Sunday, December 19, 2010

Holiday Cards

Below are the holiday cards I designed this year. As usual I started a bit too late to paint and print just one, so instead I decided to paint ALL originals!!! How hard could that be, right? 4 evenings and 27 cards later, I am all done! (If you count them, there are only 26 - that's because one card has already found its owner.)
Enjoy, and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

3.5"x 5" and 5"x 5"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Art Blocks For Ghana

Here is my contribution to the "Art Blocks for Ghana" project. This event, part-art exhibit part-charity auction, will be raising money to build a children's home in Ghana and will take place sometime next March.
Visit the website to find out more about the fundraiser and to see some amazing submissions (many of which are by good friends of mine).


Acrylic and Marker Pen on board
10" x 10"

Monday, November 8, 2010

Round Robin - Available Online - Update

I'm happy to announce that you can now get ROUND ROBIN through Katy's blog! This is a limited run of 300 books - we will sign and draw in each copy.
We're very excited to share our art with you and we hope you like the book!

Here is another image from it:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sketchoholic Interview and Contest

On November 7th, at 2pmPT I will be interviewed by my friend Bobby Chiu on his website Sketchoholic.

Bobby has been conducting a great series of interviews with talented artists working predominantly in the film, illustration and comic book fields.
As some of you may know the interview is always accompanied by a drawing contest based on a theme chosen by the guest. In this case I went with the idea of "Ghosts". It is definitely a very wide theme, so participants should feel free to go off of existing literary/film characters or with your own spooky creations. (Poe and Gorey sure come to mind!)

I hope this subject inspires you to draw and I hope to see you all Sunday!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wrapping Paper

Here is a silly little post.

It was James's birthday not long ago, and for once I had it all figured out: the restaurant, my outfit, his present... I had everything but wrapping paper!
I found a pad of craft paper laying around at work and I had roughly 30 minutes to come up with something worthy of the occasion. Easy, right?
So I began drawing - a dinosaur, a car, a snake, an egg - and then I thought "what if I write down the names of these things?". That's when the game was born. I filled the page with whatever went through my mind, and wrote the descriptions. James would have to match every name to a corresponding picture before he could open his present.
And it really worked! It was so much fun to watch him do this (and to get totally bogged down at "bomb"), more fun than seeing him open the actual gift!

Anyway, this reminded me that often external limitations allow for true creative freedom, and that constraints should be embraced and trusted.

So, can you match every word to a picture?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Round Robin - Available Online

A small amount of our books are available through the Nucleus Gallery STORE. Visit their New Items section to find ROUND ROBIN and Collected Sketches, as well as Mr. R and Tiger Bee.

ROUND ROBIN is a book based on a word game played by Jennifer Chang, Katy Wu and myself.

COLLECTED SKETCHES is a compilations of my drawings from the last few years in San Francisco. The book explores getting to know and falling in love with a new city.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Birthday ghost

For a friend.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

APE Recap

The Alternative Press Expo was fantastic! We saw old friends, made new ones and had a great old time drawing together (see little bookplates in the middle photo)! Thanks to all who came to support us, and thanks to those who kept bringing us delicious treats!
Until next year!

Top photo by Elaine Wu, bottom by Anita Coulter. Thanks!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Only one day before APE!
I'll be sitting at table
#330 with Jennifer Chang and Katy Wu.
Come take a look at our new illustrated book ROUND ROBIN, along with limited runs of comics, postcard books, prints, tote bags, and my new Collected Sketches book.
Hope to see you there!

Some other cool folks we'll be sharing the space with: Bill Presing, Josh Cooley, Jeff Pidgeon, and Jim Capobianco. Special thanks to Scott Morse for being a generous host!

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Here is a sneak peek into our illustrated book for APE 2010.
The book is called ROUND ROBIN - a joint effort between Jennifer Chang, Katy Wu and myself. There is no story in the traditional sense of the word but Jennifer came up with the idea of illustrating a word game, which in turn created its own playful narrative. I must say it has been a delightful collaboration!

Today we are happy to share three finished paintings from the book. Below is mine and here are links to Jennifer's and Katy's. Go look at their brilliant work!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Toy Story 3 at gallery Nucleus

Sunday, September 12th, Pixar story artist James Robertson and sets art director Robert Kondo will be doing a presentation and book signing on the making of Toy Story 3 at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra. The artists will concentrate on their involvement in one of the film's most climactic sequences, talking about how ideas are taken from script to screen.
For more information and to purchase tickets (only 2$) see the official Nucleus web page.
Be sure to stop by and say hello!

Storyboard drawing by James Robertson.
Concept painting by Robert Kondo.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

APE 2010

This year I will be exhibiting at APE, or Alternative Press Expo, an event showcasing indie comics, small press books and all art self-published. I'm excited not only to be sharing a table, but to be collaborating on a small illustrated book with friends and co-workers Jennifer Chang and Katy Wu.
Here are some tidbits of art: notes, inspiration, research, thumbnails, in-progress paintings, and so on. In the last picture the painting is backlit by actual sunlight, which made me see clearly problematic areas and also how much further I should push tones and light before I begin inking.
More to come soon!

Saturday, September 4, 2010


You may have heard about Newt, a film that was being developed at Pixar until last year. I was part of the art department where I worked as a character designer. Unfortunately the project faced difficulties that led to its shelving, and eventual cancellation.
A few days ago Disney released a very small portion of the visual development from the film, and it is my pleasure to share it with you here.

Art by Bill Cone, Jason Deamer, Katy Wu, Greg Dykstra, Huy Nguyen, Armand Baltazar, Teddy Newton and myself (though I'd like to credit all the departments whose great work went into developing the film).

Monday, June 7, 2010

One-eyed Willy

Here is a piece I did for an art show celebrating the 25th anniversary of "The Goonies" (in case you got a cute overload with those peas...)
Check out the rest of the show at Lunar Boy Gallery.

"One-Eyed Willy"
Acrylic on board8" x 8"

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Toy Story 3

Today marks 2 years since my first day at Pixar.
So far it's been challenging and exciting, I've met some great folks, I've worked on a few short and feature length projects, I've learned a lot.
Two of the films that I can't wait for you to see are "Day and Night" and "Toy Story 3". While the first, a short, pioneers a new use of mediums in animation, the second soulfully concludes what is in my opinion one of the best trilogies ever done in film.
Go see them (in 3D) June 18th!

(This by the way is also a Golden Book cover illustrated by my friend Adrian Molina.)

Following is a small selection of my artwork from the film and the art-of book.
The first image is of a flat doll created by Nate Wragg, which I was asked to re-work slightly later on in production due to story needs. It was an interesting assignment where I had to preserve the spirit of the character (that Nate had captured really well) while changing her to look more home-made, with adjusted features and proportions. See the evolution below:

The peas were a little more straight forward to design. I started directly from my friend Erik Benson's hilarious board sequence and went from there.

I also recommend buying the "Art Of Toy Story 3" book to see some of the amazing artistry that went into making this movie (a special nod to my husband James who dedicated 3 years to this film and who storyboarded some of the most poignant sequences in it).