Sheri Rose Smith / Absolutely Cuckoo
UX illustrator by day, doodler by night. I dedicate most of my brain to solving problems visually. Vector, pixel, ink, watercolor, gouache, ketchup and french fries. These are just of few tools I use to bring films, bad jokes and design solutions to life.
Jake Hollomon / I Don't Believe In The Sun
A Portland native, sketchbook keeper, concept visualizer, graphic designer, illustrator, thrift store addict and foodie, Jake Hollomon is a graphic artist in Portland, Oregon. Currently working for Roundhouse Agency, his passion for design stems from an unending curiosity about the universe, paired with a love of providing a visual form to ideas.
Meg Hunt / All My Little Words
Hi! My name is Meg, and I'm an illustrator, educator and maker of things. I live and work in the wooded city of Portland, OR. My goal is to fill the world with my creations, and make people happy in the process.
CIELLE CHARRON / A CHICKEN WITH ITS HEAD CUT OFF
Cielle is a freelance designer, illustrator and music lover. She believes that art, like life, is way better when you have a sense of humor about it. Along with Michelle, she is the co-organizer of 69 Valentines.
Turn-ons: Bad dance moves
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Tiptoe Through The Tulips- Tiny Tim
Past or present celebrity crush: John Linnell of They Might Be Giants (circa 1990).
Mikey Burton / Reno Dakota
Mikey Burton is a part time designer and a part time illustrator—which adds up to a full time Designy Illustrator. He’s been working professionally for over 12 years now, but claims to be ‘still figuring it out.’ He’s done a lot of work in that time for clients such as Converse, ESPN, Target, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Esquire, among others. He has won awards from organizations such as the Art Directors Club, Communication Arts and Print Magazine to name a few, and enjoys bragging about it in the third person. He spent his formative years and earned a masters degree from the great Kent State University in Ohio. Burton now works and lives in Brooklyn, NY where he pays way too much for coffee.
Turn-ons: piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain
Turn-offs: I'm not into yoga, I'm into champagne
Dream project: Become the Anthony Bourdain of drawing food.
Favorite materials to work with: the blob tool
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: "The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side" cause knowledge, wealth and refinement can’t beat a set of wheels
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: This Charming Man
Past or present celebrity crush: Mark Ruffalo
Favorite romantic comedy: It's Complicated
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: making dinner reservations for the day after
Flowers or candy?: Candy... Duh!
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Does a full cookie cake count?
Jordan Hoagbin / I Don’t Want To Get Over You
designer most times, homebody the rest of the time.
Turn-ons: likes dogs
Turn-offs: does not like dogs
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: korean body scrub
Jennifer Daniel / Come Back From San Francisco
Hiller Goodspeed / The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side
In 10th grade I stole my dad's credit card to buy 69 Love Songs. I felt bad about it but I don't think there was ever an album I felt I needed to own more. It was the greatest gift he never knew he gave me.
Turn-ons: Colors, shapes, colorful shapes
Favorite materials to work with: Pencils and colored pencils and sometimes gouache
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Washington, D.C.
Alex DeSpain / Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits
Turn-ons: fresh breath
Turn-offs: toe nails
Favorite materials to work with: sketchbook
Favorite romantic comedy: Obvious Child
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: full body massage at a winery
Flowers or candy?: candy
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: candy cigarettes
Vanessa DeSpain / The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be
My name is Vanessa DeSpain, I’m a designer living in Portland, Oregon, engaged in the pursuit for magic. I enjoy creating unique brand experiences through interactive design, strategic thinking, and art directing with creative collaborators. In my work I love to share personal narratives that engage with the human experience.
Mette Hornung Rankin / I Think I Need a New Heart
Mette is a designer and illustrator with a professional focus on packaging, books, branding and finding interesting interpretations of everyday life. Her approach is a hybrid of minimalistic Scandinavian influence and roughly optimistic pioneer spirit, combining functionality and efficiency with personality and verve. Off the clock she spends time with her young daughter and reads chapter books one at a time.
Dream project: The full meal deal of packaging, brand, product and store design for a Scandinavian childrenswear and toy company. That also sells ice cream in the summer.
