Hey folks!

Just doing some reblogging because a dear friend of mine is fighting the good fight (Jay Roy, he’s in the segment being a total superstar). My trans pals experience horrific day to day injustices as often as I pour a glass of water (lots) and it sure would be lovely if we could make Nova Scotia a slightly better place to live for them. We can’t get to perfection in a day but let’s start walking in the right direction. 

Jei

Deflated doodles.

Hey friends!

It’s been an unexpectedly busy summer (don’t you dare think I’m complaining) and some of the illustration gigs that have fallen into my lap have been super challenging, thus super rewarding. Here’s such a one!

One of my new favourite bands, Unidentified Funk Object, affectionately known as UFO, is releasing a new album with all original music and guys, I can’t get over how tight this funk band is. Their live show is mindblowing. Take the seats out of the bar because no one wants to be sitting down for this show. At all. Ever.  

But the best part? I played flute and alto sax in elementary, junior high and high school orchestras with a huge number of UFO's band members way back in the day. It’s beyond satisfying seeing these peeps dominate their art form and share the funkiest of sounds with us mere mortals. 

The fact that Greg came to me to do the album artwork is just beyond flattering. So so so touched to be a part of this guys. You all rock my socks!

Now, can you point out all the P-FUNK album art references hidden throughout this drawing? Give it a shot!

Love and sloppy kisses,
Jei

I had coffee in my grandmother’s china this morning. I miss when I’d catch her using it for rum & coke far too early in the day.

I forgot to post this finished painting! Hopefully this weekend I’ll get to finish a fifth one I started last week…. Fingers crossed.

Cats cats CATS CATS cats cats!

Doodles.

More polymer pins! I’m slowly building up my merch for the Etsy store + DCAF in August! Can’t wait to get this stuff out and about!

Matt and I traded our kitchen for an at home studio. It is fancy and chic, don’t you see?
This is why I don’t show people where I work.

So the story here is, I wore a Stray Kitties tee to a sweet hip hop show filled with artists and musicians I admire (to the moon and back) for Halifax Jazz Festival last night (off the hook, by the way). Ghettosocks, MC and painfully brilliant visual artist, asked to do a tee swap (it’s always fun reppin’ buddies, RIGHT!) and he gave our beloved Gottingen street a sweet pre show! Then I managed to snag a great photo of him with Gottingen street legend, Bobby. The best part? I got to see a Stray Kitties tee onstage at the Jazz Fest! Ego boost or what?! Don’t worry, I won’t let my head get too fat. Ya’ll can always pop it for me, if it does. I also got teased mercilessly for going to the gig with my hair down, and brushed. Usually I’m such a Sloppy Joe. WORTH IT.  So the story here is, I wore a Stray Kitties tee to a sweet hip hop show filled with artists and musicians I admire (to the moon and back) for Halifax Jazz Festival last night (off the hook, by the way). Ghettosocks, MC and painfully brilliant visual artist, asked to do a tee swap (it’s always fun reppin’ buddies, RIGHT!) and he gave our beloved Gottingen street a sweet pre show! Then I managed to snag a great photo of him with Gottingen street legend, Bobby. The best part? I got to see a Stray Kitties tee onstage at the Jazz Fest! Ego boost or what?! Don’t worry, I won’t let my head get too fat. Ya’ll can always pop it for me, if it does. I also got teased mercilessly for going to the gig with my hair down, and brushed. Usually I’m such a Sloppy Joe. WORTH IT.  So the story here is, I wore a Stray Kitties tee to a sweet hip hop show filled with artists and musicians I admire (to the moon and back) for Halifax Jazz Festival last night (off the hook, by the way). Ghettosocks, MC and painfully brilliant visual artist, asked to do a tee swap (it’s always fun reppin’ buddies, RIGHT!) and he gave our beloved Gottingen street a sweet pre show! Then I managed to snag a great photo of him with Gottingen street legend, Bobby. The best part? I got to see a Stray Kitties tee onstage at the Jazz Fest! Ego boost or what?! Don’t worry, I won’t let my head get too fat. Ya’ll can always pop it for me, if it does. I also got teased mercilessly for going to the gig with my hair down, and brushed. Usually I’m such a Sloppy Joe. WORTH IT. 

So the story here is, I wore a Stray Kitties tee to a sweet hip hop show filled with artists and musicians I admire (to the moon and back) for Halifax Jazz Festival last night (off the hook, by the way). Ghettosocks, MC and painfully brilliant visual artist, asked to do a tee swap (it’s always fun reppin’ buddies, RIGHT!) and he gave our beloved Gottingen street a sweet pre show! Then I managed to snag a great photo of him with Gottingen street legend, Bobby. 

The best part? I got to see a Stray Kitties tee onstage at the Jazz Fest! Ego boost or what?! Don’t worry, I won’t let my head get too fat. Ya’ll can always pop it for me, if it does. 

I also got teased mercilessly for going to the gig with my hair down, and brushed. Usually I’m such a Sloppy Joe. 

WORTH IT. 

OJINGOGO drawings.
I have a soft spot for characters with messy hair, naturally.

When I get really tired of my drawing style, or feel like I’m slipping into my old lazy ways, I draw scenes from these three books. Julie Doucet’s MY NEW YORK DIARY changed comics for me — and diaries — in the greatest way, and Matthew Forsythe’s OJINGOGO & JINCHALO are my go-to for expression and action. They’re all starting to get a little beat up, but my gosh I love ‘em.

Outtakes from my Toronto diary.

Stray Kitties polymer clay pins test run! I’m hoping to have kittie pins that’ll come with multiple speech bubbles you’ll be able to swap out depending on your mood. Make stuff everyday!

Playing with polymer clay! Turns out, I have no patience. Literally none.