Oct
29

more minis

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Oct
27

burn to shine

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Over the past 3 months, nearly every evening, I’ve been burning mini wood pieces for my solo show, Burn to Shine. I’ve created 100 pieces! It’s what I set out to do, but in the middle (and to be honest at the end) I thought I wasn’t going to make it. I committed to 100 because I thought it’d be a good goal. It’s been physically hard and yet incredibly rewarding. I’ve explored and played with negative space, pattern, background, and character. This was my first attempt at creating such a large number of original wood pieces – I tried to keep each piece distinct and interesting. I won’t say I’ll never do it again, but I might give myself more time!

I will be sharing a few collections of the pieces through this week. I hope to see you at the opening night at Trickster in Berkeley this Saturday! If you’re not in the area the pieces will be up for sale after opening night ^_^

After that, I’ll be taking a long hiatus from wood burning!

Oct
22

happy diwali

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i’ve been swamped with work on my solo show and pashmina, but i couldn’t let diwali pass without sharing an illustration. this was one of my first illustrations for diwali back in 2010. i remember the entire time i was drawing it i had a HUGE smile on my face.

 

happy diwali!

Oct
21

shelter from the storm

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Oct
17

dog walker

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Oct
15

book dream believer

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bookdreambelieverencouraged by a few folks, i submitted the above piece for the reading rainbow kickstarter calendar. you can vote for it only if you contributed to the kickstarter here.


i was also interviewed by monica lee on her wonderful blog, smart creative women. you can see it here.


have a wonderful day!

Oct
08

modern family + coupon code

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super excited that one of my prints will be featured on modern family tonight!

unbeknownst to me our website wasn’t able to take orders for the past few days – to celebrate the fact that it’s back and running smooth i’m offering 15% off for the next 24 hours with this code: MODFAM – it’s a good time to get the limited run 2015 calendar before pre-order is over, we’ve only printed 200 so once they’re gone that’s it!

thanks ^_^

Oct
07

museum of domestic art

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Oct
03

grand central

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grandcentralI will be exhibiting at APE this weekend in san francisco! come by and say hello – table 619. ^_^

 

Sep
30

pre-orders today

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i am super excited to share that the pre-orders for Misty, my first kids book are now live (available through Amazon only) AND we’re releasing our 2015 calendar on pre-order as well! it’s a big day ^_^ thanks for all your support!

 

Sep
22

wolf slumber

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Sep
15

give what you want sale

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We are surrounded by beauty; art has the power to showcase that. Art has an impact that’s immeasurable. Art is for everyone. Of course, artists need to earn and live a comfortable (not starving) life. However, I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy what we create.

 

I built my career by selling my personal work. I support myself almost entirely from work I want to do – versus work I am paid to do. This has liberated me to pursue what I truly love. As I explore my artistic freedom I think about access to art within our culture. Although my work is widely available digitally (facebook, blog, twitter, tumblr, instagram) only the people who can afford art can have it in their home. I want to challenge this idea of accessibility. I believe everyone should have something that makes them happy.

We piloted this sale last year and were surprised and humbled by the results. As long as our team can handle the demand we want to continue this annually.

 

For 24 hours (from 11a PDT September 17th until 11a September 18th) this print will be available to give what you want.
Sep
05

music & more

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the hubbahubba wrote the line above and i had to draw it. this is for him on the eve of our fifth wedding anniversary (although we’ve been together for 12 years!) the best decision i ever made was marrying you. happy anniversary! ^_^
 
meanwhile, we’ve chosen a winner for the canvas giveaway! we had over 100 entries – thank you! if you want to buy a canvas now is the time! zazzle is having a 50% off sale on canvases with the code: GRANDPARENTS through september 7th.
 
have a great weekend ^_^

Sep
03

canvases!

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We now have LARGE CANVAS PRINTS AVAILABLE ^_^

 

We heard all the requests for larger pieces and we’ve been busy for months adding artwork to our Zazzle shop. Today, we are super excited to announce our canvas prints on Zazzle, perfect for your nursery, modern home, or office! To celebrate this launch we are hosting a giveaway of a canvas: one lucky winner will receive a medium canvas of their choice (over $200 value)!

 

To enter share a link to your favorite canvas from our shop and tag me in it on twitter, or instagram.  
One entry per person, enter by 12am (midnight) PST September 4th. Winner selected on Friday September 5th. Open to domestic and international.
Aug
22

rise up

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we have to believe that we are the change that’s coming.

Aug
19

burn to shine

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I am super excited to announce my solo show at Trickster in Berkeley in November. Burn to Shine: 100 mini wood burnings (all the pieces will also be available for purchase online, each piece will be $65). The opening reception will be November 1st. I am posting my progress on Instagram and Facebook. Between now and November I will create 80 more pieces! It’s the largest number of wood burnings I’ve set out to create to date. It’s incredibly fun to explore different animals, backgrounds, and patterns. I create many with mehndi patterns in mind, but I also love burning waves and using negative space to create a soft and subtle environments.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to share a bit about my materials and process!

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1. Wood slices. I obtain these from either Etsy or Michaels arts & crafts. I shop for wood that is light in color without any dark marks or knots. If there are marks, I try and incorporate them into the work. The wood type varies from walnut, basswood, to cherry and oak.

2. Colwood Cub electrical unit. This unit heats my pens, it has great temperature control and its portable with a long enough cord so I can burn in my studio or living room (it smells so good!). I usually keep the temperature between 7 and 8, but when I want to create a softer, lighter background or environment I will turn it down to 6. I have never gone past 9, I think I’d burn my fingers!

