Stylus Sketching with Samsung & Macys

Today I'm sharing a few sketches I drew with Samsung's latest Galaxy tablet and stylus. I was asked to live-sketch at Macy's Fashion Front Row after party with Samsung for the last day of New York Fashion Week. I stylus-sketched for Samsung once before, also for NYFW, but it was a while ago and I hadn't done it since. Digital sketching, for me, is nerve racking as I'm a pencil-to-paper kind of girl. Luckily Samsung sent me a tablet prior to the party so I had a few days to familiarize myself with the stylus and drawing apps again. Shown here are some of the illustrations I created as practice, the first attempt being the one atop this post. It may look nice but I have to admit it took a long time and many, many touch ups. It's challenging to try and create illustrative effects you know how to do so effortlessly with actual art supplies, paint and markers when only using a single stylus and tablet but after some practice I got the hang of it...with a few hiccups. One feature I loved discovering was that one of the color libraries within it was by Copic Markers. So I was able to pick my favorite go-to marker colors for skin and hair. 
As I became more comfortable I decided to try and sketch from actual people and photos. The illustration above left is based off a photo of model Gigi Hadid and the coral crop top and full skirt look is inspired this look from Banana Republic's spring 16' collection. Just like last time, once I seemed to be getting the hang of using it it was time to give my Samsung Galaxy back. I may have to take the plunge and invest in one for myself, as it was a fun medium to draw in and I'd really like to experiment with it some more. 

The Macy's Front Row fashion show airs tonight on E! so check your local listing and check it out! I Sketched a few famous faces from the show and will share those soon! 

New Sketching Tour Dates | Vogue & Clinique

This week I'm heading to Westchester, NY and Orange County, CA to live sketch custom fashion illustrations and again, you're invited! My Vogue x Clinique 2015 tour is continuing on to two more place I've yet to live sketch and I'm so excited to meet and draw new people. Guests will receive a fall trend review with a Vogue Market Stylist as well as a custom fashion illustration by yours truly that will also be printed onto a custom smartphone cover, free with a $55 purchase.
First up is Westchester tomorrow (sorry for the short notice, I've been slammed this fashion week!) followed by California this Saturday. I hope to see you all there and make sure to RSVP and for an appointment! Its first come first served, but if I'm unable to get to you I've sketched this fun fashion pattern pre-printed onto cases (shown above) that will also be available at each event. Here are all the details for the next two events:

September 16, 2015
Lord & Taylor, Clinique
750 White Plains Road Scarsdale, NY 10583
RSVP: 917.723.7700 Ext. 230

September 19, 2015
Nordstrom, Clinique 
500 Brea Mall Way Brea, CA 92821
RSVP: 714.529.0123

If you can't make it, be sure and follow me along on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to win a custom illustration and cell phone covers! I'm planning to post a giveaway or two within the next week.

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Designer Sketches for NYFW Spring 2016

Its New York Fashion Week again, which to me has always been a time to ogle over designer sketches which they release as a preview of their collection and the inspiration behind it. Aside from being pure visual eye candy for a fashion illustration lover, an aspiring illustrator can learn a lot by studying inspiring sketches and trying to achieve similar techniques.
I've picked only five this season and possibly my favorite of the lot is the Adam Lippes illustration shown above. I've always loved illustrations that look effortless and a bit unfinished. Knowing when to stop and not overwork a sketch is something I've always been a little insecure about in my own work. The contour lines of the legs, feet and face with a simple single stroke of skin color is what I like best. Another beauty is Mara Hoffman's illustration which perfectly conveys the bohemian look of her brand with long braids, a headband and a walking fashion figure that is ideal for a long flowing starry gown.
The next sketch by Joie (shown above) is charcoal on pale pink paper and looks as though it was made for Fabulous Doodles! The light lines and partially rendered floral print has such a lovely soft effect. Its airy and feminine and even as a simple sketch, the overall look is on brand with what I've come to and love Joie.
Next is a bolder sketch in monotone black and white by Tome. Its a little heavy handed and different from the others I've chosen, but similar in how it's partially rendered with a slight unfinished look. In this sketch its the body that is barely there, keeping all the focus and detail in palm print dress. And last but not least is stunning watercolor painted fashion illustration by Carmen Marc Valvo. The past few months I've been experimenting more with watercolor and gouache and I love seeing how other artists use it. The saturated black background which washes away toward the bottom is such a unique way to frame an illustration and something I'm eager to try for myself.

I hope you liked my top picks of designer sketches from the Spring 2016 collections and that they inspire you, as they do me, to try something new.
(Illustration by each designer via Elle and WWD.)

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