Favorite materials to work with: my mind + other minds. Otherwise, a micron .01 black pen on Office Depot LaserPro 24# Bond will do
Past or present celebrity crush: 1980s: Tom Cruise, 1990s: Tom Cruise, 2000s: crush free, 2010s: anybody over 30
Kristin Rogers Brown / The Book of Love
Kristin Rogers Brown is a creative director, designer, and educator currently working as art director at Bitch Media, an independent media organization whose mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful, intersectional feminist response to mainstream media and pop culture. Her work has allowed her to connect with passionate writers, and visual thinkers from all over the world who are similarly obsessed with music, the arts, and social change. In addition to designing, she is also an assistant professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), where she runs the senior studio in the illustration department and mentors thesis students.
Turn-ons: scrabble, mixed tapes, road trips, crying about sports
Turn-offs: fake banana flavoring, moths, mansplaining, condescension
Favorite materials to work with: smart, funny people
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Rock & Roll Suicide
Favorite romantic comedy: The Jerk
Flowers or candy?: pizza
STEPHANIE BRACHMANN / FIDO, YOUR LEASH IS TOO LONG
Stephanie Brachmann is a multidisciplinary artist living in Portland, Oregon. She has studied at University of Washington, Oregon College of Art & Craft, and Pacific Northwest College of Art. She enjoys dance parties and would like to know what it feels like to touch a cartoon.
Turn-ons: belt buckles & puns
Turn-offs: narcissism & bad oral hygiene
Favorite materials to work with: ink, papier mache, fabric, yarn
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: "How Fucking Romantic"
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Kate Bush - "Hounds of Love"
Past or present celebrity crush: My first crush was Robin Hood from the Disney animated film; he's literally a fox.
Favorite romantic comedy: The Jerk
Flowers or candy?: both!
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Anything but Sweethearts.
Lisa Congdon / How Fucking Romantic
Portland illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering. Her clients include the MoMA, Harvard University, Lululemon, Random House Publishing and Chronicle Books, among many others. She is the author of seven books and was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015.
M. Sabine Rear / The One You Really Love
M. Sabine Rear is a cartoonist, zine-maker, and the cute blind lady you gave your seat to on the bus.
Turn-ons: Prominent front teeth, earnestness
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side; I like classic cars & funny-looking boys.
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones
Past or present celebrity crush: Alan Rickman
Favorite romantic comedy: Better Off Dead
Flowers or candy?: My ideal date shows up with a bouquet of chrysanthemums in one hand and a box of Hot Tamales in the other.
Jen Wick / Punk Love
Jen Wick is a really great creative director in town.
Turn-ons: epsom salts, sleep hygiene
Turn-offs: cold toes, cats
Dream project: gigantic newspapers
Favorite materials to work with: halftones and photocopiers
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: oh yeah
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: rich girl
Past or present celebrity crush: weirdos in documentaries
Favorite romantic comedy: Beginners
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: fawning
Flowers or candy?: chocolate
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: I already told you what kind.
Nathan Paul Rice / Parades Go By
Nathan was born and raised in San Francisco. He is unlearning in order to build toys and design interactive art installations. He is currently enrolled in the Applied Craft + Design program at Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Arts and Crafts in Portland OR.
Kaley McKean / Boa Constrictor
Kaley is a freelance illustrator based in Toronto, Canada, where she lives with Nolan Pelletier, a cat named Snoopy, and a snake named Opal. She likes to make colourful illustrations inspired by the natural world and history.
Turn-ons: Good with plants
Turn-offs: People who don't like disco
Past or present celebrity crush: Winona Ryder
Favorite romantic comedy: Valley Girl
Flowers or candy?: Flowers
Ping Zhu / A Pretty Girl Is Like…
Her work has been recognized and exhibited by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, Somerset House and the Art Director's Club (Young Guns 11).
Emily Isabella / My Sentimental Melody
Emily Isabella is a designer and illustrator based in the Hudson Valley, just north of New York City. Her rural surroundings inform much of her work and combined with frequent trips to the city, she is endlessly inspired.
She is a third generation illustrator who combines the world of illustration and design to create a dynamic style of sophisticated whimsy that is distinctively hers. Her designs and illustrations have been featured on wallpaper, fabrics, stationary, home goods, clothing, and books.
Select clients include Kate Spade, Anthropologie, Hygge & West, Papyrus, Artisan Books, Chronicle Books, One Kings Lane and Birch Fabric.
