Friday, November 9, 2018

James Turrell, Three Gems

When I was at the De Young for the Muslim Fashion show the other day I also spent some time in James Turrell's "sky space" Three Gems -- something that, incredibly, almost unbelievably, I had never done before, despite the fact that it's been sitting right there ever since the museum opened in its current building in 2005; despite the fact that I've visited the museum several times a year throughout that entire 13 year period; and despite the fact that I really really enjoy the work of James Turrell. What the heck?! I don't know. I really just don't know. But now I've done it and it was absolutely delightful. It strongly gave me that warm, peaceful, tingly feeling that so much of Turrell's work does. There's a pink terracotta circular path, and a round white minimalist room, and an opening up to the deep blue sky. I like to think maybe that those three spaces/colors are the three gems in question, but of course no one can say for sure.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Color Poem #67

the new yellow
is not the same
as all the other

as I knew it
would not be

but it is a
very good


I wonder
could it be

the best

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Secret Art of Being a Parent - Advance Copy!

I now physically have my hands on a real live finished copy of my next book: The Secret Art of Being a Parent. SO EXCITING! People often ask why, in publishing, we get these copies, known as "advances," so very early? I mean, after all, the book doesn't come out until next spring. But the reason is so that the publisher can send the book out to magazines and retail stores and other places that plan their content way in advance -- so that by the time Spring 2019 rolls around you will (fingers crossed) see this book in the press and in stores and all over the place. In the meantime, though, I just get to enjoy holding it my hands and looking at Rachel Harrell's super charming design and illustrations. Yay! And, if you're so inclined, you could go ahead and pre-order it here or here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Week Four and Beyond

I finished Inktober and really did do one ink drawing each day all month. Not all of them were great, by any means. But nevertheless I find I am extremely pleased with myself. Here are the last ten:

Day 22: Expensive -- printing out a manuscript at the copy shop

Day 23: Muddy

Day 24: Chop

Day 25: Prickly

Day 26: Stretch -- rubber bands

Day 27: Thunder -- storm clouds

Day 28: Gift -- my special gift is to know where every object in the house is, including this tiny box of tiny staples

Day 29: Double

Day 30: Jolt -- a bottle cap from the mostly forgotten 1980s super-caffeinated cola Jolt

Day 31: Slice

Monday, November 5, 2018

Two Baby-Sitters Club #1's

Here's a drawing I made not so long ago of the covers of the original Ann M. Martin Baby-Sitters Club book #1 that I read at the age of ten, and graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier's Twenty-Teens (if we're being honest, way way better) reboot. Years back I talked here about my love affair with these books, and now I have drawn them.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Contemporary Muslim Fashions

I went and saw the show Contemporary Muslim Fashions at the De Young Museum the other day, and it was a thing of exquisite beauty. I always love a good fashion museum show, but this was one especially stirring -- showcasing as it did the vast range, amazing creativity, and utter good old fabulousness of fashion design in the Muslim world.

Above: Dian Pelangi

Fahad Signature and Mariam Al Remiahi

Rasit Bagzibagli

Mshael Al Rajhi

Mariam Bin Mahfouz

Maha Abdul Rasheed

Pose / Arazzi + handbag by Alaa Balkhy

Mashael Al Rajhi

Verona Collection + Nzinga Knight

Kuaybe Gider

Nora Aldamer

Barjis Chohan

Rani Hatta

Anadia Marina Putri Harahap

Aheda Zanetti + Shereen Sabet

Naima Muhammad

Windri Widiesta Dhari

Saiqa Majeed

Saiqa Majeed

Dian Pelangi

Dian Palangi

Mohd Hafizi Radsi Woo

Mohd Hafizi Radsi Woo + Melinda Looi

Datin Haslinda Abdul Rahim

Melinda Looi

Itang Yunasz

Itang Yunasz

Khanaan Luqman Shamlan

Shakeel's Boutique

Oscar de la Renta

John Galliano

Mary Katrantzou

Rebecca Kellett

Peter Pilotto

Jean Paul Gaultier

Pierpaolo Piccioli

Karl Lagerfeld

photo by Langston Hues

photo by Langston Hues

photo by Langston Hues