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Custom Wedding Ketubah

I was recently commissioned to paint an original Ketubah for a lovely couple’s upcoming wedding.  Since they had in mind someone to do the hand-lettered text already, I just created a frame for it, which was a thin wood panel that was then hand painted.  Such a fun, special project for me!

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in progress:

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A Few for the Wall Street Journal

I’m running a little behind on this blog lately, so I’m combining the last couple of jobs I did for the WSJ into one single post!  As I may have mentioned in the past, I love working for newspapers, b/c I think the quick turn-around (sometimes only 2 hours!) is a really exciting challenge.  I’ve done a couple of small spots for the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Off Duty’ section the past few weeks, all for the Fixer section.

The first was all about finding the right hideaway bed for out-of-town guests:

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Then a set of illustrated instructions on how-to wrap your headphone cords so the don’t tangle:

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This week I did a couple of pieces about how-to take better pics of babies w/ a smartphone:

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More LV Bags

I’ve been doing a string of personalized, hand-painted Louis Vuitton bags for some clients lately, which have been such a fun change of pace!  Below are a few of my favorites..

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LV backpack

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NY Times Op-Ed: Does Preschool Work?

I did another quick piece for the NY Times Op-Ed, all about whether or not preschool is effective in creating smarter kids.  Below is the finish, along with a few sketches, but you can read the full article HERE.

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sketches:

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A Special Bag for Oprah

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by the folks at SoulCycle asking if I could customize a Louis Vuitton bag for a very special friend of theirs.. The one & only, Oprah Winfrey!

She was celebrating her 60th birthday with a spin class and about 50 of her close friends, and they wanted a custom bag to commemorate the event. I hand painted the SoulCycle logo & some colorful stripes on the front, and some simple, tiny text across the bottom of the back.  So fun!

LV bag frull front

LV bag back

LV final peek

Amy & Tony’s Save-the-Date

Wow, no updates in forever!  I’ve actually been really busy with a million projects & am now 8 months preggo, so things are getting really crazy.  :)

Anyway, I’m so excited to finally share this one, as it’s very near and dear to me.  My sister & future bro-in-law (also happens to be one of my closest friends from high school) are getting married this summer.. So when they asked if I could do their save-the-date, it was a no brainer.  They wanted something simple and fun that also portrayed them, as well as their beloved pets, Moose & Charlie.  I decided to do something in a similar fashion to the Save-the-Date from my wedding, but also tried to make it uniquely theirs.  Really fun to work on!

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Crazy 4 Cult 7: Back in New York

I can’t believe this will already be my 6th year participating in Gallery 1988′s Crazy 4 Cult show!  Time flies.  In the past I’ve tackled PeeWee’s Big Adventure, Mulholland Drive, Ferris Bueller, Goonies, Escape From NY, & Strange Brew.. But this year I decided to do a piece based on my absolute FAVORITE movie of all time: Clue.  I’ve seen it literally a hundred times, can quote it from beginning to end and still find it as funny as ever.  this one was fun.

Crazy 4 Cult 7: Back in NY opens this Friday, December 13th, from 7-10pm.

Click for detail:

One Plus Two Plus Two Plus One

One Plus Two Plus Two Plus One

11in x 11in, Flash on wood, sealed in resin

Detail:

Clue detail

resined finish:

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Detailed promo for the show:

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NY Times Sunday Review: Generation Y

I did another fun illustration for the NY Times, this time for the the cover of the Sunday Review.  It was a really interesting piece all about taking a new, positive look at Generation Y.  You can read more about it HERE

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Lucid Dreaming for Mashable.com

I did a quick, fun piece for the folks over at Mashable.com this weekend, all about a device that can help you control your dreams.  Read more about it HERE

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BIG FALL SALE

In celebration of my favorite season, (& in hopes that I will finally give my studio the cleaning it needs), I will be having a HUGE sale on all my original work, prints, & drawings starting this week.

I recently received some of my pop-culture pieces (theDays Off & terrarium pieces) back from Gallery 1988, and will be discounting them up to 50% off!  I will also be offing $15 off all prints, & $10 off all original drawings.  Buy any two pieces & get free shipping (w/in the US only).

Sale will start this Tuesday, October 15th through my Etsy store.  Please feel free to email me with any questions!

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some available ORIGINALS (that will be up to 50% off!):

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Op-Ed: Diversity and ‘Doctor Who’

I did a fun, quick illustration yesterday for today’s Op-Ed page of the NY Times, all about the lack of diversity in the various role of ‘Doctor Who‘.  Below is the finish (which ran in b+w), and a couple unused sketches.  You can read the whole article here.

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a couple unused sketches:

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Fol Chen: False Alarms Video

So excited to see this project finally come to life!  Last year an old friend of mine, talented video director, Keith Musil, and I talked about how awesome it would be to collaborate on something.  I came up with a few concepts and eventually fleshed out and wrote, Light As a Feather.

The idea was that a group of girls come together at a slumber party to play the old game, Light As a Feather, Stiff as a Board (à la The Craft).. But it goes awry.  The girl floats up, but becomes stuck midair and no one can seem to get her down.  Her parents call the paramedics, pray for her, try an exorcism.  Eventually as time passes on, they decide to hold a funeral and mourn for their loss.. The parents fall apart, lose the house and it becomes abandoned.. All the while the girl floats on.

After a while, the novelty of this floating girl fades away, and nobody seems to notice her up there anymore.   People break in to the house, hold parties, trash the place.  Years later, the house is knocked down, to become an empty lot.. And the girl is still there, most likely forever.

Keith decided to hold on to my concept until the right project came along.  This year the LA-based band, Fol Chen, asked Keith to direct the video for a track from their new album, False Alarms.. When he pitched the Light As a Feather concept to them, they loved it!  I can’t tell you how awesome it is to see one of my ideas in the live-action form.. Adds such a different dimension to my normally, 2-D work. Keith did such an amazing job with the video, I’m so excited to have collaborated with him on it!

My final concept sketch:

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Still from the video:

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