i rarelytalk about it but i had a traumatic childhood. my family was dysfunctional and i was buried beneath layers of abuse. i blamed them, i blamed myself and i blamed the world.i was angry. i carried my anger with me everywhere and fought my way through my young adult life.
and then i found love.
it wasn’t easy. i was accustomedto fighting, so i fought the love. my love then (who is my love now) kept strong for years and showed me that our love was better. better than anger, better than pain, and full of brightness. i forgave my family. i stopped carrying that darkness with me and ever since my life has been lighter, warmer and simpler.
i am overwhelmed by the violence, fear and hate raging through our world. it would be easy for us to continue down the path of anger. retaliation. ragefeeds rage. the problems we have are not simple and the path to love isn’t easy. change isn’t easy. i knowfrom my own experience that love can heal. it can be as little as a kind gesture during your morning commute or volunteering your time. if we took a moment everyday to add love into our world maybe we could chip away at the anger. it won’t be easy all the time and it may take years.
but i believe a world full of love is worth the work and the wait.
Very early in my career my hard drive crashed and I lost the full resolution files of my illustrations. Duel was one of them – and as my work has been featured on different websites I’ve been asked for it as a print. Sadly I cannot recreate it – but I did revisit it! It was so much fun – it gave me a chance to truly see where I’ve grown. I understand anatomy and character weight better, but also light and shadow. I still have a long way to go but I know from years of experience my best route to improvement is to keep drawing. ^_^
Meanwhile, this weekend I will be at the Urban Epicurean Fest in San Francisco selling prints, cards and calendars with the wonderful Lyla Warren ofLittle Brigade. She’s coming from Portland to share her lovelySeedlingswith you all! If you’re around please come by and say hello!
it’s my birthday and i want to extend the happiness to you! you can enjoy 20% off my shop until 10am November 3rd. i hope you have a happy day!
we are super excited to release the pre-order for our limited edition 2016 calendar!
it’s been a busy october! we’ve gone to new york, 2 weddings (all with our 3-month old!) and launched a week long pop-up at the mall! my work was also featured on the huffington post! it’s been exciting and overwhelming (in the best way)… we are happy to be stationary through the holidays.
i hope you’re having a lovely october!
we are so excited (and overwhelmed with preparations) that we’re headed to new york for new york comicon! it will be our first east coast show! if you’re planning on attending and would like us to bring specific prints, please let me know. we will be in artist alley, table E6 – can’t wait to see you there!!
back home we have exciting news as well! we’ve opened a one week pop-up shop at stonestown mall in san francisco! come by our kiosk across from gymboree this week to shop our selection – we hope to return for the holidays as well!
another #watercolor wednesday! purchase info on myinstagram^_^
another #watercolor wednesday! purchase info on my instagram ^_^
today i have two turtles for #watercolor wednesday! purchase info on my instagram ^_^
I have two watercolors in the Sendak and Silverstein tribute show at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Los Angeles! I’m super happy to be in the company of many talented artists – the show opens tomorrow at 6pm, check it out if you’re in the area!
Have a great weekend ^_^
Another watercolor Wednesday, purchase info on myinstagram^_^
I’m back in the studio after a 2 month break to be with my daughter. It’s the longest break I’ve had from art in 5 years! My biggest project is working on the final art for my graphic novel, Pashmina. As I opened my completed pages I noticed my main character, Priyanka, looked different in a few panels. I started to worry that I wouldn’t be able to keep her consistent throughout the book. As I revised the panels that bothered me, I thought about how much work isn’t seen by the reader. There’s so much pre-work – sketches, notes, ideas, drafts. Through the next few months as I work on final art I want to share some glimpses of the pre-work with you.
As I worried about character consistency, I pulled up a file with a bunch of Priyanka expressions I drew during the thumbnail process. This exercise not only gave me an idea of her personality, but also how to draw her face up, face down, and from the side. Once I brought this file up, I felt calm. I already did the work that could help me with consistency. I use the file for reference through each page.
This is my first attempt at a graphic novel. The whole process is a learning experience. By the time you hold a copy in your hands, each page will have been revised, redrawn and edited at least eight times. The manuscript had five drafts. The thumbnails had three rounds of editing. The final art will no doubt have at least two. Some pages are easier than others. I’ve read about other creator’s processes in writing and drawing. I’m sure I’m doing things wrong and I know I’ve made lots of mistakes. I’m okay with that. Once I finish, I will know what works for me.
For now, I must push forward, making mistakes and learning along the way.
I’m excited to share that I was invited to post my work on Bored Panda! ^_^
i create artwork to make people happy. i share that work on social media and i always include my website or name (or both) on my work.
i spent the past five years building my career. i spent my entire life acquiring an understanding of light, color, composition and rhythm – components that i believe make my work unique. each illustration i create has drawn upon these hours, days and weeks of practice. my illustrations are inspired by my life. each piece is a peek into a moment, a memory or my imagination. my artwork is an extension of who i am.
recently my work went “viral” and dozens of websites and facebook pages shared my everyday love with captions added (side note, i do not allow any modification of my artwork under my copyright, including adding captions). in the beginning, my name and website were shared along with the pieces. slowly but surely, as my work was re-shared, my name and website were dropped. in fact many of the posts intentionally cropped my work to remove my name from the bottom! these sites use my work to promote their own brands without citing the source. i LOVE that thousands of people enjoy my work and feel a connection to it – but i do not appreciate my artwork being shared without my name or a link to my site.
here’s just one screen shot (there are countless others):
i created the art and i deserve credit.
everyday love art is our family business. we built it through years of support and sacrifice. i love creating art and we love sending our cards and prints around the world. i need to make and sell art to continue creating. i do not need to spend time writing posts like these, chasing copyright violations and worrying about it. i encourage you to report any posts that shares artwork without credit, whether its mine or another artist’s. that’s the proper, respectful thing to do.
i hope that assigning proper credit will become the new web standard. then i can focus solely on creating artwork to make people happy – that’s all i’ve ever wanted to do.
We are preparing to return to work in September and we have some exciting things to share! Our busy fall of events includes New York Comicon! Our first east coast show!
We have prints, cards, wood burnings and a few canvases available at a pop-up gallery at Pier 39.
Have a happy weekend!