Excuse Me, I’m Sorry, I’m Really Such A Lady

The always fun to watch Nicki Minaj. Her songs are super ear worm. Plus, I’ve discovered gold paint and can’t help but want to use it with every illustration now.

Ann is an illustrator, graphic designer & fred flare BFF living in Los Angeles. Check her out at Annplified.com and in a continuing series on this here tumblr!
JGL

Expanding my portrait skills to include stylish men, starting with one of my favorite current actors - Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Not going to mention that I pretty much cried through the whole hour and forty minutes of 50/50. On that note, Happy Friday! Go catch a new film with a big box of Milk Duds. 

Ann is an illustrator, graphic designer & fred flare BFF living in Los Angeles. Check her out at Annplified.com and in a continuing series on this here tumblr!
A Babirusa Offering

Things are non-stop busy right now, so here is a painting of a babirusa from That’s Not My Name as a humble offering and thank you for being awesome.

Here is some information on the babirusa, taken directly from my book:

Babirusas are wild pigs native to the Indonesian islands. Its  Indonesian name “babirusa” translates into “pig-deer”. They can be found  in the tropical forest, and are omnivores but feed mainly on fruit.  Males have tusks that are formed from their canine teeth, and if not  worn down the tusks can grow long enough to pierce the animal’s skull.  Babirusas are gifted swimmers and have been known to travel across wide  bodies of water to reach small islands.

Ann is an illustrator, graphic designer & fred flare BFF living in Los Angeles. Check her out at Annplified.com and in a continuing series on this here tumblr!
Actually, I’m a Scarlet Ibis

I’m working on a new book/zine about zoo animals - specifically, the ones who are often misidentified for their more, er, popular counterparts. Like this Scarlet Ibis. I did some research in the field, and made a record of the best mistaken identities and now I’m helping clear up the facts for these undervalued animals. The zine’s titled That’s Not My Name!

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Banana Dance

Josephine Baker is one of my favorite ladies in history, and definitely in my Bad Girls Throughout History zine. 

Ann is an illustrator, graphic designer & fred flare BFF living in Los Angeles. Check her out at Annplified.com and in a continuing series on this here tumblr!
Grace Coddington

The brilliant, scene-stealing Creative Director of Vogue in her teen model days. 

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"Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line."

Lucille Ball is one of my all-time favorite actors. I grew up watching I Love Lucy reruns with my grandfather on many afternoons, and still watch it now whenever it’s on TV. I even named my first (red) dog Lucy, after her. The way her 100th birthday was celebrated on the internet recently was so magical, especially the tiny television set on Google’s homepage.

One of the most unexpected roles I ever saw her in was in Ziegfeld Follies - she was every inch the glamour girl of Fanny Brice and Esther Williams, but still hammed it up better than the boys on her own show. I love a beautiful, smart and funny woman. 

Ann is an illustrator, graphic designer & fred flare BFF living in Los Angeles. Check her out at Annplified.com and in a continuing series on this here tumblr!
We Only Said Goodbye With Words

I’ve wanted to do an illustration of Amy Winehouse since I heard of her sad passing a couple weeks ago. Like many, I was a huge fan of her music and her irreplaceable voice that made you feel less alone when your heart’s so broken you can’t even find all the pieces. Thanks, Amy.

Ann is an illustrator, graphic designer & fred flare BFF living in Los Angeles. Check her out at Annplified.com and in a continuing series on this here tumblr!
A Summer List

Finally delivered a huge project to the printer’s today, so I spent the rest of my (finally free again) evening painting and watching trashy television while eating ice cream. It was perfect. So now to make a to-do list for the rest of my summer before it slips out of reach.

Summer 2011 Goals!
- see Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA
- eat oysters on the beach
- read by a pool
- take a mini-break with Ryan
- make new zines in preparation for APE!
- go to Disneyland and see the Mary Blair exhibit
- create a bunch of new work in preparation for graduating
- read at least 6 books
- clean & organize studio and apartment
- have a fun photo shoot
- go to an outdoor movie night
- eat huge ears of corn dripping with butter & take photobooth pictures at a county fair
- make my own ice cream 

Ann is an illustrator, graphic designer & fred flare BFF living in Los Angeles. Check her out at Annplified.com and in a continuing series on this here tumblr!