100 Things No One Told Me

I’m getting on #the100dayproject late (it started April 3rd), but I’m joining in and going to post a drawing everyday for the next 100 days. So I’ll be posting one a day until Friday, August 10th.

I had this super clever, original (I thought) idea to do daily drawings for the next 100 days based on things no one told me. I googled it just to see if anyone had done it before, and another illustrator already did it! Darn it. Alex Noriega had this same idea and executed it very well in 2010. His last post on his blog, snotm.com was in 2013 though — and his insights and drawings are much wiser than I am (most of mine are about body hair and BO). So I feel like the projects will be different enough that it’s still worth it for me to contribute. If you were following me when I did my, “lie to me” project, I had followers message me the lies they tell themselves and I would incorporate them into my daily drawings. It was really fun, and I felt like I got to know a lot of you much better. I’m opening that up again — what’s something no one told you that you had to find out for yourself? Message me! I want to know and draw it!

1/100 things no one told me. No one told me chin hair was going to be thing I would need to deal with on a regular basis. When I was a teen I’d randomly get one, long white hair that I’d pluck and not have another one for years. Now it seems like it’s every day! Oh well – I work from home.

Against All Odds

Phil Collins for Monday Nights. “So take a look at me now
Well there’s just an empty space
And there’s nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face
Ooh, take a look at me now
Well there’s just an empty space
And you coming back to me is against the odds
And that’s what I’ve got to face”

Believe the Autocrat

Masha Gessen is a Russian and American journalist, author, translator and activist who has been an outspoken critic of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin and the President of the U.S.A., Donald Trump. In addition to being the author of several non-fiction books, she has been a prolific contributor to such publications as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, New Statesman, Granta, Slate, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, and U.S. News & World Report.

I have the privilege to meet her next week. She’s one of the guests on @catie_lazarus’ show, Employee of the Month where I will be live illustrating. April 7th at Abrons Art Center in the Lower East Side. I hope to see you there!

I need it.

I haven’t done one of these in awhile. At the beginning of the year, I asked folks to tell me the lies they tell themselves and others. This is one of mine, and maybe my biggest. It can be extremely hard to decipher between the things I want and the things I need. My impulses feel like a hummingbird sometimes. I’m getting better at recognizing the difference though, so maybe there’s hope for me yet. I’m still working through a few that some of you already told me. I’d love to hear your lie if you haven’t told me one yet.


Some thoughts from @bstosuy. I’m not sure what the context of this simple advice was, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately in regards to social media usage. We all craft this carefully articulated version or brand of ourselves online. I attempt to be vulnerable and honest, in spite of probably coming across tedious and cheesy sometimes. It’s ok to me—I want to connect with likeminded people. And if that’s not you, that’s ok! .

Neil Gaiman

If you ever need creative motivation or encouragement, watch Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech for the University of the Arts 2012 graduates. •
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My lie.

I didn’t realize how often I told myself this little seemingly white lie… but it’s not really a white lie and its unfortunately led me to be someone other than myself at times. The first step is being aware of it, right? If you haven’t been following me, I asked folks to tell me the lies they tell themselves and others. This one is my own, but I want to hear your’s too. Lie to me. •

Megan’s lie.

@megskeefc’s lie. There’s a TON of animals who aren’t burdened by societal expectations of their gender identity, animals who can reproduce asexually and animals who can change their gender midway through life if they wish to. Clownfish are one of the latter. If you haven’t been following, I asked folks to tell me the lies they tell themselves and others and I would incorporate them into my daily drawings. Lie to me!

Saying no.

Maybe it seems negative, but 2018 is shaping up to be the year I feel comfortable saying, “no.” No, I don’t have time for that in my life. No, that doesn’t matter to me. No, I disagree or that is bad for me personally or for all of us. No! Politics aside, personally I have a habit of people pleasing and overcommitting myself. I make plans with zeal and later realize I’m not capable of giving whatever it was that I committed to. If I’ve done this to you, I’m sorry. Sometimes I don’t always think things through. In the future, I hope to have some foresight and say, “no” to the things I can’t do, or the things I can’t change.

Andre’s lie

@andredomeni’s lie. This one was also relevant to me, too. I don’t remember anything despite really, really wanting to. Now I neurotically put everything in a physical planner and my phone.. and then forget to look at them. Here’s to trying! If you haven’t been following, I asked folks to tell me the lies they tell themselves and others and I would incorporate them into my daily drawings. Lie to me!

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Lie to Me

What is a lie you regularly tell yourself or someone else? I’ve posted about this idea before.. lately I’ve been incorporating the lies I tell myself and others into my daily drawings and sketches. I’d like to do a zine about them, with your input. Tell me a habitual lie of yours, and I’ll incorporate it into an illustration and post it.


Lifetime, Straight White Teeth’s (my partner’s band) latest release ft. Paige Pfleger @paigepfleger – Single released in 2017, and well-loved by blogs, playlists and Spotify algortihms. It’s been getting some playtime over at @kcrw, which is really exciting to see! I’m extremely proud of my partner for continuing to work on and release compelling music despite many personal hardships. Have a listen at straightwhiteteethmusic.com or on Spotify

Offering to Saint Expedite

This is an offering to Saint Expedite to thank him for helping me get more clients last year. I’m going to print them as stickers. PM me if you want one! The tiny font says: Saint Expedite is the patron of those who hope for rapid solutions to problems and who wish to avoid or put an end to delays. Just call out to saint expedite to get his attention and ask for what you need. Be sure to offer something in return for his efforts. He likes pound cake and publicity.