My new obsession: Society6 : Custom EVERYTHING!

I've been having a little too much fun with Society6 lately and I'll tell you why you should be too!

For those who are unfamiliar with the site, Society6.com is the more artistic and free-spirited version of Snapfish. Society 6 is an online shopping platform where you can essentially order art printed onto useful every day items, like phone cases, notebook and even shower curtains!

There are a handful of other sites along the same string but so far the variety, quality, pricing and customer service puts Society6 in my number one spot.

Another amazing thing about Society 6? --They're almost ALWAYS running a sale! --and if you're an artist, you even get a discount when you order your own designs!

My first order from them was this glossy, soft cover notebook. 

Its a fun way to keep my ideas organized. I chose a lined book but they have lined unlined options and special pricing if you order sets.

 

My most favorite item so far has got to be their pillows! Pictured above is their 16 x 16 Indoor Cover with Pillow Insert. You can opt for just the cover to save money but for a few more dollars they offer the pillow insert too. I was amazed by the quality!! To be honest, I was expecting a decorative pillow that would look nice but not really get used but I was blown away.

 

The cover has a sturdy canvasy feeling though it looks sleek. It expect it to last a long time. It zips off in case you need to clean or replace the pillow. The actual pillow is thick and quite comfortable. I actually bought this one for my Mom for Mother'sday to match her living room set. She liked it so much she just ordered two more. [Pictured is the indoor pillow but they also have an outdoor option.]

 

Coffee Girl Stationary

Coffee Girl Stationary

Even their card sets have flawless printing. Their stationary comes in sets of 3, 5 or 10 and comes with the corresponding amount of white envelopes. The paper is a heavy card stock but it's a much higher quality than anything you'd get at Staples.

I just recently ordered a cosmetics pouch for myself. I actually use it to carry my art supplies when I travel to jobs. It never hurts to advertise yourself a little. I chose the bitter rose print again because the black matched best with my portfolio case. I was once again really surprised by the quality. I had gotten pouches printed from a different site in the past and those don't even come close to these.

This pouch even has pockets inside!! Although its not pictured on the site, mine arrived with a cool faux-leather puller tab through the zipper puller.

Here are a few products I haven't tried yet but are on my wish list:

Busy Blogger Phone Case

Busy Blogger Phone Case

So far their quality seems to be consistent. Their customer service team is readily accessible and always responds to my concerns in a timely matter. Even if you're not an artist yourself, the site has so many wonderful pieces you can search and shop. They're always adding new products too!

 

*If you'd like to get $10 off your next purchase (of anything on Society6), leave your email (and say so) in the comments below and I'll send you the promo link.

Sketching Digitally: Semi- Custom Prints

I'm really big on mixing mediums. Much of my work is entirely digital but often I'll sketch and apply color by hand first and then polish it off on my laptop.

One of my most favorite parts about digital painting is the convenience  of editing. Years ago I can remember actually trying to white-out mistakes on sketches. Thankfully that is long in the past. Currently, I use the basic Bamboo pen/tablet with Photoshop (and sometimes Illustrator). The pen I use is an older Bamboo model and although it lacks all of the features that the newer ones possess, it does everything I need it to.

Aside from making revisions, working digitally also allows me to create variations on whim.

I recently created a print for a friend who loves wine. When it was finished I realized I had at least a dozen other friends who could relate.

This piece had been sketched entirely digitally so with a few quick tweaks I was able to make it more relevant to a wider range of girls.

Utilizing layers in Photoshop, I removed the eye glasses and created a few hair and skin color options. I came up with a total of 5 variations (though just 3 are shown above). 

This print package is available for download in my etsy. You'll receive all 5 variations so you can print your favorite!

Wait! Before you toss that bouquet--!

This project is actually from a  few months ago but as Valentine's day has just passed and many of you may soon find yourself with falling petals, I felt it was timely to share.

I was recently a bridesmaid for a close friend's Wedding and the Bride gave us the most beautiful bouquets. It was a fall wedding and the flowers were vivid autumn colors. I kept mine for as long as I could but when the petals started shedding it was time to give it one final run.

 

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To compliment the deep orange/yellow hued petals, I tipped the edges in red ink.

