adding to my stockpile of black and whites on watercolor paper waiting for color : ) hopefully that “nirvana week” of solid painting will be in the new studio space! ^.^

Savage Beauty

Fell in love with this editorial photograph while lurking, as always, on my Pinterest. This is just the pencil version- Im going to take her to the watercolor block in due time. Not sure who the original photographed awesomeness of metal fashion accessories are designed by, but the mood and energy of it reminded me of McQueen- thus how I came by the title : )

Hope you enjoy!

❤ C

Alexander McQueen: The Shoes – Revisited! (epic procrastination anniversary month)

Alexander McQueen: The Shoes – Revisited! (epic procrastination anniversary month)

So, while this is still quite a small modest blog in the ways of daily hits, followers and whatnot, I haven’t failed to realize that almost monthly since my blog/illustration shoppe open about two years ago one of the top-viewed … Continue reading

Saturday Portraiture

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!

New illustrations to post!

I will be posting new illustrations later this evening or tomorrow for a commissioned request completed for Lisa! Very pleased with how these turned out! If you can’t wait for the post, check them out over at the Illustrations Facebook Fan page:
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Custom Illustration: Bridal!

Over the turkey-holiday, I was commissioned (via wonderful Etsy) to begin this beautiful wedding dress illustration! Like me, she’s been inspired by all the royal wedding hype across the pond :3 Both of these are the designer photos of course, but the bride herself had the most beautiful wedding! From the photos provided, Im guessing they held their event at a wine-country vineyard location- so romantic and wonderful! She had lots of amazing photos to work with, and makes my job so much easier by having chose the perfect dress for herself! She requested the front and back be illustrated, as well as her scalloped-edged cathedral-length veil. The illustration will be completely black and white, leaving the drama and focous on the dress itself! She had a wonderful vision to work from, Im so excited to begin this : )

Thanks again Kristen!

Sale Sale Sale!

… Well, a secret sale!

We just bought our 20lb turkey (dubbed Francis) for Turkey Day next week!
This reminded me, holiday shopping is getting into high gear. I imagine one cold dark morning, stuffed full of turkey, when my sister drug me around my first Black Friday… *shudders*
In light of everyone’s budget, and to save you some pain of trudging around the shops, Illustrations à la mode will be offering a 10% discount for the next week, now until Black Friday!
Enter TURKEYFRIDAY10 to receive your discount!

Happy Holidays!
❤ Chels

A new home

A sale makes Chelsea feel quite honored : )
Huge thanks to my etsy buyer! I hope you love Edgy Elegance as much as I do!


Corset Design- Valentino Inspiration

Dug out another from the back of my portfolio- this is a sketch for a corset I designed and sewed for a draping II class. We needed to draw inspiration from the great Valentino, possibly taking from his use of pastels, florals, lace, etc : )