Do you know how to draw? For the past few years I’ve been making my event design sketches on Illustrator. Honestly, they could be better. I went to art school, which I guess means that I have a tad bit of knowledge on how to draw something with pen and pencil. When Mary said she was bringing her Sketchbook Series to NYC, I jumped on the chance to learn from her. She has a crisp, modern, easy to understand way of sketches that I know my clients would love. She is the guru of event design drawings.
Luckily, as I went to buy my ticket, Stacie Shea asked me to make a backdrop for the Sketchbook Series students to draw in exchange for a seat at the workshop. YES, PLEASE. Stacie helped on the logistics for the conference, Reveriemade did those beautiful flowers, Lael Cakes created that succulent tower of goodness, and Nuage Linens let us use their studio and sequin tablecloths.
We all collaborated on the look and feel that we wanted the class to have. Using NYC as a natural inspiration (look at those views from Nuage Linens!), we worked off of this inspiration board.
Metallics, bright pops of colors from spring peonies, some hearty succulents, and the architecture of the city all came together to create a cake table that was used as the main drawing model for the class. I created a backdrop of mixed metallic NYC building silhouettes. The crisp lines really played beautifully off of the softness of the peonies.
Oh, and did I mention the gold metallic ceramic vases? All flowers should be in geometric, gold, ceramic, super shiny vases forever and ever.
Keep it modern. Keep it simple.
That should be my new life motto.
Here I am. Trying my best. I highly recommend Mary’s Sketchbook Series class. It’s only day, which is not a huge time commitment when it comes to industry conferences. You’ll leave with the skills that most of your competitors probably don’t have. Which puts you a leg above the rest. Congratulations.
Wonderful photos provided by City Love Photography.