Spring Ahead

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For my birthday this month – with snow on the ground three days into spring – we headed upstate to do two of my favorite things: thrifting + veggie eating. I am much more selective when I thrift shop now, bringing back only a few affordable gems. Here are my curated purchases; the most expensive item being a $12 raccoon skull:

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Below are my handpicked cast of characters for finishing up The Sketchbook Project illustrations. So exciting!

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*shops: Goodwill • Hodge Podge • Salvation Army • White Whale

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!