Hello Sunshine :: New Print



In honor of the arrival of warmer weather, I am so happy to add to my shop this new print: Hello Sunshine. You can purchase it here.
Have a great Monday, everyone!


Weekend Almanac



I was really excited when Lauren and Ali at Weekend Almanac contacted me late last year to contribute to their second issue, which just came out. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Weekend Almanac is an independently published lifestyle biannual curated by editor Lauren Ladoceour and creative director Ali Zeigler in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a collectible 64-page 8.5 x 10-inch almanac, mostly about stuff to do (and stuff that happens) on our glorious weekends.


For this issue, I illustrated & hand lettered (with one of my abstract paintings in the background) this calendar of long weekends in 2014 & 2015:


Issue Number 2 also includes Friday cocktails from the Bon Vivants, overnight getaway to the Hudson Valley, photographer David Martinez’s pizza party, make-your-own midnight munchies, and more. You can purchase the magazine here.

I’m back tomorrow with a really big and awesome announcement. Stay tuned!


New Print in the Shop!



You may remember this painting I made last week! It’s now for sale as a print in my shop, embellished with some hand lettering. It’s available here.



Whatever You Are, Be a Good One!



Friends, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One comes out TODAY! You can order it here or wherever books are sold. This book was a labor of love for me, and I am so grateful to Chronicle Books for being such a great partner in making this project happen. Special thanks to my editor Bridget Watson Payne and my art director Kristen Hewitt, two of the most hard working, brilliant women I know.


I’m also signing books at several upcoming events. Here’s more info if you’d like to come say hello and I’ll write a little personal note in your book:

SAN FRANCISCO: West coast book launch party and signing
Thursday, April 24, 6-8 pm
Rare Device, 600 Divisadero Street, SF

OAKLAND: Book signing and meet ‘n’ greet
Saturday, May 3, 1-2:30 pm
Nathan & Co. 5636 College Avenue, Oakland

NEW YORK: East coast book launch party and signing
Thursday, May 22, 6:30-9 pm
Makeshift Society, 55 Hope Street, Brooklyn

LOS ANGELES: Book signing and print show
Saturday, June 14, 5-8 pm
Poketo, 820 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles

TBD: Portland, OR, July 2014 (stay tuned for more info!)

Here are some sample pages from the book:


Last but not least, thank you to Maria Popova for writing this lovely piece on my book today!

Have a happy Tuesday, friends!


Words for the Day :: No. 19



Another piece from my latest book! Check out the book signing events here!

Happy Wednesday.


Whatever You Are, Be a Good One :: Book Signings!




You may recall that my latest book Whatever You Are, Be a Good One will be released April 1! I’ve got a few book signings scheduled and I hope to see you there. Here’s what I’ve got lined up so far, so mark your calendars!

SAN FRANCISCO: West coast book launch party and signing
Thursday, April 24, 6-8 pm
Rare Device, 600 Divisadero Street, SF

OAKLAND: Book signing and meet ‘n’ greet
Saturday, May 3, 1-2:30 pm
Nathan & Co. 5636 College Avenue, Oakland

NEW YORK: East coast book launch party and signing
Thursday, May 22, 6:30-9 pm
Makeshift Society, 55 Hope Street, Brooklyn

LOS ANGELES: Book signing and print show
Saturday, June 14, 5-8 pm
Poketo, 820 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles

TBD: Portland, OR, July 2014 (stay tuned for more info!)

As I schedule additional signings I’ll keep you posted! If you are registered for Craftcation Conference in April, I will be signing books there as well.

Have a happy Thursday.


Of History & Hope :: Flower Pepper Gallery




I am so excited to be participating in the Of History and Hope show at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, CA. Of History and Hope is inspired by & benefits Lions, Tigers, and Bears, a big cat and exotic animal rescue (currently home to Meatball the bear, who you may recall visited several backyard pools in Glendale).

You can see the painting I made for the show above. It is entitled, Bear with Me, and is 8x10x1.5 inches, acrylic and ink on masonite panel. It will be available for sale when the show opens April 5.

The full list of artists in the show includes: Paul Barnes, Jaesun Kim, Cory Benhatzel, Stephan Holman, David Natale, Christopher Umana, Jeannie L. Paske, Halsey Swain, Ron Pete, Angie Jones, Junhee Sim, Marissa Quinn, Raymond Sanchez, Robert Yancy, Leila Ataya, Lauren Marx, Walt Hall, Joanne Nam, Desiree Fessler, Craww, Nicole Bruckman,  Roland Tamayo, Susanne Apgar, Luciano Martinez, Edward Cao, Mariam Keurjikian, Tory Lin, Corrie Gregory, Jon Lau, Paige Moon, Yejin Oh, Kowoon Jung, Lisa Congdon, Graham Curran, Amanda Marsh, Kisung Koh, Blake Aaseby, N.S. David, Jenna Gibson, Samir Evol, Ania Tomicka, Jaclyn Alderete, Junyi Wu, Jeff McMillan, Simon Kangiser, Tiffany Liu, Erich Moffitt, Heather Gross, Jose Carabes, and Erik Flores.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


Words for the Day :: No. 18




Just one of the illustrated quotes you’ll find in this book, which comes out very soon!

