Thanks again to Dan Hilldale, who will receive this original watercolor along with all original pages of HONEY.
eluneth asked: Hi Celine! May I ask what you use to ink? Is it brush and ink, or brush and watercolor, or -- ? I enjoy that in certain of your pieces you have a very fluid, translucent line, and in others a drier, more textured look. Thank you for your time!
Figuring out how to ink my pieces has been the most irritating grailquest of my life. So unless you have a specific painting in mind, the answer is “it varies”.
1 2 3 were inked either with platinum carbon ink, which is very waterproof, or with sakura ink, which is not but is cheap and is fine for work that will be colored digitally. This would be the ink I recommend to anyone who wants to use watercolor on top of their inks. I used a few of the smallest Windsor and Newton series seven brushes in this case.
1 2 3 were “inked” simply with dark watercolors with the aforementioned brushes. I find a dark indigo mixed with burnt umber works well, but other colors may be used. I also am experimenting with water-soluble colored pencils, sharpened to a very fine point. Faber Castell makes a very beautiful pencil of this type. This method gives the softest look, I find.
But! I’m always trying new things, so if you ask me again in a year the answer may be totally different. The key is figuring out what feels good, what marks feel honest and unique to your hand, and working to master them so they are no longer entirely accidental but at least partly in your control. I think every artist comes to their mark only after a mountain of shitty drawings, but once they find it they recognize it as true.
A couple of things:
1. I got this super nice note from a guy who bought a bunch of my goody bags: “Hi Celine, please pardon if I am buying too many of these, and feel free to short a couple, but I can’t help it, these are the best packages to get in the mail. I have a young daughter whose room I am still furnishing, and several of these magical packages are going on her walls, at least the ones we’re not putting on the other walls. I must say that this is ridiculously underpriced. I will be gifting some of these and watching to see if I can pick up more full-price originals down the road. Amazing work. I would love to purchase a page from your “Honey” comic if you decide to let any of those go. Best, Dan”
2. And speaking of which, I just listed the original pages of HONEY for sale: “Approximately 31 pencil and ink drawings on bond paper make up the physical artwork that went into creating issue #1 of HONEY. You will also receive original watercolor end-papers, plus a copy of HONEY Issue #1, plus an original watercolor pinup of a bee, wasp, or butterfly as seen in HONEY, created just for you! ” I thought about selling the pages individually, and if no one ends up buying the package I may do that, but I’d hate to break up the work.
3. I can announce the winners of the poster lottery! If you see your name on the list below, please email me at email@example.com with your name and shipping address, so I can get a poster to you ASAP.
If I don’t hear from you in like a week I’ll select another person.
Thanks everyone for your support, once again—-my studio feels so light and calm and empty and clean! And my bank balance is slowly regaining HP. This has really energized me to make great work this year and push myself even further—-I hope, for everyone who bought stuff from me, that what you bought inspires you as well :D
freckledspace asked: Okay, out of the throngs of people at your studio sale grabbing everything, I would like to be known as the one who you drew a butt for. Yes, I will be the butt one. ANYWAY, I just wanted to say that I Southern-style swooned when I got your package. I stared at everything for a good 20 minutes each thinking, "Wow, THIS is the throwaway stuff." I love the selections you made, and I wanted to tell you how great your art is. You now have a new follower.
I’m so glad you liked what I picked out for you! It’s a gamble; there’s so much that just never sees the light of day when you’re trying to curate your work to show other people, so it really makes my day when people respond to the intimate, hidden part of my process.
I’m glad you like the butt I drew for you. :D
Just listed this original in my shop. Any fans of David Foster Wallace? remember you can get 30% off at checkout for the next two days only by entering coupon code STUFF4U. Don’t forget to check out the terms of my ongoing studio purge here! <3 thanks for your support!
I’ve listed this original painting in my shop :) Thank you to everyone who has bought stuff so far!
My studio and my wallet have hit peak inverse correlation: I am broke and drowning in stuff so it’s time for a massive studio purge!
1. A week from now (03/02) I will select seven random people who reblog this post and send them each one of seven huge posters, so please share this as much as possible!
2. From now until the end of February you can use COUPON CODE: STUFF4U @ checkout to get 30% off all orders over $10 in my shop. Please help me get rid of all my old stock!
3. $5 mystery goodie bags!! A super cheap way to support an artist—-each bag may contain original drawings, sketches, finished inks, watercolor underpaintings, postcards, and small finished paintings. You can buy them in my shop, or get one free with orders over $30. If you live in Baltimore, you’re also welcome to stop by my studio to pick yours up :D
4. Over the next week I’ll be listing original art to buy, including all the original pages of HONEY and several watercolor paintings. Please check the "Originals" section of my shop to see what I have for sale.
I have a ton of exciting projects coming in 2014, especially a number of comics that I can’t wait to show you—-but I need your help to get them in your hands! If you’ve ever wanted to buy something from me, now is a great time. Even if you can’t buy anything, every reblog helps! Thank you all for your support.
Questions? Print requests? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
When Jensine Eckwall approached me for a submission to the "creepypasta" zine she was co-curating with Peter Schmidt, I hadn’t heard the term before but had come across plenty of urban legends proliferated on the internet that would certainly qualify.
The thing is, I hear about the truly horrifying shit real people—-real, actual people with names and social security numbers and families—-do to other human beings that urban legends can seem…..quaint by comparison. My aunt’s first husband kept her trapped in their house for years and the day she decided to escape he jumped off a building on live television, just to punish her. A family friend of ours discovered her husband was planning to kill her and her children while they slept and got out just in time. Her best friend, a pianist, was later murdered by her husband moments after their last phone call, during which my friend sensed something wasn’t right and begged her to leave the house. He cut off her fingers before strangling her to death, and then hung himself. What urban legend is really going to frighten me more than the knowledge that human beings are fucking evil sometimes?
I wish urban legends scared me. I am so thrilled at the excellent art featured in Jensine and Peter’s zine by people with the talent (and perhaps the innocence) to really capture the spirit of the stories and myths they chose. Seriously, there is so much amazing art going in to this thing, I can’t wait to own my copy. But I hesitated, because I wasn’t sure if I could get into the spirit of things. So I asked Jensine if it would be alright to do a real story, something true and traceable, but with that haunting “there but for the grace of God go I” atmosphere that, in my opinion, distinguishes the best creepypasta.
I got the go ahead, so I chose this story, told by Jay Roberts, who met a handsome stranger on the beach one glorious day and decided to follow him back to his motel room for some beers and stimulating conversation. From Captain Awkward, who first introduced me to this story:
"(Randy Kraft) got Roberts, a straight, strapping male Marine to pose for sexy photos and even consider a sexual encounter, and he did it by making the guy feel, in his own words, *loved.* Such was Kraft’s charisma that years later, despite evidence that AN EXTREMELY BIG NUMBER OF OTHER TIMES this guy murdered people exactly like the writer in situations exactly like that one, even recognizing that the guy was manipulating him, had likely stalked & selected him as a good victim, he *still* questions whether that “really” would have happened to him and still has complicated feelings about the guy."
This story gives me The Fear. If you read Randy Kraft’s wikipedia article, you can get an idea how close Roberts was to becoming a special guest star in Randy’s nightmarish sexual death game, but Randy chose to let him leave that motel room alive that day none the wiser. And yet, he didn’t—-it’s clear from reading Robert’s account that Randy made him feel things he’d never felt before: adored, worshiped, sexy. Being the object of another’s gaze catches some straight men off guard, when they’re so accustomed to being the ones who do the looking. Randy didn’t need to butcher Roberts to get under his skin, and I think a part of him lives there even now.
"Based on what I knew about Marines, I told him that approaching them for gay sex seemed like a foolproof way to get a right proper ass-kicking.
He responded with a line I remember more than anything else said that afternoon, and I was struck by how casual, confident, and analytic he was about the thought: “No, you just have to get them away from their friends.”
Oh no, what are they running from?? (Let’s not kid ourselves, its something horrible)
Top: my Julianna Barwick illustration in the Nightlife section of the New Yorker—-I am so pleased with how it came out in print!
Bottom: pg 8 of “Mother”, which I will be releasing in both French and English. I will post more progress shots and info on where to buy a copy in time.
"My children take over gathering food. They are so eager to help, so well behaved."
Portrait of Julianna Barwick in today’s New Yorker. My AD Jordan Awan said she had to be in a church. I went with a “church-like space” after hearing her music, which is perfect and made of elves and starlight.
Happy to finally share the first of a monthly series I’m doing with Canadian FLARE magazine, called “Fashion People Eat”. Food and fashion illustration, my two loves!
Top: Byron and Dexter Peart, creators of WANT Les Essentiels accessory line
Bottom: hand written note my AD sent along with the issue, which seriously made my day.