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.
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.
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..
No matter where you are or how old you are, you can still appreciate MILKBBI and think of perhaps, fonder, happier..care-free times. Long live MILKBBI. I can’t wait to see what Wallis comes up with in the future.
Check out more of MILKBBI at Justin Wallis’ portfolio site and blog. You can see more of Daniel Guerrero Fernández’s work here.
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.
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!
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.
Follow Stewart on tumblr and instagram to see regular updates of his work.
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.
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.”
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..
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.
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!
It’s funny how every Chinese Take-Out Menu you look at looks the same. Same items, same red and green text, same large placemat format. As an exercise, I decided to give it a new modern overhaul. No. 2 Panda Garden: an alleyway Chinese restaurant run by hipsters. In three colorways.
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.
Check out his website here and his blog on tumblr.
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.