Happy Thursday (almost Friday), friends!


Mindful Magazine & “Filling In” for Maira Kalman


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{Full page illustration I completed for Mindful Magazine, which is featured in the current April 2014 issue.}

I’ve talked about this before, but every now and again an illustration job comes my way that makes me squeal with joy. One such job came my way this past October. I received an email from Jessica, the art director over at Mindful Magazine, the subject line of which read: “new magazine + filling in for Maira Kalman.” It was a busy time for me and I’d vowed not to take any more jobs. But when I read the email, I knew I couldn’t turn down this assignment.

Jessica was writing to let me know about Mindful, a new magazine that focuses on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness in everyday life, and to ask me to contribute to a full back page feature wherein I would meditate and then make an illustration about my experience. The real clincher came when Jessica mentioned that this feature is normally completed every month by well known artist & illustrator Maira Kalman (who happens to be one of my personal heroes), but that she was traveling that month and they needed someone to fill in for her.

And, so, well, they decided to ask ME to fill in for her. How could I say no to that? I think I responded something like, “Well, I am swamped, but let me tell you something — I would NEVER pass up an invitation to fill in for Maira Kalman.”

Here are a couple of Maira’s back page features from previous issues (mine, out this month, is pictured above).





This assignment was also timely because I was in the midst of attempting to start and maintain a meditation practice. I decided to focus the illustration on my attempt one morning to meditate first thing, without food or coffee. My thoughts are hand lettered around the image of myself meditating. I hope you can see some of the humor!

Speaking of meditating, I promised to fill you in on my attempt to start a practice, and I’ve obviously been avoiding it. And that’s not because I’ve necessarily been avoiding meditation. In fact, I’ve been attempting it fairly regularly. I’m struggling with it for sure, but I am also learning a lot. And one of these days, hopefully soon, I’ll figure out what I want to say about it all.

In the meantime, the April issue of Mindful Magazine is on store shelves now. Also, have a great week, friends!


Embrace the Abyss T-Shirts




As some of you know, I spoke at the Nevada Museum of Art on Wednesday. The local AIGA (who sponsored my talk) made these awesome t-shirts with the title of my talk emblazoned on them (hand lettered by me, of course!)! I’m happy to announce that they are for sale and you can get them here while supplies last!

Have a happy Friday and a fantastic weekend!



Now Available as a Print!



Happy to announce that I’m now offering a new archival print of one of my favorite quotes, pictured above.

Get it here.

Happy Wednesday!


Words for the Day :: No. 17



{Attributed to both Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Roy Croft}


Here’s to LOVE. Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovers.

Have a great weekend.


Words for the Day :: No. 16



From Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, due out soon!

Happy Monday.


Sketchbook :: Playing with Image Transfers




You might remember recently I wrote about my friend Courtney Cerruti’s book, Playing with Image Transfers. This past week I’ve been doing just that. In Monday’s sketchbook entry (above) I transfered some images from a vintage book about Germany using packing tape and water (for more information on this technique, I highly recommend Courtney’s book). The rest of the spread is painted & drawn with my own hand. Words by the late German poet Johannes Bobrowski.

Have a great weekend, friends!


Wildsam :: San Francisco



Every now and again an illustration job comes to your desk that makes you jump out of bed in the morning wanting to get to work. One such job came my way last year via Taylor Bruce, founder, editor and writer of the Wildsam Field Guides. Taylor was making a SF Guide and he wanted me to illustrate it. I could not have been more excited.

Wildsam Field Guides are not like regular travel guides. They are small books (they could easily fit in a large pocket) filled with local lore, interviews with local characters, hand-drawn maps, personal essays, lists of local “must knows” and more. “Equal parts travel guide and tribute, the field guides suit both weekender and native,” says Taylor.

In all, the book includes about 15 of my illustrations. I had never drawn a map before taking the Wildsam SF assignment (gasp!), but had so much fun drawing the six maps in the book. The maps are clearly not to scale, but designed more to highlight different aspects of the city’s culture, landscape and history. Here are two I drew for the book that I love:



Part of what made working on Wildsam SF so great was working one-on-one with Taylor Bruce. In addition to making Wildsam Guides, Taylor is a writer. He’s written for magazines like Men’s Journal, Budget Travel, Southern Living, Oxford American, Paste, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Adventure, and others — so he’s obviously pretty smart. Taylor is also incredibly gracious and kind. And he was great to work with because he took every illustration so seriously, but at the same time he let me guide the look and feel of each drawing with my own flair. For example, he allowed me to infuse my own quirks into each map based on my own memories and knowledge of the city.


Wildsam Guides are perfect little books and you can get them here. The San Francisco Guide is also sold in many stores around the city. If you are planning a trip to San Francisco, I highly recommend bringing one along.


Rumor has it both Detroit and Brooklyn are on the short list for upcoming Wildsam Guides. Stay tuned for more!

Happy, happy Thursday.