The Sketch Book — watercolor

Sisterly Love

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With Valentines Day just around the corner, I thought I'd share a loving little commission sketch. How sweet are these sisters? Painting children is simultaneously one of the hardest and one of the most fun kinds of commission for me. As you may have noticed - adding a little extra pudge to my figures isn't my first instinct - so getting a perfectly plump baby cheek is a sweet challenge!

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Ashley's Bridal Party

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Here's a bevy of bridesmaid beauties to start this Friday! W&L alumni, you may see some familiar faces here! What do you think, have I been a bridesmaid machine lately or what?

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gatsby fever

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Gatsby fever is at an all time high with the movie set to come out this week. Not that you need me to tell you that. It's everywhere - from runways to the today show segments to every blog ever created.  What is it about the Gatsby theme that is so appealing? The fashion is so distinctive, with its restrained and modern glamour. But beyond the drop waists and headbands, I never really understood the glorification of the story. Maybe I need to reread it without a term paper waiting at the end of it like the last time I...

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Ella Rue's new site

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Congratulations to Ella Rue on their new website! I've told you about Ella Rue before, it is a wonderful consignment boutique. Krista, the store's owner and curator, just launched a lovely new website full of cute illustrations by yours truly so be sure to go check it out! This illustration above is their landing page and is a sketch of their cute georgetown shop.

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Beach Experiment

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 So I was playing around with watercolors yesterday... actually using them as watercolors and not just a vehicle for adding life to ink drawings. It was refreshing to break the mold of my "technique" and turned out sort of cool (I think). I was trying to capture an aerial view of a beach dotted with yellow umbrellas.It was scary at first, not to try to make it perfect. I even stood up while I was painting it, which I never do. Officially out of the comfort zone.After a little while I was at it I got so comfortable out of my...

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