I recently made a zine about my dog that was SUPER popular at NOCAZ, I only have a few left! Here are some of my favorite pages from that zine:
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.
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 !
This is an illo that ran in November's issue of DallasChild magazine. The article was about how to talk to your child about racism. Thanks to AD Lauren Niebes.
This month in Quick Draw we illustrated our Witchsonas!
This is what I'd look like as a witch :)
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
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
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.)
More lettering I did for our wedding:
Last Saturday Dat Dog invited me to do pet portraits during their National Hot Dog Day Celebration!! I love getting opportunities to paint dogs at events!
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
"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 !
Feature illustrations for May/June issue of Thrive Magazine. This article was about PROMPT, which is a hands on approach to speech therapy.
Latest feature illustration for April's issue of DallasChild magazine.
Thanks again to AD Lauren Niebes!!
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!!
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. :)
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 #2, VICTORY GARDENS!
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!
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* jalapeño pizza! 🔥
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.
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:
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:
Happy Mardi Gras, y'all! This carnival season was definitely the best one yet!