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lou2209 asked - "hey man I really love your work! it's so creative and fresh :>"

Thank you so much!! I’m glad you like it.

foodstain asked - "not really sure what the message of your junk food zine illustration is but its really gross. it looks like you've illustrated these overweight people as heathens stuffing their face with junk food, as if the only people who eat junk food have bodies of that size. and, that eating food like that in any sense is some shameful thing deserving of ~facelessness. maybe consider adding people of different body types next time."

I’m answering this publicly because I don’t want my followers to think this is the message I’m trying to put across with my planned magazine. 

I’m working on this project with someone who has a passion for food just how I have a passion for art, and we wanted to combine the two into a publication whose area of focus could change with every issue. We chose junk food as a topic for the first one because it was something that we both love, and we knew it’s such an open, debated and well loved topic that it would make a great jumping off point. 

Junk food, whatever your definition of junk food is, is a great thing. And probably 95% of the magazine is focused on great experiences with junk food and great places around LA and the world to find it. I understand how based off that one image you could misconstrue the idea of the magazine as something negative, but it’s not like that at all. 

Even with our love of the food, I’m not going to ignore the obvious side effects of it’s excess and the negative view point on it, which is what this piece is about. Junk food to the extreme. What physically happens when you take it too far, or people’s negative perceptions. And quite honestly I just wanted to draw something different from what I usually do and if it got such a reaction out of you then great. I know there are people who binge on junk food of a different body type, but I don’t think it would have quite as much visual impact. And sorry but I like that it’s gross for you, I didn’t want it to be a beautiful drawing. 

I have no such opinion that the people who only eat junk food are obese and should remain “faceless”. I just wanted to draw from a different perspective than what I have been focusing on for the two months we’ve been discussing and planning this magazine, which one photo I posted should not represent at all. 

jayanicely:

JUNK FOOD TATTOOS!!! 
Hey guys! I’m putting together a magazine centered around junk food for a school project and need your help! If any of you have or know someone who has a tattoo of something related to junk food, or bad food, or food brand type of products and could send me a photo of it that would be so awesome. 
I will be either drawing the tattoo and appendage it’s on, or including the photo in the magazine so if you’re okay with the image being reproduced then please email me at jayanicely@gmail.com. 
It would also be very helpful if you could include your full name and the story behind the tattoo so I can include that as well and give you credit. Once the magazine is finished I will be posting pages on here, but to all those that contribute I will email you a PDF of the pages so you can see what became of your tattoo! 

jayanicely:

JUNK FOOD TATTOOS!!! 

Hey guys! I’m putting together a magazine centered around junk food for a school project and need your help! If any of you have or know someone who has a tattoo of something related to junk food, or bad food, or food brand type of products and could send me a photo of it that would be so awesome. 

I will be either drawing the tattoo and appendage it’s on, or including the photo in the magazine so if you’re okay with the image being reproduced then please email me at jayanicely@gmail.com. 

It would also be very helpful if you could include your full name and the story behind the tattoo so I can include that as well and give you credit. Once the magazine is finished I will be posting pages on here, but to all those that contribute I will email you a PDF of the pages so you can see what became of your tattoo! 

(via jayanicely)

"This shit is getting old"

Messages made out of paper. 

Junk food party! 

Junk food party! 

Self portrait.
Done in acrylic paint and marker. 

Self portrait.

Done in acrylic paint and marker. 

Here’s a memory from when I was a bored teenager and things were kind of easier.

zaftigzine:

ZAFTIG #8 - AbundanceIllustration & Essays

ZAFTIG issue #8 “Abundance” is live, with a delightful cover by Taryn Gee

I contributed a piece to this zine that just got released. Check it out!

zaftigzine:

ZAFTIG #8 - Abundance
Illustration & Essays ZAFTIG issue #8 “Abundance” is live, with a delightful cover by Taryn Gee

I contributed a piece to this zine that just got released. Check it out!

"The skater scroll" 

I took a media experimentation class with the Clayton Brothers (Please check them out -  it’s worth it) and was given the opportunity to choose the topic and medium for a large project we would work on most of the semester, so I dedicated myself to visiting different skate parks in and around LA while taking reference photos, exploring the environments around the parks, and seeing the different types of skaters that occupy them. It was definitely something out of my comfort zone to tackle a project this big and I failed pretty hard in the beginning. I have a tendency to be very precious and controlling of my work and it really wasn’t working with the content. About a month ago I totally restarted the project and it turned into this, which I’m pretty happy with. 

I worked on glued together pieces of Rives BFK with micron pens and printmaking ink, and the total size of the piece is a little more than 15 feet. If any of you are in the LA area and would like to see the piece in person, then stop by the Art Center College of Design student gallery in Pasadena where it’s on display all summer :)

Here’s the final for my textile design class where I designed a pattern based on skateboarders in Venice Beach. The bottom photo is the final version printed on fabric which we received yesterday. 

Here’s a stop motion animation I did for class. This was the first time I’ve done any sort of video so excuse the lack of skill! Maybe someday I’ll get better at animating. 

I hope it entertains you at least!

Here’s a stop motion animation I did for class. This was the first time I’ve done any sort of video so excuse the lack of skill! Maybe someday I’ll get better at animating. 

I hope it entertains you at least!

A piece I’m working on that is going to be veryyyyyy long. 
I feel that I’ve been working on a group of larger projects that will take till the very end of the term to finish, instead of last time where I was just producing smaller pieces every week. I know I haven’t updated as much as I would like, but hopefully next month I’ll have some cool (and some of my largest to date) pieces to show. 
Until then, if any of you are interested in progress shots or a million pictures of my cat, follow me on instagram! 

A piece I’m working on that is going to be veryyyyyy long. 

I feel that I’ve been working on a group of larger projects that will take till the very end of the term to finish, instead of last time where I was just producing smaller pieces every week. I know I haven’t updated as much as I would like, but hopefully next month I’ll have some cool (and some of my largest to date) pieces to show. 

Until then, if any of you are interested in progress shots or a million pictures of my cat, follow me on instagram

One of my teachers has a connection at McSweeney’s and is sending off the comics we made for them this week. I wanted to make mine stand out a little more, so I made this and included some business cards. I don’t think anything will really come from this but it’s cool to try!

One of my teachers has a connection at McSweeney’s and is sending off the comics we made for them this week. I wanted to make mine stand out a little more, so I made this and included some business cards. I don’t think anything will really come from this but it’s cool to try!

Monoprints with colored pencil