Art update: Girls drawing girls book + Costume sketches

Mermaids with hibiscus flowers


A little art update for this week… First up – my mermaid piece for the Girls Drawin' Girls book is complete! For those who missed the post in April, here are the sketches and concept work for this illustration. It was inspired by vintage photos of girls dressed as mermaids at Disneyland in the 60's!

I'm so excited to be a part of the Girls Drawin' Girls Vol. 4 book!! Some of my favorite illustrators are also in the book so I can't wait to get a copy and look through it all. 

If you'd like to get your own book, the GDG blog has a pre-sale page up and if you order early you get a pin-up bookplate with your purchase! Click the below image to read more info on the Girls Drawing Girls Vol. 4 book and how to buy it:


Harley Quinn romper idea

I also thought I'd share some sketches I did the other day. Sometimes I get wacky ideas for costumes I'd like to make… And before I start sewing, I sketch out the concept to see what I'd have to buy and how involved the design is. Recently I was kicking around the idea of making a Harley Quinn themed romper for Dragon*con! 

Harley quinn romper idea

I really like the idea that I came up with – it would be so simple and comfy to run around in! I decided not to make it though because I didn't think I'd wear it more than once. My concept though involved a simple halter romper working with the tattoo I have on my arm, chunky white plastic bracelets with black squiggles of rhinestones, possibly a blond wig, black heart shaped sunglasses and some cute platform 50's style shoes.

Sky doll costume ideas

I daydream about costume ideas a lot… Also, outfits to sew! I guess that sewing still lingers in the back of my head even though I stopped doing it many years ago. Here is another rough sketch I did a while back of some Noa costumes (from the comic "Sky Doll"). I was really excited to make them because the designs were so creative – but once I drew out all the pieces for the 3 different outfits I decided it was too much to do! These days, if I do sew anything I like to keep it simple so I can focus more on having fun.

Do you like to sew or sketch outfit ideas?

14 thoughts on “Art update: Girls drawing girls book + Costume sketches

  1. Jenny says:

    I LOVE the Harley romper idea! That is SO cute! And could totally be worn on “normal” days, too πŸ™‚
    Congratulations on the book! The art looks fantastic! How did you come to be a part of the book?!(Or did I miss that entry? haha) What a cool opportunity!


  2. Zannid says:

    Oh my, that Harley romper is divine! Seriously, it’s beautiful! I’ve been in a DC relaunch Harley slump and this was just what I needed to perk me up! Shame you’re not making one, I would have totally offered up money for the pattern (can you tell I am in LOVE?)
    Now I’m totally imagining all sorts of comic rompers. I hope you don’t mind me snagging the idea and coming up with a few designs of my own! Already have a Poison Ivy one in mind. πŸ˜‰


  3. Sarah says:

    Congrats San!! Wow! The mermaid piece is so beautiful! I love the sunset colored hair! I think I will have to pick up that book for inspiration! I love pin up illustrations! The theme looks like its for seafaring adventurers! Win/win!
    haha! I sketch out my costume/cosplay ideas too! I got the idea from art class when my professor would say the best way to look at something is to draw it. She was right! Although, I never got the hang of it for sculpting. I’m glad it works out for costumes and outfits! Yay!


  4. Katie says:

    I like that both our blogs feature MERMAIDS!!! They are so adorable, and totally take me back to the Peter Pan ride at Disney!! My mom kept pointing out the mermaids so I wouldn’t cry (that ride was really scary to me when I was little–I really thought we were, like flying thousands of feet above waterfalls and stuff, haha!)
    I don’t sew much these days, but I sometimes sketch or draw outfits that I see on super cute ladies on the subway or bus–I get so many ideas!


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