Oxygen is teaming up with some illustrators for their new show Sisterhood of Hip Hop, and I was pretty stoked to get to make some paper dolls of the five rappers featured on the show. I know very little about hip hop, but it’s been a dream of mine to be asked to watch TV.
And I’ve watched a lot of the reality shows out there, admittedly, and it’s hard to find one that isn’t full of bad role models that you have to just write off as a “guilty pleasure”. So I was really glad to see one that is actually about skilled, real people that are complex, passionate and serious about something for a change. And though I don’t know if I’m doing it right ( Oxygen, guys.. is this.. what do you mean don’t talk right at y… ), I’m honored to get to promote something I can get behind.  
Plus, it’s got a lot of great paper-doll-ready outfits and hats.    
New episode tonight, 9/8c on Oxygen!     #sisterhoodofhiphop High-res

Oxygen is teaming up with some illustrators for their new show Sisterhood of Hip Hop, and I was pretty stoked to get to make some paper dolls of the five rappers featured on the show. I know very little about hip hop, but it’s been a dream of mine to be asked to watch TV.

And I’ve watched a lot of the reality shows out there, admittedly, and it’s hard to find one that isn’t full of bad role models that you have to just write off as a “guilty pleasure”. So I was really glad to see one that is actually about skilled, real people that are complex, passionate and serious about something for a change. And though I don’t know if I’m doing it right ( Oxygen, guys.. is this.. what do you mean don’t talk right at y… ), I’m honored to get to promote something I can get behind.  

Plus, it’s got a lot of great paper-doll-ready outfits and hats.    

New episode tonight, 9/8c on Oxygen!     #sisterhoodofhiphop

This week’s New York Times Magazine spot is one of the weirder, more troubling ones of recentabout a scientist who invited a spray that will momentarily “freeze” his dog into a non-barking state.  …Here’s to hoping he tried it on himself first.

I’ve had the pleasure of working on a few different things this year for GX: The Guard Experience, the publication of the National Guard.  And each time, AD Dustin McNeal lets me try out a few new responsibilities.  This time, having a go at an entire feature (a first for me). *gulp*  Including the lettering for the opener and accompanying spreads, and a handful of interesting step illustrations showing you how to survive in the wild.  Pretttttty nervous anytime the ratio shifts towards equal parts illustration and design, but fortunately, those beautiful photos tend to distract the eye.  Either way, really happy with the result, and excited to try some new stuff out.

It’s 10AM and I’m on the hunt for fall candles.  F#*% you, August! F#*% you, cart! High-res

It’s 10AM and I’m on the hunt for fall candles. F#*% you, August! F#*% you, cart!

I'm illustrating a children's book. It's my first time, my clients are expecting a lot, and I'm, well, not much. Any advice for a 15-year old start up?

Asked by
harkthemysticalmagicalloser

Haha, I’m so glad you asked, because right now I know exactly how you feel.  I’m working for a new client that, well, is a bit more responsibility that I’m used to, and definitely feeling the pressure.  So, if you don’t mind, I’ll take this time to give us both a little advice.

Firstly, congrats on the project! Your first line of defense in feeling prepared enough is just that.  You (we) got the project.  Someone somewhere saw your work or at the very least trusted you could pull it off, and just knowing that can get you (us) over the hump of worrying about it and into actually working on it.

Something to think about is that, 15, 30, 45, any age you are as an “artist” (this includes actors, musicians, writers, etc.), there won’t be a time where you fully stop doubting the quality of your work.  And there’s a lot to be said about being confident and going full-steam ahead not worrying about it, but I think the best artists DO have some doubt.  I think that’s how you get better, if every time you make something, there’s something about it that makes you say “Next time, I won’t make THAT mistake”.  I want every project I do to be the best thing I’ve ever done.  But as far as I can tell, it’s a slow climb and you only get a little better each time.

So, there’s a little bit of comfort in knowing, whether you make something good, great, or not so good at all, in 10 years you’ll be 10 years better of an artist and hate it anyway:)

As for getting into the actual project! The best advice I’ve heard recently is from the creator of the TV show Arrested Development (Mitch Hurwitz).  He says that he made something unique by knowing what his strengths and his weaknesses were.  He made something BASED on his limitations.  ”I couldn’t write the best jokes, but I could write the most jokes” (paraphrasing here).  To give an illustration example, I’m not the best at drawing really cool action scenes.  Anytime someone’s doing a lot of moving around, it’s obvious I don’t know much about anatomy and it looks weird.  I stay away from it when I can.  So, when I’m not confident, I stick to the things I know I’m better at.  I’m alright at portraits.  And I can draw someone standing still, and I can draw them standing still again somewhere else.  And I can draw their clothes, and maybe a lamp.  Maybe another lamp.  I can pretty much draw something just sitting there, boring and still.  Not a very exciting drawing, and there’s really no point or use to it.  But if I put all those things together, throw in some jokes and dotted lines, all of a sudden it’s a fun paper doll, and now it’s an illustration with a point to it.  There’s a million ways to draw the same thing.  So, if you’re better with drawing big, sprawling landscapes, but not so good at drawing people, then fill this baby up with some beautiful landscapes.  Make it from an angle that’s unique to you, something you know you can pull off, and before you realize it, you have that forever sought-after-thing called “a style”.     

So, as you start on this children’s book (and I start on my project), remember you (we) were good enough to get the job; whether it’s great or not so great, you’ll (we’ll) be way better in 10 years anyway; and as long as you’re drawing the way you like to draw, you (we) will probably nail it:)

Made this after following the insanity in Ferguson last night… From showing up with SWAT gear and sniper rifles to arresting REPORTERS on site, the authorities there are making it more and more obvious there’s something to cover up. High-res

Made this after following the insanity in Ferguson last night… From showing up with SWAT gear and sniper rifles to arresting REPORTERS on site, the authorities there are making it more and more obvious there’s something to cover up.