 

I had seen petals worked into fashion illustrations before but never tried it myself. It was actually very relaxing. The petals provided a loose medium that could be re-positioned and adjusted on whim. I was able to rework them into an endless amount of shapes on the same base sketch. 

 

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It was somewhat like draping in that I could design on the form with a 3 dimentional value and not have to reach for an eraser.

I also scrunched some, dipped them and used them as a press to add texture. 

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I worked other components from the bouquet into the image as well, such as the leaves and twigs. For this final look I tore some of the petals and scattered them, adding black ink and really allowing it to smear and splatter across the page (and my entire kitchen table).

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The petals may have ended up in the garbage but they were preserved in the photos I took off the process. Next time you have a bouquet on the way out, give this a try! It's loads more fun (and messier) than you'd expect. 

Homemade Christmas Cards

MErry Christmas Eve Everyone!

 

Before I set out for the night, I wanted to share a little seasonal DIY I worked very hard on this year: Home-made Christmas cards!

 

 

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I love paper and stationary.  I really like working with all the different patterns and colors. Paper isn’t so different from fabric in that respect. Mixing graphics on a card is similar to combining prints for a collection. I like to justify all the time this took by counting it as pattern training but while working I was having too much fun to really focus on what I was learning.

 

christmas cards
christmas cards

The prints are actually from two different holiday scrapbooking pads from Michael’s Craft Store. One I had gotten on clearance last year and the other I picked up this black Friday. They were under ten dollars each.

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I had originally planned to only make about ten cards but I kept remembering more and more people on my list.

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It was loads of fun but it was no easy feat finishing in time for Christmas after such a late start.

christmas cards
christmas cards

I like experimenting with different things because its helps me clear my mind and focus solely on what’s in front of me. In that respect, card making provides a different sense of relaxation for me because it’s not something I do professionally.

christmas cards
christmas cards

I thought about not only which colors went well together, but what mood each of the cards would have and how each would make the recipient feel.  Afterwards, selecting who would receive each one was even more of a challenge than making them.  More went into the final selections than you’d imagine!

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I made 28 Christmas cards this year for friends and family.

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My card army was sent out just a few days ago. Hopefully each has found its way to its destination in time!

*Limited Holiday Printable DL available in my Etsy this week only

*Limited Holiday Printable DL available in my Etsy this week only

I am always open to custom paper/stationary work! Drop me a line if you’ve got something in mind!

 

 

Editing for this post was done by: Victoria - Contact: victoriaKnC@outlook.com

 

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is my most favorite time of the year. It can also be one of the most stressful times as you scramble to complete your shopping. To make things easier I've put together an Illustrated holiday gift guide to help you check off that fashionable-someone on your list. The best part is that all of these items are from makers and small businesses so each has a personal touch.

 

     

 

 

 

1.)Fashion Totes

Fashion Tote

 

  • Fall Fashion Girl Illustrated Tote by IndigoBeri

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This Illustrated Fashion tote is printed on sturdy PolyPoplin and measures 13"x 13"

Get it here

2.)Kid's Tees

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  • Lead Vocalist Kids Shirt by Hip Kid Apparel

A sassy band tee for the lead vocalist in your life. Available in kids sizes. Part of the Family Garage Band Collection.

Get it here

 

3.) Prints and Mugs

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  • Watercolor Feathers Mug by 622 Press

A beautiful ceramic mug with a calming watercolor feather design. The perfect mug to house your morning coffee.

Get it here

 

 

  • You Got This - Motivational Fashion Print by IndigoBeri

A downloadable motivational print for that busy bff who could use a reminder that she's awesome (hanging on her wall).

Get it here

 

  • Pug Art Poster Hipster Pug - Fine Art Print By Aberleigh

Know some one who liked Pugs before they were cool? They'd probably love to have this print as home décor.

Get it here

 

  • Rocket Ship Digital Download by AshleeBinderinDesign

This Fun rocket Ship printable adds a little whimsy to any room.

Get it here

 

 

4.) Fashion

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  • Be Your Own Beautiful Top by The Confetti Collective

These self-love tees are all about loving yourself as you are. They come in both women's and girl's sizes.

