Wednesday, December 9, 2009

At last

I am so late with this. Please forgive. I just wanted to show you a finished calendar, which arrived way back on Friday. And then it took a good three days to remember to get a daylight photo of one, and still it looks rather bluish with our north window light, but.. BUT. There it is.

They are luscious. And heavy. 1lb, 4oz. each, in fact. My wonderful printer surprised me with an upgrade to 100# paper, and when you multiply that by 250 calendars.. well, I can't even lift one box of 50 of these suckers. They have heft.

These calendars are special to me and I love that they feel special. They represent eight crazy months' worth of work, self-discovery, ideamaking, and as of last week, a Master's degree. Yeah! So thank you, calendar, for being my springboard to hopefully even more awesome stuff.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Win a framed print, help a rad org!

A quick note... A nice, big, framed print of September is on the auction block at the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp auction TONIGHT at Local 123 Cafe/Gallery here in Berkeley. There's a huge assortment of awesome stuff up for grabs that I can't wait to see. But best of all, you get to support a completely rad organization that helps girls do what was basically the dream of my teen years, which is START A BAND. And one of those bands, Poison Apple Pie, will be playing at the auction tonight. Hell yes! So come out, rock, and bid!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Hey hey, calendar for sale!


Could it be? I know it's Friday night, but this thing is DONE and I am ready to get it into your lovely homes. So it gives me great pleasure to direct you toward an actual Etsy listing for my 2010 calendar. Click it!

Here are the final month images that I sent to the printer last week. I went to a press check on Monday, and it is looking so good. Beyond excited over here.

Also in the shop are prints I made for Zinefest back in August. Better late than never?

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Final Countdown (dada daa daaaa)

It's nearly there, everyone. Wednesday I sent le calendar to the printer, Thursday we tinkered with color profiles, and later this morning I'm going on a press check. It's looking really good for this calendar to be in my hands by -- now don't quote me on this -- Wednesday night. I can hardly believe it. Stay tuned! Aw, I was way wrong. Middle of next week, they're telling me. But I'll be listing them for sale in my shop on Friday, I think.

Monday, November 9, 2009

and finally, March and December

These two were the ones giving me the most trouble. But I think I'm finally happy with them!



Next up: just a few more tweaks on the cover typography, then I send this baby to the printer. I can't wait.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

January, May, August

A little update: I do believe I've found the printing company who'll lovingly craft these calendars for me. This is definitely something to dance about, which is what I've been doing all day, in my desk chair, Wacom pen in hand. This is a pretty big step forward. One step closer to getting this thing into my shop, and onto your walls.

Now, where were we? Allow me to show you the three months I finished over the weekend.




Only March and December left to go. And they're very close.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Two more months

July and November are done! Sparkler smoke and marigolds and tomatoes! Pigeons and flying leaves and snowflakes!

Hopefully next week I can show you the remaining five months, plus the cover. I really love the cover.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Another calendar peek!

**EDIT 12/9** To all folks still being directed to this post, this calendar is now available in my Etsy shop right here. **

All right. I've submitted to decor8. If I get in, this is the post people'll be directed toward for more information.

So hello there! I'm Jen, and this is my calendar. Since it's my MFA thesis project and all, I don't quite have it finished and printed and ready for you to buy. But I will soon! I'm hoping to have it out by mid November. Before Thanksgiving, for sure.

The description: It is a 2010 calendar with big, pretty illustrations of city life. It's light and fun and full of flowers, pigeons, vegetables, and power lines, just like my favorite pretty city, San Francisco. I'm calling it "Downtown" (yup, like the song).

The stats: 12" x 20", full color offset printed, wire bound at the top, and plenty of space to write. Once the month is over, the grid can be cut off and the remaining art could be framed. I'm hoping the price will be in the $25 range.

If you'd like to be notified when le calendar is up for sale, you can add this blog to your reader, or just leave a comment with your email address. I'll be selling right over here, in my etsy shop.

How about more peeks, hmm?

(click to embiggen)

Please stay tuned!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Announcement! And Calendar sneak peek!

First up: I'm having my very own MFA show! Mark your calendars for March 4, 2010, at 688 Sutter Gallery in San Francisco. I'll be showing illustrations from my thesis project, plus a few additional goodies. There will also be a fun installation and even an animation to watch. I'm really excited!

I don't think I've even mentioned my thesis project here. It is a 2010 calendar with big, pretty illustrations of city life. It's light and fun and full of flowers, pigeons, vegetables, and power lines, just like my favorite pretty city, San Francisco. I'm calling it "Downtown" (yup, like the song). I'm nearly finished, so I thought it was time I gave the world a preview. My goal is to get this baby to the printer's and available for purchase by early November.

So, here are April and September, two months that are closest to being finished.

It'll be big, 12" x 20", because that's how I like my calendars. I've designed it with plenty of room to write, too, because even though we all use Google calendar and our smartphones by now, there is something really nice about writing an important date on The Calendar, and seeing it whenever you eat breakfast or talk on the phone. Don't you think?

