Sisterly Love

February 05, 2014 3 Comments

With Valentines Day just around the corner, I thought I'd share a loving little commission sketch. How sweet are these sisters? Painting children is simultaneously one of the hardest and one of the most fun kinds of commission for me. As you may have noticed - adding a little extra pudge to my figures isn't my first instinct - so getting a perfectly plump baby cheek is a sweet challenge!

Posted in children's portrait, commission, Inslee By Design, sisters, The Sketch Book, watercolor

home for the holidays

December 19, 2013 3 Comments

Here's a merry doorway I painted for a Christmas Card design.

This is for a lovely couple who happen to be good friends of mine. Every time we ran into each other at weddings this fall, we would brainstorm about what I should paint for their card. Partridges in a pear tree? Pheasants in a snowy wood? There was a lot of discussion of birds...

Ultimately though, when it was time to sit down and paint, I thought of their charming, beautifully decorated Charlottesville home and how festive it could look decked out for a rustic, snowy Christmas.

Of course, my artwork couldn't hold a candle to the adorable picture of their puppy inside. I can't wait to send a Christmas card next year after the wedding when it is finally socially acceptable to send a card from the royal us. Sending a Christmas card is one of my main motivating factors for getting married. I have had our first Christmas card illustration in my head for about three years...

Posted in Christmas, christmas card, commission, Inslee By Design, The Sketch Book

Diana Elizabeth

May 21, 2013 4 Comments


Meet Diana Elizabeth! Isn't she perky? She is a west coast-based Photographer who commissioned me to capture her shooting with her farther's vintage camera and with her beloved citrus tree grove that sits in her backyard. I loved the suggestion to incorporate these two quirky things into her sketch, she was definitely a fun one to work with.

I cracked up reading her blog post about her new illustration - apparently I captured her "good side" - I love this because I have a good side too. I'm that person in group pictures that always makes everyone move around so that the left side of my face is turned towards the camera. Being photographed on my bad side feels like wearing my shoes on the wrong feet, just completely uncomfortable!

Posted in citrus tree, commission, diana elizabeth, Inslee By Design, Inslee Haynes, photographer, The Sketch Book

ballerina grad gifts

June 13, 2012 11 Comments

Hello! Today I want to show you all a commission project. These are the four senior ballerinas graduating this spring from the Dance Academy of Loudoun (in my home town). I worked with their moms to create a painting of each girl as a farewell/graduation gift. Here is Melissa... and Ann.... Cassidy... And Jane... And as a special surprise for their favorite teacher, Ariana - a painting of her expecting her new baby boy!

Posted in ballerinas, commission, graduation, Inslee, News and Events, watercolor

birthday girl

February 16, 2012 6 Comments

So last year I documented all my close friend's birthdays as blog sketches. This year I'm still birthday sketching, but for real customers. Progress! Here is Eslpeth, a recent birthday commission. Intrigued by this person who has a more unusual name than me and happens to be born on Valentines Day? Well, she has a blog! Happy belated, Elspeth, hope it was fabulous!

Posted in commission, fashion illustration, Inslee, Inslee By Design, The Sketch Book

what i've been up to

November 10, 2010 6 Comments

guten morgen! i thought you all might like to see a commission i just finished up for REYER, an austrian clothing company... they will use this illustration to announce online shopping for their winter sports collection (hence the laptop on a chair lift hehe)

Posted in commission, Inslee By Design, online shopping, reyer sport, The Sketch Book, winter clothing