Turn-offs: Flip flops
Favorite materials to work with: Goache, oil sticks, Arches paper
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Nothing Matters When We're Dancing
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: I like to spend Valentines with friends, making things and wearing lipstick.
Flowers or candy?: I love candy.
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Candy coated black licorice in pastel colors or the darkest of chocolate.
Evah Fan / Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing
Evah Fan is an artist and illustrator whose work is sometimes the size of a pecan! She enjoys making zines, children’s books and art multiples. Her name pronounced in Swedish means “what the hell,” which she learned while studying for her master’s degree in Stockholm. She has been thawing out in California, sharing a studio with her husband and two cats that occupies their desktop.
Turn-ons: a good conversation
Turn-offs: being inconsiderate
Dream project: Doing packaging for my favorite snacks and a textile related project, maybe a rug?!
Favorite materials to work with: Acrylic Gouache
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Reno Dakota, although it’s not the one that I got to pick for the show, ah so many good ones that I can relate to.
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: That’s Amore by Dean Martin
Past or present celebrity crush: Past, Edward Furlong in T2! Present, Yosuke Kubozuka. He was in Ping Pong (2002) and in the Silence movie by Scorsese now.
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Waking up to my cats and breakfast in bed. Maybe going on a hike, eat some fatty foods and then hit the roller skating rink.
Flowers or candy?: Candy!
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Mostly strawberry sour gummi candies such as Sour Power, Rips, Haribo Extra Sour Fruit Pasta, Sour Patch Kids and Haribo Strawberry Sour Snup!
Emily Skaer / Sweet-Lovin' Man
Emily Skaer is a motion designer & illustrator hailing from the mitten state. She’s a feminist, a runner, a cat lover and always on the search for the weirdest film in existence.
Conrad Crespin / The Things We Did and Didn’t Do
I am fascinated by how symbols are formed and developed into tools of communication and meaning.
I find inspiration in the modes and taxonomies that humanity imposes on itself. Simplicity and complexity are consistent sources of seduction.
Erik Marinovich / Roses
Erik Marinovich is a San Francisco based lettering artist and designer, and is a co-founder of Friends of Type. Since 2009 he has drawn letters, logos and type for nice folks like: Nike, Target, Google, Hilton, Facebook, Sonos, Sharpie, The Criterion Collection, Air Canada, Gap, Ford Motor Company. In 2012 he co-founded Title Case, a creative work space that conducts workshops and lectures. Between client work, teaching and side-projects, you’ll find him on the road promoting Keep Fresh Stay Rad and Let’s Go Letter Hunting, two new releases from Friends of Type published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Lindsay Eyth / Love Is Like Jazz
Whether I'm making personal adornments or useful objects, I aim to support women, queers, and anyone who's pushed to the margins in— loving themselves, loving each other, feeling seen & validated in the world, not taking shit, getting laughs in where they can, surviving & thriving, and doing the damn thing.
Ron Liberti / When My Boy Walks Down the Street
I am a freelance artist and musician born in 1967, raised on the Jersey shore and since 1991 live and work in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I spend my time screen printing/collaging/illustrating/ making and listening to music and usually feeling very lucky to be doing things I love to do with the people I love to do those things with.
Turn-ons: Good signage
Turn-offs: Misguided arrogance
Dream project: Move to Puerto Rico, live above a bar rent free in exchange for designing and printing posters for the Sunday afternoon punk rock matinees the bar puts on weekly. For a year.
Favorite materials to work with: Photocopies, Letraset, glue, tape, scissors, china markers, house paint, india ink, paper.
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Nothing Matters When We're Dancing
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: The Letter
Past or present celebrity crush: Martha Stewart
Favorite romantic comedy: Moonstruck
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Getting stoned and going to the mall with my loved one, then us watching a "Vikings" marathon.
Flowers or candy?: Flowers
BT Livermore / Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old
BT Livermore was born in Minnesota, and like all Minnesotans, is covered head to toe with a downy layer of fur with which to keep warm during the winter. BT works in a multitude of mediums these days: sign painting, screenprint, letterpress, and wood, to name a few. In fall of 2016, BT packed up and moved from Portland to Butte, Montana, land of Big Skies and Cheap Studio Space, but plans to come back to visit frequently.
