I enjoyed a lovely breakfast in Tiburon this morning after driving down to drop off a bee specimen infected with a fascinating parasite at a research center. Needless to say, it was a nice break from unpacking my new studio. More on this soon!
Three new children’s book illustrations, hot off the studio table.
Last week, I had a fantastic studio visit with Mike Reynolds. Apart from being an immensely talented artist, Mike also runs a blog called “Art and Dinner in Los Angeles,” which features artists he meets up with in and around Los Angeles, paired with some insight into their work.
Here is an excerpt from his post about our visit:
"The chief importance of Bravin’s works appears to be the aestheticization of violence as an ‘ethical reference point’ (Sontag) — as static reminders of the results of damaging sociopolitical forces, and what beauty there is to behold whilst in such tumult."
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Boxing sketches done over lunch in my sketchbook. I’ve missed doing this kind of work.
I am so overwhelmingly thankful this year for my wonderfully supportive family, dear friends, and loving boyfriend. This year has taken me on a remarkable journey, ripe with opportunities to push forward in my art career, providing me with four fabulous exhibitions and two visionary authors who hired me as their illustrator for their children’s books. Thank you so much to the artists, curators, and gallery owners (all of whom have become incredible friends) who have believed in my work, and have been instrumental to my success both in Los Angeles and abroad. Life apart from art has been wonderful as well, and after a long process of house hunting, Andrew and I received the keys to our first home last week, and everyone (even Gambit, finally) is happy and healthy. I’m also thankful for these two beautiful (and derpy) dogs.
A big thank you out to the universe, and to all of those who have touched my life this year. I hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving, today, surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones.
Packing up my “portable studio” for my LA visit. I am so glad I’ve finally settled on using gouache for small works. It really helps to simplify all of this traveling business.
Illustrating up a storm over here at 4:30am. You know you’re in deep when “I can’t sleep” automatically turns into “All-nighter in the studio time!” and it doesn’t bother you in the slightest.
I’m 23 years old, and I am getting paid to paint unicorns for a book of poetry for children. The little girl inside of me is screaming.
UPDATE: The above illustration was an introductory piece I had done to see if I could work well with the author, and it turns out that he digs how I visualize his poems, and we get along really well! I was just signed on as the official illustrator for the book, and this piece will be featured alongside a poem called “Good Night.”
Just finished another illustration for one of the children’s books I’m illustrating for Alexandra Hofmeister-Daly. What I love so much about this book is how close to home it hits - not only in terms of the story’s actual location, but also in terms of it’s characters, especially Avus, the grandfather peacock.
Took a break today to listen to and sketch Bowie Jaffe (yes, his name is indeed Bowie), an intensely talented cellist who has been recently playing at the farmer’s market at the UN Plaza. Planning on visiting him again next week for another music-filled studio break
Hello, new followers! I want to extend a big thank you to scientificillustration for all of the recent traffic on my Tumblr, and a very warm welcome to my new followers and a thank you to all of you for your continuing support!
Speaking of thank-you’s, I figured I’d share a little bit of what’s going on in my life currently, and share this thank-you note and fresh-baked banana bread I just dropped off for the staff at the San Francisco Veterinary Specialists.
My darling studio cat, Gambit, managed to ingest some of his toys over the past few days, so he got to be driven around the city from the SPCA to the VCA today, and managed to rack up a very expensive vet bill for an x-ray, ultrasound, and an eventual endoscopy. The staff, vet techs, and veterinarians were so incredibly helpful, and I am happy report that Gambit is home safe and sound with a toy-free stomach.
Euphoria fulgida (Emerald Scarab Beetle), pen and ink on paper 2.5”x3.5”
A small illustration I did of an Emerald Scarab Beetle that a neighbor in Los Angeles sent me. I had so much fun with this one that I am now opening commissions for small illustrations. Please contact me for inquiries: [contact]
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Starling Study #1, pen and ink on paper 10”x12”
Starling Study #2, pen and ink on paper 10”x12”
These are two drawings I did of a collection of naturally preserved starlings that were found in a chimney on the outskirts of Ballyvaughan, Ireland. I was pet sitting for the owner of the chimney during my time out there and, knowing how fascinated I was with animals and anatomy, she kindly offered me access to a tin containing these birds during my stay.
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