I’m excited to share that I’ll be one of the judges for the upcoming @pdnonline PDN’s 2019 Photo Annual competition. The contest judges commercial photography in various ‘categories’ of industry: Advertising / Corporate Work, Magazine / Editorial, Photo Books, Photojournalism, Documentary, Self-Promo / Website, Personal Work, Stock Photography, Video/Multimedia & Student Work. Even though my studio practice has changed radically from my original days as a brand studio, one of the things that I’ve retained from starting #McCalmanCo is my commitment to continue to work with photographers and photography. The deadline to submit is Feb 4, 2019. I’m excited to take part in this process. Thank you asking me to participate, PDN.
The final #ObservedSF column of the year will be an ‘outtakes’ of 2018. A mix of moments I edited out (for space, editorial or compositional reasons) or drawn notebook moments that I create on my own (shown often, and in the moment on this feed). But the great thing for me: that I get a chance to review the entire year at a glance, to figure out what greater patterns of culture I can see. I’ve got my thoughts (shocking I know). This has been a weird year on many layers: internally and externally. I don’t know anyone who would say it’s been a ‘great year’ without some personal, professional or political caveat. This column has been a way for me to not just live in San Francisco, but to keep my eye on the cultural nuances of what living here in 2018 means, under the skin. It’s also the start of my third year doing this broadsheet, and I’d have no choice but to say that working on it fits into the ‘an amazing thing this year’ category.
December 2018 marks the start of my third year as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. The #ObservedSF column started innocently enough as a way for me to make sense of the rapid changes in the cultural landscape of San Francisco. Doing this monthly column might seem crazy, into top of the multiple design and branding projects coming out of this studio, but for me, it has been therapeutic: a way to map some of the cultural shifts happening around all of us. It’s one of my favorite things to work on. On the subject of cultural shifts: I’m going to be in conversation at the @thebatterysf on Tuesday January 29th on the subject of #ObservedSF with @erinfeher. Mark your calendars. Thanks to photographer @clara.rice.photo for this outtake for this recent shoot for @timeout_sf
In putting the finishing touches of my #McCalmanCo website relaunch (next week, or whenever it’s done ohkay?), I’m adding a ’press’ page of magazine ink, online interviews and podcast visits. Most of it is process-based conversations, which is my jam, but sometimes...like this for C Magazine a couple years back, it’s just to look fly in @taylorstitch with foto by @sailortwitch while talking about my love of Grace Jones, the words of Toni Morrison and Dr Bronner’s soap. Just because.
Observed a week ago at @toscacafesf. Artist Paul Madonna and I met up for a long overdue conference over cocktails and conversation. We talked about our lives, what living in the ever evolving Bay Area has done for our craft, the vibrational difference between calling what we do ‘drawings’ vs ‘paintings’, and what having our respective columns in San Francisco Chronicle (his was called #AllOverCoffee, started in 2004 and ran for 12 years!) has taught us our city. And ourselves. Paul and I met I at dinner party several years ago, and I’ve admired his skill and talent. It was a thrill for me to talk to someone whose art and thoughtfulness I admire so much. #ObservedSF #PaulMadonna
More sunshine on a cloudy day. Color #process proofs for @fantl
Decisions decisions aka how @erinkunkel photography adds sunshine to an overcast day in my studio #process
I’m excited to share my cover for the 7th issue of @bobcutmag which they just revealed. The issue focuses on art, beauty, food, and agriculture stories in the Bay Area. The issue features interviews with Yuka Ioroi, Vincent Guan, Justine Khan, and me (amongst other subjects). They’re having a pop up at @alittlelodge this weekend, so you can purchase your copy there, as well as their website bobcutmag dot com. It was a superfun to paint these personal memories for their front (and back) cover. I can’t wait to get my hands on one this weekend.
Come see @papallamamama @goodwestco and me today at 1192 Illinois Street In the Dogpatch neighborhood for the Dogpatch Holiday Sale. It’s my first day slinging merch, so I’m nervous and excited please pray for me.
I’m dipping my toe into the merchandise world this weekend. What. Am. I. Doing. The Dogpatch Holiday Sale is happening this Saturday (tomorrow!) Dec 1st. I’ll be posted up at 1192 Illinois street from 10am-3pm sharing posters and T-shirts and totes and my love sweet love. If you don’t need any of my shit, then come to see @goodwestco and @papallamamama as they are pros in the merch game and I am but a toddler. 27 businesses around the neighborhood are participating in the day sale. It’s a good excuse to explore the neighborhood and get into the holiday season. Also! The #Matriarchy poster is online and for sale. 11.5 x 19”! Link in my bio! See you tomorrow? See you tomorrow!
