New Ideas

Hello,

I’ve been a bit under the weather, so I haven’t been able to be my creative self like I want to. In addition to teaching, I also work online, and since no one has been online to talk to me, I’m taking a small break to write to you. If you all have read my recent post, I’ve finally created my Etsy page. I also have a t-shirt business where I sell through Etsy. It’s been slow, so I need more support.

I’ve been thinking of ideas to put on t-shirts. It’s quiet in my house, so I sit and reflect on things I should be doing, which is why I feel I need to start meditating. While researching, I came across this:

Pretty cute! However, I saw this shirt, and it really inspired me:

I’m still on the drawing board with this, but I have generated some ideas. Well, that’s all that I have to talk about right now. I’ll be posting more.

Until Next Time!!

New Things as well as YouTube Channel

Hello Everyone,

I notice that I always take a break to reflect, as well as do new things to showcase my artwork. I’ve been doing new thing. My Etsy page is up, and I have t-shirts with my artwork on them. I’m celebrating the beauty of the black woman, so I have illustrations showing the faces of beautiful black women in African attire. You can order here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ALbyAshleyLove

I’ve now also created a YouTube channel, Ashley D Love. I will be showing myself in action creating quick sketches and fashion illustrations. Here is the link for my YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmC0C0toIew&t=4s

I will be creating more things, so be on the lookout. Talk to you soon

Just Drawing

Hello again!

So, I've really been getting back to my creative side, and utilizing my drawing time on the Tracing app.  I must say that it feels good drawing on here.  I've created two illustrations.

Lavender Hair 2018

Lavender Hair 2018

1930s Black Glamour 2018

1930s Black Glamour 2018

I love glamour portraits and vintage pictures, and I always try to create them.  My next step is to create original fashion illustrations on here.  Besides drawing, I'm also a virtual stylist.  Just started a couple of days ago.   I will be showing you more illustrations from the Tracing app.

Until Next Time!

New Things

Hello Everyone!

I just realized the last time I had written a blog on here was New Year's Eve 2017!  That's not good!  I need to get my life together and write on here more! 😂 Great things are happening for me.  Things are going in the right direction career wise.  I have been doing work for people, and I'm starting to do more "Black Power" illustrations.  I did this illustration for someone in February.

Unapologetically Black  2017  *the name of the background print is called "Karo."  I know I found it on Google, but I cannot remember the source where I found it.  If anyone knows, it will be greatly appreciated.

Unapologetically Black

2017

*the name of the background print is called "Karo."  I know I found it on Google, but I cannot remember the source where I found it.  If anyone knows, it will be greatly appreciated.

I created this piece for someone in Denver.  I need to do more empowering pieces like this, especially for fashion!  Also, my birthday will be Sunday, and I'm planning to do something that I feel will help me and my business!  I must say that I'm nervously excited by this because I know that I'm in control, but at the same time I still have that certainty of what the future will hold.  I'm still keeping my faith strong.  Again, if life doesn't have me too busy, I will continue to talk to you all and show you more works.

Until Next Time!

Happy New (Eve and Day)

Hello Everyone!

Happy New Year in advance.  Each new year, we are always talking about what resolution we're going to do.  Whether we stick to it or not, we are always doing something to change, for better or sometimes worse.  I don't know about anyone else, but lately I have been doing a lot of reflecting, and for the first time ever I see that I have really been focusing on other things besides myself.  I used to have so many dreams for myself, and now I haven't even thought of working on those things again.  Well, things are about to change.

Here is my first collection, which is from 2011

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I'm still very proud of this collection.  I worked tirelessly sewing, dying, draping, and creating different textures with fabrics to create this different and unique activewear collection.  Creating this collection was the happiest moment in my life.  I showed this collection when I had my first fashion show in Atlanta, during Fashion Week 2012 in NYC, in various other fashion shows throughout the Southeast, and in fashion shows in Dallas.  This one collection (10 looks to be exact) has taken me to a lot of places.  So, what happened?  Why wasn't I creating more collections?  Why was I solely showing this one collection?  Well, life happened.   Things started happening that was out of my control, and now it seems that I have forgotten about myself and my dreams, and instead started focusing on merely existing.

 

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It's nothing for me to do illustrations like the ones shown.  It is my passion to create fashion illustrations, and fashion collections like what's shown.  I need to get back to this.  During this holiday season, I rarely look at or read about Kwanzaa, but I have been reading about it a lot lately.  It really focuses on creativity and empowerment in oneself and in the community.  This is really speaking to me.

So, what's my "new year resolution?" To get back to the creative person I used to be.  To get back to creating something for myself.  To get back to promoting myself and getting my name out there.  To get back to "finding my niche" in my career.  The things I used to do creatively, I'm getting back to that.  I'm getting back to doing collections, fashion illustrations, gaining clientele, and being the creative me.  I will still continue to talk to you all and show what new things I have done.  I will also continue to promote myself on here.

Stay tuned!

Lacey from Florida

Hello,

I created another custom fashion illustration.  This time, it was for my sorority sister in Florida.  I used to create artwork for my sorority, and she has always liked my artwork, so when I posted my last illustration on social media, she responded saying that she wanted me to create one for her. 

So, after working on this illustration for a week, I have finally finished the final product.

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She has already received it, and she loves it!  I hope you all love it too.  If you would like for me to create a custom fashion illustration, please contact me.  Thank you, and have a wonderful night.

Colorful Queen

Hello Again,

I've been quite busy.  I'm working to market myself more.  It had been quite some time since I had really sketched something.  After doing a sketch for my sister, I'm quite happy about it.  I want to introduce to you my new fully rendered illustration, Colorful Queen.

Background Photo Source: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/ab/0f/43/ab0f437fb48c90e2adc3177ceaefab27--new-york-city-photography-times-square-new-york-city-photography-tumblr.jpg

Background Photo Source: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/ab/0f/43/ab0f437fb48c90e2adc3177ceaefab27--new-york-city-photography-times-square-new-york-city-photography-tumblr.jpg

This illustration was drawn by hand.  I found the fabric swatch online (I can't remember what site I saw it on), and added the colors through Illustrator and Photoshop.  Doing works like this makes me feel happy.  I'm devoting my time to doing one illustration a day.

Thank you, and have a good day.

Vagina-Themed Collection Shown During Fashion Week

Hello!  So, NYFW (New York Fashion Week) has started.  Many designers, established and independent are showing their collections this year.  A pair of Berlin-based designers, Nan Li and Emilia Pfohl, also known as Namilia, debut their first collection, which was a vagina-themed collection with back-less attire, barely-there thongs, and fake breast implants.  Let's just say it was very interesting.

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As a fashion designer, one thing I love is for people to wear my works of art, but I have no words for this!  If you want to read about Namilia, or see more pictures of this collection, you can go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4872988/Namilia-debuts-VAGINA-themed-collection-NYFW.html. Thanks for reading.