Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Cozy Recipe from the Ol'e Sketchbook

My sister is truly obsessed with this stuff! I don't really blame her though; it's quite tasty, and much more pleasing than regular-type wine. We highly recommend it as a remedy for otherwise undrinkable 2-buck chuck you might have picked up at your local discount grocer, hoping for a bargain but instead getting what you paid for. I slightly reinterpreted the recipe from Alton Brown. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

This is my brilliant couples' costume idea that I would use if I ever had a boyfriend. (Boo hoo.) Instead I must make a clever narrative still life and keep waiting to meet my own "elegant fowl". Still I think this will make cute valentines too. I was really proud of my reduction of the characters to merely the glasses, but the most delightful part of the process was researching and deriving the vintage glasses and lettering design. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Family Day at Museum of Glass!

Museum of Glass in Tacoma, affectionately known as the MOG (mahg,) hired me to do a new illustration for their Family Day fliers. The previously used illustration was a grossly pixelated image in a neon CMYK color scheme showing two white kids doing a craft project. My goal was to make a modern-looking image with a more accurate depiction of a typical Family Day at MOG. I had plenty of first-hand observations, made during my many months as a gallery monitor, from which to compose an image of journalistic integrity. Thanks to Elisabeth Emerson, MOG's Education Program Coordinator, for this opportunity! 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Old Soul

A little while ago I designed the CD packaging for my longtime friend and co-counselor David Robbecke's new album, Old Soul. The CD itself also features my illustration of the ol' soul'd musician as an ancient yet young-at-heart guru with a ukelele. David is a wonderful performer and gifted writer; Old Soul includes several original songs, including one of my favorites, "Our Wedding Song" which I was honored to hear performed at the very celebration for which it was written. It's a great listen! I recommend you check out songs from Old Soul on Dave's SoundCloud page, his YouTube channel, or purchase the CD or individual songs at CD Baby

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oktoberfest and Sketchbook

A couple weeks ago I ran my first race ever: the Fremont Oktoberfest 5k: "A Brew-Ha-Ha of a Run." I am most proud of myself! The following are my sketchy tasting notes from the beer festival that drew me (ha!) to train for and finish a running event. The Beer Coaster Book in which they are inscribed is handmade by yours truly and it has friends available for sale at my Etsy shop! 

Also some sketches: 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Shiny New Cards

Despite my lack of posting new things, I HAVE been making new things. Among these are new business cards, complete with "spot UV coating," a.k.a., shiny bits. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lawn Beers

Since the very first warm day this year, Sister and I have been stuck on the idea of hanging out on the front lawn and sipping beers. Still lawn chair-less, we finally actually had our first lawn beers last Sunday on a sheet spread out on the prickly grass. Ferdinand the (indoor) cat joined us for yard time, in which he tentatively slinked about and zealously tasted every plant within the radius of his harness-and-tether. It was perfectly idyllic, studying, painting, fruit beers, cat antics; that is, until I got overheated after about five minutes. Redheads just don't do well in the sun, but yet I'm still compelled to go enjoy the out-of-doors whenever it's not raining. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Baby Cadence, So Cute!

I recently presented this baby portrait to my friends Travis and Jessica to honor their firstborn son Cadence. This baby is exceptionally cute, and I had the distinct joy of watching him fall asleep in my arm. And I thought I didn't really like babies. Truly cute babies have a certain magic.

I have a new obsession with coats of arms, flags, and seals (not the animal.) The symmetry is satisfying, opportunities to incorporate drawn lettering is built in, and the limitations—provided by the structure, its traditions and meaning—are freeing. Another obsession within the crest designs is banners, which, albeit trendy, are super fun to draw and visually interesting and I love them.

Please feel welcome to hire me to draw your own portrait and/or crest and tell a friend! 

Monday, May 9, 2011


This is Sita and her sweet little angels! I've been waiting to see this movie for months, and let me tell you, it was a-maz-ing! The cinematography was so beautiful, and those cats are so cute and incredibly fascinating. Love it! 

