Saturday, April 5, 2014

Latest Rumpus illustrations:

Tender Buttons Pleasure Emporium
http://therumpus.net/2014/03/funny-women-113-tender-buttons-pleasure-emporium/

Gasp! Ink.

M.A.S.H. for Adults
http://therumpus.net/2014/04/funny-women-114-m-a-s-h-for-adults/

No Children. One Cat. Ink and gouache.

Dream Job Depression Spiral. Ink and gouache. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I have two more Rumpus sets to post, one that was up on the Rumpus last Tuesday and one that is coming up next Tuesday. So those are incoming.

BUT! What I'm really excited about is the art class I'm taking right now and I'm going to start posting projects from that class. Starting...today. What's been interesting about the class, which is called Critique and Creative Process, and is extremely freeform, is that I've only made sculptures in the class. As an artist I feel like I used to identify more as a painter but haven't felt into painting as much over the past few years and it's been super fun to just follow my whim and use whatever medium I want for each project.

As much as it kills me I'm not going to post these sequentially. So to start here's two. We were given the prompt to choose a symbol and in preparation for the main piece about the symbol, we were to create two small projects about the symbol sort of as a meditation on the symbol.

Hammer. Nails and wood. 


Beating Like a Hammer. Cardboard box, markers, paint.

After creating these two starting-off pieces, I created the main symbol piece. I had chosen the hammer as my symbol for 2 reasons:
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl-yszPdRTk
Pete Seeger. Dreamy.
2. A Step Along the Way - prayer that I'm going to post here, because it's beautiful.

A Step Along the Way
Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. 

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No program accomplishes the Church's mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.



Here's the final piece:

Wooden crate, clay, candles. 


Saturday, March 8, 2014


My latest Rumpus illustrations were for a posting in the Funny Women column positing how the classics would be different were they written by a Buddhist nun (read it here). Below we have Anna Karenina and Moby Dick.

Within Anna Karenina. Gouache and Ink.


Unbalanced! Said the Whale. Gouache and Ink.


Also! The delay in getting these posted is due to me having a little less time because I'm taking an art class at Berkeley City College. The class is called "Critique and Creative Process" and in it students are allowed to use whatever medium they'd like and it's a great class. So, SOON, I hope to start posting photos of what I'm working on in that class, which'll be a nice change of pace because so far most of my work in the call has been sculptures. Keep an eye out in the next week or two for BCC-themed posts!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The latest two Funny Women posts have been about people getting scary over weddings and ghosts. I recommend reading both. They are posted here: http://therumpus.net/2013/12/funny-women-111-about-our-impending-nuptials/  and here: http://therumpus.net/2014/01/funny-women-112-reasons-i-might-be-dead/

Here are the illustrations from both. I'll let you guess which illustrations are from which story.

Melody and Hank's DOOM WEDDING. Gouache and ink. 

Butterflies in your stomach. The good kind. Gouache and ink.

Ghosts don't NEED toilet paper. Gouache and ink.


Ghost Toast. Gouache and ink.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

I haven't posted in forever! Just tonight, as I work on the latest illustrations for the yet-to-be-published, will-be-published-on-Tuesdsay, Funny Women column, did I realize I hadn't posted the past two Funny Women illustrations. So this post is a long one. Get ready.

At the end of October I illustrated Funny Women #109, Epicurious.com: Reader Comments (http://therumpus.net/2013/10/funny-women-109-epicurious-com-reader-comments/). After googling Epicurious.com, to see what it was, I started illustrating, and ended up with these:

UN-AMERICAN PEPPERS! Gouache and ink.


The Introspective Recipe. Gouache and ink.

Next in mid-November was Funny Women #110: Ten Billion Tips to Becoming a Better Writer, which was a delightful read and made me laugh out loud several times (http://therumpus.net/2013/11/funny-women-110-ten-billion-tips-to-becoming-a-better-writer/).

Write!1!! Gouache and ink.

Sometime in the next two weeks I will post the Funny Women illustrations I'm wrapping up tonight. Though I am very much enjoying being the illustrator for this column (an entire column to myself!), the content tends to be different than the regular Rumpus content, and I miss illustrating the heartfelt, raw, honest content that is found on the main Rumpus page. In a time when irony and cynicism are trendy, I think there's something special about the authors who show up willing to be vulnerable and sincere on that page.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

 The latest Funny Women has arrived! FUNNY WOMEN # 108: Terms and Conditions for Watching Your Stuff, by Eliza Berman.

You can read the column here: http://therumpus.net/2013/10/funny-women-108-terms-and-conditions-for-watching-your-stuff/

I only did one illustration for this one, which features the arm of the barista the author has been "eye-fucking." Which this is the official first time the word "fuck" has appeared in this blog! A big day for us all.

Better Things to do. Ink.

Monday, September 30, 2013

The latest Funny Women column did a spoof of a few literary classics - giving them a few revisions that would make them worthy for Lifetime.

You can read the article here: http://therumpus.net/2013/09/funny-women-107-lifetime-does-the-classics/

Turns out the timing of this column ended up being one of those perfect pieces-of-life overlappings. I'm currently reading Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (and loving it. If you haven't yet read it I highly highly recommend it!!) in which Daisy Miller and Jane Austen play key roles and Jane Eyre is mentioned.

Illustrations below:

The Dreaded Love Square! Gouache and Ink.
 
Gouache and ink.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Illustrations for the latest Funny Women were posted yesterday!

Check them out here:
http://therumpus.net/2013/09/funny-women-106-gay-wedding-vows/

Radioactive. Gouache and Ink.



Celebration. Gouache and ink.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I'm now illustrating for the Funny Women column on the Rumpus website. Here is my first Funny Women set of illustrations for Funny Women #105: Reflections of the Boyfriend of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, by Barbara Holm.

http://therumpus.net/2013/08/funny-women-105-reflections-of-the-boyfriend-of-a-manic-pixie-dream-girl/

Weed Tape. Gouache and Ink.

Even cooks in her underwear! Gouache and Ink.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

RUMPUS illustrations for a story called "After a Fashion" by Lad Tobin. The most entertaining writing I've read about fashion...ever, probably. I don't tend to read about fashion. Unless the writing is written by Tim Gunn. But I feel like if it is written by Tim Gunn, the writing is probably less about fashion and more using fashion as a tool for helping you find yourself, or encouraging you to "make it work." :) Ah Tim.

I digress. Here is the link to the essay and my illustrations: http://therumpus.net/2013/07/after-a-fashion/

And in case you're lazy, here are the images:

Confident, Urbane Adult! Gouache and Ink.




What to wear...? Ink.

One step closer to Me. Gouache and Ink.