Inky at The Salon

by Patsyfox on March 8, 2017


Playing with ink is one of the most fun things to do, provided you  A) have learned some basic techniques, and B) are not wearing white. These murky silhouettes were painted in one of my Ink Technique workshops, showing just a sample of some of the effects you can achieve. Dynamic, strong, soft beautiful, washy-washy- it’s almost like I’m describing myself!

The next Ink Techniques for Fashion Illustration workshop will be held on April 22nd, and if you’d like to find out a little more you can check it here, and hey-ho you can also book it on my brand new (and not quite finished) website store here – and did-I-mention-no-booking-fees! You’re welcome.

On the inside…

by Patsyfox on March 5, 2017


I haven’t had a whole lot of freelance jobs drawing interiors but they are increasing, and note to all: I would love more! I created the above sketch for Emma & Roe, featuring their classic store design.

Previously, my most noteable interior sketches were of my dressing room, when I created an “artist’s impression” of what my dream closet would look like then presented it to an array of scared-looking carpenters, and a store sketch I whipped up pretty much on a napkin to show my then-boss how our flagship retail store could look (back in my designer-life), which he then handed to a builder and said “Make it so”. I’m pretty sure that builder wanted to strangle me, but what can I say – at that moment in time in that boss’s eyes I could do no wrong.  That napkin went on to become the blueprint design for a string of retail stores. Scary? I should at least have been paid an interior designer’s fee!

The key

by Patsyfox on March 2, 2017


Honestly, I’m a lousy girlfriend. Am I likely to do anything for my boyfriend on Valentines Day? Anything? NO. The upside of course is that I genuinely don’t need to be wined and dined for old Saint Val’ either.

Just every other day of the year.


A course, of course!

by Patsyfox on February 20, 2017


The Introduction to Fashion Illustration course will run just twice this year. It’s a fun and very comprehensive 8 sessions starting from the absolute basics of figure proportions and how to get the body on paper fast, covering faces, legs, then brilliant media technique including marker pens, watercolour paints, and collage. You can do this course even if you have literally never drawn before, or if you’ve actually drawn quite a bit but need to brush up or maybe try a new approach. I am a very experienced and qualified teacher and I have my own way of teaching fashion illustration.  Warning – these classes are addictive! More here.

Bootcamp baby!

by Patsyfox on February 10, 2017


I’m currently on a bootcamp of my own – since precisely half my summer was spent coughing up a lung (“Flemtastic” – you remember??), my fitness has hit a point lower than I knew possible. When the zip broke on the dress I wore to a party last weekend, that was the last straw; enter bootcamp-style return to exercise. It hurts guys, it hurts..

What won’t hurt though, is the Fashion Illustration Bootcamp I’ll be taking on March 5th. I have tailor-made it to suit complete beginners – even those who haven’t drawn since kindergarten – OR those who have just become a little rusty. We will start at the absolute basics of figure proportions and what a fashion figure actually means, then learn my very excellent method for getting that fashion sketch down on paper fast, and even take it through to some fun coloured figures. All in one day – that’s why it’s called a Bootcamp – it’s like a mini course in fashion illustration.

My fashion illustration classes are kept small (6-12 people) so that you get plenty of one-on-one attention.  There are snacks and afternoon tea, tunes, and a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Nothing not to love… You can check out more here.

Roll with it

by Patsyfox on February 3, 2017


You know, I look around on hot days – particularly the high-thirties ones that we’ve been having a lot of in Melbourne lately – and think “how the hell are so many of these women managing to look chic in this hell-mouth weather?” If the temperature tips 25 my feet start inflating like airbags, and don’t even think about putting shoes on! “Fluid retention.” Yeh I know, I’ve heard that before.. So I try not eating salt. Same. I try more salt. Same same!

Age has taught me to just roll with it (literally).

C’est la vie

by Patsyfox on January 14, 2017


It’s official – I am well and I am working again. Quelle horreur! I know. But if you’re going to get dragged back into work mode, what a sweet sweet way to go… I’ll be live-sketching guys and dolls tomorrow at So Frenchy So Chic at Werribee Park mansion. Oui. C’est ma vie, et c’est bon!

A flemtastic Xmas to you!

by Patsyfox on December 28, 2016


Flemtastic? I know, not very Xmassy, right? And what’s with missing Christmas by 3 days anyway? It’s called pneumonia people, and I got it, just in time for Xmas and holidays.

Enough said.

Bottled up

by Patsyfox on December 10, 2016


Bottles boxes jars – these are the things I cannot throw away. So many uses! So many possibilities! I have surreptitiously carried home from the other side of the world many of all of these – a cherry-shaped bottle that used to contain cherry soda from Brooklyn, a packaging box handed to me in London containing a dress I couldn’t afford – you get the picture?

So finding inspiration for this scent-ingredient illustration that was part of the huge perfume job I did was, well…simples.

It’s all in the ingredients

by Patsyfox on November 19, 2016


Amongst the plethora of client work I’ve been doing of late is a bunch of fragrances (more on that to come) and a few of their beautiful natural ingredients – like this lemon and lime. Speaking of lemons, where was this illustration a few months ago when I had an enquiry asking “Do you have any illustrations of lemons?”. Now, this can be filed under “What Grinds My Gears” (correct – with everything else!) – because I didn’t have actual illustrations of lemons in my folio, but hey, pretty much everything else, I didn’t get the job! Do not start me. Suffice to say, to anyone who wonders, yes, if I can draw complex human figures and faces then yes, I can draw a lemon. And pairs! And apples! Got it?


Pretty pink peony..


A dewy white flower.spices-watercolour-illustrationSome woody spices..