching me something, and slowly but surely I began to improve.

The second exercise that influenced my live sketching was when I started at my second art school, where I was learning classical 19th century drawing and painting. The life drawing classes in this school were nearly the complete opposite to what I was doing in animation school, which in hindsight was a wonderful learning opportunity for me.

Most of the drawings were sustained poses, a model would sit for you over the course of 3 months, and you would slowly build up a very realistic representation. Despite most of my work from this period being quite polished, the beginning of any drawing always started the same. You were to conceptualize your subject and simplify it into 10-12 lines. No matter how complex it seemed, you had to find a way to break it down. These drawings were referred to as constructs.

 Examples of my construct drawings

Examples of my construct drawings

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The book I recommend for exploring this exercise further is Classical Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristides. It's an absolutely beautiful book, and is very similar to the curriculum of my school at the time. It has a great chapter on line, and the step-by-step exercises at the end show examples of the initial simplified construct drawing.

 

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So between both of those exercises, practicing them over and over again for a few years I began to develop the two essential skills needed (in my opinion) for live sketching, speed and conceptualizing.

To bring together both these exercises I'll give you a step-by-step guide on how I do my sketches now, using my iPad, Apple Pencil, and the app Procreate.

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Since I don't have a model at the moment, I'm going to demonstrate with a photograph. Working from photographs is typical with commissioned work, and can be great for practice, but working from life is still something that should be done regularily. 

 

 

 

 

Photo reference is from Leo Faria , a Brazilian fashion photographer, and one my favourite streetstyle photographers!

Step 1: An initial light sketch, simple and fluid. I use a combination of the construct drawings for simplifying, and the gesture drawings for the line movement.

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Step 2: Begin to block in colours, work quickly capturing the general shape of things. Don't worry about details.

Step 3: Finish blocking in colours. A tip for working quickly is to use the biggest brush tip possible for the space, tiny brushes waste time and make a mess. Especially if you're working in watercolour, the less brush strokes you use the better if you want to avoid it looking muddy.

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Step 4:  Add some outlines to bring dimension to the piece.  I am very selective on where I outline, as too much can flatten the drawing.  My choices of line placement at this point are intuitive, the only way to really get good at this is to practice over and over. Experiment a bit, keeping in mind things like how light falls on objects, drapery and general composition.  If you're able to work digitally you can experiment a bit with line placement by working on a separate layers and trying a few different compositions.

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Step 5: Add in a few black lines for added gesture. Use these sparingly or you will lose the dynamic quality of the piece.

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Step 6: Optional. Time provided I add in a simple background to add some colour to the piece.  Sometimes the sketch is strong enough on its own that I don't want to add a background, but it's something you can assess at the time.

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And there we have it! A chic, simple, gestural sketch. The time for this sketch was about 4 minutes.

Professionally I've been live sketching since 2014, and my style and technique continues to evolve with more and more practice. My best advice I have for live sketching is to see it as a drawing exercise rather than a piece of art. If you are too precious with your work you will freeze up.

Remember when live sketching for an audience, you are essentially giving away little pieces of your sketchbook (something I hardly ever show to anyone) so you are not going to love every piece you do. Most of them will not be perfect. In fact some of my past sketches I see make me cringe. But really, who cares?

It takes a ton of confidence to sketch this fast for an audience and have everything you produce shown. Not to mention people often looking over your shoulder watching your every move. Fortunately you are your own worst critic, so those who receive a live sketch from you are usually SO thrilled with the result that your self-doubt will lessen with each one. Just keep going!

Absolutely no artist produces a perfect drawing every single time, so let go of your ego, and sink into the process. Drawing is a skill you learn with practice, it's not a gift you are born with. I can say from experience that with time and practice I've become much less nervous and have really fallen in love with live sketching.

As you improve, play around with different mediums. Every artist has a different preference. I've worked in pencil, pen, charcoal, conte, markers, ink and even crayons. My preferred choices now are watercolour and digital (iPad Pro and Apple Pencil using the Procreate app).

