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From California to the New York islands!

20 Aug

Phew! The past couple weeks have been a little crazy. There’s been a lot of packing, mailing, frantic box-buying, saying farewell, and driving to do. But it’s all been worth it, because for the past week and a half, I’ve been waking up in the city that never sleeps.

That’s right…Paul and I moved to Brooklyn!

Things are still kind of hectic, of course. (When are they not?) We’ve both got a lot of unpacking and job-hunting to do, but overall it just feels great to finally have completed the move we’ve been talking about all summer. It’s also fun to start really settling into our place–I’m notoriously bad at unpacking my stuff, and somehow I never quite get around to hanging all of the posters and prints I’ve accumulated for decoration. The fact that we won’t necessarily be moving out soon and the fact that there are two of us doing the unpacking/decorating has helped a lot, though. Here’s a little comic I drew about that:

Our new home.This is the first all-digital comic I’ve done in a loooong time! I do a fair amount of digital coloring, but I usually at least start with a physical pencil sketch or something. I’ve been reading a lot of Cucumber Quest lately, though, and that inspired me to give it a shot. It took me way longer than I expected it to, but I like the results and want to keep practicing. I want to try drawing a lot of new things, so if you guys want to see anything in particular, please let me know in the comments!

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Promise, consider yourself kept!

13 Jul

What’s this? An update appearing on the day for which it was originally scheduled? Be still, my heart~! ♥

I think that being on a regular, slightly-less-hectic-than-average schedule has been good for me, guys. Look at me, all wakin’ up during daylight hours and organizin’ my stuff and updatin’ on time! (I’ve also been rereading quite a bit of the Achewood archives, in case you couldn’t tell.) I’ve even been trying to exercise a little, although the results on that end have been…shall we say…uneven. I think this comic explains it best:

The Ab Slider!

I’ve gotten slightly better at it lately, I think, but the only tangible result so far is that my stomach hurts a little more than usual. I’m gonna try to keep at it, though. Should hilarity ensue, you folks’ll be the first to know!

Why is tonight different from all other nights?

19 Apr

Because I finally remembered to update, maybe? I am trying so hard to end this streak of starting all my posts with an interjection and an apology for missing posts, but it turns out that that habit is pretty hard to break since I keep missing blog posts! These past two weeks have been super busy–I had to do a ton of printing for MoCCA, then a bunch of reprints for Paint & Pixel Festival, plus thesis work and attending classes (including Lynda Barry’s writing workshop last week)! Things have calmed down a little now–or at least as much as they’re going to–so hopefully I’ll be more timely with my posts (I say, writing a post after midnight). Things are gonna get crazy the closer it gets to May 2nd, the due date for our thesis projects, so there may be fewer updates around that time. Don’t say you weren’t warned! :P

Anyway, enough of that. As you guys probably know, today was Passover. I don’t practice any particular religion, but my grandmother’s family is Jewish and I like to keep in touch with that part of my culture when I can. (I like to tell people I’m Jew…ish.) Here’s how I spent the holiday:

How I Spent My PassoverSadly, tonight wasn’t all that different from all other nights for me. I still slept too late (as a result of staying up too late) and stressed out about my thesis and will go to bed far too late again. I’ve just been much more aware of my lack of matzoh brei than usual!

Matzoh brei is basically my favorite Jewish food. (For those who aren’t familiar, it’s the delicious product of matzoh–unleavened bread that bears resemblance to crackers–soaked in scrambled eggs and fried in a pan. Delicious!) Last year a bunch of us CCSers had a big Passover dinner, and I made enough for 12 people. It was a considerable challenge to keep from eating all 12 servings myself! This year we were all too busy to put anything together, so I didn’t have a chance to make it. As a result, my thoughts today tended to go in this direction:

Matzoh brei~

Once my thesis is turned in, I’m gonna go on a cooking spree. I think matzoh brei is first on the list of things to make!

Another peek into my glamorous life (last year)!

