Thursday, December 5

silver lining, or something?

i lived in 4 different apartments in the past 6 months. not by choice, of course, but whatever.

the transitive living situation and down-scaled possessions meant i could only have the bare necessities with me all this time: as many appropriate work clothes as I could fit into one suitcase, and no art supplies. i kept a few of my favorite pens and pencils and small sketchbooks with me, which live in my purse anyway and go with me everywhere. but i had to leave all of my paints, inks, brushes, pads of paper, big sketchbooks, block printing supplies, everything in boxes at my mom's house in Philly.

i brought my wacom tablet though, which is really lightweight. i just stashed it with my laptop, and then started keeping it in my desk at work. for any illustration projects i was assigned at work, i'd sketch out ideas in my sketchbook, and then start on the actual piece in Photoshop using my wacom tablet (like these posters, for example).

thanks to this, i've gotten much more familiar and comfortable painting digitally. it's exciting because you can cover more ground in one stroke (read: FASTER! i am a tortoise), erase easily when something doesn't work, and experimenting is much more fluid. but of course with digital, you're totally missing out on the texture and immediacy of paint or ink on paper.

it's been a fun challenge, though, finding different ways of achieving something similar to the textures i'd get with paint and paper. i know more about what i like and don't like, what i'd like to achieve with an image and a more direct route of getting there. all good things.

below are some little drawings i did (with my tablet) for customizable elements on one of the Little Brown Young Readers websites

oh and if you want to hear more about the half dozen months i spent as a kinda-sorta nomad, i wrote about it here as a guest blogger on my friend's NYC blog, Into the City

girls you know

women do a lot of things. these are some drawings of women doing some of the things women do

1. ballet class
2. salon
3. boxing ring
4. all in a day

Tuesday, December 3

fish out of water

remember that game? did you play it at the pool in the summer?

anyway here are some drawings with fish in them

Sunday, December 1

Distraction Addiction

right after i graduated from Parsons in May, I started working at Hachette Book Group as an intern in the Advertising and Web departments. sometimes i can't believe how lucky i am when i think of how much i've learned and some of the incredible projects i've been able to work on while there.

here is one of them—

In July, i got to illustrate a series of posters for The Distraction Addiction by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang (published in August by Little, Brown & Co—one of Hachette's biggest imprints). They wanted WW2/propaganda-style posters. They were originally intended to be used to promote the book just through social media, but the author was so pleased with them that he requested a print run so that he could take the posters with him on his book promo tour. i even heard that they were later translated for use in the international market.


all type design done by Jeff Shay

should i stay or should i go, now

i was home in Philadelphia the last few days to spend Thanksgiving with my family. i love getting to see them and play with my dog Chachi who is smelly and wonderful. but after just a few days i start to miss New York like crazy.

these aren't very recent, but they're some of my favorite drawings that remind me of Manhattan

suggested further reading: this little story (also, i tried to give Medium a try but i totally half-assed it. i like it, but i'm currently too lazy to actively use it more. i'm afraid there is no cure for this)

Friday, August 2

a good kind of lost

i spend a lot of time taking scenic routes home, mostly by choice but sometimes i just get lost. these are some photos from my instagram over the past couple of weeks. all NYC treasures captured whether I knew where i was or not

Tuesday, July 9

oh hey!

it's been a busy summer so far. as soon as school ended, like officially really for real for real with a graduation & errythang, i jumped right into big girl territory. i started a temporary (yet super exciting) job at a book publishing house, and then moved apartments, which proved itself again to be manhattan's bitchiest character trait. i still love her though.

so i'm starting to get my big girl life in order now (if you saw me this past weekend celebrating the fourth at the jersey shore you'd know how full of shit that sentence is) so i'll have many new fun things to post soon.

until then, because i love ya, i bear gifts:
my etsy shop is open again, with updated low prices, and you can use this link for discounted phone cases from my society 6 shop, and this link for discounted pillow cases, including some new designs! god i must love you a lot. i do i really do

Friday, June 14

Someone Special Sleeps Here

this is my poetry thesis. i could go so far as to call it Oops, Baby: The Prequel, but i won't, because a lot of people don't get my jokes. for the most part (and  i may disagree a couple times throughout the day), holding this in my hands makes it all worth it.

below are some spreads, photos of the book (super happy with how it came out), and a short video of me reading some excerpts from the book. i have a small number of bound copies available for purchase if anyone is interested. you can find them in my etsy shop :)

Tuesday, May 28

love you forever

I made this poster for my best friends who also happen to be my favorite couple. It is their quote (a cute story that stems from where they live in rainy Pittsburgh) and I made a print of it to surprise them. They loved it, and thought it'd be cool to make more to sell, so that others could have a little piece of all of us in their homes. Head over to my etsy shop if you'd like a Love You Forever print of your own :)

*i'm having a 20% off sale in my shop until june 15th to celebrate graduating, summer, getting a job, and just being generally grateful for everyone's support of my work/life. use code "HAPPYGRAD13" at checkout to get 20% off your order!

in the last 2 weeks:

I had my last thesis presentation at the New School – we celebrated our work with a student show at the Parsons senior illustration book launch

I graduated with my BFA in illustration and my BA in Poetry!

i got a job! i'll be working at Hachette Book Group this summer as an intern in their promo department doing graphic and web design work (this froyo mountain was my "last day of classes/congrats on getting a job" treat to myself on a semi-chilly monday...)

and perhaps the best part, i got to celebrate with my family and closest friends, and spend time relaxing and catching up with them this weekend

i'm feeling super grateful for the past, excited for the future,
and ecstatic to finally be finished with homework for a while :)

Thursday, May 16

~i just made you say underwear~

super excited about these new screenprinted laundry and tote bags! it's actually a point of pride that i was able to draw all these unmentionables without using any reference images...

*underwear foreva*

both bags are super limited quantities and available here!

thesis 2 = done!

guys, my poetry thesis is officially completed *~!

the end product is 56 pages of poems and drawings, titled Someone Special Sleeps Here.
nice printed and bound copies are in transit and i should have them by monday :)

also, our senior thesis reading was last night, and it went super super well. my mom, my aunt, one of my internship bosses, and a handful of close friends all came to support me and it was ridiculously appreciated !

things are lookin up y'all
summer is knocking

Sunday, May 12

words and images in bed together

i've got all these little stories and i started posting them here 

below are just a few–

Oops Baby, revisited

i ordered some fresh copies of "Oops, Baby!" to have for my illustration senior panel on May 22, where I'll present my illustration thesis–Oops Baby, long overdue–and also my poetry thesis that I made this semester, a 50 page collection of poems and illustrations, titled Someone Special Sleeps Here.

stay tuned for spreads and pieces from that soon! i'm excited about it :)

below are some new photos of Oops Baby, and a gif of the full book:

etsy shop update

i put a bunch of small original paintings in my etsy shop, and a couple of bigger ones. all super reasonably priced. i'm moving soon and would love for these to go to good homes :)

screenprinted totes, too!