Back in business with painting at cafés (in peace today!) and trees. I should probably invest in a scanner… Any recommendations? Tweet me @bysusanlin, :)

I wrote about the 1000th Cut. You can read it on Medium.

The important parts –

No. I don’t need to draw less attention to myself. The people who do this need to start treating us not as numbers or objects, but as human beings.

Be empathetic when your sister, wife, girlfriend, or friend comes to you needing a venting session. Remember it’s not flattering, it’s harmful. Each isolated incident can be rationalized away. “It’s not that bad.” No, it is that bad. It’s bad with the 1000th cut – The one day she dropped her guard and relaxed, it happens again and stings with a bitter pain.

Totoro watercolor study of the night, 15 minutes of painting reduced to four fifteen second Instagram hyperlapses. My profile is littered with it. Top of the line!

OR here are the direct links if you’re coming across this post later:
Initial Wash | Brand Bleed & Chu Totoro | Drawing of the Big Totoro | Finishing Touches

My dear boyfie got my this art book for my birthday last year. This is me finally putting it to good use with some watercolor studies, :D

An evening piece inspired by faraway places.

I painted some animals!

Watercolor sessions from this past weekend.

I enjoyed Shovel Knight!

I thought I’d have to grow up and give up games to succeed as an adult… NOPE. Don’t give up the things you love! What I would go back in time 6 years ago and shake myself out of such a silly thought.

Edit: Squeee, Yacht Club Games shared the piece.

Obtained a set of metallic watercolors. Colored an old Kiki sketch with them. Pleased with the mixed results… Though a bit of me likes the minimal version as well. Too bad with physical mediums, you can’t just hide the layer and output two pieces!

New Work! A wizard in the forest.

Gift for my robot.

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!