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Live Illustration at Cacao70

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This has been quite the year for Design by Streetlight.  Maybe it’s five cumulative years of #hustle without much of a stir on the rest of the world, but things have really been cooking for me in 2017.

I was approached out of the blue about two weeks ago and asked to do live illustration on site for the soft opening of Cacao70, a new eatery in south west Calgary.  They were inviting 25 social media influencers to sample their menu as well as come out to support the Make A Wish Foundation.  Each influencer would receive a gift bag and an illustration to take home with them.  This is where I came in!

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Photo credits to Jose Soriano Photography: www.josesoriano.com

Now, in all honesty, I stopped my focus on fashion illustration towards the end of 2014.  I will be forever grateful for the time spent there and it especially came back in spades while brushing up for this event.  Back in the day I would spend between three and five hours on an illustration, perfecting the pose, adding in details like personal jewellery and trying to get the facial features to be recognizeable even in watercolor.

This event was a slightly different experience.  25 influencers in a two hour window – which did actually end up stretching into 2.5 hours by the end of it but still came out to a tidy 6 minutes per illustration.  Insane!  I spent several evenings the week before practicing my figure sketches and working to simplify facial features so that each sketch was more of a loose render than a finished product.  But they loved it!

I am incredibly grateful to the team at Shine PR for the opportunity to do this live.  I am still pinching myself that after five years of working on my craft, suddenly it is starting to attract an audience and these live opportunities to sketch events like this one!

 

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This was one last illustration I wanted to create as a gift to the owners – a thank you and welcome to the community.  I had an amazing time, made a few new connections and will definitely be searching out opportunities such as this one in the time to come!

2018 DBSL Calendars are here!

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Good Morning!  It’s Saturday, the second day of fall and here in YYC the sun is trying it’s best to break through the bleakness that has been content to blanket our city this past week or so.  I just wanted to write a little note here to say that I have decided to completely step outside my normal tradition of finally getting calendars to print on the first day of December and announce that THE 2018 CALENDARS ARE HERE!

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If there is a place I pour my heart and soul into painting more than anywhere else, it is in these calendars each year.  I always have my eyes open for travel photos that catch my eye and this year I feel like I really did not hold back.  The 2018 Calendar is available in two sizes and styles – the classic Desk Calendar is an 8″ x 10″ printed on glossy stock that pins up easily into an office cubicle or can slide into a glass frame.  It can be trimmed down after the month is over if you really loved the image and want to save it for later.  And in it’s second year of production – the DBSL Wall Calendar is printed on a slick 11″ x 17″ sheet with a full month for noting down appointments and other reminders – great for the kitchen or shared home space where everyone can see the month at a glance.

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Check out the Classic Calendar here and the Wall Calendar right here .

These will make a beautiful Christmas gift and a small token of appreciation is sent out with each order.  Don’t forget to grab one for yourself!

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Baby Gifts

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These are our friends Nate and Nat!  Four years ago we spent a month travelling through South East Asia together.  That was before I was attempting Urban Sketching, still working on fashion illustration and when capoeira was dominating my focus in life (as it still somewhat is…).  It’s fascinating to watch time go by.  Next month they’ll be welcoming their firstborn into the world.  Nate is something of an artist himself so I was very flattered when he asked me to help out with art for the nursery.  They’re expecting a little girl, and went with a space theme for the baby’s room.  He sent me a few images and color swatches of what they had in mind and this is the finished result!  A little different from my usual style – but I was thinking it as I was painting these, how fortunate that my comfort level in experimenting with watercolor has increased over the years.  These were really enjoyable to work on – a slow race of the brush against the speed of the water drying on paper.  Of course it did not occur to me to take scans for later reproduction, or for sharing on here.  Maybe these will be worth a fortune one day – Stephanie Fowler originals.  Cue laughter. :)

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And here is a photo of Frank and I.  We are horrible at remembering to take photos together – but yesterday we were on the ball and especially out of the ordinary – not in capoeira clothes!  hah!  So this is us.  Slowly growing older together.

What Else is New Around Here?

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Hello blogging world!

I am still alive and at the drawing board – and the keyboard too.  March was an amazing marathon of a month with getting all the initial work on the Etsy store up and running.   Added to that – Urban Sketchers reposted a few of my sketches on their Instagram profile – I was thrilled!  Back in February I actually got registered for their symposium coming up this summer in Chicago.  I’m excited and nervous – I’m leaving Frank here in Calgary and going all in to fully immerse myself in the experience.  I’ve got workshops with a few of my personal heroes in the Urban Sketching world and I hope I can go there and charm the daylights off everyone with my sparkling personality.  All joking aside – I’m spending five days surrounded by people I know of online – not even personally.  I’ll try to seek out a capoeira class while I’m there too because hey, why not…but it’s going to be a lot of learning in addition to a lot of time spent outside of my comfort zone.  They do say this is where the magic happens however…so we will see.

a few of my sketches that Urban Sketchers shared on their Instagram platform

a few of my sketches that Urban Sketchers shared on their Instagram platform

 

 

I’ll leave you with that – and apologize yet again for the lack of commitment to blogging on a regular basis.  It is not from a lack of new material to share – it’s from focusing my energy elsewhere.   As always – please come visit me on Instagram – I’m pretty active over there!

 

 

 

 

 

Workin’ on Etsy…

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And on the inside singing the song “Runnin’ on Emptyyyy”…just me?  Well that’s fabulous.

I am ever so grateful for having had an open weekend this week.  Somehow I got ultra focused and spent at least eight hours sitting at the computer working on the Etsy store.  This is no easy feat – let me tell you.  I have managed to go through all my paintings to date and gather a collection of about 20 works.  I’ve been learning about product photography and stock photo licensing.  I tried to leave Frank alone today and puzzle through things on my own – then called him while stuck on something that it took him about ten seconds to fix and another thirty seconds to show me a better way.  That husband of mine, I tell you!

Alas, the product shots and scans are just the beginning.  I’m reading articles learning about how to use SEO tagwords to get found in search, and once that’s done I need to do more looking into shipping guidelines, packaging, swag for my fine future customers (you?) and if all that fails, figure out how else to get myself found on the World Wide Web.  It is quite the endeavor.  I’m writing notes to myself to remember not to get overwhelmed – that the purpose of this is to grow but to have fun.  And then I laugh – because I can tell myself to walk away from the computer but don’t settle into an alternate activity.  Classic Steph…

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In any event – these are a few of my product photos so far.  What do you think?  Do I look legit?  Would you buy from my site?  I think once it’s up and running to the best of my current ability I’ll be seeking an exchange of services.  I will offer a free set of prints from my shop for an Etsy pro to take a good look through and tell me what I need to do.  Is this you?  If so – please don’t hesitate to get in touch!  In the mean time, I’ll be here.  Trying to become a Photoshop expert, and then an Etsy expert, and then a shipping expert…and then hopefully a millionaire.  Kidding!  Hah.

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Happy Sunday evening all – here’s to a productive week ahead!

PS – shameless self promotion – please check out the store here!  Updates to come…likely all week long :)