There is real poetry in Pierre’s narration, like when she compares the death of Lou Reed to losing a building in a landscape she loved. The bad jobs and relationships that create conflict in contemporary diary comics are absent in Pierre’s work; she has been writing journals (if not comics) for 20 years, and is no longer struggling with the concept of adulthood. She is an adult, thoughtfully and singularly herself, making these comics unique and rewarding reads.
Can you friggn’ BEAT THAT? Every time Graham gets annoyed with me I’m going to say, “I’m sorry, I no longer struggle with the concept of adulthood.” That should really settle things, don’t you think?
Thanks Festival Season–you RULE!
This is the reality of a working stay at home parent: no matter how well you plan for possible craziness, it’s pretty much chaos no matter what. This week: Snow storms? Ice storms? Health issues? School closures? All on a deadline week? Check check check! I love my work and I love my son, but NOT TOGETHER. I struggle all the time with how to manage kid care and work care, while also feeling incredibly lucky that Gus can have a primary parent to come home to and to be with when he gets sick or can’t go to school. Either way, it’s HARD work. Tonight I’ll be doing work as soon as he goes to bed. Tomorrow will be another day–whatever that means.
I’ve been struggling to get things done the past little bit and I realized it was because I was being a jerk to any and all ideas that were coming to me. Nothing was good enough and if I even tried to execute any of them I was impatient and bullying. Then they stopped coming. No wonder.
Here is a set of rules/reminders about ideas that I made in order to remind me how lucky I am that I get any ideas at all:
1. You work for your ideas. Your ideas do not work for you.
2. You do not have to do them all, but you do have to be kind to them and grateful that they came.
3. Be curious.
4. It’s okay to play, be pointless, and aimless.
5. It’s okay to be invisible in your work. In fact, it’s recommended.
6. How things work changes all the time.
7. You have enough time.
This week I am so thankful for so many things–especially the ideas that come to me.
I am proud to announce that I have a One Page Story in the current issue of Ink Brick! I already wrote up a raving review of the first issue, but I think (my story aside) this issue is even better than the first. So many good pieces! In FULL color! Hooray for PRINT!
Thank you to the editors for having me!
AT LAST! The GIANT job I was working on last fall and at the beginning of this year is OUT: 52 New Foods Challenge by Jennifer Tyler Lee. Over 120 illustrations by me!
The title of this book should be the title of the job–it was a CHALLENGE and it taught me SO MUCH. I feel truly that it BROKE ME IN as a professional illustrator. I’d done books before, but never at this volume and it gave me lessons in literally every aspect of the job of illustrating, which is so much MORE than just drawing. I am proud with how the drawings turned out. The book itself is FABULOUS. I am looking forward to working with the recipes with my family. Go check it out!
A recent book portrait commission I made for a birthday present. It was a tough one, but I like how it came out. Every time I do illustration I listen to recorded short stories or podcasts. There must be some neurological explanation for this, but after I am done with the illustration I can hear clearly the stories when I look at the specific lines I was drawing at the time–it’s like those stories are imbedded in the ink and gesture. In this drawing I hear John Muir’s words on the Yosemite Valley.