Art Inc :: Global Book Release Event!



I’m super excited to announce that on August 12 from 5-6 pm, the official book release day for my latest book, Art Inc, Creative Live is hosting a LIVE book release event! The great news about this event is that a) it will be broadcast live, b) anyone in the world can participate because it will be online, and c) it’s free! If you are in the Bay Area, there are 50 tickets available to come to the studio audience (and I’ll be signing books after the broadcast — more on that in a minute).

In this intimate broadcast, I’ll be talking Meg Ilasco about my path to becoming a fine artist & illustrator, and the lessons I share in my latest book. You may know Meg as an amazing designer, illustrator, art director at Anthology Magazine, writer, founder of the “Inc” series, and serial entrepreneur. Meg also happens to be the editor of Art Inc. This is an opportunity to hear us talk writing the book, my personal story about becoming a working artist, the lessons I learned along the way, and more!

There are two ways for you to participate in this global book launch event!

1) RSVP to WATCH ONLINE: If you are not in the Bay Area OR cannot get to the event at the CreativeLive Studios on August 12, you can watch online. To get access, you’ll need to RSVP (which means signing up for a CreativeLive account if you don’t already have one, but that’s SUPER easy). You can RSVP here by clicking on the blue RSVP button on the right hand side of the screen.

2) SIGN UP TO BE PART OF THE LIVE AUDIENCE:  If you are in the Bay Area and would like to be part of the LIVE studio audience for this event and get your book signed after the talk from 6-7 pm (Chronicle will be selling copies if you don’t already have one), you can sign up for FREE tickets here.


Have a great Wednesday, friends!



Create Explore Discover Retreat


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For the past two years I have attended a really wonderful retreat in California! It’s called Create. Explore. Discover. and this year it’s happening October 24-26 at this gorgeous spot in Truckee.  Organized by the amazing Sarah Stevenson, this year retreat features workshops by such dynamic artists and craftspeople as Mati McDonough, Anne Weil, Andrea Jenkins and Courtney Cerruti, and I am so excited to attend again. I’m not teaching this year, but I will be giving a short talk and leading an evening activity! The rest of the time I’ll be taking some of the workshops myself.


The retreat includes insanely delicious food and wine (the most important thing, right?), fantastic art, photography and needlework classes, beautiful surroundings (complete with fall foliage) and the most comfortable beds in the universe! There is ample time for relaxing, too.



I’ll be there again this year and I hope you’ll join me! Through July 30 you can get 10% off your registration by using the code cedlc2014! Space at the retreat is limited, so sign up early before it sells out. If you live in the area, you can register for day passes too! You can register here.

Have a great Monday, friends!


ICON Roadshow :: Portland



Portland friends! I wanted to let you know I will be selling limited edition prints, note cards & tea towels and signing copies of my book Whatever You Are, Be a Good One at ICON’s Roadshow. Come by this Thursday, July 10th, 7-10pm at the Portland Art Museum. The event is open to the public (non-conference goers) without RSVP as space permits so get there early.

Happy Tuesday, friends!


Jessica Hische (& Me) at Hattery!



I’m really excited to tell you about a great event happening next week on Thursday, July 17 at 7 pm! Letterer, illustrator, and type designer extraordinaire Jessica Hische will be at Hattery in SF interviewing some of San Francisco’s coolest creatives. And I’ll also be there there to interview Jessica as part of the program.

You’ve seen Jessica’s work —in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, campaigns for Tiffany, American Express, Nike, and Samsung, and online web sensations — and now you can spend the evening with her. She’ll present interviews, stories, tutorials, and more around her chosen theme of Vices and Virtues. Topics include the story of a mystery millionaire hiding $100 bills around San Francisco, how to make a scotch cocktail while ruminating on the historical significance of booze in the city, and the rise of caffeine culture and why we need it.

Hattery brings thinkers, creators, authors, leaders, and other clever people together for talks and workshops that inspire and foster new thought. This is the first in a series of Guest Editor events at Hattery in which luminaries from culture, technology, and the arts curate evenings of discussion, experience, and fun centered on their favorite things. Space is limited, so get your tickets before they sell out here!


Have a happy Monday, friends.


Professional Illustration Class in SF :: Registration Open



Hello friends! I wanted to let you know that I’ve added a new Professional Illustration class to the calendar in San Francisco, this time on August 6 in the evening. Just $60 and you can register here.

Through the class I offer information on the life & work of the freelance illustrator, different illustration markets, and tips on how to successfully promote your work to garner consistent, fun, paying illustration & licensing work.

Space is limited & filling up quickly, so sign up early!

Have a great Wednesday!


Los Angeles Book Signing & Show Preview!




Friends, as you may know, this coming Saturday, I am having a book signing and show at the POKETO Flagship store in LOS ANGELES from 5-8 pm.

Today I’m going to share with you the 20 original paintings and six limited edition prints that will be available at the event.  That evening, I’ll be signing copies of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, and we’ll also be selling 20 of my small original paintings (pictured below) and six different limited edition prints (scroll down to see those). Original paintings and prints will be available first to folks who come to the opening//signing and then at 8 pm on the 14th, whatever hasn’t sold will go up for sale on the Poketo website.

You can RSVP for the event here on Facebook (though it’s not necessary to RSVP — just come!)… Either way, I hope to see you there!

Here is a preview of the 20 small 6×9 inch paintings on paper, which will all be for sale for $60 each. (Excuse the wonky iPhone images for now!):


And here is a preview of the six limited edition prints. They are all editions of 20, 11×14 inches, printed on German etching paper, signed and numbered. They are $50 each:







Have a great Tuesday.  Los Angeles, I’ll see you Saturday!


