Blogger Portrait: NYCxClothes

Blogger Portraits, Current Cravings

My latest blogger portrait features Shelcy and Christy, the sisters behind NYCxClothes. Simply put, their IG page is a gem. These sisters share a sense of style that is youthful, yet sophisticated. But you can tell from their wardrobe choices that each sister has an unique take on she styles her own look.

Curious about how I create my custom illustrations? Learn more about my process for creating a custom illustration here.

Instagram Custom Illustration Giveaway Contest

Current Cravings

I’m hosting a custom illustration giveaway contest on Instagram. If you’d like to enter to win a custom illustration of you, you can check out the details on how to enter here. By the way, the last day to enter is January 14, 2017.

Just Bloom

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 “A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” -Sensei Ogui

From time to time, we all need a little reminder to stop comparing ourselves to others and just bloom.

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Blogger Portrait: Micah Gianneli

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If you’re not already following Micah Gianneli on Instagram, you’ve got to check out her page, which is filled with unapologetically fierce looks. Undoubtedly cool and fearless with her styling choices, Micah’s confidence shines through in every picture she posts.

Curious about how I create my custom illustrations? Learn more about my process for creating a custom illustration here.
Interested in commissioning a custom illustration?  Please email me at mikayla@sublimecravings.com, or you can click here to see my pricing for my custom fashion illustrations.
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Dress Your Tech: Moody Blooms

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If you can’t get enough of dark floral prints, then I’ve got just the accessory for your tech devices. I’m sharing these wallpapers with those who sign up for my newsletter. If you already subscribe to my newsletter, links to these wallpapers are in the first issue-which should be in your inbox today.

These dark floral “Moody Bloom” wallpapers are a great way to dress your tech. These wallpapers are my way of saying thank you to those who sign up for my newsletter. Plus, it’s a preview of the type of content you can expect in my newsletter. This “Moody Blooms” pattern is available in a regular size print (on the iPhone in the picture above) and “close up” size print (on the iPad in the picture above). You can download this wallpaper for use on your desktop, iPad, and/or phone.

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  • Fashion and beauty themed illustrations printables and wallpapers to dress their tech
  • Access to illustrations that I will only share in my newsletter
  • To be the first to know about my custom illustration giveaway contests

Blogger Portrait: Faded Spring

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My first blogger portrait of the year is of Ana De-Jesus, who has a way with words and fashion. On her blog, Faded Spring, she pairs her colorful and eclectic fashion sense with compelling opinion pieces. Be sure to check out her Instagram account.

Curious about how I create my custom illustrations? Learn more about my process for creating a custom illustration here.
Interested in commissioning a custom illustration?  Please email me at mikayla@sublimecravings.com, or you can click here to see my pricing for my custom fashion illustrations.
Sublime Cravings Custom Fashion Illustration Process

How I Create A Custom Fashion Illustration

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Custom Fashion Illustration Process - Sublime CravingsMy goal for any illustration is to do more than create a pretty picture. I want to capture and convey a feeling or vibe in every illustration I create. I apply the same approach when I am hired to create a custom fashion illustration. In order to truly make it custom, I know I need to capture the personality and likeness of the person I’m drawing.

I believe that there are a lot of similarities between the process of creating a custom illustration and creating a couture piece. Just like a custom illustration, couture pieces are designed to reflect a client’s personal style. Also, a couture piece often requires multiple fittings to ensure the garment fits perfectly. Similar to the couture process, I tailor the illustration to the preferences of my client by soliciting client feedback at several points along the illustration process. Below are some details regarding my custom fashion illustration process, along with an example that shows the each phase of the process.

Pre Drawing Phase: Initial Consult

My custom fashion illustration process allows me to collaborate with my client from start to finish. The first phase of the process, which is the most crucial in my opinion, is the Initial Consult. During the Initial Consult, I uncover the client’s vision for the illustration through various methods including asking the client for:

  • A description of the desired pose and clothing preferences.
  • Pictures that convey the desired pose and outfit for the illustration. These pics do not have to be of the client and can be images that capture the vibe or feeling they want the illustration to capture.
  • At least 4-5 pictures of the client (or the person to be drawn, if the client is commissioning me to draw a loved one), both close ups and full body.

If the client is open to it, I love creating a private shared Pinterest board as a way to comprehend their vision. Because Pinterest is primarily a visual platform, I find that it is an ideal way to discuss visual concepts. Ultimately, this first phase is all about listening to the client and understanding what they hope to see in the final illustration.

Illustration Stage 1: Black and White Sketches

Once I feel I have a good understanding of what the client wants, I start drawing. First, I create 2-4 black and white sketches with different options for pose and garment. Consider this description I put together based on my Initial Consult with a client, my client wanted:

  • A pose with movement
  • A pose that had her looking over her shoulder as she walked the other way
  • To be wearing a Self-Portrait dress

For this client I created 2 sketches (see image below), each with a different take of her desired pose. Also, each pose featured a different Self-Portrait dress.

Sublime Cravings - Black and White Sketches - Custom Illustration Process

The Black and White sketches allow me to give clients options based on their preferences. Also, It is an opportunity for the client to get a rough sense of what the final illustration might look like. During this stage, the client picks the preferred sketch (see “1st Stage” in the image below), and can give additional feedback on the sketch.

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Illustration Stage 2: Full Color Rough Draft

Once the client indicates the Black and White Sketch they prefer, I create a Full Color Rough Draft (“2nd Stage” in the image above). It is unpolished, but gives the client a good sense of how the final drawing will look. This stage of the process allows yet another opportunity to communicate with the client so I can discern the alterations that need to be made to the illustration. And because capturing the client’s likeness is of the upmost importance to me, this second stage is a great way to find out if the client thinks the illustration actually looks like them. I use all the feedback that I receive on the Full Color Rough Draft to guide the my work on the Final Illustration.

Illustration Stage 3: Final Illustration 

I call it “final” but that’s a bit of a misnomer. The Final Illustration (“3rd Stage” in the image above) is polished, but is not technically finished because clients can request up to 3 minor revisions on the Final Illustration.

The Key to a “Made to Order” Illustration

Ultimately, I feel that communication and collaboration are crucial in creating a custom piece that truely captures the vision of a client. Although I could streamline the process by reducing the number of opportunities for client revisions, I think it would make the process far less collaborative. And the collaboration between a client and myself is the key to making my custom fashion illustrations more “couture” and less “off the rack.”

If you’d like to learn more about my custom process or you’re interested in commissioning a custom illustration, please email me at mikayla@sublimecravings.com

Also, you can click here to see my pricing for my custom fashion illustrations.

Instagram Custom Illustration Giveaway Contest

Current Cravings

I’m hosting a custom illustration giveaway contest on Instagram. If you’d like to enter to win a custom illustration of you, you can check out the details on how to enter here. By the way, the last day to enter is August 15, 2015.

Below are illustrations that I created for the winners of my last custom illustration giveaway contest.

This illustration is of Montreal based event planner Deborah Blaise of Eloquenced D Events.

The other winner was Danish style inspiration blogger Janie Behrensdorff of the AngelQueen blog.

It was a pleasure creating custom illustrations for these amazing ladies. And I look forward to working on illustrations for the winners of this current contest.