Casey Saccomanno

Print and Fashion Designer

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November Sketchbook Challenge

Hello! My name is Casey Saccomanno and I am a fashion designer that would love to transition my full time career into a pattern designer. I fell in love with drawing at a very young age but after graduating art school and working full-time I fell away from creating art and drawings for myself. I am trying to get back in this habit so I sketch everyday to create one print or design each day. 

I upload a sketch or artwork each day on instagram, so if anyone would like to follow me, you can find me @caseysaccomanno

November Sketchbook Challenge!

Nov 30: Giving Thanks!

  • Thank you for a wonderful month of sketching Ria
  • Media: watercolor, pencil, and thread stitches

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Nov 29: Full.... (moon)

  • Inspired by the moon cycles that always result in a full moon
  • Watercolors and metallic paint

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Nov 28: Lanterns

  • Inspired by the intricate patterns in Moroccan lanterns 

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Nov 27: Coat 

  • So fun to illustrate my favorite jacket of all time that represents my personal style! 

Nov 26: warmth 

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Nov 25: Hat

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November 24: Snuggle

  • Medium: Watercolor and a large 14 size brush
  • Inspiration: This week I have been interpreting the meaning of the choosen word in a more abstract way, this is the painting I came out with for snuggle. Snuggle evokes feelings of calm/blue/clouds to me. 

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A close up photo of some of the textures while I am working:

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November 23: Still

  • Medium: watercolor and gouche, played with tranparency of some colors and opaqueness of others in gouche. 
  • Inspiration: Instead of drawing a moment or objects, it just wanted to create a painting that looks/feels/represents stillness to me. This was a exciting moment for me because geometrics are something I struggle with but I feel like I was still able to keep my art style in this piece based on the paints I chose to use. 

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November 22: Scarf

  • I wanted to sketch up a little scarf silhouette and fill with a few prints I recently created.

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November 21: Cabin

  • Inspiration: the organic shapes of plants and flowers that I would see surrounding a cabin in the woods.

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November 20: Pie

  • One of my favorite fruits! Blueberries are great in pie! Painting them made me hungry!

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November 19: Spice

  • Medium- Faber Castel pencil
  • Quick sketch of basil, the leaves are so beautiful and it taste awesome in Italian food as well!

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November 18: Park 

  • Medium: micron black pens 05 and 01
  • So it is pretty cold here in New York today.... I was going to sit in the park to sketch the landscape, instead I pulled up some photos I took of flowers in a NYC park a few months ago and sketched them out with crisp micron pen lines.

Full page:

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Sketching:

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Detail photos of linework:

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November 17: Family

  • Medium: micron black pens
  • Inspiration: Love my family and friends, hearts filled with ditzys and fun shapes!4a09ff0245d17941

November 16: Boots

  • Medium: watercolor, white india ink
  • Inspiration: One of my favorite faux suede black boots with some pretty feathers I found this fall

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November 15: Socks

  • Medium: Micron 01 and graphic1, watercolor, india ink
  • Inspiration: my favorite sock design I own! leopard print with a bright red/pink accent, these make my feet so happppy!

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November 14: Acorns

  • Medium: Micron 01 pen and simple watercolors
  • Inspiration: acorn shapes with henna line work

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November 13: Leaves

  • Medium: Micron graphic 1, and 05 pens
  • Inspiration: I love drawing flowers and leaves. Below are some leaf shapes I drew and a portion of a textile print that I used them in. :) 

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November 12: Apple

  • Medium: St. Petersburg White Nights pan watercolor 
  • A little still life study of apples in watercolor paint, super fun to paint!

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November 11: Tea

  • Medium: St. Petersburg White Nights pan watercolor 
  • I wanted to use watercolor that looks like tea stain or sepia wash. Here is my plant cell inspired sketch with "tea" colored paint. I rarely use Sepia paint color so this was a fun experiment.620913ab

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November 10: Warmth

  • Medium:  Faber Castell Pencils HB, 4B, 2B and small blending tortillon
  • Inspiration: Chunky sweaters are the best to keep me warm in winter time, sketching some more crochet/knit stitches to practice my shading.7d143aa7 

November 9: Season

  • Medium: St. Petersburg White Nights pan watercolor 
  • Inspiration: Flower Petals because Spring is one of my my favorite times of year when all the the flowers bloom. Florals are my favorite thing to paint in watercolor. 

