I finished my mask this evening. For some reason dramatic Ghost music is playing in the background. I accomplished the abstract owl design. I loaded it up with all these wonderful chains and necklaces my grandmother Eva left me with (that I don’t generally wear day to day but love and prize). The rest of the costume is basically the goth prom ballgown of dark, black shredded materials the MATRIX would adore, and corsets. I’m happy. TO BEE CONTINUED
I’m pleased to say the third edition of the Black Ibis Tarot is now available for sale. The cards are larger in size in this edition and this makes the details of the card artwork standout more. I also pumped up the colors a bit to make them more vibrant, as well as adding a blue note element to each card to unify the majors a bit more. The deck is very beautiful if I set modesty to the side. I really adore this deck. And like the Sepia Stains deck, there were a lot of wonderful creative folks who lent their images to the deck. I’ll be highlighting each over April.
The pre-order will run throughout April. At the conclusion of the sale all the decks/materials will be purchased and shipping will begin most likely the second week of May. The deck is available with full packaging or just the deck/book depending on your budget. So if you’d like to give a slightly surreal neo-Victorian fantasy deck a new home, please select the link for what you want: Order Full Packaging Deck Here -or- Order Just Deck/Book Here
The first convention of the year is coming up and I decided I wanted to devote time to making a costume for it. Honestly, I have an outfit my friend helped me make back in the day we dubbed the Bee Queen. Mostly because it’s black and gold and massive and when first worn I had a bee-centric crown with it. And some crazy big hair. I toned it down afterwards and was happy to blend into the background and let my table and art be the thing to look at.
This year I just wanted to have more fun with it. I think it started last October when I was brooding over the fact that I was still banged up enough from my fall that autumn delights were not as great as the previous year. So when the holiday passed and all Halloween items went on sale, I scooped up a ridiculous amount final clearance items. This included masks and floral headpieces. (Seen here with my wig to give it a little extra wookie touch.)
Much of it sat in my attic work room to chatter between themselves without me giving them notice. But I had an idea for them. Granted, it would take many months to finally drag them out and get to it. I am happy to say though – once I started tinkering it all kind of fell into place. TO BEE CONTINUED
The Steampunk Symposium convention’s theme this year is Superheroes and Villains. The 2017 con was my first year to provide the event’s logo, graphics, and their new mascot the automaton Bly. This year Myke and I revamped the con’s website design and mascot Bly got to get her cosplay on. A variety of different versions of Bly (as Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Raven, Poison Ivy, Harly Quinn, Catwoman, and more) will grace the con’s tee shirts and event posters.
I haven’t done a lot of cartoonish or comic book style art since I retired my Foxglove and Colorado comics more than a decade ago. So it was a bit of a pain in the ass to re-learn the style to create Bly last year. Since doing so she’s been a lot easier to draw, even more so with the comic book costumes to put on her. It’s been rather entertaining. Some preview villains…
It occurred to me today that my Black Cat & Poisoned Tea Society artwork turned seven last month. During my off time from the aetherwebs I began my first large assemblage for the Winter Brides (pictured below), which is something I’ve wanted to do for years but could never justify the time away from the work that pays my bills. Anyhoo, you can see the collection here.
The Winter Brides
The Silk Bride
The Poisoned Bride
The second edition of the Tea Bats Lenormand is on sale Nov 11th until Dec 1st! I love this deck, really I do. I don’t know if it’s me mellowing as I get older or that I spent so many years focusing on spooky women as art, that I’ve been needing a whimsical outlet. Who knows. Like all my decks it was a labor of love that kept my focusing. Please help out an artist so she can feed her cats, so to ensure said cats don’t get upset and eat her, so that I might live another day and not turn into a headline that reads eccentric artist lady found eaten by three pissed off felines, and buy a deck!
I have three deck projects going on right now and I have to decide which one I want to settle on. I’m working on one with a game publisher where I’m adding a minor arcana on an existing major arcana – I have a defined timeline with that. There’s wiggle room. Then I have a Lenormand and Oracle projects to do on my own time. My own time translates to what I do at the end of the night when I’m just doing stuff for me.
A few nights ago I had a conversation with Myke about creative output as an artist. For me, who has no defined income, I have to apply myself at all times to create new and make sales on the old. I have no regulated income. I take in as much as I put in and sometimes I feel like I spend all my time just putting in. Not even on one thing. I juggle because I have to. Sometimes that removes a little bit of my joy when creating something 2new that I’m into. I have long since accepted this as a part of being a working artist.
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.)
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.
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!