She's a Sketch: Photographer Illustration



Recently I found inspiration at a party I attended with my friend Lindsay for La Maison du Chocolat. Lindsay was running a little late and I decided to people watch outside as I waited for her. I stood to the side as the event photographer snapped photos of guests arriving and posing on the step-and-repeat, all the while admiring her look. From her Tibi-esque ensemble to her on-trend laced up summer sandals and sophisticated but simple pulled back hair, pretty makeup, and sweet smile, she was a walking sketch! At least to this fashion illustrator.
Once Lindsey arrived and it was our turn to be photographed I introduced myself to the photographer, Kelly Taub, and asked if she would mind pausing a minute to pose for me. I explained I was a fashion illustrator, loved her look and was eager to put it to paper. The very next day as I worked on the illustration I was so excited about it I decided to share the work-in-progress via Instagram. I posted a close up of the initial pencil line drawing and a sneak peek while applying finishing touches. Now I'm happy to share the full illustration, and Kelly can officially say: "she's a sketch!"

"She's a sketch" is something I used to write about here years ago when I first started Fabulous Doodles. It's a phrase/title that my friend and designer Renaldo Barnette and I always say to one another when we spot a girl with either an impeccable fashion sense and sketch-worthy ensemble and/or exquisite fashion illustration proportions or facial features. I haven't done one in ages but I hope you enjoy it! When inspiration strikes you have to go with it, and I'm so happy I did.

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Gift Custom Family Illustrations | Brooke Hagel & IfOnly



I'm so excited to announce that for the next few weeks I've teamed up with IfOnly to offer custom family illustrations just in time for Fathers Day. IfOnly is an emporium where connoisseurs shop for one of a kind, extraordinary experiences and gifts for good with hundred of top luminaries. A portion of every gift benefits a charitable cause! I've chosen Hilarity for Charity, a charity near and dear to my family that was founded by my cousins Seth & Lauren Rogen. They're leading a movement to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimers disease among the millennial generation.
These custom sketches are available within just days for a limited time, leading up to Father's Day via IfOnly. You simply place your order on IfOnly then send their incredible concierge team your photos and any art direction you want me to have and within a few days your custom illustration is drawn and in the mail. I'm sketching every family member, from dad alone with his fishing pole to whole families, to vintage inspired wedding illustrations from your parents or grandparents wedding (check out my stylish parents circa 1973 atop this post!), and even the family dog!
I've already been filling orders and sketching away for about a week now and I'm really loving the outcome so leading up to Father's Day I've decided to share sneak peeks at some of the commissions over my Instagram feed. Sketches in progress include a dad preforming alongside Snoop Dog, a young NYC family of three, more precious pups and a even a grandpa!

I'm really excited about this collaboration with IfOnly and hope in addition to giving dads custom keepsakes I can also help to raise a little money for a great cause. You can check out all my IfOnly custom illustration offerings here and visit Hilarity for Charity to learn more about my funny family making a difference in the fight against Alzheimers.

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Book Signing | Chloe by Design Balancing Act



For the second consecutive year I'm heading to Book Expo America for a book signing of my latest illustrated book in the Chloe by Design series, Balancing Act. Free advance copies of the book will be given out and I along with author Margaret Gurevich, will be meeting, greeting and signing. Last years signing was a huge success and even landed me a little feature in Publishers Weekly! Hopefully this years will be just as fabulous if not better. Here are all the details, if you're in New York I hope to see you there:  

 Jacob Javits Center 
655 W 34th Street NY, NY 10001
Book Expo America, Capstone booth #2929
Saturday, May 30th, 2015 
2:00pm-3:00pm

Chloe by Design Balancing Act is available for pre-order now on Amazon. Leading up to its release later this summer I'll be sharing sneak peeks of pages my "Chloe" fashion illustrations, so stay tuned! 