26 Mar

Ugh, I hate it when I close an entry with, “See you [very specific date of next update]!” and then completely miss that update. Sorry about that, guys! I promise I missed it for a good reason (that may or may not have included some epic fort-building). I had a super-long post about the evolution of one of my characters planned for tonight, but I spent too much time looking through old sketchbooks for images of her and then scanning them. Now it’s 5:30 in the morning and I’m pretty tired, so I’m going to continue working on that post for Monday and just give you guys a little comic to read right now:

A week of ups and downs

This is a diary comic I drew last year for our drawing class with Steve Bissette. It is also a completely true story! Not shown is how I then proceeded to lose the same copy card (as well as several other important cards, like my CCS student ID and passcard) whilst visiting friends in Santa Cruz, went to visit my old boss at Stevenson College, and found out that a stranger had found them all and–aided by the UCSC student ID amongst the lost items–turned them in to one of the school offices for me to pick up. I live a charmed life, y’all.

Given the images in my last update, you may recognize Paul Swartz as my partner in crime up there. He’s also going to be my tablemate at the Paint & Pixel Festival in Northampton, MA! The show is on April 16th, and it runs from 10 am to 5 pm. It has a fantastic exhibitor list and wonderfully low admission prices–just $4 for adults and $2 for children. CCS will also have its own table, staffed by a delightful assortment of our classmates. If you’re in the area, please come check it out! Either way, you should check out the cool site that they’ve got set up. They have bios and a small gallery of work for almost every exhibitor (including yours truly) that’s definitely worth a look!

Speaking of spaces I’m going to be invading soon, I have some more exciting news: I’m going to be teaching two week-long comics workshops this summer at the Vault Gallery in Springfield, VT! There’ll be one workshop for students 10 and up and another for students 13 or 14 and up. I am so overwhelmingly excited for this, you guys! I love comics, and I love teaching, and this is just turning out to be a beautiful Venn diagram of those two things. I’m working on the logo now, so I’ll post that (along with some more details) soon. Please spread the word, especially if you know someone who’d like to attend!

All right, I think I’m going to toddle off to bed now. I’ll see you the next time I update! (See how I learn from my past mistakes?)

Showin’ some skin. (NSFW)

2 Mar

Today’s post is kind of a fitting follow-up to Monday’s. As you guys know, I’ve been working with ideas for this 1920’s project (tentatively named Perfectly Fitting) for some time. I’ve been struggling to figure out exactly who my main characters are, since I don’t know much about them yet except for their appearances, names (well, sort of), and occupations. I recently decided that Yulia (the current working name of the female protagonist), who used to be a prostitute at the high-end Everleigh Club, is now working in the burlesque industry. Here’s a two-page series of sketches that I did in an attempt to (a) try to draw her consistently in a bunch of different poses and (b) to figure out the kind of poses she’d need to get into during a strip scene.

A Poetic Strip, part 1

A Poetic Strip, part 2

I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out. I’m liking the balance between realistic anatomy and stylization that these pages have, and I liked thinking up the different poses. Plus, I think I’m slowly getting better at drawing high heels. I always have a ton of trouble drawing decent-looking shoes, so this is a big deal to me. (And yes, I know that she probably would have her shoes off after taking off the stockings, but I wanted to get some more practice drawing them.)

Lest the “apologies to Dorothy Parker” at the bottom of page 2 not make it clear, that’s a Dorothy Parker poem Yulia is reciting as she works. I guess she’s either a pretty slow talker or a pretty fast stripper. (Also, those are pasties–the kind without tassels–and not very large nipples on the last page.)

I’ll be back on Friday with a poll for you guys, so be sure to come back then! :)

A peek into my fabulous lifestyle!

2 Feb

Did you know that yesterday was Hourly Comic Day? Neither did I, until Dakota mentioned it on Monday! Since I’ve enjoyed other people’s hourly comics and since I didn’t get a chance to do 24 Hour Comic Day this year, I vowed to myself that I would give this a shot. So, here’s what my day was like yesterday:

Hourly Comics Day!Don’t be jealous of my decadent, star-studded lifestyle. It just comes with the job. ;) If you like, you can read other people’s hourlies here.

See you guys on Friday! I’ll have a new visiting artist sketch (or two!) for ya then.

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