Charlie the Dog

Front Design

I recently had the opportunity to work on an interesting project; a design for a tote bag that would be printed front and back. I’ve really enjoyed pushing myself to design specifically for silkscreening; it reminds me a lot of the block printing classes I took in college, and how that really helped me expand a skill set beyond the painting classes I had taken previously.

Love Is In The Air

All You Need Is Love
Lovebirds in watercolor, 2019

My first completed artwork of 2019!

I recently turned 30, which has filled me with mixed emotions. What did I expect my life would be like at this point? Am I satisfied with how things are? Am I at peace with the path I’m on? What needs to change?

Having my birthday right next to New Year’s has always been interesting. Growing up, it meant stunted parties. Now, it’s a double-whammy of traditional life evaluation dates. For the past 10 years or so, I’ve always had the same New Year’s resolution- “Next year will be better.” It’s nebulous, and can be interpreted in dozens of ways. It doesn’t necessarily mean everything will be better; just something, anything.

But turning 30 is starting to impact me more than I thought it would, and it’s probably time to start having more solid goals going forward, which means I have to start thinking about what those goals actually are.

#1: Prioritize painting again. Hopefully I’m off to a good start. I’m excited to share soon what this painting is for.

The South Pasadena Arts Crawl

I recently got the opportunity to make this season’s South Pasadena Arts Crawl poster! I love that the posters are always done by local artists, and a great variety of art is always featured. After a little brainstorming back and forth with the art director, we hit upon this idea- something that celebrates women’s history month, an exciting nighttime procession, and, my personal favorite bit, a nod to the Olympic Games white tiger mascot.

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The finished art for the South Pasadena Arts Crawl poster

Each element was painted separately in black and white ink, then put together and colored in Photoshop. It’s like the next evolution of the process I used in college, where I would draw all of my elements separately, play with moving them around to make the perfect composition, then transfer them all onto my watercolor paper.

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My standard-bearer

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The winking tiger