Sunday, December 28, 2008

dailies 12/21-12/27.

this is the last full week of dailies for 2008, and maybe forever? like i mentioned, i am planning a change of pace for next year. i only have like 3 days to figure out what that change is going to be, but it should still be a weekly upload sort of thing, so in any case you can see the first few next week!

sunday, december 21st: "i'm too anxious to focus on anything, let alone my daily."
monday, december 22nd: "i was mostly sitting all damn day but i'm still exhausted."
tuesday, december 23rd: "getting acquainted with my new home."
wednesday, december 24th: "my subconscious is mean."
thursday, december 25th: "WOW IT'S CHRISTMAS."
friday, december 26th: "not so skinny jeans but i like them anyway."
saturday, december 27th: "i am so not feeling the proverbial it right now."

i've nearly finished laying out the year of dailies for my upcoming show, so from here i have some major web updates to my site to make, as well as to my spring thesis. maybe there'll be things to show along the way. happy almost new year, everybody.

i am not an elephant.

in all the holiday splendor, i forgot that i never wrapped up my fall thesis. here is the last track, the delightful "in an aeroplane over the sea" by neutral milk hotel. i think this one is my favorite palette. also, the wraparound cover follows, with lots of tiny mixtapes for everyone.

the final book is finished and constructed and all that, but is in baltimore, and i am not. i will properly document it with my shiny new christmas camera as soon as i get home to the city to share with you.

as far as the spring goes, things are still a little up in the air. and by "a little," i really mean I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING NEXT. stay tuned for updates. i hope.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

better late than pregnant*: dailies 12/14-12/20.

*full disclosure: annie told me that she desperately wanted a way to casually work this into a conversation, and i cannibalized it for this post. sorry lady.

in case it snuck up on you like it did me, IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS WOW. and, apparently amidst the accidental shopping-on-the-last-weekend-before-the-holiday and the packing-to-go-to-a-home-i'd-never-actually-seen, the dailies update got lost in the shuffle. don't get the wrong idea, i still care about you! i don't want to disappoint - here they are for real right now let's go:

sunday, december 14th: "my brain is running amuck with an unusual number of fantasy sequences, zach braff style hopefully minus the dopey facial expression."
monday, december 15th: "the ends of things hit me more sharply than i would have guessed."
tuesday, december 16th: "it's impossibly disgusting outside."
wednesday, december 17th: "WHY AREN'T I ASLEEP RIGHT NOW."
thursday, december 18th: "i, ahem, hate my work."
friday, december 19th: "assigning unrealistic hopes where they don't belong."
saturday, december 20th: "and now for something completely different!"

in other news, i love my dailies, but i'm sort of sick of drawing myself every damn day, so i'm thinking about changing my approach for 2009. i have a lot of ideas, maybe something character-based like the hodgman-inspired "700 hoboes" or "700 molemen" projects (slightly related: i was reading his latest book "more information than you require" on my trip home yesterday and laughing out loud way too often not to be annoying, so read it! so we can spread awkward public laughter like the plague). anyway, ideas for things you would like me to draw 365 times - i would really appreciate any suggestions.

have a lovely, lovely holiday, everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

turns out that kids speak in all caps.

this is it: my final pre-final comic (i.e., the one i did right before the ones i posted earlier, which was my actual final for the class). it was supposed to be a kids comic (right up my adorable alley, mentioned here), so my solution was a classic closet monster scenario. presented both in glorious full-color and classy black and white, for class and for my art-market mini-comic, respectively. i think i prefer the black and white, honestly. still getting the hang of the whole digital color situation. SPRING GOAL!

they are presented as two-page spreads, so arguably, the tentacle-friend propping the comic up for your reading pleasure could jump the gutter in the center between the pages and connect them like a fun maze - hooray.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

crypto-fun for everyone.

what says "finals hooray!" more than cryptozoology? nothing. here is my sequential final, a series of mildly educational comics for kids to learn about geography slash cryptozoology while befriending nice monsters like the yeti or nessie. digital! limited color! complementary palettes! ish! i'm still working out the digital kinks as i'm getting more and more comfortable working this way. they are designed to be a serial comic in the back of some kids magazine that would run geography comics. like national geographic kids, i guess.
in other news, i forgot to ever post my last comic before this one so that it on it's way... later. it's in color too! also, i dropped my computer today (can you say OH BALLS? because i sure can. and did. especially if "balls" is spelled with many more expletives.) so my keyboard's been a little wonky, typing unecessarily frequent and unwanted e's. THIS IS MY DISCLAIMER IN THE EVENT THAT THIS POST IS RIDDLED WITH E-RELATED TYPOS.

Monday, December 15, 2008

it is the last week of classes, hooray! not too surprisingly, last week caught the brunt of the workload for finals, so these dailies are not especially cheery. or coherent. bear with me and count down the last few days until i am a lady of leisure.

sunday, december 7th: "i woke up before the sun did."
monday, december 8th: "two steps forward, infinity backward."
tuesday, december 9th: "i like delivering presents."
wednesday, december 10th: "i super-extra-ultra-mega-mondo fail."
thursday, december 11th: "i've got boys on the brain."
friday, december 12th: "i stopped making any sense days ago."
saturday, december 13th: "yogurt is the closest thing to a solid i consumed all day."

Friday, December 12, 2008


continuing on the "upload everything ever super-fast and super-after-the-fact" trend, here are two more pages for my thesis, the weepies' "take it from me" and andrew bird's "tables & chairs." i have a lot of work still to do, but i'm feeling pretty okay about the whole thing. we'll see how the final-final-finished-product turns out. there's only one more page! which is done, but i am going to leave you in suspense.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

more things more things more things.

i've been doing things i swear! i'm actually much farther along than my blog indicates, i've finished all twelve tracks and fleshed them out as spreads with track and artist information on the left hand side. all i have to do is print them out, paint the cover, and construct the actual book, at what i imagine to be about 7", like vinyl ep size. which, i realize makes little to no sense since it's supposed to be a mixtape (emphasis on the tape) but the book is square to act like an insert booklet so whatever.

anyway, these are tracks eight and nine, the new pornographers playing "the bleeding heart show" and owen playing "a bird in hand." hooray! below that also is the hand-lettering for the track list, although it won't ever appear in the book this way, it will only appear opposite each page on a single-color background, so that your eye can rest at least a little somewhere in this book.

keep an eye out for the rest as i race toward the finish line, aka, christmas.


sweet jesus art market is finally here. this is the pile of (completely adorable and not at all terrible) crap that i drew, silkscreened, printed, copied, bound, stamped, sleeved, sealed, labeled, tagged, and trimmed. please take a look if you're in the area, 10am-6pm today through saturday. there's a lot of swell-looking work there, so go see! and then spend money. on things that i made, if you want. everything is nice and shiny! the end.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

dailies 11/30-12/6.

I HAVE SO MUCH WORK TO DO IT IS ZERO PERCENT FUNNY. here are my dailies really-super-mega-ultra-mondo-fast:

sunday, november 30th: "haircuts are never as dramatic to anyone else as they seem like they should be."
monday, december (omg shift one) 1st: "seething in silence."
tuesday, december 2nd: "too much sitting in one position and not enough realizing that other people could see me try to stretch back out."
wednesday, december 3rd: "i think writing them all down is actually more depressing, instead of less."
thursday, december 4th: "i need to learn when to give up."
friday, december 5th: "kindred spirits crossing paths briefly before parting ways."
saturday, december 6th: "these are the culprits behind me way not finishing my work."