New York Recap No. 2 :: Class & Book Signing



One of the most enjoyable parts of my latest adventure to New York City was teaching my Professional Illustration Class at the new Makeshift Society in Brooklyn. It was a packed house and we chatted for over two hours about the life & work of a professional illustrator — how to build your career, executing assignments, contracts & billing, staying organized, agents, self promotion and more. I’m teaching the same class in San Francisco next week, and that class is sold out, but I plan to add a class in August, so stay tuned! I have added an August class! Register here.


The following evening I had a book signing for Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, also at Makeshift Society.


Grace Bonney and my wife Clay getting are all smiles getting ready to sell books before the event!


The thing I love most about book signings is connecting with people – and book signings are always a beautiful combination of familiar and unfamiliar faces. Below I’m chatting with my friend Carrie, who I’ve known online for years but had never met in person. It was a highlight!


Kimberly showed up to have her book signed and also showed me one of my flower drawings she had tattooed on her arm! Here I am taking a photo of it.


Rachel, one of my oldest and dearest friends who now lives in New York came and I was so excited to see her!


I could not have gotten through the evening without the help of Bryan and Cait at Makeshift Society, my wife Clay, and the help of my friends Grace and Julia, pictured below, who sold books as I signed them.


If you live in the Los Angeles Area, my next book signing is June 14 at Poketo! I’d love very much to see you there. I’ll be sharing more information about that event next week. You can RSVP here.

Have a happy Thursday, friends!



NYC, Here I Come!



Every May I travel to New York City for Design Week.  I didn’t go last year because it was the week before my wedding, but I’ve been going for many years. I leave tomorrow for 10 days and I’m bursting with excitement. I love New York so much! I’m hoping to post some photos of our adventures here next week.

If you live in or around New York and you want to say hello, I’ll be having a book signing at Makeshift Society Brooklyn on Thursday, May 22, from 6:30-9 pm. You can get the address and all the info here. I’d love to see you there.

I’m also teaching a class on May 21 about the business side of Illustration. I think there are a few spots left. You can learn more about that & register here.

Have a great weekend, everyone! I’ll see you in New York!


Book Signing and Show in Los Angeles



Friends, I’m so excited to let you know that I’ll be signing copies of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One at Poketo in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 14 from 5-8 pm! Accompanying the signing, I’ll also be having a show of limited edition prints and small originals, all featuring hand lettering. Closer to the event, I’ll be giving you a sneak peek at some of the artwork that will be available.

You can RSVP on the Facebook event page here to let us know you’re coming, though it’s not necessary to RSVP!

Happy Wednesday!


Oakland Book Signing This Saturday!



Friends, I’m having another Bay Area signing, and this one is in my current home town of Oakland! Come out to Nathan & Company’s College Avenue shop this Saturday, May 3, any time between 1-2:30, and I’ll be there to say hello and sign your copy (the store will have copies on hand for purchase). Oh, and Wilfredo will be making a special appearance at this signing, so if you’d like to meet him (or me), now’s your chance!

Have a great week!


Embrace the Abyss Talk :: Now Online




Many of you have been asking about the talk I’ve been giving over the last couple of months called Embrace the Abyss and Other Lessons, and a recording of it is now online. This version was recorded last week at TYPO International Design Conference in San Francisco, where I gave the talk for the last time (I’ve also previously given versions of the same talk at the Nevada Museum of Art in February and at as the keynote address at Craftcation Conference in early April). Here it is (gulp) with all its imperfections. It’s about 42 minutes. Enjoy.


New York Book Signing & Class



New York friends! I’m coming to you! Two events:

1) Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Makeshift Society, Brooklyn, I’ll be teaching my professional illustration class (see below for more info). You can sign up here.

2) Thursday, May 22, 2014, also at Makeshift Society BK, a book signing party for Whatever You Are, Be a Good One. At that event, copies of my book will be for sale, I’ll be signing and there will be beverages and treats! I hope you will come! See the flyer above for address & other info. You can RSVP here on Facebook.

More about the May 21 Professional Illustration Class in Brooklyn:


I am teaching a professional practice class about being an illustrator –including information on the life & work of the freelance illustrator, different illustration markets, and tips on how to successfully promote your work to garner consistent, fun, paying illustration & licensing work. This particular class is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (at Makeshift Society) on May 21 from  7-9 pm. You can sign up here.

Space is limited, so sign up early!

Have a great Monday!


Pattern of the Week!



Introducing Arches — this week’s repeat pattern (seen here in two difference versions).

Tomorrow I am off to TYPO International Design Conference, where I am speaking on Friday. I’m taking tomorrow off from the blog, but am going to check in Friday about the conference, so stay tuned!

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


Building a Creative Brand is Back!



I’m excited to let you know that Creativebug’s Building a Creative Brand online course is back for a second time! The class covers the fundamental aspects of building and elevating your creative brand — from finding the essence of your brand and business basics, to licensing and book publishing. If you are an aspiring creative and are just starting out, this is a great basic class.

To learn more about the class & to sign up, just go here.

You can also watch this handy trailer to learn more!

Have a happy Wednesday, friends!


Pattern of the Week!



This week’s repeat pattern is made from drawings of one of my favorite things to draw: succulents! If you take my basic line drawing class (which is available if you subscribe to Creativebug), one of the lessons is all about drawing succulents. (BTW: there is no start or end time to this drawing class so you can take it at any time!)

I plan to make a few more patterns from succulent drawings over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more.

Have a happy Friday and a great weekend.