For this year's Mermay 2019, I decided to do something a little different!
“A Predatory World” is a collection about the clash between man and nature. During the golden age of exploration, mankind (particularly the colonial powers), sailed to distant shores in search of silver, wealth, and land. They conquered the world, laying waste to nature and indigenous populations in search of power. But what if nature fought back? Legends tell of the mysterious yet monstrous mermaids, creatures who were equally alluring and terrifying. They captivated and lured sailors to their terrible deaths, turning the hunters into the hunted.
I’ve always been fascinated by the trope of the monstrous woman, which has existed since antiquity and beyond. She is an abject creature often looked at as untouchable, and her very existence threatens the status quo and all that we know about the world. In mermaid lore, she is a woman who can not only defy men, but also control them. In the oceans, mankind is in her domain, and quickly learn that she is to be feared, and never subjugated. Smash ships, smash the patriarchy.
"The Sinking of the Mary Rose" (sold)
Acrylic on board, 3.25 x 3.25"
The Mary Rose was a fearsome pirate ship known far and wide in the Caribbean and Atlantic Coast. Lead by Captain Johnathan Graves, the ship one night met its untimely demise in a great explosion with no survivors. A nearby merchant boat first spotted the dreaded vessel in the distance, and feared for their lives. However, upon closer inspection, they saw a large fire had broken out on board. But the strangest thing of all was that prior to the explosion, the sailors looked completely calm, idling blissfully as their ship fell apart, almost as if they were in a trance…
"The Desolate Ruins of the Esmeralda" (sold)
Acrylic on board, 3.125x3.125"
The Spanish galleon Esmeralda, headed by the fearsome armada captain Francisco de la Cruz, mysteriously appeared in pieces near a beach on the island of La Tortuga after not being heard from for months. A diary was found washed up on shore among the wreckage, which belonged to first mate Bartolome Mendoza. In his final entry, he wrote, “I fear for our captain, as he has been acting in the strangest and most disagreeable manner. He has been on edge, and issuing extremely irrational orders such as demanding the crew stuff their ears with cotton, and to throw our much needed meat supply overboard. I try to reason with him, but every time he simply keeps muttering, 'don't listen...'"
"What Remains of the Rotterdam" (sold)
Acrylic on board, 3.25x3.25"
The Rotterdam was last en route to Curaçao on a supply mission for the Dutch East India Trading Company. Weeks after it had departed The Netherlands, one of its crewman was found washed ashore near a rural town in southwest England, disoriented and in desperate need of medical assistance. Once his injuries were treated, he lead authorities back to the site where his ship had crashed into rocks, killing everyone on board but him. His memory of what happened was sparse, but he could vaguely recall encountering very heavy fog while passing through the English Channel. The crew quickly grew disoriented and confused, especially when they started hearing strange singing off in the distance…
"The Golden Fleece in its Watery Grave" (sold)
Acrylic on board, 3.25x2.5"
The Golden Fleece was an exploration vessel sailing under the crown on a discovery mission to the South Pacific when it mysteriously vanished. Centuries later, a research company discovers its remains on the bottom of the sea floor. Amongst the wreckage they find a sealed vault with its contents inside left in pristine condition. Inside they find the captain’s log, with one most unusual entry: “I fear that I may be losing my mind. I was on deck last night with Quartermaster Briggs, staring out at the abyss, when something curious caught my eye. Floating in the water was what appeared to be a creature that, strangely enough, resembled a woman. I couldn't see much, but what I remember most clearly was a pair of cold, unsettling eyes staring back at me. I called out to Briggs, but by the time he arrived by my side, the creature had disappeared."
Upon further inspection of the wreck, human bones were also found, presumably that of the crew. Strangely enough, some of them had vaguely human-like bite marks on them...
Most of the originals have sold, but you can still get some prints and other swag on my Etsy page!
Hey everyone! It's been a while since my last update. You may have noticed the new little tab here on my website (and if you haven't, you should probably click it right now). That's right, I'm currently working on a tarot deck!
