Japan Travel Sketchbook

J 🌸 A 🌸 P 🌸 A 🌸 N ~~~~ you've stolen my heart!!!  We had the privilege to visit the beautiful country of Japan last March - April visiting friends and attending a wedding for a high school friend of ours.   This is my first time keeping a travel sketchbook! Japan was so inspiring and exciting I had no problem completing an entire sketchbook during the trip.  On a personal note, I've been in a creative slump.. so completing this (and sharing it online) was a big victory for me :)

 So thankful I got to travel with the love of my life, my EB, my cafe jr, Stephen πŸ’•πŸŒΈπŸ’•

So thankful I got to travel with the love of my life, my EB, my cafe jr, Stephen πŸ’•πŸŒΈπŸ’•

I have to give a shout out to my wonderful and supportive husband who was the best travel partner who and let me stop and draw from life (which usually takes me a while, I’m slow).  My fellow artists will understand how hard it is to get back in the swing of drawing, especially from life and in front of others.

 Drawing Japanese kanji, katakana, and hirigana

Drawing Japanese kanji, katakana, and hirigana


Our trip toured a few areas in the main island of Honshu.  We spent the first part of our trip in Tokyo; visiting Shinjuku, Mitaka, Shibuya, Kitazawa, Ikebukuro, and Kawasaki.  We were lucky enough to get Ghibli Museum Tickets (!!!) definitely worth the hype and stress over getting tickets.   Visiting the Shinjuku National Gardens during peak Sakura was one of my favorite moments of the whole trip.  I'll be dreaming of pink petal flurries until I return again  πŸŒΈ

 Spending my birthday in Tokyo πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Spending my birthday in Tokyo πŸŒΌπŸ’•


Stephen and I spent a few days in Kyoto.  Everything was in full bloom for spring, the Japanese potted plant game in Kyoto was making me swoon at every corner!  Kyoto was a nice change of pace after the monstrosity that is Tokyo.

 2 heads in kiyomizu-dera

2 heads in kiyomizu-dera


Kanazawa and Takaoka: We met up with friends for the wedding weekend. Being in small Japanese towns for this wedding was a delight and definitely a highlight of our trip. My friend Ahlana and I dressed in kimono for the wedding and we ran into sweet old ladies celebrating Buddha’s birthday!  I wish we could have spent more time in Takaoka!

Exploring Taito City & the end of our trip:

Japan, I miss you so much already. I’ll be back real soon 🌸


Dallas Child: Have Faith

A quick illo I did for the December issue of DallsChild.  With the project's scheduling, I had to create this piece about faith and spirituality during the election night... which is pretty crazy to think about now...

I wanted to center my image around spirituality/religious rituals that take place in the winter months.  So, a family of 4 sitting together around a lit candle...maybe in prayer or a quiet moment of meditation.  While the children are too young to really know what is going on, they take delight in their parents' rituals and enjoy being together around this candle.  


I liked that I was able to relate to this article and my past (positive) experiences with religion in my family.

NOCAZ 2016!

In years past I would always somehow miss the deadline to register for NOCAZ, but not this year!!! Here is a quick lil' summary of my first time tabling and selling my work at NOCAZ!

This was actually my first time tabling ANYWHERE, but sitting next to my BFF Vickie V. made it less scary and more fun. <3

Here are some things I made just for this year's NOCAZ:

Can't wait for NOCAZ '17 !

Haunted Supply Co. + Dark and Stormy Night!

WOW!  There's so much I can say about this massive project and Big Class!!
I had the privilege to be on the Big Class design team to create products for the Haunting Supply Co. pop up shop! 


We designed postcards, candles, goggles, masks, t-shirts, bookmarks, glow-in-the-dark stickers, and other spooky haunting goods to sell at our 2nd Annual Dark and Stormy Night fundraiser!

Expect to see more of these items in the brick-and-mortar Haunting Supply store!  Learn more about the project and Big Class by visiting bigclass.org

Art Club at Non-Society Hands!

 Rebecca had the genius idea of making a new sticker for every meeting!

Rebecca had the genius idea of making a new sticker for every meeting!

Super excited to announce that I'm hosting monthly Art Club meetings at Non-Society Hands!  We had our first "meeting" last Thursday and it was a huge success!  I'm really excited to make art with new people in our community.  We plan on using different mediums and themes every month; September was all about Sumi ink!  I brainstormed monthly meeting with shop owners Rebecca and Tammy and we have amazing things planned for future Art Club meetings!  I can't wait for October!  Be sure to follow our Instagram accounts for updates on meeting days and times: Floating Heads and Non-Society Hands

Our Wedding Invitations

 Image for our "Save the Dates".

Image for our "Save the Dates".

Wedding planning was such a crazy experience for me and Stephen.  Even though we were excited, we often felt completely overwhelmed with planning and budgeting.  We both knew our wedding would be DIY with lots of personal touches, that meant I would handle all the invitations!  Thankfully, illustrating and designing the invitations for our wedding was the easiest part of the whole process!  Unlike other decisions I knew exactly what I wanted the invitations to look like and I felt that I captured our venues and personalities to a T.   I am very proud with how they came out!

I drew inspiration for my Save the Dates and Invitation Suite from my wedding dress and Clouet Gardens (the community garden we chose for our venue!)  I also included our dog, Poppy, on the Save the Dates... she couldn't attend the wedding so we had to think of a special way to include her. (All photos in inspiration slideshow are by Love is Rad Co.)

 Photo by Love is Rad Co.

Photo by Love is Rad Co.

 Process shots of the invitation suite. &nbsp;All hand lettered and drawn!

