Less is always more

by Patsyfox on September 15, 2016


It was Coco Chanel who said to always take one thing off before leaving the house, right? Excellent advice, although my personal moto – all things in moderation, including moderation – could be applied to this advice in some cases (Kim Kardashian I’m talking to you here, you should take no more things off).

The High-Heeled Hostess

by Patsyfox on August 13, 2016


It’s not for no reason that I gave up entertaining almost before I began – there was the time my boyfriend and I spent the entire night before, drinking and cleaning the house (“OMG do you realise it’s 4am?!”) and were so ill we spent the entire next day in bed (lesson learned: Don’t wait ’til the night before to start cleaning your filthy house)…Then there was the time a fun-lovin’ guest arrived early and brought around some fun-lovin’ cookies laced with irresistible dark chocolate. I ate so many while I chopped the veggies I ended up spending the entire dinner party in bed, being visited by guests, Queen Victoria-style, as they left (lesson learned: Say no…etc).  You get the picture?

When I was asked to illustrate the cover of the fabulous new book The High-Heeled Hostess, I thought “well I can’t relate to the topic but it sure sounds like fun”. After spending a couple of hours reading through it this week though, I believe I may be a changed woman.  I’m inspired goddammit! It has to be laid out pretty simply for me, with lots of sub-headings, and this is – from mood lighting to how to (politely) ask the guests to go home.  Oh and tasty food & drink recipes are included too.  The author Julie Wilson is, after all, a professional caterer who has cooked for the rich and famous in addition to lucky friends & family. You can find out more here.

The High-Heeled-Hostess-illustrated-book-cover

Take a trip

by Patsyfox on August 12, 2016


If Facebook posts are to be believed, 80% of my friends are currently holidaying in Europe.  Is this nasty taste in my mouth what they experience when it’s me that’s over there, as it usually is?? How distasteful! Of all the winters I decided not to visit Europe, I cannot believe I chose this one. In any case, no matter how many photos I see of summer holidays in Europe, where I long to be right now is the U.S. The only thing I can’t decide is which coast – East…? or West…?  Why both of course!

Just because

by Patsyfox on July 25, 2016


Pastels and ink.  Enough said!

Get inked at The Salon

by Patsyfox on July 21, 2016


Ink, in particular black Indian ink, would be the one media I’d take to a deserted island if I only got to take one – so versatile, so strong! So frustrating when you don’t know how to use it… Which is why I put together a dedicated one-day workshop. This one will look at the characteristics and possibilities of this medium and how to wrangle it into submission. No experience necessary…


A pop of colour

by Patsyfox on July 20, 2016


I hear all the time from my students “It was looking good then I added the colour and I wrecked it.”  I always tell them that if you’re not wrecking some drawings then you’re not trying hard enough – if you don’t experiment until you wish you’d stopped, how will you ever know it’s as good as it can get? Kill your darlings! If those thoughts don’t embolden you enough then scan or take a picture of it first, then keep going – at least you’ll have a digital copy of it the way you liked it.

Even easier when you’re adding the colour with your fancy digital tools and you can simply save older versions or turn layers off – it’s the dream of raving indecisives like me. At least I think it is, I’m not sure…


Fast-track to Fashion Illustration

by Patsyfox on July 19, 2016


We’re all short of time – believe me, I know it! And in this cold wintery Melbourne it’s hard to get ourselves out at night. So, I give you Introduction to Fashion Illustration fast-track classes. Instead of 8 week nights you can complete the course in 4 Sundays – and in daylight!

Classes run from 10.30am – 4.30pm beginning August 7th, in the beautiful Frankie and Swiss studios in Sth Yarra.  Info and bookings here.

Face facts

by Patsyfox on July 18, 2016


A very fine day was had yesterday at The Drawing Salon for the So You Think You Can’t Draw Faces workshop, learning all things heads, skulls, and faces – understand the anatomy, and then will come the beautiful faces. It was a super-busy and intense day but the feedback was unanimous and a huge amount was learned – as always!

Want to know my trick for making profiles easy? Why is placement the most important thing on the face?  Guess you’ll have to enrol the next time the workshop runs…Email me if you’d like to be notified.

The beautiful setting of Frankie and Swiss:


Just a drop of the fantastic work done by the students:


Pastel love

by Patsyfox on July 15, 2016


For the Creative Fashion Illustration workshop back in May, I decided to rally behind the forgotten medium of pastels – you know, the soft chalky ones whose dust covers every surface in the room, including you?  Those ones. I’ve noticed that illustrators like the wonderful Bil Donovan in New York regularly use them (Bil combines them with his beautiful coloured ink work), and Mats Gustafson’s work from the 1980s used them in a clean and bold manner. They are versatile! They are perfect for make-up and beauty illustration, and they combine beautifully with other media such as ink and collage – which is exactly what we did in the workshop – we treated Gigi Hadid to a new look…

Sketching in the gallery

by Patsyfox on July 8, 2016

NGV-fashion-illustrator-Angie-ReheAdmit it, it’s pretty dull and grey in Melbourne at the moment, so reeeelly you might as well be inside a beautiful art gallery, and you might as well be drawing! Tomorrow I’m leading a FREE fashion illustration session inside the 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition at the NGV at Fed Square.  It runs from 2pm – 4pm and is the second time I’ve done it – the first time was a full house and then some so get in fast!

I’ll show you how you can document your favourite pieces from the exhibition quickly and with flair – trust me, I’ll make it easy, you don’t even have to know how to draw. Come!