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.

book dummy factory

August 11th, 2017

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

hazel

October 9th, 2014

HAZEL

Introducing Hazel, a hobbitish semibold italic serif font that I hand drew with a hawk quill nib. For sale on my etsy page for personal use (email me to set up a commercial license). Enjoy! Send me a jpeg if you make anything lovely with it.

Special features: There are some fancy Zs in place of straight brackets (which come in very handy for a Liza living with one Mr. Hazel, but probably not for anyone else), a ribbony banner, a hazel leaf and a fern frond, a full moon and a star, a swooshy definite article and two prepositions. I think it looks especially lovely in all caps, and Goreyesque in the lowercase.

Hazel is a dab hand at the unattributed creepy old poem:

HAZEL-sample-poem

In its original, pre-digitized form:

Plants in Find the River by REM

formative music

March 8th, 2014


Music I loved in high school that helped me grow up into a person! Wildly beloved tapes: the Violent Femmes, a Smiths tape with The Queen is Dead and Meat is Murder that my oldest friend made me, They Might Be Giants. CDs: Tori Amos, Under the Pink; REM, Automatic for the People; Bjork, Debut; Ani Difranco, Out of Range; Mazzy Star, Among My Swan; the Cure, Disintegration; Jethro Tull, Aqualung; and Sting, the Soul Cages. I also listened to lots of Beatles (Sgt. Pepper, the white album, and the Magical Mystery Tour) and the Police (Ghost in the Machine, Synchronicity), but ran out of room.

formative books

March 8th, 2014


Books I loved in my ancient long-ago teenagerhood: the Elfquest graphic novel series (this particular one is book three: Captives of Blue Mountain, by Wendy and Richard Pini); The Darkangel, Meredith Ann Pierce; The World According to Garp, John Irving; The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley; Franny and Zooey, JD Salinger; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams; The Belgariad series, book three: Magician’s Gambit, David Eddings; Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard.

arnold lobel show

January 4th, 2014


really liked the arnold lobel show at the contemporary jewish museum! he made everything 1:1 so they were mostly pretty tiny, like stuff i used to do for kids’ magazines. they had some of his color separations up too, totally fascinating and upsetting at the same time. i read trina schart hyman said color separations made her wild with rage and nearly blind. i’m so glad i never had to learn how to do that. a couple sweet things about the show was what it sounded like. people going around would read the text or see toad in a saggy 20s swimming costume and have a laugh. also, the show next door had a grand piano set up and somebody was practicing a waltz. so it was all soft chuckling and short echoey bursts of dreamy piano. the last nice thing was they had a table set up with blank postcards so you could write to a friend. i think i’ll send mine to my little pal bridget, we read a lot of frog & toad together! (i drew the background while studying the cover of mouse soup)

neil armstrong walking on my face

November 1st, 2013

rainbow moon

happy halloween! i was the moon.
all i had to do was construct a lunar lander out of felt. simple!


from the apollo program summary report (april 1975)

hmmm… maybe not so simple. the explosion on the table in my studio tells the real tale.

moon

it comes together fairly quickly once you figure out the bottom half is an octagon and if you can emotionally accept just gluing together a mishmash of three dimensional shapes for the top half instead of following the real diagram.

lunar-lander-back-edit

twiggy, buggy wedding invitations

October 11th, 2012

i submitted a couple designs for judgement to the minted wedding design challenge:

TWIGS
twigs-design-m
a stark, twiggy invitation perfect for an outdoor wedding in a wooded setting, featuring hand-lettered initials and a pair of flirty birds. there’s a john lennon quote at the very bottom from “grow old with me,” a song that makes me straight up bawl.

alphabet-twigs
the rest of the alphabet

rsvp accommodations-reception-m
…and an rsvp and accommodations card.

DAMASK MEADOW
meadow damask wedding invitation
a springtime meadow-themed storybook wedding invitation featuring your favorite creepy crawly outdoor denizens in a Victorian damask pattern. heh, everything my young man hates about hanging out in nature!

PS:

minted.com