Based off of this NY Times article, with coffee in hand, I illustrated this map outlining the nine coffees featured. It was a fun way to kick off the weekend while binge watching some Netflix and listening to café jams.
Now that it’s officially the fall time, I’ve made the transition to hot coffee from my beloved iced. What is it about the fall that makes this time of year so nostalgic? Is it our memories of going back to school and the lead up to the holiday season? The drastic change in clothing and the slow come down off of the summer? Who knows. Anyway, I like it. Keep it comin’ fall. Boots on. Swimsuit off.
I think I first discovered Hawk Krall when I moved to Philadelphia a few years ago and noticed his hot dog illustrations hanging on the walls of Hot Diggity on South Street. I started following his work and was so happily surprised to see his mural at Pizza Brain, a restaurant that opened up in my neighborhood in the city. Everything about Krall’s work is on point: the colors, the movement of all the ingredients, the text. Just wonderful. I’ve since left the city but continue to admire Krall’s work, making sure to pick up this print he did for Elixir coffee in Center City on my way to work during one of my last days there.
Krall’s Pizza Brain mural in their backyard
Oh man, now I’m starving. To see more of Krall’s work, you can follow him on Instagram, Tumblr, or his blog.
This summer has been hands down, the best summer I’ve ever had. And it’s only going to lead into the best fall ever, followed by the best winter ever, to the best REST OF MY LIFE EVER and the BIGGEST, MOST BAD ASS FUNERAL EVER. Well, we’ll see about that one. But right now things are looking up. Kudos to the fall and all it has to bring.
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!