Fast-track to Fashion Illustration

by Patsyfox on July 19, 2016


We’re all short of time – believe me, I know it! And in this cold wintery Melbourne it’s hard to get ourselves out at night. So, I give you Introduction to Fashion Illustration fast-track classes. Instead of 8 week nights you can complete the course in 4 Sundays – and in daylight!

Classes run from 10.30am – 4.30pm beginning August 7th, in the beautiful Frankie and Swiss studios in Sth Yarra.  Info and bookings here.

Face facts

by Patsyfox on July 18, 2016


A very fine day was had yesterday at The Drawing Salon for the So You Think You Can’t Draw Faces workshop, learning all things heads, skulls, and faces – understand the anatomy, and then will come the beautiful faces. It was a super-busy and intense day but the feedback was unanimous and a huge amount was learned – as always!

Want to know my trick for making profiles easy? Why is placement the most important thing on the face?  Guess you’ll have to enrol the next time the workshop runs…Email me if you’d like to be notified.

The beautiful setting of Frankie and Swiss:


Just a drop of the fantastic work done by the students:


Pastel love

by Patsyfox on July 15, 2016


For the Creative Fashion Illustration workshop back in May, I decided to rally behind the forgotten medium of pastels – you know, the soft chalky ones whose dust covers every surface in the room, including you?  Those ones. I’ve noticed that illustrators like the wonderful Bil Donovan in New York regularly use them (Bil combines them with his beautiful coloured ink work), and Mats Gustafson’s work from the 1980s used them in a clean and bold manner. They are versatile! They are perfect for make-up and beauty illustration, and they combine beautifully with other media such as ink and collage – which is exactly what we did in the workshop – we treated Gigi Hadid to a new look…

Sketching in the gallery

by Patsyfox on July 8, 2016

NGV-fashion-illustrator-Angie-ReheAdmit it, it’s pretty dull and grey in Melbourne at the moment, so reeeelly you might as well be inside a beautiful art gallery, and you might as well be drawing! Tomorrow I’m leading a FREE fashion illustration session inside the 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition at the NGV at Fed Square.  It runs from 2pm – 4pm and is the second time I’ve done it – the first time was a full house and then some so get in fast!

I’ll show you how you can document your favourite pieces from the exhibition quickly and with flair – trust me, I’ll make it easy, you don’t even have to know how to draw. Come!

Pick of the day

by Patsyfox on July 7, 2016


It’s of never-ending amusement to me that the drawings people respond the most positively to are the ones that were the fastest, easiest, and mostly carelessly done.  AND FURTHERMORE, the ones that I think about, labour over, and perfect in every way that I possibly can, go by without mention. This drawing was yesterday’s demonstration drawing, in a session dedicated to watercolours and illustrating prints, namely leopard print. It then became a lazy instagram post for @thedrawingsalon. And wasn’t she the popular girl…

There’s a lesson in that which could be applied to life in general – care a bit less, have more fun!

So you think you can’t draw faces?

by Patsyfox on July 4, 2016


Well it may be true, technically, but by the end of this admittedly awesome workshop, you will be able to.  Faces are the number one thing that let down an otherwise great drawing, and the number one thing that people tell me they “can’t draw”.  If you can’t draw them it’s because you’ve never learned how.

This workshop goes beyond what I teach in the faces session of the Introduction to Fashion Illustration course – it’s a full day workshop and goes right under the skin to the cranial structure of the head.  Why is the placement of the features more important than the shape? These questions and more will be answered! From structural information to stylised fashion-faces techniques, all will be revealed, including all key views of the face.

Oh but I guess I should mention there are only 2 spots left… Check out more or book here.

My kitchen rules

by Patsyfox on July 1, 2016


Miranda:  Do you have a rolling pin?

Carrie:  What do you mean?

Miranda:  In your kitchen.

Carrie:  Are you kidding? I use my oven for storage.

When super was Super.

by Patsyfox on June 30, 2016


For a recent advanced fashion illustration class, I decided to take inspiration from the early 90s, when supermodels really were super, unique, and fabulous. I remember this photo shoot by Steven Meisel well, featuring the new-look Chanel, courtesy of its relatively new designer, Karl Lagerfeld.  It was totally Chanel and yet totally new. The colours were vibrant, the shapes were classic and yet fresh, and there was a sense of fun. Looking at these girls always made you feel like you were looking in at some very, very fun lives.  Because we were!

Hence the focus of the workshop – movement, colour, LIFE!  Expression over perfection, naturally…

The good life

by Patsyfox on June 28, 2016


As the temperature in Melbourne dips lower than we remembered it could, it’s even lovelier to gaze upon images of perfect summers. Better still when the images are of my own creation! I was delighted last week when the postman knocked on the door (and of course with Australia Post the Russian-roulette that it now is with regard to mail ever arriving at its destination, it’s a xmas miracle every time something actually arrives) and the box I ripped from his hands contained these two beauties – a French Rosé and an Italian Pinot Grigio – jackpot!

Painted in the style of vintage posters, I’d like to point out here that the chair in the Pinot Grigio pic is my own beloved garden chair, and her feet and shoes are my very own, as studied for anatomical correctness. The legs in the Rosé pic…well, let’s just leave that one there…

When work and pleasure collide it’s a wonderful thing.




Jump in the deep end…

by Patsyfox on June 14, 2016


If you’re feeling bold and would like to be put through your paces this weekend then consider jumping on board this workshop. Over the four hours we’ll be doing two separate illustrations each with their own challenges and fun.  You will work up a sweat but you will learn a lot and love it… More info here.