Ladies and gentlemen, I give you many new prints and cards! This is basically a massive illustration post with a sales pitch built in. Enjoy! All of these are available at my shop here. Onward!
So I made a set of 4 cards for the holidays featuring traditional Christmas-related creatures that I find fascinating. And this isn't in an "aren't non-Americans crazy?" way. I have a long-standing fascination with folklore, specifically as it interacts with religious tradition. As such, this particular subject matter was a gold mine for me. I spent almost as much time reading about these monsters as I did drawing them. If you are unfamiliar with any of them, I would highly recommend popping open a new tab and looking them up. First, and most obviously, The Krampus.
This here is Gryla, who hails from Iceland. Guard your children!
This is the Tio De Nadal from Catalonia, among other places. Stop what you are doing right now and go read about him. You will thank me.
And now, on to the big prints. I'm actually somewhat happy with these!
Boo to anti-intellectualism! Hooray for readers!
Hey! More animals!
What a year it has been, politically and socially. From Wisconsin to the Middle East and back to New York and beyond, it's been both terrifying and inspiring. We're all trying in our own messy, imperfect ways to make things better.
A portion of each sale of this print will be going to a pro-democracy nonprofit. We haven't decided which one yet, though it will most likely be one focused issues involving money and politics in America. Here's to a new year with more progress and less violence. The print is available here.
I'm really iffy about selling fanart. I definitely appreciate it and love seeing what others do, but I don't think I could bring myself to actually sell art based on someone else's thing, unless it was like a piece of classic literature, film, or music. That said, games are obviously a big pastime for me, and so we have this piece inspired by my time playing Skyrim and Dark Souls, particularly the Tomb of The Giants area in the latter.
My god, that area. I'm fascinated by it, as seems to be my reaction to most things that TERRIFY ME.
It always seems like there's something unspeakably horrible going on underground in every fantasy world. It also seems like there's always awesome treasure at the end of it, just past the worst part of the unspeakable horror. I really had fun doing this one. It reminded me of drawing on my notebooks back in middle school, dreaming of designing my own game. Rest assured I'll be making more games-inspired prints in the future. But probably no fanart. At least none to sell. The big print is available here.
I posted an unfinished version of this a few weeks ago and it got a lot of reblogs and chatter, so I hope people like the finished version!
It features a wonderful quote from the late, great Carl Sagan: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known". Right on, Carl. The print is available here.
Here ends the illustration portion of the post. I hope you dug it! I'm pretty much done with designing new prints for awhile. I figure the shop is stocked enough for the moment and I can turn my attention elsewhere. It's just straight animating from here until spring most likely. I think you'll like what I have cooking.
On a related note:
It seems like everyone has had a pretty bad year financially. Especially for those of us who are self-employed or own small businesses, things are extremely tight right now. I've seen many artists and makers make statements like this already, so I'll just add my voice to the chorus. If you really want to boost the economy, help out people whose work you've enjoyed, and change culture, you can do one simple thing: support artists, makers and small business owners this holiday season. Everyone always complains that America used to make things and now we all just buy mass-produced, cheap stuff we don't really care about. Well, there are a lot of us who are still making things in our small apartments, studios and storefronts. We would like nothing more than to make something for you. I'm not against bigger businesses or anything, but this year skip a trip to Target or Best Buy if you can and shop small and independent. Thanks, from all of us!