New Holiday Card Designs with Mpix!

09/10/14

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I’m excited to let you know that I have created some holiday card templates for Mpix! You can use these templates to make your own holiday cards with your own photos. Above are the front (left) and back (right) of “Merry and Bright” which is available to add your own photo here. (In case you are wondering the images inside the cards you see here are placeholders — you place your own photos in my designs.)

Below are the fronts and backs of my other two designs, “World Peace” and “Shimmering Stars“!

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Just go to Mpix to add your own photo and purchase! Thank you for supporting my work!

Have a happy Wednesday, friends!

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940 Saturdays :: Random House

06/30/14

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940: that is the number of Saturdays you get with your kid from the day he or she is born to the time he or she turns 18. Dr. Harley Rotbart created a keepsake journal to encourage parents to make the most of their time with their kids, and I illustrated the cover of the book, pictured above (Random House//Clarkson Potter, 2014). You can purchase the book on pre-order here.

Tomorrow I’m headed on a road trip to Portland for two weeks. That is where my family lives, and I go there every year (sometimes several times a year) to spend time with them. I’ll be blogging every few days while I am there on vacation, sharing some of my adventures and pages from my sketchbook.

Have a great week, everyone! And Happy July (tomorrow).

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New Cloud9 Fabric Collection!

06/09/14

Friends, I am so happy to introduce my latest fabric Collection for Cloud9 Fabrics! Available this Fall (I’ll keep you posted on the release date), the collection includes SIX voile prints (perfect for sewing clothes), many with metallic touches. It’s is called REVELRY, and I could not be more excited about it!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a full preview of the work I’ve created for my book signing and show at Poketo in Los Angeles this Saturday!

Have a great Monday.

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Illustrations for Florida Travel & Life Magazine

06/05/14

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Every now and again I do a fairly large editorial illustration job. I’ve been drawing a lot of maps lately and recently I did a super fun job for Florida Travel & Life Magazine (cover & exterior excerpt pictured above) illustrating five different maps for their May issue. I drew each of these maps by hand, and in the final artwork colored them with a light touch of gouache paint. One of my favorite parts of illustrating maps is incorporating my hand lettering, which I got to do a lot of here!

First up, a map of Wynwood, the arts district in Miami. So many cool things here!

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Next, a Foodie map of St. Armands Circle:

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And a Family Map (because Florida is filled with family fun!):

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And what would Florida Travel & Life Magazine be without a beach map! This one of Seaside, which looks like a really cool town.

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Last but not least, a map of Calle Ocho, Little Havana:

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The magazine is on newsstands now! Thank you Kim and Vicky at the magazine for being a great team.

Have a happy Thursday, friends!

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AIDS Life/Cycle Designs!

05/30/14

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(In 2012, as we are about to embark on the 545 mile bike ride from SF to LA}

You may recall that two years ago in 2012 I rode my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of the California AIDS Life/Cycle. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Earlier this year the folks at AIDS Life/Cycle contacted me to create a hand lettered route map for them that would adorn a bandana and tote bag — for riders to purchase in the camp store. I was so honored to do work for this great organization, and after chatting about iconic stops along the route, I came up with this design:

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The route travels down the California coast and the various spots are either famous rest stops (places where riders stop for food and water) or camps or cities along the way. They even made a t-shirt from my drawing of two bears eating otter pops from the famous Otter Pop Stop (rest stop) on the way from Santa Cruz to King City on Day 2 (the longest day at around 109 miles of cycling).

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If you are riding this year, you can buy the merchandise I designed at the ALC camp store. And good luck riders! They leave Sunday for the 7-day ride.

I’ll be back Monday with a special post reflecting on a year of marriage (yes, it’s been a YEAR!).

Happy weekend! I’m off to Mendocino for my anniversary with Clay.

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New Notebooks for MoMA!

05/13/14

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Back in 2012, a really exciting thing happened: I got a call from one of my dream clients — the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. They asked me to design a series of notebooks for them based on items in their Design Collection. The result are three notebooks which are part of the new “Things I Saw at MoMA and Loved” series!

From the MoMA website: “In 1932, the Museum of Modern Art established the world’s first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. Today, the department’s impressive collection comprises thousands of new and notable objects, ranging from appliances, furniture, and tableware to tools, textiles, sports cars—even a helicopter. Featuring illustrator Lisa Congdon’s charming drawings, the Things I Saw at MoMA and Loved notebook series highlights several memorable objects in MoMA’s permanent collection.”

I got to comb through images from their Design Collection and arrange any of my choice into “collections.” The first I created was the chair collection, pictured above. I also made a collection of coffee & tea paraphernalia from the MoMA Design Collection, below:

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And lastly, audio/visual equipment from the MoMA Design Collection:

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Each book is 8.25 inches high x 6.20 inches wide with 100 lovely grid pages. You can purchase them here

Have a happy Tuesday, friends!