My portfolio needs some black and white drawings, so I made some fan art. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Plein Air Season Begins

Weather-wise, yesterday was a rarely lovely day that compels one to gather up one's paints and wander down to the beach. After a couple hours in full sun, I was overheated, lonely, disgusted with my painting, and thoroughly annoyed with all the noisy, inane people walking by behind me. Clearly I don't do well in the sun, because I added one more layer of paint in the studio today (also it is raining today) and now it looks fine. I resolve to look for a hat.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Triangle Tully's

Tully's Coffee is a crappier version of Starbucks, but this location is in a cool historic building and is triangular.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Narwhals Roasting Marshmallows

Success [of combining rapidograph line drawing with my lush watercolor specialty in Old Anchors] + failure [of spectacular proportion and many hours of ultimately fruitless narwhal drawing in the catastrophic 100 Narwhals] = the beauty of Narwhal redemption!

I am giddily pleased and proud of this illustration, so I submitted it as a cover idea to Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger, and ordered postcards. (Though history shows that the more I really love one of my pictures when I make it, the more disgusted I grow of it later...) I was going to wait to post it, hoping to actually get a response from The Stranger, but those people get so many submissions they never respond, so, whatever. I think it will be a good postcard though. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Old Anchors by Nick Fioretti

Nick Fioretti is a talented musician and cohort at my current day job in the security department at Museum of Glass.  He recently finished this excellent single Old Anchors and appointed me to do the album art. It's been very satisfying to have an assignment I didn't make up for myself, and a delight to have my work associated with an amazing local musician. Give it a listen!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mandolin Cafe

This place was okay I guess. At least there was a flying baby. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

This Week: Cats of The Office! Sunday Coffeeing!

Another kooky idea from the brain of Anita Landree: some of the cast of The Office as cute little kitteh-cats! Two of my favorite things collide for my noodling delightment and your comic enjoyment. Some of the names made better puns than others.

Today my sister and I passed a most lovely afternoon of antiquing! We wandered the whole of Tacoma's antique district on Broadway, and only one of the shops was overrun by hipsters prowling for cheap, ironic items. And there were only a couple of gangs of hipsters armed with enormous D-SLR cameras taking snaps of each other in old abandoned doorways. And I'm not even exaggerating. Unfortunately, despite my weariness of hipsters, I have mentioned and/or drawn them in my last several blog posts in a row. Whatevs. 

After exploring the coolest labyrinthine antique mall, with three floors of endless treasures, uniquely-shaped rooms and passages, nooks and crannies, we concluded our antiquing quest and went for cafe et cookie, where I drew some hunched-over-in-concentration hipsters. And then we came home and drank champagne rose and so it has been a most perfectly lovely day. 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Hot Diggety Dawg!

What could be better than hot dogs and beer? Hot dogs with creative toppings and delicious micro brews at The Red Hot, one of Tacoma's famous "hipster" hotspots. 

On drinking and drawing: I've experimented with this from time to time and obviously it never goes great because alcohol impairs one's coordination. However, it lends a certain reckless abandon to a drawing which can be fun. You just have to begin the drawing before beginning to drink so that you can build up enough good drawing to carry the later goofy drawing. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Theme & Variation

There's a new hipster coffee shop in Tacoma and it's aaamazing! It doesn't come close to Meshuggah in St. Louis, partly because it's perhaps too clean and yuppie, but they do make a scrumptious, appropriately-priced espresso drink, unlike our friend, The Non-Hipster Coffee Shop. My sister and I went there so she could read in public and I could do some on-location drawing. 

Like every drawing in my sketchbook lately, it was awesome until I ruined it by coloring it. But I can't help it! I love the colors too much! Luckily I had scanned the line drawing because I had a feeling I might ruin it. This allowed me to go back and recolor it digitally, and be smarter about value and limiting/uniting the palette. 

This is a drawing I did at The Non-Hipster Coffee Shop back in November. We went so my sister could work on her NaNoWriMo and I could so some on-location drawing. This one also became unsatisfactory once colored, but I did a little better with the values. 

The idea of the Hipster/Non-Hipster Coffee Shop dichotomy is quoted from my teacher John Hendrix, who also taught me to draw on location. Look, John! I learned something! But I'm still learning.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lady Times!

I recently had the opportunity to illustrate and design (yes! even graphically design!) a promotional poster for the Claremont School of Theology Arts Council's 2011 production of The Vagina Monologues. 
The images I decided to draw are my brainstorm on femininity—things women use every day, things associated with women, images of women of various races and ages, women's work, women in art(s), milestones in women's lives. And for fun, the color palette is derived from lipstick shades! 

If you're in southern California, try to make it to one of the performances! My friend Ruth has been hard at work on the production, so it should prove thought-provoking, celebratory, etc., and proceeds go to two wonderful charities.

Thursday, January 20, 2011