Get it here

 

 

  • Sea Glass Wire Wrapped Earrings with Gold Wire and Gold Hooks by CraftyLittleGnome

Beautiful lime green handmade earrings. Nickel-free

Get it here

 

5.)Phone Cases

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  • Miwako Inspired Pink Sugar i Phone Case by IndigoBeri

This colorful smart phone case will protect your phone while keeping it super cute. Available for the Iphone 4 and Newer models.

Get it here

 

 

6.) Books and Accessories

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  • Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Transformation Brooch by Chibee Studio

This handmade resin replica pendant is perfect for fans of the 90's cartoon super hero, Sailor Moon. It's available as a brooch or key chain.

Get it here

 

The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary by Dana Lardner and Deanna Kei

The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary is perfect for the young fashion savvy jet setter on your list. It's a style driven coloring book and design journal packed with creative prompts to get an aspiring fashionista designing her own runway collection. The book introduces ten fashion girls from around the world on coloring pages and includes tidbits about each country. Fashionista's can have fun and be creative while closing the global gap.

Get it here

 

Editing for this post was done by: Victoria - Contact: VictoriaKnC@outlook.com

 

Happy Shopping! Have a favorite holiday gift? Share in the comments!

A look inside: The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary

It's already been over a month since we (myself and Dana Lardner of Howintheworld.org) released The International Fashionista Lookbook Diary!  It was amazing finally getting to see all of our work come together and It's been really exciting hearing all the wonderful feedback.

My previous post was all about the process of creating the illustrations and characters for the book. This time I'm showing the final print! 

 

   

 

 

Pictured above is the front cover of The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary. We went with a softcover, paperback design because it was really important to us that the book be lightweight and something a girl could toss in her backpack and carry around.

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

The lookbook introduces 10 fashionistas from all over the world featured on individual coloring pages.

France Tidbits

For each of the ten countries there's an interactive tidbit page with some fun facts a jet-setting fashionista should learn before visiting.

 

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The cover girls are among the coloring pages inside

 

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This lookbook diary stays true to its title and is full of design prompts to get our fashionsta dreaming.

 

 

Runwayready

There are loads of spaces for the girl to draw in her own design and ideas.

 

 

International Fashionistas Back Cover

Pictured above: back cover.

The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary write up from Howintheworld.org:

"The International Fashionista’s Lookbook Diary allows girls to explore what being a world citizen and fashion lover mean to them!

Recommended for girls age 8 – 12, this coloring book and diary not only introduces her to fashionistas from 10 different countries but also inspires her to sketch her personal style along with developing pieces she would introduce in her debut collection.

Measuring 7.5 x 9.25, this book contains 83 pages of fun and is the perfect size to keep close at hand in a backpack or bag. She will be so absorbed in her fashion design plans that she won’t want it out of her sight in case inspiration strikes."

 

Shop the book:

buy on How In The World

 

 

 

Editing for this post was done by: Victoria - Contact: VictoriaKnC@outlook.com

 

 

Introducing: The International Fashionista's Lookbook Diary

        It’s out!  I no longer have to keep it a  secret! For the past month and a half I’ve been working on a very exciting joint project. In collaboration with Dana Larder of HowInTheWolrd.org, we’ve created The International Fashionista’s Lookbook Diary. We released it earlier this week on October 11th, The International Day of The Girl.

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        The book features 10 international fashionistas in coloring pages as well as tidbits about their respective countries and drawing prompts to get fashionistas creating their own designs. It’s recommended for girls ages 8-13.

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        I was really happy to be a part of this project. I had always wanted to work on some sort of fashion coloring book so of course when Dana proposed the idea I was ecstatic.

 

Chinese Fashion Girl

        One of the most difficult things for me was deciding on the outfits for each of the girls. We wanted the book to have a current, trendy vibe, so unlike many other fashion books that introduce characters dressed in the traditional garb of their cultures, I looked to international fashion bloggers for inspiration. That’s where the difficulty came in.  In this age of instagram, girls all over the world are sharing their styles. There are subtle differences of course, but the same black leather jacket you might find on the streets in Japan could also be worn in Turkey.

 

        With this realization in mind, we wanted this book to express the idea that we’re not so different and to teach young girls that no matter where they’re from, we are all human.

