an illustration just because

Just dropping in to quickly share an old illustration I created for my last job that I don’t think I ever shared here. It’s one of my favorites — it’s illustrating a very long piece of medieval-themed erotica, hence the stained glass inspiration. Amity Simone was one of my porn pseudonyms for my last job […]

Between a Butch & a Femme Place

Are you a fan of Scarlet Tentacle? Chances are yes, seeing as you’re here. If so, you might like a new project that I’m working on: It’s called Between a Butch & a Femme Place, and it’s a personal project about body image, fashion, gender identity, gender presentation, queerness, intersectionality and more, and it’s got […]

Work in Progress Wednesday: red ink corrections

Here’s the part of my process where I scribble extensively over all of my work in an attempt to not forget the changes I want to make the next day — and since it’s digital ink, no layers were harmed in the marking of these corrections. Can you guess what the subject matter of this […]

Work Completed: Emily Moldy benefit poster

Here’s the completed gig poster I was working on last week for a friend’s fundraiser where Emily Moldy played. What?! You haven’t heard of Emily Moldy? Go here right now and listen to My Own One and don’t be surprised when you end up playing it on repeat for the rest of the day. A […]

Work in Progress Wednesday: Fun with Vexel Art

Here’s a quick peek at what I’m currently working on this fine Wednesday afternoon: this is a smallish part of a rather overdue poster for a local singer who did a itty-bitty concert at a friend’s house during the Hot Tub Fundraiser! I still need to do some rather significant work on the entire thing […]

WIP Wednesday, Oh No edition

Blog posts, file under: things I forgot to do before I went out of town for a week. Here’s a quick portion of a larger piece I’m currently working on, which involves zombies, pin-up girls, pulp magazines and the new-to-me Monoprice tablet, which is amazing.

Workday Sounds: a little bit country, a little bit slide guitar

Why hello, it’s Friday night and I am neck-deep in all kinds of work. Here’s the playlist that’s currently on an endless loop in my office: it’s a little bit country, a little bit slide guitar and a little bit illustrated with the Noisettes’ Shingai Shoniwa & lyrics from their bad-ass song Don’t Give Up. Ready […]

May the Fourth Be With You, always, even if it’s late.

Whoops! Things got a bit hectic in my life this weekend and I was literally kept from posting this until now because I was rescuing plastic babies from burning buildings all weekend & learning how to move 6,000lbs of concrete with a couple of sticks of wood and physics. Also, for the record: lifting & […]

Things I’m Reading: Butch, Please

Over on, Kate wrote a thought-provoking article about the shape that misogyny often takes within queer communities. As someone who has spent the last several months becoming more involved in the queer social scene in the Bay Area while swinging wildly through multiple facets of the gender presentation spectrum, from high femme to androgynous queer […]

Work in Progress: Outline View

My illustration work is primarily done in, wait for it, Illustrator, and every once and a while the illustration looks just as interesting in Outline View, with all the vector paths snaking around all at once. This particular outline view is from a gig poster for a local backyard concert that uses lots of faux […]

Recent work: black tie Hot Tub Party!

What I’ve been working on lately: a nude lady in a hot tub! This illustration was so much fun to create when it wasn’t a complete headache: I found that rendering hot tub water in a style consistent with the rest of the illustration was way more challenging than I’d anticipated. Also, fun fact about […]

WIP Wednesday: blah blah blah

I like drawing skulls, OK? This Wednesday’s actual work-in-progress: I’m taking a class about rock poster design and the project I’m working on is for an upcoming BRMC gig at the Fillmore. This is a super-duper rough draft of the design, which is referencing BRMC’s upcoming album, Specter at the Feast, which in turn is […]

What I’m reading this week: Martha Stewart’s Modeling Days, the costs of DIY and more

An article that reminds me why Autostraddle is my favorite place on the internet: When will the US Abolish Cruel, Unusual & Inhumane Solitary Confinement?  Mojie Crigler interviews poet Jill McDonough, my new inspiration, for the Rumpus. Just Hit Send: a lesson for 2013. How do you afford your DIY lifestyle? Seriously, how? Are you […]

Ride a Cowboy – new adult coloring book

Yeehaw! Ride a Cowboy, the newest Scarlet Tentacle coloring book for adults, is available for purchase just in time for the holidays! The second coloring book after Beefcake! in the Scarlet Tentacle coloring books for adults line to feature men instead of pin-up women, Ride a Cowboy was actually inspired by a relative of mine who […]

Renegade Handmade Plus Words to Live By

Words to live by, yes? I first saw this phrase as part of a graffiti stencil; the words ‘Fuck Shit Up’ were accompanying a portrait of Frida Kahlo, a personal hero of mine, and I was so taken by the combination of the two that I started sketching my ideas for turning the motif into […]

Half Naked Thursday: Wishful Skinny Dipping Thinking

Happy Half Naked Thursday! Here is a sketch of a naked lady. I am short on time and full of sadness about my canceled camping plans — not that we were going to go anywhere remotely warm enough to skinny dip — beaches near Fort Bragg, CA are never warm, even if you do visit […]

Scarlet Tentacle Shop Update: Mid-July Madness

New in the Scarlet Tentacle shop! Ooo La La! A Burlesque Coloring Book for Adults 14 Burlesque Beauties for you to color however you like! (You could also use them as a pattern book for hand embroidery patterns, which folks have done with my coloring books in the past. Some of the drawings from the […]

SFgoL Leather girl Pride!

So I’m about a week and a half late posting about this, given that this issue was on newsstands last Wednesday, but hey, better late than never: the San Francisco girls of Leather (lowercase ‘g’ out of respect for leather traditions, please) were featured on the cover of the San Francisco Bay Guardian! It’s been […]