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17th
Sep
Wed

My Fifth Element print, bird print, and SEED poster are all now available in my online store! Free shipping worldwide through sunday!!

The Fifth Element artbook is now also available for ordering.

Many thanks to everyone who came by at SPX! I had a blast talking to you all and I’m sad that it’s over! It’s a truly inspiring show, and I’m so, so proud of Sam for winning an Ignatz award this year. I’ll be putting my remaining Anime Boyfriends zines up for sale online in the next few weeks, and I’m hopeful that I’ll have a ~new~ zine/comic for next year! ☆

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9th
Sep
Tue

It’s SPX time again!! Hooray! I’ll be at table W80/W81 with my awesome friends: Andrea Kalfas is coming out with a magical 28 page collection of short comics, Tales from Aeaea; Jimmy Giegerich has has his rad new FIGHT FROGS! comic ready to be consumed by you like so many hotdogs; and Sam Bosma is currently putting the finishing touches on his 28 page fantasy western, The Hanging Tower—go Sam go! (His debut comic from last year, Fantasy Basketball, is also up for an Ignatz award! Stop by and read it yourself!)

Unfortunately I’m a dummy and have no new comic/zines this year!!! Life and work got in the way this time, but I still have some other things for you to peruse:
1. Free postcards! Take one!
2. All My Anime Boyfriends zine ($2)— any leftovers from the show will be sold online!
3. Game of Thrones postcards ($5 per pack)— any leftovers from the show will be sold online!
4. My Fifth Element poster ($20)— will also be available from my inprnt store after the art book is released!
5. AP screenprints of my Prince Tribute Show poster! The Telegraph Art + Comics booth will have many more screenprints of this so be sure to stop by there, but if you want a SUPER LTD ED AP print (only 5 exist!) you can only get one from me.
6. A selection of giclee posters from my inprnt store! ($20-$30)

See you there!!!!

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8th
Sep
Mon

My piece for the Fifth Element artbook, which will be released soon! Check in later with their tumblr for details on how to get your own copy. I will have poster prints of this at SPX next weekend—I’m at tables W80-81 with Sam and our pals Andrea & Jimmy. (I’ll be putting up a comprehensive SPX post in the next few days!)

The Fifth Element is one of my favorite movies ever, it came out when I was in middle school and I even bought the soundtrack for it—Leeloo was my hero. It was actually pretty hard to single out what I wanted to draw for it, but I think one of the strong suites of the movie is its distinctive costume design, so I went with that angle!

Man, vintage posters are great, and when I saw this Delta poster I loved the composition and knew I wanted to do something similar with the FE stewardesses. I was inspired by all the fun type and stylization in David Klein’s iconic TWA posters too. You can see my color sketch as well—I have a fair amount of darker prints, so I wanted this one to be light and airy. Now I just need more excuses to make fun sci-fi posters!

21st
Aug
Thu
  • Cool news! If you bought the first Steven Universe comic (written by cool guy Jeremy Sorese, illustrated by cool guy Coleman Engle, published by Boom!) you may have seen a STEVEN CHEWNIVERSE page in the back, written and illustrated by me! This is my first foray into Comics with a capital C, but I should be doing more STEVEN CHEWNIVERSE recipes, so I hope you’re ready to make some tasty food with Steven!

Also, you should definitely try an Everything Bagel Dog! I have Sam & our pals Diego, Aaron K., Mike, and Aaron G. to thank for the recipe. Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving they host Franksgiving, where they make creative/tasty/unusual/forbidden hot dogs. A highly recommended tradition.

    Cool news! If you bought the first Steven Universe comic (written by cool guy Jeremy Sorese, illustrated by cool guy Coleman Engle, published by Boom!) you may have seen a STEVEN CHEWNIVERSE page in the back, written and illustrated by me! This is my first foray into Comics with a capital C, but I should be doing more STEVEN CHEWNIVERSE recipes, so I hope you’re ready to make some tasty food with Steven!

    Also, you should definitely try an Everything Bagel Dog! I have Sam & our pals Diego, Aaron K., Mike, and Aaron G. to thank for the recipe. Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving they host Franksgiving, where they make creative/tasty/unusual/forbidden hot dogs. A highly recommended tradition.

  • 19th
    Aug
    Tue

    Sam and I were off in Iceland this past week with the awesome Light Grey Art Lab 2014 Residency, but now we’re back AND ALSO ENGAGED!!! Photos and iceland-based art to come! (and also a wedding at some point!)

