From the Chic Sketch blog:
My first ever book signing for Sketch and Go: 5 Minute Fashion Illustration was a success! Held at my alma mater, The Fashion Institute of Technology,the location was the perfect place to launch the new book to the world.
Attendees asked me questions about my new book and had their copies exclusively signed by yours truly. In addition to the signing, I gave a motivational speech about my journey into becoming an entrepreneuress and did a live sketching demo, inspiring others that they too can make their own creations. Besides signing books, I wanted to make sure I inspired people to really follow their passions because what you love will eventually become what you do. I ended the night with this quote from my book:
” You were not given your talents and your desires to carry them out by accident. You are meant to express them, share them, and inspire others to live their dreams.”
If you missed your chance to attend, don’t worry! Follow @chicsketch on social media for future book signing events.
Sketch and Go: 5 Minute Illustration is now available for purchase online and wherever books are sold. Click here to purchase your copy.
I’m so excited that my first book Sketch and Go: 5 Minute Fashion Illustration is HERE! If you’ve ever wanted to draw fashion illustration but don’t know where to start – whether you are a beginner or an advanced artist – it can be hard to get out of your own way.
This book teaches you how to overcome the fear, stop judging yourself and teaches you how to get in the zone to create amazing fashion sketches. You will learn how to cultivate your inner artist, how to navigate through stress when sketching under pressure and produce your best works yet! Plus, you will learn how to get how to develop your own style and get pro tips and tricks directly from me, Emily Brickel Edelson with my insider experience sketching live in front of hundreds of people, backstage or front row at fast pace fashion shows in the fashion industry!
In this book not only I will teach you the basics of fashion illustration, how to sketch all kinds of faces, hands, hair, garments and accessories but I will guide you through creating quick full body sketches and the secrets that I have learned working with big brands to master the ultimate 5-minute fashion sketch. You get my 10+ years of professional experience and more. If you are looking to launch into the fashion illustration business – or just want to start a new hobby – this book is for you!
On top of all that, you will get 500 fashion illustration templates ready to sketch on. It is printed in special disappearing ink so only your work will show through the templates when you photocopy or scan it.
Be sure to mark your calendars for a book signing and meet and greet on October 25th and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org!
From the co-founder of Chic Sketch, Emily Brickel Edelson is a published fashion illustrator and entrepreneur. Named one of “Today’s Best Fashion Illustrators” By Who What Wear and one of New York’s 7 Influential Women by Elite Daily and OnMogul.
Find out more about Emily at www.EmilyBrickelEdelson.com
What are you waiting for? Get sketching – Click here to get your book now!
My NEW Book, Sketch and Go : 5 Minute Fashion Illustration available for pre-order HERE!
I know it’s been so long since I have been posting blogs, but it takes a visit from Ikea builders and a home office update to relocate me from working at my desk to get me away from my massive to do lists (switching from a black to white desk and adding more cabinets and bookshelves to store all of my artwork and supplies).
Anyway. Working hard for me is an understatement and it’s about to get even busier!!!
I know I have been filling you in a little on my book but now, it’s here!!! It’s available for pre-order NOW and you can purchase it here www.chicsketch.com/sketchandgo or www.emilybrickeledelson.com/book It is set to be published October 11th but if you pre-order NOW you will be the first to get it!
AND, excitingly I was able to sketch live, UNVEIL and announce my book on Elle Magazine’s Facebook live!! Here watch it all to see what is to come for fall!
A little nerve wrecking I know, speaking LIVE and simultaneously drawing is not an easy fete.
ELLE! I mean…..
The same magazine I interned at almost 10 years ago and now I was live sketching with over 37 thousand views! I am beyond blessed, excited and grateful that they had me on and can’t wait to show you what else I have in store!
Speaking of New….
While you’re at it! Check out my brand spankin new website!!! I am so proud of how it turned out and all the work I have been doing for Chic Sketch and my book and I can finally blurt it out loud – and share it on this gorgeous site!!!
