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Friday, September 19, 2014

City Love Prints

Earlier this week I was having a meeting of the minds with my friend Marlo, and she helped me brainstorm new ideas for the upcoming holiday shows. This was one of the (many) brainchildren from our conversation, a series of City Love prints.

I knocked out the first four to show some West side love, which you can now make your own in my shop!


I'm taking requests into consideration as I knock out the rest in this first edition! I'm thinking a dozen total.

And on that note, happy Friday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To Have and To Hold


It's been exactly one year and one month yesterday since we decided to throw a party with our loved ones and declare our dedication to a life together in a way that made us both a little sweaty and a little lock-jawed. It was wonderful.

And now the photos and verbose details are on Style Me Pretty for those of you who are interested!

Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September Reading List


Here's what I've been reading this past month (clockwise from top left):

1. Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh
Just as good as the blog that made you stay up til 4am, laughing maniacally to yourself in the glow of your computer in the dark. There are some spectacular crossovers from the blog (Depression Parts 1 & 2, This Is Why I'll Never Be An Adult), but also brand new unforgettable stories...about a goose. Highly recommended.

2. Creative Confidence, Tom Kelley
Honestly, I judged this book by its cover. Which I loved. The content was just okay, mostly about creative problem solving for jobs that are not in an especially creative field. It was interesting, but didn't introduce any new concepts or tools for me. Recommended for people starting out in the creative field, or looking for a new way to look at their jobs.

3. Landline, Rainbow Rowell
An adult novel from the author of Eleanor & Park (a YA novel that I loved). I honestly didn't like this book very much. I was really intrigued by the magical-realist plot, with a time traveling phone that allowed the main character to call her husband in the past, before the troubles in their marriage began. However, said main character, Georgie McCool, was extremely annoying and unsympathetic, which made it really hard to care much about what happens to her.

4. Mad About the Boy, Helen Fielding
I was putting off reading this book since I read about the premise (spoiler-not-spoiler alert: Mark Darcy died). I knew it was going to be a bummer, but I couldn't resist when I saw it at the airport before our Mexican vacation. I'm just a sucker for Helen Fielding, especially as a vacation read. The book turned out to be much less depressing than I thought it would be overall (although there were scenes that made me cry and cry), and Bridget Jones is really as messy, funny, charming, and irresistible as she has always been. The story of overcoming, of dating in the modern age, of a certain age, of being a widow – all the things that horrify me in my most anxious moments – is actually really hopeful. Loved it for a fun read.

5. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
This is a reread for me. Believe it or not, it's actually one of my favorite business books. Originally published in 1937, Carnegie's references include Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Carnegie stories the way a modern business book would include stories about Steve Jobs, which is fascinating and charming in a hopeful-before-WWII kind of way. The main theme of the book is really teaching you how not to be a jerk, and to be genuinely interested in other people. And how the universe opens up before you when you really care about people outside of yourself. There's your wikipedia entry for it, now read the book.

6. Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon
Read this after I read Show Your Work. Great ideas and concepts in here, so it was a good short read. Read both, but if you had to only read one, I'd go for Show Your Work.

What have you been reading? Did you read any of the above books too? I'd love to hear your thoughts and any recommendations for new reads for me!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cinderella, Reimagined


One of my long term career goals is to be a children's book illustrator. So I initiated this personal illustration project to reimagine Cinderella. Here are a few key art images from my project; hope you enjoy 'em!

Personal projects are always the best way to learn more about yourself as an artist, and to push your skills and boundaries. For this, I learned a lot more about sequential storytelling and the page-turn. Personal projects are also a great way to experiment with different styles and approaches to working, because you have a little more luxury of time and flexibility.

I also made the opportunity to attend the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Conference here in LA this past August. It was a fantastic learning experience, and I met a lot of great people and listened to a lot of great speakers, including Judy Blume and the adorable Tomie de Paola.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Personality Traits & Dresses 3


Hellooo September! I can't believe we're already halfway through it before I even came to check in. That's about to change as I'm about to share a bunch of work I've been busy with this summer!

First up are the last three personality styles of the Personality Traits & Dresses series I had the pleasure to work on with the incredibly lovely Sarah of Truly Blog. The one above was my favorite, and probably a little bit my style personality: Compulsive Style.


Here's Ms. Depressive Style, a touch inspired by Maleficient.

And finally, Dependent Style, who looks to catalogs and stylists for her inspiration.

Check out the complete series on the incredibly smart and well-written style & psychology blog Truly Blog!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Friday!


Happy Friday! You're free as a bird! Lots of blog updates and new work going up next week, so see you back here on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vintage Beach Bunny


Tonight's warm-up fashion illustration sketch, hanging onto the dog days of summer.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Fashion Sketch

I can't believe the entire month of August has passed by without a post! It's been a whirlwind, not the least by being punctuated with a vacation to Cabo San Lucas for us to celebrate our first wedding anniversary (!!) and then a summertime cold shortly after (boo).

Thought I would start sharing again with something small, like this Sunday fashion sketch.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy National Lipstick Day!

Took a little break from a giant personal project I'm working on this week to make this illustration to celebrate National Lipstick Day! I love lipstick; I feel like I can do anything when I have my red lipstick on.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happily Ever After

I've been wanting to do a companion piece to my WWA gallery piece, Once Upon A Time.

While at Long Beach Comic Con earlier this summer, a girl bought that print to use in her wedding and asked if I'd be doing a Happily Ever After piece as well. I've been planning on doing it for a long time anyway, and now she gave me a reason to do it sooner rather than later. I finished it this week just in time for her wedding next weekend, and now it's also available for you to get in the shop here!

I'm also considering making a card version of it, since it seems like a perfect piece for all the upcoming weddings this season. Let me know what you think and I might make them this summer, instead of waiting until the shows I'm doing later this year!
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