I love succulents, but I am haven't learned how to keep them alive. So, I have been having so much fun drawing them. Next week's illustration (more succulents) is my favorite so far. Cannot wait to finish it and post it.
I have always admired artists who take on daily personal projects like Daily Drop Cap and Daily Monster. It is inspiring to see the body of work and the styles that emerge for those people. Since I have a full-time job, commute 2 hours a day and love sushi dates and fireside cuddle movie sessions with my husband, a weekly project is more appropriate for me right now.
So, Every Monday in 2013, I am posting a illustration/design.
First up: A honey bear. I always buy or refill the bear because I love to see him smiling back at me in the cupboard.
I have also made prints, iPhone cases and pillows of this one available on Society 6.
And…below is a sneak peek of next week's drawing.
Above is a sneak peek of the poster I designed for Artcrank LAX, a bike-centric poster show.
I was inspired by the bold, fluorescent rainbow event posters that are often placed randomly around the streets of Los Angeles. Colby Poster Printing has been making those iconic posters since 1946. I hired Colby to silkscreen my gear assembly illustration onto one of their pre-printed, day-glo gradient backgrounds. Yay, color!
Come by, check it out and say hi!
Also, I have been stalking the other artists on twitter and instagram and it looks like there will be some great posters in the show. Check out my partner in crime, Alice's contribution (also flourescent).
Opening: Saturday, December 8 6pm
Posters: $40 with partial proceeds going to L.A. Streetsblog
Beer: $5 for an Artcrank pint glass + 2 pulls of craft beer
Ice Cream: Scoops is across from the bike shop (Hot Dogs ice cream, anyone?)
Show Runs: December 8-17
Orange 20 Bikes
4351 Melrose Ave (at Heliotrope)
Los Angeles, CA 90029
I recently made some of my work available on art prints, canvases, stationery cards, iPhone cases and Phone/iPod/laptop/iPad skins! All through Society 6.
I have thought about having an online shop, but never wanted to manage one. The beautiful thing about Society 6 is they take care of printing, shipping, billing, etc. This is so great because I can spend my free time creating new work. Artists on Society 6 also maintain rights to their artwork.
This all seemed too good to be true, so I ordered a print of my animal alphabet to see the quality and I totally approve. The paper and print quality are nice. It almost looks like offset printing to me. Here is a promotional video and more details about the quality of their products.
Check out my shop here.
These pretty succulents inspired me to start creating a pattern.
I recently took a weekend trip to visit a friend (and her awesome boyfriend) in Portland. It was so great to explore, get my friendship on, eat/drink a ton, and enjoy the beautiful city.
Our partial itinerary:
- Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Bar
- Central Absinthe Root Beer Float, etc.
- Ace Hotel + Clyde Common Best Dark and Stormy ever. Housemade ginger beer.
- Interurban Brunch. Salted Caramel French Toast with Blueberry & Maple Compote (as amazing as it sounds). Polenta and Eggs. Breakfast Biscuit. Omelet and Fries. All good.
- Lan Su Chinese Garden Beautiful gardens. Exquisite embroidery.
- Aerial Tram Overview of the city. So much green!
- Powell's City of Books Massive bookstore.
- Beam and Anchor One of the many charming shops we visited. Beautiful identity designed by OMFGCO.
- Ruby Jewel Crazy good ice cream. Salted Black Licorice (in a housemade waffle cone) was my favorite.
- Vancouver, Washington for a home-cooked meal.
- Kask Cocktails. Bicycles & Baskets, etc.
- Interurban Cocktails. Mexican Coffee (prepped flaming), etc. Best Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie ever! Served fresh out of the oven with brandied vanilla milk for dipping. Amazing.
- Albina Press Perfect lattes. Made with Stumptown beans.
- Flavour Spot Waffle Sandwiches. Love this idea. Ham and Gouda and Butter and Sugar were the best ones.
- Mississippi Ave Shopping. Bought some truffle salt and Chef Salt for my husband at The Meadow.
- Saturday Market Browsing. People watching.
- Grilled Cheese Grill Grilled cheese served in a bus.
Lots of gold leaf lettering, speakeasy style bars, cedar picnic tables, open storefronts, food carts, air plants, greenery, beards.
I did not notice birds on things, but I was seeing taxidermy all over the place (in bars, on logos, sold in shops). Portlandia should do an updated skit called: "Put a deer head on it."
Overall, it was a great trip. My friend loves to move/explore. I am grateful that our friendship is full of great memories in various cities.