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!

I haven’t made one of these instagram recaps for a looong time. The last time was back in April, and things have really changed since then.

In the middle of this 3x3 was this photo I snapped in the Sutro Forest on a pivotal day. The sun shone through the canopy of the forest.

I reread my posts and kept seeing this phrase:

"I always want to remember how beautiful life is."

And lately I’ve forgotten this.

Blogging as a therapist.

Two introverted hermit nights in a row.

SBP. My last sketchbook project update was 5 weeks ago. Admittedly, today was the first time I looked at the book again and, of course, decided to completely change the style of the art. So, here we go… Felty nib pen outlines, watercolor pencil and maker coloring. Every spread will have a Ghibli character and some conveyance of longing…

Copics. I don’t remember when the last time I use these markers are, clearly, not enough. The blue porcelain flowering was done with a newly acquired pen + cartridge, my first fancy fountain pen. And I like to tell the story of my first Copic Markers (the 72b set)… It was my very first purchase using my own money earned from the first paycheck of my first internship. A distinct moment of realizing that freedom and desire to be self sustaining.

The first page. Always write your email in it. It’s a good excuse to make a mark inside of the book, so you don’t feel like you have to “ruin” it with a bad first sketch.

I don’t even know why I’m typing so much on a visual post, no one reads the words anyway.

2 weeks ago, I went to visit the mobile sketchbook library.

Today, it occurred to me I never really posted an update on the book I’m working on for the 2014 tour.

There’s going to be a mixture of Ghibli tribute, slice of life, and randomness. All drawn with ballpoint and watercolor pencil shading so far. You can see the book is already buckling from the water.

Drawn today whilst waiting for very fat Photoshop files to load.

Drawn today whilst waiting for very fat Photoshop files to load.

Yesterday I made a move into the city itself.

Welcome home in San Francisco.

More watercolor pencil sketches!

Meow.

These three watercolor pencil sketches are probably amongst the most favourite things I’ve ever produced. It’s part of the ever slow growing set of Fantastical Date Ideas.

Tachikoma illustrated first last Thanksgiving. Totoro, sometime in between. Labbit this past month. All polished with Copic Opaque White when Labbit was drawn. I use a set of 14 or so Derwent Watercolor Pencils.