I've been working on this deck for the past few months, and it's been a wonderful, wild ride.
I'm still fairly new to tarot, admittedly, so creating these cards have been part of the learning process for me. I've additionally been learning to do readings using my own personal decks, which has been incredibly fun, introspective, and fascinating as well.
Why a tarot deck? Well, for as long as I've been illustrating I've gotten SO many requests for me to do one! Previously I've shied away from the idea because, well, 78 individual pieces of artwork is a lot. But this year, I'm finally deciding to go for it.
As of this blog post, I'm still working on the artwork. I'm averaging about 1-2 cards a day, and right now I've got about 25 to go. So, by the time the Kickstarter launches on September 25th, I should be almost done. I'm also just about narrowing down a manufacturer for the deck who can get me all the specs that I want (it's gonna look so good, guys).
For those who don't know what Kickstarter is, it's a crowdfunding site! The upfront costs for this deck are going to be pretty high, so I thought it would be helpful to use KS as a platform for taking preorders. There will be other rewards available during the campaign as well - prints, pins, etc.
Also, I will be selling the originals at some point! I haven't decided on when that's going to happen, but I'm thinking sometime after the KS campaign is over.
So, that's where I'm at right now! I'll keep posting updates here on the website and on my social media channels, so til next time... :)
This week only! I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop. Check it out, and use the coupon codes below during checkout :) happy holidays!
Sorry for all those in the wait-til-after-Thanksgiving camp, but I'm kind of one of thooooose people:
...But I drew this little guy months ago, and I really want to share him with you!
Greetings from Krampus! As much as I love Christmas I think it's super fun to creepy-fy it sometimes. But looking at vintage ads and artwork featuring Krampus, it's positively nightmare fuel! I didn't want to do that for my own drawing, so I came up with this cute liddle guy.
Then, I decided to put him on products:
Wrapping paper is something new that I decided to try out this year. I bought the biggest sheets of paper my printer can fit (which is still not too terribly huge, but you can still wrap small boxes with it!) and covered them in little mini Krampuses (and also Tentacles, here!).
Krampus cards are available as singles, and also packs of four. Wrapping paper is sold as a pack of six. Pick some up, and send the coolest looking presents to friends, coworkers, uptight relatives, everyone!
I love creating small art. I suppose you could say it's kind of a comfort zone for me. Large canvases are...intimidating. A blank canvas on its own is scary enough, knowing that you have to actually fill up this terrifying white space with stuff from your own head, but if it's too large, the feelings are even worse.
So that's why, I've been creating very small pieces of art lately!
"A Portrait of Young Charlotte von Battingham," acrylic. Sold
Another thing I've been doing is scouring eBay and Etsy looking for small, brass vintage frames, and repurposing them for my own work. I've built up a sizable collection already, and I can't wait to fill them all with my weird little paintings!
"The Headless Baroness," acrylic. Sold
"Still Life with Meat," acrylic. Sold. This one's super tiny! The painting is only 2" tall!
As mentioned, these all have gone off to their permanent homes, but I will most certainly be making more, so keep an eye out!
My newest piece, inspired by medieval unicorn tapestries, and I'm so dang proud of it! I probably clocked in around 20 hours total, getting all the little details in:
Yesterday I posted a bunch of new stuff on my Etsy store - check it out!
First of all, a ton of original paintings!
I've been having a lot of fun with gouache. For those who don't know what gouache is, it's basically an opaque version of watercolor. It's easy to work with, it's less commitment than other types of paints (like oil - *groan*), and it seems like quite a portable medium. I really want to make one of those little DIY traveling watercolor palettes for trips to cons, and perhaps for my trip to Hawaii in August. These sea unicorns are tiny - only ACEO (2.5x3.5") sized, and come in these fancy little frames that I painted myself!
Next, these cute little brooches made from one of my newest prints:
And last, but not least - unisex t-shirts!