NOW instead of going to www.EmilyBrickel.com – my old site that I had been wayyyy to swamped to keep updating, now you can go to www.EmilyBrickelEdelson.com -This website is updated with EVERYTHING I’ve been working on (well almost everything!) I added my new married name, the same name that’s on my BOOK and the name that I proudly go by!!! Yes, three names! Why?
- Because More is More. Why as women do we have to remove a name (and sometimes remove that identity) when instead we can just add on a new fabulous married name to it and add on new meaning and new experiences to this path that we call life. Call it another stripe on my sleeve.
- As women we have all been working so hard to make a name for ourselves, and as an artist when I have been signing my name as Emily Brickel on my art for so long, all of a sudden signing Emily Edelson would be like a completely different person, one that whole pages and pages of artwork would not be connected to.
- Family. To me getting married is adding on a whole amazing side of new family but also keeping close to your birth family. My dad for instance passed away when I was 12 and it didn’t sit right with me to remove that name from mine. My dad (and mom) were and are both very talented artists and the Brickel family has some really strong art genes, so I never wanted to get rid of the real last daily connection that I have to my dad.
- It just sounds great! That is if in fact you pronounce my maiden name right! That’s pronounced Em-ily BRI-Kell Edel-son (Like Eddy Brickell but I’m with one L) See also
Now I’m not saying that if you choose to remove your maiden name in favor of your new shiny married name that there is anything wrong with that, I’m just saying this is what made me happy to do for me. Do what makes you happy!
And on that note of happiness.
Writing makes me so happy! Creating art that is both detailed and intricate or quick and chic (ahem Chic Sketch) also make me happy! So do a ton of other things like being a kick a$$ entrepreneur, CEO boss lady, being a fashionista, fashion design, travel, time with family and friends, sharing my gifts with the world and teaching others how to draw and live a life of their dreams!!! These things all make me so happy and I am so blessed that I can continue to do all of these things and share it with you. That being said, with all this going on I can’t possibly blog weekly with long, long posts and new detailed art every week. Therefore, I am changing my blog’s format! I will blog as much as I can and update you on all the exciting things going on but I also loveeee social media and living life, so check out the blog on ChicSketch.com, check out my social media and ChicSketch’s social media for constant updates all the time!
Here’s where to follow: On Instagram and Twitter @EmilyBrickel and @ChicSketch, On Snapchat and Facebook @Emily.Brickel and @ChicSketch
I will be snapping, gramming and posting live for my almost month long list of amazing trips this August, and all of NY Fashion week in September so make sure you follow and stay tuned!!!!!!!
Whenever I am sketching at live events that are open to the public, DON’T WORRY! You’re invited!!! However, a lot of our clients host us at insider only events that you need to be on the list for. So as much as I would like to, I can’t invite you to that but you will hear about it first by subscribing to my newsletter here on my blog page http://www.emilybrickeledelson.com/blog/ and stay tuned to social for pictures!
What I learned from all of this? Don’t overwork it!
Perfection is really elusive so don’t worry about being perfect, just worry about getting it DONE in a way that you are really proud of. This is especially true of art, of Chic Sketches (when I teach new illustrators to keep it sketchy and not overwork their art) and of life!
In my new book I talk about everything from….
– To get in the zone,
– To move past your fear of creating (and this can even be applied to anything that you are creating – from a business to the perfect Instagram layout and caption).
I talk about:
– Channeling your inner guru,
– What you need to succeed – from the tools to the attitude.
– I show you how to draw fashion illustration,
– From the basics of beginners to the detailed tricks of the trade.
Then after you know the basics, or if you are an experienced artist
– I take you into the pro tips of creating 5 minute sketches on the go
– And tips for different settings from backstage at a fashion show or even at home at your desk.
If you have ever thought about drawing for fun OR as a profession…
This book is for you!
