Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Loretta Lynn!

I love Loretta Lynn's music (esp. the Your Squaw is on the Warpath album)! I got a chance to illustrate her for my Op-Art assignment.  I wanted this piece to have an American folk art feel to it.  
The painting ended up much bigger than I anticipated; the dimensions are 18" x 30".  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Prison + Hope

A small 1.85" x 2.35" piece about prison and having hope.


I had a chance to illustrate an article about Geoengineering for Op-Ed class.  I decided to focus on the uncertain outcomes of this technology.  The piece was influenced by face card illustrations; I wanted this reference to subtly hint that we are gambling with our future.

Here's the original article:

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Rachel Carson

I got a chance to illustrate the amazing Rachel Carson (environmentalist, author of "Silent Springs") for an Op-Ed hw assignment.  Here's my portrait of her for the article.

And here's the link to the actual New York Times article, if you want to read about her:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Here are two posters that I did for the Paul Rogers - quite possibly one of the funniest and most insightful teachers I've had.
I had a lot of fun doing these; the first one is for Woody Guthrie's Centennial Celebration and the second one is a fan poster for Little Miss Sunshine.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Lived in Bars

Another Notorious assignment.  This one is a personal interpretation of Chan Marshall's "Lived in Bars".


Here's another Notorious piece.  It's a visual interpretation of Chan Marshall's song, "Islands".

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jimmy Rhum's Album

This is Jimmy Rhum, the folk singer who traveled around the US.  From time to time he'd borrow a banjo from a fellow traveler and sing unintelligible yet strangely nostalgic songs.



Sunday, August 19, 2012

In Class Doodles

Jim brought in models a couple of times for Notorious.
Here's some of the drawings that I ended up liking.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Jimmy Rhum's CGB guitar

Here's another assignment that I did for Rob's class.  It was a drawing as dimension.  We got to do anything we wanted to as long as it wasn't confined to a two dimensional space.  I decided to make a cigar box guitar.  I was particularly interested in cigar box and match box illustrations from the mid 20th century, and wanted to tie that aesthetic in.  
I created a fictional story behind the guitar which helped me with the image making process.  The gist of it was: (Set in the late 1940s) It belonged to a man named Jimmy Rhum, who decided to go on the road after certain devastating events (the tipping point being his wife's affair with another man).  The guitar was his sole possession during his travels as he hitchhiked and hopped on trains.  He decorated the guitar as a means  of a travel log; the decorations weren't lucrative like the stickers on rich people's travel bags, but the idea was the same. He glued on discarded/stolen illustrations from places that he visited (a lot of them being night clubs).  There's bits and pieces of hobo language throughout the guitar which he placed as reminders of what certain places were like.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


This term, I took a great class taught by Rob Clayton.  One of the projects was a personal term project, with which we could do anything we wanted.  I decided to make skateboards;  I was particularly interested in skateboards from the late 50's (the DIY homebuilt boards) and also the 60's (the early production models).  The trucks/wheels for the "Mongo" board were "chopped up" and sanded down roller skates from the 50's (or older).  I skated one of these before I started painting them, and it was super fun/loud/scary.  I was also looking at a lot of sign paintings, and got inspired by them.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


This term, I'm taking a fun class called Notorious - taught by the great Jim Salvati.  Jeremy was the subject of my first portrait.  I'll post more soon.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Illustration Design Lab

IDL was an amazing class which emphasized personal voice and honest mark making.  It taught us to stop relying on style and focus on the content of the images.  David encouraged us to create interesting non-literal illustrations that would surprise the viewer.  We explored the various ways of image making, and I had a lot of fun mixing media and doing direct intuitive paintings.  In the end, we created two zines; here are some of the images from my zines.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Digital Landscape

This was a tough class!! The first image is a 6"x 9" on location painting from the Descanso gardens and the rest are some sketchbook pages: