Last week I live-sketched custom fashion illustrations at a private party for Vogue and La Mer at Bloomingdales Manhattan flagship. I've admired and occasionally indulged in La Mer products for years so needless to say I was thrilled when my friends at Vogue asked if I was available for this intimate event. La Mer Executive Director Clyde Johnson (shown above with his custom illustration) and Vogue Market Stylist Cara Crowley hosted the party which included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, an array of La Mer products and my custom fashion illustrations of all the gorgeous guests as personal gifts for each of them to bring home. It was another fun Vogue event and I hope you enjoyed this little sampling of photos and sketches from it.
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Custom fashion illustrations as Valentines were my month long project last month commissioned by Sunglass Hut and Ray-Ban and today I'm sharing a few of my favorites. Sunglass Hut gifted fashion bloggers and style influencers with frames from their newest collection then asked each recipient to strike a pose giving a kiss-face. The photos were sent to me and I sketched them up into custom illustrations that they framed and mailed to each influencer. The first illustration was of their spokesmodel, Georgia May Jagger (sketch shown above as well as styled in my studio in a sneak-peek photo I instagrammed a few weeks ago also shown at the bottom of this post.) Her wavy blond hair, bright fuchsia lips and round tortoise frames made ideal sketch inspiration.
Drawing while taking inspiration from fashion bloggers is always great, as they have such unique looks and are always so well styled and perfectly posed. And when working on a project like this, I'm often introduced to new ones to follow like the women sketched above: Urban Bush BabesTakenya and Cipriano Quann, Nicole Alyse and Jessi Afshin, The Darling Detail.
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Hollywoods biggest night of red-carpet fashion was this Sunday, the 2015 Oscars and of course I had sketch my favorites as I watched! I started drawing full-scale more traditional "polished" fashion illustrations, as I've done in the past, but as the show progressed I decided I liked these smaller "quickie" sketches and chose to share a this grouping of my top picks. Immediately upon posting them on instagram during the broadcast I got likes and comments from a Vogue editor, top celebrity stylist, and an E! News fashion correspondent, which obviously made me feel good about my decision. Its pretty incredible the power of Instagram and the ability to instantly share work and get feedback in the moment.
Illustrated above above: Reese Witherspoon looking classic and chic in Tom Ford, Gwyneth Paltrow in the perfect pale pink (again) by Ralph and Russo, Jennifer Lopez was a golden goddess in Ellie Saab and Kerry Washington looked beautiful in white in her go-to designer, Miu Miu.
I wish there were more epic red-carpet events like this, because I truly love illustrating a red-carpet moment. Its fashion at its finest which is truly ideal fashion illustration inspiration, for this fashion illustrator at least!
I'm so excited to announce that starting this week my fashion illustrations are available on phone cases via Casetify within their Artist Collections. Through my Brooklit gallery you can choose not only which sketch is your favorite but they also offer nearly 30 phone models to choose from ranging from iPhones to Samsungs and even LGs. You can pick the basic snap-on case or go with something a little more special like the new metaluxe cases in rose gold or silver. (I personally love the metaluxe and ordered the rose gold "Croqui Collection" design.) As if I couldn't be more excited about this collaboration, they also ship free worldwide! So now all my friends in the United Kingdom, France and Australia and beyond can have one. Lastly I know I'm sounding like a infomercial here but I have an incentive to share, when you join and place an order through this link you will receive $10 off!!!
For months while on my Vogue/Clinique Sketch Tour I was sharing on photos of my custom phone cases (via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) there were so many inquiries and I felt terrible that the only way to get one was to come the actual events. One of the reasons I was so excited to be asked to join the Casetify Artist Collections was because now anyone, anywhere can have a phone case from me! I've even included the same three designs from the Vogue/Clinique tour in my Casetify gallery; Margo, Kiss Kiss and Leopard Heels.
I hope you like illustrations I've chosen to kick off my Casetify collection, shown above are just a few so be sure and head over to the gallery to see the full collection. If you order I do hope you'll share a photo as I'd love to see them! And don't forget to use my referral link/code txce7h for $10 off.
My sketching tour with Vogue and Clinique was without a doubt the highlight of last year and although I posted the invitations, and shared along on Instagram, I never recapped the tour here on Fabulous Doodles. As many do at the start of a new year I've been reflecting and setting new goals, and thinking about what I'd like to focus on in the new year. In doing so I looked back to see what my highlights were. Today I'm starting a "Throwback Thursday" series and looking back on some of my past projects and events that I either want to highlight again, like this Vogue Clinique tour, and some that I have yet to share at all. On this tour throughout the summer and fall I visited five cities, appeared at nine events and live sketched countless custom illustrations of pretty party guests.
These live-sketching events were promoting Clinique's new Smart Serum, so in addition to creating custom fashion illustrations of guests we also printed them onto "smart" phone covers. I pre-designed some that were included with bonus gifts as well created custom ones for each guest. We were trying something new and it was a hit! At the start of the tour I was only signed on to do four events but after the first the Clinique team was thrilled and more cities kept being added, eventually making it 9 stops! Before I knew it I was city hopping across the country from New York, to San Francisco, Santa Clara, Miami, back to New York, To Chicago and Seattle! Sketching at events within Nordstroms, Macy's, Bloomingdales and Lord and Taylor.
Jet setting aside it was so heartwarming meeting Fabulous Doodles readers from around the country and seeing how excited people were to both meet me and have their own custom sketch. Everyone from fans of fashion illustration, to aspiring artists, to fashion bloggers and fashion design students came out. I compiled a little slideshow here to feature a few:
Going on a sketching tour for two powerhouse brands like Vogue and Clinique, and traveling the country with a Vogue Stylist was certainly a career highlight! Hopefully there will be more big events and partnerships to come, but in the mean time I'll be looking back at this post and happily remembering all the people and places I met last year.
Earlier this week I had an incredible front row spot at Ella Henderson's US Album Release Party for her first album Chapter One and now I can't seem to stop sketching her! My British bestie Will Taylor introduced me to Ella's music about a year ago and her first single Ghost quickly became one my top songs of last year and pretty much my anthem of the last 6+ months. (So much so, I made it the soundtrack to my little 2014 year-end insta-video.)
It was surreal going with Will, one of my best friends, to this event and getting to be a part of Ella's US album release. We sang along, danced, sipped champagne and laughed the night away. It was the kind of unforgettable night that doesn't come around too often and when that happens I'm always eager to capture it. I also have to say that Ella looked fantastic and you know I love a jumpsuit! Remember this sketch of Vogue stylist Kelen, whom I toured the US with sketching for Vogue and Clinique?
If you haven't yet I highly recommend checking out Ella Henderson. Ghost and Beautifully Unfinished are my two favorites but the whole Chapter One album is great! I'm so excited she's finally here in the states and looking forward to seeing her career soar.