Ask any questions and let me know if you have any techniques for live sketching or gesture drawing in the comments below!

 

Red Carpet: Academy Awards 2018

A little late in getting this up since it's been a busy work month! However I can never pass up an opportunity to sketch Haute Couture, so I found myself last Sunday searching through photos from the Oscars Red Carpet for anything that would catch my eye.  Happy to have found a couple of my more recently favourite designers as well as some old classics.

 

Margot Robbie - Chanel

I loved this Chanel Couture show. Seeing the dress worn outside of the show setting, it was instantly recognizable.  A beautiful example of a white gown that doesn't go too bridal.

 

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Taraji P. Henson - Vera Wang

A very flattering dress, that's both romantic and sexy.  It has a great shape and movement to it, the intricate silhouette is balanced with the simple black colour.

 

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Gal Gadot - Givenchy

Always inspired by 20's silhouettes and glittering dresses!

 

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Zendaya - Giambattista Valli

As you may know, this one of my favourite couture designers. Loved the rich brown colour, it's actually a great choice for a red carpet. In the runway show photos I found the gown looked much darker, however, here the reflected light of the red carpet gave the colour beautiful dimension.

 

 

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Samara Weaving - Schiaparelli

Another one of my favourite couture designers! (Because who doesn't love a good lobster dress?)  This colour palette was instantly recognizable to me as Schiaparelli. I love the hidden pops of colour and the modern take on a Grecian dress.

 

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Fashion Week Illustrated: PFW

Finishing up my Fashion Week Illustrated series with Paris, the city of elegant and chic fashion.  I most look forward the Chanel show here, they are my favourite to watch, the effort and attention to detail put into the overall theme makes them so immersive.

 

Alexander McQueen

I loved the natural references throughout the collection, especially the butterfly references, because it's so reminiscent of earlier McQueen collections.  I sketched a beautiful fringed dress. Really long fringe dresses like this have been showing up for a few seasons now, but I'm happy to see they're still around because the movement of them makes for great sketches.

 

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Valentino

I have been all about Valentino lately, the flow of colour throughout the collections is so beautifully done.  The oversized florals really caught my eye this season.

 

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Giambattista Valli

The designer described this collection as a mix of 70's and global references, so there was certainly a lot of options to work from.  I ended up going with a short pink floral dress because it had the romantic aesthetic that I always look for with Giambattista Valli, which is also one my favourite Haute Couture designers.

 

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Mulberry

This is actually a British brand, but they presented in Paris so they've ended up in this post.  Although the look of this was very London Fashion Week, basically over-the-top tea party.  I really liked the classic British florals in the bold colours of these dresses, plus a matching hat!

 

 

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Dries Van Noten

Not a surprise that I'd choose this one. Another designer I can depend on for a mix of inspiring prints and colours. This one had to be done in a 3 look sketch.  I don't think I've ever loved purple and yellow/green together, but my mind has been changed!

 

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Givenchy

This collection had a ton of beautiful black and white pieces that I absolutely loved the shapes of, so much so I wanted to save them for some pieces in the future.  I chose to sketch something completely different, this one incorporating a mix of textures, leather, fur contrasted with the loose flowing pant.  I also don't often choose animal print to work with, but I thought it was well done for this look.

 

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Chanel

Saving the best for last!  You can't argue that Chanel shows are some of the most creative, the latest fall themed one is no exception.  It was really difficult to narrow it down, but this one particular look felt so Chanel-chic and the beautiful mixes of texture and the colour palette was perfectly on theme.

 

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Fashion Week Illustrated: MFW

Milan Fashion Week is always the one I most look forward to. Mostly because of Dolce & Gabbana, which is my all time favourite line to sketch.  In my opinion, many Italian designers make strong statements that are still very stylish, it's like a sexy version of whimsical fashion.

