Wednesday, July 23, 2014

spaced out

Happy Wednesday! I just polished off an ice cream mochi (mango flavor, my fave) and was reminded that I never posted this little illustration I worked on for a campaign Bright was doing... a celebration of the fact that last Sunday was National Ice Cream Day AND the 45th anniversary of the first moonwalk. 

What flavor do you think that ice cream is? Superman? Have you ever had Superman ice cream guys? IT IS SO GOOD IN MY MEMORY.

Monday, July 14, 2014

pictures of you

Saddest Peg hey dudes 

 More photos from around town, presented for your viewing pleasure.

  4th of July

4th of July requirements: babes, Peggy, Katie's dangerous mystery beverage, corn dogs & goth dance parties... in that order.

up in the hills lookout
4th of July REAL ICE CREAM?!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

game on

Though I've been busy with working, learning my way around this new city, traveling (my brother's wedding is so close!) and eating my weight in pizza I've managed to make some time for video games here and there.

I thought it would be nice to do a round up of what I've been enjoying, because my taste in video games is weird and I want to know if there's anyone out there playing the same stuff as me... so they can recommend more things for me to play.

MOUNTAIN (iOS) | If you saw "Her" you'll probably remember the funny foul-mouthed alien video game Joaquin Phoenix plays in it, it's sort of hard to miss. David O'Reilly is the mastermind behind it, and now he has a real video game of his own! I'm sure some people will be a little hard pressed to call this a game, the bulk of it is staring at your procedurally based fancy space mountain, but those people are no fun anyway. Today a cup of coffee crashed into my mountain and as it spun it told me "I am one with this bright morning". DREAM GAME, NEVER WANT IT TO END.

Pokemon X (3DS) | Look, I just want to be the very best, like no one ever was. Also Pokemon is HARD and I am constantly losing and this one has five million more doodads than the last one I played when I was 10 years old. Don't judge, but Granny Emma is still figuring out how to work this dang thing. Maybe I'll go back to Animal Crossing.

DayZ (PC) | Open world multiplayer games really appeal to me, especially ones without much structure like DayZ. Basically you start out with only a flashlight in a quasi-Eastern European country infested with zombies, and it's your goal to survive and collect supplies until something (human or zombie) kills you... and you restart with only a flashlight again. It's still in alpha so it's kinda wonky, and also the zombies appear out of nowhere sometimes which scares the living daylights out of me. BUT people have being doing some crazy stuff with it!

Child of Light (PS4) | On the opposite end of the spectrum, this game is so charming and beautiful! It's done in a watercolor style, the dialogue is all in rhyming verse, and the RPG style combat is simple to pick up. 

A Dark Room (iOS) | Let's close out with another weird game I played on my phone. That's kind of my thing, I guess? This one is all text based, sort of like Ye Olde Computer Games, but is decidedly creepy and mysterious. I was glued to my phone until I finished it because the story was SO compelling. You can also play it on your desktop for freesies if you like that sort of thing.

Are you playing the video games? What are you playing, please say it's Mario Kart and that I can come over.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

cornered in

Hello, internet buddies! I hope you're having a great 4th of July weekend... and so does this little guy! Eat a hot dog or some sort of pastry with fruit laid out in the pattern of the American flag. See you next week~!

Monday, June 23, 2014

flower power

I've been lucky enough to have a couple fun flower-y projects come my way as of late - the one above was actually just for fun though! Sometimes I like to pretend that I own a line of good smelling body products and that I get to choose the scents and design the packaging... and someone else does the rest of the work. Wouldn't that be ideal? Doesn't eucalyptus have the prettiest leaves? All answers point to yes.

Other floral things happening in my life currently:

On Saturday I took a quick jaunt out to the ocean to do a little boogie boarding (newest obsession) and Gwen Stefani ogling (she was RIGHT. THERE) and then headed back inland so I could be Katie's official floral crown-maker at the Bust Craftacular. The whole thing was MAJORLY fun, there were cute ladies and amazing goods everywhere. In case you want to drop some hard earned cash on something pretty and fun, here are some of the vendors I was crushing on:

Selvedge Dry Goods (for your fashion truck-y, watermelon shorts-y needs) | Sienne Josselin (for your earthy illustration needs) | Hannah Nance (for your Babe Alert print-y needs) | Paola Loves to Shop (for your dreamy jewelry needs) | Small Adventure (for your gorgeously illustrated cards-y needs)

And DUH, the Good Twin for your best letterpressed cards ever-y needs!

And here are two photos from my trip to Michigan - a gorgeous letter "B" made by my future sister-in-law's sister (what is that? is there a term for that?) and a happily full windowbox in my parent's backyard. If you ever wonder where my love for mint and teal comes from... well.. it's probably because I grew up in a perfect minty green house.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

post haste

I'm kicking myself for not posting this sooner (or just in general not posting enough), but guess what? You can totes McGoats buy cards with my art on them from! AHHH this website is seriously the cutest - you can either order a box set of cards and address them the old fashioned way OR write a card via their website and they'll send it for you! So handy!

Yes, this would have been more handy if I had posted this BEFORE father's day (see below) but I was off to Michigan to celebrate my brother's lovely lady's bachelorette party for the weekend. This, by the way, was terribly fun. I consumed... shall we say... a few shots.

BUT NO MATTER. If you have some card sending needs (maybe you forgot to send a father's day card?) check out Postable! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

california dreamin

thanks to laura we snagged a couple free tickets to the huntington gardens, and it was glorious

Obviously this blog is mostly about sharing my art, but it's also a personal blog and I haven't really been posting too many visual representations of our new life here in La La Land. It's been an entirely new experience moving to a new, vastly different city in my adult life. I thought I had a little experience moving from Michigan to Minnesota for college, but that was essentially like dipping my toes into the kiddie pool and slooowwwllyyy wading in. I'm a midwest girl, and moving to California was like jumping into the deep end and then losing my bikini top. 

That is to say, it's been awesome and a little shocking! 

So here, some visual stimuli for you. We've been here for just about three months and have already had three sets of visitors, all of whom I love: My parents & brother (who was living in San Diego for a few months, so we visited him too!), Alli & Alex, and Bill, Ben & John. See if you can spot them, it'll be like Where's Waldo but for people you possibly don't actually know.

venice foliage LA sunset
gorgeous foliage in venice & silverlake

taking a walk
taking a walk with some fashionable fellas

Disney San Diego
a trip to disney animation studios / the aquarium in san diego

San Diego
more san diego - we saw a guy catch a bebe shark here? he took a selfie and then threw it back in the ocean

Malibu meyer lemon olive oil cake
malibu treats: sandy crabcakes / I would take up residency at sqirl if I could afford it

Rose Bowl
took a tour of the rosebowl with the fam, found some modern art disguised as an abandoned sign