Teens learning to draw and who loves fashion,
Instagram illustrators who want to hone your skill,
Fashion illustrators who want to learn the new, quick method of sketching completed works of art and not just scratchy pencil lines,
Creative entrepreneurs who need to get inspired, to stay inspired and create great work to share your gift with the world!
People who have always wanted to learn how to draw but never had the time to create long, time consuming artwork.
It’s all in there – and I poured my heart and soul in there too!
What else is included?
– How to get started in this career or hobby
– What supplies you need
– Insider pro- tips
– Start to Finish sketches of the process
– Traditional body proportions vs. Fashion Illustration proportions,
– How to draw eyes, nose, lips, hair and faces in all different angles,
– How to draw garments and accessories,
– How to draw standing, walking and action poses
– How to draw editorial poses
– 500 fashion illustration templates printed in special blue ink that disappears when you photocopy it – so only your drawing will show.
And so much more!
This book is written in my fashion-loving style so reading through each chapter is a blast.
Hope you love this book as much as I loved writing and illustrating it!
Please dig in, mark it up, highlight and draw in it.
This is going to be your new inspirational best friend.
Hope that Inspires YOU to live your dreams. Every. Single. Day…..
Get that and more… and everything you want to know about me on
Follow me on Instagram @EmilyBrickel and Snapchat @Emily.Brickel
Tune in tomorrow at 2pm on @ellemagazine ‘s Facebook page for a LIVE chat with Emily Brickel Edelson and watch while she #sketches new Chic Fashion Illustrations! Find out what @chicsketch has in store for this Fall and many more deets! This is EXCLUSIVE from Emily to #Elle See you there! #fashion #fashionillustration #chicsketch #entrepreneur photo by: April Keogh
I can’t believe it was one year ago that I was getting married!
I also can’t believe it’s been ages since my last blog post.
In honor of that, I wanted to share with you our so-far unreleased wedding video here!
SO much has happened in this last year, and so much has happened in these last 5 months since my last post.
For starters I wrote a book, all approx. 20K words of it, over 500 sketches, edited with my book publisher and launching in September! It is available now for preorder on amazon here.
I literally poured my heart and soul into this book and spent months creating something so special to inspire you if you, especially if you love fashion illustration and want to learn how to draw! It’s all about mastering my Sketch & Go techniques from my years in the industry and live sketching practices at events and fashion shows!
I have wanted to write so many blogs in the meantime but I have not even had a second, which leads me to how fast Chic Sketch is growing!
We have launched a new website this past February chicsketch.com, launched a second version of our app Chic Sketch 2.0 where you can tag your sketches (just download the app for free, submit a photo for $9.99 and wait for your Chic Sketch to be created by me or one of our talented fashion illustrators), view weekly fashion trends curated by me, see feeds of our live VIP co-branded events from award shows to private events with Kate Spade or Hermes, watch a video of your sketch being created, chat, share to social media and more!
It has literally been non-stop! I am creating my dream life with my husband in our relationship and our company Chic Sketch. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears but is worth every second! We work so hard to create amazing things for you to enjoy with more on the way!
I hope to update my blog more but for now I will have sporadic updates.
If you want to stay in touch with me you can follow me on social media @EmilyBrickel and @ChicSketch on Instagram, facebook and my newest favorite, Snapchat! (My snap name is Emily.Brickel and ChicSketch) or email me at Emily@EmilyBrickel.com or email@example.com
My husband and I just returned from Spain this morning from our cousin’s wedding and our anniversary trip, I am beyond tired but this is something I have really wanted to update you on and share my wedding video! It was a really special night and I have so many amazing memories from our wedding.
I want to say that I feel so blessed and honored to be able to create my dream life and I really believe that you can too by keeping a positive outlook, dreaming big and working hard. I miss writing for you guys and I am working on a way to update and incorporate everything I have been working on in one place so stay tuned for an updated website coming soon!
Lots of love!
Illustration from my 2016 Calendar!
