Recently I had the opportunity to do some really unique commissioned fashion illustrations. I met someone who works for a company called Arbonne and she wanted to give a special custom gift to 4 of the ladies that she works with in the company. Each of these ladies received awards for huge accomplishments they have had in their careers and she wanted to commemorate this moment in time for them. I was able to incorporate the Arbonne logo in the circle behind them, and also their awards written in script. What a treasure for these ladies to have a momento from one of the biggest moments of their careers, and, of course, in their most fabulous frocks! To order a custom fashion illustration suited to your needs, visit my shop HERE.
A little while back, my friend Lindsey asked me if I would do a little watercolor illustration of her to put on her new business cards. I have never done something like that before, but I loved the idea and think it is a great way to put a handmade touch to a business card which can often feel cold and lifeless. I love working with people because it causes me to do things that I have never done before. These new challenges help keep me on my toes and it so fun being the one to help people implement their creative ideas! If you are looking for a quick watercolor sketch to use on a business card, other printed material or anywhere else, go to my shop and place your order for one today!
This past week I was able to work on a fashion illustration of a beautiful couple. This was a commissioned piece for someone who gave this to them for their wedding shower. The person who commissioned this from me showed me some different photos that I could work from and this one grabbed my eye immediately. It was full of love and light, and I knew this was the one that I wanted to use as reference.
The sunlight peeking through the trees in the background inspired me to make the circular design behind her into a watercolor sun. I also added some watercolor grass to ground them, tie them together, and add some more color. Of course, I added touches of gold to it which is always my favorite part. I think this was such a unique and thoughtful gift to give this couple and I love that they will have a piece of art commemorating the beginning of their lives together.
To commission a custom fashion illustration, email me at email@example.com and we can start the conversation!
Scarlett O'Hara, one of the main characters in Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone with the Wind, has always been one of my favorite literary characters. Not only was Vivien Leigh an incredible talent and beauty, she was part of a film that my parents got my name from. Tara was the plantation that was Scarlett's most treasured possession and I feel a great kinship to her and the film because of this. This is one of my favorite looks she had in the movie. The feathers, the tulle, the glitz, the glam, the scarlett, I love it all.
I decided that this photo was the one I would use for reference for a painting I was going to do. First I drew Scarlett's face. I think her raised eyebrow really makes her look like Scarlett. I never thought about that before, but after I drew her I realized that this was signature to her look.
Then, I added the beautiful scarlett dress with my watercolors and built it up in layers to create the right tone.
Next I added gold behind her which really made her face pop and was a great compliment to the Scarlett color. Usually I do more in the circle behind the women I paint, but with this one, I felt that all it needed was gold. I didn't want anything to distract from the star of the show and I felt like less was more in this situation.
I added some touches of acrylic paint on her dress where it needed some darker tones and also darkened up her hair. I also gave her some red lips and added the gold bling additions which really made the piece come alive.
I'm really happy with how it turned out! This painting was created for an auction that is for a great cause! The money raised through this auction goes to the National Down Syndrome Society. Bidding is live as of today! If you want to have a chance to win this painting and support a great cause, place your bid here: https://www.501auctions.com/ndssgala2017/item/517744 . The silent auction ends at 10pm on March 30th!
These last few weeks I have done a couple of custom fashion illustrations for some California beauties. Nikia who is a style blogger at Themadmaven (@madmavenstyle on Instagram/http://madmavenstyle.com) reached out to me about doing a fashion illustration for her. She is getting married next year and had the vision of what she wants to look like on her wedding day and wanted me to draw it for her. She supplied me with her Ersa Atelier wedding gown, a photo of herself, the braids she wants, and also the hair accessory to hold her veil. I absolutely adore everything about this look!!
First I started sketching the basic lines of her on my paper. First I drew her hair without bangs, but then she caught me just in the nick of time to let me know that she just cut some beautiful fringe that she would have for her wedding. I worked a little salon magic and "cut" some bangs for her.
Then I started developing my drawing and adding shading to it.
Then I drew all of the pretty little details on her "victorian meets folk" dress with pencil.
I couldn't wait to paint her beautiful copper hair!
Then I colored her lips, and inked some mascara and other details on the illustration.
I used her hair piece as inspiration for the background and used a green to compliment the copper tones. Of course I then laid the last detail down which was some gold details. I just loved doing this piece and she was so happy to have her wedding look on paper to have for years to come!
Another custom fashion illustration I did was of Lisa of Evolution Vintage http://www.evolution-vintage.com . She has always wanted a fashion illustration of herself. She supplied me with a photo to work from and I love her unique way of styling clothes. She dresses very authentically and encourages others to do the same!
I mean, how fun are these striped socks paired with these SJP collection "Carrie" shoes?!
As I decided how to do the background behind her, I landed on using a vintage hanger as part of the design. I repeated it and formed a circle out of them and added watercolor inside of the circle.
It is really fun do do art for people in the fashion world who really appreciate these fashion illustrations and who have such an amazing sense of style! For any commissions, collaborations or questions email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week I had the wonderful privilege of capturing a lovely bride on paper. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and I love memorializing that day by capturing the beauty of the bride in all her glory.
Meagan is wearing a gorgeous Vera Wang bridal gown where the bow is competing with her to be the star of the show!
I will never forget the larger than life balloons that she and her new husband carried. They were awesome and I loved being able to incorporate them into this piece.
My favorite thing about this photo is the wind blowing the balloons and her veil all around! I love the joy in their faces and I couldn't help but smile when I worked on this piece. I am now taking orders for custom bridal fashion illustrations. Email me at email@example.com today if you are interested in having a custom illustration done of you or someone else and memorializing the best day of your life!