I’m pleased to have my work appear in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of Utne Reader, a bimonthly digest of independent media. Three illustrations accompany Sarah Jaffe’s article “Women at Work: Gender Inequality to Strike” in the magazine and online at utne.com.

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Utne Reader collects and reprints articles on politics, culture, and the environment, generally from alternative media sources including journals, newsletters, weeklies, zines, music, and DVDs. (In this case, the article was reprinted from the April 2013 issue of Jacobin.)

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Utne’s mission to “reprint the best of the alternative press” reaches nearly 500,000 readers across its various platforms. The magazine’s writers and editors contribute books, film, and music reviews and original articles which tend to focus on emerging cultural trends. And the magazine’s website produces blogs covering politics, environment, media, spirituality, science and technology, great writing, and the arts.

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Kiplinger’s August issue is on newsstands, with two of my photo illustrations accompanying Jeffrey R. Kosnett’s story A Cabin in the Woods. As part of the cover package about retiring where you want, the story discusses the how and why of buying (or building) a vacation home with an eye to retiring there. The illustration with cabin exterior (above) was run full-page; the cabin interior (below) was 1/2-page.

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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine was founded in 1947 and has a paid monthly circulation of 800,000. The monthly advises its readers on managing their money—covering investing, retirement planning, taxes, insurance, real estate, buying and leasing a car, health care, travel and financing college.

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SEEING: 30 Hands-On Visual Discoveries was published earlier this month by Chronicle Books. Designed by MacFadden Thorpe, the book contains 30 hands (and eyes)-on activities based on popular Exploratorium exhibits. I was commissioned to create illustrations for 14 of the activities and hand-letter activity titles in English and Spanish.

It was fun drawing this rather eclectic group. It isn’t everyday that I’m asked to illustrate a dog jumping up and down on a pogo stick (which animates when spun). Or Mona Lisa disguised as a pirate (she’ll dress up in costume if you flip the card fast enough). If you’re interested in how the activities below work (or want to see the rest), consider purchasing the book—a great gift for curious geeks of all ages!

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The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. The Exploratorium’s mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them.

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I’m happy to share art for A Faith of Their Own, a new book authored by Chris Folmsbee. The cover is a mash-up of my photograph, illustration and hand-lettering—which I later reapplied to a companion guide and DVD. A Faith of Their Own will be published July 1, 2013 by Beacon Hill Press, an imprint of Nazarene Publishing House.

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Nazarene Publishing House (NPH), founded in 1912, is the publishing arm of the Church of the Nazarene and is the largest publisher of Wesleyan-Holiness literature in the world. NPH prints more than 25 million pieces of literature each year, and processes more than 250,000 orders each year from more than 11,000 churches from many denominations.

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Parenthood Listography was published this month by Chronicle Books. Last week I had the opportunity to write about my experience and inspiration for their blog (which features 15 of 69 full color illustrations):

Of course I was excited to illustrate Parenthood Listography. Published April 2013, the journal is 8th in the esteemed Listography series, each authored by Lisa Nola and published by Chronicle Books.

As an illustrator, I was eager to work through a large quantity of illustrations—69! Lisa’s text suggested very unique situations and things; determining how to represent each visually while maintaining consistency throughout the book was a welcome challenge. Each drawing informed the next: from subject and composition to line quality and color. Ultimately, we all wanted drawings that were whimsical and fun, at times poignant. After all, many of the best parenting moments are exactly that. Continue Reading…

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A list of things you destroyed: Your dolls.

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Chinese (Lunar) New Year begins Sunday, February 10, 2013. In anticipation, I was commissioned to create a card celebrating both The Year of the Snake and San Francisco—my home, and home to the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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My first illustrated book (with 69 full-color drawings). Authored by Lisa Nola (the very funny creator of the Listography series) and published by Chronicle Books (so you know it has to be good). Hang tight… it’s available Spring 2013.

From the Publisher:

Listography for parents! Now fans of the smash-hit journal series (more than a quarter of a million copies sold!) can keep a unique memory book of their child and their parenting experiences over the years. With more than 60 thought-provoking list topics ranging from the classic to the lovably idiosyncratic (including your child’s first words, the best and most challenging parts of parenting, and your child’s biggest tantrums), this illustrated journal is a celebration of parenthood and childhood that will serve as a lovely keepsake for the family.

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Wow, it’s already November! Time to start thinking about which wall calendar you’ll need come new year’s, right? Consider this one from Chronicle Books … Stop searching forever, happiness is just next to you could be accompanying your adventure planning next August. From Chronicle’s website:

This wall calendar features hip, inspirational imagery from runaway success Everything Is Going to Be OK. Playful messages of encouragement and hope offer a cheerful treat every month of the year!

Featured artists, chronologically (from January to December) include: Danna Ray, Jessica Swift, Bill Watson Payne, Susan O’Malley, Jen Renninger (whose work is also on the cover), Treatzone, Katie Daisy, Kyle Pierce, enormouschampion, Travis Stearns, Jessica Swift (again), and Amy Borrell.

Purchase your copy here.

 

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The November issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is now on newsstands, featuring a photo illustration I created for the cover. Inside the magazine, you’ll find four additional illustrations that accompany the cover story “Simple Investing”, written by Kathy Kristof and Elizabeth Ody.

Full-page introduction to “Simple is Smart”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sock monkeys to your podiums! A satirical look at the upcoming Presidential Debates—the first of which will be held next Wednesday, October 3, from 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern. Click on the illustration to enlarge.

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