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Might as well start off with my favourite! I'd sketch the whole collection if I could. I'm obsessed with the Dolce aesthetic.  It's dramatic, luxurious, and boldly feminine. If I could first own, and then have an occasion to wear a D&G gold crown, it would complete my life. Narrowing down exactly what to sketch was hard, but I opted for a red colour palette, with a ton of accessories of course.

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Fendi

Overall the silhouette was box-like for this one with a lot of strong shoulders.  The square shape was echoed in some of the pieces with prints, which I really liked, so I chose a fringed piece with a metallic diamond pattern.

 

 

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Emilio Pucci

I just love Pucci prints! That's always what draws me to sketch this designer.

 

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Etro

This collection had a beautiful earthy palette with an eclectic mix of prints. The prints were culturally very different, so together it had a great global/bohemian vibe. I think the mixing of prints was so successful because of the more subdued colours.

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Missoni

This reminded me a lot of the Etro show, take out the print variety and add in some colour. I especially liked the asymmetrical colour blocking of this piece.

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Alberta Ferreti

This was a very wearable glamour collection.  I was really drawn to the metallic plaid prints, especially the gold on the purple in this particular look. 

 

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Giorgio Armani

I absolutely loved the beautiful vibrant jewel tones in some of the pieces.  The saturation was so beautiful I decided halfway through the sketch to change to a dark background to exaggerate it. Giorgio Armani usually has some great colour combinations that I'm drawn to.

 

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That's it for Milan! Sadly I was a little disappointed in the Gucci show.  It was a popular one to sketch on social media, but for me it just didn't click.  I couldn't find anything that really caught my eye, maybe the styling was too gimmicky for my taste.  I don't often like art (fashion in this case) that uses a shock value to get your attention, it seems carelessly thought out. Comment below if you agree or disagree, or have any thoughts on the collections above. I'll be posting Paris sketches later this week.

Fashion Week Illustrated: LFW

London Fashion Week, the second in my Fashion Week Illustrated series! London can always be depended on to keep things interesting, innovative and just down right funky.  It tends to have a rebellious cool-factor compared to the other cities.  Even when fashion was trending towards minimalism, it has always been a go-to for me for some serious inspiration.

Burberry

I'm sure everyone who hears Burberry immediately thinks of the iconic plaid print and rain coats, I still do myself. But, have you ever seen a Burberry runway show?  They take the classic British style add on a level of eccentricity that is just that much better. I opted for a poncho and maxi skirt look, the bright earth-tones against the grey lavender skirt was a colour combination I had never seen but can't stop thinking about now. 

 

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Temperley London

One of my favourite collections at LFW, I loved the military-inspired jackets and jumpsuits from Temperley London this season.  Another unlikely colour combination, the gold and bright magenta badges adorning the army green fabric really caught my eye.

 

 

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Mary Katrantzou

Always an incredible source of inspiration for prints, the collection this year was called "Interior Lives" and makes a lot of creative references to various classic interior design shapes and patterns.  I especially liked this tapestry inspired piece. 

 

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Delpozo

Anyone who knows me knows that everything Delpozo is AMAZING in my mind. The designer, Josef Font, to me is a genius with shape and silhouette and colour.  There is nothing like the Delpozo aesthetic. Sketching the show backstage last year was a surreal experience, so I was excited to see a new collection. As always, it has an effortless complexity to it that is so clean and impactful. 

 

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Peter Pilotto

Psychadelic prints on silk is always a win in my opinion.  I'm keeping an eye on this designer for future collections.

 

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Erdem

What drew me to this collection was the sheer polka dot fabric used throughout.  I've been playing around with a new black and white series with this fabric, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a whole new source of reference for it from the latest Erdem collection.  I chose this look to sketch because I can never resist a good mask/veil to add in some runway drama.

 

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That's a wrap for London, but check back soon for Milan!

