Xmas treats

by Patsyfox on November 19, 2015


Ho ho ho, it’s not off to Chadstone we go this Xmas!  Give yourself a break from the dreaded Xmas shopping and make your own usable works of art instead.  I am collaborating with Frankie and Swiss – the fabulous boutique textile printers whose studio I hold The Drawing Salon classes in, to hold a full-day workshop on Saturday December 5th.  Enjoy a lesson in fashion illustration, experimenting with inks and watercolours, with a view to produce a gorgeous artwork which will then be applied to your choice of textile product.  Frankie and Swiss will be on hand to demonstrate the process of scanning in an original artwork, preparing it for printing, then you will see it printed before your eyes on “Florence”, their printing machine.  Voila!  Your artworks will be scanned and prepared overnight, then posted to you within 2 weeks.  and yes, you can order multiples to either start your empire or take care of your shopping list in one master stroke.

So what can you choose from?
1 x 45cm square cushion made from 100% cotton canvas, printed front / plain back, invisible zip on lower edge, with black or white piping.
2 x 100% linen tea towels.
1 x Tote bag made from 100% cotton canvas, finished size 46cm x 37cm, with black or white webbing straps perfect length to wear over your shoulder.  Printed front side.
All made right here in Melbourne, of course!

What to I need to bring?
Colour pencils
Your paintbrushes with a palette and water jar.

When where and how much?
Saturday 5th December 10am – 4.30pm
Frankie and Swiss studios, Studio 8, 199 Toorak Road
South Yarra Victoria 3141
$255 inc gst and postage.
Strictly limited to 12 places.

And if you’d prefer, or if you’d like to make a weekend of it, how about making your own illustrated Xmas cards?


Impress the hell out of your friends by creating your own hand-illustrated Xmas cards using beautiful cards lightly pre-printed with one of my own cute fashion figures – you style her with clothes, hair, accessories etc and illustrate her with the range of media on hand – watercolour, inks, collage, etc.  Slick and stylish or blingy as a Kardashian.

What do you get? 
20 pre cut & folded cards on beautiful 250gsm paper stock, with rich red envelopes.
Inspiration and tips on the millions of things you can do with these figures.
A huge range of media and materials to use.

What do you bring?
Coloured pencils
A pair of scissors
Your paintbrushes with a palette and water jar
Collage materials if you feel like it, but I will have plenty on hand also.

Do you need experience?
This workshop will suit pretty much everyone – if you have no drawing experience you will find the figures extremely helpful, and I will be on hand to teach you how to draw the clothes on and demonstrate techniques and ideas.  If you DO have experience you will still see some tricks and get ideas and power through your stack of cards!

When where and how much?
Sunday 6th December 10am – 4.30pm
Frankie and Swiss studios, Studio 8, 199 Toorak Road
South Yarra Victoria 3141
$155 inc gst

Write to me at my “contact” address for bookings or info.

Double Fantasy

by Patsyfox on November 9, 2015


It’s been 2 long years since the last Illustrators Australia 9 x 5 exhibition, a biannual show featuring members’ artworks on small pieces of wood – no prizes for guessing – 9 x 5 inches in size.  This year’s exhibition opens on Friday night 6pm at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne.  Artworks are sold by silent auction on the night but you can also bid online from now. Check out the array of artworks on show here.  Auctions start at $190 and are the perfect opportunity to bag an original artwork by artists who would normally cost a lot more.  Can you pick my subject?  ”Double Fantasy”, a portrait of Yoko Ono – I love her and yes her music too – true!

Cut ‘n’ paste

by Patsyfox on October 19, 2015


I’ll be hosting another fun workshop for the lovely folk of Work-Shop Melbourne next Monday night 26th October.  This time is all about collage & mixed media for fashion illustration!  Collage sessions in any of my fashion illustration courses are always the most fun and most loved – there’s nothing like surrounding yourself with bits of paper, fabric, thread & glue and getting down and physical with your illustration.  Learn the key techniques and get very very inspired… More here.

Last chance courses for 2015!

by Patsyfox on September 21, 2015



Can it actually be possible that we’re starting to say things like “Last chance for 2015″ “Next term begins 2016″??!  Where the hell did this year go?!  Next week will see the start of the last terms for this year in both Beginners and Advanced Fashion Illustration, so if you’re in Melbourne or the surrounds and you’ve always wanted to learn the wonderful art of Fashion Illustration, or polish and extend your skills in a gorgeous friendly environment, then now is the time!