2 of 2 painted series for the next issue of @bobcutmag. Inspired by a walk I took on the Golden Gate Bridge with two dear friends back in 2015. The city had closed the bridge down to motorists for one weekend and only pedestrians were allowed. I never realized how loud the bridge was until that weekend. All we heard were our voices, the seagulls and the foghorn. Titled ‘A Walk with Michele and Leslie’. Acrylic and Gouache on paper. Uncropped. 9x11”. #ObservedSF.
The audience was rapt tonight at @rickshawstop Nerd 🤓 Night, as author (and my collaborator on the upcoming book EatSomething) @rachellevinsf told hilarious and gripping tales of the uneasy cohabitation of animal world and human beings in support of her book @lookbigbook. I was her guest storyteller this evening, and regaled the audience with a harrowing tale of discovering a bed bug eight years ago after a trip to New York eight years ago, and the extreme measures I took to get it out of my life. People laughed. Nervously. #ObservedSF
Soooo after I did the Matriarchy cover a few weeks ago, I got hit up with ‘Is that for sale?’ ‘Are you selling that?’ And ‘how much is that poster in the window?’ So I listened and now it’s a limited edition print and it’s for sale. 11.5” x 19”. It’ll be on my online store mañana (SHOPMCCALMAN.CO) and for sale at the Dogpatch Holiday Sale (1192 Illinois Street) on Saturday from 10-3pm. Come get yours and stomp the Patriarchy to make way for something better yes please and thank you.
Observed as I walked on Ocean Beach this past Sunday. The sand was still moist from the rain (Thank Jah) and and the sun was settling in the horizon snd the surfers were strolling by nonchalantly, as they do, and the whole thing felt quite magical. Also, this piece is for an upcoming issue of @bobcutmag. Acrylic and gouache on paper. 9x11”. #ObservedSF
Double sided letter-pressed 130# Colorplan Azure Blue and Stone and custom logo mark courtesy of @mccalmanco X @dependableletterpress. The pitch to my client was: You get to decide what color you’re going to give, to whomever you want, based on the mood you’re in. She approved.
No doubt about it. This fall has been weird and illuminating and stressful and say what now and healing and maybe possibly all at the same time. I’m grateful to have a few days to just be, surround myself with the community that I love, and continue to do the creative work that gives me fuel for life. 📸 @aloraloko
I left my notebook on the train a couple of months ago. It stored many of the illustrations from my everyday life, my #ObservedSF column, notes to self, sketches for graphic designs and logos...basically my creative life. With a deep sigh, I decided to let it go. Out of the pink, I received a text last night from the person who found it (I placed my contact info inside). She returned it this morning. She was so sweet and embarrassed that she had hadn’t contacted me sooner, but I was all: “are you kidding me?” I was so surprised to get it back, I didn’t care. You never know what will cycle back to your life. This is from a series of unpublished drawings, from a very special trip to Alabama earlier this year with my friends Scott and Leonard. It was a wonderful feeling to look through the year of creative expression and remember again what I’m thankful for, and that little gestures can mean the world to someone else.
Getting ready for twenty nineteen for @fantl (because twenty eighteen cannot leave fast enough) #process
@westcoastcraft is always a little bit inspiring, invigorating and exhausting. I’ve attended one every year since they first landed at @fortmasoncenter and this was probably the most densely populated one that I can remember, so I had to represent what I saw. That said, since I don’t see my creative community as often as I like in my daily life, it was cozy to see so many artists and entrepreneurs that I admire in one place. The hipster fashion chic, in all of its stereotypical swagger, was on full display. My last #ObservedSF column of the year for is an outtakes of the moments that didn’t make the column for previous 12 months. Don’t be surprised if you see a few of these moments. #WestCoastCraft
@aphotoeditor interviewed photographer @orianakoren on our collabo on his ‘The Daily Promo’ feature, which reveals the process of making these printed pieces, from concept to editing, to designing to printing. I’m a fan of the resource that this feed provides for photographers and the industry in general. My favorite part of the interview (go to aphotoeditor dot com) from Oriana sums up my philosophy on designing printed pieces for my photography collaborators and why I believe that it’s still an essential part of marketing oneself: O said: “My goal was to just get my work in front of some agents so that they would be curious enough to keep an eye on me. My top choice actually offered me a meeting based off of the booklet I sent and now we’re building a relationship. That doesn’t happen everyday, but I think the booklet was so strong and attention getting because I took the investment really seriously and got the absolute best team for my needs to produce it. I think clients and agents can really tell when you go the extra mile with a promotional piece and it doesn’t have to be gimmick or gift-y. I really believe good work sells itself.” I agree. Can’t wait for the next one, O.