Re-discovering My Love for Fashion Illustration

July 10, 2016

Have you ever had a hobby or a love that you put aside for awhile? Maybe you didn’t have the time for it, maybe you let life get in the way, or maybe you just forgot how much you loved it. Well, the same is true for me. Up until this weekend, I forgot how much I absolutely love sketching and creating fashion illustrations. I haven’t sketched for several years. I used to spend days, weeks, and hours designing, and sketching my heart out, sitting at coffee shops all afternoon and loving every second of it. My mind would wander, as my hands would fly across my pages, creating sketch after sketch. In college, I was a teaching assistant for a fashion illustration class. I helped students learn to illustrate, and it made me so happy. Since moving to New York, and working in the fashion industry, I somehow stopped creating on my own. This weekend, however, I was so excited to get the opportunity, to try out several of Prismacolor’s art products. Staples is currently running a fabulous promotion for the supplies, which you can find here.

Prismacolor has always been my favorite art supply brand. I’ve used Prismacolor markers and colored pencils, ever since I learned to sketch in school. I know it sounds crazy, but I could stare at markers in an art supply store for hours. I have a love for color, and art supplies make my little heart skip a beat. I’ve been this way ever since I was a little kid.

Staples has an incredible variety of Prismacolor supplies, so of course I spent my weekend happily sketching the days away. They also have an exclusive Staples coloring book, which you can download here, illustrated by the talented artist, Evelyn Henson. Her book is full of fancy, summer travel destinations which had me dreaming of new adventures. I spent some time over the weekend, coloring the pages and it convinced me to start sketching again! I pulled out my brand new Prismacolors, and dusted off my old collection for a few more color options.

Inspired by travel destinations in the coloring book, I created fashion illustrations of styles I would wear on a summer evening in New York or Paris. For the New York style, I sketched a fitted, purple shift dress with a cape detail, and for Paris style, I could imagine wearing a fancy, red, polka dot printed dress with a full skirt. I wanted to create dramatic looks for both styles. Sketching the afternoon away, I was happier than I’ve been in a long time. It made me so excited to re-discover my love for fashion illustration. I was a bit rusty at first, but it was like riding a bike. Once I put my Prismacolors to the paper, my technique rushed back to me.

Have you ever tried sketching? It’s fun and therapeutic at the same time. If you are spending any time traveling, take a sketch pad with you and play. You can explore your creativity this summer, by finding my favorite Prismacolor collection, which is currently 20 percent off regular priced products with coupon code 51563, at Staples. The offer is valid in-store and on through 7/31. Staples is the best destination for adult coloring supplies, and I hope you’ll love these products as much I do. If you need any help, or tips creating your own masterpiece, please feel free to reach out and ask. I’d be happy to help with advice I can give. Happy coloring, happy sketching, and cheers to your new summer love. Wishing you a sunny week, beauties! xx

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