Set me free – an in progress video

Hello loves,

Hope everyone is enjoying the nice warmer weather . Spring is tricky – with the temperatures swinging and the rain too. It’s raining today ūüôĄ . ¬†But , although I will always favor cool over heat, I do like the 65 -70 degree weather ¬†– anymore than that, and I start to complain !

I also find myself drawing more outfits that think spring. This time, I thought a video would be perfect showing the process.

I used Copic Markers and Sakura Micron pens for the sketch .

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Markers for the blouse
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Markers used for the skin tones
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Markers used for the lehenga / skirt
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Plethora of Sakura Micron pens for detailing

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She’s available as a print on Etsy and also on phone cases on Casetify .

Cheers,

Lakshmi

 

Saree Seduction

Hello loves,

Hope you are having a great week so far. In our neck of the woods, we’ve had a weird weather. We went from cold to beautiful within a day. Yesterday started out gloomy and wet. Then there was a downpour for about half hour- and I’m talking about a deluge, trees threatening to fall over from the wind . I dropped off my son at school in all of this. The poor kid was soaking wet – as were the other kids in school. I came home drenched and cold. The umbrella and my rain jacket were pretty useless in all of this.

This was followed by a pretty gloomy morning . I guess, being wet and cold, prompted me to create something bright and cheerful . I went with watercolors and gel pens for this one. I remembered to take a few in progress shots of this illustration . It gives you an idea of how it all came together.

I used my Artist’s Loft watercolors for this illustration . It is available at Michaels – I love the brilliance of the colors . I recommend this set for those who’ve never used watercolors and would like to try it out.

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I added the patterns and details on the sari and blouse with Sakura Micron Pens and gel pens. I used acrylic paint to bring out the shine and flare on the sari .

Watercolors for her hair and a touch of Micron Pens.

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There she is – all done and sashaying away to some mysterious location . She’s available for purchase in different sizes on Etsy and on phone cases etc through Casetify.

Cheers,

Lakshmi

 

 

Survived the Storm

Hello from the other side….

We were pounded with snow starting last Friday. They weren’t kidding , when they said, there would be a lot of snow. I believe we got at least 2 -1/2 feet of snow , if not more.

The stores were packed with people stocking up, the days leading up to Friday and even Friday at noon. I was in there picking up a few things. Once it started snowing, I was happy being indoors. But my kids and the other kids in our neighborhood ¬†showed me what it was to be a kid and how to enjoy the snow . From ‘helping’ by shoveling the snow, to making snow angels and snow blobs and more , they loved it.

After Friday night, it was best to just stay indoors. And I made the most of it , by working on some winter inspired illustrations.

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Blake Lively checking out the storm in my neighborhood !

By Saturday afternoon it was pretty clear to me and my daughter that there was more to this storm than just #stormjonas. We decided Queen Elsa had brought the weather with her. That was the only explanation . So here she is- Elsa reimagined – You just have to Let it go , sometimes!

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Elsa Рreimagined 

I also had sometime to create an original sketch of a group of chic women who take Winter and Winter fashion seriously and they are in my Etsy shop for purchase.

Is there anything that you’d like me to sketch as art prints ? Im open to ideas and suggestions.

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These girls are available as Art Print in my Etsy Shop for purchase 

Moving on from winter … strictly metaphorically speaking – like I have a choice .. Its Haute Couture Week , which means there is so much eye candy out there for me to sketch! And not enough time. But I am going to try.

I started off with sketching Irina Shayk in Versace. I mean, she is drop dead gorgeous and killed it on the runway. So it was a lot of fun sketching her.

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Irina Shayk for Versace 

Before I wrap up this post , I wanted to thank Taraji P Henson for reposting my illustration of her on Instagram to her 6.6 million followers ! Insane , right ?!

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Taraji P Henson in Stella McCartney at the Golden Globes 

Lastly , I want thank everyone who takes a minute to read my blog or follows me on Instagram! I value your support and love to hear from you. Please email me or contact me via Instagram or comment , even if it is just to say hi . I love hearing from people.

Cheers!

Lakshmi