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BLOOMINGDALE'S VALENTINE'S DAY X DEANNA FIRST LIVE SKETCH  by Deanna First

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.

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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.

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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 by Deanna First

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

DEANNA FIRST LIVE SKETCH X RAJI & NAYAN'S WEDDING AT THE PIERRE by Deanna First

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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The Rotuda Room at The Pierre NY

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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!