2019 Calendar Sketches!

I’m already thinking of 2019, guys. But that’s the name of the game when you make a calendar! (I’m not going to do what I did last year, which was crazy. Two calendars in about three months!!)

For 2019, I thought a softer, more organic approach to illustrating the lady of the month would be appreciated. So I’m incorporating a lot of my own wardrobe and even reference photos of myself that contribute to a more natural looking lady. Think rounder, feminine, and graceful. I am loving it so far!

Ballerina Challenge 5/10


I actually used good watercolor paper for this piece. That’s an accomplishment for me. I have such a hard time using quality paper because I’m afraid of failure. *tisk tisk* (Any suggestions on how to battle that? I’d take them gladly!)

For most of my illustrations, I use plain printer paper because I’m scared that it won’t end up how I want it to. Most of the time, there are certain parts to an illustration that I love, and some I hate. Rarely I create a piece that I fall in love right away. But they grow on me and I’ll realize “It’s not that bad. It actually has a certain je ne sais quoi in the expression, line work, etc.”

Maybe I’ll put away all of my junky paper and use only watercolor. That would conquer my fear, eh?

Note: I did create a sketch on “junky” paper for this. 


Copy of the Master (Inslee)

So you guys know my love for Inslee’s art. Her feminine illustrations are amazing and inspiring. There is this quality about it that really resonates with me–the slightly unkempt and loose look. The small imperfections that come along with it really make it charming and interesting. I could wax poetic on her illustrating abilities for a whole blog post plus some. But enough hero worship 🙂

I’ve been using her as a loose guide in my illustration adventures since waaaayy back (I mean ninth-grade…2014). Just to show you my ninth-grade skills, here you go 🙂


I’d like to say my skills have improved since then. What do you think?

Here are some recent “master studies” of her work: (If you want to find the originals, do some Pinterest browsing!)



A simple lady having breakfast and reading a magazine. Fresh-squeezed orange juice is a must!


Stylish lady on her way to work…I hope her feet aren’t killing her in those heels!


Lastly, another simple lady people-watching or enjoying nature.

Thank you, Inslee, for all of the wonderful work you’ve made!

Have a wonderful evening!




Black Heels


Heels are one of those things that I have a love-hate relationship with.

On one hand, they are:

  • Fashionable,
  • Feminine,
  • Height boosters,
  • Confidence lifters, and
  • Calf-muscle builders.

But on the other hand, they are:

  • Awful (and awkward) to walk in,
  • Cause problems for your feet, and
  • Tripping hazards.

Sometimes, if a heel fits me just right, I feel like I’m on top of the world. But if they are slippery on the bottom and your feet slide out of them, then every step is filled with trepidation!

Still, I can’t get the image of Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn (both style icons of mine) strutting their stuff in glamorous heels. I kind of try to imitate their gracefulness (hehe) but somehow I feel less like a lady and more like a six-year-old trying on her mother’s shoes. But less cute.

Can anyone relate?

Until next time,