Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Self Portrait

Ok I admit, this is a slight glamorization, I am actually wearing head to toe Lululemon.

Monday, August 30, 2010


This was inspired by Camilla Belle. Not only is she gorgeous, her name is perfect too.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Emily (Blog) Post

As far as I know Emily Post hasn't yet addressed the issue of intellectual property in the blogosphere, but I'm pretty sure she would advise against borrowing artwork without first asking for the permission of the artist. So if you are interested in using my art, please email inslee@inslee.net and I'll be happy to help!

And now, some royal jewels.

And some more retro-ness. I seem to be getting more and more projects that require this vintage/lady-like feel to them...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cut out

Today feels scrumptiously chilly so I thought I'd share this illustration with you all.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Loosen up

So I'm experimenting with this new paper called YUPO. Its totally smooth, feels like plastic. Wild. I went in to buy my usual heavy weight cold press strathmore and there it was this bizarre plastic paper with absolutely no absorbent qualities claiming to be perfect for watercolor techniques and four times as expensive as everything else.

When I asked the utrechts helper guy what this crazy paper was he could barely compose himself enough to explain over the excessive gesticulations and sighs of delight. "It like totally blends... its all on the surface but it complements in like.... layers of splash" I believe was the general gist.

That is my first attempt at using it above. It was sort of weird and floaty. Like... driving a prius. So I am going to continue to experiment and see how loose my drawing can get.

I want to be able to work like this....

And not worry about the fact that sometimes they only have one arm. No problem.

That illustration is from Fashion Illustrations by Fashion Designers - amazing book showcasing the outlandish drawings of the big name designers trying to articulate their ideas for their lines.

Sorry this is pretty long winded. I could talk about paper all day.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The unbearable wetness of being

This has got to be the most rain I've ever seen. Everything is utterly waterlogged and I'm weary of all the gloom. It has me thinking about just how much I really do not like wetness. My whole life I've been much more put off by situations of moisture than any one else I've ever met and do not get me started on wet towels. Dry, clean towels are next to, if not beyond godliness.

But anyway, it also has me thinking about cold weather clothes...

Although, I'm pretty sure that wherever this busy hipster might be storming around in leather thigh high boots and a fedora its not actually cold or rainy. That is one of my favorite things about celebrities/hipsters.... their clothing choices are not governed by weather like it is for the rest of us. The richer they are, the more outerwear they need at all times regardless of temperature. Genius.

She seems pretty rainy day appropriate too. (Sulking despite the enormous bouquet of balloons and the ability to pull off winter white wide leg trousers)

This little grump also can't get her act together despite wearing an amazing lace shift. So I thought I'd add her to the montage. Shes another discarded potential February. Suchhhh a disagreeable month.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Some dramatic hair to spice up your Tuesday. To buy a print of this illustration, click here!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hat girls

This illustration was inspired by a vintage photograph I came across on this wonderful blog called Design Love Fest. I loved how the girls looked in their turban/hats, the colors made them look like a little bouquet of flowers. So I had to draw it. We could have all used some chic turbans like these this morning in Washington during the freak monsoon. Where has all the glamor gone... sigh...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


To shop for a print of this illustration, click here!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Featured on Beauty and the Feast

Hi Everyone!

How has August been treating you? I just got back from a wonderful trip to Mexico to find out that I was featured last week on Beauty and the Feast Blog! Be sure to visit it, I know you'll love it. It features the two most important things - good food and good fashion. What more do you really need? Well if you are in Mexico, you'd need to add bottled water to the list... but since I'm back that pretty much covers it.

Here's the link to the feature on me!... http://beautyandthefeastblog.com/2010/08/05/inspiration-of-the-day-sketches-by-inslee/