japan travel thoughts and LA Times festival of books

I’ve dreamt of traveling to Japan most of my life.

Traveling for us is a huge undertaking financially, emotionally and physically. I am grateful for every trip we’ve managed and Japan was a dream come true. The culture and art has influenced my work and life so deeply. Between Tokyo, Kyoto and jet lag, it was a whirlwind. I only had a few moments to draw which I’ve included below. My schedule for the rest of the year is packed between work and travel… I hope in the fall I’ll be able to create more art inspired by our trip. I have so many ideas!

Meanwhile, I was interviewed on the Children’s book podcast about my bilingual board book, Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend. It’s my favorite interview of the year, if you have a moment check it out. Also, Matthew is hosting a giveaway for the book on his instagram.

Lastly, if you’re in the LA area this Saturday, please come by the LA Times Festival of Books. I will be there with copies of Pashmina, Shubh Raatri Dost and advance copies of I will be fierce for sale!!

That’s all from me now! I hope to see you at one of my upcoming events.

 

SF public library Thursday!

I’m working away on things I can’t share yet – but here’s a sneak peek!

I will be presenting about my path to art and comics at the San Francisco Public Library, Noe Valley branch this Thursday from 4-5pm as part of their women’s history month events. I hope to see you there!

Have a great week!

character designs

I’m buried in work. I break for family time between 5-8, then back to work til 10-11p every night through April and hopefully not May, but we’ll see! Meanwhile, sharing these rejected character designs.

I hope you have a lovely week!

baby shark

two unicorns

I’m exploring loose backgrounds. I love nature and gravitate towards those settings. I’m also working on comfort with the darkness that light creates – placing characters in shadow challenges me to let go of their importance (as story objects and as the parts of the drawing I spend the most time on).

In essence, I am working on harmony.

the llama life

sakura

I don’t have a lot of time these days. So I ignore email, trust my instincts and draw direct in photoshop without sketching (!!) and try not to erase. Results will vary but this is how I want to push myself as an artist. I learn each time I finish something – inking 200 pages is teaching me every day. These warm ups are giving me needed freedom and joy.

winter wonder

shubh raatri dost soon!

Happy new year!

It’s less than a month away from the release of my bilingual board book, Shubh Raatri Dost / Good Night Friend! Raising a child bilingual/bicultural is wonderfully challenging. I created this board book with families like ours in mind. With the romanized Hindi on each page, both my husband and I can read this book to our child. You don’t need to know Hindi to utilize it.

We received advance copies of this book and it’s absolutely wonderful to see the effect in action. My daughter remembers the names of animals in Hindi better and says shubh raatri regularly.

I will be reading and signing the book at the Books Inc in Palo Alto on February 3rd.

Meanwhile I’m working away on my next graphic novel, Jukebox, and some unannounced projects. It’s going to be a busy and fun year!

I hope to see some of you at my upcoming events!

 

diwali family

happy, happy diwali everyone!