the news according to susie

Winter is coming

October 19th, 2014

I have art shows and events coming up around the US I want to tell you about. Before I jump into those, here’s the latest from my Boygirlparty shop – because I’m already sending holiday orders left and right to people much more organized than I am when it comes to their holiday shopping lists! (on Etsy, too!)

Christmas Gift Ideas from
Pictured here, clockwise: Green Campfire Owl t-shirts; Daily to do list notepads – new botanical design!; Glass Marine Life Magnets; Perpetual weekly planner notepads (back in stock!)

Last night, my tiny, hand painted raccoon figurine for AIGA’s “art links us” show raised money here in San Diego for teen art/design programs. More photos on my Instagram.

Raccoon Toy Figure by Susie Ghahremani /

Sunday, November 2nd: I’ll be signing copies of the newly released anthology: Hello Kitty, Hello 40 at 1pm and 4pm at Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles! I fully expect this event to be completely bananas. tickets + buy the new book!

Saturday, November 7th: My artwork will show in Good Mail Day, an exhibit of affordable, one-of-a-kind, postcard-sized artworks by over 60 artists, curated by my good friend Lisa Solomon, at artstream in Dover, NH

November 22nd: My artwork comes to life in an animated flip book I’ve created for grumpybert‘s FlipBooKit themed show! 82 Bond St. Brooklyn, NY 11217

December 13th: Shop with me in person here in San Diego at Handmade Holiday at the San Diego Central Library, a craft market and festival benefit for our local library! (Psst, I’m also one of the show organizers!)

Boygirlparty will be at Handmade Holiday at the San Diego Central Library:

And, in the not-too-distant future of 2015:
January 10th: Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, CA hosts 40×400 – a show of 8×10″ paintings curated by my friend Mark Todd.
February 6th: The Enormous Tiny Art Show (#17!!) at Nahcotta in Portsmouth, NH!

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If in the San Diego area, be sure to swing by The Original Art at the William D. Cannon Gallery in Carlsbad, CA to see original children’s book illustrations from award winning artists internationally. I’m thrilled to have six pieces in the show, which closes on November 23rd.

My illustrations are on the cover of UCSD’s Fall Extension Course Catalog, and throughout their Children’s Illustration Brochure; upcoming work in Vegetarian Times and Souris Hong-Porretta’s Outside The Lines coloring book series, a new collection of Madison Park Greeting cards, and a new collection of iPop magnets in the works, and more!

Keep an eye out for my secret note to you in the latest Uppercase Magazine on the theme of calligraphy (love that publication)!

Thank you for keeping in touch with me and my artwork, for coming to art shows or craft shows or my classes, for supporting my work through purchases online or at art shows, illustration assignments, or holiday gifts! For generally being awesome! And you are.

Babywear Collection!

September 3rd, 2014

I’ve designed a baby wear collection now for sale in the boygirlparty shop or available at BuyOlympia! Silkscreened onto organic cotton onesies, there’s a glow-in-the-dark owl on galaxy blue, a book loving bear on natural cotton, and a pile o’ cats on pomegranate red!

Organic Babywear by Susie Ghahremani boygirlparty
Owl Baby Onesie by boygirlparty
Book Lover Baby Onesie by boygirlparty

See and pick up the collection online at this link on BuyOlympia or directly from me and the boygirlparty shop!

Cat Pile!!!! Baby Onesie by Susie Ghahremani / boygirlparty @boygirlparty

Also, if you’re in the San Diego area, I’ll be in an art show at the William D. Cannon Gallery in Carlsbad, CA celebrating the art of children’s books. The Original Art features winners from the traveling art show of Society of Illustrators award winners coupled with juried work by local children’s book artists. The reception is September 6th from 5-7pm and the show runs Sept 7th through November 23rd, 2014. More Information at this link.

I am honored to have 6 paintings in the show, and a smattering of paper goods and gifts I’ve created as well! Hope to see you there then.

Lastly, and also locally, I’ll be discussing developing your illustration techniques at this Info Session at UCSD Extension in preparation of the course I’ll be teaching beginning at the end of the month. See you then!

August Illustrations

August 20th, 2014

Here’s the painting on my desk, but folks in New England can find this illustration in the August edition of Rhode Island Monthly!

I haven’t seen it yet myself, so if you get a chance, please snap a photo of it for me in print! (This photo is by Suzanne Strong Film on a recent studio visit)

Susie Ghahremani illustration for Rhode Island Monthyl

Meanwhile, I also have an illustration in this month’s BUST magazine with Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia on the cover:

Susie Ghahremani illustration for BUST Magazine

and, this week I’ll have *15* illustrations in Portland Mercury for their annual Pets issue! And happy birthday to my art director and friend over there, Justin “Scrappers” Morrison, one of the hardest working + most inspired artists I know out there.
Here’s a preview of what’s to come — pick up an issue if you see it:

Penny the Ferret by susie Ghahremani for Portland Mercury

New Miniature Paintings available

August 8th, 2014

I hope this isn’t too advertise-y or something, but the shop has always been an important part of my artwork and art-making process — not just because I love, love, love designing products and creating new work, but also because purchases from my shop directly support my ability to be an illustrator professionally.

