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!

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:

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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

    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!