Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pinwheel dress

Project runway inspired.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Shark Farts

I am waiting for responses from important people about my book. I am waiting so poorly that I check my gmail and yahoo mail every 20 minutes. It is not healthy, but I can't help it. I am trying to stay busy which is not particularly hard, but still I find time to obsess. I wish they would put me out of my misery by just saying something even if it is "I'm not interested."

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monkey on your back

New greeting card!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Tree House

(IF: Wilderness)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Urban Wilderness

This is what I think of when I think of urban gardens.
I think I have become completely obsessed with row houses.
(IF: Wilderness)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Row Houses and a Crayon

Yay, for time consuming obsessive illustrations!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Constrained proportions

IF: Confined

I took a bit of a hiatus to work on holiday cards, gifts, and the new totes but I am back. It felt really good to pick up a pencil again.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The good, the bad, and the squirrel

I have been very stressed out lately due to my new responsibilities at Joe. I am working with 3 of the 5 stores to get the drip bars up and running. (The drip bar makes one cup of coffee at a time to ensure the freshest and cleanest cup. The drip bar uses the pour over method.) So I thought I would have some time to get this thing going, but "someone important" is coming to one of the 3 stores to text out the drip bar next week. I do not know if I am allowed to say who so I won't, but let's just say something written could come out of his experience. So anyway, I had this week to get it all together. Usually this would not be an issue, but we are understaffed because the students are away, a taught two classes that I needed time to prepare for, I had to get the designs out for the new tote bags (yes new and awesome totes), and I needed to print The Ugly Sweater for a literary agent interested in seeing it.

All these things are exciting, but time consuming and I have not had to deal with real stress since graduating PC.

I was waiting on the Ugly Sweater from Lulu and it was very anti-climactic. The process takes about 2 weeks; which is a really long time in my world, and when it got here is was completely mis-paginated. Their online publishing program is not very intuitive and there is no one to tell you if you have done something wrong (unless you want to pay a lot more) so it just did not work. I might try again, but I was pretty bummed. I was trying to avoid printing it myself.
I was recently told one cannot get a book published without having a literary agent, so I was getting ready to compile a list of agents and have Ester help me write query letters as she has done it before and is rep'd by a very fancy literary agency. As I thinking all this over I received an email from a gentleman at a fancy literary agency who said he saw my work up at Joe, saw I referenced a children's book on my website, and wanted to know if I had a literary agent.
So, I have been halling ass to get him spreads of the book so he has something to look at and so I can stop thinking about it.
By the time this day is over I think I will not have a brain left in my head.
I am excited, but I do just want some time to paint. I have been doing all the leg work, which sucks away all my drawing time. Also, once this is out I have to keep working to keep my mind off the possibility of failure. The folks at Penguin publishing looked at my portfolio and thought "my animals read better than my people" for children's books. I know this does not mean the end of the world, but really what demographic does my work appeal to? Oy, I could go in a circle with this thinking.
Ok, enough self doubt, off to be productive for the sake of my sanity.
If anyone has ideas how I become the next Paul Frank of squirrels let me know.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Tortoise and the Hair

mwah hah hah!

Numb face warm brain

I saw a guy in union square selling illustrations of high heels. They were just high heels and I thought, "where's the joke?" So I started finding the joke and I think I will be doing a bunch of bird pumps...and maybe some other animals. Also, I saw a woman wearing something like this in a fashion spread and thought I would make her fiercer.
Is 21 degrees outside and there are wind gusts making it feel like 6....if the weather is going to be like Sweden I would rather be IN SWEDEN! I mean really.