In a very high browed conversation with my gent he starts to giggle in the middle of it. I look at him and ask what? And he assures me it’s nothing. However, giggles ensue. So I DEMAND explanation. I am very good with the demand-ee. I work the eyebrows. I am a very special snowflake of an artist who has a crumbling ego… who giggles at me without explaining? Finally–after much well practiced evil eyeing him–he says: You said Do Do… followed by giggle. My response? You stupid ah stupid Gir fucker! There’s your intellectual artist poo for Tuesday night. Now… Face/Off!
So this is the final color version of my more pinup-style of Bly the Automaton for the convention. I made a few changes from the drawing. Mainly Bly seems to really dig flowers, so her costumes have to reflect that. I believe we’re going to use this version of Bly for the con posters reminding the good con folks that no matter how eyebrow raising a costume may be, mind your manners sonny-jim! There’s also the adult hallway (sounds so naughty, doesn’t it?) where the room parties are held and is strictly 21+. 🙂
I am very excited to announce our brand new coloring book! An Autumn with Isidore Coloring Book is a combination of the original Isidore collages I created a few years back and The Isidore Tarot’s major arcana cards that came from that collection. These coloring pages have card meanings with them and the Isidore short stories. There’s also a little of this and that creating a book I’m quite pleased with.
For the last two years I’ve offered a free coloring page at conventions which lead to being asked why aren’t you making a coloring book? Which was a good question. So I’ve been working on this one to have something new for the upcoming convention and craft show season. Below are some samples of the coloring pages. The coloring books are currently printing and should be arriving next week, with shipping to follow. The coloring book is 8.5 by 11 in size and 95 pages. It is available for a reasonable and lucky number $13 plus shipping and handling. You can order your coloring book here. (Originally posted on my shoppe blog.)
Our yard seems to be the hook-up spot for felines in heat. The disturbing thing to me is every time I look out there the two cats having their romantic interlude look like siblings. It’s like Flowers in the Attic up in here.
So now that Myke and I are in the Cincinnati area we’ve been asked to help out a bit more with the Steampunk Symposium, a steampunk themed convention that happens every April. I’ve been working on the con art and as a result of that Bly was created. Oh I adore the heck out of her. Con organizer Al Fox requested there be an automaton somewhere in the promotional flyer and I got way into her. We decided to name her after a true steampunk of her day Nellie Bly. These are her first drafts. I need to scan and color her.
Nature is just bouncing all over the place, isn’t she? It’s been warm and very nice. So in keeping with thinking of wonderful March days of past, an older spring entry to my portraits portfolio features Boheme Tribal a belly dance troupe from Kzoo Michigan. I had the pleasure of photographing them a few years ago. It was the first time I had my models to myself without any help. Thankfully Sarah and her troupe were pros and made it a very wonderful day.
Sleeping has always been an adventure for me. Like either a drought or a deluge. I find it very hard to turn my brain off and quiet my thoughts to sleep. There was a point in time where I could stay awake for days working and could only shut down if I took a sleep aid. That’s gotten a little better over the years, though it has changed. My dreaming space has become more intricate than when I was younger and that’s saying something.
I’ve always had what I call movie dreams. It’s a storyline that plays out and I go back and forth between witnessing it like a movie to seeing it from the perspective of a character within it. I’m rarely myself in these dreams. I bounce around from character to character. If I wake up and have to get up for any reason, I pick right back up where I left off when I fall back to sleep. This is awesome if the dream is good. It can be rather daunting if the dream is uncomfortable or an outright horror scene. I wake up exhausted from those dreams and then tend to spend the day writing the synopsis of what I dreamed and completely writing out scenes that remain vivid. I’ve written quite a few short stories from those dreams and they’re happening more often as I get older.
The other type of dreams I experience with more frequency these days are lucid dreams. I never used to understand what brought on this type of dream, but have grown to realize it has a lot to do with how much melatonin has built up in my system. It mostly happens if I wake up a few hours before my normal get up time and can’t fall back to sleep. If I don’t get up and have a tea or something like that and instead remain in bed trying to fall asleep, I get a build up of the sleepies in my eyes. Falling asleep in this state always results in a lucid dream.
For some reason there are helicopters flying back and forth over the area. In my in-between sleep and waking state this sound inspired a M.A.S.H. dream. I was sitting with Hawkeye watching a film on movie night. It had Sylvester Stalloine (sp?) as an Indian god action hero. So he was blue skinned with pointed ears and an outfit made of gold and jewels; from the waist down of course. Action hero after all. He had tattoos of other gods on his arms and chest. Whenever a dance sequence happened he refused to dance, so his tattoos became three dimensional and danced on his chest for him. As this is going on Hawkeye turns to me and asks if I knew that Sylvester’s mother told fortunes by reading butt ink prints. As it happened I did. Thank you helicopters… my mind has now gone to one more place I did not need to view.
What’s Valentine’s Day without a little vintage art from La Vie Parisienne? These gorgeous prints are the work of French illustrator Chéri Hérouard (1881 – 1961) who created some of the original magazine’s most memorable covers. His style is elegant and soft with a touch of playful, which is everything I love about cheesecake style pinup art. Hérouard spent a good share of his life working for the magazine, but he was also known for books illustrations and some of the naughty work that is erotica. I’m absolutely in love with his insect ladies, including the spider woman above and his silent film star Louise Brooks as the caterpillar heart eater that I took a little creative license with over at my Attic Cartomancy blog. Happy Valentine’s Day!