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Hamptons Magazine Sketches



Hamptons Magazine kicked off their very first Shop Hamptons page yesterday and I'm thrilled to say its adorned with Brooke Hagel sketches! Editor In Chief Samantha Yanks commissioned me to sketch out illustrations for the new page that each week will feature her top picks for Hamptons summer essentials of locally made products and artisan boutiques.
For the header I illustrated a quintessential Hamptons beach, dunes and all, with a girl laying out surrounded by her must-haves. I also drew a bunch of smaller illustrations to act as icons for categorizing the fab finds; shopping, home, beauty, food and wine. I'm excited to follow the page throughout the summer for all Samantha's spy luxe Hamptons treasures!
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Delta Airlines x Zac Posen | Live Sketching



A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of live sketching custom fashion illustrations at Delta Airlines press event announcing designer Zac Posen has signed on to redesign their uniforms. It was a unique event to live-sketch because the guests were all Delta employees who flew in for the day from various cities across the country. I met and sketched pilots, flight attendants, customer service reps and even grounds crew members and loved hearing where each guest was from, and how excited they were for their designer uniform upgrade. A highlight of the day was Zac Posen came over to my drafting table and even snapped a few photos (shown above) of some of the sketches I drew beforehand inspired by vintage Delta uniforms that were displayed throughout the space. It was exciting to see such an accomplished designer admire my illustrations.
I met and sketched so many wonderful Delta employees from across the country throughout the three hour event, drawing over 20 custom sketches actually. All the guests (even the men!) were thrilled to be turned into a fashion illustrations and have a memento of their current and soon-to-be old uniforms. I'm excited for them and really looking forward to seeing what Zac Posen and his team come up with for the lovely Delta team.

If you're interested in having me live sketch custom illustrations at your next corporate event or party email FabulousDoodles@gmail.com for availability and rates.

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Live-Sketching Bridal Fashion Week for Brides Magazine



Recently I attended Bridal Fashion Week to live sketch designers final looks on behalf of Brides Magazine's social media channels and it was without a doubt one of my favorite projects to date. With my sketchbook and art supplies in tow I attended Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa's Spring 2016 Bridal Collections along with a photographer and camera crew to record me live-sketching for photos and time-lapse videos.

I was invited to arrive early to each show for a closer look at the gown I'd be illustrating. The first was Reem Acra and it was an exquisite cream colored re-embroidered metallic lace long sleeve dress with circular tulle underlay. (Sketch shown above) I took some photos of the dress details, watched the models in hair and makeup, then headed out to my seat for the show. Promptly after the show I scooted backstage with the camera crew where my model was waiting for me in the finale dress to pose. I completed the sketch in about 15-20 minutes and she was thrilled with the outcome, and said she'd actually never been sketched before. I then thanked and shared the sketch with Reem Acra. She loved it and was quite complimentary of my work, which she had checked out prior to my arrival. (Ekk!)
Next up, Monique Lhuillier. Again I arrived early and was brought backstage for a closer look at the finale gown. Waiting for my sketching location I sat backstage for quite a while watching the models and snapping pix. They said if I liked another gown more I could sketch whichever gown I thought would make the best illustration so instead of the long-sleeved finale gown I chose a strapless tulle ballgown with a delicate lace bodice with lace appliqués that trickled onto the skirt, to differentiate it from the dress I drew that morning. After the show I got set up in the room they were shooting the look-book in, so again, the model was right there and got to see her final sketch along with the Monique Lhuillier (see below.)
Lastly Marchesa, which unsurprisingly was flawless. When I arrived early backstage I was told the design team wanted to meet with me. Two of the head designers came out and showed me the three contenders they had in mind for the sketch. I chose this gown (below) because of the unique gathered bodice and beautiful three dimensional florals throughout the etherial skirt. I didn't realize at the time, but this was in-fact the finale look. Being a presentation situation, not a runway show, I was able to set up with the camera crew and sketch while the model posed on the pedestal. I saw the two Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig during the show but unfortunately not after, once the sketch was complete.
It doesn't get much better than sketching Bridal Fashion Week for Brides Magazine. It was a dream project and hopefully I'll have the opportunity to do it again. Through the years I've attended countless New York Fashion Weeks but up until now, actually only one bridal show, and I have to say I'm sold! Beautiful New York venues showcasing one stunning fairytale gown after the next, it was a fashion illustrating dream come true. You can check out more of my sketches and a time lapse video over on Brides Magazine instagram account. Thank you to the team at Brides and all the designers who welcomed me!

For more of my bridal illustrations you can check out my bridal print shop: Brooklit Bride.

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