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..

Lucinda – A jewel in my crown

by Patsyfox on November 11, 2016


What began as a simple inky portrait for jewellery brand  Emma & Roe (part of the Michael Hill jewellery business) – see previous post – has now turned into a new look for the brand, and that look is illustration!  Whoop etc, boy do I love it when people appreciate the uniqueness that an illustration gives to a page, an advertisement, anything

So after submitting a bunch of character sketches we chose this one and created a suite of her which changes expressions and even gives you a cheeky wink – you can find the animation on their TV commercials which are mainly in Queensland (where the brand is based), but have been spotted down south so keep your eyes peeled.  She took on such a personality for us we decided to name her – meet Lucinda, who can be found all over the Emma & Roe November campaign.

I’ve just completed a big bunch of illustrations for Xmas also so stay tuned for those in a few weeks..


by Patsyfox on November 11, 2016


I love doing portraits of people, getting a likeness and knowing it has a real feel of them.  This recent portrait commission for jewellery brand Emma & Roe was a fun one where I got to practice my ink techniques, a work in progress..

Springtime at The Salon

by Patsyfox on October 18, 2016


Wouldn’t it be great to have some new artistic skills to play with over the Xmas break? Or even better, to use to create a bunch of unique and heart-felt Xmas pressies? Yes it would! So perhaps one of the Spring Sunday workshops at The Drawing Salon would be a lovely idea for you.  They’re timed nicely after the craziness of the Spring Racing Carnival, so really, what’s your excuse?  Find out more information on The Drawing Salon website, or write to me your own questions – I am here, I will answer!





This will be the 4th time the Fashion Illustration Bootcamp has run since being created in May this year. Each time a full class of students have experienced for themselves just how much you can learn in one day, even without any experience at all – go on, surprise yourself! Sunday 4th December 10.30am – 4.30pm. Book it here.

Artful night out

by Patsyfox on October 4, 2016


I don’t know why, but I do so much work that never sees the light of day here on Patsyfox, or for that matter on it-didn’t-happen-if-it’s-not-on Instagram – and don’t even start me on my actual folio website which has been broken now for more than 18 months! (I know, so professional, right?)

In particular I do loads of live-sketching events where lucky folk get to drop by and pose for me for about 10 minutes, then take home their very own fashion portrait by me – for free!

For the recent Vogue Fashion’s Night Out I drew live fashion portraits in the Reiss store in Lt Collins Street in Melbourne, and next Thursday night I’ll be in the Myer Topshop store sketching like a mad woman – you should come say hi one day!


by Patsyfox on September 25, 2016


It was another sold-out Fashion Illustration (Bootcamp) class at The Drawing Salon today, and what a fun day – a particularly enthusiastic gang, and a very fun drawing to finish off with – featuring a look from Alessandro Michele’s delightful new vision for Gucci. It took me a while to get on board with his style, but I’m digging now like a crazy person.

Sorry to the people who’ve been emailing me about upcoming Fashion Illustration classes at The Salon – I’ve been too busy to schedule them, but I will get onto it this week I promise!