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Friday, March 29, 2013

Veronika

Today is part two of my favorite blogger illustration series.  I am featuring the beautiful Veronika from Veronika's Blushing.  She is a style & fashion blogger from Houston, TX.  Veronika's Blushing is actually the first blog I ever started following on a daily basis.  Her style has evolved so much over the years and I love how she incorporates lots of color and fun patterns into her work wardrobe.  Here is a sketch I made of Veronika in one of my favorite J Crew skirts she has.  If you'd like to see a blogger featured on this series, send me a recommendation at MelissaNadineCauthen@gmail.com.  Hope you all have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Flower Crown

I am so excited to share this painting with you all today!  It's my favorite project that I have posted on this blog.  I love her flower crown and bold lip.  I got inspiration from this picture, but saturated the colors a little bit more.  I would love an excuse to wear a flower crown like this!  What do you all think about pairing a bold lip and a bold eye?  I think it works for her!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Blue Dress

I've had this glittery blue dress pinned for a while on Pinterest.  It's so pretty with the long sleeves, short hemline and glittery material.  Because I don't have a dress like this in my closet, I decided to sketch it!  Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Color of the Year

Here is a quick sketch inspired by this image.  I tried to exaggerate the broad shoulders a little and also play with the texture in the dress.  However, the glitter I used didn't scan very well... again.  I need to work on that!  The main thing that struck me in the picture was the color of her dress.  I love the sparkly, emerald green!  Let me know what you think of my sketch!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Runway Fashion

For one of my final projects for the "Illustrating Runway Looks" class I am taking, I decided to sketch this dress.   I love the bow and texture on the skirt.  I tried to highlight these parts of the dress by adding black glitter, but it's kind of hard to see in the scan.  In real-life, the glitter & texture look amazing! I love adding embellishments like glitter and stones to a painting!  Runway fashion is so fun to draw because essentially it is a piece of art itself.  I will definitely be incorporating more runway fashion into my sketches in the future.





Friday, March 22, 2013

Paper Fashion

There are only a few more days left in the Paper Fashion class I told you all about last week.  The purpose of the class is to learn a little about sketching runway fashion.  I learned some new skills and techniques in the class and plus it was just fun to draw runway fashion in general.  Below is one of my final watercolors, although I still need to add a few embellishments.  What do you think?  I'll show some of my other final pieces next week.  Hope you all have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Deep Purple

This picture was my source of inspiration for this illustration today.  I love her wispy hair and somewhat creepy glare.  Instead of leaving it totally black & white, I wanted to add some deep purple to her top and lips.  I think I'm going to break out some deep plum lipstick this weekend!  I would love to know what you think about my illustration (and deep plum lipstick, for that matter)!



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pink Peonies

In this post, I mentioned that I was going to start a series of illustrations on my favorite bloggers.  Today is my first post for that series!  I am featuring Rachel, from Pink Peonies.  I found Rachel's blog a few months ago and have been hooked ever since.  Rachel has such a classic style with lots of color.  Her outfit posts usually feature things that are accessible and affordable, which makes her very relatable! 

A few weeks back, she blogged about how to wear a sweater three ways.  When I saw this look, I fell in love with the neon blouse, boyfriend jeans, and heels... not to mention the pink background!  I hope you like my illustration and be sure to check out her blog.  Let me know if you think there is a fashionable blogger out there I should feature in this illustration series!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring Shoes

One of the many reasons I am so excited for spring is for the shoes!  I love wedges and a nice chunky heel, so spring & summer shoes are my favorite.  I love how you can wear either style during the day without looking too dressed up, yet can easily transition to something fancier at night.  I made a sketch a few weeks back of some of my favorites from Steve Madden right now.  What are your favorite types of shoes to wear?






Monday, March 18, 2013

Oscar de la Renta, Ready to Wear Spring 2013

This year, Oscar de la Renta's Ready-to-Wear Spring 2013 collection has been my favorite.  I saw this picture on Pinterest and I fell in love with the colors and texture of the top.  I began to browse through the entire collection and was floored - so gorgeous!  Here is a sketch of a few of my favorite looks.  What collections are you loving for spring/summer?



