Illustrating for Key To The Cure at Saks & Fifth

I was so honored and thankful to be a part of Key To The Cure 2016 last week. It was such a pleasure to work with the lovely people at Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the fabulous hosts Saks & Fifth at Sarasota UTC mall. The event raised funds to create grants and assistance for female cancer patients, providing support and practical solutions for those in need. 

Me & my lady in pink.

Me & my lady in pink.

All set up & ready to go.

All set up & ready to go.

Ready, set, paint

Ready, set, paint

First portrait of the night.

First portrait of the night.

Loved meeting this lovely lady from Blow La La.

Loved meeting this lovely lady from Blow La La.

#1 husband.

#1 husband.

My tip top team, the fabulous Beverley & darling husband.

My tip top team, the fabulous Beverley & darling husband.

More photos of illustrations created for the event to follow.
 

If you are planning an event and interested in working together, do say hello, I would love to hear your ideas aimee@aimeesicora.com

Sketchbook diary - people

I needed a little sketch book inspiration so I flipped open a magazine which just happened to be the New York Times Style Guide, set my Pandora station to French Cafe radio and got to work. 

Meet Amanda and Julie.  

Meet Amanda and Julie.  

Here's the original inspiration that I took from the magazine.  

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I choose some people out of the photo and created little doodle characters and gave them an imaginary job title.  

Creativity at it's best meet Fashion Icon - Iris Apfel

American business woman, interior designer and fashion icon, Iris Apfel.

My sketch in progress of Iris Apfel.

My sketch in progress of Iris Apfel.

Have you heard of Iris Apfel? if you have then you will already be aware of her out of the box creative style and fabulousness! If you have no idea who she is then you are missing out, this lady is inspirational!
At 94 years old, you can sure learn a thing or two from this lady.

I find Iris's approach to style so refreshing, she doesn't follow trends, she doesn't care what others think, she marches to the beat of her own drum and has a lot of fun in the process.

If you're curious to find out more about this wonderfully talented lady then there is a great documentary on her called Iris (click the link to find out more and watch the trailer) and it's on Netflix! Iris has lead a fascinating life full of exotic travel, she was married to her darling husband Carl for 67 years, she has worked on all kinds of projects including restoration work at the White House and has had her personal collection of clothing, accessories and exquisite fabrics showcased at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Palm trees and Lilly Pulitzer

Lately I have really been realizing how fortunate I am to live in Sarasota Florida, I am surrounded by water and sunshine, lush tropical plants and towering palm trees.This illustration was inspired by that whole summery tropical wave I am feeling at the moment!

 

The pattern on the jumpsuit was inspired by a Lilly Pulitzer swatch that I saw on Instagram. Focusing on pattern has definitely given me the bug to start producing some of my own repeat patterns, so watch this space...

 

I tend to leave the backgrounds surrounding my illustrations blank but I'm pleased that I added the palm tree silhouettes on this one!

Of course as my illustration came to life on paper, so did the character... so let me introduce you. Fiona may look a little intimidating at first glance, with her endless legs, her perfect tan and bouncy hair, but don't let her gorgeous looks deceive you. Fiona is beautiful inside and out, she has a heart of gold! It may surprise you to know that she is a biochemist, she is passionate about her career and is rapidly gaining respect as a professional in her field.  

 

This art print is now available for purchase in my Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/230170420/fashion-illustration-summer-print-floral

Ice-cream is always a good idea

The Inspiration for my art work comes from many places and lately one of those places is Instagram! My favorite insta feed is that of fashion blogger Julia Engel, it is impossible to not be inspired by her gorgeous photos from all around the world full of color and beautiful clothing and accessories - she also seems like a genuinely lovely person!

One of her recent ig posts was of her and a friend eating ice-cream, as soon as I saw it I knew I had to paint it. 


I love the happy summery vibe that this picture gives off, I also love the idea of eating ice-cream with one of your best girlfriends... because ice-cream is always a good idea!

I would love to hear what is inspiring you at the moment? 

You can follow Julia Engel on instagram @juliaengel or check out her website www.galmeetsglam.com

*This art print is currently available in my etsy shop

Florence the flamingo

Taking inspiration from my surroundings led me to create this illustration, this illustration is the first in my floridian series, so keep your eyes peeled for more floridian pieces- coming soon!

A trip to a local animal park 'Jungle Gardens' got me up close and personal with some flamingos. It would be hard to not be inspired by these inquisitive quirky birds! their personalities flew right off of their pink feathers and onto my sketchbook page. 

After bringing Florence the flamingo to life on paper it was obvious that she needed a friend... Charlotte and Florence  became fast friends, they quickly realized that they had something in common- long legs! and they particularly enjoy the fact that they can shop twice as fast as everyone else, which makes shopping the sales very productive! 

You can purchase a print of Florence and Charlotte from my ETSY shop. The print is perfect for adding a dash of whimsy to your home or office and if you are looking for a unique gift for a friend, then look no further! 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/226711034/flamingo-art-fashion-illustration

I hope that you enjoyed seeing Florence and Charlotte come to life on paper. Thanks for stopping by! 



work in progress

Hello,

I thought I would share a little on my process, how I go from start to finish on a personal illustration project. 

This illustration was created so that I could add new inventory to my art prints available for purchase. 

I usually have some source of inspiration, and with my fashion background that inspiration usually comes from clothing. Sometimes I will create purely from my imagination but the illustration that I am going to share the process on stared with some inspiration. 

I was at my doctors office last month and I saw this little clip in People Magazine with some of Michael Kors fabulous designs. I was instantly drawn to the bold colors and print, I often stick with softer colors and the most pattern I venture with is usually stripes and polka dot so I saw this as a great idea to try something new. 

 

When I was ready to start creating I pulled up the Michael Kors image that I had snapped on my phone and kept that handy to refer back to. Then I flicked through Elle magazine and found a pose with two people in it that could give me a starting point for sketching.

 

I always start with an oval for the head and then work my way down, the last thing I usually draw is the face. 

The sketching part usually takes me a long time because I am a bit of a perfectionist and keep my work quite tight, loosing up is something I really need to work on!

When it comes to adding paint I use a watercolor note pad to test my colors on before applying to my actual illustration. I mix my skin color first and then start applying it to all areas where skin will be shown. (tip when testing colors I always wait to see how it looks when it is dry as i can be quite different from when you first apply it.)

After painting in the skin I applied some masking fluid (you apply this to areas that you do not want your paint to go.) 

When the paint around the masking fluid is dry I rub off the masking fluid with my finger, and continue working on adding paint to the illustration. 

Little by little my illustration begins to come to life as I add little details. 

Here are the pretty finished ladies all ready for a fabulous evening filled with cocktails and dancing. You can find a print of the illustration for sale here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/223835351/bright-flower-fashion-illustration-art? 

I hope that you enjoyed having a little insight into my process!