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Mindy Kaling X DSW Event Illustrations by Deanna First by Deanna First

Was thrilled to be a part of creating a series of illustrations for Mindy Kaling's recent collaboration with DSW shoes this past month. I was approached to do a series of watercolor sketches of their shoes which were used on place-cards at their dinner and hung throughout the venue. Attached are a few shots from the event! #DSW #MindyKaling #NYC

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ShopStyle Brunch X Deanna First Sketches at 1 Hotel BK by Deanna First

I was thrilled to work with ShopStyle for the first time this week at The Osprey located inside of 1 Hotel Brooklyn this week! The event was a beautifully executed brunch to celebrate ShopStyle's partnerships throughout the years. Guests could pick from 1 out of 2 backgrounds representing either the Brooklyn Bridge or a Rooftop overlooking the NYC skyline. I pre-illustrated the backgrounds and added in logo in advance.

This was fitting considering the venue location and hotel that is known for its stunning rooftop views! I attached a few photos from the event. Note, that my live sketches are done in 5-7 minutes each! Hope you enjoy!

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Design by Mixed Greens Events

Design by Mixed Greens Events

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The Infinite Aura Collection Launch with Swarovski X House Beautiful by Deanna First

Last week I found myself live sketching with amazing views looking over New York City while at the Hearst Tower. We celebrated the launch of the gorgeous Infinite Aura Collection with Swarovski and House Beautiful! I was honored to meet Editor in Chief Sophie Dow Donelson at the event! Below are a few images from the night taken by Avano Hisa.

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Below is a sample background I created prior to the event. I used micron, pencil and digital editing to create the Swarovski back drop. I also hand glued Swarovski crystals to add accessories and a touch of sparkle to each illustration. They take roughly 5-8 minutes per sketch to create. Big thanks to Kailin Villamar and the rest of the team for having me!

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