Tuesday, April 30, 2013


As I told you all in this post, I am participating in an art show in Dallas, TX on May 10.  I am super excited and have been working hard on many pieces for the show.  I just finished this one last weekend and I love how she turned out.  If you live in Dallas, you should definitely try to  make it out!  There will be over 700 people at the show, so it should be a great evening!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Carrie Underwood, ACM's 2013

Happy Monday!  Today's illustration is of Carrie Underwood from the ACM's this year.  She always looks stunning and I just loved her interveiw on the red carpet where she talked about her dress.  She said that she picked her dress because it reminded her of spring and made her happy.  Hope you all enjoy it!

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Friday, April 26, 2013


In addition to the fashion illustrations and sketches I create, I also create custom canvases.  I love to do abstract paintings, but I also love to do larger, canvas versions of my fashion illustrations and portraits.  Today I am featuring one of my abstracts that I recently painted.  I love pink, and this abstract definitely shows it!  I've been working on many new pieces for the art show I am participating in on May 10, so I'll be sharing those here soon!  What do you think of abstract paintings?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Alice & Olivia, RTW

Today's illustration is of a dress from the Alice and Olivia RTW Spring 2013 collection.  All the colors in the dress, not to mention the stripes, make for a bright & cheery sketch.  I love the top of the dress, with it's strapless, sweetheart neckline.  I definitely tend to gravitate toward dresses in the spring & summer, what about you?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Prada, Spring 2013

Black and white is a big trend for spring this year.  While it may be a little bit out there to thing of these colors as typical spring colors, the graphic prints and silhouettes are too bold and pretty to pass up.  I'm still dreaming about pretty colors, as illustrated here and here, but I like the idea of stepping outside my comfort zone, fashion-wise.  The illustration today is inspired by a pretty Prada dress with a bold & edgy stripe detail  What's your favorite spring/summer fashion trend?

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Pretty Green Skirt

Today's illustration is inspired by a pretty skirt I saw on Pinterest.  I love the green color and flowy fabric, perfect for a spring evening look.  I had a lot of fun creating this illustration with the yellow background and super high heels.  Hope you like it!
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Art Show!

Hey everyone! I have some exciting news for any Dallas-area art lovers!  Friday, May 10 starting at 8PM, I will be participating in an art show.  There will be a free pancake station, a cash bar, live music, live painting, and more!  I am so excited to be a part of this show and would love to meet any of my readers that live in Dallas.  The show will be at Quixotic World and you can email me for more info! 

Here is an illustration I did while I was still in the Coachella mood... enjoy!

Friday, April 12, 2013


Here is a quick sketch I did a few weeks back. Blue eyeshadow is back! :)

A Simple Illustration

Happy Friday, everyone!  Today's illustration is a very simple one, but I really like her.  I've always wanted to cut my hair super short like this, but I don't think I would ever have the nerve to do it!

Thank you so much for reading and viewing my blog!  I love reading the comments and emails you send.
As always, feel free to send me a request for a sketch or an inspiration photograph and I'll try to illustrate it on the blog!
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I am off to Las Vegas this weekend for a quick vacation.  I'm sure I will find lots of inspiration there for some illustrations and sketches next week!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dry Bar

A few weeks ago, I was visiting Dallas, TX and had to visit Dry Bar.  If you aren't familiar with the concept, it's basically a hair salon where they feature blow outs and styling only, no cuts or color.  The salon had a gorgeous setup with a chic nod to an actual bartop.  They also have a cute menu with styles named after cocktails - love it!  I was so inspired to sketch the two styles I wanted: Straight Up and Mai Tai.  I ended up going with the Mai Tai, which was loose waves.
Have you ever been to a blow dry bar?  What did you order?
 Straight Up

The Mai Tai

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


A few weeks back, someone suggested I do a summer concert festival series.  I thought it was a great idea and decided to save it for when Coachella came around.  Coachella has it's own sense of fashion & style.  It seems different than SXSW and other music festivals I have been to.  In this sketch, I created a girl with high-waisted denim shorts, a tie-dye tube top, super bright accessories, and a headband.  I love how she turned out!  Are you going to Coachella?  What will you wear?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kate Spade Saturday

Today's sketch is of a gorgeous dress from Kate Spade Saturday.  I love the blue splatter and the length - perfect for spring & summer!  I am totally obsessed with everything Kate Spade right now (as I've mentioned before).  I mean, look at this bag!  Love.  Who's your favorite designer right now?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Orange Flowers

Lately, I've been experimenting with fashion portraits featuring strong, bright colors.  This is one of the pieces I've created.  I really like the bold flower in her hair coupled with her dark eyeshadow.  Hope you all enjoy!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Pink Friday

When I was in 8th grade, I dyed my hair pink... on accident.  The box said temporary but my hair just sucked up the color and it stayed pink well into the summer.  Lately, colored hair has become a thing.  Even though I will not be sporting this look again (once is enough for me), I wanted to illustrate a pretty lady with bright hair. 
Have you ever dyed your hair a crazy color?  I'd love to know how it turned out.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Glitter & Gold

I love glittery gold.  It was an important color in my wedding and I think it adds a certain pop that other colors just can't create.  I was struck when I saw this photo and it inspired me to add some glittery gold to a painting of mine.  I love the watercolor texture of her blouse and think that the gold glitter just adds that bit of extra texture.  What do you think of gold?  I'd love to hear what you think!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere

The third sketch for my Favorite Blogger Illustration series is Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere.  As you can probably tell from my two previous sketches of Rachel and Veronika, I love a great fashion blog.  Cupcakes & Cashmere is just that.  Emily has amazing taste in fashion, food, home decor, party planning - the list goes on!  I love browsing through her gorgeous photographs for inspiration and, of course, to covet her outfits.  A few weeks back, I fell in love with this coat and new I had to sketch it for this series... so here it is!  Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Lately, I have been really into drawing portrait-y fashion sketches (totally a thing) of pretty models and editorials.  They are a lot different from the full body fashion sketches I do because these focus on the face and expression of the model, while the fashion sketches are usually meant to focus on an outfit or look.  Do you gravitate toward one or the other?  If so, which do you prefer?

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Gold Necklace

My project today is centered around a gorgeous necklace I recently purchased from EllandEmm on Etsy.  The shop owner, Jenn, designs and creates her own line of jewelry and everything is so pretty.  You have to be quick though, her shop sells out fast!  

Speaking of Etsy, this weekend I opened up my very own shop where I sell prints of my illustrations and artwork.  I'll keep it up to date with new work that I do.  Let me know what you think!

  For the piece, I used gold leafing to bring out the gold in the necklace and I love how it turned out.  I also love her piercing blue eyes.  I have some fun pieces to show you all this week, so be sure to check back!  Happy Monday :)