WordPressed in Winter

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I’ve been in hibernation mode this winter. Glued to my screen, I travelled a little too far down the WordPress rabbit hole. I’ve been there before. My venture into the self-hosted platform began years ago when I wanted my own blog, when the free version of WordPress wouldn’t cut it anymore. The obsession started slowly, wanting to control a widget here and there, but my customization wants never stopped and the descent into WordPress madness truly began.

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Since my head has been lost inside the platform this winter (2 clients + my own site), I’ve wanted to make some art about it. So the artist has taken over today in order to draw you some pictures. And apparently, this artist wants green shoes too.

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Happy New Year!

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This is an exciting time to reevaluate our lives and set goals. For me, it’s about accountability in 2015. I am a good worker, accountable to others when they need me. Admittedly though, I am not as accountable to myself. For some reason, when doing things just for me, I’m a little all over the place. It’s easy to slip when you work from home most of the day (the only overseeing pair of eyes being the cat’s).

Case in point, I have signed up for The Sketchbook Project before and never completed it. I keep a personal sketchbook regularly; my sacred place of both inner calm and sketchy rage; the place I can draw whatever I want without judgement. I couldn’t bring myself to share that kind of vulnerability with the world back in 2012, yet its incompleteness still haunts me.

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When Tim asked me what I do just for fun, I came up empty. I hadn’t given fun much thought lately. Ask my Dad what he did on his day off and he’ll say you, “organized my receipts.” Like father, like daughter.

So I am holding myself accountable. In order to become a better freelancer, maybe even a better person, I need to do fun things just for me too. I signed up for The Sketchbook Project 2015 for this very reason, and my book has just arrived in the mail!

How do you hold yourself accountable?

New Illustrations

Last month I was an interim Art Director for the wonderful folks at Tablet Magazine. It was such a great experience and the team couldn’t be nicer! I also illustrated Tablet’s editorial piece “Lust In A Religious Man’s Heart”:

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My friends over at Slice Magazine asked me to illustrate another web series header. Check out their amazing work here.

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(reference photo)imageDuring this time of gratitude, I am especially thankful for my freelance career as an artist. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

September Updates


Tim challenged me to let my curls dry natural for 7 days, then I turned it into an art project on Instagram. It may not sound like a big deal, but I have been fighting the curls for a long time. You can read about it here.

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Speaking of Instagram, I rarely used it and I’m not super concerned when it comes to likes/followers (I usually toy with the idea of deleting Facebook). Then one day I had over 900 followers on Instagram and couldn’t figure out why. I jokingly told my friends I was being spammed and would return down to zero shortly. Ha! Turns out, I was featured on Buzzfeed and didn’t even know it. An old art school friend messaged me and asked if I had seen the article, which totally explains the Instagram mystery. A great big thank you to fellow artist Melissa Mendillo, Daniel Dalton from Buzzfeed, and my new Instagram friends!

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Though I don’t freelance in-house with Katie anymore, we always keep in touch. She hired me to redesign The Office of Katie Osborn’s website, which includes WordPress, custom photography, and new site graphics. The Randall’s Island graphics we designed together last year are finally up too; check out a few of these beauties:

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I love animals in art. This year’s Renegade Craft Fair purchase included a cheetah ring, and I wear one my animal necklaces every day. In a dream I pet a tiger full on the face. The animals are getting bigger; the tigers keep on purring and roaring.

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Summer is ending, fall is beginning, and I can feel change in the air. Aside from the website design for Katie, I am moving design to the side and narrowing in on my passion: illustration. I was successful being a Jack-of-all-trades, but I need to more aggressively pursue what I always sought out to be. Upcoming illustration projects include PBS and Slice Literary. Lastly, I am being featured in a photo project on illustrators living in or around New York City. I’m super excited! The photos will be exhibited at The Hold Artspace in Brisbane, Australia. More to follow.

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June Updates + New Comics

This month I returned to my old Fashion Institute roots and freelanced at Juicy Couture sketching handbags for Juicy + Cole Haan. I also assisted with summer 2015 concepts; what fun! Here are my sketches of some older items (can’t show anything unreleased).

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I have been completely obsessed with Game of Thrones, and since Sunday was the finale, I made my own comic countdown. I also used this as a great excuse to return to drawing weekly comics, just for fun. You can follow my comics on Tumblr here: artsparrowcomics.com.

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In addition to Game of Thrones comics, I started drawing character portraits again. Below is Tyrion Lannister, one of my favorite characters in the series, while the background birds I borrowed from my own unfinished Arya painting.

Tyrion_artsparrowSome more really great tours on Apartment Therapy. Katie Osborn (below) who I have freelanced for as a designer + illustrator with The Office of Katie Osborn; working together in the very same home office I photographed.

027AT_Katie_027 Designer Carlos Fernández (below) of CreoCreo Studio has interior design skills that took my breath away.

“carlos’ loft is a visual playground that is
full of surprises; it’s like the willy wonka factory of interior design.”

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And who could forget James Bolenbaugh back in March? His apartment is an absolute masterpiece, and I’m also proud of the portrait I shot of James that reminded AT commenters of a painting.

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My logo design package for Studio 88 (ie. Principal Architect, Argiris Giorgou) is now complete. Argiris hasn’t officially launched his new branding, so I can’t show the logo just yet, but more design to follow. So here is a random sketch + gouache palette that have nothing to do with anything:

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Part I

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Sunday I fell in love with artist Jennifer Horn’s Google Doodle in honor of Audrey Hepburn’s 85th birthday. It also gave me a great excuse to get back to my own illustrated Breakfast at Tiffany’s series. My first sketch (above) is inspired from the Five & Dime scene (animal masks!) and will be illustrated in gouache. More art from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s

“no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.” – holly golightly

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And since I am interior-obsessed, one of my favorite onscreen NYC apartments is Holly Golightly’s minimalistic one-bedroom. I love the set design so much; the pops of fuchsia, zebra rug, milk crates…and of course her incredible bathtub love seat!!

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* movie photos © 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s