Make your way over to the Illustrations a la Mode Etsy shoppe to catch the Spring prints sale! All prints are reduced from $19 to $14.50! If you’ve been waiting for a sign to buy this is it : )
Second illustration in the Series set- series 02. Love the great crease I got down the middle by haphazardly tossing them in my sketchbook and carrying them to the studio to scan : ) but as I mentioned in the first Series post, the added crinkleness is what I’m loving most about these prints now up at Etsy- keeping the natural grayish-tint of the drafting paper and the smudginess from the scan all lend themselves to the feeling I was going for in this set- a sense of whimsical longing or wistful nostalgia- feelings you get from a folded up photo you find in your old things or a movie ticket you saved from your first date. It may be crinkled, faded, but those imperfections remind you that this came from another time and carrying it with you takes you back there. Does this make sense, or am I crazy rambling? : )
This little doodle is Series 01, part of a muted-mood set of illustrations I began in October 2012. As pictured is exactly how the print will turn out- to preserve the energy of this set, the image’s original greyed, crinkled background of the drafting paper is left on the final print file. I thought it gives an interesting texture, while also maintaining the mood I was going for with the “Series” illustration set.
Like you know that awesome crinkled up picture in your wallet? Or a tattered, ripped-up editorial from a Vogue long past that brings back a sense of nostalgia? I wanted that feeling in this- “wistful” : )
Very happy with how this turned out- Im sad to let it go!!
If you’re interested in requesting a custom illustration like Nita, visit my Etsy shoppe!
Getting a little anxious now, the page is filling up with color!
I know some other illustrators dont post many progressions, but I love love how it looks during the watercolor process. If this was my sketch to own I would be half tempted to leave in incomplete just for the interesting quality it lends : )
2 more to go!!
Today, being my favorite day, was supposed to be dedicated to sleeping into an absurd hour, and then lounging about all day without a care save for popping in now and then to choose which flavor of coffee I wanted to push through the Keurig.
However, the neighbors decided to bust out the old chainsaw and chop down a large tree in their backyard.. at 7:00 am.
Needless to say, my planned schedule got thrown for a loop. I ended up rolling out of bed early, feeling restless.
So I sat down to re-work a custom illustration request that had gotten put on hold from a few months ago. The thing is paid for and the wonderful girl has been super patient, and today was as good as any to focus some energy into sketching out her portrait.
Here’s how it went! Im pretty happy with how it turned out- Im liking the two in layout next to eachother. But my opinion is secondary, hopefully Donna is pleased as well!
So lately I’ve been buried in a 7-figure custom illustration request. Working with Toni has been amazing from an artist’s stand point- her request pretty much started along the lines of “I’d like a custom illustration. 4 women 3 men, different complexions, wearing whatever high-fashion clothing you want to illustrate. Just include some dresses, trench coats, etc.”
Needless to say I was on board immediately.
Its so refreshing to have someone hand over creative freedom like that, and super RARE! I was able to pick out the editorials that I actually was drawn to and wanted to illustrate, which worked out great because I could quickly put together the group with figures that had strong poses and would flow well together.
I’ve had alot of fun illustrating this job- here’s the early stages of Nita’s request.
More shot of the progression will be posted soon!
Wanted to give a huge thankyou to miss Kristen! I met her via Etsy when she ordered a custom illustration of the front and back of her bridal gown, and came back again for a second round of bridal illustrations for one of her bridesmaids, now a bride to be! She was kind enough to take the time and send me a beautiful photo of the moment the bride opened her illustration at the bridal shower- just beautiful! I truly hope she enjoys it, it wasn’t hard to produce a beautiful sketch from such a fabulous bride!
I cant tell you how much it means to me! *hugs*