san francisco, 4è

August 8th, 2018

Collected scenes from around town, quatrième edition.

The citywide Tuesday noon sirens (with unintelligible message), the Fruit Shelf/Gay Beach at Dolores Park (the highest spot in the park, perfect for views of either downtown or handsome young people wearing very little catching some sun), a glowy St. Ignatius on top of Lone Mountain, the hall closet: i.e. your lovely new baby’s bedroom, the cheese section at Rainbow Grocery that Gordonzola presides over, mint It’s-its: the most nostalgic ice cream sammich, the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill, a BART train with requisite muffled announcements, Ritual Coffee Roasters, pan-fried soup dumplings (shen jiang bao) at Shanghai House in the Outer Richmond, majestic redwoods, wood type for letterpress at the San Francisco Center for the Book, my favorite bookstore: Green Apple Books.

san francisco, 3è

July 31st, 2018

Collected scenes from around town, troisième edition.

Matcha/vanilla soft serve at Café Maiko in Japantown, Scoot electric rental scooters, Tank Hill for the secret best view of town, earthquakes, soup dumplings (xiao long bao), Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Presidio Picnic on summer Sundays, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (the geniuses behind, among other things, the Sexy Jesus contest every Easter in Dolores Park), Tandoori chicken pizza, California poppies, the Two o’clock Titty on St. Mary’s (a cheeky local landmark), citywide composting (fantastic!!), Cinderella Bakery for Russian pastries and lunch.

san francisco, 2è

July 22nd, 2018

Collected scenes from around town, deuxième edition.

The annual Bay to Breakers run/drunken slog from downtown to Ocean Beach (with tortilla toss and requisite naked dude and Waldo), the Russian honey cake at 20th Century Café, Church of 8 Wheels roller disco Thursdays, Nightgarden Piano at the Botanical Garden in  Golden Gate Park, Kabuki Springs japanese baths, brunch:  the citywide weekend sport (waiting in line until you are nothing but desiccated, benedictless bones), Café Jacqueline for a romantic soufflé, frozen yogurt with olive oil at Souvla, gin at Whitechapel, Victorian arcade amusements at the Musée Mécanique.

san francisco

July 22nd, 2018

Collected scenes from around town.

The big rainbow flag at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro Theatre sign, Pirate Store at 826 Valencia, dahlias (the city flower), Inclines & wires, Boba Guys tea, Dia de los Muertos in Garfield Park, Karl the fog pummeling the neighborhood in Fogust, the Wiggle (the only way to get from Market Street to the Panhandle without dying), purple chandeliers at the Fillmore, Baker Beach (with nude area, setting for the first Burning Man), giant Mission burritos, steam buns, Trouble Coffee’s Build Your Own Damn House breakfast (a coffee, cinnamon toast, and a coconut).

café jacqueline

April 11th, 2018

I keep meaning to go back to Café Jacqueline in North Beach for a soufflé. This is Chef Jacqueline’s egg bowl that she’s been using for ever with a pysanka perched on top of the pile.

women’s march 2018

January 21st, 2018

I broke out a 22 year old shirt from my baby feminist marching days to support women today.

Unfinished foray into documentary illustration (I will never admit to regretting not taking that damnable perspective class in art school):

uji time

August 20th, 2017

I looove Japantown. This was so. Good. 🤤 Matcha soft serve & Pocky with adzuki beans in a taiyaki cone.

mission paletero

July 2nd, 2015


A paletero waiting for school to let out in the Mission.
(a couple years in the making!)

emperor norton

April 7th, 2014

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letterpress project #4, Emperor Norton I, bay bridge visionary and a damn great san franciscan, with apocryphal canine companions bummer and lazarus.

>>a bit more about norton in an earlier post of mine<<

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i printed norton on crane’s lettra paper. the texture is amazing!

falling

April 1st, 2014

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letterpress project #3, a wood type poster in two colors. the text is from an uncommonly charming article in the sf chronicle i saved a few years ago on the perseids. meteor-watching tip #5: take someone with whom you like to sit in the dark.

i found a pair of little lead owls in one of the type drawers to punctuate my sentence:
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trouble musings

February 6th, 2014

some watercolor practice on trouble coffee co from this photo of the owner: http://jeffsingerphotography.com/2014/1/7/giuliettacarrelli i painted giulietta’s skin tones using chai tea, which is what i usually order when i’m at trouble. tattoos are really fun to paint! do you have a whole gallimaufry of tattoos? will you send me a picture of yourself?

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trouble itself viewed from its parklet:

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san francisco drorings

February 6th, 2014

some drorings from around town.

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bike kitchen, birdseye

May 25th, 2012

bike kitchen birdseye view (color)

a couple of my friends are bike kitchen volunteers and they very nicely let me occupy the ladder for a couple hours and spy on the general kerfuffle from my lofty perch.

tintyped

March 9th, 2012


my dearest wish was to get tintype portraits at photobooth done for my birthday. et voilà!

here’s the studio setup (i have achieved this unnatural good posture by leaning against the hidden noggin propper-upper):
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granny gear

December 4th, 2011

granny gear

an illustration for bicycle times magazine about using your granny gear on steep hills. it’s out now — i saw one at our local whole foods in the checkout line. it’s always a thrill to see work i’ve done out in the wild!

granny gear illustration for bicycle times

a preliminary sketch of the grocery-laden wife:
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it’s hard matchmaking for drawings, so i asked around on the internet: who was her husband? the consensus was: beardy. and that’s how mr. shaggy suspendersman up there came to be.

bike basket pies for bicycle times

May 12th, 2011

bikebasketpies final

For Bicycle Times issue #11 (out on June 1st), I made a painting of Bike Basket Pies’ baker and biker, Natalie. (Some friends pointed out that I have a nifty start to a food delivery bike oeuvre, what with having illustrated the Soup Peddler a few years ago as well.) I was just gonna draw Natalie and her bike, but I know she delivers in the Mission district and thought it would be fun to make up a little storefront. I love papel picado, so I made up some bicycle ones, and a San Francisco bike rack really needs a guerilla knit cozy (knitta please!!).

here’s where I started:
bike basket pies sketch
You’ll notice I got a hold of one of her pies, a yummy but important step in my research.

here’s step two, with a photoshopped actual storefront temporarily standing in:
bikebasketpies rough

bike kitchen

April 28th, 2011

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I spent a lovely evening at the Bike Kitchen the other night. It’s a community bicycle repair space where a couple friends volunteer. I got to lurk in a corner and watch all the chaotic action and draw lots of nifty collections of gadgets.

a proliferation of gears…
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a clanging of rims…
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a jumble of forks…
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…and finally, my pal esther!
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