Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Still Alive

So I wish I was updating because I have new work but I don't.
I haven't been the best blogger recently because:
  • I haven't been making much new art
  • I can't scan what I have made very easily
  • I just helped my friend Greta move to Colorado
  • My apartment in Somerville burned down. I was meant to move in next week.  This is sad for many reasons:
    • I was really excited to go to the MOBA
    • I was going to have a cat
    • I was going to have a grape arbor
    • the cute boy next to me on the bus from Logan also lives off of Inman Square
In conclusion, I am currently accepting submissions for a new life plan. (The picture is taken out of my sketchbook from happier times.)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010



Here are a few new scans, as promised!  If you would like to see the whole story you know where to find me!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Louie, Louie

I recently spent a couple of days updating Louie.  The book is essentially the same but I redid the images so that they are no longer colored digitally. 

The reasons being:
  • the original files are relatively lo-res, because I had no concept of the future when I made this book last fall
  • the originals were shuffled into an oblivion in The Great Hard Drive Crash of two months ago
  • I wanted the style to be more cohesive with the rest of my work, which involves minimal computer work and maximum watercolor abuse
  • this book is my recess 
I will try really hard to get better scans in the near future. Once that is done I would really like to hear what people think about the change.  I actually think it's a lot better!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

LFO Illustrated

A decade ago, you may have been touched by the words of the Lyte Funky Ones, more commonly known as LFO. Get ready to be (appropriately) touched again by "LFO Illustrated".

I promise I also did a lot of real work today but since I'm afraid of hair dryers I need something to pass the time while the watercolor dries.  (If you are wondering what is so scary about hair dryers, it's part of a noise thing that includes vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers but I should probably save that information for

Monday, June 28, 2010


Ooops, I forgot to do a graduation post!
I wasn't too fond of the robe and only wore it for pictures after the ceremony. Synthetic fabric in an unflattering cut? No thank you!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Orange Sketchbook

For our final installment in The Series (for now) I bring you The Orange Sketchbook.  It starts off pleasantly enough, of course, but then chronicles my slow decent into madness.  I plan to dedicate this sketchbook to similarly ridiculous ventures as this one:

Spring Sketchbook 2010

The Series continues with this old favorite that captures all the joys of a RISD spring:

Fall Sketchbook 2009

To continue our Classic Sketchbook series is an assortment of pages from last fall's sketchbook.  Since it's word-heavy you can read my thoughts.

2009 Summer Sketchbook

While I haven't been quite as prolific as I would like this summer, I did manage to figure out the new Lamb scanner and get some old work in there to test it out.  The first of our Classic Sketchbook Series is last summer's sketchbook which is edited much less than it should be.  I would say enjoy, but I'm not going to set unrealistic expectations for you.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Look at my Book!

I'm only putting up bits of this online because I live in fear of plot pirates but will gladly show any of you the full dummy upon request.
So heeeeeeere's Johns!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Story Sketches

This is a look at the general beginning of working out the illustrations of a book.  I always begin with a story but have a general sense of what my characters might look out while I write it.  Then I do a few loose doodles to work out the basic idea of my characters, then commit to a full page of playing with color and expressions, trying to reach a level of consistency and understanding.

The notes on the page are only for my benefit and only occasionally have anything to do with the story.
And there you go!  Hopefully I'll post up a couple more Johns-related images soon.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mailer and Story

So this is a sneak peak at one of the finishes for my new book Johns but, in the nearer future, what my mailer is going to look like.  Obviously in the book there are less "susanne lamb"s and "dot com"s and more text that you can read and enjoy.  But, we'll get to that later.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Oh, Show

Thankfully my show is over.  It was a lot of fun and I might be able to resume sleeping at some point.
Aren't Lorraine and Laura pretty?

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I emailed Maira Kalman with general life questions which I admitted were "fairly broad."  Here is her response:
"Greetings Susanne.
That is a very broad question.
I will respond with a broad and specific answer.

If there is something that you love to do, then that is what you should do.
And if there is one requirement other than passion, it is patience.
So be prepared for the long story.
The rest is all doing and work.

All the best
Maira Kalman"
So there you go

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


My senior show opens Thursday April 22.
 Jessica Lamb (no relation) designed the poster.
Laura and Lorraine are also in the show!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Strand Rats

I submitted this design to the Strand's tote bag competition.  I think it looks a lot better printed out but this is a blog.
here is it on The Strand 's entry page

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

H2Old Colors

These are two pieces from my plastic animal series that I did last spring in Jason Brockert's Watercolor class.  I was trying to paint toy farm animals at a scale more commonly used for live livestock, drawing attention to the imperfections of the miniaturized form.  What happened with these two pieces is they each began to take on a tone and personality rarely used even for living farm creatures.

Sketchbook Start

I started my sketchbook and this is what it looks like.  If all goes according to plan I will be good about posting up a section weekly on this as well as putting up my other work that I am doing.  Feel free to bet amongst yourselves on how long this will last.