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Myrtle FW13 Lookbook

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I’m so excited to share my most recent project, an illustrated lookbook for the super cute Echo Park boutique Myrtle. I’m thrilled to be in such good company as the other illustrators, Tuesday Bassen, Ellen Surrey, Gracie Chai, Mayumi Nose and Kimberly Ellen Hall.

This was a really cool one to work on (obvs, I dearly love drawing girls wearing clothes) and I think the finished lookbook is fantastic. It’s always fun to have a project where you get free reign, and I’m loving seeing how each artist interpreted the outfits. We all have such distinct styles.

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Go see everybody else’s awesome work here!


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Catching up

Oh what, it’s been six months since I last wrote a blog post? Nuh uh….well I guess it didn’t really matter seeing as the blog link on my site has been broken since the launch. OH WELL LIFE GOES ON. Here is what I have been doing in that life! First cool thing, I made paper dolls of the Man Repeller! They were part of a pre-order marketing ploy for her new book from Grand Central Publishing, but now that it’s on sale and you can just regular order, I can show you the finished product. It was very fun to draw all her repellent outfits and I love that I got to make a paper doll wear white socks.

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Other than a fun private commission for a wedding invite that I’ve already added to my portfolio site, I haven’t been too busy on the illustration front. I finally got a fulltime job (textile design for swimwear) which has been frankly a relief from two years of chasing down the next freelance gig, and I’ve been adjusting to that routine again. I wish I didn’t have such a long commute and I wish dearly I could still bike to work, but I’ve discovered that my office is near some of the best food in the Southland (what’s up, tiny sushi place with only six things on the menu that wraps your takeout like a present complete with printed paper and ribbon) so it’s a fair trade-off. I went out of town a lot (Pennsylvania, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Joshua Tree, Catalina Island, um, Irvine…), and I moved! I’m still in LA, just a new neighborhood to explore now–so far I have found a chandelier tree, fairytale houses, a miniature lending library, a ton of awesome friendly dogs, and I’m pretty sure I saw Bubbles from the Wire jogging in front of my house (definitely saw him and Kima hanging out IRL at the restaurant he owns nearby). After 4 years of staying put I forgot how time consuming it is to settle into a new place! Things are starting to fall into order though and I have a new fun project in the works that I can share soon. I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things but in the meantime here’s some sketchin’ from my travels:

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Dreamy Joshua Tree airbnb — Bianca’s got better photos of this weekend but that pool was glorious

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The tiniest peek at Deborah Murphy’s amazing house from the Los Angeles Walks fundraiser

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Exhausted boyfriend sleeping in a casino in Vegas after winning third place in his kung fu tournament #braggingbyproxy

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One of many backyard/driveway barbeques — I believe at this one we made pizzas on the grill and they were ON POINT

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Ladies working on some serious island relaxation

I actually am at the end of this sketchbook–no more blank pages, not even weird ones with little thready sketches on them that I can draw over. My feels are sad/accomplished.


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Tammis Keefe

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One of my favorite illustrator/designers is Tammis Keefe (also sometimes known as Peg Thomas, a clever way she used to get around non-compete contracts, haha). I think I feel a special affinity to her as a fellow Californian textile designer, but I also just love her style and subjects. I love Vera too, like everybody else, but Tammis’ work is always a little weirder, a little more playful. She has her florals, but mostly she’s known for quirky illustrations of animals, people, circuses, balloons, locomotives & so on. There’s some great info on her here and here.

I had seen Supayana’s Etsy shop on a few different design & fashion blogs lately and fell in love with this cat print shirt she was offering. It felt very Tammis Keefe to me and I waaaanted it. I wasn’t sure the high-neck wide-sleeve version would be flattering on me though, so I messaged her asking if she’d be willing to make a custom size in the fabric for me. As it turned out, YES it was a Tammis Keefe print (looks like a few tribute prints were made by Michael Miller Fabrics but it doesn’t look like a lot of them are still available) and YES she could make me a custom shirt. It arrived today and I loooove it. The fabric is amazing (look at those cats! Aaahhh!) and the shirt itself is so well made and exactly the shape I wanted. I’m no fashion blogger, but I’m so happy with it I had to share how it turned out.

There’s also a bunch of Tammis Keefe hankies and such on Etsy right now (and I’ve found a few of my own at flea markets). Check out that unicorn!

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1 / Gramily
2 / Splendor in the Trash
3 / At Home Modern
4 / Murdups
5 / Dr. Carrot
6 / Murdups
7 / Sweet Alice Loves You (another Alice–nice!)


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Smoky Eyes

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I am super excited to show you this latest illustration project! I was asked to do a portrait of Kristen Stewart for BUST Magazine. The illustration was directed by Lan Truong, and accompanies an article by Wendy McClure (of whom I’ve also been a longtime fan and highly recommend her book “I’m Not The New Me” as well as her hilarious collection of horrible diet recipe cards from the 70′s). I’ve been a huge fan of BUST since I was a teenager and always love how much illustration they feature, and I’m thrilled to now be in such good company. Go pick up your Dec/Jan issue NOW! Support BUST and marvel at my rendering of the K-Stew scowl!

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