Friday, March 15, 2013

Juicing

Today is the first day of my three-day juice fast.  To get in the spirit, I drew a girl with a cute dress carrying a bag of veggies.  Do you juice?  I love doing it!  It is an acquired taste, but I feel great when I juice.  I hope you all have a fun and healthy weekend!


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Springtime

This week, the weather has been so amazing and spring-like.  That, coupled with the time change last weekend and summer is basically here!  Well, in Houston, at least.  The warm weather inspired me to create this sketch with a ton of vivid color.  How is the weather where you are?  Is it feeling spring-like yet?


Friday, March 8, 2013

Inspiration

I scan through Pinterest almost daily in search of fashion inspiration for my sketches. Different things in a photograph speak to me. Usually it's color, texture, angle, or the pose of a model. So when I saw this picture, I knew I had to sketch it. The color, the sheer top, the bow, her hand on her hip all inspired me to create this piece.

Yesterday, I started an online fashion illustration class and I'm so excited to share what comes from it! We are in the beginning stages of gathering inspiration, so I will have lots of sketches coming soon. As always, if you have a request for an illustration or suggestion, let me know in the comments below!



Sisters, Part 3

Today is the last day of my sister series! In my last two sister posts, you met Nicole and Julia. Well, Alexis is my youngest sister... a senior in high school! When she was born, I was so excited because I finally had a sister with blue eyes like me. It doesn't seem like such a big deal now, but back then it was! I'm so happy and thankful to have a big family and to be so close to them. Next up, I'm thinking of doing a favorite blogger series. What do you think?



Sisters, Part 2

Today is part two of my three part sister series. In part 1, you met Nicole, my fashion photographer sister. Today is Julia, the artist. She paints some amazing pieces that are truly inspiring! Here is a sketch I did of her this weekend. I've been seeing color blocking everywhere lately. What do you think of the color blocking trend?



A Martini & Red Lipstick

I'm heading to Fredericksburg, TX this weekend to enjoy some wine and hill country views.  You know the feeling when you have a vacation coming up and that's all you think about?  Well that was me this week.  So instead of being totally unproductive, I sketched this girl a few days ago. A cute dress, red lips, and a martini - sounds like a perfect weekend to me! Next week I'm so excited to go to South by Southwest... I'll be sure to showcase some sketches of the Austin fashion.  What will you be doing this weekend?  See you all on Monday!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

kate spade

Is it just me or are the new Kate Spade bags gorgeous?!  There are like 10 that I have on my wishlist.  I illustrated one of my favorites the other day and wanted to share it with you all.  I'm thinking I need to illustrate a group of women all carrying a Kate Spade bag to showcase all of my favorites... what do you think??  What are you favorite bags for spring?


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

a pink coat

The other day I watched a softball game outside and it was absolutely freezing and windy.  While I was there, I daydreamed about bright colored jackets with high collars, a short dress underneath, and high black heels.  Here is a sketch of what I wished I had worn to the game (although I would have probably frozen to death)

what's your favorite type of jacket for cold weather?  i'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

a little black dress

I saw this picture a few weeks ago on Pinterest and fell in love with the movement.  This looks like such an interesting LBD - sleeves, ruffles, sheer fabric, and a peter pan collar.  I added a gold belt for fun ... any reason to use gold leafing liquid!   What do you look for in a LBD?

Monday, March 4, 2013

sisters, part 1

This weekend I sketched my three sisters.  This is Nicole and her child dog, Brisko.  It was fun drawing people I know in real life and trying to depict their personality in a picture.  I think this captures it well.  She has always been in to billowy dresses and tops in earthy or watery colors (ie: no pink, like me)  Her dog is a huge part of her life as well, which is why he had to be incorporated!  Let me know what you think!
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