I worked on these fun and cheeky Valentine’s Day cards for Bedsider, an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private non-profit organization. I’ve been working on a few little things for them (more coming when they go live!) and was really excited to get to work on these hilarious cards. Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, there’s something here for you. Additionally, I’m so on board with Bedsider and their work to educate and empower young women about their reproductive choices, especially among the kind of pushback that’s being experienced these days. I’m really proud to be working with them. And these cards were just really fun to draw!
Hey, 2015! So, yes, I am terrible at updating a blog regularly. Oh well. Moving on! I wanted to show some recent paper dolls I made that haven’t made it onto my main portfolio site yet. Names have been removed for privacy since these are all drawings of real people. I love doing these–they are so fun to draw, and I love seeing all the little personal touches that people ask to add and how they are used. One of these was used as a couple’s Save The Date, one was an anniversary gift, one was used as a bridal shower party game–the bride’s sister printed a copy for each of the attendees and had contests for whoever came up with the wildest outfits! So fun.
If you’d like to order your own, you can do so through my Etsy store here…
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.
Go see everybody else’s awesome work here!
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.
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:
Dreamy Joshua Tree airbnb — Bianca’s got better photos of this weekend but that pool was glorious
The tiniest peek at Deborah Murphy’s amazing house from the Los Angeles Walks fundraiser
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.
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!
Hop on over to BC Footwear to see some little vignettes I drew about Spring things we love…picnicking kitties & more! Happy Spring!