This past weekend, SOMArts hosted a rad gallery exhibit called #DubzAgainstTheWorld. Being not only a Golden State Warriors fan, but also just a plain ol' basketball fan, this was a nice little art show to check out right as the rain dissipated from San Francisco. Whenever there is art, whether illustration or photography or even animation, highlights another one of my interests, it's hard to just stand by and ignore what's going on. Here are a few of my favorite snapshots I took on Saturday.
Thank God it's Sunday. Time seems to be flying by exceptionally fast these past few months.
Back in December, I left my job at the East Bay Express, and joined the design team over at Diablo Custom Publishing (DCP). The transition felt natural and intuitive. I'm still working on print design, but this time around, its focus is magazines and newsletters versus a newspaper. I've been staying busy at the new job, and loving the work and its content. Here's a sample of a few things I worked on since I've come aboard DCP. My main continuous clients are Lindsay Wildlife, the Oakland A's, and Draeger's Market. This is my Monday - Friday daily grind work. Soon to come in blog form... freelance fun stuff.
We're already a few months into 2017, and I haven't posted anything on the blog since last autumn. Major bummer! One of my goals this year was to regularly update this space with visuals I come across on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. While it has been quite some time since I've posted anything, let's start here.
Here is a selection of photos from the last roll of 35mm film I shot, and recently developed. These were all taken in the winter of last year. The places include Lands End in San Francisco and Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley.
Since the new year has started, I've been up to a lot of fun and amazing things. This includes a new job designing rad magazines and layouts, and on the freelance end, finishing up book illustrations, creating logo designs, and a fun little side project that will have to stay a secret for now. For anyone checking out the blog, thanks so much for your readership/viewership. I truly appreciate it. I'll be trying to update more frequently as we go along.
I occasionally like to shoot film with my dad's old Nikon. I brought the camera along with me to Point Reyes a few weeks ago. Finally got the film developed, and decided to invest in a film scanner. Here's a few of my favorite shots from that day.
A couple of friends and I went camping during the Perseid meteor shower a few weeks ago. During this time, Lassen Volcanic National Park holds a Dark Night Sky Festival, with events about astronomy and even have telescope viewings! Here is a handful of my favorite pictures from that weekend. We hiked Cinder Cone in the day, and stargazed near Bumpass Hell at night.
The initial concept for these invitations was from the collaborative effort of Anjelica and Richard. Together, they created the rough sketch of what I would later turn into a digital illustration. I constructed the images using Adobe Illustrator, and designed the layout and text using Adobe InDesign. The final files were sent off to a printer to get letterpressed on cardstock. Congrats to the happy couple!
I'm not a professional photographer; nor do I strive to be one. On the other hand, I do enjoy photography as a hobby, and occasionally, I will be asked to photograph an event or subject. This was one of those occasions, and I was more than happy to accept the position of photographer. My friend Jrem was ordained a priest at the beginning of June. Here are a few of my favorite snapshots from the event.
A handful of my favorite pictures that I took while camping and hiking at Pinnacles National Park this past weekend.
My first backpacking trip of 2016: Desolation Wilderness in search of Lake Aloha. It was a lovely, big group of us, and mostly beginners. In theory, it should have been an easy trek; it was at first. After a few miles in, we encountered much more snow than I had anticipated. Quite frankly, more snow than any of us anticipated; about four feet deep. The snow made the hike more grueling than it should have been, and we quickly lost sight of the trail to Lake Aloha. We retired to an open space about a mile away from our destination, fearing exhaustion and no potential water source. We set up camp and proceeded to enjoy each other's company until morning when we would have to hike back to our cars. Here are a few of my favorite photos I shot from the trip. The great outdoors always lends itself to helping me flex my photography muscles, and I am grateful for that.
I spent the weekend car camping in Yosemite with the "Adventure Often" ambassadors (aka my roommates & boyfriend). I didn't manage to get any photos at the campsite. By then, we were all tired and hungry, and I was more concerned about eating some food than I was taking photos of it. Here are photos of our hike into Hetch Hetchy Valley, which we explored before we set up camp in Hodgdon Campground. The hike was about five miles and relatively easy, but not too much shade. If you're going to see the waterfalls, bring a rain shell jacket. You could get wet! I got soaked.
In my head, I keep thinking "so much for 'sunny' San Diego." My boyfriend, Roger, and I went the last few days of April. Neither of us have been before, despite the city being relatively close and easy to get to for a short vacation. Prior to the trip, I would day-dream of scorching temperatures and laying around on the beach for hours. As soon as we arrived, I quickly realized those were grand delusions. San Diego's sky was overcast for almost the whole duration of the trip.
However, San Diego was still rad. The city was friendly. There was plenty to see and do. I think we barely touched the surface. And there was a lot of good food to be had. Here is a handful of my favorite photos from the trip. I've seemed to misplace some of my photos from Coronado, but here are the locations in this photo set: the San Diego Zoo, Torrey Pines State Park, and Wayward Public.
May the 4th be with you. Happy Star Wars day! I'm slowly going through and editing my photos from my trip to San Diego, so stay posted. I'll be blogging about the trip soon!
A day hike through Sunol Regional WildernessRead More
For Catholics, the season of Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, the resurrection of Jesus. Many practicing Catholics (myself included) often abstain from something that does not bring us closer to God and/or do some action of some sort to bring them closer to God. The reason for this project was two-fold.
A few months ago, I was having a conversation with a friend about how my faith life was feeling a bit stagnant. I was drifting. He responded by saying a lot of the things I was doing, and the way I was feeling was caused by a lack of focus on God. As a result, many times when I feel distracted in prayer or other aspects of my faith, I tell myself this one word... Focus.
This also reminded me of a lesson one my college professors dished out one day. The work that we produce, the art that we create, becomes mediocre or not satisfactory when we have a habit of going on auto-pilot. And in many ways, I think that carries over to life itself. I had (and still have) tendencies to go on auto-pilot, where I just chug along without giving much thought or purpose to what I'm doing. But if I focus, the end result becomes a greater outcome than the direction it was originally going in.
Allowing to challenge myself with those forty days, and forty different styles of lettering helped marry two aspects of my life, and also brought about many lessons along the way. Daily drawing is always a difficult challenge for me. And I haven't been able to draw daily consistently since college. But it is always something I strive to do as much as possible. These projects help expand my repertoire of skills, and I hope to continually grow in these aspects of faith, design, and illustration.
Another rejected cover design from work this past week.