May 5, 2016

Now Available: Quail Print!

A few people have requested it, so I decided to make my quail painting from a couple months back into a print. It's 5x7, making it easy to frame, and printed on premium matte paper with archival inks.

April 7, 2016

New Hats in the Shop!

Recently added a few new hats to the shop. We’re finally getting a few colder days here in LA. I’m still planning on retiring my knitting needles for good at the end of this year. For now, I’ll still be making things until the yarn runs out.

March 29, 2016

New: Cutie Mayo Mini Painting

I've been working on more mini paintings for the shop lately. It's a great exercise to keep me constantly making new work. They're also super affordable (typically $30–40) so anyone can own at original.

March 26, 2016

New Bunny Dumpling Print

Sometimes when I get stuck on what I should paint, I revisit old ideas. I thought about how popular my dumpling pieces for Grumpy Bert's Red Envelope Show were and decided to do a different version of them. The pieces from the show sold and no prints will be made from them, so I thought this newer variation would be great for anyone who wants to own a similar piece.

March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I've kinda been obsessed with mice lately. I've been putting the little guys in almost every one of my drawings. I think a lot of has to do with feeling small. So, often times, I'll depict the mouse being helpful or kind to others. I think even the smallest acts of kindness can make a huge difference in someone's day. 

So here's a little mouse bringing his lion friend a little luck, because we can all use a little luck sometimes.
 Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 16, 2016

New Prints in the Shop!

It's been a while since I've released any new prints. So here's a few, including two prints in the new 8x10 size! There's also a Spring Sale going on in the shop! Get 20% off your order with code: LUCKYYOU. Check it out!

New: Puppy Face Dish

I've been working on some new ceramics for the shop. Working with clay has been an old love of mine, but due to lack of resources I haven't been able to do it for a while. But now I have access to my friend's tiny studio, so I'll be making more new stuff soon. The first of many new ceramics to come is this Puppy Face Dish. Available in the shop now!

March 2, 2016

February 19, 2016

Hey Ladies Preview

Here's a sneak peek at one of my new pieces for Co-LAb Gallery's one-year anniversary show, Hey Ladies. The show opens next Saturday, February 27th 7–10pm. So if you're in the LA area, stop by!

I also plan on giving this blog a little bit of a long-overdue makeover. It's time for a new look.

February 6, 2016

Panda Weekend Reading

I've been working on a few small & affordable original paintings. Here's a panda reading a book on gymnastics. Now available in the shop!

January 7, 2016

New Things & Do-Overs

One of the things that has been on my to-do list for a while has been re-doing my Hello Hotcakes card. It was one of my favorite cards in my shop but I wasn’t happy with the image quality. I learned very quickly that colored pencil doesn’t really scan all that well. As you can see below…
During its run, it sold pretty well. I mean, what’s not to like? It’s pancakes and butter and syrup and butter. But the biggest reason I wanted to redo it is: my work doesn’t look like that anymore. This card is almost two years old, and my work has evolved since then. So I’ve been wanting to give it a facelift so that it would fit with the rest of my work.
One of my serious goals for 2016 is to get more comfortable with digital drawing/painting. Yeah, my degree is in graphic design but I’m mostly skilled in typegraphy, vectors, and shit. Stuff like this was considered too “fine art” or “illustration” to be taught in the department. As if having a wide range of skills was a bad thing. And due to state budget cuts, I was restricted to staying within my major’s curriculum. (That’s the shitty thing about going to state universities, but I could never afford to go to a place like Art Center. But that’s a story is for another day.)
Here’s tonight’s progress with the messy sketch layer turned on so you can kinda see what it’s supposed to look like.

Hand-lettering the final version of “Hello Hotcakes!” isn’t going to happen until near the end. And here’s what it looks like with the sketch layer turned off…
I still have quite a bit of work to do on it, including the final lettering and final line drawing that will give it structure.