Lily Hudson / Very Funny
Lily is a writer but she tries not to let that stop her from making visual art. She loves to help artists with their writing.
Turn-ons: excessive body hair
Turn-offs: insufficient body hair
Dream project: Naming all the paint colors for Sherwin Williams
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: “I Don’t Want To Get Over You” for all the times when I haven’t acted in my own best interests
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: “Superstar” by the Carpenters
Past or present celebrity crush: Dex Romweber from Flat Duo Jets (circa 1987) and David Rees (present day)
Favorite romantic comedy: Intolerable Cruelty
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Kozy Shack and mutual admiration
Flowers or candy?: Candy
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Cornflake Ritter Sport bars and those orange jelly sticks covered in chocolate
Jenny Tiffany / Grand Canyon
I’m a freelance illustrato & designer living in Portland, OR. I love bright saturated colors and clean modern lines. My greatest source of inspiration comes from vintage ephemera and nature. I share my home with my wife, 2 cats, and 9 chickens.
Little Friends Of Printmaking / No One Will Ever Love You
Husband-and-wife team JW & Melissa Buchanan first made a name for themselves by designing and printing silkscreened concert posters, but soon branched out into further fields, designing fancy junk for whoever would pay them money. In addition to their work as illustrators and designers, they continue their fine art pursuits through exhibitions, lectures, and artists' residencies worldwide, spreading the gospel of silkscreen to anyone inclined to listen. The Little Friends currently live in Los Angeles.
Turn-ons: Scorpios and complex carbohydrates
Turn-offs: Guys that come on too strong
Dream project: Redesign a state flag
Favorite materials to work with: Ink
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Underwear
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Erotic City by Prince
Past or present celebrity crush: Rachel Maddow
Favorite romantic comedy: Punch Drunk Love
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Too much Italian food
Flowers or candy?: Why would you even ask us that?! Candy of course.
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Sour gummies
Molly Mendoza / If You Don’t Cry
Molly Mendoza is an illustrator currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is captivated by the relationships that she has built with friends, family, and foes alike over the course of her life. Molly sets out to emulate those relationships through her chaotic yet rhythmic style to make some dang-good drawings.
When she isn't drawing she is probably watching sports anime or eating hotdogs.
Turn-Ons: petrichor, nice whiskey, summer nights, when people buy me nice whiskey.
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: The Killers "Mr. Brightside" w/ an interpretive dance and floor routine.
Fran Krause / You’re My Only Home
Fran Krause is an animator and cartoonist. He is currently a teacher in the Character Animation Program at CalArts, creator of several cartoons, and the creator of the Deep Dark Fears web comic series.
Turn-ons: Comics, Kindness, Patience, Diners, Breakfast, Breakfast, Pancakes, Breakfast
Turn-offs: Unwalkable neighborhoods
Dream project: Riding a panther made of clouds
Favorite materials to work with: Ink
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: The Book of Love
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: I'm a car singer, not a karaoke singer. Modern Love by Bowie.
Past or present celebrity crush: Teddy Roosevelt
Favorite romantic comedy: Princess Bride
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: All the turn-ons, none of the turn-offs.
Flowers or candy?: Yes.
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Necco wafers, skybars, turkey joints.
Jim Datz / (Crazy for You) But Not That Crazy
Jim Datz is the Art Director of The New York Times Op-Ed page.
Favorite materials to work with: Pen and napkin and ebay
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Two Kinds of People
Santiago Uceda / My Only Friend
Santiago Uceda was born in Lima, Peru, made his way to sunny So Cal and now resides in a sleepy college town in the Pacific Northwest. He is an interactive art director, illustrator and motion graphics artist. He has worked with many talented folks and institutions from global brands to non-profits, magazines, bands and private commissions. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, Latin American Illustración & International Motion Arts Awards.
oof. / Promises of Eternity
oof. is the Portland-based creative studio of Savannah Julian and August Miller. We specialize in the planning, design, and development of interactive experiences.
SJ: Loud eating
Favorite materials to work with: Code, Data, Vectors
Past or present celebrity crush:
SJ: Past: Matthew Broderick, Present: Carly Rae Jepsen
AM: Past: Natalie Portman, Present: Carly Rae Jepsen
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Cheese plate
Flowers or candy?: Candy
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?:
SJ: Reese's Pieces
John James F Dudek / World Love
John James is a friendly cartoonist who enjoys walking around. He used to own a restaurant but now he mostly draws comics, plays trivia, makes crazy plans, and enjoys plants.
