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Hello everyone! I was going to say good morning, but by the time I publish this it probably won’t be morning anymore. I had such grandiose plans for today. I was going to get up at 7, write, get ready for the day, write this blog post, and then draw the rest of the day. When my alarm went off at 7, my body was like HAHAHAHA that’s funny. . . so needless to say it is almost noon and here I am just starting this post. There is still a lot of day left, so I am sure I will still get a lot done. There is always tomorrow to try the 7 am alarm again. (I know this doesn’t seem early to most people, but I work an evening job as a part time job in the beginning of the week, so sometimes it’s harder for me to tap into my morning person personality later in the week.)

So you are all waiting for some sketchbook posts! This week I actually have some of the finished projects on my computer so I will share those along with the sketches. This sketchbook is also from my 3rd year at FIT. It’s so fun looking back at these and knowing the projects they eventually inspired. It’s also cool to me to see how much of my style has stayed the same and how much has changed.

For my History of Illustration class we had to pick two musicians to paint. I picked Buddy Holly  and Cyndi Lauper. We had to use photo reference but change it enough so that we weren’t violating copyright. I am not sure I accomplished that, but I will never sell these. It was a good exercise. For the rest of my life I will sing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Buddy Holly” by Weezer every time I see these. These sketches were done in pencil.

pencil sketch

pencil sketch of Buddy Holly

pencil sketch

pencil sketch of Cyndi Lauper

And since I actually have the finishes on my computer:

Watercolor of Buddy Holly

Watercolor of Buddy Holly

Watercolor of Cyndi Lauper

Watercolor of Cyndi Lauper

I don’t work like this much anymore, but looking back at these, I can see where my love of graphic shapes and patterns in illustrations was starting to appear in my work.

The next sketches were for a linocut we did in another class. For this process, you transfer your drawing onto some sort of block (we used easy cut blocks) and make a stamp of your piece which you then ink and transfer to paper. It was a super fun project. I was the only one prepared for class that day, and my teacher made my classmates all pay me to use my supplies. I think I made money that day! It is still a favorite memory from art school.

These are very loose sketches for concept:

thumbnail pencil sketches for linocut

thumbnail pencil sketches for linocut

And this is the sketch I ended up going with:

Pencil sketch for linocut

Pencil sketch for linocut

i really liked this sketch and since I still have the linocut, maybe I’ll make some more prints with this! (Note: because of the way the art is transferred, the final piece would be a mirror image of this sketch.)

Last but not least, here is a sketch I ended up doing for a project in my photoshop class:

pencil sketch: under the willow tree

pencil sketch: under the willow tree

This was a frustrating class for me. For some reason, I just could not get the hang of what we were supposed to be doing. So finally my teacher just said, create something you love in a style you want to. . . so I drew this. In the final piece, the girl is surrounded by hand drawn rainbows and flowers and butterflies…as if her drawings are coming to life. I am not sure what he was expecting, but I did have fun creating this piece.

That’s it for this week! Be sure to subscribe on the right to never miss a post!

Before I forget, I also started a new store on Society6 this week. I will be adding more art in the following weeks, and you’ll be able to get all sorts of things on phones, tote bags and more! Check it out.

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This week’s post is another Flashback Friday instead of Throwback Thursday. I may have to change it to just be Fridays! I think for now, this post will appear on whichever day I have more time. Subscribe on the right to be notified when I write a new post!

This sketchbook is from my third year at FIT. Therefore, it has a mix of some fashion illustration and some general illustration. I had already graduated from the Fashion Illustration program at this point, but I still loved it so fashion illustration is strewn through a lot of my sketchbooks. Most of the sketches in this particular sketchbook however, are sketches for projects I did in school. For now, I will simply post the sketch, but someday when I can go through all my files I will show you the finishes too!

anneappert-dorm

This first sketch is a picture of my dorm room done with pen and marker. I was obviously sitting on my bed when I drew this. There is no way my dorm room was this clean; I must have edited! I used to have art supplies all over the place. My roommate was the most understanding roommate ever. The room was a studio style room. After our first year living together, we decided we didn’t need the kitchen table so my roommate let me take it as an extension of my desk. I like the limited color in this sketch. I also like how I drew my art supply drawers!

anneappert-seasons

This was a sketch I did for my illustrator class that semester. We had to create a promotional pamphlet for ourselves. I decided to do mine based on the season, with my twin sister and me as my subject. These are the sketches for winter and spring. (sledding and puddle stomping). The puddle stomping image is still one of my favorite pieces from this class.

anneappert-dr.jekyllmrhyde

This was a sketch for a project we did in our History of Illustration class. We had to do a piece to illustrate Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I wanted to do something that showed both personalities. The finish had to be black and white, and I did the final on scratchboard. (We may have had to do it on scratchboard). This is done in pen and marker and based on photos I took of a model who posed for us. It was my first time using scratchboard, and I liked the look, but the scratching part was kind of irritating so I haven’t really done it again.

anneappert-fashion

Last but not least I found this illustration I did. Like my last post, this was based on an ad in a fashion magazine. It is drawn in pencil. Something about this drawing is very appealing to me. Maybe because I actually drew the face!

