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March 31, 2014

More chalk. It’s been a week of chalk! (at Dropbox HQ)

March 28, 2014

More chalk. It’s been a week of chalk! (at Dropbox HQ)

friday funsies

March 28, 2014

drew this butterfly today (in progress, not final)

nametag: “ask me about <3”

March 28, 2014

image

i always enjoy asking people about their dreams. often, people interpret “dream” as “thing I’ve wanted since I was 5,” but really, “dream” just refers to “thing that presently makes your heart pound,” be it one five minutes old or five decades. 

this girl here, she’s looking off into the distance at glitter and circle and dash, but when she turns around and stares at you straight in the eye you’ll see a force you couldn’t have expected. it is the look of the dreamer. you just never knew because she wasn’t looking at you before. 

Make something happen @ Crowdtilt

March 27, 2014

Just for fun before this awesome art party (arty) that we checked out. What’s funny is that once James (above left) mentioned that they had chalk I got totally distracted and started playing for two hours, thereby sidetracking the entire group…

Party was awesome though. The vibe at Crowdtilt is super chill, ie. here, where I’ve drawn all over their freshly painted, new, non-chalk (!) walls. We made it happen! 

More on love, but my kind

March 27, 2014

Each day, pulling away layers of dead skin and self

What does it even mean to love someone? It seems almost impossible to universally define such a complex state of mind since we all experience life so uniquely. I guess love is something you just have to experience and define for yourself. On a whole, I’ve experienced it as being committed to someone I am passionately interested in. Someone who helps me discover aspects of myself I didn’t see before and for whom I can do the same. Someone I trust, respect, and share experiences with. Someone I can be my kind of weird with.

Are you in love?

March 27, 2014

With your work, your life. 

"All the decisions I’ve made have been based on whether I’m happy where I’m at. If I’m not, I just make a change. There’s something to be said about being financially stable, which I wasn’t for a long time, but I’m doing better now and I feel like I learned so much from that experience. Not everyone can do that because we all have different responsibilities, but we can all at least work toward what we want to do in some capacity. If you are truly passionate about something, it has to happen.

The most seemingly obvious things are the ones that are so hard to do for a lot of people. There’s a perception that people who are successful at something are just good and didn’t work at it. I want to show people that everyone creative is the same; everyone goes through the same struggles. When you feel like your work is not that good, you’re right there—you have to keep pushing. The moment you stop pushing is when you give up and then you’ll never know what could have been.”

Got my chocolate, got my chalk - I’m a happy cat. (at Dandelion Chocolate)

March 26, 2014

Got my chocolate, got my chalk - I’m a happy cat. (at Dandelion Chocolate)

Citizens of Dropbox
I don&#8217;t often post work stuff (because I can&#8217;t until after a launch), but here are some people that the amazing Ryan and I have been drawing. We are basically fleshing out how people are represented within the Dropbox universe, and he took the dudes and I took the ladies. This is just two days of work - wait till you see the entirety of what we&#8217;ve been cookin&#8217; up&#8230;!
I should basically say here that it is so amazing to work with someone like Ryan. There are a lot of times during the week where I&#8217;m floored, like &#8220;wow those five minutes with you just improved my work by an amount that would have taken me hours of self-critique on my own.&#8221; He&#8217;s just so freaking good, and the humblest artist I know (THE humblest). Yay Ryan! *clap clap in appreciation*

March 25, 2014

Citizens of Dropbox

I don’t often post work stuff (because I can’t until after a launch), but here are some people that the amazing Ryan and I have been drawing. We are basically fleshing out how people are represented within the Dropbox universe, and he took the dudes and I took the ladies. This is just two days of work - wait till you see the entirety of what we’ve been cookin’ up…!

I should basically say here that it is so amazing to work with someone like Ryan. There are a lot of times during the week where I’m floored, like “wow those five minutes with you just improved my work by an amount that would have taken me hours of self-critique on my own.” He’s just so freaking good, and the humblest artist I know (THE humblest). Yay Ryan! *clap clap in appreciation*

character is everything.

March 23, 2014

respect. 

fly, not crawl. 

go with the wind. 

my dad. 

yin / yang. 

inner peace. 

