Stripe me lucky

by Patsyfox on September 16, 2014

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In an ideal world I would be sketching away, kaftan-clad and sipping on a G&T as the fashion week presentations rolled by.  Sadly I scan them in the wee hours of the night and barely have time to commit any of my favourites to paper.  Last week’s New York Fashion Week left me wholly underwhelmed so thank god for these fab stripes at DKNY and Victoria Beckham.  And that is all – hooray for London!

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I love Girls On Film

by Patsyfox on September 15, 2014

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And rock ‘n’ roll, and Joan Jett for that matter.  Friday night saw the launch of the first ever Girls On Film Festival and what better kick off than The Runaways?  If I could steal just one film wardrobe I would steal this one – I want the leather, the Gary Glitter-style platform boots, and more than anything the red jumpsuit.  Sigh.  Was still thinking about it over the weekend and just had to draw the beautiful Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, who were both so fabulous as Cherie Currie and Joan Jett.

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I’m not there

by Patsyfox on September 9, 2014

fashion_illustration_classes_demonstration_melbourneLast week’s demo with the delightful and talented Advanced Fashion Illustration class involved the art of the disappearing illustration.  Rendering it just so it had a presence, then fading it away without anyone noticing. Just as I like to do at parties…

Ink, soft pastels, pencils

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When in doubt, put a cat on it

by Patsyfox on September 4, 2014

French_cat_t-shirt_printI could never be accused of not letting the world know about my love of cats, and when the deadline to get my art in for the Wear Art Thou t-shirt exhibition was not only looming but zooming by me, I again called on my feline friends..

If you’re in Melbourne and happen to be around the city tomorrow night 5th September, drop by No Vacancy Gallery, have a wine with me and say hi. Illustrators Australia have collaborated with Red Bubble to put a bunch of our artworks on t-shirts and display them – for sale – in this lovely gallery space.

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What I did this week

by Patsyfox on August 30, 2014

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Fur & shine – my favourite combo

Apart from blubbering over the true death of True Blood – Was I crying because it never did redeem itself and get good again? Or because it was possibly the worst-written last-episode of anything? Or simply because goodbyes have never been my strong point and after four back-to-back episodes I had made my way through most of a bottle of red wine? True mystery.  Where was I? Oh yes, apart from that I was drawing up a storm with my students, as usual.  The sessions are always fun, always challenging, and just sometimes require me raiding my kitchen and laundry supplies… These are some of my demo drawings.

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Mmm, wolves…my choice animal from the animals in fashion illustration session

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Nurse naughty

by Patsyfox on August 29, 2014

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It was comforting to spend last Sunday afternoon in the presence of a nurse, seeing how I’d given my liver a good flogging for the previous 48hrs.  A nurse at a Dr Sketchys drawing session however is likely to lead you into more trouble, not less.  At least the lighting was low and hair of the dog was plentiful…

 

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The art of shoe sales

by Patsyfox on August 22, 2014

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This is not the first, nor will it be the last time I turn my already-works-of-art Preston Zly shoes into art of another style.  I stalked these particular boots for a considerable length of time before finally bringing them home to meet Frankie, and have never regretted it.  My Preston Zly shoes in fact have their own section in my shoe cupboards, it’s true.

Not only are they having one of their infrequent studio sales today and tomorrow in Melbourne, these delightful boots, a collaboration with Alexi Freeman, are going on sale for the first time.  Honestly, I love them so much I want to buy them again… Rear 219 Smith st Fitzroy.  Warning: You will have to fight me for the 37s…

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Face facts

by Patsyfox on August 1, 2014

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That’s right folks, it’s back.  Due to the popularity and excellent results of this workshop when I held it for the first time in June, I’m running it again! Faces are the number one thing that people tell me they struggle with. Inspired by the fine artists who base their understanding on the cranial structure of the head then work outwards, I created a workshop where we start with the skull then work it into fashion illustration faces, all the way through to stylised faces and features.

It won’t happen overnight but it will happen in this workshop…

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It’s good to be Frankie

by Patsyfox on July 28, 2014

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It’s incredibly good being my cat, just ask Frankie.  In fact I believe if word got out, I would have all the cats of the street clawing at my front door.

You don’t believe me?  If you’re my cat, and you look too cute curled up on my drawing chair, I’ll draw standing up so you can stay there.  So much so that I am now so used to drawing standing up I prefer it (so much for the expensive and ergonomic fancy chair).  Furthermore I have the heating up so high it’s perpetually like Darwin in my house, and I even think it’s funny when you stick your paw out to try and trip me over.  Need I go on?

Oh yes, and you have your portrait drawn constantly.  These sketches are from my 60-second breaks during a marathon-style drawing deadline this weekend.  Notice please – Frankie does not move from the sleeping position. It’s really good to be Frankie.

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by Patsyfox on July 25, 2014

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To say Patsyfox been a little slack of late is to make a gross understatement, but still waters run deep and I can assure you behind the scenes is a flurry of  paintbrushes, emails, et al… Last week saw not only the beginning of the RMIT semester but also the new term of classes at The Drawing Salon, and while I was stretched to all my various limits, it occurred to me that I have a really, really good life, because what I do for work is the same as what I do for pleasure (except the drinking). New York saw me not just hanging out with my dear friend, the fabulous Bil Donovan, but also interviewing three incredible illustrators – now I just have to write it all up for you…

In the mean time, above is a quick live drawing of my beautiful muse and ex-design student Emily, and below is The Drawing Salon in action this week for the first advanced fashion illustration class – wait until I get around to posting their work!  (You can be more up to date with this on The Salon Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheDrawingSalon)

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