Dec
17

finding hope

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sometimes the news is too much and it seems like hope is a creature we have to quest for… that was my thought as i drew this.

on another note, orders from our shop must be priority mail to arrive by xmas – the deadline is friday december 19th. after that there are always gift certificates! ^_^

Dec
11

sf bazaar

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this weekend is our last big show of the season and it’s a special one! i was selected as the featured artist for sf bazaar, which means the first 200 people coming to the show on saturday AND sunday will get a limited edition print and tote of the above illustration! we’re been prepping for the show all week, so if you’re in the bay area we hope to see you this weekend at fort mason ^_^

if you’re planning on ordering online, please note that for regular mail, we need to get your order by december 14th to guarantee delivery by christmas. for priority mail, please place your order by december 19th!

happy happy holidays!

 

Dec
02

giving tuesday – kapatid

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kapatid last year i released this print to raise funds for the victims of the typhoon in the philippines. in honor of giving tuesday, i am re-releasing this print today for 24 hours to raise funds for the fight against ebola. 100% of the profit will be donated to oxfam.

Nov
29

20% off sale

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from today until monday december 1st, enjoy 20% off in our shop with the code HOLIDAYAY – our only sale of the year! a great time to get your favorite prints, a necklace, calendar and we’ve added items to clearance ^_^

if you’re looking for larger prints, our zazzle shop has 65% off canvases on monday with the code: ZAZCYBER2014

our nuvango shop has 25% off everything (phone cases and covers) through monday with the code: BLACKFRIDAY

also, this week is the last week to grab a piece from my solo show at trickster!

finally, i was interviewed on the radio program, its a question of balance with ruth copland in santa cruz. you can listen live in santa cruz tonight from 8-10p, and a link to the podcast will be posted shortly thereafter.

have a great weekend!

Nov
27

princess pumpkin

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happy thanksgiving!

Nov
25

little light

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I created this entirely in photoshop in 30 minutes – I usually do the base drawing in flash. I wanted to explore painting on just one layer but old habits die hard! I ended up with 12 layers but that’s a big change for me.

I woke up with this image in my mind because I felt a bit crushed by the news… it feels as though all we have is a little light – but hopefully that’s enough to grow out of these shadows.

Nov
24

love pumpkin

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i’ve been a bit under the weather and i’m finally feeling better. i created this in 45 minutes this morning to get back into the swing of things ^_^

we will be vending at the sf etsy holiday emporium this weekend at pier 35 – come by for some handmade shopping if you’re in san francisco!

Nov
21

honu

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we’re super excited to share our newest laser-etched pendant based off one of my original wood burnings! honu is now available in our shop ^_^

have a happy weekend!

Nov
17

misty & more

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Tomorrow is Misty’s book birthday!

I was reflecting back on the whole process and it surprised me how fast this came together. At the end of last year my agent called me with a potential project. It had been a rough year end and hearing about the potential to work on my first kids book lifted my spirits. From the very beginning I knew that working with Hugh Howey would be a treat. As an illustrator, my job is to translate the ideas in someone else’s head and that can be a challenge. Hugh was clear in his vision but also trusted me and left plenty of space for my ideas.

Working with an author who is nice and sincere is wonderful. The project had a few minor hiccups, but even through those, he and I shared the common goal of making the best book possible.  I feel very fortunate that my first kids book experience was so overwhelmingly positive. And I’m thrilled with how it looks – I worked very hard on each spread. I hit more layers on my photoshop files than I’ve ever had before (over 100) with complex backgrounds and I am so proud of Misty. Looking back, I can’t believe we signed the contract in February and by the end of August the book was ready for print!

If you pre-ordered you should receive your book tomorrow. If not, there are still copies available.

Also it was announced that LeVar Burton himself chose my illustration for the Reading Rainbow calendar - I’m so thrilled to know that he liked my work enough to include it!

That’s it from me – happy Monday ^_^

Nov
10

amici

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this is a commission i recently completed that made me smile. we have quite a few holiday shows coming up, our first one is one of my favorites – patchwork, this sunday in oakland. we also recently found 3 copies of everyday volume 1! get it before its gone ^_^ aside from that i’m pushing along on pashmina and don’t have much time for anything else.

hope you have a wonderful week ^_^

Nov
03

burn to shine available now!

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Screen shot 2014-11-03 at 10.05.24 AM  my solo show, burn to shine is now available here! we sold quite a few opening night but there are still many pieces available to purchase. pieces will be available online or in-store at trickster until november 30th, shipping worldwide. ^_^

happy monday!

Oct
31

halloween candy

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happy halloween!

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 ^_^