November 30, 2012

Ron Burgundy for Gallery 1988 Melrose

"Ron Burgundy is kind of a big deal"
11x14" gouache on paper

Opening Reception 
hosted by Judd Apatow
Tues. Dec. 4th 7-10pm

Show runs Dec. 4th - 30th 2012

Gallery 1988 Melrose
7020 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Hope everybody out there on the West Coast has a great time at this show!
Looks like such a blast!

November 27, 2012

iPad Mini + Pinterest

After selling my mp3 player, my laptop and a few other electronics, 
I traded them all in for the iPad Mini.

I have to say, I love this thing.

I've never owned a tablet before, and as is my nature, I instantly have buyer's remorse over anything that costs more than $89.  Still learning how to stop second-guessing e v e r y   p u r c h a s e ...  But that's an issue for another day.

I'm not a "fashionable" Mac person, and it certainly doesn't make me a better designer or in any way "cooler" to own one, but it's incredibly easy to use, clean, fast, and useful in so many ways.

This is also the first product that I bought the day it was available - usually I'm never that into tech stuff!

It got me really into Pinterest, which I use to unwind at the end of the day by looking at beautiful things.  And since I'm a really visual person, I love building inspiration boards for future projects.

November 25, 2012

Holiday Art Sale! + Cyber Monday Deal!

 Hey friends!

Just put up a bunch of new original art pieces in the shop  

For Cyber Monday only 

 Use code: CYBERMONDAY12 at checkout 

 (good until Nov. 26th 11:59pm)

November 23, 2012


I'm hosting a Pop Kirigami card workshop at CC Lowell 
Saturday, Dec. 8th 11am-12pm

Stop on by!

tea, poached egg with green peppers / taco seasoning + dried cranberry oatmeal

feta, roasted red peppers, shallots, brocoli and steamed carrots

barley oatmeal with cherries, golden raisins, cinnamon and dates.

(have you noticed I live on oatmeal?)

Despite the cold weather setting in, my spider plant has been basking in the sunlight, and even started sprouting again!  And even my cactus is flowering a bit!  

I love New England, but if there isn't at least some kind of green in the house it just makes me all kinds of depressed.

Did you have a good Thanksgiving?  We had a great one this year - we went to Cracker Barrel!

I know, I know, for people who know me and Andy, we are kind of Food & Wine Magazine/Top Chef kind of people, but honestly, it was so much fun.  

Southern cooking is still novelty to me, so while I'm sure it makes actual Southerner's roll their eyeballs, it was a great time.

There was nobody there!  And my "Kid's Sized" meal was bigger than my face, and even came with apple pie at the end.  So, for $4.50 and all of 10 minutes to wait, we were super happy.

November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

After a year of off-again-on-again pessimism towards humanity, the simple act of someone returning my wallet with all the cash and cards left untouched, was enough to thaw my cold, cold heart.

Thank you, Anon, you probably aren't reading this, but I thought for sure you'd take all my money.

But I was completely wrong, you turned it in to Guest Services, completely in tact.

New Year's Resolutions are beginning on Thanksgiving this year: 
trust in people more.

Hope you all have a great holiday!

November 19, 2012

Ron Burgundy: Process

Working on a new piece for Gallery 1988's Judd Apatow tribute show.

I still haven't seen Bridesmaids, and while I loved the show Freaks & Geeks, I had a hard time trying to come up with a good idea, so I went with Anchorman, one of my favorite comedies!

I was looking at these Chinese posters on a design blog and got really inspired.

 Hopefully this mash-up of ideas isn't too bizarre?

The final piece posted soon!

November 16, 2012

Dream / Sandman

This piece is on eBay this week, ending this Sunday night.

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bits from the week...

November 13, 2012

Sensu Brush Stylus review

It just so happened the day my first tablet arrived in the mail, my beloved art store, CC Lowell, asked me and Andy to review the Sensu Brush Stylus.

Lucky day!

The Sensu Brush Stylus is one seriously cool accessory.

It's two styluses in one: a brush on one and standard rubber tip on the other.

You can use the brush side to feel closer to a real painting experience, then use the rubber tip for when you want it.

I'm using it here coupled with my favorite drawing app: Sketchbook Pro.

I've tried many others, and Sketchbook Pro remains my absolute fav.  Even the free version offers a great deal of options.


Price: $39.99
Availability: CC Lowell's artist supply

PROS: It's two pens in one, so if you also need an everyday stylus you're only paying a small bit more to get a brush out of it.  Easy to hold, (I love the comfortable grip) and the length is wonderful, like a real brush)

CONS: Not so much a con in the actual product, but more of it's capabilities when used along with a drawing program.

The brush tip will make a wide stroke if you're programed your settings with a wide brush radius.  [see below]

It's not as super pressure-sensitive as regular Wacom tablet pen.  The regular stylus end is really a wonderful pen though, and you'll probably find yourself using it for drawing as well.

But it depends on the kind of control you want.  If you just want to set one brush size and go, you may find yourself annoyed you have to keep adjusting the brush settings.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BOTTOM LINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Would I spend $40 on this?  Yes. 

Worst case scenario, you try it out, realize it's not for you and return it.  
But I think it's worth checking out!  I loved it!