Giorgio Armani – Live Beauty Sketching

Hello lovelies,

As some of you may recall , if you saw my last post and /or on Instagram , this past Saturday , I sketched live with Giorgio Armani for their event at Saks Fifth Avenue, in Maryland. I sketched from 10:30 until 7 pm with a short break in between for a quick bite. Sketching beautiful people to music for 8 straight hours – nothing to complain about . It was a busy , fun filled energetic day as clients got their makeover done by celebrity make artist Tim Quinn and designer Jesus Estrada along with the Armani beauty team .

I was asked to create sketches of clients in about 15 minutes or less . I chose to do a mix of watercolors , ink and pens. I love doing the quick washes in watercolors and ink and refining it with pen. I started out doing 15 minute sketches , but as the day went by and it got busier in the afternoon . I had to hammer out sketches in less than 10 minutes. But, I love a challenge  đź™‚

Here’s some of the behind the scenes look and some of the sketches at the event. Enjoy and I’d love to hear your thoughts !

And , thank you all for the support you’ve given me on this crazy journey of mine in the world of illustration. It almost seemed impossible when I started out, but reading your comments, emails and messages keeps me going . I truly value your support !



Saree Seduction

Hello loves,

Hope you are having a great week so far. In our neck of the woods, we’ve had a weird weather. We went from cold to beautiful within a day. Yesterday started out gloomy and wet. Then there was a downpour for about half hour- and I’m talking about a deluge, trees threatening to fall over from the wind . I dropped off my son at school in all of this. The poor kid was soaking wet – as were the other kids in school. I came home drenched and cold. The umbrella and my rain jacket were pretty useless in all of this.

This was followed by a pretty gloomy morning . I guess, being wet and cold, prompted me to create something bright and cheerful . I went with watercolors and gel pens for this one. I remembered to take a few in progress shots of this illustration . It gives you an idea of how it all came together.

I used my Artist’s Loft watercolors for this illustration . It is available at Michaels – I love the brilliance of the colors . I recommend this set for those who’ve never used watercolors and would like to try it out.

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I added the patterns and details on the sari and blouse with Sakura Micron Pens and gel pens. I used acrylic paint to bring out the shine and flare on the sari .

Watercolors for her hair and a touch of Micron Pens.


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There she is – all done and sashaying away to some mysterious location . She’s available for purchase in different sizes on Etsy and on phone cases etc through Casetify.





Lakme Fashion Week 2016

Hello friends,

So much has happened since I last updated my blog. For now I want to update it with the sketches I did during Lakme Fashion Week held in March/April in my hometown – Mumbai.

I worked on these sketches using Copic Markers and Sakura Micron pens. No pencils were used in the making of these illustrations ! I went straight for the pens and markers.

Manish Malhotra pretty much showing us we are all stars in this galaxy 
Mrilalini Gupta’s Bohemian ensemble with the fun messy top half knots 
Poco and Jacky ‘s military inspiration 
I was super excited to see Swati And Naina’s sari collection ! The classic always stands out !
Wendell Rodricks
Rahul Mishra 
Payal Khandwala – Never shies away from color and I love her work for it. This one was my favorite – I liked creating the movement in the fabric.. and that sari ! 
Masaba Gupta 
Neeta Lulla 
Nishka Lulla’s absolutely divine pastels 
And Anushree Reddy’s bridal brigade … simply gorgeous !

I really enjoyed illustrating these. I hope you like them too .

As always, feel free to contact me for commissioned works for your look books, events and more. I love creating custom looks .

Cheers, loves !


Back to school !

Like I said, I have mixed feelings about back to school .The upside is definitely the routine and time factor. So , I jumped right in and started off the morning right with a cup of coffee and some whimsical sketching . Letting the pen flow in the quiet of the morning is very meditative . Before everyone is up and the morning rush to get to school takes over, I find that sketching/ painting/ drawing definitely gives me a sense of contentment as I start the day.

Wildflowers in the wee hours of the morning
Wildflowers in the wee hours of the morning


The week is off to a good start .. Hope yours is too 🙂

Cheers !

New phone case…

I’m excited ! I have a new phone. I have a new phone case. The phone case was designed by me. Hence the excitement !

Back in 2012, when I lived in Sydney, Australia, I sold my artwork through Etsy and my own website. In early 2013, I moved back to the U.S and I took a 2 year break from the online world of art , social media – except to keep in touch with friends and family.

Anyway, the artwork on my phone is from 2012 and is one of my favorites. The purple /mauve/plum background is acrylic paints and the leaves are digitally drawn. You’ll find it in my Society6 store that I had populated with some of my favorite designs back then.


While the iPhone case is pretty , I can’t say I have much of a future as a hand model !



Hello, June !

Can you believe it.. its June, already ? ! Its been so hot lately, that I’m thinking its time to head to the beach . My daughter liked this sketch and she’s named the girl June. So here’s June 🙂

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I live at least 4 hours away from the nearest beach here in Virginia . If I had been in Sydney, not being at the beach was not an option on hot days , since it was just 40 minutes away.

I got swept away into swirls of doodles over the weekend. This would look great as a mural, don’t you think ?

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Happy Monday !



Happy Friday !

I made it .. I wanted to post one more time this week. I have a few more sketches on Instagram , if you want to stop by there.

Hope your weekend is off to a great start ! I hope to get a bubbly going like the one below…




Catching up

Here’s a bunch of stuff that I didn’t post over last week . A few weeks ago, I was in Canada. More on that later.. I think it deserves its own post.

But below are in progress shots of an illustration of the hop-on hop-off bus that we toured Toronto in.



This past week, I seemed to be lost in my travels. Fuchsia all the way from New Zealand , when we visited in 2011.  It must be the travel bug or I was looking for inspiration.


Cupcake illustration of a cupcake that I devoured from Prarie Girl Bakery, on King Street in Toronto , because , well, I like cupcakes. I also like drawing them, obviously.


Some florals over the weekend.



And of course .. here’s to a good strong start to your Monday ! 




Constantly evolving style

Every artist has their own style – one that keeps evolving. Mine has too. I always painted as a kid . Didn’t really have a preference then. After college, I took up oil painting. A few years ago , I was all about acrylic paints. Then I started to do a mix of acrylic and pen and then scanning it into photoshop/illustrator to play with it on the computer. I would like to do that again.

Lately, I am enjoying watercolors and pen. What makes me most happy is when I can combine the two . Its fun to let the watercolors do their own thing and then I can go in draw in lines, shades, doodles that I can control. What do I like to draw ? A lot of stuff. I tend to sketch and then want to go in a fill in with patterns, images , doodles. That seems to really be my thing .

Wake Cup – Inspired by my sleep t-shirt which says exactly that . I am like this many mornings if I have not worked out or had my cuppa !

What do you think is your style ? Has it evolved, changed ? Have you tried something that you’ve sworn off of only to discover that its actually the coolest thing ever ?