cupcakes and spikes orig

Here’s a promotional design concept using illustration and text. Mostly seeing how it works in terms of layout and visual impact. The original pencil drawing was scanned, then printed on bristol board. That’s the paper used by comic book artists. I then added watercolor. The plaid strip on the left is wrapping paper glued on to the surface. Not much tweaking in Photoshop, except to intensify the colors a bit. Enjoy!

Cupcakes and Spikes

May 16, 2015


Rendering of leather work by sustainable apparel designer Noel Austin, of DNAS Clothing in Seattle. Noel is a true couturier (hand-made, custom fit designs). Each wearable work of art is made from gently used denim and leather jackets, accentuated with spikes, studs, handcuffs and other found items.


Seattle is moving on from outdated perceptions of Pacific Northwest style and fashion. Here’s my interpretation of cutting edge leatherwork by Seattle artist and designer Noel T Austin of D.N.A. Fashion

Model: Brajoro

Wendy to  FB

Another Pacific Northwest fashion designer, Wendy Ohlendorf of Boulevard de Magenta, who’ll be featured at this June’s Seattle Fashion Week. Wendy takes couture to its artistic max. Visit her at  The Northwest corner of the US (centering on Seattle and Portland) is often overlooked by the world’s fashion cognoscenti, no doubt due to grunge, temperate rain forests, Portlandia and the Twilight franchise. But “locouture” (local couture) is changing this perception.

April 22, 2015


lady in mirror finalMy latest illustration shows a sample from Desi Designs. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Desi Allinger-Nelson is an entrepreneur as a designer, artist, and seamstress. She is a true classic – think Old Hollywood glamour meets 21st century fashion. A timeless silhouette updated for modern appeal. A bold but polished style that turns heads and speaks to uncommon sophistication. If Desi were a shoe, she would be a sleek, black, patent pump with a bright applied bow at the ankle. See more of Desi and her creations at and this coming June at Seattle Fashion Week 2015

April 13, 2015

maria ham 2

Si-Nae Maria Ham is an up and coming Seattle fashion designer who’ll be showing her line at Seattle Fashion Week this June. Visit her at For this piece I’ve done a simpler drawing for a change…no color, mostly line work. It fits the creations she presented ( in collaboration with Vidal Sassoon in March 2014.

BBD good to go

From their FB page: “BBD Fitness is fueled by a demand for arresting active wear, driven by rich textures, sick silhouettes, and launched on the road where fitness meets fierce fashion. Every BBD Fitness collection has provided us an opportunity to express our edgy and rebellious nature to your inner athlete. My vision is to collaborate performance and style into a product line that delivers both accessibility and durability for any type workout. Our collection offers unmatched performance and quality because of our revolutionary fabric blends.” BBD Fitness is Rachel Sigl. Find Rachel and her activewear at: Fitness


morifu to send to annaOne of the local fashion creators showing at Seattle Fashion Week is morifú. Morifu is a collaboration of texture between two designers. Joann knits, Anna sews – to merge their fragments and build a forest together of their handmade pieces based in Seattle, everything is done locally. I really enjoyed illustrating two of their outfits. Anna says, “We’ve been calling our clothes ‘fairy dresses’, so ideally a forest fairy is wearing our clothes in her every day life in the woods.”


Karen Ashley Langley is a local designer in the greater Tacoma/Seattle area. Karen graduated Summa Cum Laude, with her Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design and spoke as valedictorian, from the International Academy of Design and Technology (now Sanford-Brown College). Earning many accolades and design awards during her college career, Karen is passionate about design, and is committed to her dream. Karen originally began her design career in costume design and sportswear, crafting hundreds of beautiful, individualized figure skating costumes for competitive skaters for over 10 years. Her degree in Fashion Design has allowed her to hone her craft and love of all things beautiful and feminine, and gave her the tools for which to create the KAREN ASHLEY line, with the utmost emphasis on quality and excellence. Karen will be debuting her latest line at Seattle Fashion Week, June 11-14, 2015. (collaborative Illustration by Dominic Gomez and Karen Ashley)

Mode Fashion Magazine at Chance Fashion’s 5th Annual Artist of the Year Award Show at Macy’s Downtown Seattle.

Reporter: Juliet Dang

Interviews with Desda Sayer for Paperdollz, Carlisia Minnis for Mac Fashion House, Twala Coggins for Twala Intimates, Noel T Austin and Derek for DNAS, Hildi Flores for Bubble Gunk, Dominic Gomez (Artist), Baretoe Smith (Model)

Music: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3)


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