I am always surprised when I find these sketchbooks and they are only half used. I did do a lot of concept sketches on loose pages, so that explains why they aren’t all in sketchbooks. I will have to go back and fill them all up eventually! This sketchbook was obviously well loved as it is coming out of it’s spiral binding. I have a feeling a lot of pages were ripped out.

Until next week!

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Hello all!

I was so busy yesterday working on projects I forgot to post a TBT Sketchbook post! Good thing we have flashback Friday right?

I realize a lot of these throwback posts are going to be Fashion Illustration posts. For those of you who don’t know me, my first degree was actually an Associates Degree in Fashion Illustration. I didn’t think I was going to do this when I got to FIT. In fact, before I got accepted, I had to do a drawing test at FIT. The professor who looked at my work asked, “Would you ever consider doing Fashion Illustration? You really have a knack for it.” I replied something to the extent of “Well I really want to do children’s illustration, so probably not. I’ll think about it though!” Fast forward approximately 6 months and there I was, signing up for the Fashion concentration in the Illustration program. A couple of things went into my decision. First of all, I loved my fashion illustration classes my first semester. Secondly, at the time, not all the general classes painted from live models, and the fashion illustration classes did so I thought that would be better practice. Thirdly, all my friends were doing Fashion Illustration. Oh the decision making skills at 18! Regardless of why I made the decision, I have never regretted that decision. I met amazing people, created some really cool art, and learned a lot. Also, I now have some fun sketchbooks to show you!
Anne Appert Sketchbook

I had this sketchbook my second year into the program. You can see it was much loved. I literally lost one of the spiral bindings because I’ve taken this apart to give pieces to people. When I saw this sketchbook I had to have it. It has polkadots, is square, and the paper is kraft paper. Everything about it was so fun!

Anne Appert sketchbook1

This is one of my favorite pieces from the sketchbook. Most of the drawings in this book were copies of pictures from fashion ads in magazines. I created the backgrounds. I don’t remember all the info for each as it was awhile ago now, but this one I remember was an Oscar de la Renta dress which I LOVED. This is done in gouache.

Anne Appert Sketchbook2

I don’t remember what designer this one. This is done with pen and marker. I do enjoy the color choices I made for this drawing.

Anne Appert Sketchbook3

This one is also done with marker and pen. If my memory serves me correctly, it was from a Moschino ad. (But don’t take my word for that!)

Anne Appert Sketchbook4

This is another marker and pen drawing. It’s funny, I don’t really use markers too often any more, but I obviously had a lot of fun experimenting with them!

Anne Appert Sketchbook5

Lastly, here is another marker and pen piece. I must have really loved the way these drew on this paper! I do like how on some of the pieces you can see the marker spots from the drawing on the previous page.

There are many more sketches in this book, but I made myself stop scanning at 5. I thought that was enough for one blog post! This way too, I can always post more for a future TBT post (or flashback post!). I think what most attracts me to these pieces is how evident it is that I was just having fun. I was being loose and enjoying it. Using a medium I didn’t use and still don’t really use, I was able to create drawings that were fun and appealing to me. There are still some pages in the book, maybe I’ll have another go at drawing like this again.

Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures these were originally drawn from. This is not intended to infringe on anyone’s copyright, but instead show my process and how I create art.

 

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Happy Thursday Everyone! It’s super rainy here today, which makes it the perfect working day. That doesn’t mean I am working that hard. I gave myself a tiny vacation this week because my sister is visiting from the West Coast. Tomorrow it will be back to work, but for today, here are some watercolor drawings that I did when studying Fashion Illustration at FIT. The colors seemed appropriate for the weather today.

anneappert-menswear2-tbt

anneappert-menswear1-tbt

The first image was probably a 7-10 minute pose. I think this because there are pencil lines under the watercolor. the figures beneath were probably 3 minute poses to warm up, which is why they all overlap. These were all drawn from a model with concentrated watercolor. We used concentrated watercolors in fashion illustration because they dried fast and the colors are so brilliant. Also they were fun.
It is really funny what you remember when you are flipping through old sketchbooks. I can very clearly envision where I was standing in the room when I painted these. There was another instructor wandering around. He was out of sorts because the model he had booked for his class hadn’t shown up. He flipped through this sketchbook while I was working on one of the longer poses in the class. He really liked these images which made me happy. I think it made him sad because he couldn’t have his students working too!
Looking at these images reminds me of how fun it was to draw like this. Using watercolor, there wasn’t much planning before you started, you had to simply jump into it. Any mistakes had to be worked into the image, or dealt with some other way. It was a very freeing way to draw. In a way, even though you can’t erase, it takes the pressure off. You know you will probably make mistakes, it won’t be perfect, and it’s ok. Maybe today I will pull out my watercolors again!