Turn-ons: Plumes of heavy incense
Turn-offs: Losing track of a spider in my bedroom
Dream project: Storyboarding a reboot of Project G.e.e.K.e.R.
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Diana by Paul Anka
Past or present celebrity crush: Donald Glover and Danny Pudi together
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Rosé and a dumb movie
Drew Marshall / Washington, DC
Drew Marshall designs websites by day and lurks with a brush in his garage in the night. He can paddle a canoe and bake apple pies to make you blush. Drew's dad jokes are cool-beans super funny.
Dream project: Paint the underside of the St Johns bridge
Favorite materials to work with: Acrylic, Pencil, Ink
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Papa was a Rodeo
Past or present celebrity crush: Margot Kidder
Favorite romantic comedy: Honeysuckle Rose
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Candlelit meatloaf dinner with Chimay
Flowers or candy?: Candy
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Pretzels in almond bark
Marylou Faure / Long-Forgotten Fairytale
My name is Marylou, I’m a french freelance illustrator working in lovely London!
I love to draw characters in their everyday life in a vibrant, colourful , pop style :) I also do a lot of hand drawn typography and I’m particularly interested in representing the female body. I like to draw anything as long as it’s done in a fun and quirky way!
I’ve recently had the chance to work with amazing clients such as Google, Deliveroo, Uniqlo, Adidas, Ford and some more cool brands.
Turn-ons: Music, chocolate, laughter
Turn-offs: Tiredness, too much chocolate, not enough laughter.
Dream project: Some type of outdoor installation.
Favorite materials to work with: Graphic tablet
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Somebody told me
Past or present celebrity crush: Leo <3
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: doing absolutely nothing
Flowers or candy?: both :)
Katie West / Kiss Me Like You Mean It
Katie West is a graphic designer and illusion in Portland, Oregon. She likes most of all to get a sweet note on Valentine's Day.
Turn-ons: an easy laugh
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush (only song ever sang at karaoke...)
Past or present celebrity crush: Jeff Goldblum
Favorite romantic comedy: In A World
Flowers or candy?: Def both
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: mini tootsie rolls and/or mini gummy frogs
Dan Cassaro / Papa Was a Rodeo
Dan Cassaro is a designer and illustrator in Brooklyn, NY. He is one of two Young Jerks, CEO of HorseTinder, and the first man to have sex with a brand. He ain't a beauty, but hey, he's alright. Dan lives with his wife and pet snakes in a converted 3D Printer.
Turn-ons: Pre-Acid Beatles, Post-Acid Rolling Stones
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Papa Was A Rodeo in the streets, Busby Berkeley Dreams in the sheets
Favorite romantic comedy: My Life
Susie Ghahremani / Epitaph For My Heart
Susie Ghahremani is an illustrator, author, designer, and musician in San Diego, CA. She creates a collection of paper goods and gifts called Boygirlparty. She and her husband walked down the aisle to “I Die” by the Magnetic Fields. @boygirlparty on IG / twitter
Favorite materials to work with: Gouache on Wood
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: If You Don’t Cry
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Call Me by Blondie
Tess Donohoe / Asleep and Dreaming
Tess Donohoe is a multi-disciplinary designer who grew up in Denmark and is now calling Portland her home. She is a partner at the newly formed creative studio DeanDonohoe where she is working in a close collaborative partnership on creating custom experiences for a variety of clients. When she is not in front of a computer she tries to capture her impressions of the world through painting and drawing.
Dream project: A painted travel journal. Traveling around the world and painting in every city I visit.
Favorite materials to work with: Oil paint, Paper scraps and gouache
Past or present celebrity crush: Patrick Swayze
Favorite romantic comedy: Groundhog Day
Flowers or candy?: Candy
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Salty Licorice
Nolan Pelletier / The Sun Goes Down and the World Goes Dancing
Nolan Pelletier is an illustrator from Connecticut currently living in Toronto with his wife, illustrator Kaley McKean, and his cat, Snoopy.
Turn-ons: Harvest Gold
Dream project: Cereal Box
Past or present celebrity crush: Shelley Duvall in 3 Women
Favorite romantic comedy: They Came Together
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Ordering in and watching Antiques Roadshow.
