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Oh, hello there.  It’s been some time.  Did you change your hair?  You look great.  After months of not posting anything, I found this draft saved from February.  Nine months later and I’m still very into these gifs by LA-based illustrator, Sachin Teng.  Enjoy.
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I recently stumbled across the drawings and gifs of Nimura Daisuke and fell in love.  So simple.  So charming.  As a cartoonist myself, I find myself getting caught up too much in unnecessary details and seeing work like Daisuke’s reminds me that simplicity can still be so powerful.  I want to know every couple’s story in his drawings.  They’re all so relatable yet so mysterious, like a Japanese version of Chris Ware.

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I love these little animated scenes of simple life in Japan by Toyoi Yuuta.  They perfectly capture a quietness that I hope to one day experience in real life.  So simple.  So nice.  So Japanese.  The rainy ones remind me a little of a combination of Miyazaki and To the Moon, except they don’t make me cry uncontrollably.  Jesus God, To the Moon made me cry.  It so quickly entered and left my life and now I am changed.  If you don’t want to spend four hours of your life feeling weird, listen to this and maybe you’ll understand.

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A lot has been going on personally for me lately: a change in city, a change in job, and some much needed time to recharge.  While that doesn’t make very interesting blogging (at least not yet), I’ve had some time to think, pick up some winter projects, and hopefully post more frequently than I have been in the last couple of months.

That being said, I first came across Storm Tharp when I visited the 2010 Whitney Biennial back when I was still in college.  I don’t remember most of the work that I saw there, which doesn’t surprise me much as my memory is pretty bad but it’s been over four years and I still think of Tharp from time to time.  He and Aurel Schmidt  for some reason really stuck with me.  Impeccable rendering skills have always impressed me.  Damn, if only!  I recently watched a studio visit with him and although he’s ending “his love affair” with ink portraits, it’s this particular work that I enjoy most.

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New York in Nine Coffees

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.

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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.

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Krall’s Pizza Brain mural in their backyard

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Oh man, now I’m starving.  To see more of Krall’s work, you can follow him on Instagram, Tumblr, or his blog.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.