Saturday, January 23, 2016

bagel & talks

New year, new blog!

I'd like to try to do some process posts again this year - specifically showing my process for pattern and animated gif making. Obviously I am no animation master, but personally I love seeing people's process... even if it's way different from mine.

Here's the most recent sparkle food I made! I had BAGELS ON THE BRAIN... specifically bagels from Bagel Broker, but perhaps only because that's the only place I've had bagels since we moved to LA. But they're GOOD BAGELS. REALLY GOOD.

In other news: Lisa and I have a new pin! Okay this is sort of old news if you follow our instagram account. SORRY, I'm bad at blog updating etc etc etc.

But anyway, this new little bebe is based on Medjed. What, you haven't heard of this obscure Egyptian god who's mentioned only one time in the Book of the Dead? WEIRD. JK, I hadn't heard of him until Lisa brought him to my attention. Apparently he's experienced somewhat of a revival thanks to Japan and the internet. Know Your Meme explains it better than me.

We'd love to make more pins and OTHER FUN THINGS in the future too. If there's something you'd like to see let us know! We're friendly, I promise.

Thursday, December 31, 2015


In the last couple days, thanks to some much needed encouragement from Bryan, I started working on a little experiment to see where I could take my art and technique next year. Since this is a pretty big challenge for me (I get pretty set in my ways) I decided to make it something FUN and draw my girls Sailor Moon and Luna having a heart to heart.

Do you want those tattoos now? I do. Anyway, I'm happy with how this turned out and it's making me feel like I can start the year off fresh and new.

Yesterday I was lying in bed, thinking about the year that just passed by and realized that maybe it seemed so quick because SO MUCH STUFF HAPPENED. We had visitors, we made visits, we planned a wedding, I turned 30, I got a new job, I worked my butt off on freelance, I saw Coach Taylor on the street, etc etc etc

(the Kyle Chandler sighting was, seriously, the highlight of my year. Sorry, new husband, you'll be replaced soon with America's Favorite Coach Dad Police Officer)

Here, have a giant dump of photos of Things that Happened This Year.

discovered my new favorite donut spot / made valentines stickers

visited the getty / started trying on wedding dresses

traveled to Minnesota for the wedding, reunited with favorite people & places & beers

Marriage'd!!! Go check out our photographer, Jonny Edwin

saw so many lovely friends & family in from out of town that I lost count

went on lots of LA adventures. LAdventures?

 spent a lot of time making masks and gifs for Halloween

Saw the releases of a couple books with illustrations by me: Crocodile's Burp, Leopard's Snore &  How to Break A Heart

Celebrated Thanksgiving in Ohio &  Michigan. Celebrated Christmas in Minnesota.

Celebrated 30 inside of a photobooth at the Little Tokyo shopping center with some of my special babies.

Friday, December 18, 2015


In my head I have a popular talk show called "Weirdly Specific Things I Have Googled" in which a rotating cast of celebrity guests and myself talk about that time we googled "how long is a baguette" or "how to spell a wookie sound".

The former I did for this VERY ILLUSTRATION, in celebration of that space wars movie or whatever that's out today I guess. JK GUYS, I'm no die-hard Star Wars fan but I do really love the movies and all the stupid dinky droids that live in the universe (MSE-series anyone?). Although I haven't seen the new movie yet I'm reeeeaaaalllyyyy hoping that it's just a buddy cop comedy film staring Chewbacca and BB-8. 

p.s. in case you were curious, my Jedi name is Emmrt Brann... according to the internet.

Monday, December 7, 2015

boston magazine

A recent map I worked on for Boston Magazine. Such a fun assignment - I could draw ice cream and fancy cocktails ALL. DAY.

In a more seasonal vein I did this fun little illustration of a family (maybe or maybe not slightly inspired by Crosby & Jasmine from Parenthood) taking a walk by their winter cabin. Someone bring me that dog NOW.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

talking turkey

Happy Thanksgiving, internet! I hope you have a lovely day, full of food and good people. If you'lre looking for something to do, pllease enjoy my favorite piece of Thanksgiving media ever.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

unlisted #9

Another set of items occupying my mind grapes. Previous versions: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 7 / 8

picnic at hanging rock | I knew I would like this movie before I even saw it. The poster! The trailer! YOU GUYS. It's on Hulu, watch it immmmmmediately if you are in the market for a moody, mysterious film full of gorgeous imagery. Inspiration for days.

sweetgreen | Let's be real: this is a salad restaurant. LOL OMG, LIKE LA LIFE, RIGHT? But seriously: this place is in walking distance from work, you can order online ahead of time, and they make a darn tootin' delicious salad. True, it's kinda spendy, but sometimes you just wanna drop too much money on food you know you can make at home.

casually gorgeous | I have never been an expert makeup applier. My guilty pleasure as of late is watching VERY COMPLICATED, VERY INVOLVED makeup tutorials on youtube. We're talking contouring, multiple eyeshadows, fake eyelashes, the whole shebang... things that I would neeeeever actually do on myself. They're weirdly soothing. Casually Gorgeous is an instagram account that focuses on simple, effective makeup tips that I feel like I really would do. It's a perfect combo!

geometric drink rocks | Surprise surprise. I like a geometric rock thing. These ones go in your whiskey or whatever - I guess I would even put them in water, because they are geometric rock things.

cleaning furball | Imagine a Roomba, but cuter? This is that thing.

Theodore Kittelsen | I don't know how I'd never heard of this Norwegian painter/illustrator before, but now I have and I'm smitten. He had an eye for the spooky and ominous, but also made some really sweet and beautiful images. And those color palettes! GUHHH. Here are some more examples of his work, because I can't help it:

Friday, November 13, 2015


Sorry it's been all quiet around here recently! I've been working full time during the day and freelancing my lil' patootie off at night... AND (in whatever spare time I have left) I've been hard at work designing an enamel pin with Lisa!

Maybe you remember this special lady? She was a part of the 10 gif poems we created for Dear Claudia a couple months back. Lisa contacted me one day suggesting that this illustration in particular should have its moment in the real world as an enamel pin, and so we dove head first into upping our #pingame.

And now, finally, she's ready for you to purchase! Because we love spooky dates and things you can buy the pin starting today, Friday the 13th. AND because we love spooky dates A LOT we're offering FREE SHIPPING (no code required) until the next full moon (November 25th). You even get a lovely backing card with the poem that inspired this pin in the first place! GUYS WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.

p.s. watch our official instagram/tumblr for more photos!

both photos by Lisa