Flowers or candy?: Flowers
Maggie Chiang / The Way You Say Good-Night
Maggie Chiang is a Taiwanese American full time artist and part time dreamer. Inspired by both places real and fictitious Maggie's illustrations evoke a longing for adventure and the pursuit of the unknown, exploring impossible landscapes and places unseen. A central theme of her art is the relationship between humanity and nature, oftentimes the underlying thread that ties together her work and establishes her individual artistic voice.
Favorite materials to work with: Watercolor, graphite, gouache
Flowers or candy?: Flowers (Chrysanthemum)
Rory Phillips (Abigail, Belle Of Kilronan)
Rory Phillips is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, subjects he also teaches at Portland State University. He is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland but currently lives and works in Portland ,OR. He received his post-bac in Graphic Design from PSU in 2009. Since then, Rory has been lucky enough to work on a wide range of different projects; from animation and storyboarding, to papercraft and game design (plus just about everything in-between). He loves making things and hates writing about himself.
Favorite materials to work with: ink with pens or screen-printing screens
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Barry White-Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
Past or present celebrity crush: Janeane Garofalo
Favorite romantic comedy: Repo Man
Robert Woodward / I Shatter
I believe that an image is the sum of a collaboration. The best are born from an intimate understanding of context, not only within the image's narrative, but also of the hands involved in it's creation, it's relevance in time and place, and finally within the personal perspective of the audience. I want to create stories that are bold and austere, and I believe that it is our responsibility as visual artists to challenge an audience's understanding of how a story is told through an image.
KATE BINGAMAN-BURT / UNDERWEAR
Kate makes work about the things we buy and the feelings we feel. The building blocks of her practice include: bright colors, hand lettering, inventories of illustrated objects, and input and interaction from the communities of awesome people who contribute to her crowd-sourced projects.
Phillip Stewart / It's A Crime
Pug Father. Snack Maker. Owner of Coffee Beer. Follow along at @coffeebeerme
Turn-ons: Pugs & Snacks
Turn-offs: No Pugs & No Snacks
Dream project: Pugs & Snacks
Favorite materials to work with: Snacks
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: It's A Crime
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Callin' Baton Rouge (Garth Brooks)
Past or present celebrity crush: Karen Allen
Favorite romantic comedy: Fight Club
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Sexy Times & Sexy Dinner (In that order)
Flowers or candy?: Candy
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Ginger Newman-O's
MICHELLE LEIGH / BUSBY BERKELEY DREAMS
Michelle enjoys trivia, The Simpsons, and young adult fiction. Along with Cielle, she is the co-organizer of 69 Valentines
Eva Landis / I'm Sorry I Love You
After growing up in the misty darkness of Washington State, I ventured south to search for the sun. I am currently living in an apartment full of potted plants and bones in Portland, Oregon, and just completed my BFA in Illustration at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Kelsey Wroten / Acoustic Guitar
My name is Kelsey Wroten and I work as a freelance illustrator and comics artist. I'm a Kansas City native currently living in Brooklyn, NY. I have worked with clients like The New York Times, The New Yorker, Nike, Lucky Peach, Lenny, Nick Magazine, Hershey, Cicada, Warby Parker, Vice, Bust and Bitch magazine. I also have been self publishing comics under the name Jukebox Comix since 2008. My work has won several awards including 3 Society of Illustrators Student awards, an AIGA award, 3 Gold circle awards, an ACP cartooning award, and a Jay Kennedy National Cartooning Award finalist nomination. I love coffee, craft beer, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
LK JAMES / THE DEATH OF FERDINAND DE SAUSSURE
I make work (books/comics/illustrations) about language, and how we contain and communicate ideas. I live in Portland, OR.
Dream project: build a website out of wood>>install it in front yard
Past or present celebrity crush: xxxxxxxxxxxxxPaul Newmanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: beer + movie + beer + beer + take out + make out etc.
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: m&m's!!!!!
Llew Mejia / Love in the Shadows
I'm a gemini, my favorite color is pale pink, I like long walks on the beach and I love kittens.
Turn-ons: My girls booty
Turn-offs: Smelly smells
Dream project: Oversized public works commissions
Favorite materials to work with: Flashe or gouache
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Love in the shadows
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Hello darkness my old friend...
