Get with the program

by Patsyfox on July 15, 2014

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Advanced_fashion_illustration_short_course_MelbourneThere are few finer things to do while it’s cold outside than to sit and draw.   The Introduction to Fashion Illustration classes may be fully booked, but for those who have even a small amount or perhaps a large amount of drawing experience, why not jump into some fun and challenging advanced classes?  They’re the only ones in this fine town.

For those who want to keep up to date with current illustrator techniques, get on board the digital fashion illustration course which features Adobe Photoshop and a touch of Adobe Illustrator.  Working with your hand-drawn illustrations, you’ll become familiar with the tools, processes and effects possible with digital programs, and achieving the results so many art directors are asking for.

More info on the Salon website.

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When in Rome…

by Patsyfox on July 2, 2014

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I’ve never had a lot of luck getting to the Colosseum in Rome – the first time I was on a work trip, had just one day to shop the entire of Rome, and… slept through my alarm.  Until 2pm.  But that’s another story.  This time my first day, allocated to on-location sketching around the town, was marred by my luggage being left behind in the last of a hundred transit cities – complete with my drawing equipment.

In my jet-lagged cock-eyed optimistic thought process, I thought it a good idea to go the Colosseum anyway – on a scorching hot Roman day - wearing the winter flying outfit I’d been wearing for approximately 3 days.  In case you’re thinking that was an incredibly stupid idea, you’re right!

The pain was soon forgotten – you just can’t be distracted by the beauty of such a city.

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The rise of the machines

by Patsyfox on June 15, 2014

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The Terminator reference may be a little over-dramatic in relation to the prevalence of digital illustration these days, but what can I say – I love pencils!  The answer for me as always is to meet half way – hand illustration meets photoshop.  So in a first for The Drawing Salon, today I held a full-day intensive workshop on colouring your hand-drawn image using photoshop.

Like all areas of my life, I jammed in at least four-times what the average content would be, and sure, when we got to the bit about creating your own patterns to use with the pattern stamp people’s brains did start exploding onto the walls like a Tarantino movie, but eh – it’s how I roll.  Everyone left with smoking hot images and I’m pretty sure they will have forgiven me by Monday morning.  They just may not have come down from the sugar high from all the chocolate.

That’s my demo image above, a little rough but cute.  I’ll hold this workshop again in August, but over 2 days, so less blood is shed.

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This or that…or this…or that?

by Patsyfox on June 5, 2014

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I wish I could say that these fancy animations I do were something to do with being at one with the endless possibilities that technology offers us. Sadly, it has more to do with crippling indecisiveness – when do I stop? With colour? Without? Sigh. Answer? Animation!

This is the strikingly beautiful Emily, drawn this week during The Drawing Salon’s advanced fashion illustration class – this week with a live model.  Thanks Emily for bringing your beauty to The Salon. X

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I see red

by Patsyfox on May 31, 2014

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An exercise in gouache paint, minimalism, and negative space.

One of the things I love most about teaching fashion illustration is that it forces me to use every variety of media in existence.  It also forces me to be ok with whipping up drawings in a matter of minutes while surrounded by a group of people.  What never ceases to surprise me is that the drawings of mine that seem to be the most popular are those quickly whipped-up demos – never mind the drawings I’ve thought long and hard about and spent time producing.  Sheesh!  It’s enough to make me see red.

Stencils and sponges

by Patsyfox on May 31, 2014

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Ink, graphite pencil, stencil paper, kitchen sponge, toothbrush

I’m currently in the middle of the first Advanced course of fashion illustration I’ve put together for The Drawing Salon.  And I like it.  My wonderful talented students require me to rise to the challenge each week, providing them with new techniques, styles, and ideas.  Last week I laid out a pile of stencil paper, old toothbrushes, and kitchen sponges – voila, this was my demonstration drawing, you should see what they did!  I love humble equipment, and not relying on a computer to create effects…

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Technology advances at an ever-increasing speed and in the world of Fashion Illustration it’s essential to stay relevant and up-to-date with techniques as many art directors look for artists who are able to combine hand drawn and digital elements.  As a trainer and illustrator I’m passionate about hand-created illustration and techniques, but when this is combined with digital illustration, I get very excited!

