When in doubt, put a cat on it

by Patsyfox on September 4, 2014

French_cat_t-shirt_printI could never be accused of not letting the world know about my love of cats, and when the deadline to get my art in for the Wear Art Thou t-shirt exhibition was not only looming but zooming by me, I again called on my feline friends..

If you’re in Melbourne and happen to be around the city tomorrow night 5th September, drop by No Vacancy Gallery, have a wine with me and say hi. Illustrators Australia have collaborated with Red Bubble to put a bunch of our artworks on t-shirts and display them – for sale – in this lovely gallery space.

WearArtthouposter ONLINE copy

What I did this week

by Patsyfox on August 30, 2014

Melbourne_fashion_illustration_classes_fur_demonstration

Fur & shine – my favourite combo

Apart from blubbering over the true death of True Blood – Was I crying because it never did redeem itself and get good again? Or because it was possibly the worst-written last-episode of anything? Or simply because goodbyes have never been my strong point and after four back-to-back episodes I had made my way through most of a bottle of red wine? True mystery.  Where was I? Oh yes, apart from that I was drawing up a storm with my students, as usual.  The sessions are always fun, always challenging, and just sometimes require me raiding my kitchen and laundry supplies… These are some of my demo drawings.

demonstration_illustration_ink_salt_bleach

A little this n that from the kitchen and laundrywolf_fashion_drawing_demonstration

Mmm, wolves…my choice animal from the animals in fashion illustration session

Nurse naughty

by Patsyfox on August 29, 2014

Dr_Sketchy_Melbourne_fashion_illustration

It was comforting to spend last Sunday afternoon in the presence of a nurse, seeing how I’d given my liver a good flogging for the previous 48hrs.  A nurse at a Dr Sketchys drawing session however is likely to lead you into more trouble, not less.  At least the lighting was low and hair of the dog was plentiful…

 

DrSketchy_naughty_nurse_drawings

The art of shoe sales

by Patsyfox on August 22, 2014

Alexi_Freeman_Preston_Zly_boots_fashion_illustration

This is not the first, nor will it be the last time I turn my already-works-of-art Preston Zly shoes into art of another style.  I stalked these particular boots for a considerable length of time before finally bringing them home to meet Frankie, and have never regretted it.  My Preston Zly shoes in fact have their own section in my shoe cupboards, it’s true.

Not only are they having one of their infrequent studio sales today and tomorrow in Melbourne, these delightful boots, a collaboration with Alexi Freeman, are going on sale for the first time.  Honestly, I love them so much I want to buy them again… Rear 219 Smith st Fitzroy.  Warning: You will have to fight me for the 37s…

Face facts

by Patsyfox on August 1, 2014

Faces_illustration_workshop_intensive_August

That’s right folks, it’s back.  Due to the popularity and excellent results of this workshop when I held it for the first time in June, I’m running it again! Faces are the number one thing that people tell me they struggle with. Inspired by the fine artists who base their understanding on the cranial structure of the head then work outwards, I created a workshop where we start with the skull then work it into fashion illustration faces, all the way through to stylised faces and features.

It won’t happen overnight but it will happen in this workshop…

It’s good to be Frankie

by Patsyfox on July 28, 2014

Frankie_cat_illustration_ink

Frankie_Cat_drawings_ink

It’s incredibly good being my cat, just ask Frankie.  In fact I believe if word got out, I would have all the cats of the street clawing at my front door.

You don’t believe me?  If you’re my cat, and you look too cute curled up on my drawing chair, I’ll draw standing up so you can stay there.  So much so that I am now so used to drawing standing up I prefer it (so much for the expensive and ergonomic fancy chair).  Furthermore I have the heating up so high it’s perpetually like Darwin in my house, and I even think it’s funny when you stick your paw out to try and trip me over.  Need I go on?

Oh yes, and you have your portrait drawn constantly.  These sketches are from my 60-second breaks during a marathon-style drawing deadline this weekend.  Notice please – Frankie does not move from the sleeping position. It’s really good to be Frankie.

Frankie_cat_drawings_bamboo_penFrankie_cat_drawing_twins

by Patsyfox on July 25, 2014

Fashion_illustration_classes_Melbourne_Emily

To say Patsyfox been a little slack of late is to make a gross understatement, but still waters run deep and I can assure you behind the scenes is a flurry of  paintbrushes, emails, et al… Last week saw not only the beginning of the RMIT semester but also the new term of classes at The Drawing Salon, and while I was stretched to all my various limits, it occurred to me that I have a really, really good life, because what I do for work is the same as what I do for pleasure (except the drinking). New York saw me not just hanging out with my dear friend, the fabulous Bil Donovan, but also interviewing three incredible illustrators – now I just have to write it all up for you…

In the mean time, above is a quick live drawing of my beautiful muse and ex-design student Emily, and below is The Drawing Salon in action this week for the first advanced fashion illustration class – wait until I get around to posting their work!  (You can be more up to date with this on The Salon Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheDrawingSalon)

Fashion_illustration_short_course_Melbourne

Get with the program

by Patsyfox on July 15, 2014

Digital_fashion_illustration_classes_Melbourne

Advanced_fashion_illustration_short_course_MelbourneThere are few finer things to do while it’s cold outside than to sit and draw.   The Introduction to Fashion Illustration classes may be fully booked, but for those who have even a small amount or perhaps a large amount of drawing experience, why not jump into some fun and challenging advanced classes?  They’re the only ones in this fine town.

For those who want to keep up to date with current illustrator techniques, get on board the digital fashion illustration course which features Adobe Photoshop and a touch of Adobe Illustrator.  Working with your hand-drawn illustrations, you’ll become familiar with the tools, processes and effects possible with digital programs, and achieving the results so many art directors are asking for.

More info on the Salon website.

When in Rome…

by Patsyfox on July 2, 2014

Rome_Collosseum_holiday_sketchbook

I’ve never had a lot of luck getting to the Colosseum in Rome – the first time I was on a work trip, had just one day to shop the entire of Rome, and… slept through my alarm.  Until 2pm.  But that’s another story.  This time my first day, allocated to on-location sketching around the town, was marred by my luggage being left behind in the last of a hundred transit cities – complete with my drawing equipment.

In my jet-lagged cock-eyed optimistic thought process, I thought it a good idea to go the Colosseum anyway – on a scorching hot Roman day - wearing the winter flying outfit I’d been wearing for approximately 3 days.  In case you’re thinking that was an incredibly stupid idea, you’re right!

The pain was soon forgotten – you just can’t be distracted by the beauty of such a city.

Rome_holiday_illustrations_sketchbook

The rise of the machines

by Patsyfox on June 15, 2014

Fashion_illustrator_Melbourne_spots

The Terminator reference may be a little over-dramatic in relation to the prevalence of digital illustration these days, but what can I say – I love pencils!  The answer for me as always is to meet half way – hand illustration meets photoshop.  So in a first for The Drawing Salon, today I held a full-day intensive workshop on colouring your hand-drawn image using photoshop.

Like all areas of my life, I jammed in at least four-times what the average content would be, and sure, when we got to the bit about creating your own patterns to use with the pattern stamp people’s brains did start exploding onto the walls like a Tarantino movie, but eh – it’s how I roll.  Everyone left with smoking hot images and I’m pretty sure they will have forgiven me by Monday morning.  They just may not have come down from the sugar high from all the chocolate.

That’s my demo image above, a little rough but cute.  I’ll hold this workshop again in August, but over 2 days, so less blood is shed.