Fashion Week Illustrated: NYFW

I have to start off with a confession, for the first time in four years, I am not live sketching any fashion weeks this season!  I used to sketch anything I could get into and hustle for invites, but this season I just found my interests were elsewhere. I still love live sketching runway shows, but I feel an itch to diversify myself creatively and start expanding into other areas (street style, print design, packaging design etc.). Also generally I'm just busier work-wise, (which is great as a freelancer) but sadly paid work has to trump passion projects, which fashion weeks have always been for me. 

That being said, everyone needs a break from client work, so I still find myself wanting to sketch runway looks in my free time. I may not be physically there, but thankfully with social media I've got more than enough reference to work off of. Sketching from photographs is a lot different than live, mostly just because I take more time.  I take about 10-15 minutes to do these, instead of less than 5.  The extra time allows me to be more careful with the choices I make, from what looks I want to draw, to what brushes I want to use, or how I want to lay out my composition.  The lack of spontaneity and instinctual choices is made up for by a more refined process.  I still want to keep these sketches with a gestural quality and a time constraint, but I've found that the occasional switch in my process keeps me fresh and challenged.  I like to avoid getting into habits and formulas with my work if I can, nothing makes me lose motivation more than making things too automatic.  I'm a very logical thinker and I approach my art the same way, each piece is a new puzzle to think through. Thoughtfully done art is always more successful in my opinion.

So I decided to start a series of blog posts, one covering each of the 4 major fashion weeks, New York, London, Milan and Paris, and my picks for what collections I enjoyed the most, accompanied by sketches. I like to think of this as an illustrator's perspective to fashion because my taste definitely bends towards what I think makes good art primarily, fashion is second. Fashion month is about to wrap up in another week, but I'm posting the sketches from each week separately over the next couple of weeks so make sure to come back to check out the rest.

So here we have my take on New York Fashion Week:

Anna Sui

This is always a go-to pick for me. I love this designer every season, it's consistently bright and bohemian, and never goes too off brand by being trendy. I picked the final look in the show to sketch, it's very feminine, a beautiful colour palette, has a sort of metallic mint base to it. Remember when mint was everywhere a few years ago and then completely died out? I feel I haven't seen it much recently, so looks like enough time has passed (at least for me) to appreciate it again.  My favourite colour tends to be one I haven't seen in awhile (some form of art specific A.D.D.?), so at least for the 10 minutes I spent on this, I'm all about mint.

 

 

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Tory Burch

This was definitely a lot more of a wearable collection then a lot of what's coming out lately. Fashion has gone from minimal to seriously "extra", that sometimes it's the more elegant, simpler pieces that stand out to me. This look specifically stood out as an example, it's current with it's large print and fur jacket but doesn't cross the line into ugly-pretty territory. I like little variety in my subject matter, not everything needs to be a giant statement.

 

 

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Jeremy Scott

Here's where things just get over the top, which is to be expected from Jeremy Scott. But, if someone makes a sci-fi themed collection, obviously you sketch it.  

 

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Saks Pott

This whole collection is adorable! Candy colours, bright prints and feminine silhouettes, it's a playful take on classic looks. I debated sketching a few of the looks, but opted to save them for potential watercolour pieces at a later date. 

 

 

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Oscar de la Renta

I live sketched Oscar de la Renta gowns a few years ago at a trunk show, and it gave me such a heightened appreciation for the brand. They pieces are so well crafted and thought out. There were a lot of looks I could have picked out, but I opted for a pink one because apparently that's what I'm doing for all these recent sketches (see above). I suppose I haven't been mixing things up as much as I thought, but a colour coordinated Instagram feed is never a bad thing. 

 

 

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Prabal Gurung

Loved this collection as an ensemble together.  The colour palette is beautiful, especially the red and purple tones.  I wanted to sketch more than one look for this show because I felt it really worked best as a whole. Definitely one of my favourite sketches so far, the draping of the garments made for a lot of movement in the sketch.