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    19th
    Jul
    Sat
  • bloomsofnigeria:

A flower for Esther by Kali Ciesemier www.ciesemier.com">http://www.ciesemier.com


I drew a flower for the Blooms of Nigeria tumblr, curated by Rebecca Bradley & Janna Morton as an illustrated vigil for the 250+ kidnapped Nigerian girls. Of the 180 girls whose names we know, the tumblr aims to give each of them an illustrated flower by different woman artist, and to keep their story alive and in discussion. I’m saddened and disappointed that there hasn’t been more progress in finding the girls, but hopeful for their safe return.

    bloomsofnigeria:

    A flower for Esther by Kali Ciesemier www.ciesemier.com">http://www.ciesemier.com

    I drew a flower for the Blooms of Nigeria tumblr, curated by Rebecca Bradley & Janna Morton as an illustrated vigil for the 250+ kidnapped Nigerian girls. Of the 180 girls whose names we know, the tumblr aims to give each of them an illustrated flower by different woman artist, and to keep their story alive and in discussion. I’m saddened and disappointed that there hasn’t been more progress in finding the girls, but hopeful for their safe return.
  • 3rd
    Jul
    Thu

    I saw the photos from the Thom Browne Spring 2015 Menswear show and I was immediately hooked, it’s a m a z i n g. I want that pink gundam jacket VERY MUCH. So I decided to engage in wish-fulfillment and draw Sam and I in tweaked versions of 2 of the suits. Maybe you wanna draw yourself in your ideal high-fashion suit, too?

    Tags: Suit Up Illustration 
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    28th
    Jun
    Sat
  • Quick assignment for the NY Times Letters to the Editor, out in today’s paper. The topic is about the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down abortion clinic buffer zones on the grounds of “free speech” (you can read the original article reporting the decision here, and the Letters section here). Previously, protesters had to stay 35ft away from the entrances to abortion clinics (a distance at which they were still able to exercise their ‘right’ to scream and harass) but now they will be allowed to do it directly in the faces of women seeking medical treatment.

Thanks to my AD Nathan Huang. This was an assignment I felt pretty strongly about. If the Letters section wasn’t neutral ground, you can bet I would have drawn the protestors differently in this piece.

    Quick assignment for the NY Times Letters to the Editor, out in today’s paper. The topic is about the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down abortion clinic buffer zones on the grounds of “free speech” (you can read the original article reporting the decision here, and the Letters section here). Previously, protesters had to stay 35ft away from the entrances to abortion clinics (a distance at which they were still able to exercise their ‘right’ to scream and harass) but now they will be allowed to do it directly in the faces of women seeking medical treatment.

    Thanks to my AD Nathan Huang. This was an assignment I felt pretty strongly about. If the Letters section wasn’t neutral ground, you can bet I would have drawn the protestors differently in this piece.

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  • 25th
    Jun
    Wed

    2 (semi) recent illustrations about food!

    The top one is for The New Republic, for the article "How Barack Obama Sold Out the Kale Crowd". My art director mentioned that he had seen my food illustrations, so I was really excited to get to draw a buncha fresh (and not so fresh) veggies!

    The bottom illustration is a quick one for Adweek, for the article "How Passive-Aggressive Is Instagramming Your Food?" (my answer: gimme all your food photos! I could look at food FOREVER)

    Thanks to my New Republic AD Ben Avny & my Adweek AD Ron Goodman for assigning me one of my favorite subjects!

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    25th
    Jun
    Wed

    clawclawstudio:

    You might want to get yourself a snack, because I totally lost track of time interviewing Illustrator Kali Ciesemier. She’s fresh to NYC after spending the last few years teaching at MICA in Baltimore, MD. Her illustrations have a spark of life that’s illuminated in every intricate and very carefully planned out detail. She finds a perfect balance of simple flat surfaces and subtle true to life elements, like the bend of a knee or dusty chalkboard. Kali also doles out some fantastic illustration advice on her website sometimes. Did you get that snack yet?

    I forgot to post this up here— a little while back Shanon Weltman from Claw Claw studio interviewed me over skype and transcribed the whole conversation. I think it’s probably one of my favorite interviews, we talk about prep work, strengths and weaknesses, strategies for beginning artists, and what hollywood actors would play Sam & I. Thanks Shanon!!

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