Paris day #1 numero 1

by Patsyfox on May 8, 2015


Nothing says I’m in my happy place like Paris, and nothing says I’m worth it like a purchase from the YSL store in Saint Germain.  Suffice to say I am both happy and worth it. The fact that I limited my purchase to two items is testament to my iron willpower (chokes) – not only was I mauling the shoes above, even when the lovely staff gave me pink champagne, I still managed to say “not this time”.  Then run like hell as far as I could before I changed my mind.

In fairness, I was in need of both therapy and celebration – after many visits to Paris, today was my first ever Paris hair salon visit, and my first Paris wax.  The salon felt chic and the wash basin chair massaged me blissfully, but the 172 euro bill for dying my regrowth put those spasms right back in my spine.  The wax however was a revolution – none of this all-off-in-one-rip like I’ve grown used to in Melbourne, this was pièce par pièce French-style – after all as the therapist responded: “This is not a good time.”  Understatement.


School’s in

by Patsyfox on May 8, 2015



Wish you could draw like a pro but never held a pencil?  Actually pretty good at drawing but don’t know how to take it to the next level?  Then The Patsyfox Drawing Salon might be for you.  Last term was the 5th birthday of these very fun boutique-style fashion illustration classes, and the new term begins in just a few weeks – Monday May 25th for Introduction to Fashion Illustration, and Wednesday May 27th for Advanced Fashion Illustration.

Introduction to Fashion Illustration covers all the important fundamentals and leaves you with knowledge and techniques to keep working on your own.  Materials and a booklet of notes are included.  Advanced Fashion Illustration can be tackled by intrepid illustrators wanting to take a leap from limited skills, or by those who are at various levels of experience who need to broaden and deepen skills and develop their personal style.

Evening classes are held in the beautiful studio of Frankie and Swiss in South Yarra (Melbourne).  Contact me for more details!

Check your coat

by Patsyfox on April 11, 2015


By complete co-incidence this week, I chose to draw one of my many favourite Vivienne Westwood outfits while teaching my lovely RMIT students how to go about drawing checks and stripes.  The co-incidence was no less than the Dame’s 74th birthday.  As the birthdays click by, my most oft-used example of why and how I will continue to be fabulous and increasingly eccentric is the wonderful Vivienne.  Thank you and Happy Birthday!

The soft touch

by Patsyfox on March 30, 2015


I’ve been exploring marker pen technique in class recently, and I keep forgetting how super convenient they are – no water! no palette to wash! Not to mention all the different effects you can achieve with them.  For the soft and pretty effect I decided to choose one of my favourite looks from the new AW15 Gucci collection, the debut by new creative director Alessandro Michele.  Seems a massive departure from Frida Giannini’s sexy collections, but still plenty to like and will be interesting to see subsequent collections.

Coffee all round..

by Patsyfox on March 25, 2015


Melbourne girl

by Patsyfox on March 24, 2015


I love it when worlds collide: coffee + drawing = happy me.  So when I was asked by Westfield to create an illustration to be printed on limited edition coffee cups for their Fashion Saturday last weekend, I was a little happy.


On the day, I recreated the illustration at a larger scale, then settled in for a few hours of fashion illustration portraits.  A fine way to pass a Saturday afternoon…




At Home in St Louis

by Patsyfox on March 13, 2015


I’d just like to say – I LOVE drawing interiors!  And buildings for that matter.  No tricky faces to make look perfect, no pesky hands, no tricky moving body parts or unusual positions.  Pure. Fun.  So I couldn’t have been happier to be commissioned by St Louis At Home magazine to illustrate the serene bedroom design of Julie Abner.  And did I mention I would rather like that bed…


Come draw with me…

by Patsyfox on February 18, 2015


If one of your new year’s resolutions was learning to draw/getting awesome at drawing/reigniting your creative spark or even just having fun, then consider a course in Fashion Illustration!  The Patsyfox Drawing Salon is officially 5 years old so Happy Birthday to us – come eat cake starting next Monday…

As seen in…

by Patsyfox on February 2, 2015

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Summer at The Salon

by Patsyfox on January 17, 2015


Is working on your tan getting boring this summer?  Well then why not consider a day spent drawing beautiful fashion illustrations? Focussed and intensive full-day workshops are happening over the next couple of weekends at The Patsyfox Drawing Salon.

Watercolour & Ink Technique is a response to the many many lamentations I hear from students about the mud-pies they make when working with watercolour paints and inks.  No more!  We will learn the basic techniques and effects of these media and apply them to some gorgeous illustrations.

Then next most common problem I see with many people’s drawings is the hair – helmets abound as drawing after drawing is spoiled by badly drawn hair.  We’ll untangle all those issues in the workshop on Sunday Feb 1st…

The Digital illustration workshop was created as a hard-and-fast hit of information for those who need to get on board with the Photoshop program to create, edit, or enhance their illustrations.  This is a 2-day workshop that will quickly go from the basics to more advanced techniques and effects.

You will learn a lot, you will have fun.  Come on!Digital_Fashion_Illustration_workshop_melbourne Drawing_hair_fashion_illustration_workshop