The Sketch Book

blog headers, made to order

hello! so sometimes i get so busy i forgot i did things. like this blog header for every shade of green and this header…

for Sprinkles and Style.

Aren’t they cute, yet startling in their intense and specifically detailed depictions of the blogger’s favorite things? You see, you too could have a blog header crafted to suit your every whim if you commission me!

I will honor your request to feature your name on your starbucks cup and to be sure to emphasize your dog’s monogrammed collar. I understand. These things make you the quirky blogger you are. I’m here to listen.

Anyway, I just was hunting through my files and these two ladies popped up on my screen and made me smile. I love rediscovering sketches with predominant themes of cupcakes/peonies.

once upon a runway

This is an illustration I created for my favorite boutique/second home, Urban Chic to help them celebrate their 4th annual fashion show benefiting the American Visionary Arts Museum.

The show is named “Once Upon a Runway” so they asked me to combine Shoshanna’s fall line with a theme of mythical, fairytale beauty and this is what I came up with.

Good luck to the UC girls at the fashion show next week!

halloween magic

Here is a lady who is part cheetah. As you can imagine, she’s pretty self conscious most of the year. Until halloween rolls around…

Like the cheetah woman, I too was a self conscious child. I didn’t say much. I was too busy judging. I held myself and everyone else to the unobtainable standards of my vivid imagination and therefore was pretty consistently displeased with everyone around me all the time.

Why did no one have a mermaid tail? Why couldn’t we all wear white cowboy boots year round? Why were tights worn on the legs, not on the head? Why couldn’t anyone design a backless gown for a 5 year old?

I actually invented the McKayla Maroney face about 20 years before she even tried it.

I also invented the backless childrens gown. It’s called don’t let you mom zip up your dresses. Instead tie a headband around your waist to keep them on. So Chic.

Had I not had my outlet of drawing, I think I would have combusted from my frustration with the frumpy world. Illustration is one of the ways i learned to cope with my disappointment in people’s sizes/shapes/lack-of-mermaid-tails. Well, illustration and Halloween, that is.

Halloween was the day each year that I could finally hope to shine. (don’t worry, I continued to be disappointed by everyone else. Witch costumes? Come on)

I embraced the fantasy of dressing up with unparalleled vigor. I deliberated for weeks about what “to be” and sketched elaborate costume designs which I then expected would be replicated exactly to my specifications. I even went so far as to have my mother order traditional clogs from Belgium because they were an essential component of my Halloween spent as a “dutch child”…

You know that old saying that goes something like “think of the thing you do when you’re procrastinating. that thing should be your day job” well, if someone had reminded me of my obsession with the magic held in creative costuming, they could have saved me a lot of stress when attempting to find a career path.

Fashion illustration is one big game of dress up & make believe. I’m so glad I get to bring a little bit of the magic of halloween into my grownup career.

Monday glamour

Hello! Here is a little low-backed glamour to start the week. This is a sketch I did for the National Black Arts Festival + Neiman Marcus

October at Layla Grayce

My newest illustration for the Layla Grayce blog, The Backroom! This month I explore the joys of decorating my imaginary daughter’s room. She didn’t love the pink walls but, seeing as she is a figment of my imagination, she had no choice.

Ohh… my imaginary bundle of joy… she’s such a riot.

I hope to someday have an actual daughter. I can’t wait to hear her to finally confirm my suspicions and tell me I’m crazy. I don’t think anyone gets a truly honest assessment of their life until they have a girl.

Anyway… visit the Layla Grayce blog and hear all about my choices for children’s decor!

Ps. Thought you’d like to know that every time I typed the word daughter in this post I spelled it “daugther” and I also spelled suspicions as “suspiciouns”… am I alone in thinking I may have improved upon both words??

Happy Weekend!

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