 

        I had a lot of fun drafting the outfits for the girls and then drawing their final looks one by one. Aside from touching on all the trends and silhouettes, I also took merchandising into consideration, making sure to include pants, dresses, skirts, jackets, hats—and so on.

 

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        I did each of the backgrounds as a separate layer and then combined the pages on Photoshop. The backgrounds took an equal amount of research. I wanted to capture recognizable scenes but keep them basic enough to not take the focus away  from the girl.

 

        Creating all of the sketches was a blast! Dana came up with a bunch of great diy and diary pages to keep the readers involved and inspired. She also included information about each of the countries to compliment each section.  I'm looking forward to getting some feedback! I hope girls enjoy it as much as we did while making it!

 

You can grab a copy of the book at:

HowInTheWorld

and

Amazon

 

Editing for this post was done by: Victoria - Contact: VictoriaKnC@outlook.com

 

Sonia Rykiel Tribute

I'm sad to hear the news about Sonia Rykiel. I've always looked forward to seeing her collection each season. When I think of the Parisian designer the first things that come to mind are bold colors,  gorgeous knitwear and her iconic stripe. Her brilliant label has spanned over 5 decades. (And did you know one of her debut designs was even worn by Audrey Hepburn?!)

 

Sketch of a Sonia Rykiel look for H&M - Done in watercolor and Ink

Sketch of a Sonia Rykiel look for H&M - Done in watercolor and Ink

Sonia's collection for H&M was so fun! I loved the styling in this ad. The model's hair is reminiscent of the designer's own.

 

 

Rough sketch of a Sonia Rykiel FW16.17 Ad Campaign Featuring Grace Hartzel and Matilda Dods

Rough sketch of a Sonia Rykiel FW16.17 Ad Campaign Featuring Grace Hartzel and Matilda Dods

I absolutely love all of the images in this campaign. The Eiffel tower makes a gorgeous backdrop and the effect of the camera angle is fantastic. I can't wait to tear it out of the September issue of Vogue, (which I'm hoping it will turn up in).

 

If you're in a Sonia kind of mood you can view all her past collections on Vogue.com

Link: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/sonia-rykiel#all-seasons

Blogger Series: Iyesogie Ogieriakhi & Natalia Lilly

In this next addition to my Blogger Series I'm going to be introducing  Sogie of ItsDivaDiaries.com and Natalia Lily of Natalialilly.com

 

       Meet Ieyesogie or 'Sogie',

  • a Nigerian style blogger who's posts not only boast chic style, but also have gorgeous backdrops.

 

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1- What City/State are you based out of?

Sogie- Well, I'm from Edo State, Nigeria.

2- How would you describe your blog?

Sogie- My blog, The Diva Diaries (http://www.itsdivadiaries.com/), showcases my personal style and life growth.

3-Where do you find inspiration?

Sogie: I get inspiration from almost everything. I even have a post that was inspired by trees. I try to look at everything with a creative eye.

4-How would you describe your personal style?

Sogie: My personal style is a mix of everything. I don't like to keep myself in a box so I'm always trying out new things but comfort is key in everything I wear.

You can follow Sogie's style adventures here:

Website - http://www.itsdivadiaries.com

Instagram - http://instagram.com/sogiesnuggle

Twitter - http://twitter.com/sogiesnuffle

Snapchat - @sogiesnuggle

 

Next up: Natalia Lilly,

  • a Plus Sized Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger from Florida. Her blog is bursting with helpful Advice, reviews and tips.

 

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1- What City/State are you based out of?

Natalia- Miami, FL

2- How would you describe your blog?

Natalia- Its a plus size Fashion and Life Style Blog.

3-Where did you find your inspiration?

Natalia: I found inspiration on instagram; seeing other women so confident, showcasing their sense of style and creativity. That really drove me to pursue my own blog.

4-How would you describe your personal style?

Natalia: My personal style is vibrant, feminine and trendy. I like to put my own twist on trendy pieces and showcase my personality through the clothes I wear and how I choose to style those garments.

5-Is there anything else you'd like to mention here?

