(that title should be read in the voice of Meryl Streep as Julia Child)
Today I have been drawing wedding themed stuff non-stop. Some of my clients have requested bridal illustrations and I have been drawing bouquets and bustiers since day-break. I thought you all might like to see a glimpse of what I've been working on!
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Happy February! I wanted to post the 2010 February Calendar page today as its the beginning of the month. And to remind you that you've only missed one month of my 2010 calendar
and its still not too late to jump on the bandwagon if you haven't yet!
That being said, I have never been a fan of February, this miserable little footnote to January during which I am always lured into buying the first batch of tempting spring clothes which I will hate by the time its warm enough to wear them. Aside from a few people whom I am glad to know who could not help but be born in this month, I can't think of any redeeming qualities to having an extra winter month thrown in the mix. I really am so opposed to February that it was actually the last one I drew for the calendar. I couldn't think up anything I like to do enough in this month to glorify by illustration. I was stumped... and getting angry just thinking about the fact that February was looming on the distant horizon of the next year.
But luckily I have a wonderfully creative coterie of friends. And one particularly clever individual named "X"... no really... came up with this idea for my February illustration. She reminded me that even though I plan to spend most of the next 26 days growing steadily more frustrated by my winter wardrobe, Feb is a nice excuse to hibernate with hot chocolate and good reading material. (Ideally magazines filled with clothes I should not buy until it is over 60 degrees out) So thank you to X for making this month seem a little more bearable!
So yesterday's big blog announcement was such an exciting whirlwind that I am still spinning. If you've never announced to hundreds of people that you are a blogger via email before, I recommend it, its such a rush. I was going to be reasonable and wait to post again until next week but I cannot resist the temptation to add a new one now...
This is inspired by a black and white photograph shot by camera that used FILM. Yes actual physical film that was hand developed. So this is practically vintage. (We didn't even have smart phones yet either) It was taken of me and a friend when we were visiting Venice two years ago. The sun was shining, we had belinis in front of us and we were wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarers nearly two months before everyone else in America was going to start sporting them. Life was good.
*also I was wearing my mother's Pucci scarf in hopes of looking chic and European... but judging by the way I have it tied I may have been accidentally channeling Sandra Lee of Semi-Homemade. Oh, the faux pas of youth.
I find myself missing this moment more than ever right now as it is 24 degrees in Washington today and there isn't a belini in sight.
Alright, I'm off to find my uggs and turn up the heat. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!
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Hello! Welcome to the sketch book! If you’ve made it this far you probably know that I’m Inslee and Inslee Stationery
is my line of fashion illustrated note cards and calendars. I began designing my stationery to give me an excuse to do what I love to do – draw! But I’m still itching to draw even more and to share these illustrations with you, so I’ve decided to create this blog as a way to showcase some of my other work. Here you’ll see sketches of whatever happens to inspire me. When I have a new illustration to share I’ll post it in the sketch book as a week long sale. If you fall in love with one of these sketches it can be yours within the week of its release as an 8×10 print for $20.00. Here is today's sketch. It is available on my website
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My inspiration for this sketch was sort of unusual - I dreamed it. As someone who spends a lot of my time thinking about clothes, drawing clothes, shopping for clothes, changing clothes... I guess it shouldn't be surprising that I dream about clothes too. Some people wake up in a cold sweat because they've just dreamed they're naked in public, I wake up with a start disappointed to find out that the dresses in my dreams aren't in my closet. To each their own reverie I suppose! Anyway, that's the story behind this illustration. Please check back often to see more of my work. I hope you'll enjoy this glimpse into my sketchbook and that some of its pages will brighten your walls soon!