So thank you for taking the time to check it out!

I just added a fresh crop of miniature paintings to the site! Hand painted in gouache on wood, ready to hang alone or in colorful clusters. See ‘em all at

Prairie dog artwork by susie ghahremani /

Miniature Paintings by Susie Ghahremani
Artwork © Susie Ghahremani /

Also new in the shop!
Button packs!
cat buttons by susie ghahremani /
Reading Buttons Badge Bomb

Silver Llama necklace!
llama necklace by susie ghahremani /

and much more.

Thank you for reading and for taking an interest in me and my work!

ALL the news.

July 21st, 2014

Lots and lots and lots to share. The big news first: I was selected as SCBWI’s Featured Artist — such a surprise and honor! The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is an international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s literature. There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide making it the largest children’s writing organization in the world. Check out my work, and other members as well, over here.

SCBWI featured illustrator susie ghahremani

*and* I just signed with a literary agency! I created the logo for Full Circle Literary 10+ years ago, so I’m coming full circle by working with wonderful agent and longtime friend Stefanie von Borstel + so excited for the projects we have in store!

Lots going on this week! Here’s more:

Opening Thursday, July 24th: I’ll have original artwork at ArtExpoSD – a pop up show and marketplace at the Wonderbread Factory during San Diego Comic Con, 121 14th St. Below is my piece “Night Forest” for the curated show assembled by Mark Murphy. And also below is a VIP ticket – print it out and come on down Thursday night for the closed door party! Thanks to Cartwheel Art for this nice write-up.
VIP opening Thursday July 24, 4 – 9pm
Friday, July 25th: 10am – 9pm
Saturday, July 26th: 10am – 6pm

ArtExpoSD Artwork by Susie Ghahremani "Night Forest"
ARtExpoSD VIP ticket

This Sunday, Viz will be pre-releasing a limited edition of Hello Kitty, Hello 40, an anthology celebrating 40 years of Hello Kitty! 41 artists have created visual, wordless comics about Hello Kitty throughout time for the book. I’ll be signing copies of the book with other authors from the book at San Diego Comic Con at Viz, booth #2813 at 1pm, Sunday, July 27th.

Hello Kitty, Hello 40 by Susie Ghahremani published by Viz Perfect Square

Also, only up until Sunday 7/27 in Los Angeles is “Cowabunga!” 30 yrs of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (!) at iam8bit, 2147 W. Sunset Blvd. I have several affordable works in the show, pictured below and written about in this post on Nerdist (thank you, Nerdist!)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Susie Ghahremani for iam8bit Cowabunga Los Angeles art show

And on the other coast, check out Dime Bag 4 while you can where I have a painting in the show curated by my dear friend Jordin Isip. 465a 7th ave, Brooklyn.
Jordin was a teacher of mine back at RISD a long time ago – read a little about his influence on my work and career in my interview in Art Inc, a book by Lisa Congdon due out this fall. More about Lisa and Chronicle below!

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Last week was ICON the Illustration Conference, a massive conference bringing together illustrators from all corners of the world. For it, I served as a board member for two years, planning and developing the Roadshow (pop up marketplace for illustrators), Bookstore, Kaleidoscope (20 slides x 20 seconds each), workshops, main stage speakers, and a million other things! Truly, I ran myself into the ground for it, but here are some of the week’s highlights:

The Roadshow! A show I put together with my friend Esther Pearl Watson, turned out like this:
The Roadshow at ICON8

Thank you to all the exhibitors and attendees who made the show such a success! I personally was thrilled to sell one of my paintings to one of my favorite artists at the show. Let me tell you: there is no bigger thrill in the world than knowing someone you admire responds to your work.

Then — another highlight for me from ICON — presenting on the main stage as a moderator and participant with my friend Lisa Congdon and Kristen + Christina at Chronicle Books about how we came to work together + the attitudes we bring in to our projects. I’ve created more than 14 projects with Chronicle Books over the years, so it was cool to get to talk a little about our collaborations! I only had a few slides in the talk about myself, but here’s my bio slide below!

Chronicle Books ICON the illustration conference icon8 icon8pdx

If I look super sleepy, it’s because I had gotten about 6 hrs of sleep total all week. Running a conference is no joke.

Here’s a slide I composed for our talk is below, too, listing many of the projects I’ve worked on with them over the years:


And one more slide from our talk that I made. Correspondence! I love that I’ve worked with people who love snail mail as much as I do.

Kristen Hewitt Jay Sacher

Ok believe it or not, I actually have more news to share but I have to go call my mom back and get to work on ArtExpoSD so I’ll update you more after this crazy week is over. Thank you for keeping in touch with me and my work!

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