Saturday, December 31, 2011

January giveaway


It's 2012, can you believe it? In order to get the year off to a rocking start I thought a little giveaway was in order.

THE PRIZE:
HOW TO WIN:
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Promote the giveaway on Twitter
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Join our mailing list for updates and competitions (right hand bar)
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Blog about the giveaway
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Do all four and get four entries!

Be sure to come back here and leave a comment for each one that you do so I can keep track!

I'll draw the winner on January 15, 2012.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Wedding outfit

In a couple of weeks one of my best friends is getting married at the National Gallery of Australia. Such a special occasion requires a special new outfit, so I'm attempting to make this pink, tea-length, tutu skirt to wear with a sequinned top I bought in New York back in October. But have I mentioned that I don't really know how to sew?

I painted this in my Sketchbook Project book, as my very last entry!

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Orange art

This was painted in my Sketchbook Project book, using watercolor.

We visited the National Portrait Gallery recently, and they have this sculpture near the entrance. It feels like I'm about to be consumed by a big orange blob of chewing gum or some other sort of goo. :)

Here's the original photo.

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National Geographic Illustrator

I really love time-lapse videos, and this one from the National Geographic is wonderful. Plus it doesn't' hurt that Jonathan Alderfer's illustrations are fantastic!


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Sumer stripes

Here's the next entry in my Sketchbook Project book. I love this maxi dress, it's flattering, super comfy and it swishes when I walk. As usual, this illustration was made using watercolor and ink in under 10 minutes (not including drying time).

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Casual and comfy

Here's the next entry in my Sketchbook Project book, using watercolor and ink. I only have a few more pages left in my sketchbook (I rebound it with very thick watercolor paper)!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Raspberry and Navy

I've been a bit remiss in posting up my Sketchbook Project entries lately. I'm still trying to paint what I wear each day, and complete the entry in 10 minutes or less (excluding drying time).

If you've been doing the Sketchbook Project too, leave a link to your blog / flickr stream etc on my Sketchbook Project page. I'd love to see what you've been doing!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Illustration Rally

The December Illustration Rally naturally has a Christmas theme, and here's my little entry.

Living in Australia I'm really missing snow at Christmas. It just isn't the same having hot weather, especially not when I still plan on cooking a turkey and all the trimmings tomorrow!

Merry Christmas!

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Epheriell Giveaway

Jess from Epheriell Designs has been doing a 2012 calendar round-up, and as part of it she is giving away one of my 2012 illustrated fashion calendars. There's one more day to enter so get cracking!

Of course if you don't want to wait and see if you win you can always purchase one right now from the Illustrateur Etsy Store. :)

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jennifer Lilya Winter Competition

I've never actually used Polyvore before, but I wanted to enter the Jennifer Lilya Winter Competition. So here is my first attempt!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2012 is almost here!


I've been meaning to put together a calendar for a while now. In fact it has been on my to-do list for two or three months! I finally finished it over the weekend, and it's now available for purchase in the Illustrateur Etsy store.

Each month has a fashion illustration originally created in watercolor and ink. Here's a little preview of what's inside:

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas bling


Everywhere I look the world seems all 'blinged up' for Christmas. Here are few of my favorite sparkly pieces, from November Elle, using watercolor, ink, and Photoshop (for a little extra sparkle).

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas competition winner!

Thank you to everyone who sent in their favorite image or outfit for my Christmas illustration competition. I received some really gorgeous entries and it was very difficult to pick one!

In the end I chose an outfit by Jess at Epheriell Designs. Here is the final illustration!
I've packaged it up and I'll be sending it off to Jess today. Merry Christmas!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Illustration Rally


The theme of this month's Illustration Rally is fashion, so naturally I had to create a little something something.

It is sponsored by RedRock, who have some pretty amazing pieces available online. The idea is you use one of their provided images as inspiration for your illustration. This is the one I chose:

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Pink and sparkly


Here's entry number six in my Sketchbook Project book. I've had this skirt forever and I still love it. It is pink linen with crystal beads sewn on the front and pink lace trim. It falls below the knee and I always feel so feminine and swishy when I wear it.

Painted using watercolor, and I've glued a tiny bit of pink glitter on the front but it is a bit hard to make out in the scanned image.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Blazer time

Here is entry number five in my Sketchbook Project book. I wore my blue blazer with jeans and a pink and white striped top to work. I teamed it up with some boots and I have to say I felt a bit like I was about to go horse-riding, especially because I had my hair braided. ;)

I painted this one very quickly, and I'm not as happy with the result, so I might try to fix it up a bit if I get some time.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Shades of blue

Here's entry number four in my Sketchbook Project book. I was in a blue sort of mood today. I don't mean that I was sad, quite the opposite, I just felt like wearing a lot of blue. Blue knit top, navy capri pants, and navy and cream shoes with a cream cardi.

Do you ever wear all one color, either in different shades or completely matching?


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Starboard Suit

Entry number three in my Sketchbook Project book. I'm calling this outfit Starboard Suit and I'm starting to realise I wear a LOT of navy stripes and nautically-themed outfits these days!

This bag is a Fossil leather clutch that my boyfriend bought me for my birthday. It is rapidly becoming my favorite bag, and the leather is buttery soft!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Boots made for walking

This is entry number two in my Sketchbook Project book 'These boots were made for walking.'

