required reading

January 30, 2012 9 Comments

In a perfect world I'd find more time to read the news. Between the Portlandia skit "Did you read it?" and living with a boy who has somehow read every piece of literature pertaining to... everything... ever written, I am developing a bit of a complex about my reading habits and apparent lack of intellectual curiosity. It's a good day - amazing day - when I can read all my email. And by the time I finish doing that, the chances that I'm going to sit down and go in search of more reading material are very slim. Or, if I do, lets be honest. I'm going to read Game of Thrones. But this is unacceptable! I am a business owner and an adult. I should at least be reading news that pertains to my profession. So, I think I'm going to make a resolution about resolutions - new ones for each month. This month (I cant believe its almost February) it will be my February resolution to start finding time each week to read the news.

Posted in fashion illustration, portlandia, reading, The Sketch Book

seize the day

January 26, 2012 5 Comments

The strangest thing for me about being self employed is the level of control I have over my days. it can be a lot of pressure. It's daunting to know that I have so much flexibility in how I spend my time. Should I master the art of making souffles or learn how to float up into a headstand? Or should I start writing a book? Or designing the next three years worth of note card and calendar designs? I end up frozen with freedom. So for me, the key to not getting overwhelmed by my strange daily existence is delighting in the little things. Fresh squeezing oranges for juice is the perfect attainable accomplishment that makes me feel like I'm taking advantage of my freedom without sustaining any headstand related injuries. And oranges can be fun to paint too. this painting is being turned into a new card design right now. can't wait to share all the new cards with you soon!

Posted in creativity, freelance, illustration, Inslee, The Sketch Book

Neimans Neon

January 24, 2012 3 Comments

Here is an updated look I created for the Neiman Marcus tumblr to celebrate the striking, electric colors of resort collections this year. I was excited they asked for a neon chartreuse dress - I love this color and wish it looked good on me. I think you have to be a tan blonde though for it to really work. I do want to overcome this stereotype though, maybe if I eased into it with some glowingly green bracelets or shoes...

Posted in fashion illustration, Inslee, Neiman Marcus, News and Events, Resort, Tumblr

mid winter LWD

January 20, 2012 13 Comments

It's freezing in new york and we are lost somewhere in the middle of January. This means the end of chic for me. Winter has been here for weeks and appears to be here for the rest of eternity. I do not care if you think I look homeless wearing mens sweatpants over my jeans and clutching handwarmers. I just dont care. Get me inside. So when I stumbled upon this refreshingly inspired way to wear a LWD (little white dress) I knew I had to sketch it. I feel warmer already just seeing this outfit. Spring will come after all. In this sketch, Chiara of The Blonde Salad is wearing a multi-print Giambattista Valli jacket over a white lace dress and glowingly coral heels. I am going to meditate on this combination of springlike outfit elements until conditions improve. Happy Weekend!

Posted in Blonde Salad, Chiara, fashion illustration, Inslee By Design, Inslee Illustration, The Sketch Book


January 18, 2012 7 Comments

sketching parasols this morning...

Posted in Inslee, parasols, The Sketch Book


January 16, 2012 11 Comments

if i were a celebrity, i think i'd only ever wear white gowns to awards shows. the white looks so elegant against the red carpet. i like elle macpherson's crisp white look last night, who was your favorite?

Posted in awards show, elle macpherson, golden globes, red carpet, The Sketch Book


January 13, 2012 4 Comments

Hello! Just a little snapshot of details to brighten this blustery Friday. I love how fashion photographers are zooming in on delicate real life moments of fashion feng shui so I figured I should start illustrating in the same way. I love that this is the kind of woman who wears driving gloves and fits all her worldly necessities into a periwinkle alligator skin clutch. I mean would sell my first child for a huge Celine bag but... to float down the street with a clutch in your perfectly manicured hand and a croissant in the other, that is a beautiful thing.

Posted in celine, fahsion illustration, fashion photographer, Inslee By Design, The Sketch Book

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