Filmore Art Walk!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Heyoooo!! The craft fair tour continues Friday night in San Francisco! You can find me in two places on Filmore St. First, I'll be in the flesh vending my goods, debuting the Teddy Bear Saver series in print form! And second, you can find my artwork in an art gallery!! WHAAAAT?!? :) I'll be there setting up around 3pm but the party gets started around 6pm and ends around midnight. We'll see how long I can keep my eyes open :).

Come out & play! There will be live music, DJs, performances, happy hour specials throughout the neighborhood... I'd love to see you!

Here's all the info in jpg format:
About the exhibition:

Sift through. Find a uniquely framed print!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mmmmm... I finally found a use for my wire basket!
Expect to dig at Renegade Craft Fair LA :)

Teddy Bear Savers, #4

rainy day coverage.
please note the bear's cocktail drink umbrella ;)

BTW, I'm debuting the teddy bear series as prints this THIS FRIDAY at the Filmore Art Walk in SF before I make them available on my etsy shop :)

Teddy Bear Savers, #3

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


BK Flea!!

I promised I'd post more pictures. A little late but better late than never! :)
(all photos by my little sister bina)
My new mini radio flyer. It's so cute!Mr. & Mrs. Biggers. Hands-down the sweetest couple I know.
He's soo cuuute. He looked at each plush & handled them so gingerly.
He found a friend!!
Breakfast: blood orange & hibiscus flower doughnuts. YUM! But wayyy sweet after a while.
me & my mini substitute lady. She's so tiny compared to the usual one.
Mini cupcakes kitty-corner from my booth... deliciously dangerous. Flavors: red velvet, passion fruit, fresh strawberry, chocolate-caramel-fleur-de-sel. You got one if you were a visiting friend/helper. I have to say Mrs. Biggers came away the winner with 4 cupcakes hehe.
These were from the following week. Whaaat! She had new flavors!! Maple sugar bacon & root beer float (with fresh, cold creme icing). There was also a boba table DIRECTLY ACROSS. DIRECTLY. Ackkk! So I got some for David, Bina & myself by way of trading. Paper Airplane seems to be the popular print amongst trading vendors
She gave us these ones for free because they were smushed. Still tasted great!
Lunch: Asian fusion hotdogs. Pretty darn tasty.
Downward dog lady!!
More food. Hey, you have to stay well fed at these things. Especially if there's a smorgasbord of delicious dishes around you.
Sissy working the table.
So second week of the fair, I basically got rained out. It was somewhat miserable but dang, New Yorkers don't stress!! I still met lots of people and made sales. I closed up shop early only to have the day refunded. I have nothing but positive things to say about the fine folks of Brooklyn Flea. It was an honor to vend there & with all the vendors.

After the fair, I ventured with Bina to Boka to use a groupon. Oh god. It was so good. The perfect thing to warm my damp feet. Korean fried chicken & bibimbap!
We also got one of those soju watermelon things. TASTY!
&.... momofuku compost cookies & birthday cake truffles for dessert :)

New Stampssssss!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Two for me, one for Victo. I feel so official now.

Time Magazine's all-time top 25 animated films

Richard Corliss put together a list for Time Magazine of “25 All-Time Best Animated Features”. Here it is:

1. Pinocchio (1940)
2. WALL-E (2008)
3. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)
4. Dumbo (1941)
5. Spirited Away (2001)
6. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
7. Up (2009)
8. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
9. Finding Nemo (2003)
10. The Little Mermaid (1989)
11. Toy Story 3 (2010)
12. Toy Story (1995)
13. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
14. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
15. Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
16. Happy Feet (2006)
17. Akira (1988)
18. The Lion King (1994)
19. Tangled (2010)
20. Paprika (2007)
21. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
22. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
23. Yellow Submarine (1968)
24. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
25. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Horton Hears a Who?! Also, HAPPY FEET?! Ughhhh. I was at a free screening of that film and I wanted to walk out. Where's Iron Giant? & The Nightmare Before Christmas? Anyway, there are some pretty hilarious comments about this whole thing on Cartoon Brew. Someone said it sounded like he just wrote down every & any animated film he had seen. Teehee.

Trampoline Tea Time!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The sketch
& the finished product.

Unicorn & Talula

Christopher has a tradition of commissioning an artist to paint a birthday present for young little miss Talula. It's her 4th birthday & the theme is unicorns. Christopher's description of her: She is like a giggly little circus performer. She loves animals of all kinds, and usually takes one wherever she goes. She usually dresses in bright colored dresses and crazy patterned tights, and the occasional princess dress. She has already had her first punky pink hair extension put in, and pink is probably her favorite color. She just rode her first rollercoaster at disneyland this weekend, and loved it!

Apparently they're making unicorn horns and decorating them at the party too, so hoorah!

Happy 4th, Talula!!
Thank you, Mickey, for the referral!
& thank you Christopher for the opportunity :)

Wedding Card for Ariane

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A wedding card I made for Ariane to give to her sister the bride :)

My instructions were to include the couple, two geese, a cat & chicks, and to make it colorful & fun. So to prevent it from being too cramped, I spread the illustration all the way to the back :) Tada!


I'm slowly getting through all my painting custom orders... please have patience if you're still waiting. There's quite the queue! I'm averaging one a day. Not too shabby imo.

bring your pet to school day!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Don't ask me how I come up with these things... haha.

Custom Order for Helen

Oh I really love how this one turned out :)
A couple of kids reading in the light fall drizzle.