I bought these boots in New York recently and I've only been able to wear them a handful of times so far because the weather is getting really hot here in Australia. We had a cold snap this week so I jumped at the chance to pull them out of the closet...even though I wouldn't normally ever wear jeans to work AND we had a board meeting that day. The things we do for fashion. ;)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sketchbook Project: Entry 1

I've finally started my Sketchbook Project 2012 book, themed 'In 10 minutes'. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I'm going to try and complete each entry within 10 minutes. Although I should probably stipulate that because I work mostly in watercolor I don't think that amount of time can include drying time or I won't get much more than a splash of color across the page.

In addition to the time restriction I've decided that I'm going to illustrate what I wear each day. So the finished book will be a little story of my outfits, which generally reflect my mood, the weather, and what I have on at work that day.

I call this first outfit my little French ensemble. With those colors it could easily be American too I suppose, but with the little flats and capri pants I always feel like I could turn the corner and find myself under the Eiffel Tower.

I hope you enjoy my little project!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Neon gouache


I had an urge to use my pretty new neon gouache paints (that I brought back all the way from America). But what could I paint that would require neon colors?

The only thing that sprang to mind was a day-glow safety vest... but I'd love some suggestions for future gouache use. What else is that bright? I have pink, yellow, orange, blue and green!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2012


Last year I participated in the Art House Co-op's Sketchbook Project. It was loads of fun and I met an amazing amount of talented people online, who were also doing the project.

So this year I've signed up to three....that's right, THREE Sketchbook Project books. One for my other blog Brown Paper Bunny, the Limited Edition project which will be turned into a printed book, and one for this blog, which will mostly be fashion illustration.

The theme of this book is 'In 10 minutes' so the idea is that I will create each sketch in ten minutes or less. I have a little kitchen timer on my studio desk and I'm going to try hard to stick to it.

If you don't know about the Sketchbook Project, find out more here: Sketchbook Project

And if you are already signed up but you aren't sure what you can use on the thin paper, the Art House Co-op sent me some spare books to test out, and save you from ruining your own books. Check out the tests: Sketchbook paper tests

My entries so far:
You can find me on the Art House Co-op website, and if you are doing the Sketchbook Project this year we'd love to see what you've been doing! Share a link to your blog using the linky tool below and comment on this post to tell us what theme you've chosen. Happy sketching!

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Christmas competition

With Christmas coming up I've decided to run a little competition. Send in your favourite fashion image and I'll pick one to use as inspiration for an illustration, then I'll send the original illustration to the winner as a Christmas gift!

The image can be something you found online, in a magazine, or a photo of you wearing your favourite outfit. It's up to you. If it's not a photo you took yourself be sure to tell me where it came from so I can attribute the image to its author.

Send your image to jess.illustrateur at gmail dot com before Tuesday 29 November.

For extra entries, tweet about the competition (making sure to include @illustrateur_ so I can keep track), blog about it, share it on Facebook (mentioning @IllustrateurOnline), share it on Google+ etc.

I can't wait to see your favourite outfits!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Illustrators Australia


I'm extremely excited to tell you that I became a member of Illustrators Australia today! There are some wonderfully talented Aussies there, and I'm honored to be a part of the organisation.

You can check out my profile and browse all the talent at: Illustrators Australia

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sass & Bide


Orange isn't usually a color I'm drawn to, but this image was too lovely not to attempt in watercolor. The photo is from the Spring 2011 Canberra Centre Fashion Culture magazine, page 7.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What on earth are you wearing?

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and one of my gorgeous friends gave me this book, 'What on earth are you wearing'. And let me tell you, it is brilliant!

It is a book explaining all the terms used in the fashion industry....but in a hilarious way, while being beautifully illustrated. Here is a little sneak peak inside.




You can buy your own copy over at Penguin Publishing.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Learning to illustrate fashion

For the past 15 weeks I've been taking a fashion illustration course at the local Tafe (or Community College for you Northern Americans). I had been looking forward to the course for a long time, especially because it had been postponed twice due to venue and enrollment issues, and there really isn't much in the way of illustration courses in my home town.

We had an ambitious curriculum, and to be honest I think we only got through about half of it. The school allocated two hours a week, so by the time you got there, unpacked, talked about what you were doing for that class, you only had an hour to an hour and a half left. Not enough time to cover everything!

Some of the main things we did touch on included: 10-head croquis (basic fashion figure), basic shading, draping, simple faces / hands / feet, contextual backgrounds, collage, watercolor and ink, pastels and charcoal, drawing from magazines, and presenting a finished fashion image.

All of those were just brief overviews though, and we didn't event start to get into trade sketches, storyboards, using Adobe Illustrator, or get to expand on faces / hands / feet (something we were all struggling with). So, I guess now it is up to me to take what I have learned, practice, and try to expand on it. I have some good books, and it is just a question of finding the discipline to sit down and practice now that I don't have a class to go to.

I enjoyed learning how to stretch a regular-sized human into a 10-head croquis (most people are around 8-heads) but I think now that it is no longer a course requirement I might spend some time trying some more realistic 8 or 9 head figures.

Here is a little bit of the work I did during the course, I'd love to know what you think, and whether or not you can see any improvement over the last 15 weeks. You can click on any of the images to read more about them.

Here is one of the first finished pieces I did in class (rough draft and finished watercolor):
Some more pieces I worked on, using ball-point pen, watercolor, copic markers, and collage:



This piece I worked on for a bit longer, using watercolor and ink. If you'd like to see the process, check out the blog post.
This is the last piece I submitted for class, also using watercolor and ink...but with a touch of glitter!

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