Thursday, November 23, 2017


a new piece for the kitchn: "why do we drink eggnog at christmas?" - chris malloy's reluctant sojourn into the world of 'nog.  i submitted two sketches for this job and would have been happy to take either of them to final thanks to the fun palette and festive mood:
Eggnog -  sketch 2 Eggnog - sketch 1

Monday, November 20, 2017


a new one for ESPN's blog the undefeated, for a piece by jeff rivers entitled "thanksgiving is a day to celebrate, no matter our problems" (follow this link for a much larger version of the illustration.) 
Syrian refugee family's first Thanksgiving
and this one it for the kitchn, about a syrian refugee family's first american thanksgiving.
happy holiday, dear friends!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

the ned hotel

the ned
london's beautiful ned hotel publishes an in-house newspaper, and this illustration - about ice skating in the city - appears in the current christmas edition.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

drinking coffee around the world

Coffee Around the World
espresso romano with a cornetto on the side in italy; tiny cafezinho with a chocolatey brigadeiro in brazil; kaapi alongside a breakfast of dosa and idli in india. a new illustration for coffee talk: how to order coffee around the world by alia akkam for the kitchn.

there was a bit of a (good-natured, for the most part) uproar from my italian followers when i posted a crop of this on my instagram because i had depicted the espresso romano with a side of lemon (a big no-no, as it turns out, but in my defense i was keeping true to the article) and that i had made the cup a little too large. so, for fun, here is a more accurate representation:
Coffee Around the World_edit

Friday, November 10, 2017

evening routine

evening routine
i've been taking some digital shortcuts with quick turnaround editorial jobs lately, so i'm happy to have an opportunity to slow down and finish a painting the good ol' fashioned way. this one was inspired by an image from a swedish blog hat i had pinned a long time ago, and when i went to find the source today i discovered that post had another image of the same room, but on the wall is a frankie wall calendar opened to my painting "solitaire," which features a girl quite similar to this one, one of her ancestors circa 2013! what a nice way for two things to feed into each other, to lie dormant in an inspiration folder and then to converge again. acryla gouache and graphite on paper, about 4.5 x 5.5" in size. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

one mantel, three ways to decorate

Holiday Mantel three illustrations for a article about decorating your mantel for the holidays, including advice from my beloved emily henderson. lovely infographic design by rebecca hart.

Friday, October 20, 2017


hygge this illustration appears alongside an essay about all things "hyggelig" in volume 4 of beautiful, maine-based quarterly publication making magazine, available today! the issue's theme is LINES. i painted this one in the spring and have been looking forward to sharing it ever since.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

fab fit fun

fab fit fun
i designed the fall 2017 fabfitfun subscription box, and even got a little tour around their offices here in LA when i went to pick up my sample. i chose the pink one but it comes in blue and yellow as well!

i was frantically finishing up work on this one the day we were moving out of buffalo (boris actually waited behind me with the box from my computer at the ready as i uploaded the huge files to my dropbox). it's always nice to see the final product of a complicated job long after the stress of working on it has faded away...

Monday, September 25, 2017

baseball in the fall

baseball in the fall
new illustration for jeff rivers' column pots and pans on ESPN's the undefeated. you can see the full size here, it's pretty huge on the site!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"elizabeth and zenobia" by jessica miller

Elizabeth and Zenobia
i feel especially proud of having worked on this book. i read the manuscript in late night silence - as you should with all gothic novels - and was thoroughly spooked. not only was the story's ghostly mood a thrill to work with as an artist, its themes of fear and courage were particularly moving to me as a reader. my favorite kind of literary "hauntings" are metaphorical - daphne du maurier's rebecca or shirley jackson's the haunting of hill house, for example - rather than some transparent, floating apparition, ghosts are our fears, insecurities, regrets. elizabeth and zenobia is elegant and subtle in this way, but the plot is much more than that and you'll have to read it to see what i mean.

