New Work! A wizard in the forest.

Gift for my robot.

A week ago, I had Cintiq lust and then Cintiq price bust. A hobbyist seriously cannot even.
However, this time I discovered a cost friendly alternative – the Yiynova.

Granted I’ve only been playing with it for one night, but so far:

  • Like many reviews mention, there is a huge distance between the digital cursor and the physical pen nib.
  • What bugs me the most personally is that the nib only comes in shiny plastic. I am really fond of the felty nib Wacom has.
  • However this has still been worthwhile considering purchasing it refurbished meant it cost less than a 16GB iPad. But again, I’ve only had this for a day.

OK, this aside, Wonder Woman!

Layer 1 of a giant canvas painting.

I almost refrained from this post because it would push down my Design Agency piece… Life goes on!

20 something people showed up in Seattle and stuck together for a whole weekend in June.
What did it mean?
The internet helped me crawl out of my painfully shy self.
My friend mrh_is was the first to consistently favorite (or like, or star) the majority of the things I posted. It didn’t seem like much and I even thought it was an experiment with a Twitter robot. It amassed into a sort of confidence.
The internet lets me hold up pictures forever.


I started being able to meet new people at events whilst carrying around a sketchbook, freshly adorn with a new sketchnote. Before I discovered this strategy, I usually left events early due to intimidation. I do realize I wouldn’t be able to hold up my sketchbook forever.
The internet facilitated the meeting of some great people.
When I read the original Design Play manifesto, it piqued my interest. Would I even be invited to come? And if I were, how would I stack up to the legends? That all without the crutch of the sketchbook if I’d showed up. There was a moment I considered saying “Nevermind! I’m not cool enough!!”
I’m glad I showed up. It was time well spent. Watching Design Play come to life from a thought, participating in long email threads, meeting everyone, doing everything and nothing in particular for 3 days, saying goodbye last Sunday made me realize things don’t have to be so extravagant to be awesome and the legends you admire from afar are also people a slew of embarrassing moments.

20 something people showed up in Seattle and stuck together for a whole weekend in June.

What did it mean?

The internet helped me crawl out of my painfully shy self.

My friend mrh_is was the first to consistently favorite (or like, or star) the majority of the things I posted. It didn’t seem like much and I even thought it was an experiment with a Twitter robot. It amassed into a sort of confidence.

The internet lets me hold up pictures forever.



I started being able to meet new people at events whilst carrying around a sketchbook, freshly adorn with a new sketchnote. Before I discovered this strategy, I usually left events early due to intimidation. I do realize I wouldn’t be able to hold up my sketchbook forever.

The internet facilitated the meeting of some great people.

When I read the original Design Play manifesto, it piqued my interest. Would I even be invited to come? And if I were, how would I stack up to the legends? That all without the crutch of the sketchbook if I’d showed up. There was a moment I considered saying “Nevermind! I’m not cool enough!!”

I’m glad I showed up. It was time well spent. Watching Design Play come to life from a thought, participating in long email threads, meeting everyone, doing everything and nothing in particular for 3 days, saying goodbye last Sunday made me realize things don’t have to be so extravagant to be awesome and the legends you admire from afar are also people a slew of embarrassing moments.

Her Wildest Dreams, Watercolor, 2014.

It turns out my friends share my wildest dreams which lead to this wonderful commission. This piece is 12x12’ (The last piece I did on whim for myself was 8x8’) on thick watercolor stock paper. It’s a huge pleasure to be supported by my friends.

Added the susuwatari, chu and chibi totoro, :)

Painting process on Instagram ➡
Find me on Dribbble ➡

p.s. I’m taking the summer off to experiment with painting projects. If you like this sort of thing and want to support, I’m offering a limited edition set (maybe 5 or 10 max) of ‘Wildest Dream’ commissions for a set price of $600 for the original foot by foot watercolor. It doesn’t have to be Totoro – just your childhood dreams realized.

Email for details: bysusanlin at gmail.com

You know I love painting trees.
And have been trying to see if prints++ have any success… (That’s a link to the Society6 shop :)
Happy Pride!

You know I love painting trees.

And have been trying to see if prints++ have any success… (That’s a link to the Society6 shop :)

Happy Pride!

I illustrate your life goals!

Susan’s moving plane studio vs. Howl’s Moving Castle… Mine is way less cool.

But, oh, cotton candy No Face.

Two takes on the airplane wing - Land & Sky

Unfortunately my phone camera couldn’t capture the view and sketchbook!

I might be over doing the “I’m so excited to _____” announcements lately, but seriously, I am so excited to get around to posting this work onto this blog.

For one my first paid paintings since high school, I got to paint a designer I admire’s slide deck. You can check out all 24 paintings and the talk on Medium.

Process –

I’m a fairly speedy painter, but I found that I had to approach like I did my UX work: in iterations. The first 2 revs were very much like my sketchnotes, which are fantastic since those are done realtime. However, for a deck, was much too sloppy of a format. The more colorful, polished watercolors struck the balance of polished, while not trying too hard, and quick to convey the content. For any talk, what’s most important is what the speaker had to say. /preach