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.

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.

my camera

April 17th, 2015

olympus-om-2n_med

my film camera, a 1972 olympus OM-2n. i will never ever ever give it up!

batik experiment

September 5th, 2014

batik-watercolor
Experiments in making watercolor-on-paper fake batik with the help of liquid masking fluid.

my 90s frocks

August 1st, 2014

highschool-outfits-color-med

i attended high school with great sartorial exuberance. i’ve been working on this here and there for the past few months when i got stuck on other things (fantastic wacom tablet practice! i’m not afraid of it anymore). now what will i do to procrastinate?

drawing at yosemite

June 28th, 2014

yosemite-liza-draws-glacier-point

yosemite-half-dome-drawing

instruments

April 5th, 2014

all the instruments in our (one bedroom) apartment as of yesterday:

instruments

note: in the last couple years, we have given away/sold/fostered out 1) another acoustic guitar, 2) a heavy metal electric purple axe, 3) a bass guitar, 4) a keyboard, 5) a set of enormous outdoor-type speakers. we use 2 amps for nightstands. there are three. it’s like the polyphonic spree up in here. this is clearly a cry for help. steve needs to start a band, stat.

san francisco drorings

February 6th, 2014

some drorings from around town.

velo-rouge-color

general-store-january-color

chateau-tivoli-color

devil's-teeth-page

london & paris drorings

October 10th, 2013

i recently returned from a delightful trip to london and paris. i brought a moleskine sketchbook and a pentel brush pen with me:

london & paris drorings 2013

dr. sketchy’s toulouse lautrec night

September 15th, 2012

oh la la! la belle france! a model in her drawers! another fabuleux evening at dr. sketchy’s anti-art school.
drsketchys-toulouselautrec-1
drsketchys-toulouselautrec-3drsketchys-toulouselautrec-2

paletero

August 24th, 2012

it’s sunny in san francisco today so the paleteros will probably be out in full force in the mission:

carrito-paletero

their popsicles are usually the severed heads of licensed characters so i made up a few of my own, but i guess they came out looking kinda gentrified:

paletas

the google image search on “paletas” always cheers me up.

picnic

June 17th, 2012

livetrace in illustrator has some great potential! i have to mess with it some more. i used it to make some damasks out of the collateral bits + pieces left over from a commissioned picnic wedding invitation:
picnic pests damask, color
gerber daisy damask

gotta figure out where to use that sweet lemonade pitcher and firefly jar:
picnic nouns

this was said couple’s invitation, a good opportunity to practice the vector illustration skillz i’m learning at my design job:
picnic wedding postcard

sweet gerber daisies, sweet couple!

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.

dr. sketchy’s bicycle night

May 18th, 2012

i get in a rut of drawing side facing bicycles all the time. dr. sketchy’s to the rescue!
dr-sketchy's_2
dr-sketchy's_1
dr-sketchy's_3

into the woods

November 21st, 2011

my illustrator pal carrie sometimes drags me out of the house and we have a ball drawing at cafes and cackling. here are some woodsy things i got up to last time we met up.
party animals:

party animals

i got really excited about labeling my party animals in logs and ended up drawing a whole alphabet:

woodland alphabet

heh, check out my double-l ligature! i am discovering the usefulness of alternate glyphs at my design job.

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

javelinas

May 3rd, 2011

javelinas at four barrel coffee

bike kitchen

April 28th, 2011

bike-kitchen-title

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…
bike-kitchen-gears

a clanging of rims…
bike-kitchen-rims

a jumble of forks…
bike-kitchen-forks

…and finally, my pal esther!
bike-kitchen-esther

sweet schwinn fastback

February 5th, 2011

schwinn fastback

love that banana seat and awesome gear shifter.

i saw a schwinn jaguar while out to brunch this morning:
schwinn-stingray-jaguar