if you like horticulture, sinister wallpaper and edwardian children who host séances in a dusty old mansion, i recommend curling up with this one in the fall. out now!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

in the moment

in the moment
cover art for issue no. 3 of UK magazine in the moment, out now!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

enormous tiny art show no. 22

the statue
six new paintings are up at nahcotta gallery for the enormous tiny art show no. 22 (my 9th one already!) opening reception will take place from 5-8 pm on september 1st at 110 congress st, portsmouth, NH 03801 and the show will run until october 1st, 2017. we recently moved to LA so we're farther away than ever from the magical coziness that is portsmouth, but if you're in boston or elsewhere in new england - it's worth a weekend trip.enormous tiny art 22 enormous tiny art 22 enormous tiny art 22
originally inspired by photographs of roman gardens, this series went in a different direction after the first few and ended up looking like illustrations to mysterious, nonexistent stories, which i quite like. entitled "the statue," "the estate," "orangery," "tide," "the swan" and "the urn," they are all 5" wide by 6" tall (matted and framed to 8" x 10") and available now for sale online or in person at the gallery starting september 1st. my white, vintage-finish frames were custom made by signed & numbered in salt lake city, utah.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

portland, maine

portland wedding
a new one for the kitchn: "i love food, wine and portland, maine (i'm even getting married there)" by sheela prakash.

Friday, June 23, 2017

patti smith

patti smith
this illustration of patti smith will appear as a detachable poster in the 2018 fiercely female wall calendar: "12 unique female artists pay tribute to 12 badass women" from sourcebooks. available july 1st!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

artfully walls + anthropologie

moroccan pouf
a few of my paintings are available as prints of varying sizes through artfully walls, but "moroccan pouf" was recently chosen for their special curated collection with anthropologie! it's printed on fine art paper and comes matted in a wooden frame.

image courtesy anthropologie

Friday, June 2, 2017

aunt tourmaline

Elizabeth and Zenobia
"aunt tourmaline" - sketch and final illustration - from elizabeth and zenobia.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

hotel picnic

hotel picnic
another one for the kitchn: "the picnic rule i totally disagree with" by julie schwietert collazo, about how to have a picnic in your hotel room.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

the wallpaper

Elizabeth and Zenobia
i painted this small color sample while planning the creepy wallpaper behind the girls on the cover of elizabeth and zenobia (the background was changed to black in the final version).

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

the girl in the wallpaper

Elizabeth and Zenobia
this is one of my favorite illustrations from elizabeth and zenobia, just a creepy little nursery with some toys laying around and a girl staring out from the wallpaper... working in greyscale for the first time forced me to think a lot about contrast and value, and i loved it so much i was hesitant to return to painting in color!

Friday, May 26, 2017

elizabeth and zenobia

Elizabeth and Zenobia Cover
the reason for my two-month absence from social media (and the world outside my studio, really): i've been working hard on the cover and interior illustrations for this gloriously spooky new middle grade gothic novel, elizabeth and zenobia by jessica miller. it's chilling! it's mysterious! and it involves some seriously sinister wallpaper. aaand, it was art directed and designed by alyssa nassner, one of my MICA illustration department classmates! i loved working on it and can't wait to share some of the interior illustrations. out on september 19th from abrams books

mediteren van 9 tot 5

Meditation at Work
a full page illustration about meditating at work in dutch magazine happinez.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

protein, hero of the plate

protein, hero of our plate - or is it?
here's something recent and very "rare"! a smug steak prince for "protein, hero of the plate - or is it?" an article by alex van buren for the the kitchn

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

new work in flow magazine

chillin'these illustrations appear in the latest dutch issue of flow magazine (no. 2/2017) next to an article by otje van der lelij called "omgaan met groot verdriet ("coping with great sadness") about the different things one can do to deal with grief and loss.
walk in the park flow spread
when i painted them i was really in the mood for these sun-dried pinks, sages and terra cotta colors and now - having discovered that thanks to madewell's new collection i can wear them, too - i'm ready for these hues to lead me into summer days...
madewell colors
(clockwise from top left: scarf / bag / tank / necklace / bag / shorts / shoes)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

learning to draw

greek 1 i've always been easily bored with observational drawing; my attention shifts from the object i should be carefully observing to the drawing i'm working on and before long i'm making up lines and shadows that aren't there. it comes from a fear, before i've even begun, of failing to make what i perceive to be a "good" drawing, even though i've long understood that the most beautiful drawings are made by people who draw from life, often and fearlessly, without worrying about the end result too much.greek 2
in a bid to conquer my fear and laziness, i'm practicing with greek sculpture because the graceful lines and subtle shadows lend themselves nicely to "just going for it" with a confident line and little worry of botching the proportions. i rather like that thick-necked drawing of caligula above - it's not accurate but it feels true.

