Lafayette 148 NY X Deanna First at Nordstrom, Costa Mesa

Honored to be part of another amazing event in partnership with Lafayette 148 New York! I headed to CA for the second time this month to live sketch attendees wearing their favorite Lafayette look. The event took place at Nordstrom, South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA and lasted for roughly 3 hours.

Attendees were served cocktails while waiting for the runway presentation to begin. This collection is filled with so many amazing prints that really exude confidence. I am so excited to be part of their #WomenArtists Series this year. Photos are by the talented Jarod Harris Photography. 

Their Spring 2018 Collection is just breathtaking! Shop Lafayette 148 New York new collection and you will not be disappointed. #LafayetteLoves #WomenArtists

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Proud to announce my very first event with Lafayette 148 New York this past week at Nordstrom UTC in San Diego on March 15th. Their Spring 2018 Collection is inspired by the power and confidence of women artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell. I am beyond honored to be a part of their #WomenArtists series.

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The presentation started off with cocktails at 12pm followed by the runway show taking place at 1pm. Following the show guests were able to have custom illustration drawn in any of the Lafayette 148 New York looks to take home as a thank you for attending the show! #LafayetteLoves


With Valentine's Day around the corner Bloomindale's Roosevelt Field reached out for me to live sketch customers! I was pleased to be back again and see all of my favorite customers and employees. I love when I recognize familiar faces from my past events! They had the option of getting a custom fashion illustration of themselves or their loved ones on a card or an 8.5" X 11" paper.

 I typically use copic markers and colored pencils for my live sketch events since they dry quickly. The copic markers still have a watercolor vibe to them which always adds a bit of depth to my artwork. I sometimes use mini crystals or pearls to further embellish the illustrations and add an extra pop! They take roughly 5-8 minutes to complete depending on how many people are sketched.

I typically use copic markers and colored pencils for my live sketch events since they dry quickly. The copic markers still have a watercolor vibe to them which always adds a bit of depth to my artwork. I sometimes use mini crystals or pearls to further embellish the illustrations and add an extra pop! They take roughly 5-8 minutes to complete depending on how many people are sketched.

 Love seeing familiar faces!

Love seeing familiar faces!

In addition to my custom Valentine's sketches there was also a mime passing out heart shaped balloons and delectable chocolates. Looking forward to partnering with them for their next event in the future! Keep a lookout at their Huntington and Roosevelt Field locations.

Bloomingdales X Deanna First Illustrations

I was honored to be asked by Bloomingdales to live sketch in their cosmetics department at two of their locations this past week! I attended their Roosevelt Field location on the 9th and then headed to Huntington on the 11th from 1-4pm both days.

Customers had the option of receiving their desired beauty look sketched or a full body fashion illustration where they carried Bloomingdales signature brown bags!

Each sketch takes roughly 5 minutes to bring to life depending on how many people and outfit preference of customer.

I use Copic Markers, colored pencil and crystals for an extra sparkle! Live sketching is one of my favorite things about my career as a fashion and beauty illustrator. It gives me the opportunity to meet SO many people and introduce them to the craft of beauty illustration.

I'm always pleased to see returning customers and even more thrilled when they tell me they have my sketches framed in their homes. :) Thanks Lindsay and the rest of the team for being so accommodating! #DeannaFirst #Bloomingdales


I had the opportunity to live sketch guests at The Pierre in NYC which overlooks the iconic Central Park for 3 hours on September 2, 2017 for client's Raji & Nayan's Wedding! I met Raji at a live sketch event a Fashion Week with Papyrus and Christie's honoring Andy Warhol in the past and was thrilled when she contacted me for artwork on her special day! 

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The event was planned by the talented Sonal and Ginny of  Sonal J. Shah Events  which specializes in Indian weddings in New York, Miami and worldwide. 


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I also teamed up with Lacee Swan, another local artist where we sketched 5X7 mini illustrations throughout the night. I used copic markers mixed with crystals and gold paint to capture the elegant beauty of the gowns  and traditional sari. We started off in the Cotillion during cocktail hour before guests made their way to dinner and dancing later on in the night. My lovely intern from Kent State University, Olivia Pickard attended the event with me capture moments of this special day and further assisting me throughout the night!

 Illustrations of the guests at Raji and Nayan's wedding!

Illustrations of the guests at Raji and Nayan's wedding!

I am planning on working with Sonal J. Shah Events for Weddings and Events in the near future!

Deanna First Illustrates for Christie's Luncheon celebrating YSL Accessories Book

When Christie's approached me to create life-size couture sketches to decorate their walls for the Christie's Luncheon celebrating Phaidon's new publication Yves Saint Laurent Accessories I was thrilled!

This was the first time I was creating artwork of this scale covering 3 walls in preparation for the gathering. All pieces were created with acrylic paint and charcoal painted directly onto the walls. The looks were inspired by his famous Fall 1979 collection and were intentionally painted in a black and white minimal style which evokes a sketchbook aesthetic.

 Deanna First and her artwork at Christie's Auction House

Deanna First and her artwork at Christie's Auction House

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I was thrilled to create 2 custom illustrations for The Cafe by Papyrus at New York Fashion Week! I joined forces with Angie Durbin who beautifully wrote custom phrases for attendees. My artwork was NYC themed inspired by Central Park. I used watercolor, micron and digital editing to make these pieces come to life! I live sketched guests last year at their Fashion Week pop-up so hope to be back again soon. :)


I was thrilled to team up with Lord & Taylor Garden City and Save the Children for their Charity Day on July 29th from 12pm-5pm! Customers had the option to either have an item of their choice customized or a fashion sketch of themselves drawn live with each donation or purchase. 

Heeling Soles also joined me collecting the gently used shoes which would be given to charity! I illustrated on t-shirts, tote bags and even back pockets on denim jeans! Some customers preferred an illustration to take home and frame of a sketch of their child or themselves while others opted for the customization of products. 

I was so excited to be part of this special day and can't wait to be back again!

Follow along on their FB page here for updates on their next events! 


I was recently asked to team up with TOMS for their Father's Day "Style Your Sole" Event at 264 Elizabeth Street. I took special requests ranging from custom painted daisies, initials, airplanes and even a NYC skyline! Each customer that made a purchase was able to have their item customized for free. Stay tuned for their next event!

 Deanna First Live Sketching 

Deanna First Live Sketching 



I was honored to be asked to illustrate for The Frick Collection's Annual Spring Garden Party this year by my dream client Saks Fifth Avenue! A few weeks ago I sketched Mother's Day cards live at their flagship store in collaboration with their Lingerie Department. I was thrilled they brought me back for a second event this past week at the Spring Garden Party. Fellows and Young Fellows turned up for the celebration of “Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection.” All 650 attendees were drenched in white and gold attire, which was this years theme. 


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Shopping at Saks by Deanna First


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I had the pleasure of meeting another Fashion Illustrator, Lily Qian! We live sketched guests from 6:30-9:30pm. Live jazz, custom fashion sketches, cocktails and late night dancing in the music hall were all part of the celebration. Even the legendary Bill Cunningham turned up to capture a few magical moments of stunning dresses, big hats and classic suits! He will forever be missed from the fashion world and the NYC streets!

I also want to say a huge thank you to Sofia Garcia from Saks for helping organize the event and being so accommodating.