Stencils and sponges

by Patsyfox on May 31, 2014


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…


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.



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


Just when you thought it wouldn’t happen.

by Patsyfox on May 16, 2014



The streets of our town

by Patsyfox on May 15, 2014


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.)



Saints and sinners

by Patsyfox on April 26, 2014


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)



Why don’t you learn to draw?

by Patsyfox on April 26, 2014


If ever you wished you could draw, and this must be one of the most common things I hear – apart from please stop talking - then now is the time.  New classes in Fashion Illustration are beginning next week, and for the first time ever, there are three levels running at the same time – Introduction to Fashion Illustration, Intermediate Fashion Illustration, and Advanced Fashion Illustration.  I’m excited, because I know over the next 8 weeks I’m going to see some incredible illustrations, and many happy faces as people realise what they’re capable of.

There are places left in each level, get on down to The Patsyfox Drawing Salon if you want to know more.  (The above pic is a mix of my rough unfinished demo drawings from the classes.)


Happy bunny

by Patsyfox on April 18, 2014


It’s been four years since the debacle that was Easter 2010 when my mother took me seriously when I said I don’t eat sugar, and didn’t buy me any Easter eggs.  So subtly but thoroughly did I shame and blame her for that, it’s been raining chocolate ever since.

Long may it reign – Happy Easter dear friends and readers!  I hope it’s a wonderful one for you.

love Patsyfox xo


On Vogue

by Patsyfox on April 18, 2014


It’s been a very, very good week.  How lucky do I feel to be one of three illustrators featured on the Vogue Australia website, illustrating my favourite looks from last week’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week?!  If you play your cards right you could be feeling just as lucky – The framed set of the three original artworks by each illustrator are being given away!  What are you waiting for?  Get that entry in!  You can do it here





Model Citizen

by Patsyfox on April 14, 2014

Citizen K French fashion magazine illustration

It’s not every morning that I wake up to an email from the art director of Citizen K International magazine introducing the magazine and asking me to illustrate for it.  So the day that it did happen was a very good day indeed… It’s no secret that I’m fond of all things French, so to be illustrating for an international magazine based not just in Paris but around the corner from my hotel de choice when in Paris, was almost too much excitement to bare.  How did I deal with it?  Champagne and online shopping, naturally!


La Dolce roulette

by Patsyfox on April 14, 2014


I’m getting to really like throwing paint at a drawing.  Results are random but that’s what’s so sweet, kind of like a safe and artistic Russian roulette.  Only trouble is, I now have the urge to throw paint at people… A whole new roulette game, I suspect!

This pic can be found in the current issue of Elle.