social innovation in east asia

Social Innovation in East Asia Supplement: Japan
i have new work in the spring 2017 supplement to the stanford social innovation review: a map for the cover as well as four half page illustrations to accompany articles on social innovation in japan, hong kong, south korea and china. you can flip through the issue here to see them in context.Social Innovation in East Asia Supplement: Hong Kong
Social Innovation in East Asia Supplement: Korea Social Innovation in East Asia Supplement: China

Monday, February 13, 2017

a bit more of this palette

more of this color palette
just playing around a bit more with the colors from the image in my previous post. i'm going to use the bottom one for a new business card and the top for some stickers for packaging orders from my shop.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

women who draw

women who draw
my icon for women who draw, the rapidly growing new open directory created by julia rothman and wendy macnaughton "in an effort to increase the visibility of female illustrators, with an emphasis on female illustrators of color, LBTQ+, and other minority groups of female illustrators." i'm so amazed by the diversity of illustration styles featured in the directory - many that i'm familiar with, and so many more than i'm excited to discover. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

vintage teas

tea packaging USSR
i have a little time this week to take a breath between projects, so i've been painting some of my favorite tea packaging from the USSR. it started with just one, but i didn't realize how much i had missed painting just for myself and before i knew it i had painted three more. there's a lesson in there, that no matter how busy my days get, i need to take the time to paint even some dinky little thing for my own pleasure, just as a reminder of the meditative nature of painting tiny details - something that's easy to forget when the clock is ticking and the deadlines are looming.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

nude for planned parenthood

nude for planned parenthood
i've been an active supporter of planned parenthood for a couple of years, but after seeing images of people, many of them around my age and younger, gleefully wielding "shut down planned parenthood" signs at the march for life a couple of weeks ago, i want to be able to give more than my regular monthly contribution. no matter which side of the argument you're on, i don't think there's anything caring or good about loudly demanding the end of an organization that provides information, healthcare and support to men and women who often have nowhere else to turn.

all proceeds from my print "bath nude" will now be passed on to this important organization. thank you so much to those of you who already contributed and left messages of support with your order. for someone who uses social media to share very neutral content, it feels a little scary to speak up on controversial topics, but i've been very inspired by the voices that have come out from behind all of the beautiful artwork in the past weeks.  "i am more than my pretty pictures," says lisa congdon in a personal essay on her blog, and i totally second that.

beanstalk jack

"beanstalk jack" front "beanstalk jack" back "beanstalk jack" CD
jacket illustrations for the lovely folk rock opera "beanstalk jack" by brooklyn-based children's theater company paper canoe co. "a poor boy risks it all on magic beans. a bean stalk takes him to a castle in the sky owned by the giant who has been looting the land. amidst the many riches jack finds, he meets the giant's most coveted prize--his daughter... jack steals her heart and they run away together... and the rest is music." art direction and typography by erin bazos.

Monday, January 30, 2017

support the international refugee assistance project (IRAP)

New prints in my shop - support IRAP
to all of the men and women around the world who have been going out and making your voices heard in the last weeks - thank you, your passion is contagious and inspiring.

as someone who belongs to the largest group of refugees to come to the united states in the last three decades - the hundreds of thousands of russian jews who sought to start a new life after the fall of the soviet union - i wish for those fleeing much more horrific circumstances to be given the chance to start anew, just like my family and i were back in 1996.

because just crying angry tears helps neither myself nor anyone else, i'd like to take my first steps to helping the cause. i added two new prints to my shop - "the boot" and "the fan"; both are on 5x7" off white, hot press paper with a weight of 330g/m2. They are $15 each and all proceeds from their sale will go to the international refugee assistance project (IRAP). thank you!