The Simple Things

Kristin Aytona Rainbow copy


I woke up this morning and found the teeny teeny teeny tiniest rainbow bouncing off a vase that sits next to my window sill.  I must have spent ages staring at it.  And then taking pictures of it (of course).  My friend got so bored of watching me that she literally left the building (I kid I kid – she did have to run and do work stuff, although she knows how silent I get when I’m in this bubble).  Anyways, I stared some more.  And then some more.  The little things.  The simple things.  They stop me in my tracks and time stands still.  We tend to overlook these things especially living in NYC, but I’ll tell you what — the secret to staying sane amidst all the activity in this city is to stop and enjoy the little things (whatever that personally means to you).  I’m constantly reminded of this by my dog.  There are 2 types of walks I can have with him.  One where I am in a rush and I have to take him out and we have just a window of time and my mind is already on the next thing I/we have to do.  And there is the kind where I am completely present with him, observing his every move, watching the wheels turn in his head as he wags his tail with every bounce in his step.  He is such a curious little dog, he loves to stop, discover, and take his time with every inch and corner, finding “little rainbows” every where he looks.  Even when we’re just chilling at home the littlest things get him excited or keep him completely content, it’s adorable and makes my heart melt.


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I’m not really sure there is a ground breaking point to this blog post at all.  It’s a simple post, really.  Maybe that’s why I felt compelled to stop and share it.

Happy Friday, everyone.


{Dedicated to my cousin Kathleen.}




#MakeItGraphic | Series 4 – The Ghost Ninja

Hello, hello.  Happy to be back with another #MakeItGraphic Series:  the G H O S T  N I N J A.  Lol.

So both Skyler and I are the proud mommas of our pups;  “Ghost,” Skyler’s super intelligent and strikingly beautiful Australian Shepherd, and “Ninja,” my pint-sized Morkie mix with big brown eyes and an even bigger personality.  There’s a funny connotation when you mix their 2 names together so we went with that theme.  I love the color palette & textures of Skyler’s images. Creepy in the most beautiful way, just like I like it!


Skyler’s GHOST:

“we couldn’t get into the cemetery / it was up a pretty steep hill and we are pretty sure it was in someones yard – who probably owns a gun.

so holy ghost is walking on water, like freak show.”







© Skyler Curden



I woke up one morning with Ninja poised up on my chest, staring with intense laser focused silence.  Adorable but creepy when you’re just opening your eyes for the day.  So I went with that — the adorable creep Ninja who appears in and out like a ghost. Please note, my dog is my favorite thing on earth. He can creep all he wants 🙂

I could’ve stayed up all night making gifs of my dog, but alas…the work day beckons.  Enjoy.

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In and out like a Ghost Ninja.


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Ninja likes to play and be all up in your face, literally.  So when the apartment goes silent, it makes me wonder what he’s up to.  I’ll turn around and see this little face staring at me.  Laser focus.


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What I wake up to in the morning, hovering.


© Kristin Aytona


Stay tuned for #MakeItGraphic | Series 5 – Eye See You…Coming soon…

#MakeItGraphic | Series 2 – Vector Vibes

I am VERY excited about this next #MakeItGraphic theme, “Vector Vibes.”  Before we get into it, I want to thank all those who checked out #MakeItGraphic | Series 1 – iPhoneography.

All (digital) illustrators know a lot can be achieved with the mighty little pen tool.  I admit when I first learned how to use it way back when I was not the most elegant.  But now I really enjoy the creative problem solving that comes with the technique — the more you use it the more fun results it yields.  When I first typed the word ‘Vibes’ I automatically thought of surfing.  I then knew I wanted to design prints on a surfboard but the main question was what.  The first thing that popped into mind was a gun, but because I don’t promote negative implications linked to them I went the cheeky route.  Yes, I know I can be slightly weird, sometimes mistaken for quirky?,  but I’m definitely nuts, and I am totally OK with that.  Life’s more fun with a sense of humor spliced with ridiculousness.  Having said that, I hope you like this series!




All artwork copyright © Kristin Aytona

Bubble Gun

“Bubble Gun”

All artwork copyright © Kristin Aytona

"With My Surfboard"

“With My Surfboard” (Yes, a la Bey’s “Drunk In Love.”)

All artwork copyright © Kristin Aytona

Sweet Pillage

“Sweet Pillage” (A spoonful of sugar does help the medicine go down.)

All artwork copyright © Kristin Aytona

"Ice Ice Baby"

“Ice Ice Baby”

All artwork copyright © Kristin Aytona


(Skyler’s take)

I get asked this question a lot. The way I explain it is, make this $hit as $&@ %#*^ big as you want because it’s like the fricking energizer bunny.

It’s graphic: look away fool,
in MakeItGraphic 2.0



All artwork copyright © Skyler Curden


All artwork copyright © Skyler Curden


All artwork copyright © Skyler Curden


All artwork copyright © Skyler Curden


All artwork copyright © Skyler Curden

Check out UPLO’s blog post on the series with an additional surfboard design.  Much more to come.

Stay tuned for #MakeItGraphic | Series 3 – What The Font…Coming soon…