Saturday, December 24

pillow

i made a pillow! much thanks to my awesome fashion designer roommate who took a break from her finals to help me with one of mine, and gave me a crash course in using a sewing machine. oh, and who also let me use her sewing machine, iron, and thread.

pillow i made using custom fabric

i drew this modern toile-inspired pattern and got it printed on fabric.

modern toile pattern






here are some process photos, again with thanks to my roommate, who thought "this is too funny not to document" (i'm so challenged when it comes to crafty things):




(R.I.P. COMFORTER)



i'm still coughing up feathers. but so worth it! love how it turned out. can't wait to make more stuff with my new sewing skillz.


Tuesday, December 20

sleepover

below are some progress photos of one of the oil paintings i did from this past semester, along with the finished piece, titled "Sleepover" (done on my very first self-stretched canvas! prouda me) i've always preferred acrylic over oil paint, but after this class, it ain't all that bad




( ^ i started with a generally green palette and quickly switched to blue
once i realized that the green made it look like a bunch of girls laying in a swamp)

sleepover

Sunday, December 18

what to do

now that the semester is over and i'm not stressed out with thesis and projects 24/7 and can finally sleep and eat 3 meals a day again, i can't sleep and my stomach hurts and all this free time is making me homesick and i don't go home until thursday so i'm making christmas presents in crappy lighting and looking at art and of course i'm permanently crouched next to the space heater


Thursday, December 15

wicked witch of the...macbook pro

one of my recent assignments was to design and make a cool USB (aka thumb drive or flash drive)

oz legs usb

oz legs usb

with a little sculpey, paint, and glitter (of course), i made the witch's legs from the Wizard of Oz. and a little house as the usb cap!

Wednesday, December 14

poem video 3



 Tiny Crimes

When I wasn't forced to stand
nose to the corner wall–exiled
for a crime they could never prove I committed
    I ate lunch
at the table with the rest of the tiny felons.
I remember the day when
Teacher, the one with the laugh as big
as her bottom,
waddled over to where I sat
with my partners in pee-the-mat-during-naptime crime,
my peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich
stuck to every small finger,
and she painfully bent over, her flesh
billowing out in all directions,
and pulled down the elastic waist of my blue jeans
to reveal
   –GASP–
my older brother's tighty whiteys
hanging loosely on my small hips.
She aimed a chubby finger at my seat, spewing
a vicious laugh from the foghorn of her mouth.
My secret flooded the classroom, each tiny head dissolving
into sticky laughing puddles.
   "Doesn't she own girl underpants?"
   "Maybe she really has boy parts!"
I sat with guilty hands and burning cheeks
sifting my three and a half years of memories, quick as salt
    but heavy as sand,
silently making deals with the laughing devil.
I'll never forgive my Mom and
the washing machine
for failing me, and
I'll never pee the mat again
I swear–
    I'll never pee the mat again



 [see previous poem videos here]

Sunday, December 11

drumroll please

oh man, i can't wait to show you



but i can't just yet.

check back soon ;)

Sunday, December 4

:) / ;(



nooo, such bittersweet news. i finished my thesis book today, which is a huge relief, but i also found out that Morran, the adorable danish-swedish farmdog who is the star of Studio Morran, a blog by artist Camilla Engman, has passed away. i'm so sad! i'm a huge dog person and i've totally fallen in love with Morran through Camilla's documenting of their adventures. but i'm so grateful that Camilla had the wonderful idea of doing the "Book of Morran" project when she found out Morran was ill. (to find out more about Camilla, Morran, the book, and see some of the wonderful contributions, click here. to see my contribution, click here) hopefully knowing how many people cared about Morran will help Camilla cope with the loss of her pal.

above is another illustration i did inspired by Morran. (i actually included the initial painting of just the dog in the image above in one of the pages of my thesis, so it kind of makes the fact that my book is finished a little sweeter, knowing that morran's memory is in it.)


morran ♥ ♥ ♥
morran, image via camilla engman's flickr
all dogs most definitely go to heaven  <3


i'll post a bit more about my thesis project as soon as i can in the coming weeks. until then, hug and kiss and snuggle with your puppies! they'll always be your bff.


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update 12/5: Camilla has finished the Morran Book! you can view the entire book here. you can also buy yourself or a friend a copy, absolutely all proceeds go to charity (i believe she chose the ASPCA, which helps animals!)