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New *DONUT* Poster :: Good Editions

05/05/14

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I am so thrilled & honored to be part of the Portland State University Graphic Design Department’s GOOD EDITIONS project! For the project, I created the donut themed poster above (WHO DOESN’T LOVE DONUTS??) which is for sale for just $25 (A STEAL for an 18×24 inch poster!). You can purchase it through buyolympia.com.

What is Good Editions? It’s the online shop for the Portland State Graphic Design Program. In their own words: “Our intention is to create a portal that showcases the incredible work that is coming out of our program whether it be from students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the program. All money we raise goes to support the Portland State Graphic Design program and will be used to fund everything from supplies for workshops to bringing in guest speakers.”

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Each term, Good Editions features three artists who donate their time and artistic expertise to create a print for the shop (this term, that’s me, and also Will Bryant and Dan Cassaro). I also selected two pieces that inspired me from a pool of work submitted by students from Portland State (you can see those here). Each of the chosen student work along with the featured artist prints are available for sale to raise money.

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I hope you will support PSU’s Graphic Design Program through Good Editions! You can get my poster here.

Happy Monday, friends!

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Illustration in Martha Stewart Living :: May ’14

04/28/14

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I was so excited last week when my second illustration for Martha Stewart Living Magazine came out in the May issue. You may recall that last year I did this little piece for them (which was also really fun).

The story is about the mental health benefits of kindness. Here is a close up of the illustration & the cover of the current issue:

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Have a great Monday, friends.

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Weekend Almanac

04/07/14

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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.

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

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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!

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The Old & New Project

04/04/14

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I was really honored when Troy DeShano and Jim LePage asked me to be part of their Old & New Project this year. If you haven’t heard of Old & New Project, it is a platform for contemporary graphic artists to exhibit works themed on Biblical stories and passages. It aims to replace traditionally popular Biblical artwork with newer, more contemporary accessible work. In the words of its founders, “Old & New is not an attempt to convert folks or create religious propaganda. In order to take a new look at this old book, we want, in fact we need, artists from all types of faith perspectives.” The project includes artists from different religious backgrounds, including those who have had negative experiences with the church, along with agnostics and atheists.

My piece for the current iteration of the project is pictured above. My assignment was to illustrate the following verse from Song of Solomon:

Love is as Strong as Death:

Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;

for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.

It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.

Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.

If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.

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Have a great weekend, friends!

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Blair Stocker :: Wise Craft

04/03/14

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Every now and again a friend calls on me to illustrate something for them. To me, this is the greatest honor: when someone you’ve known for years actually wants to work with you. Maybe some of you can relate — it’s a special experience. Last year I got an email from my agent — my friend Blair Stocker was writing a craft book and she wanted me to illustrate some of the projects. Truth be told, Blair’s book has SIXTY amazing projects in it, and I only illustrated a handful. But it was a super fun project, especially because I got to interact directly with Blair to get the illustrations just right.  I can’t wait to share some photos with you.

Blair’s book is called Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love. It’s based on many projects from her longtime blog, Wise Craft — and, of course, some new ones too. Instead of throwing away things like old dishes or shirts, Blair teaches you how to remake/reuse them, adding special touches to make them unique. This book is also particularly great for folks (like me!) who like to thrift for special treasures and then use them in projects. The book is divided into four seasonal chapters, with designs that reflect different holidays and the like. Here are some of my favorite projects from the book:

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{Dip Dye Toile Dishes}

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{Bead-bombed Tote Bag, with my illustration in the upper right}

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{Spooky dishes}

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{Summer Sherbet Picnic Blanket, with my illustration on the right}

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{Hand Painted Journals}

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{Hottie Rice Pillow, with my illustration on the right hand page}

You can purchase Blair’s beautiful book here or wherever craft books are sold. I’ll be making those dip-dyed ceramics very soon (stay tuned for a post on that!)

Have a happy Thursday!

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San Francisco Scarf for The Bold Italic

03/25/14

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You may remember when I made this new San Francisco print especially for The Bold Italic. Well, they’ve gone and made a gorgeous scarf with the line drawing based on the print, and it’s now for sale in their shop.

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It contains many of my favorite iconic San Francisco images, from cable cars to sea lions to pigeons!

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Go get yours here.

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Mindful Magazine & “Filling In” for Maira Kalman

03/03/14

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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).

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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!

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Wildsam :: San Francisco

01/23/14

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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:

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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.

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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.

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

Happy, happy Thursday.

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My New Fabric Collection :: Now Available!

09/25/13

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I am so excited to announce that my fabric collection, entitled The Land That Never Was, produced in collaboration with Cloud9 Fabrics, IS NOW AVAILABLE!

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“The Land that Never Was”

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“Folkloric”

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Minstrels

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“Bunting”

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“Magic Garden”

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“Traveler’s Blanket”

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“Fairy Tales Black”

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“Fairy Tales White”

Curious where you can purchase the fabric in your area? Check out Cloud9’s stockists here or call your local fabric store. You can also check out online stockists here.

Have a great Wednesday!

 

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