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

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

But, oh, cotton candy No Face.

There is so much to catch you guys up on… Can’t stop shipping ⚓

More up to date channels:

Instagram — slice of life collage recaps.

Many state of the studio shots. Making any and all dining tables into a studio that is. Embracing nerdery wholly again. Letting myself play games and go do things that I wrongly rejected as ‘wastes of time’

I remember receiving this feedback in art school:

You’ve got the technique down, but stop wasting your time only drawing manga-style.

I still haven’t listened.

Life is short. Draw, illustrate, paint, collect, live the way you want. Responsibly, of course.

Wildest Dreams, watercolor, 2014.

You CAN even. Whenever I get creatively dysfunc, I can always rely on my neighbor Totoro to remind me why I was inspired to be creative: to immerse others in a magical world the way Totoro’s world still immerses me.

Hooray, photographs in natural light~
And a bonus process gif, since I remembered to take some photos along the way.

Also on dribbble ➡
And of course instagram ➡

Sleep on Totoro or Chewbacca?

1hr 15mins, Fire Alpaca. Look, I remembered to take process screenshots! (A screenshot of process screenshots pulled off of process blog)

May the fourth be with you.

Not too long ago, I was graced with a mini spring break. I didn’t leave San Francisco for it. It turns out I wanted to spend it in a sketchbook. Obtained a brush pen, visited the Mary Blair exhibited, drank more coffee!

Instagram is better updated for these adventures, :)

My good friend Sunny gifted me a Pencil tonight! So, what did I spend 2 hours doing? A redux of my most popular old drawing from almost 2 years ago, Moonlit Music:

April 23rd, 2012!


Back then, Paper came with an oekaki styled limited color palette. Today it’s blending like crazy, zooming into the details, and bumping up the saturation on parts… Good times. A ton of old Paper sketches are filed under #MadeWithPaper

My good friend Sunny gifted me a Pencil tonight! So, what did I spend 2 hours doing? A redux of my most popular old drawing from almost 2 years ago, Moonlit Music:

April 23rd, 2012!

Back then, Paper came with an oekaki styled limited color palette. Today it’s blending like crazy, zooming into the details, and bumping up the saturation on parts… Good times. A ton of old Paper sketches are filed under #MadeWithPaper

I’m pleased to be share with you a final photoset of completed sketchbook! Bits and pieces of process have been posted along the way, but something about compiling the best into one place makes it real.

If you see things filed under #sketchbookproject, you can see the progression of the work, as well as some of the, ahem, secret parts I may or may not have hidden from view. Just slightly obsessed, I say, :)

The Arthouse sent me an email confirmation and if you visit the traveling exhibition this summer, you can use this!

Thanks for sending in your project for The Sketchbook Project! We just wanted to let you know that your project has now been cataloged into the Brooklyn Art Library! It can be found on the shelves with a call number of 234.24-6

I’m certainly not proud of every page in the book equally, but there’s a a lesson here somewhere. Ship it, ship it, ship it. Iteration is king. Do it for yourself. Love what you do, do what you love.

Something about being Lost in Translation with a coffee type drink waiting for the next flight ignites the sketch.

3 sketchbooks and at some point I used a sketchbook to plan another sketchbook.

Also art tools are limited and this post was edited with a phone, hope it doesn’t look too janky. I may also can’t tell cause I slept 2 hours x2 in the last 24 hours…

In the darker hours of life, seek imagination.
Let the rest go.
Make a mess.
And, maybe clean it up afterward. [Not Pictured]

SBP. More progress! Have you ever seen the backside of a marker piece? Sometimes the backside is as interesting as the frontside. Life adage or something, right?

Doodles. Check out this haunting motion piece, Danielle. I sketched that while watching those 5 minutes. She really does have that gaze. The happy little tree sketch is inspired by my Kinokuniya tote.

Supplies. A hoard of various papers from Flax! A little Moomin who will now live on my traveling pouch of sketch materials. Thanks Liz!