I'm hoping to make it into Decor8's 2010 calendar roundup. Haven't submitted yet, but I'm close. Even if I don't make it in, this labor of love will be up in my etsy shop in time for gift giving season.

So there you go! Hooray! Now, back to work...

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Zinefest Experience

I had a total blast at Zinefest. I sold a ton of prints, made some great contacts, and bought or traded for some really amazing stuff from my fellow exhibitors, including Jonas Madden-Connor, Geoff Vasile, and Sarah Oleksyk!

Sadly, I was hardly able to make it around the hall to do all the snooping/shopping I wanted. But there's always next year. And I will definitely be back next year.

I am so fascinated with zine-makers. They inspire me so much.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Prints for sale at Zinefest

It's pretty much all Zinefest, all the time over here. My little kitchen table is covered in prints, cellophane bags, and various festive bits to make myself a banner. It's all very exciting.

Here's what I'm bringing!

Coffee Contraptions (8x10)

A Spork, a Fifth, and Some Weeds (8x10)

Employees of the Month (Cuddles, Sweetums, Precious, and Josh, 5x7)
There are 64 of these little buggers.

Crossed Lines (14.75 x 11.5)
Which you've seen before. Oh, the prints don't say ©jen oaks like you see here.

This is only my second time participating in anything ending in -fest or -show. I'm super excited. Bring me a coffee and say hi.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Finally, a site update

13 new pieces are finally up on my site. I also created new categories within Illustration: Surface, Children's, and Miscellaneous. My entire thesis is surface design, so expect that category to fill out considerably around December.

Included in the update is this poster I made in Silkscreen class back in April. It's not the real poster for this show, of course, but I love it anyway.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

El Travo Collabo

I finally submitted my contribution to El Travo Collabo last week. Here it is! It's titled "Sergeant Sprinkles Meets Corporal Punishment."

Read all about it and the rest of the rad Collabo over here.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Zine Fest Ahoy!

So, I will have a table at the very awesome San Francisco Zine Fest, August 22 & 23!

I'm bringing lots of the stuff currently for sale in my shop, as well as some NEW (and very affordable) silkscreened prints, and hopefully some blank notecard sets.

So if you're one of the probably four people who read this blog, stop by and say hello!

The sweet poster is by Andy Hartzell.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Berkley Illustration Sale!

Quick! Ryan and Lucy at Berkley Illustration are having a buy 2, get 1 free sale until midnight PST tonight! We just bought Mr. Squirrel over there, plus Mallard and Robin. I love them so much already. So dandy.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Academy of Art Spring Show

I was lucky enough to have four of my pieces selected for the Academy's Spring Show this year! I am a little late blogging this, and as such, the show has closed and now only (correction! Still open til July 24) the online gallery and its rather poor digital photos are available for viewing. But I'm grateful for any online gallery of all this great work, and the show organizers did a fabulous job.

The pieces that got in aren't on my website yet, but will be soon. Every time I wait this long between site updates, I forget whatever newfangled Java thingy I've employed and it takes me a while to remember how to use it. Anyway, here they are:

A fancy hen die-cut birthday card (5x7, ink & digital)

Retro lingerie self-promotional stickers (5x7, ink & digital)

Polly prepared peach pastries while Pinky purred (children's book illustration, 8x10, ink, watercolor & gouache)

The Fort (children's book cover, 9x12, ink & digital)
totally 100% autobiographical, haha

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Shop update!

It's my first shop update since I opened it in 2006. Can you believe it?

First, I've got some silkscreened prints. I have so loved learning to silkscreen, and you'd better bet I'll be in that lab until I graduate, cranking out more whenever I have the time.

"Crossed Lines" - 7 color silkscreen on medium weight cream Rives BFK. Inspired by the Mission District in San Francisco, kinda where we used to live, and where part of my heart will stay.

"Dear Prudence" - 9 color silkscreen on heavy weight cream Rives BFK. It's a fancy lady with peonies, faceted beads, and a bird wing.

Next up, ten -- count 'em TEN -- altered playing card paintings. I did a suit of playing cards (hearts of course) for a show at E2 Gallery in Eureka, California back in December. 7, 8, and the Queen sold at the show, and now the rest of the suit is up for grabs in my shop.

So there you have it!

Monday, May 4, 2009

A Free Print at Indie Fixx

First of all -- hey, hi. This is my new art and illustration blog. Perhaps you added the rss feed to your reader in like 2005 when it was my knitting blog, and now suddenly I'm posting again and it's like Christmas! Except no more knitting posts here. It's all art, all the time. I'm gonna do my best to use this space for news and updates.

Second of all -- the awesome Jen Wallace at Indie Fixx has been running a project called Feed Your Soul. She's commissioned a whole gallery of really great FREE (exclusive) prints for our download. What a great idea! Jen W asked me to participate, and my contribution went up today.

Fun! Anyway, go visit and download some art! I just got a badass new Epson and I can't wait to print some of these pretties for my walls. Thanks Jen W!