People often ask me all different sorts of questions about being an illustrator, especially when they are getting started. It’s a pretty scary jump to make, but the thing to remember is everyone has to do it at some point.

Pikaland is a great place to look for advice and first hand stories. It’s mostly geared towards illustrators, but the author speaks generally to artists more often than not. A great way to keep getting started on your mind is to subscribe to her zine, Good To Know. I wish I had when I was getting going. Hope its as helpful to you as others have found it to be! 

People often ask me all different sorts of questions about being an illustrator, especially when they are getting started. It’s a pretty scary jump to make, but the thing to remember is everyone has to do it at some point.

Pikaland is a great place to look for advice and first hand stories. It’s mostly geared towards illustrators, but the author speaks generally to artists more often than not. A great way to keep getting started on your mind is to subscribe to her zine, Good To Know. I wish I had when I was getting going. Hope its as helpful to you as others have found it to be! 

Repost from my incredible art director at @bonappetitmag @alasully! Do you have every issue of Bon appetit mag from the past year, put them next to eachother and see those seasonals all in a row on the spins! Alaina and I are dreaming and schemin for 2014 this very minute!

Repost from my incredible art director at @bonappetitmag @alasully! Do you have every issue of Bon appetit mag from the past year, put them next to eachother and see those seasonals all in a row on the spins! Alaina and I are dreaming and schemin for 2014 this very minute!

The final product of another fun project! I had the pleasure of working with the wonderfully talented master sommelier Melanie Wagner on her incredibly thorough book Hello, Wine published with Chronicle Books. Here’s a bit about the book, courtesy of Chronicle: 


This breezy-to-read but super-informative guidebook is a stylish primer for any newcomer to the endlessly fascinating world of wine. Certified Sommelier Melanie Wagner’s down-to-earth tone and comprehensive knowledge make learning about wine fun and approachable. Twelve chapters explore every aspect of wine—from how it is made to how to drink it—and provide helpful descriptions of grape varietals and recommendations that can be taken to the wine store. Featured alongside these many encouraging lessons and suggestions are 60 whimsical and informative color illustrations. With insights ranging from what makes a wine exceptional, palate-building, and enjoying wine with others, this is the perfect self-purchase or gift for anyone who wants a great wine resource.Features:Eat this, drink that—pairing suggestionsA list of necessary equipment—and a list of what you don’t needA winemaking 101 overview, from crush to agingA glossary of wines and terms, from “aglianico” to “vintage”A buying guide, including inexpensive bottles and great wine giftsHow tos: how to taste, how to throw a wine party, how to start a tasting group




Melanie Wagner is a Certified Sommelier, teacher, and wine consultant living in Chicago, Illinois.
The final product of another fun project! I had the pleasure of working with the wonderfully talented master sommelier Melanie Wagner on her incredibly thorough book Hello, Wine published with Chronicle Books. Here’s a bit about the book, courtesy of Chronicle: 


This breezy-to-read but super-informative guidebook is a stylish primer for any newcomer to the endlessly fascinating world of wine. Certified Sommelier Melanie Wagner’s down-to-earth tone and comprehensive knowledge make learning about wine fun and approachable. Twelve chapters explore every aspect of wine—from how it is made to how to drink it—and provide helpful descriptions of grape varietals and recommendations that can be taken to the wine store. Featured alongside these many encouraging lessons and suggestions are 60 whimsical and informative color illustrations. With insights ranging from what makes a wine exceptional, palate-building, and enjoying wine with others, this is the perfect self-purchase or gift for anyone who wants a great wine resource.Features:Eat this, drink that—pairing suggestionsA list of necessary equipment—and a list of what you don’t needA winemaking 101 overview, from crush to agingA glossary of wines and terms, from “aglianico” to “vintage”A buying guide, including inexpensive bottles and great wine giftsHow tos: how to taste, how to throw a wine party, how to start a tasting group




Melanie Wagner is a Certified Sommelier, teacher, and wine consultant living in Chicago, Illinois.
The final product of another fun project! I had the pleasure of working with the wonderfully talented master sommelier Melanie Wagner on her incredibly thorough book Hello, Wine published with Chronicle Books. Here’s a bit about the book, courtesy of Chronicle: 