Favorite romantic comedy: None really hahaha they're so over the top and I feel like someone is trying to manipulate me...
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Hanging out at home with my boo and drinking beers
Flowers or candy?: Candy
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Assorted gummies
Ben Javens / Bitter Tears
Ben left the beloved Yorkshire town he grew up in and moved to the heart of England where he graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Central England. After wandering for several years in the wilderness that is life after graduation he found his true calling as an illustrator and hasn't looked back since.
Turn-offs: Bad music
Dream project: To write and illustrate my own children’s picture book
Favorite materials to work with: Wood
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Bitter Tears
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: I don’t sing in public
Past or present celebrity crush: Shirley Maclaine
Favorite romantic comedy: Some Like It Hot
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Some me time
Flowers or candy?: Candy
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Liquorice
Marlowe Dobbe / Wi' Nae Wee Bairn Ye'll Me Beget
Ever since the portentous day her parents handed her a crayon, Marlowe has been illustrating. A Portland native and PNCA Illustration graduate, Marlowe draws inspiration from nature, myth, pop culture, and vintage Americana in her work. She is constantly experimenting and uses whatever tools she can get her hands on, resulting in colorful images that are brimming with unique textures and shape. When she's not working, Marlowe can most likely be spotted at a garage sale, where she's haggling with an old lady over the price of a sweater.
Turn-ons: Extensive knowledge of Pokemon
Turn-offs: Not being a hard-worker
Dream project: Illustrating beer labels!
Favorite materials to work with: Ink and crayons!
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Time Enough for Rocking When We're Old
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Short Skirt/Long Jacket by CAKE
Past or present celebrity crush: Steven Yeun
Favorite romantic comedy: Leap Year (Not Sorry)
My ideal Valentine’s Day consists of: Eating & Drinking at tap houses followed by an evening of video games
Flowers or candy?: Definitely flowers
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Not black licorice, that's for sure!
Kaye Blegvad / Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
Kaye Blegvad is an illustrator, designer, and general maker-of-things, who enjoys writing about herself in the third person. She was born & raised in London, studied illustration at the University of Brighton, and since then has lived between London and Brooklyn. Currently she lives in Brooklyn.
Taryn Cowart + Zack Franceschi / Experimental Music Love
Taryn Cowart and Zack Franceschi are lovers.
They love to sing love songs to each other, and to sixty-nine.
Reid Psaltis / Meaningless
Reid Psaltis majored in oil painting at Western Washington University, completed the science illustration graduate program at California State University – Monterey Bay. He interned in the Exhibitions Department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, participating in the creation of the museum’s world famous dioramas. Reid’s work has been featured online at the Rumpus, Top Shelf 2.0, Study Group Comics and Trip City. His work has been published by Scout Books’ Good Ink series, Science Notes and Alternative Comics, and he is the illustrator of Dan Dan Berne's the Gods of Second Chances (Forest Avenue Press). He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Anthony Elder / Love is Like a Bottle of Gin
Anthony Elder is a designer and illustrator from Brooklyn, NY currently living in Chicago. He used to design YA book covers, but now he brands skyscrapers and draws dinky little pictures from time to time. He's humbled by the opportunity to partake in the 69 Valentines exhibition alongside such great artists and designers.
Turn-ons: Light switches, please (I'm afraid of dark).
Favorite materials to work with: bourbon + record player + micron pens.
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Train in Vain (Stand by Me): The Clash
Past or present celebrity crush: My fellow south Brooklynite Marisa Tomei, always and forever.
Favorite romantic comedy: The Wedding Singer
Flowers or candy?: I don't much care for candy.
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Fine, Jacques Torres chocolates.
Michael Buchino / Queen of the Savages
Michael Buchino is a single-image storyteller and principal at nope.ltd. He lives in Portland with a bike and a pencil.
Turn-ons: PMS 485
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Claudia Gonson’s final, rhetorical and resigned inquiry countered by Stephin Merritt’s shrugging, matter-of-fact response in the sarcastically enthusiastic “Yeah! Oh, Yeah!” always made sense to me.
Past or present celebrity crush: Marcellus Gilmore Edson
Name: Lowly Pencil / Queen of the Savages
Lowly Pencil is an artist and art educator living and working on the coast of Maine. Her art making is a daily practice in playfulness.