The elusive Deer Queen

March 23, 2014

I’ve basically been obsessively drawing deer for the last month. It is very strange and several friends have remarked upon it. 

It stems from a very visceral and magical experience that I had once when I was camping about a year ago. I felt like I was “Deer Queen” (still am); I and the forest and sea were all one. But really, I was convinced that I was a deer for a good hour and a half and the flowers and I took breaths in tandem (yes, I’m definitely very cool). 

Little sketch I made yesterday before I went to bed: 

I realized that when I’m actively trying to draw something “Great” my work turns out a lot stiffer than when I’m just having fun (which also has the ultimate upside of, by definition, just being fun). I tend to like what I make a lot more, too.

I can’t wait to hang this in my bathroom… or something. 

top of mind for today:
- portfolio site
- talk slides
- relaxing
- planning tokyo + santorini + taipei/hk/hangzhou (yes. yes.)

also:
- a billion other things

March 20, 2014

this deer is killing me. i really hate it, and i don’t want to spend any more time on it, so I’ll move on, pretty dissatisfied for the first time in a while. putting this up here as a reminder to myself… 

lately my friend Karl and I have been mutually giving each other a lot of feedback wrt drawing. it has been immensely helpful to have someone both encourage and push you - I feel as though my style has been heavily influenced by his lately as well. Karl, my year at Wharton (!!! &#8230;lol), comes from the illustrative world of animation - having worked at companies like Pixar and Dreamworks he&#8217;s now at Cornell in a masters program and has basically passed along his roster of favorite artists to me, all of whom I now follow very closely. 
lately I&#8217;ve very much fallen in love with illustration. it&#8217;s very cool because I love falling in love, so much - and it&#8217;s an unexpected fall as well. as the best ones are.
every time one falls in love one must reconsider the future. it doesn&#8217;t matter if it&#8217;s a light or heavy love, strung with consequences or not, partner or art, whichever. your idea of the present tense is no longer congruent with what the future promises, or at least prompts. it&#8217;s as though what&#8217;s next is this better, remixed version of what you thought it could be. who is this delightful new addition to my life? or, as presently, what does this new love prompt in my life? 
what do illustration, drawing, and story mean for me? 
I don&#8217;t know where the answers lie, but I&#8217;m thankful for friends like Karl who push me on a daily basis to be better, invariably closer to where I&#8217;ll find them. 
"if you&#8217;re going to try, try all the way&#8230;" 

March 16, 2014

lately my friend Karl and I have been mutually giving each other a lot of feedback wrt drawing. it has been immensely helpful to have someone both encourage and push you - I feel as though my style has been heavily influenced by his lately as well. Karl, my year at Wharton (!!! …lol), comes from the illustrative world of animation - having worked at companies like Pixar and Dreamworks he’s now at Cornell in a masters program and has basically passed along his roster of favorite artists to me, all of whom I now follow very closely. 

lately I’ve very much fallen in love with illustration. it’s very cool because I love falling in love, so much - and it’s an unexpected fall as well. as the best ones are.

every time one falls in love one must reconsider the future. it doesn’t matter if it’s a light or heavy love, strung with consequences or not, partner or art, whichever. your idea of the present tense is no longer congruent with what the future promises, or at least prompts. it’s as though what’s next is this better, remixed version of what you thought it could be. who is this delightful new addition to my life? or, as presently, what does this new love prompt in my life? 

what do illustration, drawing, and story mean for me? 

I don’t know where the answers lie, but I’m thankful for friends like Karl who push me on a daily basis to be better, invariably closer to where I’ll find them. 

"if you’re going to try, try all the way…" 

Fire

March 12, 2014

“Loss,” he tells me, “is a theme that I think a lot about, and it’s something in my work that I dwell on. I think when you experience any kind of loss, especially the kind I did, you have questions about survival: Why do some people thrive in situations that others can’t tolerate? Would I be able to survive and get on in the world on my own?”

Aaand one of the coolest groups of people ever, the Venmo cru.

March 10, 2014

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A: “Where to next?”
J: “Aii aiite we got a house, and we got some cool New York peep—”
group: [bursts into laughter]