I did this illustration for the Library Journal in August for the September issue. It was actually a bit of an adventure into the old school techniques that I hadn’t used in ages. I almost always draw my final line art on paper with pen and ink but over the last several years I’ve been doing all of sketches digitally. It’s way easier and faster to revise digital sketches than paper ones. This time that was not an option. I traveling with the intent of being on “vacation” so I left my laptop at home. I was crashing at a friends house in L.A. getting ready to exhibit at the Longbeach Zine Fest. It was a good job and I didn’t want to pass on it- so I always carry a good drawing kit with me. I broke out the pencils and went to work on a dining room table. I used my phone to snap photos to send to the art director. After the zine fest it was off the Las Vegas for a friends birthday and goodbye to a vast dining room table to the worlds smallest hotel vanity desk in which I finished the sketches. I did a lot of sketches for this job. somewhere around 15!. I think because I was traveling and balancing work with fun, I just wasn’t getting the concept. The other hard part was I’d only have 2 days to do the final when I got back to Hawaii. Well, it got done, not ideally but life is often not ideal.
Packing my bags with Zines, Comics, and Silkscreen Prints as I get ready to exhibit at the Long Beach Zinefest this Sunday in sunny California! I’ll be at table #78 right next to my favorite Californians PorkBelly Comics!
I’m really looking forward to this festival! If you’re any where near Long Beach I hope to see you there!
In between pages of KITTENS #3, I’ve been practicing my watercolors. I’m still pretty rusty but it’s been a lot of fun. This one is inspired by the Monstero plants that grow all over the east side of the Big Island. I’ll be doing more of these!
It’s been awhile since I’ve watercolored anything. I’m definitely a bit rusty. I’m planning to do a series of small paintings inspired by new Hawaiian home to hone my skills and explore this lush, beautiful place. I had forgotten some basic techniques as I progressed through this painting, I think mainly due to making so many silkscreens prints which is a completely different process. Well, either way, this was fun. Stay tuned for more!
I’m off to LA to exhibit at one of my favorite festivals of all time! If you’re in LA and dig indy press then this should not be missed! All the important info is above but find out more here!
I’ll have tons of my work available- zines, comics, hand printed silk screen prints! Come by and check it out!
Back in New York city for the MoCCA Festival and it’s great to be back… except that it’s cold, mind you not New York City cold- not the evil cold that seeps through any jacket, any parka, gloves, or hat, making you question whether you’re going to make it back to your apartment cold. Just normal NYC cold which after living in Hawaii for the last eight months might as well be Arctic circle cold.
The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at the luxurious and modern Metropolitan West located on West 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. Tickets will be $5 at the door.
I’ll be at table G 231, G 232 with my old studiomates Anuj Shrestha and Jen Tong. Come check us out!
I’m debuting a brand spanking new silkscreen print for the occasion!
And now it’s back up. Obviously. So, if you’ve had emails sent to webmail via my website that have bounced back at you, they should go through now. This was all due to defunct email account I no longer use but had originally set up my domain with and exceptional web security- so exceptional that it made it very, very, very difficult to renew my domain. I appreciate the security, but it would have been nice if we got to alternative verification much sooner (even that was a comedy of errors)
I’ll be participating in the Pecha Kucha event “Ink” on February 17th(tomorrow, I know, should have totally posted this sooner). I’ll be one of ten artists, poets, and creative types presenting their thoughts, works, and concepts associated with “ink”. I’m the sixth presenter so come on by to check it out!
I don’t often post my storyboarding work for advertising but this was the last big gig I drew onsite at 1st. Avenue Machine before I left New York to move to Hawaii.
These are from the Facebook Friendship Anniversary video that features you and a friend or your friends and appears in you feed. Here are some of the frames that made the cut (there were a lot that didn’t, but that’s how it works!). I had no idea that the final product would be so prominent or turn out as cool as it did! I shouldn’t be surprised, Director Aaron Duffy, who I’ve been lucky to work with a few times, has a made really exceptional music videos and commercials. Enjoy the storyboards and hopefully you and one of your besties turns up in your feed!
Sorry for the radio silence! Moving is time consuming and frustrating- Moving from Brooklyn to Hilo, Hawaii was that times a gazillion. My studio stuff is still somewhere floating in the Pacific on it’s way here. Hawaii as you can imagine is pretty sweet- I’m definitely going to have find my Oregon country boy roots and shake off the city slicker that I’ve been for the last 20 years!
I currently illustrating another book in the “Guts & Glory” line for Little Brown and that is going well! I’m also prepping “Kittens” #3! Along with some limited edition Kittens Prints- hope to have those for Short Run in Seattle this fall.
Above is Kika form the Kittens catching some waves while rocking out- normally she plays the base but when on a board she rocks a guitar! This will be one of 3 prints I’ll do of each of the Kittens in their new home!