This breezy-to-read but super-informative guidebook is a stylish primer for any newcomer to the endlessly fascinating world of wine. Certified Sommelier Melanie Wagner’s down-to-earth tone and comprehensive knowledge make learning about wine fun and approachable. Twelve chapters explore every aspect of wine—from how it is made to how to drink it—and provide helpful descriptions of grape varietals and recommendations that can be taken to the wine store. Featured alongside these many encouraging lessons and suggestions are 60 whimsical and informative color illustrations. With insights ranging from what makes a wine exceptional, palate-building, and enjoying wine with others, this is the perfect self-purchase or gift for anyone who wants a great wine resource.Features:Eat this, drink that—pairing suggestionsA list of necessary equipment—and a list of what you don’t needA winemaking 101 overview, from crush to agingA glossary of wines and terms, from “aglianico” to “vintage”A buying guide, including inexpensive bottles and great wine giftsHow tos: how to taste, how to throw a wine party, how to start a tasting group




Melanie Wagner is a Certified Sommelier, teacher, and wine consultant living in Chicago, Illinois.
The final product of another fun project! I had the pleasure of working with the wonderfully talented master sommelier Melanie Wagner on her incredibly thorough book Hello, Wine published with Chronicle Books. Here’s a bit about the book, courtesy of Chronicle: 


This breezy-to-read but super-informative guidebook is a stylish primer for any newcomer to the endlessly fascinating world of wine. Certified Sommelier Melanie Wagner’s down-to-earth tone and comprehensive knowledge make learning about wine fun and approachable. Twelve chapters explore every aspect of wine—from how it is made to how to drink it—and provide helpful descriptions of grape varietals and recommendations that can be taken to the wine store. Featured alongside these many encouraging lessons and suggestions are 60 whimsical and informative color illustrations. With insights ranging from what makes a wine exceptional, palate-building, and enjoying wine with others, this is the perfect self-purchase or gift for anyone who wants a great wine resource.Features:Eat this, drink that—pairing suggestionsA list of necessary equipment—and a list of what you don’t needA winemaking 101 overview, from crush to agingA glossary of wines and terms, from “aglianico” to “vintage”A buying guide, including inexpensive bottles and great wine giftsHow tos: how to taste, how to throw a wine party, how to start a tasting group




Melanie Wagner is a Certified Sommelier, teacher, and wine consultant living in Chicago, Illinois.
The final product of another fun project! I had the pleasure of working with the wonderfully talented master sommelier Melanie Wagner on her incredibly thorough book Hello, Wine published with Chronicle Books. Here’s a bit about the book, courtesy of Chronicle: 


This breezy-to-read but super-informative guidebook is a stylish primer for any newcomer to the endlessly fascinating world of wine. Certified Sommelier Melanie Wagner’s down-to-earth tone and comprehensive knowledge make learning about wine fun and approachable. Twelve chapters explore every aspect of wine—from how it is made to how to drink it—and provide helpful descriptions of grape varietals and recommendations that can be taken to the wine store. Featured alongside these many encouraging lessons and suggestions are 60 whimsical and informative color illustrations. With insights ranging from what makes a wine exceptional, palate-building, and enjoying wine with others, this is the perfect self-purchase or gift for anyone who wants a great wine resource.Features:Eat this, drink that—pairing suggestionsA list of necessary equipment—and a list of what you don’t needA winemaking 101 overview, from crush to agingA glossary of wines and terms, from “aglianico” to “vintage”A buying guide, including inexpensive bottles and great wine giftsHow tos: how to taste, how to throw a wine party, how to start a tasting group




Melanie Wagner is a Certified Sommelier, teacher, and wine consultant living in Chicago, Illinois.

The final product of another fun project! I had the pleasure of working with the wonderfully talented master sommelier Melanie Wagner on her incredibly thorough book Hello, Wine published with Chronicle Books. Here’s a bit about the book, courtesy of Chronicle: 

This breezy-to-read but super-informative guidebook is a stylish primer for any newcomer to the endlessly fascinating world of wine. Certified Sommelier Melanie Wagner’s down-to-earth tone and comprehensive knowledge make learning about wine fun and approachable. Twelve chapters explore every aspect of wine—from how it is made to how to drink it—and provide helpful descriptions of grape varietals and recommendations that can be taken to the wine store. Featured alongside these many encouraging lessons and suggestions are 60 whimsical and informative color illustrations. With insights ranging from what makes a wine exceptional, palate-building, and enjoying wine with others, this is the perfect self-purchase or gift for anyone who wants a great wine resource.

Features:
Eat this, drink that—pairing suggestions
A list of necessary equipment—and a list of what you don’t need
A winemaking 101 overview, from crush to aging
A glossary of wines and terms, from “aglianico” to “vintage”
A buying guide, including inexpensive bottles and great wine gifts
How tos: how to taste, how to throw a wine party, how to start a tasting group

Melanie Wagner is a Certified Sommelier, teacher, and wine consultant living in Chicago, Illinois.