Wednesday, February 25, 2009

tiny toons

Thanks to a combination of DirectTV and boredom, one night the boy and I found out (I decline to use the word "discovered" because this has probably been going on for awhile, and "discovering" implies being the first one to know in my mind) that good cartoons are back! Oh the days of Doug (the good one), Rocko's Modern Life, Angry Beavers, Ah Real Monsters... the list goes on. They ended long ago and were replaced by bad flash and imports from Japan (some good, some bad).

[EDIT: how could I not mention FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS?!?!?! Thanks Alli! This one is the exception to the rule. It's so good!]

But there are some new kids on the block! The first one is Chowder, which I like because it combines cartoons (which I love) with cooking (which I also love). The humor is perfectly juvenile yet well timed, and the characters are FRICKIN' ADORABLE.

The second is Flapjack! Flapjack is all about how awesome the ocean is, AND it was created in part by Pendleton Ward (who made adventure time) and it super hilarious and also very well put together!! Both Flapjack and Chowder, oddly enough, use stop motion from time to time, which is awesome.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

basic instincts

This week's Illustration Friday was "instinct". For awhile I was trying to do something involving human instincts, but then I decided that I do enough illustrations of people. Hopefully Rabbit goes with his instincts and avoids that trap!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009



for illustration friday! I'm not sure if this illustration is done or not! Exclamation point!

house of perry

In some magical twist of fate I discovered that two amazing things that I love combined together the other day and the world almost imploded!!! Sneak peaks, my favorite section of design sponge, covered the home of Mike Perry, one of my very favorite cool artists!

The post itself is here, go gawk at it as I did. That couch first photograph is something I long for.

Monday, February 16, 2009

cats cats cats

1. Pinky, 2. IMG_2203, 3. all hail king kitty, 4. Untitled, 5. Hangin on the Roof, 6. Siamese Kitty

some of my flickr favorites involving the feline species. babies.

Friday, February 13, 2009


happy valentines day! instead of a dozen roses, I give to you oh blogosphere this hermes scarf. It is pretty much perfect in every way. As a scarf lover, someday I hope to own a scarf by hermes.

Today I plan on going to the art shanties with friends and then eating dinner with bryan at moto-i. A good day indeed!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


my desk!

here is my desk - apres clean up, which was terrifying, by the way. there were things stashed away in there from FRESHMAN YEAR. anywho, sami tagged me to show off mine, and I will tag bill!

my desk!
my desk!
my desk!


my goal this week is to make one little illustration a day. here is today's. It is very very colorful. it also happens to be my very first Illustration Friday! The subject was time, and I decided to be silly and do an illustration about how time is crazy and abstract and maybe not real.

p.s. just got the last issue of domino ever and cried into its beautiful pages. WHY MUST IT ALL BE SO EXPENSIVE?!

Monday, February 9, 2009


A few months ago the roomie and I were talking about how awesome the insides of envelopes can be - you know, when you get something a little secret or private from somebody official, and there's a pattern on the inside of the envelope to make it difficult to see what's inside?

Yes. Anyway, I was just thinking about it today, thanks to a great cross-hatch found on the inside of some information from my insurance company, and I decided to look into these patterns. And it turns out there are a lot of people out there who share my love!

Most notably is work of wave's collection of over 75 patterns from various contributors, on their website and on flickr. The one above is probably one of my favorite commonly seen patterns.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Trying to experiment with my work more in hopes that something will strike a chord and then I'll get tons and tons of freelance jobs (OR SOMETHING!).

ANYWHO, this is all traditional elements scanned in and messed about with in photoshop. I'm not quite sure if it's done or not, but it's going to be in a series of Chinese zodiac animal illustrations. The little stringy at the bottom is a reference to this interesting belief.

Friday, February 6, 2009

another little post

Much love to the Mod Cloth blog for featuring my little outfit I wore to the dentists! FAME AND FORTUNE!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

page turner

I've been a fan of hand made books ever since I started taking print paper book classes at college, but I've never really been able to figure out how to properly display them on my website. Thankfully, since the interwebs are so awesome, I figured it out: VIDEOS. videos are the future, you guys. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN UPLOAD THEM TO THE INTERNAT?

anyway, I made a new section on my website and put up some videos and photos of two of my favorite books. Maybe I'll even make more books, now that I have a place to put them!

Here are the videos, for your viewing pleasure.

i'm still dreaming from Emma Brown on Vimeo.

missing time from Emma Brown on Vimeo.

p.s. i got tagged by sami to do a thing, but i have to clean first.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I often get bored/embarrassed/tired of the little images I make for sending to various art directors/design agencies/people i want to hire me, so I make a lot. Here are a few of the most recent ones!

a rabbit! i sold prints of this guy at the art sale.

this lady came about from a bunch of sketches and my extreme need to pair blue and red together.

this one's the most recent of my series, focusing more on my hand-done type than illustrations - but it's keeping with the copy of the other ones. I love writing out "how are you?", it's got the most perfect combination of great looking letters and sounds. Plus it's kind of an adorable pleasantry.

Monday, February 2, 2009


In a perfect world I would basically be Anna over at D16. It would be great to own a beautiful house and know how to fix it up and have great taste in furniture, yes yes, but really in the end I just think it would rock to be a book cover designer.

I always enjoy looking through The Book Design Review (that's where I found "The Great Perhaps") and The Book Cover Archive makes me want to either (1) curl up and never make anything again or (2) try my hardest to make something as awesome as all the stuff in there.

I always, ALWAYS judge a book by its cover.