New Year's Blurred By...

…and it's already February! Today is Groundhog Day, and Phil has predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Quite fitting as my latest Highlights High Five illustrations called "Snow Day" are set to appear in the February 2015 issue's "Look and Look Again" feature. Snow is plentiful, winter is very present. 

Inktober 2014


Conceived by Utah artist, Jeff Parker, in 2009, Inktober has taken off among artists professional and amateur alike, throughout the internet and all over the world, in an effort to create art traditionally, namely with pen and ink, every day throughout the month of October. I decided to participate by posting on Facebook and Twitter to keep the drawing muscles sharp, making less than perfect drawings for fun, taking inspiration from photos, people I know, or life. Where color was applied, I used a variety of media, like conté crayon, Caran D'ache, and watercolor. Here is my collection of 31 ink drawings. 

The Party

My black & white promotional contribution.

MB Artists' 10 Year Anniversary Party did not disappoint. 110 professionals in publishing attended to see Mela's crew of artists. The space was beautiful, in the heart of NYC's Flatiron district, a sunny loft space with lots of ambience. Each artist contributed one small black and white drawing to be printed on canvas bags for giveaway. The drawings were also used to adorn the beautiful finger foods served throughout the night. Connections both professionally and personally were made and certainly made memorable thanks to Mela and her crew. 

Aren't these great bags? Perfect for book and postcard swag.

Delicious tiny burgers

MB Artists about half of whom are represented here from around the world.

Our stuff

The space

Mela Bolinao, Jess Lam, & Jon Bolinao are MB Artists Inc. 

Celebrate 10 Years with MB Artists Inc.

My artist representative, Mela Bolinao of MB Artists, Inc. throws great parties. Her designer, Jess Lamb, knows how to do the inviting. This time they are celebrating 10 years in business with artists from all over the world, hosting editors and art directors alike from the publishing world. For us artists, it's an opportunity for some face time with those we've worked with but never met aside from quick exchanges through the internets, and just good old fashioned connecting with those we hope to work with in the near future. Hope to see you there!