From My Sketchbook – Week 12

Last week I had my bottom pretty much glued to the chair at my drafting table.   So, although I was constantly drawing, I didn’t have too many opportunities for real-life sketching.  But when I did finally venture out, I made sure to bring my sketchbook along.  The following two sketches  are the “bookends” for my sketching output for the week.

From 4/21…

ink sketch of lady walking

And from today (technically the start of a new week, but who’s counting?)…

Quick ink sketch of lady with glasses

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Going Retro…New Whimsical Marker and Ink Illustration from Joana Miranda Studio

Yes, my latest illustration just happens to have a retro vibe…

Playful polka final for blog

Not only did this illustration “flow”, but I’m happy to say that I own this EXACT outfit (and plan to wear it to a fancy schmancy New York City Ballet event soon.)  Heck, I like the outfit so much, I’m going to need lots more fun functions for it.  Dinner out anyone?

P.S. The note card version is now available in my shop at Etsy.


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Friday’s Thought – Seen and Heard

Sunny flowers

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

(Henri Matisse)

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My Favorite Things – Practicing (Drawing)

A while back I took a jewelry techniques workshop on metal forming with Charles Lewton-Brain.   Although fold forming metal was not really my thing, there was a lot that stuck with me from the workshop.  In particular, I remember Lewton-Brain not only encouraging us to experiment with various techniques, but advising us to set aside time each day to “play” at the workbench.  Since coming back from working in D.C., I’ve had some chunks of free time to do just that at my drafting table.  The goal has been to improve my sketching and drawing with pen.

As you’ll see from the photo below, I’ve been busy at it:

practice sketches

Part of the fun with pen sketching is to let the evolving sketch dictate the direction of the mood as well as the fashion.  These are sketches from my imagination, not from photos.  Along the way, some of my proportions have been way off, not to mention that I’ve put my some of figures into impossible poses.  But others, have come to life in a quite natural and exciting manner.

I’m proud of this sketch…

Summer Girl

And I also think this one has exciting potential!

Sexy Library Girl


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From My Sketchbook – Week 11

My sketches this week were crammed into the little bits of free time I had when I wasn’t practicing, rehearsing or performing in New Jersey for a concert with the Arco Ensemble.  To be honest, I was beginning to think that maybe I was losing my love for drawing.  However, when I got home last night after the concert and breathed a sigh of relief (both that the concert had gone well and that I had survived the commutes) I promptly sat down at my drafting table and starting working on new fashionista drawings.

This first sketch was a quickie; you’ll also be able to make out the outline of another sketch (not as successful) of the concertmaster of the Arco Ensemble.

Sketch of Vicky


On my way to meet my carpool yesterday morning, I sketched this figure in the subway.

girl waiting for subway

Finally, I like this sketch the best.  It was inspired by one of the models in the spring Boden catalog (my bedtime winding-down “reading” a few nights ago.)

Girl with wavy hair sketch


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Friday’s Thought – At a Glance

Yellow church and street lamps in Washington, D.C.

“Symmetry is what we see at a glance.”

(Blaise Pascal)

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My Favorite Things – The Windows and Doors of New Orleans

In addition to having a fascination with lampposts (you can see some of my lamppost posts here and here!), I also love to photograph doorways and windows.  This collection of photos was taken on my recent trip to New Orleans…and I find that each picture tells its own story.


Yellow wall with white arched doorway in Nola

orange wall and blue door in New Orleans

Window and flower boxes in New Orleans

Window grill in wall in New Orleans

Blue door with shutters in New Orleans

Old antique shop window in New Orleans

Green door with shutters in New Orleans


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