 

 

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Bottega Veneta

Another choice based on colour, and one I couldn't sketch only one of.  Seeing as it is the Fall Collections coming out, the jewel tones, satin and velvet felt so appropriate. Also the variety in textures allowed for me to play around with a few different brushes on these ones.

 

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Rosie Assoluin

This was a particularly fun collection, the unifying factor seemed to be volume and not colour, which made for a large variety of unique pieces to pick from.  I loved the playful colours of this look though, combined with a sophisticated silhouette. This is one of my favourite of all the sketches I've done this season, also was one of the quickest, taking around 7 minutes.

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Marc Jacobs

And finally, Marc Jacobs. Which upon first glance of the collection, I thought it was awful. Way too much of a Darkwing Duck reference with the big black hats. However, while not a wearable collection in my books, when seen as a whole, I found it had a strange beauty.  The voluminous coats and solid colours made for an interesting composition when juxtaposed against each other. It made for a cool drawing that ventures off of my usual feminine aesthetic.

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Let me know in the comments if you think there's any sketch-worthy collections I missed! Stay tuned for London Fashion Week sketches next.

Red Carpet: Golden Globes 2018

Red Carpet sketching is the next best thing after sketching fashion shows. While my favourite red carpet looks are usually from the MET Gala in May, the Golden Globes this year had some beautiful pieces also with a powerful message behind them.  

Black dresses being the only colour this year to support the Time’s Up movement presents a fun creative challenge for an artist like me who usually focuses on colour first.  Not being able to rely on elements of strong colour or vibrant prints, the dresses this year had me focused more on silhouette and material.  

In an effort to try and represent the different weights of the fabric I experimented a lot with textured brushes, something I rarely do.  I sketch on my iPad with the app Procreate, and usually stick to the same 4 or 5 brushes. But, Procreate offers so many more that I've never found much use for.  Some are organic textures, some shapes with hard lines, and then just some strange things, like gemstones, which acts like a stamp, stamping crystal shaped rocks all over your canvas. A lot of them seemed very literal, until I started layering them and using them in a way that they lose their original obvious shape. To my surprise the gemstone brush ended up being really useful for one piece!  

I'm often find that limitations can produce amazing results because they force you to be more creative.  Experimenting with the brushes has also been a great asset to add to my quick sketching routine.  It's an efficient way to portray the movement of the garments and brings an experience to the viewer that a photo can't represent.  I was starting to be unhappy with a lot of my digital pieces lately because they seemed to flat and static, but now I'm excited to incorporate this new technique in to my work.  I'm so pleased with the results of these new pieces, and am hoping to find the time soon to do a lot more digital pieces!

 

 

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First choice to sketch was Kate Hudson in Valentino.  This was probably a more typical choice for me, being drawn to the pattern and contrast between the sheer and the hard lines.  I hadn't really experimented with the brushes yet for this one, relying more on the shapes and the contrast of her blonde hair against the dark black on the dress.

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Kendall Jenner in Giambattista Valli, one of my favourite designers. Also here it is! The gem stone brush. If you look closely around her foot you can probably see it, but this one was the break through in my brush choices.  The first version looked way too flat, so I flipped back to a few sketches I had done of gowns over the holidays where I was playing around with the brushes, and decided I should push even further and use something I would never normally have.  The lightness of the fabric combined with how dense it is in the feathered areas was proving challenging, but the transparency of the brush combined with the hard outline solved the problem surprisingly easy.  This one took less than half the time to execute as the first version, and I'm much more satisfied with the result.

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Alison Brie in Vasslis Zoulias. This look to me is perfect.  Classic yet modern, simple, feminine and unique still with the incorporation of the pant underneath.  Vassals Zoulias is a Greek designer who is new to me, but a quick look over at his Instagram had me following immediately, because he creates such beautiful pieces.  I also got a repost of this sketch on his account, a nice surprise and the best compliment!  Also experimenting with a textured dry brush here, I wanted it to maintain a spontaneous gestural look to it.  Also since there wasn't any sheer elements like the last two pieces, the contrast of the white background against the flat black seemed too distracting from the dress so I added in the grey to tone it down.

