@atomic books with @tuesdaybassen and Adam Kurtz
(skip to the 15 minute mark) Cat’s out of the bag. I tell people I was born in a British hospital but actually that was in 1814 and I was born Gregoire Loup, and had a promising career as the queen’s favorite until I threw it all away for the love of a muscovite woman. I traveled extensively in the middle east before returning to England as a woman in 1914; whereupon I lived in a state of incognita as the court decided my claim to my former titles (I eventually lost all claims without a male heir). In the 70’s I got interested in feminist theory while taking my first pre-historic art survey. I lost the accent in the 80’s when I came to America to explore the lesbian underground comics movement. I went to MICA in the aughts to re-experience a liberal arts education and connect with modern feminism, where I happily discovered tumblr as a new means of deconstructing images of women in media.
Hey folks, thank you everyone who came out to SPX, and a special thank you to everyone who stopped by my table to say hi. I had NO IDEA there were so many of you and that you felt the way you felt. Thank you for having the guts (bc telling total strangers how their work makes you feel face to face DOES TAKE GUTS) to reach out to me; I love every one of you. I make comics for you guys and you’ve inspired me to really knock it out of the park next time around.
To celebrate and keep the good SPX feelings going just a little longer, I’ve created a coupon for 10% off any purchase over $5 from my shop from now until the end of september, code: iheartfall.
My 32 page color sketch zine SEED is now available to buy, as are these sweet 3” pinback buttons. I’ve also lowered the price of all my prints, so 8x10 prints are $10 and posters are now $20. A lot of people wanted to buy my prints at SPX but found the cost a little prohibitive, so I’ll be switching to a less costly, but still very high quality paper in the future so more people can enjoy my art on their walls :)
ps. I’m totally open to print requests; see a piece you like on my blog or website, send me an ask or email me at email@example.com and I’ll make a print of it :)
Thanks AD Karen Jaimes!
fromamesstothemasses asked: aaaaaa you're so goood! <3 love your work, im still trying to find my style in illustration do you have any advice? also did you studied illustration somewhere?
yes, I graduated from MICA in 2010 with a degree in Illustration. I think the key to “figuring out one’s style” really comes down to two things: what you want to say and how you want to say it. WHAT you want to say is a much harder question to answer but it is the more important one. Don’t worry if you’re not sure just yet. Just be aware of what interests you, why do you keep returning to certain subjects, and be really honest with yourself why. How you want to say it is something that will hopefully change over time, but a good starting point is to ask yourself “what feels good?” You’re the one putting the time into drawing, so what marks feels the most satisfying to you? How can you push yourself to find new ways of conveying the ideas you want to communicate?
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iwillnothangmyselftoday asked: I hate to ask one of those irritating "what pens do u use?!" questions, but.. I'm genuinely stumped as to what you're using for the sketches you've shared recently (eg. the mermaid, the antlered lady). It just has such a lovely texture to it! Is it pencil, or dry-brushed ink?
No problem, I love talking shop. I’m using a winsor & newton series 7 sable brush, size 0 I think, and sumi ink on bristol. Hope that helps!
At first glance, one could argue that this came out of a massively misguided attempt to capitalize the youth culture zeitgeist of the moment (which every savvy youth fashion line must do in order to stay ahead of trends)—-kent state is very relevant now as today’s youth grow up under the heel of a militarized police force. OBVIOUSLY UO completely failed to draw that parallel in a way that isn’t just utterly fucking horrifying. But I can’t ignore the bigger picture here. The victims of the Kent State Massacre were liberal hippies and the core consumer base of UO are liberal hipsters—-even if one can make an argument that hipsters aren’t exact parallels of hippies, UO has spent a lot of time and effort to sell the boho racist hippie aesthetic to hipsters (ponchos, war bonnets, crystals and “vintage” everything). Now consider that the founder of UO poured $13,000 dollars into Rick Santorum’s election campaign, and has demonstrated his personal views and business practices align strongly with the GOP—-the racist, misogynist, classist party that to my mind has everything to gain from an event where police mow down liberal youth with high powered military grade assault rifles. So when UO tries to sell me a bloodied Kent State sweatshirt, all I hear is “pay us to clothe you in the violent oppression we will use your money to engineer.” Tl;dr: PAY US TO KILL YOU
I drew Princess Bubblegum as a JHU grad student for Zack Smith’s Adventure Time sketchbook at SPX.
Come see me at SPX, table G7! Show starts in 5 minutes!!!
Aaaah all my friends are here, I want to say hi to all of you!
A one page comic I did for the New York Time’s Private Lives blog, about a woman who breaks a promise she made to her husband before he died of ALS.
Super quick turnaround on this one—-got the email tuesday night, sketches due by 2 p.m. next day, final due by 6 p.m.. I enjoyed having to think quick on my feet and simplify my process. Thanks A.D. Nathan Huang!
My interview with Newsarama is now up! Zack Smith and I discuss upcoming comics I’m working on, bee society, beardmad bros and their endless Mt. Dew tears. Come see me at SPX this weekend, table G7-G8a, kind of towards the back and to the right of the ballroom.
Clear my schedule, I’m drawing mermaids forever
Bringing reading for pleasure to Nicaragua