Spotlight: MILKBBI by Justin Wallis

I have a hard time when people say that they are obsessed with something.  Obsessed?  Really?  Come on now.  But it’s safe to say that when I first saw one of Justin Wallis’ MILKBBI patterns show up on my Pinterest feed, I got a little giddy.  And then when I saw that a lot of his work is animated my giddy smile got a little creepier.  After scrolling through his Tumblr, I was practically grinning like the Cheshire cat and though I’m not comfortable calling myself obsessed, I’ve got to admit that I was fanning out HARD.  milkbbi5milkbbi1
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MILKBBI’s work reminds me of my early teenage years when I couldn’t get enough of rainbow jewelry, FRUiT magazine, legwarmers, and Japanese stationary galore.  A part of my youth that I look fondly upon but have since let go because I decided to be some kind of adult or something.  I’m not quite sure.
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In collaboration with Daniel Guerrero Fernández

Anyway, despite my status as an adult and what society has put upon me, I can still stare longingly at Wallis’ work and contemplate my past, my present, and my future.  What does it all mean?  What am I doing?  How did I get here?….Colors.. patterns…happy faces…cool clothes…Ahhh What? WHERE AM I?!  In a grey cubicle?!  Oh noooooooo..

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Check out more of MILKBBI at Justin Wallis’ portfolio site and blog.  You can see more of Daniel Guerrero Fernández’s work here.

Spotlight: Burnt Toast Creative / Scott Martin

After over a month of blog silence, I come back to bring you the work of Burnt Toast Creative the design company of Canadian illustrator, Scott Martin.  There’s nothing better in the world than pastel vectors and clean cut violence.

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You can see more of Scott Martin and BTC’s work on Instagram and Behance and buy prints and other merch on Society6.

New Project: TINAMELT!

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I’ve been wanting create an outlet for drawing and felt that MOONCHEEZ wasn’t quite the right fit so I created a new blog dedicated solely to cartoons.  I’ve got a lot of silly building up in my brain and it’s about to burst all over TINAMELT.  It’s a work in progress but you’ve gotta start somewhere.  Enjoy!

MOONCHEEZ will still be up and running, but it will probably be used mostly for photos and inspiration.

Philly Local: Greensgrow Farms

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I’m excited that after living in the same neighborhood in Philly for almost two years, I finally got over to Greensgrow Farms after a friend invited me.  And I must say, what an adorable little establishment.  My friend was there to buy succulents so we spent most of our time in that section and I picked up a little cactus for myself.   That ridiculous phallic one up top.  It was just too good to pass up.

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In addition to the greenery, they sell fresh meat, dairy, and some produce and canned goods (they’ve also got a CSA).  Now that I’m without a car, it’s nice to have all these things accessible by foot and it’s great to be able to support a small business instead of buying all of my plants at Home Depot.  They’ve also got more of a selection and a knowledgeable and friendly staff.  All good things at Greensgrow.

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If you’re in the neighborhood, check it out.  It’s at 2501 E. Cumberland St near Gaul in the Fishtown/Kensington neighborhood of Philly.  Read more about it on their website.

It’s Been a While

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The last couple of months have been a bit of a whirlwind.  Some things good.  Some things bad.  A little bit of this.  A little bit of that.  You can deal with this or you can deal with that.  Spring has been a transitional time for a lot of people I know.  I’ve been traveling around for business and pleasure and it’s been nice to get out of Philadelphia.

I’m working on some freelance gigs and a new project so I’ve been spending a lot of time doing that and have been outdoors for the first time in what seems like forever.  Who knows what the future will hold but things right now are looking pretty good.

Above photo was run through the Waterlogue App, taken in Central Park over the weekend.  What a beautiful day in Pizza City!

Cameron Stewart’s Personal Work

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Only in my dreams could I be as cool as one of Cameron Stewart’s girls.  Everything is perfect about them: their style, their hair, and the scenes and poses Stewart places them in.  I’ve been drooling over the Eisner Award winning artist’s personal work for some time now so it was only a matter of time until I shared.

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Follow Stewart on tumblr and instagram to see regular updates of his work.

Snapshots: Chinese New Year’s Parade

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Although I’ve been celebrating Chinese New Year my whole life, visiting my grandma’s to eat a meal and enjoy each other’s company, I’ve never been to a public celebration of the festivities.  This year I made sure to take advantage of city living and check out Philly’s Lion Dance Parade.

Truthfully, I had no idea what to expect having never been to a parade in years, and especially one that didn’t have floats.  A parade without floats?  I’m confused!  I guess I’m used to the typical parade celebration – floats, bands, people in matching outfits looking very tired, but this was a different thing.   Loud drums and firecrackers, groups of people dressed in dragon costumes.  All this and a bunch of teens in matching hoodies keeping the crowd under control.

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I learned a little about my heritage.  The meaning behind most of the traditions relating to words that sound lucky or mean “lucky.”  For example, during the parade lettuce is thrown because lettuce in Chinese means “good fortune” or “prosperity.”

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It was a nice day to be out and I met up with my friend to take pictures, but once I got enough of the dragons I focused on photographing the cute kids perched on their parents shoulders or standing impatiently on the sidelines, probably with their ears blown out from all the loud firecrackers.  Interestingly enough – not a one earplug to be seen.  Hmm..

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There were also a couple of teens wearing these awful creepy masks (see above).  I never found out what those were all about.  They seemed like the hype men for the parade but I think they knew their masks were scary and were taking advantage of it.  No sleep for this girl that night.

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All in all it was a good day and it made me want to go out on more adventures to photograph.  The weather’s getting nice, guys.. (as if no one’s mentioned that yet.)  ;)

All these photos were taken on film and spruced up in Photoshop. 

On another note, I reorganized my portfolio site a bit and added a Pattern Design section!

Spotlight: Kim Roselier

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It’s been a while since I’ve really been inspired by an artist and today, Kim Roselier really did it.  The French artist’s graphic style in gouache and watercolor is so wonderful and makes me want to take a step away from my tablet and back to old school ways of illustration.  I was never great at painting, but looking at Roselier’s work makes me want to give it a try again.

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Check out his website here and his blog on tumblr.

Watch: Cinematics

What a few crazy weeks it’s been!  People are slowly starting to crawl out of their homes and be social again.  It felt nice to walk around without wearing snow boots and a parka this past weekend, spending some time with visiting friends in New York.  My weekends are starting to fill up with plans including watching the Oscars a couple of weeks ago.  I was pretty good this year having seen 6 of the 9 movies up for the title and thoroughly enjoying each.  (Also saw Lego Movie — awesome!)  So in the spirit of watching movies, check out this lovely animation by Pier Paolo, a designer and animator from South Brazil.