I will be exhibiting this weekend in Berkeley at the Bay Area Book Fest – if you’re in the east bay I hope to see you there. They have a great line up of authors and panels! Have a great weekend ^_^
today is my mother-in-law’s birthday. she’s an incredible person. she gives everyone the benefit of the doubt – even if they’re obviously wrong. i’ve learned so much by observing who she is, how she accepts people and her positive attitude. being part of her family feels like a gift. she’s aretired pre-school teacher.she has hundreds of songs memorized, knowledge about great books and activities to do with children and an open, loving heart. when our baby spends time with her we joke that it’s pre pre-school. i’m so happy that her influence is all around. happy birthday, grandma! <3
I will be vending this Sunday at the SF Etsy Spring Show this Sunday at All Good Pizza in San Francisco. If you’re around please come by – and if I see you or don’t, I hope you have a relaxing weekend!
For the daughters who have difficult relationships with their moms,for those who never had a loving mom, for the women who are cat moms,dog moms, office moms, for those that are moms of one, two, or seven -tired, under slept and overextended, for those who tried and tried tobecome a mom but couldn’t, for those who had a being to care for andlost them but never stopped being “mom”, and for those who will neverpursue motherhood and that’s just fine… for all those women Ithought of you as this image came to me one night.
Love comes in many forms. I truly believe it is all around us. Sowhether you are celebrating mother’s day or tucking yourself in the
covers and staying away from social media – I wish you a wonderfulweekend, surrounded by the love that’s within reach.
I am thrilledto be among the Asian American Pacific Islanderartists on display at the White House.My illustration,Champions of Change will be on view for the month of May. They asked me to write a bit about the piece, and this is what is printed beside it. “When I was honored as a White House Champion of Change in 2012, I thought about the ultimate champions – President Obama and the First Lady. They inspire me not only with their steadfast commitment to change, but also (and perhaps more importantly) with their love for each other and this country. As I thought of them, I imagined them climbing a giant tree with champagne and music and sharing a dance.” – Nidhi Chanani
We’re having a sale through Monday. Enjoy 15% off our entire shop and order in time to get your gift for Mother’s Day! Meanwhile, Iwill be at Trickster in Berkeley for aMother’s day live drawingevent on April 30th. If you’d like a custom drawing for mother’s day or just because, come by with a photo (on your phone is fine). Limited number of slots will be available. Have a happy weekend!
It’s a cozy rainy day here. I haven’t created any new illustrations because I’m pushing forward on Pashmina. I am producing 2-3 pages a day. It may seem like I’m not drawing but I’m drawing more than ever before! My deadline for completion is approaching. The book won’t be available until Fall of next year but I willcomplete it this summer. My publisher will then haveample time for corrections, production and of course marketing! I thought as I got closer I would feel calmer, but I just feel more nervous! I still have a good stretch to wait, so hopefully mynerveswill subside.
Meanwhile, we’ve updated our zazzle shop with loads of products. We have phone cases, wallet cases, kindle and ipad covers, pillows (!), mugs and more. They’re having a 22% off sale today only for all orders, use the codeLUVOURPLANET.
Also I will be at Trickster in Berkeley for a Mother’s day live drawing event on April 30th. If you’d like a custom drawing for mother’s day or just because, come by with a photo (on your phone is fine). Limited number of slots will be available.
That’s all from me! Back to producing pages ^_^
A week later I will return to Seattle for the fourth year exhibiting atEmerald City Comiconwith my friend and talented sculptor, Lyla of Little Brigade.I love Seattle and even though it’s very touristy, I love Pike’s market.
If you’re in Los Angeles or Seattle I hope to see you! I will have a limited number of live drawing slots available each day, so if you’d like to get a customsketch by me, come by with a photo! ^_^
Have a wonderful week!
we went on our first family vacation. it was equal parts rough and relaxing. traveling with baby was fine, but being hotel bound while baby napped with beautiful hawaii right outside the door was hard! i made the best of nap time by drawing (in the dark!) and even though we didn’t spend enough time in the pool or the ocean, it was hard to leave!
My Disney feature closes this weekend. I will be signingthis Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm at Wonderground Galleryin theDowntown DisneyDistrict.Parking fees apply.
Have a lovely weekend!
My friend Angela and I were talking about the busyness of parent life. As she was talking, she had the epiphany that we spend most our day saying NO to ourselves: no sleeping in, no time for a run, no time to shower, no time to read a novel… but when it comes to snacks and treats its an easy way we can say YES. It may not be the healthiest but we embrace these small moments where we can allow ourselves pleasure.
So last week the hubbahubba and I relished our two hours before bed, when baby was asleep, and we baked.
I granted permission to the Brightside to minimally animate my illustrations – it turned out beautifully! Happy Valentine’s day!
The hubbahubba was looking through my files and came across this custom illustrationfrom 2014 and he exclaimed “Hey, I’ve never seen this!” I forgot to share it soI am sharing it now ^_^ This couple wereengaged under a very unique treeand they wanted me to capture it. As with all commissions, I felt honored to work on something so meaningful.
Our zazzle shop is having a wonderful 50% canvas print sale with the code:ZAZZARTGIFTS the sale ends02/11/2016 11:59 PM PST!
we’re having a valentine’s day sale on our shop - 15% off til friday with the code: LOVEBUG have a great day!
This year my art goal is more comics! In between nap time, bath time, play time, cooking and working on PashminaI’ve been drawing some comics in my sketch book. ^_^
I am in this month’sGood Housekeeping magazine. In the almost 6 years I’ve been working as a full-time artist I’ve never been in print. I have been rejected countless times by blogs, magazines, stores, etc. At first it would really hurt. After awhile I got used to the rejection and took it as par for the course, because it is. My work isn’t the right fit for every store, every blog or every magazine. In fact my work has the funniest (to me) accusations of being: too colorful, too whimsical, too kid-friendly. I’ve worked hard to develop my own style (and I’m still learning every day) and I won’t change who I am or my work to fit into someone else’s idea of art.After years creating original art (not fan art), learning how to make a living creating art that represents the underrepresented, failing, late night marketingemails, doubting myself CONSTANTLY, attending workshops, reading books on artistic process, approaching shops in person to carry my prints, being rejected, working, working working… yesterdayI walked into a bookstore and picked up a NATIONAL magazine with my work inside. I cannot put into words how this makes me feel. If you’re around a newsstand, please check it out ^_^I hope you have a lovely weekend ^_^
I don’t usually do two versions of the same illustration – but I really wanted to do this one!
Remembering MLK today, I share his words “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
Have a great week!
I am thrilled to announce that I have beeninvited back for anartist showcase at WonderGround Galleryin theDowntown DisneyDistrict at theDisneylandResort,February 6-7andFebruary 27-28, from2 5 p.m.each day. Parking fees apply. The piece above “Three of us” will be one of the many prints I will have there. If you’re in Southern California, I hope to see you there! ^_^
I was also asked to create 3 new Disney pieces and I’m so excited to share them with you here! The Disney pieces will release on February 6 along with new work from Eunjung June Kim and Jerrod Maruyama. More informationhere.
“Hawaiian roller coaster”