Natalia: Although my blog is focused on fashion and lifestyle, I strive to inspire women through my posts and social media to love their bodies and live confidently in their skin. I started the 'I Am Body Walk Movement' with Clevona of www.curvygirlfever.com to showcase the beauty in body diversity and to encourage all women to find their true beauty withing instead of focusing on what society thinks is beautiful.

Keep up with Natalia here:

Website - http://natalialilly.com

Instagram - http://instagram.com/iamnatalialilly

Twitter - http://twitter.com/iamnatalialilly

Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/iamnatalialilly

Facebook - http://facebook.com/talya.lilly

    Runway Review - Marc Jacobs Resort 17

    The Marc Jacobs Resort collection was everything good abut the 80's! It's decade inspiration was unmistakably vibrant, whimsical and fun without being the least bit tacky. It's rare I see an 80's inspired show that actually looks current but he pulled it off beautifully. The line pairs prints with solids, tulle underskirts with oversized bombers, gold with animal print and everything in between. Each look comes to life with it's own distinct attitude yet manages to remain completely wearable at the same time.

    (I think Jem and Kimber would agree.)

    Sketch: Jem and Kimber in Marc Jacobs - Resort 17

    Sketch: Jem and Kimber in Marc Jacobs - Resort 17

    Blogger Series: Monika

    This past month I've been working on a mini series of blogger sketches. I'm excited to be able to introduce each of these ladies to you through my Illustrations.

    First up:

    Meet Monika of Violetroots.com!

    +VioletRoots is your new go to blog for Creativity prompts, Music recommendations, Style tips and more! ~

    Monika of Violet Roots Blog - Fashion Illustration

    Here’s the low-down from Monika herself!

    1- What City/State are you based out of?

    Monika- I live in a suburb in the NYC area. 

    2- How would you describe your blog?

    Monika- My blog, Violet Roots (violetroots.com), is a lifestyle blog with a focus on music, style and creativity.

    3-Where do you find inspiration?

    Monika: I find inspiration from all over. Sometimes it's in a song, an experience or in a particular color and in other times it's just a feeling. I'm an abstract artist and sometimes the paintings I make also lend themselves to ideas for the blog.

    4-How would you describe your personal style?

    Monika: My personal style is definitely focused on comfort, details, and experimentation. I love wearing vivid colors and interesting pieces like green cowboy boots or blue and green fur vests and jackets. It's fun to try new looks but I usually always try my best to be comfortable too. It's rare that you'll find me in heels. I'm usually wearing combat boots.  

     

    Make sure you check her out!

    Website - http://violetroots.com

    Instagram - http://instagram.com/violetroots

    Twitter - http://twitter.com/violetrootsblog

    Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/violetrootsblog

     

    INSTAGRAM INSPIRATION

    If you know me in person you already know about my obsession with Instagram. As a fashion Illustrator, many of my favorite accounts to follow are Fashion Bloggers. I love having a feed full of inspiration. Naturally, when I see a great outfit or photo I have to sketch it!

    Today I want to introduce you to three awesome fashion accounts!

    [Ordered only by date of sketch and all equally cool!]

    1. @hiliarykennedy - Bright, classy outfits --and she's always got a joke or two in her posts!

     

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    2. @Fab_teen_style - Cute and casual East Coast ootd inspiration!

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    3. @Silberin_manelieht - German lifestyle blogger who's detailed photographs cover fashion, architecture, alternative health, parenting, knitting and everything in between!

     

    I totally recommend checking them out!!

     

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    I recently had an opportunity to interview a handful new and upcoming fashion bloggers. I'll be sharing their stories in a future post! ~ coming soon!

    NYFW - Norma Kamali Review

    What better time to start this blog than during NYFW?! I can't help but feel excited each time the season comes around. I've been keeping up with the RTW FW16 Shows on Vogue.com and naturally I have a few favorites: So far its Norma Kamali (and I'm not just being partial to her because she gave a rousing speech at my college graduation years ago).

    Her FW16 line is plain fun! She's got that 70's thing going on but with an 80's twist. It's very wearable but not in the least bit mundane. The model's poses are brilliant and each photo is full of explosive energy.

    Anyway, as I'm practically bursting with enthusiasm, I sketched a few looks from the line. :)