Monday, October 16, 2017

Bra and Birth Control

I completed the final two drawings for the art show I'm having early next year (about which, don't worry, much much much more to follow, no doubt): another bra, this one green, and some birth control pills. Everyday objects.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Customer is Always Wrong by Mimi Pond

I am utterly obsessed with Mimi Pond's new book The Customer is Always Wrong -- her second chunky graphic novel (the first was Over Easy - also amazing) about waitress and making art and growing up and navigating a huge cast of lovable miscreants in 1970s Oakland. Feast your eyes.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Color Poem #27

and with the pantsuit
I also bought a winter
wool coat exactly the
color of

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Sightings

One of the great many fun things about being an author, it turns out, is that friends and strangers (and your publisher, and sometimes even yourself) send you photos of your books when they spot them in stores all over the world! It's pretty amazing. Today, a little round-up of such things as they have occurred to The Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up and How Art Can Make You Happy.

Above: Faye's Video in San Francisco, spotted by Christina Loff

The Color Factory in San Francisco, spotted by Leah Rosenberg

Indigo in Canada, spotted by Chronicle Books

Documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany, spotted by Maxine Schoefer-Wulf

Tate St. Ives in St. Ives, England, spotted by Chronicle Books

Ritual Coffee pop-up shop in San Francisco, spotted by Brian McMullen

Tanum in Oslo, Norway, spotted by Bridget Quinn

Barnes and Noble, spotted by @booksresist

Green Apple on the Park in San Francisco, spotted by me

The National Portrait Gallery in London, England, spotted by Robyn B. West

SFMOMA in San Francisco, spotted by me

Tate Modern in London, England, spotted by Natasha Clark Risk

Pendragon in Berkeley, California, spotted by Casey Daniel

Folio Books in San Francisco, spotted by Ariel Richardson

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

House Mullets

I found this collection of "house mullets" -- traditional homes in the front, renovated to be modern in the back -- on Design Milk and I can't stop looking at them. There is something both exciting and soothing about the idea of the secrets these houses are keeping. Makes you wonder how it must feel to live in one.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tampax Multipax

I like to draw everyday objects. Even the ones we as a culture sort of like to pretend are not actually everyday objects, even though they very much are.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Weather, Weather

Maira Kalman's third book with Daniel Handler and MoMA, Weather Weather, is a delight and a joy forever. Here are a few of my favorite images -- based on photographs from the museum's collection -- and you get a little snippet of Handler's winsome prose down there as well. Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Color Poem #26

the purple and blue balloons rest
in a sling made of red crepe paper
strung between the windows and
the bookshelves

from the red streamers hang down
strings and at the end of each string
is a red or pink or an orange balloon
there are also a

pair of green balloons and a pair of
yellow balloons from each of which
hangs a plush animal a rabbit a pig a
guinea pig a unicorn

the architect of all wears on her head
a floral-sprigged pale blue shower cap

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Good Mail Day

The Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up is now an audiobook not only available for download, but also on the good old-fashioned physical media of CD. If that's your jam you can buy it here or here. I also got in the mail, yesterday, both my first royalty statement for the book, and the signed contract for its upcoming sequel. So it was a very good mail day indeed for this little volume and me.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Women Who Draw

I've had the honor to be interviewed for the very fine site Women Who Draw. I got to select seven artists to feature from their fast and amazing open directory of women illustrators (it was super hard to choose!). Here's my interview for your reading enjoyment, and you can go here for links to all my featured artists' work.

Where do you work? What is your title?
I’m the Senior Editor of Art Publishing at Chronicle Books. I work on both books and paper products (journals, stationery, etc.) in the categories of art, illustration, photography, and design.

How did your company come to be?
We started in 1967 as the book publishing division of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. In the 1980s we moved into publishing primarily visual books. And in the 1990s we separated from the newspaper company and became an independent publishing company.

How do you work with illustrators?
Most often I work with illustrators as authors in their own right, to create their own books or other illustrated products. But I also commission illustration for other authors’ books. And we also do some books that compile illustration from multiple illustrators.

How many illustrators do you work with a year?
It varies, but probably around a dozen or so, most years.

What do you usually look for in the work of illustrators you hire?
I’m always looking for a fresh style that I haven’t ever seen before, as well as work that feels perfectly of-the-moment or on-trend. The right mix of idiosyncrasy and accessibility. On a personal level I’m drawn to loose lines and bright colors.

Do you have any advice for illustrators who want to get a book deal?
Think about what you draw when it’s just for you. What are your passions and personal projects? I love it when illustrators come to me with big, fully-realized ideas that they’re excited about making happen in book form (as opposed to the more traditional illustration industry here’s-my-portfolio-let’s-work-together type pitch).

What is the theme of your curated feature?
There are as many ways to draw a woman as there are to be a woman.

Why did you choose these artists?
I was thinking about diversity – not only in terms of the range of demographics called out on the site (race, religion, orientation, etc.), though those are obviously great and important – but also in terms of illustration style and artistic point of view. Drawings of young women and old women. Realistically drawn and comics-style women. The wide range of different tools and art media people use. The range of aesthetics – beautiful, funny, cute, serious, dreamy, quirky. I love every single one of these images and I could easily have included twice or three times or four times as many. It’s exciting and inspiring to think about.