Page four, from a picture book I am currently illustrating.
So proud of this work I have been lucky to get to do for a brand new, top secret show.
This album features my favorite era of songwriting, done by some of the best musicians working today. Danger Mouse is such a wonderful musician, producer, and visionary. The high romance of these old songs made such an impression on me as a kid listening to oldies radio stations, driving across the US with my parents... I felt like I could hear a secret world calling me home. I knew I wanted to sing songs like these. These new arrangements feel so right for the material...
As for this book, it gives me another thing I crave: it re-frames the big questions of our time in a form invented with purpose by its author, Alvaro Enrigue.
Latest work, for a chapbook of short stories written by Agatha French of the Los Angeles Times, illustrated by a series of Los Angeles based women illustrators
You are reading the blog of the new Ludwig Bemelmans of the Crescent Hotel Beverly Hills (me), and here is the drinks menu I designed and illustrated. I think it's a less psychedelic William Morris- if he was living in Los Angeles in the 1920's and became fascinated with travel to Asia.
Working hard on all new materials for identity for the Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills. Centering the visual concept around the new menu. Client's inspiration: Maxims De Paris and Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel. 1920's Los Angeles.
Whenever I hit a rough patch, feeling unworthy and untalented, I try to forget about myself and my brooding thoughts by observing someone I really admire. Beatrice Alemagna is an illustrator and author who I return to again and again in these moments. It's something in the freedom with which she expresses the chaotic yet purposeful wildness of childhood. I love the looseness of her drawings, I love her use of pattern and collage, I love her two-dimensional nod to Eastern European folk art, early 20th century Asian prints, and contemporary fashion illustration. I'm jealous of the seemingly wild abandon with which she illustrates her characters and scenes. I'm grateful that she and her art exist. Have a look- this drawing is so sweet you'll want to eat it!
I'm so thrilled to say I'll be at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI for short) national summer conference in LA in a couple of weeks. Here's a photo of my desk and new illustrations I'll be bringing(along with my portfolio):
This post from my favorite website, BrainPickings.org, has been inspiring the hell out of me for weeks now. My love for Borges has come full circle into a picture book!
Worked on this today. There is still more to do, of course!
So inspired lately by Japanese woodblock prints. Still plugging away at this Fox idea, now Fox and Bird... Here's the direction it's going as of 3pm thursday. Watercolor first, ink second... (pictured on light table)