Teddy Bear Savers, #1

Not exactly sure how I came up with this idea but I want to make a whole series of kids saving teddy bears from DOOM!

Finished Lisa's painting!

I painted one painting and cut it into two 5x7s so that each girl can have her own piece of the painting :)

Painting in progress for Lisa

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I think it's coming along quite nicely :)

So I wrote this really long email...

in response to a curious character animation student asking for advice & how I got into the biz. I just thought I'd post it in case there are more curious people out there! It's seriously an essay.. GAH! But I hope it's helpful!


Thank you so much for the sweet words! Do you have a website too? I'd love to see your work :)

While at USC, I majored in Communication & minored in Animation. My school only offered a minor. I was sad about it at the time but looking back I'm glad I had a more well-rounded education. I learned how to sell my work and analyze audiences, which is a large part of running your own business. I was also in school when 3D started to become the hot new thing, and I found myself incredibly discouraged because I really hated doing 3D animation. I tried it but my brain just doesn't work that way. Do you do 3D or traditional?

As I started to do more traditional animation, I found that I had a knack for drawing things quickly and expressively, rather than the same thing repetitively. So I started to move more toward drawing singular drawings, where the picture really is worth 1000 words. Haha. I had a full time job out of college doing creative advertising/print production for New Line Cinema, but I still hustled my way to classes across town for figure drawing workshops, animation classes, etc. I made sure I never stopped drawing. Ever. It seems simple but it's so hard to do. I think that's one thing I can recommend you to do.

So, if you love drawing, then you simply love drawing, and animation is just another form of trying to put your drawings in a finished product. Just because you study character animation doesn't mean you have to be a character animator for the rest of your life. I will say one thing about animation though--I've never ever EVER regretted my animation background, lol. When people see my art, they see movement, expression, action which I learned from animation, which is what you're learning now. You're learning story telling in movement. Not everyone can do that. Last week, I met with a children's book editor & he told me that an animation background is something to prize in this market ;) Soo there ya go! There's another option for you.

If you're a talented artist, you don't have to pick just one medium, method or route. There's so much crossover--look at Jon Klassen who does illustration, concept art for animation, fine art and now children's books. Or Scott Morse of Pixar who also does comic books. I highly encourage you to be good at multiple things--you just have to be GREAT at determining which medium, method or route is best for expressing that idea. And have great ideas!

Oh goodness this is long. Haha. Sorry.

I'm not really sure how I got into the business except that I just kept pushing myself to try something that seemed a little out of reach. Like, hey I'll just walk into this store and see if they want to sell my stuff! Or, hey there's a craft fair... let's try it! Rejection is all part of the game, too. But just find out why you were rejected, learn from it, and move on. There are definitely depressing moments in trying to have your own business that entrepreneurs don't really like talking about... having $20 in the bank account (me), having to move back to your parent's house (me), feeling so sad & hopeless that you're not going to make it (me & everyone I'm sure). Everyone who is up there & successful as an illustrator had to pay their dues, work their @$$ off, and fight off anyone who doubted them including themselves. I could tell you not to be discouraged but it's going to happen because it's part of the process. Just keep going. It'll pay off eventually, and before you know it, you've reached the point of no return and you've made a business of what you love.

Again, thanks for emailing me! I'm really excited to help and answer any questions. I was where you are not too long ago, so I know how scary it is. But really, it's all going to be okay if you keep fighting for what you love doing.


if anyone else has questions, don't be a stranger! send me a line! :)

Go the F**k to Sleep

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Children's book by Adam Mansbach, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Hilaaaaaarious.

Playtime at Governor's Island

If you find yourself in New York City on a Friday, then I recommend heading to Governor's Island for a day of free/cheap fun! Take the free ferry to the island (1, Whitehall/South Ferry). It's right next to the Staten Island Ferry. Last ferry leaving the city is at 3pm so plan for a morning voyage to take full advantage!
The beauty of going on a Friday as opposed to the weekend (it's only open Friday-Sunday) is it's FREE BIKE FRIDAY! You can rent a bike for free for an hour. It's about all you need really to circle around the island a few times. It's lovely. You get views of the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Brooklyn, etc. It's just a great time. Then, there are art exhibits, installations, DJs, performances scattered throughout. It's like a scavenger hunt to find the sweet activities! Here's what I found:
A treehouse of recycled/repurposed materials.
shipping crates turned into lounges
Eataly. Just kidding. Not on the island but I did go here to buy my picnic food. PRICEY!!! Delicious but pricey. I don't think I'd do it again.
Me in a giant hammock. Yes, there are hammocks with a view of...
A BLUE MARBLE ICE CREAM CART!!! Oh, and the waterfront.
inflatable & mulch-y playground
my favorite part: swings with a view

The Couches of NYC: Pavithra, Bob & Zach

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's been hella days since I blogged. So long that I'm already back in the bay area. But here's some catch up!

So, I spent day 4 at Bob's in Chelsea. This is the view:
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang, right??

Then day 5 & 6 at Pavithra's in East Village.
Her place is so charming and sweet. On my last night at her place, we watched game 4 of the playoffs over hard cider, levain cookies, high fives & high pitched screams. One of my favorite moments of the trip! Then it was back to Bob's for two nights and then to Park Slope for one night at Zach's. I'd like to give a special shout to every kind gentleman who carried my giant suitcase of craft fair supplies up the subway station stairs :)
We went to see Andrew Bird for free to kick off the summer concert series at Prospect Park and had some delicious pizza. The folks went out drinking while I was a good, responsible lady and went to bed by 1am to prep for my second round of Brooklyn Flea.
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