Friday, January 19, 2018

Queen Victoria Watercolor Sketch

I was so excited to watch the second season debut of the Masterpiece series Victoria on PBS this past Sunday.  It really brings history to life!  I'm intrigued by historical shows and books.  I always wonder how people conducted their daily lives in the past.  Of course one of my favorite things to see is the fashion from this Victorian era.  What a lot of research the costume designer, Rosalind Ebbut, must have done to come up with such exquisite designs.  

And to think that a monarch who reigned over an empire was so tiny. It is said Queen Victoria was only four feet eleven.  In this production of Victoria, the queen is portrayed beautifully by the petite Jenna Coleman, who I loved from the Doctor Who series.

Here is a watercolor sketch I did of Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria.  I added a little acrylic paint on top of the watercolor for some details.  Do you like my really expensive blue paper plate palette that I used for the acrylic paint?  I must admit that trying to clean up dried up acrylic paint off a palette drives me a little bonkers, so to avoid that frustration I just use something disposable.  

I am so looking forward to Sunday for the second episode in this lavish series!  I hear that some of Yorkshire's most famous stately homes such as Castle Howard and Bramham Park stand in for the royal residences of Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle.  I'll have to pay special attention to that next time.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Golden Globes 2018 Sketches

There were so many beautiful dresses at the Golden Globes.  All the ladies (and Gents) looked amazing, and it was wonderful to see such solidarity.  I couldn't narrow it down to one dress to sketch.  Here is a little peek at my quick sketches from the other night.

Penelope Cruz in an off-the-shoulder gown with lace details and a solid train by Ralph and Russo.  Oprah wore a custom-made Atelier Versace off the shoulder, fitted long sleeved black velvet gown with Swarovski crystal incrusted accents along the neckline.  I really liked the draped off the shoulder Christian Siriano gown with the added sassiness of capris pants that Christina Hendricks wore.  This look reminds me of classic Hollywood.  Have I seen Bette Davis or maybe Kim Novak wearing something similar?  And finally Gal Gadot in a very sleek Tom Ford evening dress with a tuxedo jacket.  Although, I don't think it would matter what Ms. Gadot wears, she would be equally gorgeous in a burlap sack!

Bravo ladies!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Latte Anyone?

Just a little prismacolor pencil sketch to celebrate Autumn and all things Pumpkin Spice!  Our weather in Southern California has been so hot.  Now that it has finally cooled off a bit, I'm starting to look at my winter sweaters.  It hasn't cooled off enough to actually put them on, but I can dream can't I?  So I am dreaming of a little Pumpkin Spice Latte on a crisp Autumn morning.  Happy Friday everyone!!

This Fashion Illustration Print is available in two sizes; 5x7 inches and 8x10 inches in my Etsy Shop

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dwell Magazine Modern Sketchbook With Tombow Dual Brush Pens

The first sketch in my new sketchbook.  A very sweet friend gave me a Modern sketchbook by Dwell Magazine.  (Thanks Roberta!)  It's so fun to open up a new sketchbook and start drawing.  For this sketch I used pencil and Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  These pens are great.  I use a plastic plate as a palette.  I put down two different colors on the plate and use the blender marker to soften a color.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Zoe Kravitz's Amazing Dior Dress At The Emmy's

There were a lot of amazing dresses at the Emmy's last night, but one of my favorites was the Dior rainbow ombre feathered dress worn by Zoe Kravitz.  She looked lovely.  She and her boyfriend, Karl Glusman, looked so stylish together.  I wish I could pull off her hairstyle!

I usually paint in watercolor, but this time I used acrylic.  However, I sort of used it in a watercolor way, by adding water and creating some washes.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New York Fashion Week Sketch

I'm having so much fun following New York Fashion Week!  It's so exciting to see all the new collections.  I just had to sketch this unique dress from Alexander Wang's Spring 2018 collection.  It brings a whole new meaning to a "shirt dress"!