If I could go back to any era it would be the 20s. I so love the gamine clothing, bob haircuts, cloche hats and general joie de vivre that seemed to color that period. The illustration below (a reworked version from this post) was done with my vintage Carter’s fountain pen and Copic Sketch markers…
and you can purchase it here!
But at least Josephine and Andre are enjoying their wintry wonderland…
Here’s to the land of fantasy and make-believe!
(Please visit my shop at Etsy to see the greeting card version.)
Yes, those shopping days are fast slipping away!
But the good news is that you’ve still got time to purchase a folding compact mirror from my shop at Etsy! Perfect for the fashionista in your life (or for your mother, sister, daughter or friend) these whimsical mirrors will make her day…or at least make her smile.
(P.s. Don’t wait too long. The cut off for December 25th delivery via USPS First Class mail is December 20th.)
Today, in honor of it being Thanksgiving week, I put out my first holiday decoration…an autumnal-looking candle wreath on our coffee table. I’m exercising great restraint, too, because I’ve actually been having dreams about searching every corner Christmas tree vendor for the perfect tree (can you tell I’m a New Yorker now?)
So it’s probably not surprising that when I sat down to work on an illustration, this is what emerged…
To all my friends, family and fans, I wish you a very happy and festive Thanksgiving week!
About a year ago I switched from working with watercolors and gouache to using markers and ink for my fashionista illustrations. I made the switch for several reasons; I wanted more vibrancy to my colors, and I wanted to work with a more translucent paper without having to worry about the paper buckling under the wetness of the paint.
My first attempts with markers were fairly clumsy and heavy-handed, but I feel now like I’m really growing into the medium. Today I brought back an old illustration to rework. I always liked the drawing, but knew when I originally finished it that it would need to be reworked at a later date.
Here’s the old version:
And here is the new re-worked version:
The greeting card version is now available in my shop at Etsy!
When I’m creating a new illustration and need a reference for a particular pose, I often find Google Images to be of vast help. Case in point, this week I wanted to draw Josephine in a crouching pose. Google image searches for “woman crouching” yielded many great results and lots of inspiration!
Based on studying the poses, I created a preliminary rough sketch…
However, when I imported the sketch into my photo-editing program so that I could “mirror” it to check my lines, I decided it needed an overhaul. My next version is a better drawing, yet it lost some of the playfulness of the sketch above. This is one I’ll sleep on for a while before I decide my next move!