test ilo-page-0Seattle (and the Pacific Northwest)  is a fashion-friendly, youth-oriented region. Today I’m starting a 100 Drawings Challenge for myself based on that theme. Each day over the next 100 days I’ll post a new illustration with the tag “Seattle Style”. Today kicks off with
a big, warm wool jacket over mini shift, black tights and sensible winter boots. Top this off with a DIY felt beret.

I’ve been spending a lot of time driving through the South Lake Union neighborhood and seeing the incredible rate of development going on there. The model finds herself in late winter on her way to her job at Amazon. What will become of the old brick, former warehouse behind her? The developers will at least keep the cherry tree.

Couture’s going green, and there’s no looking back!

Cutting Edge Trends in the Fashion Design Industry – Zero Waste Fashion.


October 26, 2013


Finally, this is Z. She’s dressed in an original from Lastwear, Seattle purveyor of steampunk fashion http://www.lastwear.com/ Leather and feathers, all in white. Very kewl…

October 26, 2013


Here’s the Mad Hatter (real name Trystan) as portrayed by Johnny Depp. If I had pigments on hand, his hair and eyebrows would be bright orange. I told Trystan if there was a sequel to the 2010 film and Johnny Depp couldn’t do it, he’d be next in line. ;-)

October 26, 2013



At the Chance Halloween Party/fashion show were a couple of characters from Alice in Wonderland. Here’s Alice.


October 20, 2013

Lindsay Chance1_edited-2

Lindsay drawn at the October Chance Seattle fashion show www.activatethearts.com/chance/Pages/default.aspx  Compressed charcoal on newsprint. Lindsay and some of the other participants I drew were very nice and co-operative while I worked. With people I draw who aren’t professional models I always ask if they’re OK holding the pose when it runs over 2 minutes.

October 5, 2013

Maria 2

Another sketch of Maria. This drawn with felt-tip calligraphy pen, watercolors added later in studio. I have to plan a workable set-up next time in order to do on-location color rendering of the models. The photographers have a system, but illustrators have quite different requirements.

October 5, 2013

chance audience

Members of the audience, drawn with a felt-tip calligraphy pen in about two to three minutes. These were done from a distance of about 30 feet, and in the dim light of a nightclub. Some things I have to take for granted as I begin a drawing, like establishing a believable (but unseen) anatomical structure of a figure in a particular pose as I draw clothes on top of it.

October 5, 2013

plus size 1

Using calligraphy pen to capture plus-size runway models. Have to work fast, and accurately capture as many relevant details of the garment.

October 5, 2013

Angela 1

Angela was modeling for the first time at a Chance event. I didn’t get the name of the designer she was working with, who specializes in plus-size formal wear. Graphite drawing, done in about 5 minutes.


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