Monday, April 21, 2014

Inspired Weekend

I'm having a major leopard moment, which is odd since I've really never been a leopard-print-kind-of-girl, quite the opposite actually. I realize working in the fashion industry for all of my career that it should not surprise me that my taste may change or I might fall for a certain trend every now and again but this one really surprises me. I can't just seem to get enough leopard these days! Case in point, the newest notecards added to my Etsy shop and the impulse-buy slip-on sneakers I couldn't seem to take off all weekend.

1. Kate Moss leopard fashion illustration notecards with craft paper envelopes are the newest additions to my Etsy shop and this weekend I sent some out as thank you cards. (She's also available as an art print.) 

2. Joe Fresh fashion illustrations. My mom was not familiar with Joe Fresh and after popping in to check it out this weekend, she became a fan and it was a big topic of discussion. She was happy to learn I shop there already and fashion illustrations often adorn the store walls. 

3. The new Warby Parker Wilkie glasses in "graystone" are now mine! Although I mostly wear contact lenses it's amazing to finally have nice new eyewear that I don't mind wearing out and about. My old Prada frames were nearly 10 years old, so it was certainly time for an update, and I'm loving them.

4. My mom and me, walking around the city this weekend in our not so fancy footwear. My aforementioned H&M leopard print canvas slip-ons that are surprisingly very comfortable, and my mom in classic cons

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mapping Out Mr. Bazaar's American Book Tour

I'm excited to share this colorful map I illustrated for my friend Will Taylor, aka Mr. Bright Bazaar, to help him announce his first American book tour. It was wonderful to collaborate with Will on this illustration. We went for a soft watercolored look, which I created primary using Pantone Letraset and Copic brush tip markers, Faber-Castell pencils for sketching the highlights and outlining, and a Micron pen for tiny details and final touches.
I'm so proud and excited for Will, making the jump from design blogger to book author. Will's first book Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style is now available for pre-order and will be released later this month with a stateside book tour kicking off May 1st. With the help of West Elm and Jonathan Adler Will will be hosting events in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Click on over to Bright Bazaar for all the dates, signings, and party info. 

I'm thrilled to see my illustration up on Bright Bazaar, and I can't wait to see Will at his NYC events! Hope you can make it too. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Custom Bridal Illustration Wedding Gifts

Bridal Fashion Week starts tomorrow so what better time to feature some of my latest custom bridal illustrations. I'm regularly commissioned through my bridal print shop, Brooklit Bride, to draw brides by their friends and families as a custom wedding or bridal shower gifts. This past wedding season however, it was my own friends and family who were tying the knot. I was my own client, sketching up illustrations for wedding gift after wedding gift, two of which I'm featuring today. First up is my beautiful stepsister Vanessa (shown above) in a sweetheart strapless Marisa gown with floral lace overlay that trickled off as it flowed down the skirt.
Next is Jen (shown above,) a fellow FIT fashion design major and one of my closest friends from college. Jen wore a lovely Vera Wang for Davids Bridal organza gown with fern patterned embroidery of metallic and silk with a net overlay. It was such a unique pattern, I really enjoyed rendering this one. (In the original illustration all the layers of organza really popped with beautiful shadows and highlights but the scanner wasn't corroborating so the skirting isn't showing up too well in here in this image.)
This last custom bridal illustration is Marisa, and was a gift to her from her friend and coworker. The many layers of ruffles on her dropped waist gown were certainly tedious to render, but I have to admit I love the outcome of this gorgeous BHLDN gown. And so did Marisa, the bride and her coworkers Instagrammed away upon receiving the final sketch! 

If you would like your own custom bridal sketch or to give one as a gift you can check out the custom listings in my Etsy bridal print shop Brooklit Bride. Custom illustration gift certificate's are also available as well as an option to add the groom and have both the newlyweds sketched. For more about my custom process you can take a look at this older Fabulous Doodes post from a few years ago where I've shared each illustrated step-by-step

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Giveaway! Style Guide Signed by Author Lawrence Zarian and Illustrator Brooke Hagel

I'm happy to announce another book I've illustrated has been released; Lawrence Zarian's 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe, a step-by-step guide to looking and feeling your best. Lawrence is a renowned fashion/lifestyle expert, TV personality and regular contributor to "Live with Kelly and Michael," "Rachel Ray," and "Entertainment Tonight." I was first introduced to LZ about a year ago at a Vogue and NFL party and we immediately hit it off and started following each other on social media.