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Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein.  This I think is my favourite sketch of the night, I'm really happy with how the ruffled elements turned out and that there's a simplicity still to the piece.  I started following Millie on Instagram only about a month ago because I had no idea how stylish she was!  I find her wardrobe incredibly sophsiticated for a 13 year old, and yet still age appropriate. There's a bit of an androgyny to her that I love, and her styling comes across both cute and mature at the same time.  

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Zoe Kravitz in Saint Laurent.  So this one maybe I resorted back to my old ways and was instantly drawn to colour.  The emerald earring next to the red lip immediately caught my eye. Anytime you can make red and green work without going "Christmas" is so refreshing visually because it's uncommon.  It also works perfectly with the simple, elegant silhouette of the dress.  Here I didn't play with texture and opted just for a simple flat black to keep the simplicity of shape.  Again, a grey background to not distract, because that contrast of the green and red is everything!

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Finally, Jessica Biel in Dior.  The movment in the dress is what drew me to this one.  I love the classic silhouette mixed in with a bit of asymmetry.  It's another example to me of a simultaneously classic and modern gown. Similar to the Alison Brie sketch, I used a dry brush texture, but a bit more transparency with this one to keep it reading as a light fabric.  

 

Overall I'm really happy with having such success with an all black palette.  It has me looking forward to sketching Oscars looks, but also doing some new black and white pieces in watercolour to see if I can translate some of these new ideas into a different medium.

2017 Year in Review

New Year's is my favourite time of year. Which sounds strange, but I'm a little nerdy and love the idea of a party celebrating getting back to routine! December is my busiest month of the year, this year especially, my schedule was completely filled with live sketch events and commission work, I usually finish off exhausted, adrenaline filled and ready for some time off. 

However, those who know me well know that the exhaustion only lasts for a couple of days before boredom sets in quickly and I'm eager to get back to work. I'm a bit of a workaholic... but I genuinely love the feeling of creating. Nothing makes me happier than the process of my work so too much time off and I get restless. I believe the key to me feeling happy and fulfilled is constant growth.  I'm not a complacent person, I'm at my best when I have a goal and something to do.

Although, everyone needs a rest, myself included, so to keep my spirits up during this time and avoid those dark freelancer/artist thoughts that creep in telling you that you haven't accomplished enough, I wanted to reflect on how far I've come this past year.  I think gratitude for what has already come my helps me maintain a positive perspective that will help my maintain this career path long term. 

As you would always hope for your career, this past year was the biggest one yet. Working chronologically, the first big highlight was at New York Fashion Week in February and getting to sketch backstage at Delpozo.  Delpozo is absolutely one of my favourite designers. I admire  Josep Font's creativity immensely, the colour, shapes and patterns he uses are balanced so perfectly. To be able to meet him and sketch his work so closely is something I'll never forget. 

 

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Of course one of the most exciting things this year was the launch of my Jergens Limited Edition Bottle Designs.  This was something that I had been working on for over a year and was such a surreal experience to see the bottles in stores.  The commission was definitely an inspiration for me to expand my work into other directions, I'm planning on getting into pattern design in addition to my illustration work this coming year.

 

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Finally, my last huge highlight of 2017 was sketching at São Paulo Fashion Week.  I love live sketching fashion shows, but to be able to do it in Brazil, where the fashion is so colourful and bold made the experience that much better.  I'll be back in São Paulo a couple of times in 2018 so if I don't make it in time for Fashion Week again I'll definitely be on the look out for street style. 

 

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These of course are just the big moments, but 2017 also marked a lot of growth in my work.  New clients and opportunities, but also new directions for me to take my work.   I'm closing out this year with what feels like an endless supply of inspiration and ideas. The goal for 2018 is to find this time to execute them all... not a bad problem to have!  