3. A finished piece for the show!

4. A mechanical pencil. I use this to draw the character on the wood before burning. I never draw in pattern or background, only the central figure. Background and pattern I create in the moment. It’s my favorite part. It feels meditative and organic.

5. My two favorite fixed pens. I use both of these on each piece. One creates a thicker line I use for outlines of shape and the other I used for details like eyes, lips, and sometimes pattern.

6. Replaceable pen and replacement tips. I use these pens less often, but I do love the variety and texture I can get from them. There are two kinds of pens: fixed tips are just that, you cannot replace the tip only the whole pen. Replacement tips have one base and you can switch tips. I prefer fixed tips so I can switch mid burn and don’t have to wait for the tip to cool to take it off the base. Since I switch pens at least twice in every burn fixed tip work best for me.

7. Sand paper. Essential! If the grain on a piece of wood isn’t sanded down enough the pen will get stuck in the grooves and create a funky burn. Nearly every piece of wood can benefit from a quick sand to make sure the end result is pleasing.

That’s all from me! It’s been so much fun to work on the books during the day and burn at night – hope to see you in November ^_^

Aug
12

lamp lights

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I created the top illustration 4 years ago. The bottom one I created last week. Why did I redraw this illustration? I don’t love or hate it, but I knew (or I hoped) I could re-approach it and do better. I remember creating that illustration years ago and even now I don’t see much WRONG with it. It contains all the elements I focus on today: character, storytelling, composition, mood and lighting.
The differences between the two are fairly clear. I understand the clothed figure better: arms and necks can be skinny if that’s your artistic style but not so tiny that it wouldn’t be able to hold up that large head. I know that it’s quite rare to see a table directly without any perspective. I am no longer sloppy with my lines and shapes, a trash can has a bottom, top and sides, and the legs of a table and chair have to feel solid and secure. I utilize reference to draw a lamp so it isn’t simply my mental idea of a lamp. My understanding of color has also improved. I know when to make a light warm or cool, I understand better how strong and mild highlights and shadows are depending on the light source.  I add texture for an organic feel, which I have come to love and appreciate in any digital work.


How did I learn all of these things? I read articles, talk to artists but the way I’ve seen the most direct improvement is by drawing. Sketching from life, with different materials, creating and sharing complete illustrations, comics, and painting. Each time I try something new I am not just nervous – I am TERRIFIED!


Draw a shark – Um, what does a shark look like? Like JAWS?
Draw a crowd of people – No, why!? Whyyyyyy! Can we just change the scene?
Draw a bird’s eye view perspective – Okay, that’s it. I give up. I’m going to pursue a career in kitty cuddling!


Even the idea of a throwback illustration made me nervous: what if my new version looks the same? I was very worried the early version was better. There’s a spontaneity and love that comes with original work – revisiting or copying doesn’t hold the same passion. Ultimately, I am happy with both. That’s not typically how I feel about my work. Those changes are the result of 4 years,1,040 weekdays, and probably 4,000 hours of drawing.


Creating regularly, sharing regularly has taught me that it doesn’t matter if I love it. As the creator I will always wish I could change. I have to get out of my own way. I must focus and produce, even if it means sharing work that I am not pleased with. I used to think that if I didn’t love it, as long as someone ELSE did that was okay. But it’s not about me, you or anyone else loving the work.


It is quite simply about making art.


Making art is joyful and painful. It is an awful feeling when you sit in front of a blank canvas and struggle with your limitations. And when people walk past your art without noticing, or worse yet when they comment negatively. It is the greatest feeling when a stranger can connect with a piece of art you’ve created. It will always make you happy when someone says they have your art proudly displayed in their home. I have been lucky enough to experience all of these things – even the negative experiences help me grow, thicken my skin and push me forward. But I wouldn’t be able to experience any of it if I didn’t keep making art. I didn’t wake up good at art. If I didn’t try and fail again and again and AGAIN, I wouldn’t be able to share either of these.


Keep drawing. Keep making art.
Aug
07

cookies

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I’m back in the studio after a few weeks of shows. I hope to be back to somewhat regular posts next week ^_^

 

Jul
22

we’re off!

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we’re off to san diego comicon today! we will be in small press, table o-13 with tons of large and small prints as well as greeting cards, magnets and of course the panda love tee! if you’d like to keep up with team everyday love you can follow my instagram account. comicon runs through this sunday so i’ll be back next week with an update, until then have a lovely week ^_^

Jul
16

panda love

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I am super excited to announce my first foray into wearable art. The Panda Love Tee will be available at San Diego Comicon and is now available in our online shop!

Jul
14

bear down

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Jul
10

minis

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These are just a few mini original wood burnings I’ve been creating for San Diego Comicon. It’s been a fun way to spend my evenings as Comicon prep is in full swing! We’ll be at table O-13 ^_^

Jul
07

lion’s gate & more

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we took a quick trip to vancouver a few weeks back and fell in love with that city! we took a lovely bike ride through stanley park and saw the canadian version of the golden gate ^_^

meanwhile, back in the studio, i can’t believe we’re only a few weeks away from san diego comicon! we will be in small press again this year ^_^ i’ve been spending my evenings burning mini wood burnings in preparation. we will also have an exciting new product TBA, too!

meanwhile, if you’re attending and have any specific prints you’d like please let me know (we can hold them at the table under your name) – hope to see you there! ^_^

Jul
04

happy 4th!

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i created this illustration for a commission, but i thought it was perfect to share today. happy 4th!

Jul
02

pari

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I rarely have clearance/fire sales, but if you have a Gen 2 iPad, today’s your lucky day! I have two designs at $5 each in my shop.  If you have other skin or case needs, I have selected work available at Nuvango (formerly Gelaskins).

Have a great week! ^_^