LZ reached out to me while working on his book, looking to incorporate fashion illustration visuals into it. In no time I was talking with his publisher and soon after sketching away. Originally I was set to draw the illustrated fashion glossary only but once I started sending in sketches the scope of project quickly grew as everyone really liked the sketches and were eager to add more. First we expanded the illustrated glossary, adding new items then a eyewear chart and eventually chapter header illustrations throughout the book including: "Thou Shall Create Your Own Star Style," and "Thou Shall Dress For Style, Not Size," both shown below.

This book was a nice change from my typical commissions, as all the sketches within it are monotone black and white, with white highlights and gray shadows for depth and dimension. I used only 3 or 4 Copic Sketch markers in shades of cool grays and black for all the shading and a Prismacolor cool gray 90% pencil and Micron pen for outlining and intricate details.
10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe came out great and its something I'm proud to add to my fashion illustration portfolio and studio book shelves. Thank you to Lawrence Zarian and the amazing team at Bird Street Books. It was wonderful collaborating with you.

Giveaway! Enter now for a chance to win Lawrence Zarian's 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe signed by both the author, Lawrence Zarian and myself. You can enter multiple times over the next five days by following along on social media, liking and even tweeting. Simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter. Giveaway ends at midnight Monday, March 31st.  The winner will be chosen and contacted on Wednesday, April 2nd. Giveaway is open to US residents only.
Good luck to all entrants and remember to enter multiple times for more chances to win!  You can also check out some of the other books I've contributed to and/or illustrated here in my Amazon shop

***The giveaway has ended and a winner has been chosen through Congratulations to Lara Bell!!! I'll be emailing you today and sending the book out soon.***

Monday, March 24, 2014

Inspired Weekend

Spring is officially here although you wouldn't know it from the frigid temps outside. But that hasn't stopped me from shopping, spring cleaning and continuing to spruce up my Brooklit Etsy shop.

1. New to the shop this weekend; witty gold embossed fashion illustration pencils. They're a chic little reminder to "stay sharp," be inspired by "sketch worthy" outfits, and create "fabulous doodles" of course. Great when you're "feeling sketchy" or to give as a little gift to the artist in your life.

2. Finally brought home this paint stroke print skirt from H&M. I've been on the hunt for this adorable Tibi knockoff skirt for weeks! #score (The coat rack I made years ago with a wood scrap from my dad and striped bone and brass Anthropologie hooks.)

3. Spring cleaning in my small studio apartment is well underway. I've donated cloths, changed up my curtains and even bought a new wooden Pottery Barn dresser partially inspired by this photo from my "home" Pinterest board.  I might even post a little studio tour here on Fabulous Doodles when its ready.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sketching the Old Navy Spring/Summer Preview

Today is officially the first day of spring so what better day to share sketches and photos from the Old Navy Spring/Summer 2014 Press Preview. I am a huge fan and major customer of Old Navy so I was thrilled to be asked to collaborate with them sketching one of their favorite spring looks for their exclusive press preview party invitation (shown above.)
In addition to sketching a girl for the invitation I also attended the event, live-sketching custom fashion illustrations of party guests alongside Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion. Being a fellow fashion illustrator, I've been familiar with Katie and her work for years, but it was actually the first time we met! (You can see us below, striking a pose with her pretty paint palette. She's inspired me to whip out the gauche and brushes.)
Party guests including editors, fashion bloggers, and even a Bravolebrity were able to take their "selfie fashion illustrations," as the Old Navy team called them, home with them as custom party gifts along with a bag of new pieces from the collection. I hope today being the first day of spring brings with it some springtime weather because I've had enough of this dreary frigid winter and can't wait to start sporting my bright new Old Navy summer pieces! 

For information and rates or to have me live-sketch at your next corporate event or party email