Monday, November 28

Sunday, November 20

poem video 2

round 2
first one here

i left this untitled at first, bc i didn't think i was actually gonna include it in the folder on my computer labeled "poems"

but i ended up calling it "don't break my cyberheart" and putting it in the folder for shits and giggles



don't break my cyberheart
untitled

Thursday, November 17

treasure hunter

except i didn't have to hunt very hard for these treasures, they were sitting on my mom's bureau the last time i was home and i copped them (with her permission and a sworn oath that i would not harm them in any way shape or form and would return them to her safely, as she required)

they're amazing. i love the quality. exactly like memories. fuzzy in some parts and sharp in others.

(click any image to view it larger)

my granddad when he was a little boy
(clearly as unhappy about that haircut as you would expect):


the house i grew up in, where all my pets are buried in the back yard,
and where we moved from 2 summers ago:


when i was about 4 or 5:


yes, that badass, apple-muching, band-aid-wearing girl is little me. the boy eating the orange in the dead center is my brother. my mom said i used to hang around the team at half time during my brother’s soccer games to eat the snack provided for the players.........so....there's that

Sunday, November 13

sk8r grl

i painted a skateboard deck for one of my classes. all i want to do lately is draw legs and paint skin tones and draw fun doodle-tattoos and girls in underwear.....soooo thats exactly what i did

(click on the images to view them larger)

  initial idea sketches in sketchbook:


 some process pics:


detail shots:

done in acrylic and ink

i'll take some better photos after i coat it with clear varnish. once i find it.

Thursday, November 10

go away

some doodles from my sketchbook and my lit notebook




and lemme just have a mini thesis freak out real quick HFGKSUYDGFHS$%$%^#*GFGFJGFGF!!!!!!^%^! k done thx back2WORK!

Monday, November 7

introducing: poem videos

i'm making a ballsy move here (for me, anyway) and going to start posting some poem videos, in which i read a poem i've written. i'm not just about art, i'm very much about writing, too, and i love the way a poem sounds so different and can seem to infer such different meanings when heard aloud than when simply read silently in one's head. 

if nothing else, at least it's a fun way to procrastinate on my homework. and it will give you a chance to spy on my messy room.


"sleepy toothless pears"


love you love you like sleep love you like deep ocean salty air waves sandy faces love you like a freckle layer kissing winter skin love you like a snow storm like chapped lips burning on a coco mug love you like bear hugs like snail mail love you like a flashlight in a fort made of bed sheets in the kitchen love you love you like coffee in the morning love you like a saturday especially in the afternoon love you like midnight black and cool and new love you like ice cream and i mean the good kind love you like lightening splinters in an august sky love you love you pear shaped bruised but always sweet love you sleepy-eyed and tipsy morning breath and spitting red love you in the aftermath like toothless smiling sailors

Thursday, November 3

bears

tallest bear on earth
i drew the picture above to send to the awesome site un monton de osos ("a lot of bears") which i found from my friend rachel. it is literally a collection of different created images of bears. lovely.

this one is just for fun because bears are cute
friends

Wednesday, October 26

morran

clearly, i love dogs. so when Camilla over at Studio Morran posted an open call for illustrations of her beyond adorable pup Morran, i was like hell yes.

morran!

this is my submission, done in acrylic and pen on this cool textured paper i found in my room. since i'm all for helping people find ways to procrastinate (cuz i'm so good at it and want to share my skillz) you should check out this flickr full of amazing photos of morran being awesome and cute as ever

Sunday, October 23

Wednesday, October 19

foreclosed

i got the idea for this illustration while i was having dinner in a rotating restaurant...not that it really has to do with anything, but it's an interesting side note.

digi men

lately i've found myself procrastinating by practicing digital drawing with my wacom tablet....i'm turning into the least fun person ever.







and if you're looking for ways to procrastinate, too, i'm here to help: go look, i updated my website

Saturday, October 8

life lately

according to my camera phone...


impromptu limo ride from my roommate's 21st birthday a couple weeks ago that took us to a restaurant that literally rotated 360 degrees while you ate dinner.....?!  one of my few social outings this semester and it was totally awesome. even though i practically fell asleep at the table. happy birthday nona :) 

other than that my life has just been paint:








this isn't even the half of it. i just don't document all my shit as much as i should. also, for one of my classes i have to redo my website, so i've been busy with that too, so don't look at it for another week or so. i command you. just kidding. but don't judge it at least for a little bit cuz its wayyyyy under construction!

Thursday, September 29

only the best

for your fictitious car




recent school project - motor oil can label design

Thursday, September 22