Fashion Illustration

Blizzardish Blues

Gauche, Oil Pastel, Metallic Paint, Micron Pen, Pencil

Gauche, Oil Pastel, Metallic Paint, Micron Pen, Pencil

The weather forecast called for two feet of snow this mid March day. Luckily, only about 8" fell in Manhattan... unluckily, most of it icy. 

I think, looking out of our snowy apartment window all morning, that the blue-toned street corner inspired me to paint a cool-toned work.

I stumbled upon an old Gotham Magazine tear of Naomi Watts draped in a Delpozo gown, SS2016 - a $28,450 piece. Not the painting (yet) but the dress. ;) 

She's so naturally lovely and I found her pose really charming, casual and cool.

The tear was also printed in black and white - perfectly how I prefer images I paint from to be. Without colored images, my color choices are free and uninfluenced. This is also the reason why so many of my portrait paintings are created with the absence of true flesh tones. 

There are already so many perimeters on how we interpret the world - I'd rather not embrace many of them in my artwork.

So, liberties were taken, Delpozo, my apologies. 

Why doesn't it look like Lady Watts, you ask? Well, when I work, I really just want to be inspired by the person, place or object, not really wanting to replicate them exactly as they are. That's why we have cameras, no? ;) That said, my hats off to any realistic painter; an enviable talent.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this blizzardy-babe painted in gauche today.

Stay colorful and cozy,
Rachael

 

Blushed Bride

There's a grace and power to putting pen - or in this case watercolor - to paper. Sometimes we have to put our dreams down on paper to start to moving them toward reality. This commission was dreamed up for a  strong young lady who's not been feeling so well and is under doctor's care. But, she has a healthy and hopeful vision for her future and knows exactly what she wants. When her mother reached out to commission me and told me her daughter's story, I was moved beyond words. I couldn't wait to put down on paper this fashionable young lady's vision for her wedding day ensemble. She has impeccably good taste and she's going to be the most beautiful blushing bride -- of this I'm sure. I hope her illustration inspires her as much as she herself is an inspiration. 

Denim Dreamin'

Fashion is so wonderfully expressive. It's wearable art, really. The colors, the fabric and movement... It all just lights me up! I often tell my guy, 'If I were filthy rich, oh, the fashion I'd wear...' He normally cringes just a little bit. But I think he's curious.

Everywhere I go I'm always commenting on my favorite street looks, accessory pops, and elegant or edgy ensembles. I usually even compliment strangers when their sense of style so moves me. They may think I'm crazy, but I don't care... I simply can't help myself. ;)  It only makes sense that when I moved to one of the most fashionable cities on the planet, I was moved to start illustrating fashion. I adore my oil abstracts and figure painting, though there's also something about illustrating fashion with magical watercolors that also flutters my heart.

So, Yeah -- Baby, it's really really cold outside, but I couldn't help but illustrate this sweet, light & edgy denim number via Citizens Of Humanity. Swoon.

If I had to commit to a uniform, it would hands-down be blue jeans, a black tank top, maybe some layerables, and always boots & a jacket - or sandals and a light scarf in warmer climates. I would never tier!

Ok, back to reality. Next illustration, winter coats and very cherry red Hunter boots. (Hint Hint, Santa)



 

 

 

December Offerings!

A Bespoke Fashion Illustration for the Ladies you Love.

A lovely Senior Portrait Illustration Commission

A lovely Senior Portrait Illustration Commission

One of my dear friend's daughter is in her Senior Year of Upper School, preparing to embark on an exciting new journey as College Freshman next year. She had the most fantastic Senior Portrait session which inspired this whimsical illustration capturing her grace and beauty.

Bespoke Fashion Illustrations capture a moment in time in the most charming way - and are among some of my favorite artworks to create. They're the perfect custom gift and so meaningful! A unique way to celebrate a special event for the wonderful women in your life.

If you'd like to talk more about a custom illustration for this holiday - I'm able to take 3 more commissions by December 10th. Don't wait - Contact me to get the conversation going!

XO,
Rachael

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