Starting with scanned hand-drawn illustrations, this full-day intensive will take you from step 1 through to rendering your figures digitally, working in layers, applying effects, patterns, backgrounds, using brushes, plus more, then combining multiple figures into one final composition.

You will be amazed at how much you can learn in one day – it’s not as hard as you think, if you learn how!

Suitable for complete beginners or those with some knowledge of Photoshop. (You will need a laptop with Photoshop, preferably CS5 or CS6)

Held in the beautiful Frankie and Swiss studio, Sth Yarra.

Class size: Maximum 10-12 people – at The Drawing Salon, size does matter.  Cost: $145 includes notes.

 

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In all my time teaching and practicing fashion illustration, the comment I hear more than any other is “I can’t draw faces!”  Poorly drawn faces ruin more otherwise fantastic and professional illustrations than anything else.

Faces feature in each of The Drawing Salon courses, but there can never be too much time spent on this, and regardless of what level a person is at, faces always need and benefit from further study and practice.  This workshop gives you to opportunity to focus purely on this topic.

This one-day intensive will begin by examining the cranial structure of the face as studied by the classical fine artists, so we can all understand exactly what and why we’re drawing when we’re creating our expressive fashion images.  We take this new information through a series of illustrations exploring a variety of views, and finish by looking at stylised fashion faces – how can you draw that face in a few lines and make it look fabulous?

At the end of the day you can moonwalk out the door with a booty of killer illustrations under your arm – what’s not to love?

Held in the beautiful Frankie and Swiss studio, Sth Yarra.

Class size: Maximum 12 people – at The Drawing Salon, quantity means quality.  Cost: $135 includes materials and notes

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Just when you thought it wouldn’t happen.

by Patsyfox on May 16, 2014

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The streets of our town

by Patsyfox on May 15, 2014

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Buildings are pretty much the easiest things in the world to draw.  They don’t move, have complex body shaping, or involve understanding the  centre of gravity.  What could more closely resemble a walk in the park?!  Which is why I’m always surprised when people say “OH you can draw buildings?!” or ask if I could draw a bottle of wine and some glasses (I have a particular affinity with this one), for example.

If I can draw beautiful women in all manner of contorted positions, then yes, YES, I can draw buildings.

(Here’s some that were commissioned for the windows of a certain major Melbourne department store, inspired by my travel sketchbooks – I really do get some wonderful commissions.)

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Saints and sinners

by Patsyfox on April 26, 2014

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On more than one occasion*, I’ve been accused of being dismissive and disinterested.  What can I say?  I don’t suffer bores!  Then there are the other occasions where I meet someone and cling like velcro.  The day I met Christine St Clair, we shook hands and I saw the twinkle in her eye and a whiff of a wicked sense of humour and knew I’d found a kindred spirit, and that was that.  We were teaching the same class at RMIT one day per week, and frantically working on our lofty plans the other six.  When her very well-kept secret mission came to fruition, not even my post-India sinus-plague could keep me from attending the opening celebration.  A talented, canny woman with a sharp eye that misses nothing, brava.  Comme Des Garçons Pocket opened over a year ago at 2 Rankins Lane in the city, a discreet location for a little piece of heaven.  It’s the first Comme Des Garçons store ever in Australia, and stocks the Play line from the brand, which as it would happen, is all the fun stuff.

I have visited exactly four times – not much you say?  Because I haven’t yet left without buying something!  4 visits = 4 clutches.  Same clutch, different colours.  I hate handbags!  And this is the perfect clutch - perfect. Big enough for your evening essentials – phone, money, keys, lipstick, tissues (what - You’ve never been caught with no toilet paper?), small enough to hold while you dance the night away, without looking like a dick. Perfection.  Gluttony is a sin, but sometimes it just makes sense.

(*gross understatement)

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