It’s all in the ingredients

by Patsyfox on November 19, 2016


Amongst the plethora of client work I’ve been doing of late is a bunch of fragrances (more on that to come) and a few of their beautiful natural ingredients – like this lemon and lime. Speaking of lemons, where was this illustration a few months ago when I had an enquiry asking “Do you have any illustrations of lemons?”. Now, this can be filed under “What Grinds My Gears” (correct – with everything else!) – because I didn’t have actual illustrations of lemons in my folio, but hey, pretty much everything else, I didn’t get the job! Do not start me. Suffice to say, to anyone who wonders, yes, if I can draw complex human figures and faces then yes, I can draw a lemon. And pairs! And apples! Got it?


Pretty pink peony..


A dewy white flower.spices-watercolour-illustrationSome woody spices..

Lucinda – A jewel in my crown

by Patsyfox on November 11, 2016


What began as a simple inky portrait for jewellery brand  Emma & Roe (part of the Michael Hill jewellery business) – see previous post – has now turned into a new look for the brand, and that look is illustration!  Whoop etc, boy do I love it when people appreciate the uniqueness that an illustration gives to a page, an advertisement, anything

So after submitting a bunch of character sketches we chose this one and created a suite of her which changes expressions and even gives you a cheeky wink – you can find the animation on their TV commercials which are mainly in Queensland (where the brand is based), but have been spotted down south so keep your eyes peeled.  She took on such a personality for us we decided to name her – meet Lucinda, who can be found all over the Emma & Roe November campaign.

I’ve just completed a big bunch of illustrations for Xmas also so stay tuned for those in a few weeks..


by Patsyfox on November 11, 2016


I love doing portraits of people, getting a likeness and knowing it has a real feel of them.  This recent portrait commission for jewellery brand Emma & Roe was a fun one where I got to practice my ink techniques, a work in progress..

Springtime at The Salon

by Patsyfox on October 18, 2016


Wouldn’t it be great to have some new artistic skills to play with over the Xmas break? Or even better, to use to create a bunch of unique and heart-felt Xmas pressies? Yes it would! So perhaps one of the Spring Sunday workshops at The Drawing Salon would be a lovely idea for you.  They’re timed nicely after the craziness of the Spring Racing Carnival, so really, what’s your excuse?  Find out more information on The Drawing Salon website, or write to me your own questions – I am here, I will answer!





This will be the 4th time the Fashion Illustration Bootcamp has run since being created in May this year. Each time a full class of students have experienced for themselves just how much you can learn in one day, even without any experience at all – go on, surprise yourself! Sunday 4th December 10.30am – 4.30pm. Book it here.

Artful night out

by Patsyfox on October 4, 2016


I don’t know why, but I do so much work that never sees the light of day here on Patsyfox, or for that matter on it-didn’t-happen-if-it’s-not-on Instagram – and don’t even start me on my actual folio website which has been broken now for more than 18 months! (I know, so professional, right?)

In particular I do loads of live-sketching events where lucky folk get to drop by and pose for me for about 10 minutes, then take home their very own fashion portrait by me – for free!

For the recent Vogue Fashion’s Night Out I drew live fashion portraits in the Reiss store in Lt Collins Street in Melbourne, and next Thursday night I’ll be in the Myer Topshop store sketching like a mad woman – you should come say hi one day!


by Patsyfox on September 25, 2016


It was another sold-out Fashion Illustration (Bootcamp) class at The Drawing Salon today, and what a fun day – a particularly enthusiastic gang, and a very fun drawing to finish off with – featuring a look from Alessandro Michele’s delightful new vision for Gucci. It took me a while to get on board with his style, but I’m digging now like a crazy person.

Sorry to the people who’ve been emailing me about upcoming Fashion Illustration classes at The Salon – I’ve been too busy to schedule them, but I will get onto it this week I promise!

Flex it

by Patsyfox on September 16, 2016


If you’d love to learn to draw but don’t have the time to sign up to a whole course, or maybe aren’t sure if you’ll stick with it, then my Fashion Illustration Bootcamp is probably for you.

It’s a one-day intensive workshop that starts at the absolute beginning (that’s right, even if you can only draw hangman figures you can do this workshop), then powers through all the fundamentals of Fashion Illustration and ends up with some fabulous marker pen rendering techniques. All in a day, and you even get a lunch break! ONE spot left. Book it here.

Less is always more

by Patsyfox on September 15, 2016


It was Coco Chanel who said to always take one thing off before leaving the house, right? Excellent advice, although my personal moto – all things in moderation, including moderation – could be applied to this advice in some cases (Kim Kardashian I’m talking to you here, you should take no more things off).

The High-Heeled Hostess

by Patsyfox on August 13, 2016


It’s not for no reason that I gave up entertaining almost before I began – there was the time my boyfriend and I spent the entire night before, drinking and cleaning the house (“OMG do you realise it’s 4am?!”) and were so ill we spent the entire next day in bed (lesson learned: Don’t wait ’til the night before to start cleaning your filthy house)…Then there was the time a fun-lovin’ guest arrived early and brought around some fun-lovin’ cookies laced with irresistible dark chocolate. I ate so many while I chopped the veggies I ended up spending the entire dinner party in bed, being visited by guests, Queen Victoria-style, as they left (lesson learned: Say no…etc).  You get the picture?

When I was asked to illustrate the cover of the fabulous new book The High-Heeled Hostess, I thought “well I can’t relate to the topic but it sure sounds like fun”. After spending a couple of hours reading through it this week though, I believe I may be a changed woman.  I’m inspired goddammit! It has to be laid out pretty simply for me, with lots of sub-headings, and this is – from mood lighting to how to (politely) ask the guests to go home.  Oh and tasty food & drink recipes are included too.  The author Julie Wilson is, after all, a professional caterer who has cooked for the rich and famous in addition to lucky friends & family. You can find out more here.

The High-Heeled-Hostess-illustrated-book-cover

Take a trip

by Patsyfox on August 12, 2016


If Facebook posts are to be believed, 80% of my friends are currently holidaying in Europe.  Is this nasty taste in my mouth what they experience when it’s me that’s over there, as it usually is?? How distasteful! Of all the winters I decided not to visit Europe, I cannot believe I chose this one. In any case, no matter how many photos I see of summer holidays in Europe, where I long to be right now is the U.S. The only thing I can’t decide is which coast – East…? or West…?  Why both of course!