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.

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!