snap yo fingers

This is a hard piece to scan, so I did a really shoddy job of it since I was just throwin’ it up on Marshmellow Kisses.

I have been struggling with parts of this piece, namely her dress.  Finally got it to a place where I like it.  I am hoping to have some time with it this week, since Sat-Sun I will be out of town.  I’m going to NYC to visit some friends and take in some gallery shows.  I am also going to hit up Baked, a place that isn’t far from my friends apartment and whose cookbook I love so dearly.


Here’s what I got done between now and Wednesday, which is not a lot:

I’ve been fighting with what to do on top of her dress all week.  I keep trying things and starting over… to get resolved this weekend.  

take it in

I don’t generally show my sketchbook because I think most of the drawings in it are pretty ugly, and I (rather unfortunately) have a terrible habit of only using sketchbooks for planning, when they should be for exploration!

Here’s a cut-out, paired with its sketch.  Often I am dissatisfied with my cuts, feeling that they don’t reflect my sketches.  I am happy with the progress of this one so far.

This is the start of an illustration for the story Off, out of Aimee Bender’s Willful Creatures.  It is the tale of a woman’s quest to kiss three men at a party – one redhead, another blonde, and lastly a burnette.  The main character is rich and constantly talking about her appearance and wealth. She’s rather backhanded in every aspect of her life.


Sorry for the no post on Monday, but on Sunday I worked on freelance work all day and didn’t get to my own project.  I made these guys last night, to go along with what I am currently doing:

I love dia de los muertos, so that’s where those guys are coming from.  You might have seen them show up in my earlier work (like, 2008 earlier).

My friend Annie is in town with an ensemble at a local venue tonight.  Annie plays the bass clarinet and is currently living in San Francisco, so it’s really a treat she’s here.

Also, one step closer to the triathlon:  I bought a racing swimsuit today via ebay.  Don’t worry, it’s new with tags.  I also went to the gym at 6:30 this morning.  It was worse than I thought it would be, but that’s probably because I only got 4 hours of sleep.

in progress… no computer necessary.

I had a whole post typed out, and then somehow it VANISHED as I published it.  Sheesh!  I guess it’s probably for the best.  The first paragraph was sort of whiny, talking about how my car wouldn’t start up and how after ordering and excitedly opening up my Wacom stylus, it still did not fix my problem.  It looks like I’ll have to buy a whole new Wacom pad.  D:

So it’s in-progress day, and here’s a few little things I’ve been working on.

Below is something for my etsy store (which has a target date of being set up in march).  I’ve always enjoyed sewing and embroidery, so I thought I’d try my hand with it on paper.

Remember my post on Monday?  The one about how I was illustrating stories from a new book now.  Aimee Bender, but a collection of short stories?  Below is  one of the characters in the story about the small man kept in a cage (the title of the story is End of the Line).  He’s the small man in the cage.  I have just scanned him in.  I’m not very good at using just the mouse for Photoshop.

over the new years weekend

So happy 2010, ya’ll.  Hope your new years was a good one – mine started out with sushi and drinks, which led to home and more drinks, then to a party with a lot of dancing.  Overall, really fun, and I’m glad I got to ring in the new year with some of my favorite people!  Although, here was me New Years Day:

So, back to some art.  I know that I went on and on and on about an Invisible Sign of My Own and how I was going to make work based on the book.  Well, I started it, and congruently started to read one of Aimee Bender’s other books, Willful Creatures.  The book is a collection of short stories which I found much more engaging than her full-length novel.  I hadn’t put too much work into the Invisible Sign of My Own, so I decided to illustrate from Creatures instead.

The first story is about a little man who is kept as a big man’s pet and lives in a cage.  Below is my cut out of a cage, with a few different options for the background.  My Wacom stylus has still not been delievered, so I wasn’t able to do any work on the backgrounds once scanned in.  The mood of the story is rather somber, so I’m sort of leaning towards the dark-wash background. Which do you prefer?

in progress… small collages

As mentioned earlier, my Wacom tablet pen is BROKE, and I need a replacement.  To augment the fact I can’t work on the computer, I’ve been doing these little collages in my sketchbook.  Recently,  I was the winner of a Vogue magazine from 2008 (which has amazing colors and patterns in it), so I’ve been playing around a little bit with pattern, color, and shapes.

This one is not finished:

Nothing too serious, but I do seriously like making these little collages.  I’m now in the process of figuring out how I can work this type of work into what I’m currently doing for serious.

Also, if you follow me on Twitter, you’d probably see that I made a ton of Christmas cookies last night.  I forgot to take an adequate photo.

over the snowy weekend

Over the weekend…

I am working on making graphics for all the different themed-days that I post on.  UNFORTUNATELY, my Wacom tablet pen broke (for reasons unbeknown to me), so I really can’t do any work on the computer until I have a replacement.  I looked up the price of a Wacom pen.  $60!!! WAHH!!!!!!

Friday/Saturday was the big snowstorm that all the news was talking about.  It started around 10:30PM Friday night, and when I wanted to leave my apartment at 10:30AM on Saturday, my car looked like this:

Final snow count was around 21 inches.  On Sunday I tried to get my car out, but the snow plow had blocked it in.  Luckily, with the help of some strangers, I was able to free my poor car.

Now, for some work… This piece is my collaboration with Stephanie Leung – the first phase.  Another band poster – for the Bowerbirds.  If you haven’t listened to them, you should!  They have one of my favorite albums out this year.

Our collaborative efforts are called God Bless the Tigers… we’ll have a website soon and have a better and newer version of our blog.  Look for it soon!

mona in progress

Everyone knows what Wednesday means!

Here’s what I’ve been working on over the weekend, for An Invisible Sign of My Own.  I really wasn’t feeling the Mona I made last week, so I went ahead and changed her outfit some.  I really like pattern and creating pattern over these things that I’ve cut out.

This is a detail so you can properly see some of the stuff that’s going on overtop:

This past semester I took a class at the University of Baltimore.  It was a class about HTML and CSS.  For our final, we needed to make a four-page-site.  I took the opportunity to revamp my old portfolio site a little bit.  I’ll post it when it goes live!

a visible progress of my own

It’s Wednesday, a day where I post what I’ve been working on lately.  This week it’s Mona from An Invisible Sign of My Own.  I have a clear idea of what I’m going to do for my first piece, and this is the first step to it – overall, I’m pleased with the start.

Why is part of her foot missing?  I guess you’ll just have to wait and find out!

I will probably (subtly) go back and do a little digital rendering to Mona, most likely as I’m working on the piece.


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