over a blizzard

Unless you were living under a rock this weekend, you probably saw the massive amounts of snow that the MD/DC area received.  It was a doozy, let me tell you.  The final count was around 26inches and left me confined to my apartment Friday through Sunday.

Since I was home (and no one lives in my neighborhood anymore, boo hoo!),  I worked nearly the entire weekend on art related stuff.  It was nice.  I was productive.  Two things:

The beginning of a God Bless the Tigers piece, for a band called the All Outs.  They are local to Oakland!

Another illustration for the Aimee Bender story, End of the Line.  You know about the little man? That’s him.

One week until the launch of Brown Paper Bag!



I had to post this because I’m excited about it! Today was like Christmas.  I woke up with an email from Steph containing our newest collaboration – a poster for the Bowerbirds.

It will be up on God Bless the Tiger’s website soon.

website in progress

For this edition of in-progress Wednesdays, I have relatively little to offer you.  While in Kansas City,  I worked on the website for my collaboration with Stephanie Leung, which we have aptly named God Bless the Tigers.   It’s taken a little longer than I anticipated, so I’ve been working on it after I’ve gotten off work each night.

What started with a simple collaboration (sent through the mail, as Steph is rooted in Oakland, CA) eventually turned into something that we both wanted to get more serious about.  We’ve narrowed our focus to band posters, which we’re busy collaborating on for our body of work.

I really like building websites, so I’ve been working on a site for God Bless the Tigers.  Hopefully it’ll be launched within a week or so.

This is the background I made for the site:

A screen shot of the index page:

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!

Artist Fridays: Jillian Tamaki | Guest Blog- Stephanie Leung

Sara and I like stories about people.  How did we get to Jillian Tamaki? I remember rummaging the internet looking at Sam Weber’s website. It was my first time looking at his work and I had been introduced to him via stories that Sara would relay to me. Sam Weber is a well-known illustrator and happened to guest teach a class that she was taking at the time.  The only things that I can recall about him now was his self deprecating humor and mentions of his wife.  So, wife!  As I look through Mr. Weber’s site I see mention of a Jillian Tamaki and then it was a dot, dot, dot, —-jump—jump—jump– CONNECT! This is the wifey! She’s an illustrator too! Wahoooo.

And I was really blown away by her work. Jeez, if there’s anything that gets me, it’s artist couples.

There’s something about her markmaking. When I can sense the repetitious lines of  pencil or pen, the pull in a brush mark, the wash of ink, or the rub of graphite, it fills me up like a good meal.  Her work is a mix of digital work and hand work and hey, I say that’s great. Work with it all, or even just some, just make it work for you.

Jillian Tamaki has a sketchblog and I appreciate that it’s mostly just for her. Comments were never enabled; she just wanted a place to post process and sketch work daily.  She has a snarky sense of humor. I do enjoy it. Her humor also has a perfect outlet in comics.  It’s the combination of humor fitted to the right context and the ability to tell a story that makes it work.

Jillian Tamaki has a graphic novel out called Skim. I would highly recommend it. Or if you live in the vicinity of Sara Barnes you can ask to borrow it. Just kidding.  I kid, I kid.  So long!

over the weekend… dodos + halloween

 This past weekend was Halloween, as most of you were aware.  As previously mentioned, I went as the Utz Girl. I was pretty happy with how my costume turned out, but I failed to take any pictures of it (or anyone else’s for that matter).  I am hoping that someone, somewhere, snapped a picture of me.  It was definitly one of my better Halloween costumes but certainly not one of my better nights.

This past weekend was a 3 day weekend for me and a pretty low-key one at that.  I’ll just say that nothing makes me more happy than going to the farmer’s market on Saturdays.  I grab a cup of coffee and a croissant and walk around with the yuppies/hippies/hipsters.  It’s nice. 


I finished my part of the Dodo’s piece.  It will be sent off to Steph this week.  I also worked a bit with some of the frames I bought last week.  Hoping to launch an etsy store before the holiday rush.  Anyone use Etsy and have any tips for me?

blogging on a bus

Alas, I have already failed myself and have not posted an entry every weekday as I promised to myself. Yesterday was a very busy day at work and then I was not by my computer’s side all Friday evening. So, I’ve tried to make myself feel better and have downloaded the wordpress app for my iPhone, and am now blogging on my way to New York City. Tonight I am attending an event at the New Yorker festival. Neko Case will be having a conversation (with music!) with the New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones. I’ll write about that on Monday.

In the meantime, I woke up to an email from Steph, my collaborater with the Dodos poster. I am excited for how it’s looking so far, so I’ll show it off: