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Another Cartoon Break

Once again, I thought I'd take a little break from exploring Misery and Mal and post another of my little comics. *Spoiler Alert: in these little comics, Misery and Mal represent two sides of myself. I'm trying to convince myself to stay positvie...

Telling stories: One story becomes a book

I wrote the first two stories about Misery meeting Little Bear and Misery meeting Miss Spider. Click the link to check out this earlier blog post that features the first story of Misery and Little Bear. They took a little while. I came up with the stories right away - it just took awhile to actually draw it. I was working on it while working on other projects at the same time. And, still, I was writing with no real goal. As I was writing the first story, I realized how much I liked the look.

Telling stories: Misery evolves

When I first started drawing Misery, I mounted the original paper drawings with nails to wooden plaques A view of the original "Fear" (sold) mounted on woodthat I dry brushed black. The overall effect was dirty, imperfect, handmade - exactly as I hoped. This was a truly rare phenomenon! Nothing ever comes out they way it looks in my head. But, right from the get go, Misery was different.

Cartoon Break

So, I love Misery and Mal so much that I have doing doodles with them. This is important because, although I am an artist, I have never been one to doodle. My creativity has never quite worked that way. But these two little rag dolls inspire me! So, to take a little break from my heavy analysis of my creative process, I thought I'd share a few of my doodles with Misery and Mal.

Telling stories: How It All Began

In the fall of 2013, I became obsessed with voodoo dolls. I saw them everywhere: on tv, in movies, toys, cartoons. I wanted to do something with them. I started sketching some ideas.

 

 

Telling stories

At work on my bookSoooo, those of you that have been following me for a while know of my consistant inconsistancy of blogging. I start them well enough..then...well....Look! Something shiny! Lol. Such is the life of an artist. But this is truly different. This is the blog of a process. Not just the meandering musings of my crazy mind. With this blog, I have a clear purpose.

Misery Loves Company: An Emo Fable

Once upon a time, there was a little girl in a mental institution. She felt all alone and didn't know how to express her feelings. She decided to create another self - and so, Misery Black was born. Misery is a misfit, a little ragdoll that doesn't know where she belongs. But through her adventures, she creates her identity - just like that lost little girl.

If at first you don't succeed...

My adorable subjectI've been working on a commissiion for a pet portrait. This is a real challenge for me because it's a dog. I am a crazy cat lady after all! But it has been fun. So far, I've been just working on the sketch. That's part of my process. I sketch my paintings fully before painting them.

Work work work!

Original painting - "Ice Cold Skull"

I have been going through some old art lately. I have quite a few old paintings that have yet to find permanent homes. Instead, they gather dust in my home - sad and lonely. So I have decided to revisit these pieces and upcycle them to give them new life.

 


 

New website, new blog

So, here I am, starting a new blog....again! I'm trying out a new web host, so we'll see if this is any better! Maybe, now, I can keep up with it! Please give me any feedback that you may have!

 

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