The Moon Rabbit is a mythological character that is most predominant in Asian and Aztec cultures, each one having it’s own interpretation of the story. In general, the rabbit lives in the moon and depending on the culture, it is pounding something different. This is my take on the “Moon Rabbit” folktale, with a Japanese twist of course! In my interpretation, there are 4 scenes, each representing the 4 seasons. Winter rabbit is seen pounding mochi, Spring rabbit is dancing under the Sakura blossoms, Summer rabbit is dancing at the obon lantern festivals, and Fall rabbit is seen staring at the harvest moon. These are all printed on Japanese Kozo paper.
Here are my most recent drawings of winged creatures that I completed in the last couple of months. My love of birds began when I was younger. We always had a pet cockatiel roaming around the house causing trouble. They were fun to have around and just as loveable as a furry pet! My father was like a bird whisperer, always bringing home injured birds or random birds would come into our garage to find sanctuary. It was pretty amazing.
A few years back, my son gave me 2 love birds as a Christmas gift. Unfortunately, I discovered that I developed an allergy to bird dander and could no longer keep them as pets. This is how I compensate. =)
Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Ink and Origami on bristol board. // May 2017
It’s my birthday month and I’m totally reflecting on the last 40+ years of my life. Been through some turbulent/wonderous/life changing/happy times thus far and look forward to so many more experiences.
Lines represent all the experiences in my life that made me who I am today.
Fragmented, layered origami represents the complexities in life and a reminder of how complicated but beautiful life can be.
Every now and then, I will read a biography of someone so inspiring! Ida Lewis is definitely one of those people! Here is a short comic I did of her life in a nutshell.
Life of Caspian is issue #2 in my series of comic book biographies that I’ve been working on since last quarter of 2016. Illustrations are done, I am just waiting on momma to submit her essay on what this journey has been like since Caspian was diagnosed. I am anxious to read it, as i have fallen in love with this beautiful family and the way they have turned something tragic into something beautiful. Here are more illustrations, enjoy! ❤
This past month, Yale University made a radical statement by changing Calhoun College (named after John C. Calhoun who was a national leader that was in favor of slavery and a very open white supremacist) to Hopper College (named after Grace Murray Hopper, a Yale graduate and trailblazing scientist, mathematician, teacher and public servant).
A very good decision, indeed.
Just a little reminder that the most radical act right now would be love, joy and friendship. It would be a huge FUCK YOU to the current cabinet. It’s so easy to get mad right now, but don’t forget the things that sustain us and bring happiness to our lives! I know the fist in the air is an empowering gesture but so is this. 💕
This is my latest project, working in conjunction with Know Your City in Portland, Oregon. Through their publications and programs, their mission is to educate people to better know their communities and empower citizens to take action. Their core is centered around social justice and I am very honored to be working with a group of creative and like-minded people within my community!
Here are some illustrations that I am submitting for a Post Election Resource Guide, which will serve as a great tool to help the community find the resources they need.