fashionista tin box

If you didn't already know, my style of illustrating has multiple personalities. They change in size, medium, and character. Sometimes it's frustrating because it's inconsistent with the rest of my work, but then again I love that I'm flexible with my artwork because I discover new tricks and strategies as I continue to explore my style of illustrating. At the end of the day, I only share work that I'm proud of and love! Instead of taping these little fashion bloggers back into my sketchbook, I decided to stash them in my empty organic peppermint tin box. And how cute is this?! I can't wait to fill it up with more!

Willabelle
mini Willabelle's
mini Willabelle's
mini fashion dolls stashed
mini fashion dolls stashed
organic peppermint tin box
organic peppermint tin box

I typically draw four of my favorite outfits of each fashion blogger. Today's muse is Willabelle of Pale Division. Her style is very classy, and she's such a doll. I love her play with pastel colors. She also takes amazing and mouth drooling photos of food. I can't handle it.

xx ss

role model + muse: garance dore

When I started this blog 2 years ago, Garance was the only fashion illustrator I admired and looked up to. It was her success story of becoming a fashion illustrator and professional photographer that drove me further into my passion.. Garance never went to school to learn how to sketch, she was self taught. That alone was enough to keep me going because 2 years ago, I sucked! Lol. Even though I took fashion illustration classes at FIDM, I was still drawing stiff and unbalanced women. It was frustrating and tiring. But I remained consistent with my blogging and illustrating in hopes to improve and change that.

Who to copy is easy. You copy your heroes - the people you love, the people you’re inspired by, the people you want to be.
— Austin Kleon, excerpt from Steal Like An Artist

When I took a whole year off from working last year to do some soul searching, I studied different styles of illustrations from other artists and practiced sketching every single day. I would spam my friends' and followers' feed on Instagram with my daily illustrations looking for positive feedback but it was a hit and miss each time. I couldn't find my own unique style for the life of me so I would always copy Garance's and my other favorite illustrators as well. Garance was always my number one favorite artist to try and emulate, but then I realized I could never achieve the quality of work that she does or any other artist. I've had to adapt to what I knew now and could do, and work with what I've got. Doing so has eventually helped me come out with my own unique style of illustrating! And it's never felt so right to make it my own.. I've even named it! - Intuitive illustrating :) ..

garance dore
garance dore 4
garance dore 1
garance dore 2
garance dore 3

I'm even more in love and proud of my work now. And at this point I don't look to my role model for help anymore! However, Garance will always be my hero and her work will never fail to inspire me.

Thank you for being true to you Garance! You are an inspiration.. I always look forward to more creations by you! <3

xx ss

muse: Wendy Nguyen

Today's tiny fashion muse is Wendy Nguyen! After last week's fun idea, I wanted to continue doing more cut outs of my illustrations.. Sometime last week I just pictured hanging my little sketches on the tiny clothespins I got myself from the Dollar Tree store last year, lol. I purchased these little clothespins on impulse because they were so cute! But didn't know what I would do with them. That's my problem.. I just buy cute things on impulse when I don't have any use for them. But I do now that I've shrunken my illustrations to like 1 1/2"-2" lol.

wendy nguyen
wendy nguyen
wendy nguyen
wendy nguyen

Happy Sunday!

 

xx ss

muse: Alix

This parisienne girl is my new favorite fashion blogger. I find myself more attracted to fashion bloggers who a.) has a unique personalized and chic sense of style, and b.) can pose elegantly & have fun! I've found a lot of the popular fashion bloggers to be stiff, and are afraid of movement. And to me, that doesn't make their outfits look great. I just love Alix's looks and photos! Check her out here!

http://www.thecherryblossomgirl.com/

alixcherry

xx ss

muse: emma

In last week's fashion blogger study, my pick of the week goes to Emma from A Beautiful Mess. I'm such a big fan of her and her sister's blog. They are ultimate blogger queens! They combine DIY fashion, crafts, and cook yummy goodies all on their blog. They're extremely creative.. and that's what I love about them. They are definitely role models of mine.  I love their fashion mixology concept. They take 8 pieces of clothing and create 8 different looks. I mean, I don't know about you, but since I've started working, I've been finding it kinda hard to pick out my wardrobe every day and every week. And I find myself repeating my outfits... ughh I hate that! But then again, I did just get complimented today and was told I dress well.. :) I guess I'm looking for a way to make my style a little more interesting.. and different than yesterdays look! Anyway, last week I drew up quick sketches of mini muses dedicated to Emma in my little notebook! I usually do most of my sketches at my desk at work during my lunch break. I know some people hate having lunch at their desks, but if I'm there sketching, then I zone out completely :).

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emmaredvelvet

xx ss