I’m spending the week in San Diego, taking photos for San Diego Comic Con!!! Every time I go to a comic convention, I get super inspired by how resourceful and creative people are with their work.
I didn’t grow up on comic books the same way a lot of my friends did, but I still love the idea of building worlds and making characters. So for this SDCC, I gave my imaginary cat a name and made her a book to tell you a little bit about her!
Her Name is Heartvey, and she loves to tell you about the things that she loves about life! She made a list of these things for my to draw out and so there is not a little zine to show the little things that she loves!
Since she loves summer treats and googly eyes, we decided to make an entire tiny care package to hand out to people at Comic Con, this year.
I made the text on the bag with gold stamp ink and a Martha Stewart stamp kit that I am currently a little obsessed with. I used origami paper and pens for the treats, and a xerox machine and a very sweet assistant, helped me get 100 zines done just in time for the convention!I closed each one with some colorful washi tape, and made a stamp of Heartveys head to set as a base for a drawing of her on the back!Each zine has a unique and original drawing of the adventures that Heartvey has gotten herself into!
A friend of mine in New York wakes up before dawn to take the subway. He said that, one day, he sat on the sparse subway cart of early morning commuters, when he noticed a pigeon roam into his cart before the doors closed him in. He stood very still and patiently waited for the next stop, where he got off and found himself on a completely different outdoor platform.
The next morning, he took the same train and noticed the pigeon bobbling onto the cart again. At this point, my friend tried to shoo him out so that he didn’t get lost again. The pigeon reluctantly left only to rush into the nearest subway doors before they closed. My friend watched the pigeon that he thought was trapped on the subway, the previous morning, and saw him in a different light that day. He noticed the pigeons beak nearly touching the closed doors, waiting for them to open at his stop. He acted just like any other normal subway commuter in NY. As if no one would notice that he was just a little gray bird.
He got off at the next stop, that day. He got on at one stop and off at the next for as long as my friend took the same train.
I love the idea of animals doing human things. I love that pigeons really are just a little lazy and a little determined at the same time.
Heres some other things I love about life, lately:
Jumping out of happinessGetting real mailHaving lunch with friendsWhen dogs breathe through their mouths, because it makes them constantly have a smile on their faceTiny everything; When you can follow plane shadows on a flight
Coffee and doughnutsWhen dinner is made into a dessertBeing humbled every so oftenEast coast sunrisesGetting coffee and lessons on how to create monsters from this handsome hunchback
Getting prepared for Comic Con!!!
- Watching episodes of Black Mirror for the first time. I wish I could see them for that first time, all over again!
- My little Ikea striped throw blanket that helps keep me warm when AC feels a little too cold
- Impromptu picnics under shady trees
- Seeing how happy dogs get to put their head out the window of a moving car
- Running around in my sprinklers, whenever I start to miss the rain
- This quick lunch recipe. I have big plans on making it everyday, based mostly upon its simplicity
- Alexs new movie poster
- MT’s Scandinavian summer collection of some of my favorite illustrators work
- Marinating every meal in miso paste
- This fun beautiful classical Hungarian song
One day while drifting through Whole Foods I came across a free sample booth that had a lady handing out what looked like tapioca pudding and going on about all the things you can do with chia seeds. It was reminiscent to Bubba Blue giving that never ending speech on shrimp, in Forest Gump. I couldn’t get her to fess up on how she made this delicious pudding I was trying, so I grabbed a bag of these seeds, headed home, and began experimenting on how to make it. I’ve tried it using all different kinds of milks, sweeteners, and extracts and I think I’ve finally made my favorite one. I’ve illustrated the recipe so that you can make it too!
It’s best to leave this mixture in the refrigerator for, like, 12 hours to get the best pudding consistency. Right before serving it, I like to top mine off with a little extra teaspoon of agave.
I love all of the different ways I’ve been able to spend this holiday though out my lifetime of being American.
Tumbling down grassy hills in Florida and itching my legs the entire rest of the day.
Listening to my Electric Ladyland cd over and over again as I rode in the back of an open truck through Massachusetts.
Catching fireflies in Riverside Park and naming each one before letting it go.
Hula hooping on my rooftop in Brooklyn, watching the fireworks surround NYC.
Trying to blow up solid object with bottle rockets in Atlanta.
Driving into Portland waiting for the perfect moment to ignite a tiny firework in the shape of a monster truck.
I’ve spent many Independence days in many different parts of this country and am grateful for every year that I’m able to travel an experience something new. This year I spent it in my new home with some friends, a pup, and many sticks full of fun colorful smoke.
photo by Paul Bustamante
*All other photos were taken by me with my Samsung NX300 camera!
I struggle with the square format that Instagram wants their users to stick to. Basically, its what liquid eyeliner does for women and what salt does for foods. It crops many incredible photos into something that looks pretty ok, and it makes really crappy ones look pretty ok too.
What I do like about the formant is being able to use it to showcase something against a solid background. Its fun to have something to take a photo of, and look around my rather bland surroundings, in order to find any colorful thing to set it against.
Heres a couple of my favorite colorful photos that I’ve posted on Instagram, recently.
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