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November 8: Gathering

  • Medium: Micron graphic 1, and 05 pens
  • Inspiration: I love to use nature to inspire me, today I illustrated a gathering of henna style birds flying in the sky. 

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A few detail photos of the henna sketching:

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November 7: Home

  • My original home was New Jersey before I moved to New York, the star represents where I am from! Super fun sketch project!

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November 6: Bonfire

  • I was thinking during bonfires in winter time I love to snuggle up with a warm crochet scarf or sweater, so I sketched crochet stitching
  • Medium: Faber Castell Pencils HB, 4B, 2B and small blending tortillon39c5fb30fa4c4f7b028ebbc8

November 5: Feast

  • Today my heart feasts on being the best artist that I can be and staying true to myself and my goals.
  • Inspiration: I recently read #GirlBoss and Sophia talks about creating a your very own personal mantra logo to keep in a place you see it everyday.... here are the steps:
  • 1- write down 1-3 words that symbolize you career or creative goals for the future
  • 2- cross out all the vowels and all the repeating letters
  • 3- now take the remaining letters of the word or words you wrote down and draw them together/overlapping/with the edges touching so they create a small logo. 
  • 4- keep this as your motivation to achieve your dreams- put it on your dresser, your wallet, your wall..... then go kick some butt! 

Here is my motivational logo that I drew today in about 1 minute, but I put a lot of time and thought into the words that are represented in this logo:

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November 4: Hay

  • St. Petersburg White Nights pan watercolor and synthetic #2 brush
  • I found a photo wth some earthy colors or green grass and golden hay so I wanted to do a quick 5 minute interpetation 

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November 3: Color!

  • St. Petersburg White Nights pan watercolor and synthetic #0,2, & 6 size brushes
  • Inspiration: Beautiful organic textures of Agate stones and playing with watercolor transparency to achieve many different colors with only using 4 paint colors. 
  • Uploaded a couple of photos to show the textures

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November 2: Gourds

  • Medium: Faber Castell Pencils HB, 4B, 2B and small blending tortillon

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November 1: Fall- 

  • St. Petersburg White Nights pan watercolor and synthetic #0,2, & 6 size brushes

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Day #???- Nature Sketches

  • Medium: Faber Castell Pencils B, HB, 4B, 2H and small blending tortillon
  • Inspiration: Found feathers from a animal sanctuary and rocks 51c25a8f

Day #8- It's Fall- Paint a Brooklyn Leaf....

  • Medium: St. Petersburg White Nights pan watercolor and synthetic #0,2, & 6 size brushes
  • Inspiration: Leaf hunting in McCarren Park, Brooklyn
  • I actually never painted leafs with watercolor before- it is really easy and soooo much fun! You should all give it a shot! <3

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Day #7- Finishing Dried Floral Sketches- almost done!

  • Medium: Faber Castell Pencils B, HB, 4B, 2H and small blending tortillon
  • Inspiration: Dried flowers 

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Day #6 - Florals for a Wedding Project <3 Love is in the Air! <3

  • Medium: St. Petersburg White Nights pan watercolor and synthetic #6 size brush
  • Inspiration: Wedding Flowers- this is for a little wedding project I am doing for a amazing friend
  • Lots of photoshop work will be done to finish the project but this photo is from my sketchbook.

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Day #5 - Watercolor Project

  • Medium: St. Petersburg White Nights pan watercolor and synthetic #6 size brush
  • Inspiration: the natural flow of watercolor and the pretty textures it can create. 
  • Working on a tropical print and want a elephant in the drawing- this is not completely finished but here is what I have so far. 

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Day #4 - More Shaded Florals

  • Medium: Faber Castell Pencils B, HB, 4B, 2H and small blending tortillon
  • Inspiration: Dried flowers 
  • I needed some more shapes to work with before I make my print

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Day #3 - Quick Watercolor Color Play

  • Medium: St. Petersburg White Nights pan watercolor and synthetic #2,6, & 12 size brushes
  • Inspiration- just quick colors that I felt represent my mood this morning
  • On the run today- just wanted to experiment with some color and different brushes under 10 minutes.a210c05b

Day #2 - Shaded Florals

  • Medium: Faber Castell Pencils B, HB, 4B, 2H and small blending tortillon
  • Inspiration: Dried flowers 
  • I will sketch a few more and use them to make a floral print in Adobe Photoshop

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Day #1- Floral Outlines

  • Medium: Micron graphic 1, 01, 005 
  • Inspiration: photos of flowers I took at a beautiful flower garden called Wave Hill in Bronx, NY

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