Wednesday, April 18, 2018

как искусство может сделать вас счастливым

You guys! How Art Can Make You Happy has been translated into Russian! Holy smokes. Such a trip to see these familiar words in a completely different alphabet. Check it out:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A New Freelance Gig

I'm excited and honored that the same art director who hired me for that AMAZING Roxane Gay illustration job - the super rad Brian McMullen - has brought me back on board for a new job for a different magazine. I woke up super early Sunday to work on it and got to bust out a different, more mother-nature-y color palette than my usual. More news on this to come!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Intra-Office Mail Envelope

An oldie but a goodie, in both senses of the word: I drew this envelope a relatively long time ago, and the sample I drew it from was from quite a long time ago.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J. M. W. Turner

It is extremely difficult to do justice in words to the current SFMOMA show Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J. M. W. Turner. It is simply awesome. Not "awesome" in the everyday sense of cool, rad, groovy. No. Rather in the sense of that which evokes awe. Akomfrah's work is a large scale three-screen video installation called Vertigo Sea - three interwoven films that bring together sublime nature imagery, raw images from ocean-born refugee crises and the whaling industry, and enigmatic images of a Black man in historical garb standing in vast landscapes. There's a lot going on all at once - much of extremely beautiful and much of it deeply disturbing. Your eyes don't know where to look, your brain's not sure what to think, and your heart feels conflicting emotions simultaneously. At the artist's request this work is paired with Turner's painting The Deluge (just below), creating yet another mysterious and moving juxtaposition. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Color Poem #44

if you let it the
color of the sky

will mesmerize you with happiness
and what the hell color is it anyway?

not a pastel not one little bit but
rather a color made of pure light

way darker and deeper than the pale color
that apparel manufacturers name sky blue

way less green and turquoise than
the ceiling of grand central station

nearly impossible to mix with paint
since it’s got virtually no white in it

nothing matches it except once in a while the
ocean and some people’s eyes including mine

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


It's here! It's here! The day I get to show you ALL the books and paper products I edited for Chronicle Books for our illustrious Spring 2018 season. This is all stuff that is already available now, or will be very soon, from anyplace you like to buy books. And, can I just say? I got to work with so many amazing talents this time around. Check it out:

Lorna Simpson Collages by Lorna Simpson, introduction by Elizabeth Alexander

The Wing Reader: An Illustrated Poem by Brooke Smith, illustrated by Brian Rea

Deeply Grateful and Entirely Unsatisfied: A Book for Anyone Wondering if Life is Giving You Magical Gifts or Just Messing With You by Amanda Happé

With Love, Adventure, and Wildflowers Notes by Katie Daisy

Wanderlust and Wildflowers Colored Pencils by Katie Daisy

The Wildflower's Workbook: A Journal for Self-Discovery in Nature by Katie Daisy

How to Make Hand-Drawn Maps: A Creative Guide with Tips, Tricks, and Projects by Helen Cann

William Wegman Address Book, by William Wegman

Good Dogs on Nice Furniture Notes by William Wegman

Think Small: The Tiniest Art in the World by Eva Katz

Say Yes: A Journal for Dreaming Big by Leah Reena Goren

On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness by Roman Muradov

Creative Alchemy: Meditations, Rituals, and Experiments to Free Your Inner Magic by Marlo Johnson

The Color Collector's Handbook: A Journal for Discovering the Colors in Your Everyday by Leah Rosenberg

Make Change: Art to Inspire Action (Chronicle Books is a proud supporter of the ACLU)

If you want to see previous seasons of things I've worked on, going all the way back the the Fall of 2011 (holy crap!), simply type the relevant season abbreviation (F17, S17, F16, etc.) into the search box right over there up on the right. Watch my photography skills devolve as you go back in time. Fun for the whole family!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Marimekko for Uniqlo

Feeling deeply inspired by Marimekko's line for Uniqlo these days. A pal and I went on the very first day it went on sale. Here are the three thing I bought:

The above dress, which I'm wearing today.

These pants,

And this tee shirt.