Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My New Illustrated Books are Now Available

I am so excited to share with you the new book series I illustrated, Chloe by Design, is now available! The books come either as one bound hardcover copy Chloe by Design: Making the Cut or as four individual parts (as shown above) Design Diva, The First Cut, Unraveling and Design Destiny. They tell the story of a 16-year-old fashion loving girl Chloe, who auditions for the teen version of her favorite fashion design reality competition show. My illustrations, thumbnail sketches, handwritten notes and photos throughout the books act as her sketchbook and designs throughout the rigorous competition.
To kick off the book release Capstone is offering Fabulous Doodles readers 30% off Chloe by Design: Making the Cut, with promo code HAGEL30. For a little more about what awaits inside Chloe by Design watch amazing book trailer! (I'm still loving this and it came out over 6 months ago!)

Working with the team from Capstone Publishing again was wonderful, especially the designer of the books, Alison Thiele and of course author Margaret Gurevich. I'm really proud of how these books turned out, and confident they would've been right up my alley back in Jr. High. I'm also thrilled to announce that I'm about to start sketching more Chloe designs because the series has been extended and we now have 4 more books in the works!

For more on these books as well as the other books I've illustrated and/or contributed to check out my Amazon shop.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Inspired by Gray Gardens

Today I'm sharing another fun floral fashion illustration on craft paper. This one was inspired by gray gardens, not the movie of course or the eccentric Beales but by the beautiful monochromatic floral patterns that are popping up throughout both fashion and home in various shades of gray, as shown in the examples above:

1. Gray floral printed dress by Styul.

2. Printed floral tote with leather handles by Gap.

3. Lauren Ralph Lauren Cocktail Dress dinnerware. (Side note; a few years ago I had the pleasure of the visiting the Ralph Lauren Home design studio and offices and was blown away by their extensive trend boards and how meticulous they are about translating fashion to home decor. Which this intricate "Cocktail Dress" dinnerware pattern is a perfect example of.)

4. Duvet set by H&M Home.

I hope you enjoy seeing how I take a trend and interpret it into fashion illustration. This illustration was actually drawn/painted with gouache the same day as the one from my last inspiration post, Blue and White. The dramatically draped skirt is based on this photo from my She's a Sketch Pin board and I adorned it with a loose organic gray floral print. For more snapshots of my daily inspirations and things I'm working on you can follow me on Instagram @brooklit.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sketching for Vogue and Clinique {NYC & Seattle}

I'm excited to share I'll be sketching with Vogue Magazine and Clinique in two more cities in the next week and once again you're invited! Last weeks California and Florida events went so well and garnered such great feedback that it looks like my original plan of sketching in 6 cities is now extend to 9! Coming up this week, New York City and Seattle:

New York
Thursday, August 7th 2014, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Macy's Herald Square 
151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
RSVP: 212.494.5266

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 12:00-2:00 PM
Lord & Taylor
424 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028
RSVP: 212.391.3648

Seattle 
Saturday August 23th 20014, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Nordstrom Bellevue
100 Bellevue Square, Bellevue WA 98004
RSVP: 425.455.5800

Guests who purchase the new Clinique Smart Serum do not only receive a custom fashion illustration of themselves by yours truly but they can also have the custom sketch printed onto a cell phone cover. Shown above are some of the pre-printed covers I designed for the events that are gifts with purchase. Since the first event in San Francisco, I've been switching mine over daily!
Hope to see you (and sketch you!) there but if you can't make it be sure and follow along on instagram to see what I'm sketching up for guests of Vogue and Clinique. And check back soon for even more cities and dates!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sketching for Vogue & Clinique and You're Invited

I'm so excited to share that this summer throughout the month of August I'll be live-sketching for Vogue Magazine and Clinique in six different cities throughout the US and you're invited! Vogue has teamed up with Clinique to help launch their new Smart Custom-Repair Serum. Those who attend will receive a skin consultation, enjoy a fall trend preview with a Vogue Market Stylist and a custom designed illustrated cell phone cover by yours truly, as a free gift with purchase. The first event kicks off this thursday in San Francisco:
San Francisco  
Thursday July 31st, 2014, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Macy's Union Square
170 O'Farrell St. San Francisco, CA 94102
Please call to RSVP: 415.296.4295

Santa Clara
Friday August 1st, 2014, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Macy's Valley Fair
2801 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Please call to RSVP: 408.248.3333 ext. 4407

Miami
Saturday August 2nd, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Macy's Dadeland
7303 SW 88th St. Miami, FL 33156
Please call to RSVP: 305.662.3222

Check back, as I expect to have more dates and locations for events in Seattle, Chicago and New York. If you can't make it follow me @Brooklit on twitter and instagram, to see what I sketch up especially for #cliniquesmart. Hope to see you soon!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld Barbie

Yes its true, Mattel has announced a limited-edition Karl Lagerfeld Barbie is being added to the Barbie Collector series this fall. After collaborating with Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director of Chanel, they've designed this incredibly chic Barbie complete with Karl's iconic dark sunglasses, high collar, white hair and classic tailored black jacket. I've been a Barbie-girl forever and have long admired Robert Best's Barbie sketches but until now I've yet to feature any here on Fabulous Doodles, this Lagerfeld Barbie illustration however is too good to pass up!

(Barbie Lagerfeld sketch by Robert Best)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Etsy Item: Fashion Illustration Pocket Notebooks

A new item has been added to my Etsy shops, fashion illustration pocket notebooks. I chose some of my favorite and most popular sketches and adhered them to the craft paper board covers. For years these notebooks have been floating around my desk, in my bag, and basically one of my daily essentials. I've been meaning to offer them in the shops, but it wasn't until this weekend that I finally put it into action.
These little fashion illustration notebooks are ideal for daily shopping lists, jotting down notes and to-dos. The bridal options also make a great little engagement or shower gift for any bride-to-be to keep track of gifts, guests, or vendors. Shown here are just a few, but if you click on over to the shops (Brooklit and Brooklit Bride) you can see the full selection available.