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!

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.

 

Katia and book cover

The cover girls are among the coloring pages inside

 

first collection image

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

 

 

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!