Sunday, August 30, 2009

Finished Illustration

I finally finished the illustration I've been working on over the past 3 days. And I figured since I shared with you an in-progress shot, I can show the finished piece.

This is what 25+ hours of time looks like in illustration form:


Friday, August 28, 2009

In Progess

It's been quite awhile since I've posted anything from the children's book I'm (still) working on. I only have a couple left to go, but they all happen to be the most complicated scenes in the book (lots of people and backgrounds.) I can't promise that I'll post any more from the book, because I want the finished product to be a suprise (and I want everyone to buy it!)

So enjoy!

- Karen

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Funday

I realize I've taken a bit of a hiatus from "Friday Funday" the last couple of weeks, and I very much apologize. A lot of (career) changes have happened in the past 2 months, so my lack of posting is entirely due to this transitional period. When I was back visiting Minneapolis, my dear friend, Lil Ric expressed his sadness and disappointment in my lack of Friday Funday posts, so I'm kicked back into gear and have lots to share.

Today I decided to share the Mission district with you. Now, I have been to the Mission many a time, but I've never really stopped to photograph all of it's glory.

The Mission district has changed drastically over the past 10 years or so. It was once known as one of the 'bad' neighborhoods, consisting mainly of lower-income Mexican families. It has been steadily subjugated to gentrification so that now it is a place of hipster bars, clubs, and housing. However, with that said, Mission street is still heavily populated and influenced by Mexican culture.

Mission street is colorful chaos. The sidewalks are packed with people, fruit, ice-cream stands, 99 cent items, etc. The streets feel truly alive. Music blasts from store fronts and cars driving by, and the air is filled with the scent of deliciously decadent Mexican food.

I personally am most impressed by and pleased with all of the signage on Mission street. The only gaps between signs are due to street intersections, other than that, every inch is covered in text and color. I took quite a few photos of the signage, but there is no way I could've photographed it all. It would take days, weeks, years to truly document all of what Mission street has to offer.

I'll leave you with some other random images I gathered today. Cheers!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Bye Bye Minneapolis

I had a fabulous time over the past 10 days spending time with both my family and my friends. Now it's back to work, and back to posting regularly.

I had to share this little gem with you guys. Check out what is hiding inside of the Suncountry flight-emergency instructions.. so you know, if you're about to die, at least you can die laughing. Thanks Suncountry.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hello from 612

Sorry about my serious lack of posts lately. In my defense, I am on vacation in the steamy mid-west.

Here is some love from Minneapolis.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009