SOI Riso Workshop at SVA

OK so this never happens. And it's not a bad thing, I'm not whining about it, I've accepted that fact. I just don't win things. I'm generally not very competitive anyway, but if the prize relies on pure luck, I don't win it. If there's no strategy involved, I have no chance. The game with the mechanical hands that try to grab a plush toy (you know that thing at bars and fairs)? Yeah, never got one.  The fishing-the-duck game? Nope, no win. And again, that's ok. I win at other stuff in life, and it's all good, the Universe and I had this understanding. I said "I'm ok with it, as long as you don't force me to play", because, you know, you don't have to push it either. 

Anyways, all that to say that when I was volunteering at MoCCA this Spring, my buddy Ryan and I (who's a great illustrator, check him out at @specialrobotdog) passed by the SVA Riso Lab presentation table. And they had a raffle to win a workshop. Well, the amount of effort required to participate was minimal (scribble your email address on a paper and throw it in a box), and Ryan said let's do it, so I did. (I'm pretty obedient at times, most of the times?), and you won't believe this, as I didn't but I WON THE RAFFLE!! MY NAME WAS PICKED OUT OF THE BOX! MEEEEEE! AjajjAJJAJAAHAHHAH 

AHem. Sorry, I got really excited about it. Just because it never happens. And now it has. So I guess I have to rewrite my life story now, and all my beliefs about myself, but that's for another blog post. 

I went to the workshop that was taught by the wonderful Nathan Fox (check him out @nathanfoxy) and Andrew. It was a joint effort between SVA MFA Visual Narrative Program and the Society of Illustrators. We were a very nice group of people and we collaborated on a zine, and then printed our own stuff. The zine turned out looking really cool, and I think we were all pretty in awe of what we we made in only two days. The lab is wonderful, very clean, and the faculty was super nice and helpful. The lab is a passion project it seems, and you could feel how invested in it they were. 

For my personal project, I made a poster for one of my mom's friends. She's been telling me how now that the weather is getting colder, her and her friend couldn't go swim as often as they did throughout the summer and were trying to figure out how to keep exercising. I am a big fan of DDP Yoga, and have seen how beneficial it's been for my bad ankles, and my dancer feet, so I thought it would be a great way for them to get back into exercising.

I made the poster inspired by some of the very simple poses that DDP (and yoga in general) offer, and with an older guy, because I think the fitness industry always promoting young and very fit people, sometimes can alienate people who are not like that (but who would benefit as well). I understand the concept of course, and the inspirational idea of it, but I just wanted to encourage them to try and say "the hell with it! We can do this!" . 

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Summer Art Walk

Hi friends! 

A quick note to let you know that I am participating in the Summer Art Walk organized by the  Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and the Fulton Business Alliance

The show kicks of this Saturday, May 20th and will stay up until June 21st. It is curated by the amazing Ramona Candy

I am very excited to be a part of this project and to collaborate with the MARP again -after the tree guard design I did last year with them- because I love this mission of bringing together local artists and neighborhood shops, strengthening the community and offering a wonderful free event for all. Come stroll around Fort Green/Clinton Hill this Saturday, the weather is forecast to be sunny and warm, perfect for a family outing in the neighborhood! 

I'll be at 456 Myrtle Ave, at the super cute [salon] 718 hair salon all Saturday. Here is the map of all the artists and other events going on. Check the Facebook event for the show with all the latest info. 

 

I'll post some process shots and how I approached designing and painting a window, which is a pretty specific medium in the coming weeks, but for now, I hope I'll see you on Saturday! 

Cheers 

 

Nina 

Ok, fine. I love florals!

I have to out myself, and admit to the Universe that I was wrong: Yes,  I love making floral patterns. 

I was wallowing in a crappy mood for the last few weeks, and got snippy at all the floral and spring-inspired designs I saw around. They represented all the things I wasn't at the moment.I whined to my best friend that "everyone is doing floral, I mean, why? It's everywhere! Why do people even like it? It's so played out!" She replied with a twinkle in her eye: "Well, why don't you try it, and see for yourself why everyone likes it?". I grumbled some more, but accepted the challenge and went to work. 

Well, it turns out, with the weather warming up and rays of sun flooding my drawing table; it felt completely natural to draw flowers, leaves and trees, and would you believe it, it lifted my mood instantly! I've been drawing flowers for the past two weeks straight! I've tried various mediums such as colored pencils, paints and pastels, and I'm exploring diverse color ways. It's been such a fun ride, and I must say, I am the first one surprised. It's opened up some creative floodgates, and I am so grateful for it! It took me away from my whiny, self-depreciating, sappy and unproductive silliness. 

I guess the moral of the story is to never say never, and to listen to good friends, specially when you don't like what they are telling you. Mei, you win. And I love you. 

And here are my hand drawn floral designs! Yayy! 

I posted them in the shop and really, I love the results. I'm such a sucker... 

New Year and the Women Who Draw directory

I've started a blog post to write down my thoughts as 2016 was coming to a close. I wrote it and rewrote and deleted it and started it again maybe 10 times. I can't seem to put into words how I feel and what my take on this new year is. I have a few super exciting projects coming down the pipeline and I'm looking forward to be sharing those, 

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The 24H Book is Here! (+ sweet pre order deal!)

It is with so much pleasure and pride that I announce today that my first book, The 24H Book -A collection of tender drawings, is ready to hit the shelves! After many months of hard work, the last proof has been approved, and I've received the sample copies, which look fantastic (as you can see below, ha!).

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