New Work! A wizard in the forest.

Gift for my robot.

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!

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!

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

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.

Saturday morning painting session.

Friday night:
Gawked at gorgeous CG concept art.
Found an app called Fire Alpaca.
Spent 40 minutes painting a tree scene.
Another episode in a severe case of I-want-to-do-all-the-stuff-in-all-the-mediums-and-can-never-commit-to-one.

Friday night:

Another episode in a severe case of I-want-to-do-all-the-stuff-in-all-the-mediums-and-can-never-commit-to-one.

Painstagram no. 6

Watercolor / Original

Paintstagram no. 5

Watercolor / Original