The courses are fun and packed with information and techniques.  Class sizes are small, and there is cheese and chocolate!  More info?  Just ask…

Some of this term’s demo drawings:


Some of the great work from the Introduction to Fashion Illustration course this term..


And the wonderful and varied work of the Advanced Fashion Illustration students..


The colour of Spring

by Patsyfox on September 21, 2015


Apart from frying my chest to a third degree burn within 4hrs of Melbourne having (finally) its first sunny day in 75 years, I have still been living mushroom-like in my studio, blinking uncontrollably when having to leave the house to teach or buy milk.  However, there is just something about the scent of jasmine and the first taste of a warm breeze on my bare skin that makes me want to break out the colour and rework anything that doesn’t have it.  I bring you Rainbow Bunny..

Paint ‘n’ play

by Patsyfox on August 28, 2015


If you are the master of making mud pies with your watercolour paints then maybe you’d like to come along on Monday night to Work-Shop Melbourne and spend a few hours with me learning some very useful information and tips…?  Understand the importance of paper, brushes, and paint qualities, and try out the key techniques for watercolours that are featured most often in fashion illustration.

Oh and they have wine at Work-Shop!  More info here.

The hunter rests…

by Patsyfox on August 8, 2015


I’m pretty sure that stores both local and online must be noticing a downturn in sales figures of late, as I go through an extended period of rest in my feast-or-famine approach to shopping.  In fairness I’m not your average shopper, having worked for a long time as a designer that got to travel the world four times per year and shop – I don’t shop so much as hunt, and I’m good at it.  Periods of hibernation with my visa card alternate with bouts of spending-bulimia, after which I lay out my kill like some caveman-style visual merchandiser.  There was a time where this would be followed by post-spending-panic-regret, but I no longer suffer this.  Should I be worried?

Bring on Spring and the warming of my blood that will get the registers ringing again.  This Melbourne winter will end, right??

Discover the joy of Fashion Drawing

by Patsyfox on July 17, 2015


It’s hard to believe another term of classes at The Salon  has finished, a big pile of fab drawings have been made, and it’s time to start again. If you’ve ever wished that you could whip up some fancy fashion sketches then why not give it a go?  My favourite students are the ones who thought they couldn’t draw…Boy are they surprised.

And if you can draw, but would like to take it a bit further, develop your own style and be challenged on a weekly basis, then perhaps some advanced classes are for you?  This is an open level class and everyone works at their own level and pace – if you’re not so experienced but adventurous then it would be perfect, and if you’re pretty shit-hot then it will also suit you.  The work produced never ceases to surprise and impress me.

For instagram lovers, follow us @thedrawingsalon to see the work the students are producing each week, plus some of my demos…


Frock and roll

by Patsyfox on July 6, 2015


I wonder sometimes if all those would-be rockstar boyfriends were really more about the possibility that if they ever cracked the big-time, I might get to frock up and walk the Grammy’s red-carpet.  Probably.  After all, outside of scoring an invite to the Oscars or the Met Ball, it’s highly unlikely I’ll ever have reason to wear dresses this fabulous.  Isn’t that why most people marry?  Honestly?

These are the delicious frocks I illustrated for the new website of Le Louvre boutique in Melbourne.  Not a very hard day at the office when you get to draw things like this…


Le_Louvre_Lanvin_silver_wedding_dress_fashion_illustration Marchesa_wedding_dress_fashion_illustration

And I think this one deserves a spot on its own sans background…


Finally the bride

by Patsyfox on June 25, 2015


Not me, silly!  Now that would take a major rewire… As part of my line of Bridal Sketches, I’ve been collaborating with the wonderful Le Louvre boutique in Melbourne to create a series of illustrations for their brand new website.  The cherry on top of the collab was this illustration I created for a full page feature in Vogue Brides.  The beautiful ivory dress is Lanvin, and of course the setting is the gorgeous Le Louvre boutique in South Yarra.  The dress looks like the bride jumped up from the sheets and took off – except in the most stylish way imaginable. Nearly worth getting married for… Nearly.

LeLouvre Vogue insta