Tuesday, June 23, 2015

hot child in the city

If I could I would just draw pictures of food and make pretty maps and get paid for it for the rest of my life. When I got this awesome assignment to make some fun neighborhood maps and cocktail recipe illustrations for the LA Time's Summer 2015 Entertainment Guide I was obviously pumped.

Plus now I have a collection of cocktails to make and places to visit! Who wants to go to with me as I make my first pilgrimage to Diddy Riese?

Here are a couple of the illustrations! The rest are available to check out on that link above or on my website! YAY!!

(That slice of watermelon is on my Top 5 Best Things I've Ever Drawn list)

Monday, June 22, 2015

ice ice baby

It's officially summer! It's been feeling VERY summery here in LA for awhile now - especially according to my computer, who starts the fans up around noon every day. It makes me so nervoussssss.

Anyway, I made a sparkly ice cream cone to celebrate the changing of the seasons. No matter where you are I hope you can grab a cool, tasty treat soon! These little sparkly food gifs (I've been calling them #sparklefoods) have been really fun for me to work on. I might try to make it into a weekly series! Is there a kind of food you'd like to see next?

Friday, June 19, 2015

flower power

HAPPY FRIDAY! Oh man, did you ave a good week? My Trader Joe's finally has strawberry Kefir back in stock, so that was my big win.

JK GUYS, I've been hard at working doing a TON of promo work. After I made this baby shower invitation for my etsy shop I realized it might also work great as a ~*~*~motivational quote~*~*~ to send to potential clients, so I worked that up! Don't you feel the good vibes coursing through your veins? 

Alsooooo - can you believe it's June? I MEEAANNNN when did this happen? Perhaps it was the whole "planning a wedding at the speed of light" thing, but I am feeling like this year has been flying by.

To celebrate such a thing, here are some photos from lyfe.

fun outings & tasty eats: Mini Golf at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course, exploring Graystone Mansion, egg sammies at Eggslut, donuts at California Donuts.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

melon head

Etsy has clearly been on my mind recently! Shopping there of course, but now I'm delving back into selling a little bit.

So I whipped up a couple listings and did a little "soft open" of my shop last week. Currently there are only two items but I'm planning on doing more invites soon. If there's something you'd really love to see let me know!

One of the two items available is this fun fruit themed party invite above! Who doesn't love a good pineapple to start the party? I've had such a great time making little party paper freebies in the past that I wanted to do something new to coincide with my shop's opening.

Without further ado I present to you: MINI WATERMELON BUNTING!
(download here, for the impatient)

Seriously, the possibilities are endless for these tiny babies. I just hung them on my wall, but you could make a cake topper or wrap little gifts in it! Or just wrap your entire self int them and live a watermelon-y life.

Making them is super duper easy too, and if it's coming from me (my craft is.... sub par?) it must be true.

What you'll need:
  • The printable file from yours truly
  • An exacto knife or scissors 
  • Twine or string in whatever color your heart desires
  • Glue! I used Tacky Glue and it worked like a charm.

What you'll do:
  1. Cut out the little watermelon diamonds!
  2. Fold on the dotted line - if your paper is a little stiff like mine was you can try making a veeeery light score with your exacto knife. That way your paper won't tear!
  3. Outline one of the triangles with glue. Make sure to get the glue in the crease! I applied it slightly away from the outer edges so that it didn't squish out in the next step.
  4. Place the open diamond where you'd like it to be underneath the twine and squish it together! 
  5. REPEAT!!!

 Now you have fun party invitations and fun party decorations... all you need is some cake and you're set!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

meet & greet

I've been trying to up my social media game recently (WOO 2015 SENTIMENTS), so I've been taking to ol' Tweety more often than normal, and I've found a lot of amazing artists to follow! A lot of them have been participating in this super cute #MeetTheArtist meme, so when my agency asked us illustrators to chime in I happily did! After all, there's nothing that makes me happier than writing things I like & dislike in list form.

Did you know that I hate dijon mustard? I know it is superior in every way to the yellow stuff but it makes my tongue feel SO WEIRD, I don't know how to describe it. I feel similarly about horseradish and have only just now started allowing wasabi near my sushi. What's really strange is that I love spicy stuff otherwise! Go figure.

And, in case you were curious, my top karaoke songs currently are:
(see how I used that opportunity to make another list about myself? Tricksy hobbitses)