Sunday, February 16, 2014

Whencesoe'er I came...

This baby we christened Octobook.

Jackie came over one day with this beautifully-engineered little thing and entrusted him into my care.

He was....challenging. Stubborn. Refused to submit to my authority. Sigh.
But I love this little guy.

You do your best to prepare the little ones for the real world and, with all your advanced worldly experience, you believe you've done what you can.

You reasonably expect your progeny to see clearly the path you've laid before them and to reverently partake of the wisdom you freely give--until, bit-by-bit, your carefully laid plans unravel and the wee little thing takes hold of his ever-strengthening faculties, dismisses your unsolicited assistance, and (by the power of his own fierce conviction) becomes a thing you could not have foreseen, could not have contrived, and would not have wanted to try to foresee or contrive if you could do it all over again because that would only ruin the delight of the surprise.

And so the artist unexpectedly finds herself a master, leading the vision, yet a servant, paradoxically, being led by it.

Whenceso'er I came / Whereso'er I go
The quote is from Moby Dick.

I pitched it to Jackie and she approved. I think it appropriately embodies the paradox of a character being led on by Fate while retaining his agency as a Hero--ever-willful and carving his own path; Fate be damned. It sounds contradictory and yet there it be. We demand that the Universe be linear, and the Universe, in turn, says "Screw you, puny human."

Who can fathom it.

We only cared to make 50, signed and sealed. You can purchase them here on Jackie's etsy shop. Object is smaller than it appears (a 3.5' square) but a warning: this is a very serious pop-up--not for the faint of heart.

medium: watercolor scanned and re-printed to cut, folded, and packaged between two slices of book board.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

holiday vii: christmas 2014 and some miscellany

Illustrious Colleague and I repeated last year's endeavors for this past Christmas' warm and fuzzy sharing and holiday cheer and all that crap.

This year it was a holiday version of an old favorite.

Again, Illustrious Colleague did the hard engineering part and I did the fun designing part. She says she prefers the engineering over the illustrating, but, in my myopic microcosm, I cannot comprehend people not liking the things I like and liking the things I don't like.

It's an "old favorite" because this was our first version. Think of the santa card as "Carriage Pop-up 2.0: the Holiday Edition."

The reindeer also propagated.

I may or may not have slipped them an aphrodisiac.

If you want any of the above, you may go bother Illustrious Colleague about it on her Etsy shop.
In retrospect, I probably should've blogged all this before the holiday season, but I can't seem to bring myself to care.

medium: sketches mostly done in pencil. some digital. everything else i's been a while.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

November Conventions!

November is imminent and with it comes our next trial-by-fire:




Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Friday, November 1 | 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 2 | 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 3 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Visit me & Jackie in Artist Alley, Table AA422!
You can purchase your tickets here!

Pasadena Convention Center
Exhibit Hall A & B
300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
Saturday, November 9 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, November 10 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Shake our hands and pat our heads at Table 325!
You can purchase your tickets here!

Burbank Marriott Convention Center
2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
Friday, November 15 | 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 16 | 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 17 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Will we make it to the end??
Whose cuisine will reign supreme?
Tune in at Table T084!
You can purchase your tickets here!


Friday, October 4, 2013

november conventions

I am very much a convention noobie (this year was my first year attending Comic-con!),
but, of all the conventions I've attended (grand totaling to a fearsome three),
APE is, by far, my favorite.

If you're in the Bay Area next weekend, I hope you'll drop by!
Illustrious colleague, Jackie Huang, and I will be at Tables 710 and 711
selling prints and books and cards and going punch-drunk giddy over
the debut of our latest collaboration!

APE 2013: Alternative Press Expo
Concourse Exhibition Center
835 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Saturday, October 12 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 13 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

You can purchase your convention badges here
or on site, day of.

Friday, August 9, 2013


Once a week for the past ten weeks, I had the inordinate pleasure of attending Motivarti's summer class Story in a Picture, which was taught by one of my favorite teachers from Art Center.  

This was the final I submitted to class: a triptych done with a neat technique I picked up from another artist that the teacher dubbed 2½-D.

Ha! I like it. 2½-D it is.

medium: pencil, digital, paper (in that order)

Friday, July 26, 2013

meet the gorgons

At Comic-con, our table was in between this guy and these guys--
which subsequently inspired this:


medium: pencil and marker and some ink here and there.....

Friday, July 12, 2013

Comic-con 2013

I am proud, humbled, and pleased to announce that this year
illustrious colleague, Jackie Huang, and I will be exhibiting
at Comic-con for the first time ever.

Come stop by for a "Hello, howdy-do?" if you have the breath for it.
We'll be in the Exhibitors section at Table F-09 or look us up
under Jackie Huang in the H-section of the Exhibitors catalogue!

Comic-con 2013
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101

Thursday, July 18 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday, July 19 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 20 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 21 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

(preview night: Wednesday, July 17)

Here we go!