Happy New Year!!

Jergens 100th Anniversary Bottle Designs

This summer marked the release of my collaboration with Jergens Lotion, to celebrate their 100th Anniversary! They approached me early last year with the project, and I was thrilled to take it on. This would be my first opportunity to design artwork for packaging, something I was curious to explore.  Fast forward to now, and seeing my bottles on the shelves in drug stores is incredibly exciting every time.

The idea behind these designs was to take the fluid watercolours and vibrant colour palettes of my fashion work and translate it into print.  I wanted to keep my signature style, without using figures or fashion elements, two things that are normally a huge part of my work.   

Here's the final four designs that are available in Canada

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If you haven't already, you can read my full interview about the collection here

The experience from this has sparked an interest for me to further explore pattern and print creation using my watercolour aesthetic.  I'll be spending the next few months creating my first collection of textile prints so stay tuned!

SPFW N°44

Last month I had the amazing opportunity to live sketch at São Paulo Fashion Week. It was a lucky coincidence while planning a personal trip to Brazil that it was happening while I was there, so I knew I had to make the effort to at least get one day to sketch!

São Paulo Fashion Week is considered the fifth largest fashion week in the world, after New York, London, Milan and Paris.  I've just begun exploring the Brazilian fashion industry and the local designers there, but so far it has proven to be a perfect source of inspiration for me. I find the design to be full of colour, print and femininity. I've never been a huge fan of androgenous or minimalistic trends so you can imagine my excitement in discovering this Brazilian aesthetic.

I attended three shows; ViX Paula Hermanny, Lilly Sarti, and Fabiana Milazzo.  Click the images to open my SPFW sketches gallery.

ViX Paula Hermanny was my first show, also my first time sketching swimwear, which felt very appropriate for my Brazilian experience.  I enjoyed swim more then I expected, it gives a feeling for how the pieces work with the body. There was a certain dynamic quality to the presentation that I don't get from other shows. There's also great contrast between the fitted swimsuit and the lightness of the coverups, the movement was mesmerizing.  Here's the sketches from the show;

 

My next show was Lilly Sarti, a sportswear brand.  The show had a casual, relaxed, 70's vibe, but still chic.  They used a great orange in a few pieces of the collection, a sort of yellow-mustard-orange that I was able to capture in one of my sketches. 

My final show was Fabiana Milazzo, a perfect way to end. I was excited to attend this show, having seen some of pieces from the designer in their showroom when picking up my tickets the week before. Everything was light and feminine, with lots of beading and sequin, in gold, blush and blues. It all had an ethereal quality and was basically my dream wardrobe. The show did not disappoint, lots of embellishment and a gorgeous colour palette!

Of course I had to sketch my favourite part of SPFW, the street style. My love for sketching street style has developed over the past year.  There's an individuality and character to street style that I find makes such an interesting subject.  Bold, saturated colours where very popular at SPFW so naturally I jumped on sketching the trend.  I love this collection of sketches the most, I feel like it really captured the feeling of São Paulo Fashion Week.

 

Click here to open the gallery of the images!

Stephanie

New Blog

I'm starting a blog as a new way to share with all of you more about me as an artist and what I do behind the scenes of my job. 

As a fairly introverted person I've been reluctant for a long time to start one, worried I wouldn't be able to keep up with the content or be comfortable putting myself out there. Social media in general has always been a laborious task to me, some people seem to take to it so naturally, but I can't get past the anxiety of exposing myself for an audience. That being said, I do love finding other like-minded individuals who share the same passions I do, and having followers who admire and support your work is wonderful and essential for when things have you feeling down.  

I can't ever describe how much my work means to me, and how much I love my job. It is a dream come true and is constantly giving me new goals to strive for. I find inspiration and motivation plentiful and hope to share that enthusiasm and passion with all of you through this blog!

Enjoy!

Stephanie

 

 

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