This year, be way more YOU. Feel more, give more, do more, play more, dream more, BE more. Compete with YOURSELF, no one else. Color outside the lines and take the path less traveled. If there is something you see in the world that you want to change, change it.
Don’t be afraid to speak up for what you believe in, ESPECIALLY if no one else is. Create your own path, write your own story. Forget those who just watch and judge you because they are just standing on the sidelines. If you want advice, ask someone who IS where you want to be, and has been where you want to go – not someone who tells you you can’t.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” -N. Mandela.
GO and catch YOUR star, better yet BE a shooting star and last but not least, Never dim your light just because it’s shining in someone else’s eyes – they will find some sunglasses and that is what we call shade.
For 2016, and if you are so inclined, for every month – choose a new mantra and repeat it to yourself anytime you need a little pick me up.
Mine for this month/year is : I AM A POWERFUL CREATOR
Happy New Year! Shine Bright darlings! xo
Hope that inspires you,
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Cover of my 2016 Fashion Illustration Calendar!!!
We are less than a week away from 2016 and around this time I always do some major soul searching!
Right before a new chapter is the best time to tune in and dream about your ideal new year and new experiences!
Earlier today I was kind of trekking on, deep in this long term and special project I’m working on but so involved in what is due NOW that I really hadn’t started thinking about 2016 in a deep, connected way. Sure I have plans for the new year and coming months and have been working on them for months but I’m talking about really meditating on, feeling and manifesting my desires for the new year.
Today, when I took a nice steamy shower, I sat on the shower floor, closed my eyes and literally imagined my way through what I wanted each month to be like. I imagined how amazing it would be and all the things I would feel and experience and then I expressed gratitude for all of those things coming true, feeling as if they are written in the stars and meant to be. Trusting that it will happen similar to or if not better than my dreams and meditations.
I sat there, enamored in the feelings of this new year, allowing myself to create my dream year when moments before I was just steamrolling through what I had to get done, feeling frazzled and not connected to my true goals.
All it took was 15 minutes to myself, in my own head space to reconnect with the feelings, happenings and accomplishments I wanted to have for the coming year.
I highly recommend you try this too.
“She designed the life she loved….and lived it!”
“And in the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were too afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” – anon.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan and guess what they have planned for you? Not much!” – Jim Rohn
If you want to live the life of your dreams, don’t wait for anyone else to plan it for you. Design your own life and live by design.
I’m all about planning and that’s why I created my Fashion Illustration calendar for a 4th in a row! The 2016 Fashion Illustration calendar I think, and I have heard, is my best one yet!
I am so happy to share it with you! It is limited edition so I only have a few more left! If you want one, order here! Below are some photos from the calendar!
Here are some more photos of the pages!
Click here for more images of each month!
I use my wall calendar at a glance and tape it on the inside of my kitchen cabinets. I use it every day to log work outs, brushing my dog’s teeth (yes I have to do that, at least I try to do it!), birthdays, trips and events. I also log “date night” and keep track of any habits I am trying to form. I love looking back on my calendar and seeing what I did each month and the memories I made at the end of each year.
For my business calendar and planner I use the Day Designer Flagship edition. Mine is the black and white spotted one but I purchased it in august (they have a mid year one) because my previous method was not working for me. I needed a more robust way to plan and manage my multiple businesses and personal events while planning my wedding. Seriously this helped me so much and it doesn’t hurt that it is so gorgeous with daily inspirational quotes and gold tabs and binding.
I love to have a spot for tasks, planning and work to-do’s in a portable planner as well as my separate fashion illustration wall calendar to keep at home (or in the office) and have my social events and personal goals on it. I love writing it all in with different color sharpie fine point pens. So fun and cute to look at.
Whatever you decide, take the time to plan your life (you don’t even need a calendar, just do it in your head and write it down in a spiral notebook or journal!)
Hope that inspires you to live a 2016 year beyond your wildest dreams!
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