Turn ons: Pull chains
Turn offs: Switches
Dream Project: Waking up and drawing
Favorite material: Mechanical pencil
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: The Book of Love. "You can give me anything..." a rusty nail, a bottlecap, a broken token.
Celebrity Crush: Any actor that's busted their nose
Flowers/Candy: Flowers...of the crepe-paper/pipe cleaner variety
Cassandra Frances Swan / Blue You
Cassandra Frances is an illustrator and designer who lives and works too much in Portland. When she isn’t drawing—every- and anywhere, for money or for fun—or pushing pixels (mostly at Wieden+Kennedy) you can find her in the woods, wishing her cats could hike. You can see her work at cassandrafrances.com (although her website is constantly in need of updating).
Julia McNamara / I Can’t Touch You Anymore
Julia McNamara loves to draw. She draws with her kids at home, she draws with her college students, she draws for clients, and she draws just for fun.
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Love on the Rocks
Favorite materials to work with: crayons, felt tip markers, 9B graphite crayons, pixels.
Celebrity crush: Dr. Teeth
Favorite romantic comedy: Populaire
Flowers or candy?: Whiskey
Kinoko Evans / Two Kinds Of People
Hi! I am Kinoko Evans.
I'm a Pacific Northwest based artist and educator.My work uses character based narratives to tell visual stories. I find inspiration through reading and travel. I love to draw and I'm ambitious about formatting narratives into new mediums. Every new project is an adventure.
Bologna Sandwich / How To Say Goodbye
We are Kate Giambrone (left) and Julianna Johnson (right). Perhaps you've seen us exploring the streets of Portland or near the Portland State University campus where we enrich the minds of aspiring designers.
Lisa Brown / The Night You Can't Remember
LISA BROWN is an illustrator, author and cartoonist. Her most recent books include The Airport Book, Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert, Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly, and the upcoming Goldfish Ghost, with author Lemony Snicket. She is currently at work on a graphic novel about a carnival sideshow. Lisa teaches illustration at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. but can mostly be found wasting time on the internets: www.americanchickens.com; @lisabrowndraws.
Turn-ons: Coffee, Cookies, Bourbon, Dirty books, My husband
Turn-offs: Everything else
Dream project: I think I am in the middle of it: a full-length graphic novel.
Favorite materials to work with: Pentel pocket brush pen + sketchbook.
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Underwear.
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: Tainted Love.
Past or present celebrity crush: David Bowie 4evah
Favorite romantic comedy: Truly Madly Deeply
Flowers or candy?: Both. Duh.
Yeah, but what KIND of candy?: Anything that is more like a cookie.
DOUG Studio / For We Are the King of the Boudoir
DOUG is your friendly neighborhood design studio. Founded by Jeffery Frankenhauser and Nicole Marsh, DOUG Studio focuses on approachable design for organizations in our community.
Dream project: Building an escape room.
Favorite materials to work with: Pens, paint, pixels, and puns.
69 Love Songs track you most identify with: Absolutely Cuckoo
Favorite love song to sing at karaoke: A Whole New World - Aladdin
Past or present celebrity crush: Lizzy Caplan
Favorite romantic comedy: She's All That
Flowers or candy?: CANDY DOESN'T DIE.
Jason Sturgill / Strange Eyes
I'm an artist based in Portland, Oregon specializing in conceptual work with a focus on character based illustration. Previously I worked as a graphic designer for Nike SB and Nike 6.0 in both apparel and brand design. I also spent several years at both Wieden+Kennedy and Dark Horse Comics.
Kathleen Marie / Xylophone Track
sensitive, experimental artist type.
Rilla AlexandeR | zebra
Rilla Alexander is an illustrator and graphic designer whose work has appeared on everything from toys and tea cups to busses and buildings. Her cast of characters dance across Museo del Prado's ceramics and stationery, populate Swiss Credit Cards and sleep on the walls of a Copenhagen hotel (where she replaced the bed with a tent). She has spoken at design conferences and led workshops all over the world and her work has been showcased at Paris’ cultural mecca Colette and at the Museé de la Publicité/Louvre.
Dream project: Anytime I am drawing animals, I am doing what 8 year old me dreamed of doing all day every day forever.