Nov 28, 2018

Character Collage (7) 2017-2018

Here is my 7th annual collage of character's, this time with some typography that I felt went with the feeling. For this year I wanted to go with a theme for once and might play with that again. The theme? Analog sound! I wanted to remember what it was like as a kid to listen to hip hop, soul, jazz, funk, etc. And I'm also thinking of young kids and parents trying to introduce their kids to music.

1. Digging- Young sis digging for 45's 2. Youth Sound-Sis wearing the headphones 3. Walkman-Turn up the bass boost 4. Boombox-Tapes & the box 5. Play that Beat - type! 6. Percussion-Drum & banner 7. Headphones - meditate w/ sound 8. Listening- next to the record player 9.  VINYL - Type 10. Dad's - who dig 11. Stereo-Remember this? 12. Turn it up!-Type 13. Lyrics - still matter 14. Speakers -Paying dues 

You can see the previous years here too: 
If you are interested in more information about any of the characters or type in particular, or a print just email me at

Nov 27, 2018

Sketches 1

What follows is a sketch dump of client, personal, and unused work. I like the sketches because sometimes the under drawing is better than the painting. And it shows the thinking that goes into the final lines.
Client Sketch for a book cover

Client work for the ACLU around juvenile justice 

Client sketch for an album cover

Client sketch for a yoga project 

Can't remember who this was for, but it was concept type for a client

The man, Moses Powell who developed "Sanuces Ryu" - a form of jujitsu

Client type design

Sketch for Asian American Heritage month of comedian and activist Margaret Cho

Sara Khoshjamal-Fekri taekwondo champ

Client sketch for the Oakland Public Library

Client Sketch for juvenile justice

If you missed my sketchbook tour from a 2014 book, check it out here

Nov 21, 2018

SF Etsy reading nook

If you're going to the SF Etsy holiday Emporium bring your kids to hear stories from 12-1pm.
SCHEDULE I'll be reading there w/ Meena Patel!

Nov 14, 2018

One of a kind like me 12 - Me and Laurin reading

This is a shot and throwback to me and author Laurin Mayeno reading "One of a kind, like me" to a school audience in Oakland. I believe it was taken by Innosanto Nagara. If you still haven't gotten the book you can get it HERE.

And here is a recent review of the book by Neely's news

Nov 13, 2018

Alphabet Rockers - Walls

Walls by Alphabet Rockers for those parents wanting a song for kids that discusses walls and loving one another. AND its Bilignual!
Although AR are Grammy nominated and most love their message, they have been asked not to perform the song because some parents didn't agree w/ the message. Watch this and share w/ your kids.

2017 ACLU Annual report

Here are a few illustrations I did for the ACLU Annual report. You can see more of the report here.

Nov 2, 2018

Stephanie Bueno- Lowrider roll model

I remember seeing Jay Bueno's photos and its very inspiring and emotional to hear about Stepahnie's photography and family journey. I love this series.