fromamesstothemasses asked: aaaaaa you're so goood! <3 love your work, im still trying to find my style in illustration do you have any advice? also did you studied illustration somewhere?

Hi there, 

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yes, I graduated from MICA in 2010 with a degree in Illustration. I think the key to “figuring out one’s style” really comes down to two things: what you want to say and how you want to say it. WHAT you want to say is a much harder question to answer but it is the more important one. Don’t worry if you’re not sure just yet. Just be aware of what interests you, why do you keep returning to certain subjects, and be really honest with yourself why. How you want to say it is something that will hopefully change over time, but a good starting point is to ask yourself “what feels good?” You’re the one putting the time into drawing, so what marks feels the most satisfying to you? How can you push yourself to find new ways of conveying the ideas you want to communicate? 

Some further reading: 

I gave a student interview a while back that might be helpful.

this podcast Sam Weber did with Marshall Arisman really helped me.

Here is Jillian Tamaki’s super helpful f.a.q. 

Here’s some #protips

iwillnothangmyselftoday asked: I hate to ask one of those irritating "what pens do u use?!" questions, but.. I'm genuinely stumped as to what you're using for the sketches you've shared recently (eg. the mermaid, the antlered lady). It just has such a lovely texture to it! Is it pencil, or dry-brushed ink?

No problem, I love talking shop. I’m using a winsor & newton series 7 sable brush, size 0 I think, and sumi ink on bristol. Hope that helps!

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Urban Outfitters Features &#8220;Vintage&#8221; Red-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt
Urban Outfitters: Come For The Bloody Kent State Gear, Stay For Master Class In Terrible Apologies
At first glance, one could argue that this came out of a massively misguided attempt to capitalize the youth culture zeitgeist of the moment (which every savvy youth fashion line must do in order to stay ahead of trends)&#8212;-kent state is very relevant now as today&#8217;s youth grow up under the heel of a militarized police force. OBVIOUSLY UO completely failed to draw that parallel in a way that isn&#8217;t just utterly fucking horrifying. But I can&#8217;t ignore the bigger picture here. The victims of the Kent State Massacre were liberal hippies and the core consumer base of UO are liberal hipsters&#8212;-even if one can make an argument that hipsters aren&#8217;t exact parallels of hippies, UO has spent a lot of time and effort to sell the boho racist hippie aesthetic to hipsters (ponchos, war bonnets, crystals and &#8220;vintage&#8221; everything). Now consider that the founder of UO poured $13,000 dollars into Rick Santorum&#8217;s election campaign, and has demonstrated his personal views and business practices align strongly with the GOP&#8212;-the racist, misogynist, classist party that to my mind has everything to gain from an event where police mow down liberal youth with high powered military grade assault rifles. So when UO tries to sell me a bloodied Kent State sweatshirt, all I hear is &#8220;pay us to clothe you in the violent oppression we will use your money to engineer.&#8221; Tl;dr: PAY US TO KILL YOU

Urban Outfitters Features “Vintage” Red-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt

Urban Outfitters: Come For The Bloody Kent State Gear, Stay For Master Class In Terrible Apologies

At first glance, one could argue that this came out of a massively misguided attempt to capitalize the youth culture zeitgeist of the moment (which every savvy youth fashion line must do in order to stay ahead of trends)—-kent state is very relevant now as today’s youth grow up under the heel of a militarized police force. OBVIOUSLY UO completely failed to draw that parallel in a way that isn’t just utterly fucking horrifying. But I can’t ignore the bigger picture here. The victims of the Kent State Massacre were liberal hippies and the core consumer base of UO are liberal hipsters—-even if one can make an argument that hipsters aren’t exact parallels of hippies, UO has spent a lot of time and effort to sell the boho racist hippie aesthetic to hipsters (ponchos, war bonnets, crystals and “vintage” everything). Now consider that the founder of UO poured $13,000 dollars into Rick Santorum’s election campaign, and has demonstrated his personal views and business practices align strongly with the GOP—-the racist, misogynist, classist party that to my mind has everything to gain from an event where police mow down liberal youth with high powered military grade assault rifles. So when UO tries to sell me a bloodied Kent State sweatshirt, all I hear is “pay us to clothe you in the violent oppression we will use your money to engineer.” Tl;dr: PAY US TO KILL YOU

I drew Princess Bubblegum as a JHU grad student for Zack Smith&#8217;s Adventure Time sketchbook at SPX.

I drew Princess Bubblegum as a JHU grad student for Zack Smith’s Adventure Time sketchbook at SPX.

Come see me at SPX, table G7! Show starts in 5 minutes!!!

Aaaah all my friends are here, I want to say hi to all of you!

Come see me at SPX, table G7! Show starts in 5 minutes!!!

Aaaah all my friends are here, I want to say hi to all of you!

A one page comic I did for the New York Time&#8217;s Private Lives blog, about a woman who breaks a promise she made to her husband before he died of ALS. 
Super quick turnaround on this one&#8212;-got the email tuesday night, sketches due by 2 p.m. next day, final due by 6 p.m.. I enjoyed having to think quick on my feet and simplify my process. Thanks A.D. Nathan Huang!

A one page comic I did for the New York Time’s Private Lives blog, about a woman who breaks a promise she made to her husband before he died of ALS. 

Super quick turnaround on this one—-got the email tuesday night, sketches due by 2 p.m. next day, final due by 6 p.m.. I enjoyed having to think quick on my feet and simplify my process. Thanks A.D. Nathan Huang!

My interview with Newsarama is now up! Zack Smith and I discuss upcoming comics I&#8217;m working on, bee society, beardmad bros and their endless Mt. Dew tears. Come see me at SPX this weekend, table G7-G8a, kind of towards the back and to the right of the ballroom. 

My interview with Newsarama is now up! Zack Smith and I discuss upcoming comics I’m working on, bee society, beardmad bros and their endless Mt. Dew tears. Come see me at SPX this weekend, table G7-G8a, kind of towards the back and to the right of the ballroom. 

Clear my schedule, I&#8217;m drawing mermaids forever

Clear my schedule, I’m drawing mermaids forever

Bringing reading for pleasure to Nicaragua

Bringing reading for pleasure to Nicaragua

Taken two years ago. 

OYN. 

Working out an illustration about cultivating reading for pleasure in children.

Working out an illustration about cultivating reading for pleasure in children.

Ruminations on a 40s-era winter wardrobe and one witch-queen from my zine, SEED, a 32 page full color zine available now for pre-order.  I will also be selling copies at SPX!

Ruminations on a 40s-era winter wardrobe and one witch-queen from my zine, SEED, a 32 page full color zine available now for pre-order.  I will also be selling copies at SPX!

A few things that didn’t make the cut, and one that did, for SEED, a 32 page full-color sketch zine debuting at SPX 2014. You can pre-order your copy and see more sneak peeks of what’s inside here.

Estavaier-le-Lac, Switzerland.

Estavaier-le-Lac, Switzerland.