darkroom

September 28th, 2017

From my sketchbook. When I was in high school, my family was numerous, loud, and chaotic. The darkroom was the only place in the house (besides the toilet!) I didn’t have to let the little kids into. I’d put on music and feel sly and enjoy being by myself.

drinking teh tarik

August 22nd, 2017


Teh tarik is a milky tea you can get in Malaysia that’s frothy from being hurled in the air. You can either drink it at the the stall or take it to go in a plastic bag with a straw. Plants: a young banana tree and caladium. Bugs: atlas moths.

to voyager

August 15th, 2017

NASA is celebrating 40 years of Voyager by choosing a message to beam into interstellar space. I couldn’t resist, I have such a soft spot for hopeful robots intrepidly zooming through the cosmos. Here’s my message:

40,000 years to the next star out. Little spaceship, I wish I could see what you’re going to see! #messagetovoyager

book dummy factory

August 11th, 2017

Manufacturing book dummies of my mostly secret project to take to the SCBWI Agents Day on Saturday:

eating around los angeles

May 29th, 2017

A quick sketch of some of the things we ate on a recent trip to Los Angeles. There were some lovely dinners out but I think I liked having pupusas and chili mangoes in the park best.

st. basil’s cathedral, moscow

May 18th, 2017

I’ve been working on this for a while in fits and starts and finished a couple days ago. Comical timing, no? It doesn’t mean anything!…OR DOES IT (From a photo of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow by my friend Janie.

lines + architecture

April 21st, 2017

Stripey architecture! The immense and indescribable satisfaction of drawing a million little lines with a Hunt 107 nib pen.

A composite of several ghost towns.

A wooden church in Russia, from a photograph series by Richard Davies.

A house off highway 1 in 1984, found in a stack of old family photos.

Turf houses in Iceland.

unicorn poop

April 14th, 2017

A little detail from the Austin food illustration: Unicorn Poop! This is a magical ice cream flavor at my friend Valerie’s vegan ice cream shop, Sweet Ritual, in Austin. It’s the shit. ;D

eating around austin

April 14th, 2017

Some classic Austin eats (my first hippie food: a portabella mushroom burger at Martin Brothers :D) mixed in with some new favorites. Prints are available on INPRNT.

sometimes all honey, and sometimes all turd

February 14th, 2017

A Valentine’s Day card for my Sweetie Poo. I think many of you in longterm relationships can relate, even if you’re not familiar with the Diary of Samuel Pepys.

L+S=20 | wedding planning

January 13th, 2017

Our 20th (!!) anniversary party and wedding reception was on September 9. Here’s a sketchbook page from when it was all coalescing. I wanted to draw out all the bits to make sure they could be copacetic visually.

plainsong

December 8th, 2016

A sketch about listening to the Cure’s Plainsong when I was 16. Sometimes you hear a song and it overcomes you and you have to hang on while the earth spins.

eating around vancouver

January 28th, 2016

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Thinking gluttonously back to last spring in Vancouver. We ate so many scrumptious things (scrumptions?) I couldn’t fit them all. Favorite restaurants were Ask for Luigi, which was in a sweet little house, and Bao Bei, which was kind of like an elegant 1930s Mission Chinese. Honorable mention goes to Peaceful Restaurant for their handmade dan dan noodles and lamb dumplings, Pourhouse for their juicy grassy wildly good hamburger, and Kintaro for their spicy ramen that had a golfball-sized lump of chopped garlic perched on top of an evilly delicious deep red broth. Steve insisted on a ramen tour of Vancouver, from which Marutama‘s chicken broth ramen emerged the victor. He also insisted on multiple nights of poutine and three Japadog lunches. :O

delicata squash and soba noodles

January 15th, 2016

drawing noodles is pretty satisfying.
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my favorite lunch lately

January 15th, 2016

salmon rice bowl with kimchi, shiba zuke (purple japanese eggplant pickles), pickled ginger, seaweed, avocado, and cucumber with chili sauce.
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wood type alphabet

January 8th, 2016

I spent a cozy afternoon yesterday at the SF Center for the Book and printed a wood type alphabet to scan for design projects.

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MERRY!

December 19th, 2015

Got my holiday letterpressing done tonight!
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eating around maui

September 27th, 2015

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Evidence from our tropical island holiday a few weeks ago: mostly I swam and ate.

family food: malaysia

August 18th, 2015

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also presented with affection (i’m looking at you, notorious durian), the food of my mother’s people.

family food: england

July 31st, 2015

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presented with affection, the (infamous) food of my father’s people.