mission paletero

July 2nd, 2015

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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 voilĂ !

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

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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:
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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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