Fall Formation

We are so close to finishing the winter magazine, that I have to relish having my Persona ladies for fall in formation on Darling's social channels.

I get to be involved from the top to the bottom of this place, and, roughly, if I know how to do something, it's my job to do the thing or at least be becoming an expert in it. So it's a little surreal to have had these designed without much participation from me: simple, standard, placing me amidst our many incredible artists who have contributed to the magazine over the years. It's really an honor.


The banners for Facebook and Twitter are probably the closest I'll get to a billboard (if I've ever wanted one..? lol) and it's pretty sweet. But the best part is how sharing all of this has allowed so much motivation and confidence flow from such a supportive community. I've you've dropped a little red heart or written/said a kind word, THANK YOU, it means more than you know.

Peep the self(i.e.) trailer here!

Peep the self(i.e.) trailer here!


You Don't Know TRACE

I'm usually office DJ at work but I looooove when someone else takes our Sonos for a spin. Last week Rebekah delivered some good stuff.

"Who's on the Sonos? Can I play something?" she asked across the room.

"Me, it's just your Bon Iver radio," I replied. (I'm back on it.)

"Ok, I'm gonna play Trace's new single."

YES. Trace's music is always made of the coolest sad girl vibes. While I'm pretty sensitive to melancholy lyrics, I do love her stuff and her new single, "You Don't Know Me," is a deceptively light-hearted stroll to the conclusion that the one she's with isn't "the one." Heavy stuff. Did someone say Heavy Shoulders?

ANYWAY. I was sitting at my desk looking at the cover art for the YDKM single and thought, That looks fun to draw...

I've been on such a roll with portraits, I don't want to stop. Let's keep it fun, you know? So here's TRACE!


Meet the Personas: Darling Magazine


If you've made the extra click to arrive at my blog here, you probably already know my full-time thing is working at Darling Media. I've done just about A to Z there, but for the first time this fall, I have art in a print issue!

The Personas are the sections that divide up the magazine — The Dreamer, The Achiever, the Hostess... They basically sort the articles by interest, but they're meant to represent the different hats women wear often (usually) at the same time.

For Darling Issue No. 21, I have the pleasure of introducing our readers to each of the 8 sections, including The Explorer, where I wrote on the midsummer dream that was my trip to Denmark.

Enjoy! Or if you've got a glass of something nice handy, skål! (WHICH I AM KICKING MYSELF FOR SPELLING WRONG IN PRINT — eh sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, I am just a person)

Pencil sharpeners

The one material thing I consistently lose is the humble pencil. I don't prefer any certain type for drawing, only one with a reliable eraser. September brings a change of seasons both so natural and haphazard (a sentiment all too flimsy in times like these), natural, because we wait expectantly for it, haphazard as we whirl around holding onto the last dregs of the summer sun.

A little dramatic for L.A.'s consistent sunshine. Cue beige classroom walls and the slosh of soft canvas backpacks plopping against floors and lockers. The whir of a pencil sharpener. Bygone days!

But the thirst for a change of seasons, one that will ask more of us, one that will challenge us to step up to a new plate (kickball or nah?) beckons.

It's September. And this is my new website.