When Work is A Welcome Distraction

Been finishing up a couple things this week. My biggest project has been some in store graphics for Nike's opening of the downtown House of Hoops store on 34th street. I am feeling extremely grateful to have been a part of this project—it was just an incredible growing experience for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Here Now, Nike, and my fearless agent Ben. With all-consuming anxiety I stopped in this morning to check out the murals full size for the first time. It's a whole different world looking at them printed and until today I had only seen them on-screen. Much to my relief, they looked awesome. I was asked to put away my camera before I could get any good shots, but below are a few I managed to snap. Hopefully more professional ones coming soon.

Eight murals total. Pencil, watercolor, digital, and gesso prints in store.

After Nike wrapped up I got to work on a charity piece for a skate deck art show happening in LA for Heal the Bay. I don't know much about the other artists or even where it's happening right now, but I was just happy to make a skateboard for something to help wildlife. Orginal drawing is pencil and ink. Board is a digital print on Moab Entrada rag bright with mixed media (acrylic, ink,pencil), and gel medium.

Below, original pre-digital drawing.

In other news, a couple weeks ago NY Body Art was kind enough to ask me to do a little Q&A session and photoshoot with the painfully talented mister Christopher Ewers. We shot it in my home studio, and today, their fearless leader Danny Michel showed me a teaser video he'd put together of the b-roll. I am super nervous to hear what I sound like on camera (also something I've never done before), but for now here's his behind the scenes:

Photography by Chris Ewers. Interview by Vince Lombardi. Directed by Daniel Michel of NYBodyArt.com, Music by Junip — "In Every Direction"

And below one of the images by Chris. I usually hate what I look like in photos, but something about Chris's photos just makes me feel really good in my own skin.

And finally because I'm a cat lady, and because Eugene has really rescued me this week and let me squeeze him and cuddle him, I can't help but show him posing on my bed looking slightly evil and foreboding.

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Sara Blake [Hello ZSO]
New York, NY
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