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Hello All!

It has been awhile since I posted here, or on social media at all. I have been super busy. However, I wasn’t busy with anything I could actually show you so that meant radio silence on my end. I need to work on working on both my projects I can’t share, and things I can share at the same time so you all don’t think I’ve forgotten about you!

So what have I been up to? I have been reading ALOT of books. . . picture books! I took part in a challenge called ReFoReMo, or Reading for Research Month. The idea of the month is to actually research picture books: how they are written, what the balance between text and illustration is, what kinds of books are out there, what formats are they written in etc. Each day, someone in the industry would write briefly about one aspect of writing for children, and then share some books that they thought would be good mentor texts to illustrate their point. I have learned a lot about picture books; both what I like and what I don’t like. I also have two new manuscript ideas from reading the selected books. It’s been a great month! I still have to read some of the selections, but it has been really a great experience. There is a new post every week during the year with useful knowledge, and if you want to participate next year, check out the website!

I’ve also been working on a project I really can’t show you because it is a present for someone. Eventually I will post it here!

I have been working on writing several manuscripts for children’s books.

I also have been cleaning out my art room which is a slow but necessary process. Today, I got to clean out a closet that had all my old sketchbooks in it. Then, I was inspired. Every Thursday, for throwback Thursday, I will post something from an old sketchbook for you all to see! Going through them today, I realize I used to have a lot of fun in sketchbooks. I have no idea what happened, probably life, but I don’t spend the same amount of time in sketchbooks as I used to, or as I should. I am hoping this experiment will be fun for you, and reinvigorating for me.

I definitely have posted this on an old blog, but I thought I would start with my first special sketchbook. I have sketchbooks from when I was 7 or 10, but this was the first sketchbook that really meant something to me. It was also the start of me beginning to realize I loved art.

The First "Real" Sketchbook I owned

The First “Real” Sketchbook I owned

I was 12 and I had just won a 20 dollar gift card to Barnes and Noble from the Book-a-Thon at school. I was rich. I could buy two books with a 20 dollar gift card. (If only that were still true!) I didn’t know what I would get, but I knew it would be the best book the store had to offer. Then I walked passed the journal section and this caught my eye. Something about the fake wood I thought was beautiful. I picked it up and flipped through the blank pages, feeling excited. I put it down. I wasn’t an artist. And if I bought this, I may have money for a book, but I may not. I left and came back. Picked it up again. In my memory, this indecisiveness lasted a long time. I can’t imagine how annoying this must have been for my dad who had brought me and my sister shopping. Finally I decided to just go for it. I bought it and brought it home.

This was the perfect sketchbook. It had to be filled with the perfect drawings I decided. So I sat with it, started drawing, didn’t like it, ripped it out…this happened several times. Then finally I just drew.

The "perfect" drawing. Note the ripped edges of the pages I deemed imperfect

The “perfect” drawing. Note the ripped edges of the pages I deemed imperfect

It took forever, but I finally decided I was satisfied. Then, being the truly focused 12 year old I was, I left it on the couch in order to go outside with my sister and friends.

I came back in to find my dad looking at the drawing I had done. I was mortified. No one was supposed to see it! I felt like I was pretending to be something I was not. Then my dad looked at me and said, “Anne, this is really good!” While still embarrassed, now it was for a different reason. I was proud and so happy my dad had thought I could draw. I probably mumbled a thank you and grabbed the sketchbook. I don’t remember that part. I do remember that after that I really thought about creating art more often.

The funny thing is, that is the only drawing in that sketchbook. Even though I went on to fill more sketchbooks, take art lessons, experiment with media, I never came back to this sketchbook. Thinking about this sketchbook, I also realize all the earlier times I had filled sketchbooks, illustrated stories me and my sisters wrote, made pretend boardgames all should have been clues to how I really had always loved art. I guess I was pretty clueless. This drawing was really the beginning of my awareness of the importance of art to me.

This is my first throwback sketchbook post. Tune in next week for the next installment!

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