While my tank tops have been really great, I've been wanting to do unisex shirts for a while, mostly to accommodate guys and also plus sized ladies (since for some reason, my manufacturers just don't make my tank tops any larger than XL...wtf, right?). So, I decided to start off with my most overwhelmingly popular design! I'll be rolling out t-shirts of my other designs within the next few months, then I'll be releasing new designs later this year! So stay tuned!
Til next time,
Seattle! This weekend I'm going to be doing my very first solo art walk at Monster Art and Clothing in Ballard. I've been working very hard on this for the past few months, and I'm very excited to make this happen!
I will have a ton of original paintings up for sale, as well as some of my regular prints. The art walk event will be this Saturday, June 11th from 6-9pm at Monster (5000 20th ave NW, Seattle, WA, 98107), where you can hang out with me and enjoy some free refreshments! My artwork will be hanging in the shop for about a month.
RSVP to the Facebook event here!
Good evening all! I've been (as usual) very busy lately. I came home from a trip to Europe a couple weeks ago and ever since then it's been nonstop hustling. Phoenix Comicon is NEXT WEEKEND, Denver Comic Con is in a couple of weeks, plus a bunch of other exciting things in June that I'll announce later. But for now, I'd like to tell you about my brand new comic that you should totally read.
If you've checked my website anytime during the past few months, you've probably noticed a sneaky little page about this comic that provides very little information. So, what is Under the Red Moon about?
Well, if you're looking for some stereotypical cheesy kung-fu action comic about some hero's quest of getting revenge/restoring family honor blah blah blah, you're reading the wrong comic. Fei, our heroine, is a supernatural hunter who sleeps during the day and spends her nights chasing down monsters. Despite her parents being killed by one of said monsters, she's not doing it for revenge. She's doing it simply for the fat bounty that's exchanged for every head she brings back. But when danger seeps out from the shadows and threatens to engulf the world, what will she do?
Find out this Monday, May 30th, when the first page of Under the Red Moon is posted! I will be updating the comic on Tapastic as well as on its official Facebook page. Eventually I'm hoping to launch a standalone website.
Unfortunately, updates will be a bit sporadic for the next few weeks as I've got a looooot going on. I also want to pace myself with this comic and make sure that each page is given the attention it deserves. I'll send out an update when things get a bit more straightened out. I'm really excited about this comic, and I hope you enjoy it too!
Til next time,
I've been busy busy busy these past few weeks! I've been preparing and trying to make some new stuff for Sakura-Con and Emerald City Comicon coming up very soon. I tend to get restless during long stretches between cons/shows so I'm very excited for those to happen!
And now, I'm going to throw some new art at you.
"Sleeping Beauty" Photoshop CS5
Let me tell you, those flowers took forever. I tend to gravitate towards the too-many-petals varieties. But I think it was quite worth it in the end. This will be available as a print in my shop very soon.
This next one is a little bit different - in which I experiment with gilding! It was a messy process but I had a lot of fun with it!
"Girl with Asian Giant Hornet" ink and imitation gold flake on handmade paper
So, I'm pretty sure I saw one of these things during my trip to Bali last year. It was the size of my thumb, and actively building a nest in our bathroom, which was a bit stressful. In fact, that was 1 of 2 stressful bee encounters during that trip (the other one involved a nest of regular bees getting into our room and us waking up one morning to find bees everywhere. Thankfully we had a mosquito net over the bed). Also, during the entire trip I was quite worried about getting Dengue fever, being the mosquito magnet that I am. Needless to say, bugs were quite a hot topic during that trip, which may explain why they're popping up in my art a lot recently.
(For those wondering, I did not get a single bee sting or mosquito bite. Yay :) )
Also, as a bonus, here's something that I finished today:
"Smile" Acrylic, graphite and ink on watercolor paper
Um...I don't have a fun explanation/story for the ants. Just ants.
These pieces will be coming with me to my upcoming cons, plus many more, so be sure to stop by if you're attending!
Til next time~