The Sketch Book

Lauren & Sandy

Here is an illustration I just created for Lauren Snow Cosmetics. Isn’t she darling? Be sure to visit her lovely new site! Lauren offers a wide range of makeup services, I think her destination wedding services sound like the most fun! Imagine getting to fly off to a tropical destination just to make the bride and her bridesmaids look beautiful… sounds like a dream job.

Speaking of flying off to tropical destinations, that is something that no one New York will be doing today. Sandy has us on house arrest. She is bringing to light the basic fears of New Yorkers: not having access to designer exercise facilities and not having access to organic, sustainably farmed foods (that you did not have to prepare yourself)

So, not only is it windy and rainy and Soul Cycle has emailed 67 times to appologize for their abbreviated schedule but I think a lot of people are also discovering how to turn on their stoves for the first time today. Worst Monday ever!

New York is nothing without takeout/delivery food and easy access to creative new ways to exercise off all the offending calories. No one moved to NYC because of the amazing kitchen amenities offered in their apartments. We moved here to go to restaurants sometimes 4 or 5 times in one single day. We are hear to live the dream!

Well, living the dream becomes pretty low on the priority list when suggestions of how to flush your toilet with stored baggies of frozen water start circling via frantic group texts. I even heard one suggestion about kitty litter… I won’t go into detail. You can guess. Shudder.

Anyway, I trudged through the blustery streets to every lunch spot within a 10 block radius of my apt only to find them chained and dark. Defeated, I resorted to the suburban practice of cooking myself lunch. It actually turned out pretty well.

If you are in dire need of an activity to keep yourself busy today without your regularly scheduled yoga class or trip to pick up Westville for lunch here is a recipe you can make even if you previously only used your oven for shoe storage:

Carrot Soup a la my mother, Nancy Bennett:

put 4 cups of chicken stock, 4 cups of chopped carrots, 2 cups of chopped potato and 1 chopped onion in a pot.

add 1.5 tsp of cumin and a bay leaf and cook this for 20 minutes.

immersion … WAIT REMOVE THE BAY LEAF… blend the contents of the pot into soup and put it in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream, some chives and a hearty grinding of black pepper and some cayenne pepper.

And Voila! Lunch! Ina Garten has nothing on us. Stay dry friends! Pray the power stays on!

you’re invited

So, as you may have (definitely have) heard by now, I’m now working out of a new studio space in SoHo. I share the space with the lovely ladies of Goodworks PR and am absolutely in love with my new life as a person-who-doesn’t-work-from-home.

We decided it was high time to show the world our fabulous little office/tree house and try to sell you some things while we’re at it. So tonight we’re having a party, and you’re invited! We’ll be offering a sale on my new 2013 calendar and Goodworks’ client, Leighelena’s beautiful cuffs.

So if you’re a NYC-er come on by, drink wine, buy a calendar and a cuff and hang out with me!

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.

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