Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Nicole Ritchie Interiors

Hi everybody!
Today I thought I'd show you the process of
another custom illustration that was
 completed not long ago.

This one was for a delightful client,
interior designer Nicole Ritchie.
It was to be an illustration of Nicole in front
of an interior design store with windows
that were filled to the brim with some of her
favorite pieces of furniture and accessories!
She wanted to frame it in her office and
use for future business purposes.

She had the wonderful idea of creating a Pinterest board
called "Inspiration for S" in which she placed
a variety of these favorite pieces for me to come refer to
as inspiration for the illustrations ...
it was a great idea and I had fun doing a little
 furniture "shopping" from her samples
in my decisions of which ones to illustrate
in her windows!

I created this illustration with layers of
 gouache and acrylic washes.
Please forgive the quality of these
first three photos ... they're just quick i-phone shots
of the illustration in progress ...

After the pencil sketch was approved,
the painting of the store began ...
some of the architectural details
 that Nicole mentioned that she loved were the
shingles on Hamptons beach houses
and pretty awnings ...
so I created a white canvas awning above the door
with white drapes flanking the tall topiaries
on either side of the door.
I gave the side windows smaller copper awnings ...

... I sketched the pieces of furniture in the windows
and the chandeliers in the first floor windows
and first pieces of furniture were started ...

... Nicole provided me with a Pinterest photo of a lovely
Dorothy Draper curio that was my inspiration for the
first white and green furniture piece painted, below ....

Many washes of paint later,
the illustration was complete!
Nicole is smaller in this illustration with the store,
but she was also given a separate version
of just the illustration of herself, much larger.
Notice that she's carrying wallpaper books
and bolts of fabric ...

Thank you,
 Nicole Ritchie Interiors!

Have a wonderful second half of the week,
If you missed Monday's post entitled
"The Beauty Collector"
be sure to get a dose of beauty here!
See you Friday!

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miss b said...

I'm sure Nicole must have been delighted with your illustration and all the details including carrying the wallpaper book. A great idea to create a Pinterest board for you to refer to.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Getting this peek behind the scenes at your creative process is a real treat Sandy! The finished illustration is gorgeous. It must be such a lovely addition to Nicole's office :)

Happy Wednesday!

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Ivana said...

Oh Sandy, I wish one day you could do something equally beautiful for me :) Nicole must have been so happy with this illustration: it sums up her style perfectly! I wouldn't mind living in such a beautiful place myself :)

Hope you're having a wonderful week Sandy!

xx Ivana

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Margarita Bloom said...

It's so wonderful!! As always. *wink*

Vannessa@Luxuria said...

So wonderful seeing how your commissions develop. You are so talented Sandy xx

Fashion-isha said...

It's wonderful. I love the aqua and yellow coloring...perfect for spring...if it ever comes!

Kori said...

OMG I'm in love! Kori xoxo