This summer has gone by really quickly. I can’t believe that it’s almost fall already, even though the September issue of Vogue is winking up at me from my night table.
There are still a couple of more weeks of nice weather ahead, so go enjoy it at the beach one last time before we’re all shivering in cardigans and eternity scarves.
You might want to check out my other fatkini illustrations of Denise Bidot and Gabi Fresh.
This is another sketch I did about a year ago, but had never painted or inked the final illustration. Awhile ago I bought a few new tubes of Windsor & Newton watercolours, and this fashion illustration uses my new favourite – Opera Pink. I’m craving new bright colours, which means a trip to the art store soon!
I saw this amazing photo of plus size model Carmina Suzanne over the weekend, and knew that I had to illustrate it right away. It’s from a photo shoot in the Empire issue of Surreal Beauty Magazine, and I love it. I think this dress is really beautiful and it was fun to illustrate something so pretty and so unique.
If you love this painting and want to win a FREE watercolour illustration of yourself – don’t forget to enter the giveaway by Curvy Girl Chronicles and Curves Illustrated! Just follow Curvy Girl Chronicles and Curvy Sketches on Instagram, and use the hashtag #CurvyChroniclesSketch when posting your awesome fashion photos. You only have 2 more weeks to enter, so don’t forget to post before Aug 31.
You can ALSO automatically get 15% off any purchase in my etsy shop for the month of August, just by subscribing to Curvy Girl Chronicles.
I moved to a new apartment last month, and for the first time, I have a little studio for my art (this was tremendously exciting for me). I was unpacking all of my supplies and my old illustrations when I found a little stash of half completed illustrations from last year.
I decided to finish any of the ones that had promise, which included this illustration. It had already been painted, but there were no finishing details, so I added a little more paint – and remembered why I shelved this sketch. The watercolour paper quality is abysmal.
When I started Curves Illustrated, I didn’t have that much experience with watercolours. I was more skilled at rendering my illustrations with art markers, like Copics or Prismacolours. Markers are expensive, however, and I love the look of actual watercolour paint, so I went through a lot of paper to practice painting. I bought the cheapest paper on the market. It has a very heavy noticeable texture, it’s thin and warps easily when any water is applied, the paint bleeds everywhere, and paint lifts very easily from the page when you’re brushing it onto the illustration.
At the time, I thought any issues arose from my own inexperience, so I didn’t realize how bad the paper was until I bought better paper. The difference is very noticeable – now I buy cold press fine grain paper, and it doesn’t warp and the paint stays where I brush it on. It really makes a huge improvement.
This was my first week back to work after a 2 week vacation, so I have work attire on the brain right now. Of course, I work in the fashion industry, and my company doesn’t have a strict dress code, so I don’t get decked out every day in Office Wear (on the contrary – at my work, you see people from all stages of Anne Hathaway’s transformation in The Devil Wears Prada). I don’t know if this outfit would be appropriate for all offices, but big jewellery and a cute top would definitely get a nod of approval at mine!
I’m so excited to share these illustrations today. I’m a huge fan of plus size model Katana Fatale, and had started drawing a few images from her pretty fabulous tumblr (there was a wealth of gorgeous photos to choose from – I’m going to have to go back and do a few more soon).
Then, while I was still sitting in my studio after browsing her site and sketching, she actually commented on one of my instagram posts and said that it would make her month if I sketched her! Strangest coincidence I’ve had since I started illustrating. It was great.
Go check out her tumblr and follow her instagram – both are full of great images.
I love how regal and confident this pose is. (And I love taking a fan with me as an accessory on hot days, so this was an instant favourite image for me).
This image is of Katana and another model, Kanda. Beautiful women on a beautiful day. I love how it looks like they’re sharing secrets about the neighbours as they hang out together. Definitely a fun summer past time.
Finally, I also did a pencil portrait, which I love doing lately. Pencil sketches were always what I loved doing best when I was a kid just getting interested in art, and they have a special place in my heart.
I found Mary Burgers’ tumblr site recently and I can’t get enough of her aesthetic. Sometimes when I find a new fashion blogger I just can’t stop sketching, which proved to be the case yesterday – resulting in these 3 sketches.
Summer time is still in full swing here in Montreal – lots of blue skies and heat this week. I’ve enjoyed it, as I’ve been on vacation from the day job. Monday it’s back to work in the fashion industry, but for now I’m enjoying sundresses and refreshing drinks on the balcony!
I love this pink dot sundress and I think this illustration captures the spirit of summer.
I also love this librarian chic look. A good polka dot skirt is always a great find, and who doesn’t love an ascot neckline?
**** REMINDER ****
Curvy Girl Chronicles and I are having a giveaway! You can win a custom watercolour illustration of YOU by following Curvy Girl Chronicles and Curvy Sketches on Instagram, and posting a photo of what you would like to be illustrated. Make sure to use the hashtag #CurvyChroniclesSketch when posting your photo! I’m so excited to see everyone’s submissions. The contest is only open until Aug 31 so hurry up and enter!
You can ALSO automatically get 15% off any purchase in my etsy shop for the month of August, just by subscribing to Curvy Girl Chronicles. So if you want a custom illustration, a fashion print, or a fashion gift card, go subscribe – and happy shopping!
A little while ago, Kristina from Curvy Girl Chronicles contacted me about doing a feature on my work. The feature is now up and running – I’m the Curvy Girl of the Month!
We’re doing a giveaway to celebrate all of our curvy girl readers. Follow us on Instagram (@CurvySketches and @CurvyGirl_Chronicles). Then post the photo you would want illustrated, using the hashtag #CurvyChroniclesSketch for your chance to win one of my custom watercolour illustrations! Contest ends at the end of the month.
I’m also giving a 15% discount off anything in my Etsy shop all month long to Curvy Girl Chronicle readers, so go there subscribe if you want the code for this great discount on custom illustrations and greeting cards.
I was flipping through DARE Magazine yesterday and saw a fantastic swimwear photo shoot with the always lovely Denise Bidot. She’s one of my favourite plus size models and she looked amazing, so I dug out my pencils and sketchpad and did a quick illustration.
Later this week I have plans to head to the beach. I’ve been looking forward to it all summer and I can’t wait to relax and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Hope you all get the chance to escape to the beach this summer!
A few months ago, the lovely Kim of Call Me Kim commissioned me for an illustration for her blog header. It was a fun project and she was a real pleasure to work with. Good clients never fail to bring me joy! Go check our her website for fun fashion finds and style tips – you won’t be disappointed.
We’re starting a heat wave in Montreal and this illustration reminds me of the cool effortless style of summer, on days when it’s not as sweltering as it has been this weekend. I hope those days return soon!
If you would like your own commissioned artwork, please get in touch with the CONTACT ME form at the top left of this page or visit my Etsy shop for details about the kind of work that I do. I love to hear from readers and would love to illustrate something special just for you.
I’ve had weddings on my mind lately, and spent the day sketching up brides and dresses. This illustration features a pretty in pink plus size bride
If you’re thinking of getting an original gift for a bride-to-be this season, contact me for a custom illustration commission! It’s a great idea for a wedding shower, bridal, or anniversary gift. I also do bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride commissions as well.