Process shots of the invitation suite.  All hand lettered and drawn!

More lettering I did for our wedding:

 Signature drink, the "Poppy T." Photo by Love is Rad Co.

Signature drink, the "Poppy T." Photo by Love is Rad Co.

 Custom Snapchat Geofilter!&nbsp;Photo by Love is Rad Co.

Custom Snapchat Geofilter! Photo by Love is Rad Co.

 Photo by Love is Rad Co.

Photo by Love is Rad Co.

Since this is a wedding post, I have to give a big shout out to all the vendors we hired...they were so great to work with!!! 
Venue:  Clouet Gardens and Tigermen Den
Photos: Love is Rad Co.
Flowers: Pistil and Stamen
Food: Clesi's

Custom Snapchat Filters!

This year I've been able to play around and make a few custom Snapchat geofilters!  The first was a commission from St. Roch Market here in New Orleans, and then I decided to make one for my wedding!

Immediately after I was commissioned to do a private birthday and I made a filter for my best friend's bachelorette party!  AND NOW I CAN'T STOP!

I decided to open geofilter commissions on my Etsy!  If you're interested in a custom, illustrated geofilter for you event check out my Etsy listing or shoot me an email - julia@floating-heads.net

 Photo by Love is Rad co.

Photo by Love is Rad co.

 Filter for ICON9: The Illustration Conference!

Filter for ICON9: The Illustration Conference!

You're Invited to Magic School!

"Magic School" By Dismas Simmons

Dismas wrote about the day he was invited to the Lage Witch School to study magic!  He was taught by Professor Nicki Minaj and studied the art of spell casting and potion making.   One night, while doing his homework, Dismas accidentally shook his want a little too hard and created a tornado! 

"The Birdface School" By Dejah Grimes

I had the privilege of working with Dejah in person!  When we read through her story she really wanted her illustration to focus on the climax: when Dejah turns herself into a dragon, throws the goblins in a bag, and tosses them into the sea!

Here's the finished book!  I'm so proud of everyone's finished stories and all the illustrations.
Find out more about Big Class here !

#WarbyBarker Live Dog Portraits!

Warby Parker does it again!  On April 1 I had the honor to sit in the New Orleans Warby Parker Frame Studio and DRAW A BUNCH OF DOGS!  It was honestly one of the best days of my life.

Those are just a few photos from the party.  Even though New Orleans experienced a lot of rain that evening, plenty of doggies (and their parents) showed up :)

Thanks to the amazing Warby Parker team!  I love y'all!!

10 Year Anniversary

A little illo I made for my almost-husband (18 days!), Stephen.

We started dating in high school, and made it "official" on March 18, 2006.  I feel like I can accomplish anything with him by my side!  Trying not to gush, I'll leave it at that. :)

National WWII Museum: Drafts for Crafts

I had the pleasure of creating some WWII themed temporary tattoos for the National WWII Museum!

My tattoos were revealed last Friday night at the 3rd Annual Drafts for Crafts fundraiser in the Boing Center.  

The WWII museum has spent almost a decade restoring the PT-305, a patrol-torpedo navy boat, that was originally launched in Lake Pontchartrain more than 70 years ago.


Here are some of my tattoos in action:

Set #1, celebrating the women workers of WWII:


Set #3, some miscellaneous patriotic tattoos:

Special thanks to the WWII museum for such a fun illustration job and for throwing a great party!   

My partner, Stephen, and I really enjoyed ourselves.  We saw John Goodman, ate a bunch of food, drank some sazeracs, danced all night, and pretty much had the best time ever.  Seeing my designs around the room was super cool, too!

Balloon Man! Big Class Illustration

New from Akili Academy x Big Class: "Will You Be My Sidekick?"! 🎈

3rd grader Ronell wrote about a super hero with BALLOON POWERS! His sidekick is Spot the dog and together they defeated the evil Christian with *spoilers* jalapeΓ±o pizza! πŸ”₯ 

If you want to volunteer with Big Class now would be the time, they have 4 insanely fun projects lined up for spring! Visit BigClass.org/volunteer for more information on how to get involved.

1001 Knights: Fairy Knight Philomena


Introducing Philomena, the fairy knight. Like most artists, I can find inspiration everywhere but I love to look back on my childhood idols and interests.  This piece was inspired by beautiful fairy wallpaper that adorned the walls in my childhood bedroom.  These wallpaper fairies lived among the flowers with bumblebees, and I liked to imagine they protected the bees that lived and survived off of the flowers in the garden.  I was so excited about creating a lady knight protagonist based off of these fairies; one that will inspire children to love bees and our fragile ecosystem.

Here is some of my sketchbook character development:

What started out as a "Lady Knight/Women of Game of Thrones zine" is not a massive 3-volume people-positive-feminist-as-f*ck anthology featuring artists from all over the world.  With a little over a week left in the Kickstarter campaign, we have raised $98,000 more than our $70,000 goal! 
I am so humbled and honored to be included in this movement, HUGE thank you to Annie Stoll and Kevin Stanton for orchestrating it all so perfectly.

Here's a look at the 2-book mock up:

Be sure to check out the complete list of 1001 Knights artists!  And visit the Kickstarter page for more information (ALSO you also have 9 more days to score on these books and LOADS of bad-ass add ons, like posters, enamel pins, and patches!)

Will you be mine?

I couldn't help myself.... Valentine's Day is one of my favorites!  Good Mardi Gras feelings went right into the weekend with a Galentine's picnic on Saturday and Valentine's Day Sunday with my dude.  I made a few lil' images to celebrate love: