Brooklyn Babe

Lately I’ve been getting inspired by what some women have been wearing on the trains in NYC. I love the eclectic mix of styles, from business suits to trendy styles, I really am starting to appreciate the diversity of people and cultures in New York and Brooklyn. I love that each and every person I see randomly has a way of inspiring me in even the smallest ways. I hope to post more of these drawings soon!

Lately I’ve been more focused on writing and going to my Novel Writing Class in Brooklyn, I’m learning so much! And the writing exercises we do in class has really been helping me with my writing. I’ve been learning how to think on the spot and come up with random ideas based on topics. Some of the fun ones we recently did in class was do Character Sketches in which we would imagine what kind of shoes our character would wear and you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes! And also reading other short excerpts and chapters from different novels to get a sense of learning to write in a certain way. My mind is so open right now, I feel like a sponge! I’m soaking everything up right now!

This drawing I did was inspired by a girl I saw randomly on the train and she had this really cute haircut. Although I couldn’t figure out what her style was, somewhere between a futurist and someone dressing for the cold weather. I don’t know, but she looked really comfy and cute at the same time that I just had to draw her!

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Alas Updates!

It has been the busiest 3 weeks! New job, getting settled in New York… and the list goes on!

Here are some experimental drawings that I’ve been exploring with fashion illustration and really trying to hone in on a style. You may have seen low res pics on instagram or my FB page in the last few weeks. I recently just bought an Epson V330 scanner! It is awesome! So happy I finally bought one, I’ve been needing one! My old Canon LiDe broke in one of my boxes that I shipped to NY. My packing wasn’t very good =(

Refinery29 Launch at Sloane

Sort of a last minute thing, but I got invited to do some quick sketches of people at the Refinery29 Launch last night at Sloane. I actually met with Carol Nunnely one of the department heads of the Fashion school at AAU yesterday to pick her brain about Fashion Illustration and how I could get into putting together a portfolio for freelance work. She was nice enough to meet with me out of her busy schedule and a job opportunity popped up, talk about great timing! Anyway, here are some photos I took of some of the quick sketches of people that came by and wanted their portrait drawn. It was really fun and I really enjoyed it, despite being in a dark corner and drawing, people really loved my work! Good crowd! I’m so happy =) I wasn’t able to take photos of all of them, but some promised to send me photos of the sketches, let’s hope they remember!

xoxo
Diane

Some other sketches I drew in between drawing people

This I actually experimented with at home =) Markers and water colors on water color paper.

Markers on illustration board. Its interesting to me that that proportions are much more elongated in fashion illustration, I learned from Carol at our meeting that the proportions are broken into thirds, a far different concept from drawing the figure in normal proportions. Its actually kinda fun to draw the figures in this way.