san francisco streets (and signing)

My first custom illustration of the year and I was so happy with how it turned out!

I will be speaking and signing copies of PASHMINA at Books Inc (Laurel Village)  in San Francisco this Sunday. I hope to see you there!

Also, my comic Eggs was reprinted today in Mutha Magazine (appeared originally in the Nib).

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

 

speak to resist

 

 

I hope that in a small way these free images can help others, continue the conversation and create community around the honest belief that we all deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. I pull myself out of fear by reading, painting and writing. Stay strong, stay loud and keep resisting.

I’ve also made Spanish versions of each poster with the help of a friend who translated for me. You can find them here for free. Download and use in your home, school, or library.

We will get through this with love.

sent to slumber

starting with love

I painted this watercolor on New Year’s Eve… which has never meant much to me but it’s always nice to have a break. I’ve been reconnecting with my sketchbook, which has been lovely.

Happy new year!

nachle

I had every intention of completing this drawing of our family dancing. Some of our best days are when the hubbahubba puts on a record and our daughter demands that we get up to dance (mostly to chaiyya chaiyya). Like many things this year, though, I did not have enough time. So I share it in its raw sketchy state as it still captures our joy.

It’s been a strange, exhausting year. Aside from sharing PASHMINA across the country, creatively the best art I shared were my free resistance coloring pages. Most of my other work I cannot share yet. In fact one of my projects, a picture book titled I WILL BE FIERCE was just announced.

For the first time in my years of working independently, I am taking 2 full weeks off for the holidays. Not working late on Christmas eve, not missing catching up with friends and family and taking a much needed mental break.

Thank you for all your support & shares. I hope you have happy, warm holidays.

 

baloo bedtime

an artist’s life

I want to believe that my thoughts are these cute, encouraging creatures. Ones that push me to create and succeed. But I know they’re a bit more sinister.

My thoughts have been racing as I learn about publishing and being an author. As an illustrator I was protected from the constant reviews, awards and opportunities that are either had or not. The insecurities around other authors. The scrutiny of my work, my words and my choices. I fight myself and my thoughts to keep creating.

Because I want to believe in this vision of an artist’s life. That it’s full of love, color and hope. I want to believe that for our country, our world as well.

So I focus on the things I can control – making good art and good stories. And I live with my cute, sinister thoughts and try not to let them swallow me whole.


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i’m home

It’s been awhile since I’ve drawn for myself. Hope to squeeze a few more in before the end of the year.

I hope you have a warm weekend!

the optimist

The optimist – SOLD

All inktober drawings are available for purchase if you’re the first to contact me. They measure 2.5×3.5 on bristol board made with a combination of brush pen, gold paint, and a dash of colerase pencils. I will update the post when they’re gone!

inktober

The free spirit ($45, available)

The adventurer (sold)

Inktober is one of my favorite artist community activities. I will participate as much as I can this year (not daily because I’ll be on the road most of the month). Here’s my first two… it’s been a very long time since I’ve drawn things just for fun. It feels very, very good.

All inktober drawings are available for purchase if you’re the first to contact me. They measure 2.5×3.5 on bristol board made with a combination of brush pen, gold paint, and a dash of colerase pencils. I will update the post when they’re gone!