Sometimes there are days where nothing I create turns out right: where I don’t like any of it, and not in a subjective, self-critical way — days where everything is just objectively not good. The only thing to do is go for a run, browse my old work to remind myself that I have actually painted things that I’m not embarrassed to share, and set an early bedtime. Does any of this sound familiar, and what do you do to turn your day around? I’m going to just let go of today’s blahs and hope my eyes, brain, and hands decide to get together and work in tandem again tomorrow! Meanwhile, some work from before my painting skills decided to take a floating holiday:

Chloe-1

 

Chloe RTW Fall 2015

Giambattista Valli RTW Fall 2015

 

Giambattista Valli RTW Fall 2015

More fashion illustrations in my portfolio and on behance


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Studio DIY maps are quickly proving to be my favorite type of project (Exhibit A). This time around, Kelly asked me to create a fun map of 16 of the best LA bakeries to hit up when you want to sink your teeth into some chocolate chip cookies.

LA's Best Cookies | Kate Wong for @StudioDIY

I’m happy to work on custom maps for weddings, events, or just personal mementos! If you think you might want one, just email hello@katewongonline.com.


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Charleston: East Bay Street | stripedcatstudio.com

I visited Josh in Atlanta last week and we decided to do a short overnight trip to Charleston — it’s apparently America’s favorite vacation city, so why pass up the chance to see it while it’s only a few hours away by car? Once you arrive in the city it’s easy to see why it’s a popular destination: waterfront, mild weather (at least in March), great food, and plenty of color are an unfailingly great recipe. To document the trip I did a series of Charleston doodles in black pen, but I’m looking forward to breaking out the watercolors and doing some color versions once I recover from the time change/mild cold that hit once I arrived back home.

Charleston: Elliott House Inn | stripedcatstudio.com

Charleston: The Gin Joint | stripedcatstudio.com

Charleston: Waterfront Park | stripedcatstudio.com

Charleston: Black Tap Coffee | stripedcatstudio.com

Charleston: Hominy Grill | stripedcatstudio.com

Charleston: Beardcat's Sweet Shop (Sullivan's Island) | stripedcatstudio.com


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Palm Springs Map on stripedcatstudio.com | by Kate Wong

I had so much fun creating this colorful map for Kelly‘s wedding last fall — and I’m beyond flattered that it was one of her favorite parts of the welcome bags that greeted her guests! Check out what else she included on Studio DIY, and then join me eagerly awaiting the chance to see the rest of her wedding photos!


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I love clothes, but Anthropologie’s home goods are arguably their best offerings. A perfect example: this month’s house and home catalog. I wish I could purchase entire rooms from the catalog, but I’d also settle for that bedding or the bird hanging out on the arm of that lounge chair!


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Houseplant Overload, Kate Wong | stripedcatstudio.com

Someday, I’m going to buy a house specifically for the presence of the perfect window (or better yet: room) to fill with houseplants, and I will finally have the opportunity to hoard all the fiddle leaf fig trees my heart desires. (FYI, that’s all the fiddle leaf fig trees, or at least all the ones I see in person.) At that point I’d also like to have gotten my hands on a Leah Goren cat planter (top shelf of the bookcase), but that really depends on whether she makes more — but the fiddle leaf fig room, that’s definitely happening.

(Psst…if you’d like a closer look at the details in this painting, there is a larger version in my portfolio)


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Every fashion week I’m drawn to the quirky and wearable aesthetic and bright colors at the Kate Spade presentation. We all know I’m really waiting for this year’s pre-fall collection (cat motifs!), but the hot pink, oversized bows, and foxes we’ll be seeing this fall? Those are pretty good too (but my bank account’s still reserved for this cat purse).

NYFW Fall 2015: Kate Spade New York

NYFW Fall 2015: Kate Spade New York

 


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