When a friend of mine contacted me about this collaborative project/art show that has been traveling the world and is coming to San Francisco, I absolutely had to get involved. The theme is "You Are Beautiful", and anyone can submit just about anything that reflects this sentiment in some way, from elaborate artwork to a handwritten sticker. I am already in love with the concept of a show based on such a positive message, but the part I am really excited about is what happens once the artwork comes down. A team of volunteers will take the work from the show and decorate/plaster the streets of San Francisco with YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!
The show itself will be at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street (near 24th,) and is running from January 14th- February 25th. The opening reception is TONIGHT, January 18th, from 6:30-9:30pm, and other events will be going on throughout the month. If you're in town I hope you'll go check out the show, I wish I could!
I didn't have much time to do anything elaborate, and I'm not even in the bay area right now, but I ended up sending in a drawing of a beautiful goat I once knew, based on a sketch from life done about 8 years ago. For me, this is about how I think all living creatures are beautiful, even the weird/unattractive/yucky ones!
Bay Nature is an excellent San Francisco bay area magazine that discusses all aspects of the local enviroment and, you guessed it, nature! I met their editor at a publishing event a few months ago, and we discussed how they used to have cartoons in their magazine but haven't for quite a while. I showed him some samples of my comics and illustrations, and they decided to hire me to do a cartoon/one panel comic for the winter issue, which just came out. My cartoon references the results of a study recently published by the Point Reyes Bird Observatory about how songbirds of Central California have been getting bigger over the last 40 years. You can read more about the study, but first, here's the cartoon - featuring two very fat American robin nestlings!