Nosferatu Stalking

I spend a bit of time perusing the internets, looking at other peoples art, soaking up their images, experiencing their images, and seeing what inspires me. At the beginning of November I wanted to take a little break from my series on Ukiyo-E, so I was on one of those strolls through other artists minds.

While doing so, I noticed a significant amount of photographs, paintings and drawings of women in Victorian dress under street lights. The thing that struck me about this artistically was the shadow play. Being that I consider light and shadow to be one of my more glaring weak spots, I thought this might be a subject work entertaining.

The next thought I had showed me that doing a single large ink project for Inktober/Drawloween was not enough to purge my spookiness for the season. That thought was that there really should be something stalking her from the shadows.

This of course gave me the opportunity to draw one of my favorite versions of a victim of vampirism, the Nosferatu. It is both timely for the period, and fitting for the scene.

“Nosferatu Stalking” 18×24 Gouache on watercolor paper

Currently I have not made prints available of this 18×24 inch gouache painting, but I will make it available if there is interest. The original is for sale.

Is it still sexy?

The image I am sharing today is a nod to Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. Yoshitoshi is one of the great Ukiyo-E artists who lived from 1839 to 1892. If you have glanced at Japanese art, and especially Ukioyo-E you have undoubtedly seen some of his work.

Of his work, my favorite come from a series classified as muzan-e (cruel pictures) by the name of “28 famous murders”. In this set one particular image caught my eye and struck me as amusing. It is the 12th in the series, is titled “Inada Kyūzō Shinsuke: woman suspended from rope”, and features a woman being murdered by Shinsuke while she is hanging in shibari.

At this time I feel like I should note that my amusement was not at this woman’s murder or the savagery of its method (though it is a compelling image), but lies in the fact that today shibari (or rope bondage) is a very popular fetish when historically it was used as a brutal form of torture.

Psychologically it makes sense for a ton of reasons ranging from risk taking to the physical confusion between pleasure and pain that BDSM practitioners know well.

Nevertheless, the image struck me so I felt compelled to do an homage to it as part of my series of honoring Ukiyo-e. That series by the way is not complete, but has seemed to burn itself out lately and I am working on other projects.

All of that is why I gave the piece the title, “Is it still sexy?”. A tongue in cheek question for the whole BDSM scene.

“Is it still sexy?” 18×24 Gouache and brush pen on watercolor paper.

Prints are available in a variety of formats at my Fine Art America store.

Another fun Tee Shirt

One of the reasons I do shirt designs, is because I think I am wittier than I really am…and I like to share what is clearly a warped sense of humor.

The one I am sharing today is proof of both, and further supports the name “The Sickest of Them All”.

When those turd movies came out remaking a show that I grew up on, an idea formed.

What if someone redid Charlies Angels with Charlie being Charles Manson?

Yeah I know, it would be horror show of psychological train wrecks and poorly executed graphic violence.

Now that I put it that way, I want the show to exist even more.

Anyway, I followed the thought to its logical conclusion and made the mash up logo of the century.

Removing the Angels guns and replacing them with knives to match the ladies that loved Charlie, then putting one of his better known images in the overlay, and adding some shitty 70’s looking blast lines. Woolah.

Charlies Angels 1969.

Charlies Angels 1969

You of course can buy this shirt in my Tee Public Store – Madman Designs, and let the world know you also have a strange sense of humor.

The FeeJee Mermaid!

You remember when I confessed to loving Bigfoot? Well there may have been more to that story. OK, there is more to that story.

I love Cryptids period.

Cryptozoology is fun. I not only enjoy it, cryptozoology and anthropomorphized animals probably make up half of my sketches. If nothing else, the two of them have a huge Venn overlap with old world religions….so they are a space I relish.

One of the most famous creatures that falls into both categories is the mermaid.

It is also one of the most frequently drawn.

But it is all too often drawn as a very attractive woman with a fish tail.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to draw tittays as much as the next guy… but there really aren’t a lot of legends where mermaids actually are fish tailed hotties.

Almost all of the seafaring stories of mermaids and sirens involves sailors hearing beautiful voices or thinking they see beautiful fish girls… only to find that it was a bunch of gnarly old hags luring them on to the rocks.

But that is a bit of digression.

One of the coolest mermaids was made famous by none other than the greatest Humbug (aka con man) of all time. P.T. Barnum.

That would be the one known as the FeeJee Mermaid. I won’t go into a ton of detail about it here, because that isn’t what this site is…and there are already tons of references online if you want to check it out.

What I will do is share a marker drawing I did of it.

Feejee Mermaid

Not a great drawing, but it sure was fun to draw…and I liked it in concept enough that I reworked it digitally and designed a Tee Shirt of it in honor of PT Barnum’s show and museum.

You of course can buy this t-shirt at my Tee Public Store.

Some truthing and a start

So lets start out with some brutal honesty.

The entire purpose of this website is to draw attention to things I create and am trying to sell.

That said, if you poke around here you will get to peek inside my head a bit.

As I write about different things I have created, and where you can acquire them… I am also going to talk a bit about my creative mental process.

The reasons for focusing on that part of the process is two fold.

First. I am an entirely self taught artist. This means that my techniques are “improper” and probably the hard way of doing everything. If you want to learn that, you are just as well to just pick up pens and brushes like I have and go to it.

Second. The mental process behind art is really all that is interesting to me. We all spent time in school listening to some teacher (ranging from dipshit to brilliant educator) tell you what the scholastic view of an art piece and what its meaning is. Being a creative person myself, I am betting most of that is bullshit and highly inaccurate. So I want to talk about what got me from a spark in my cerebral cortex to image on paper.

Which brings us to todays image. A t-shirt I designed named

“Midsommar Sacrifice”

Available at my Tee Public store in multiple colors.

Obviously this image is fan art, which is not something I do a ton of. The thing is though, after watching this movie I was overwhelmed with imagery and had to push some of it out of my head.

So when I got home, I broke out the colored pencils and did this sketch.

A sketch done immediately after watching Midsommar in a theatre.

I was already doing some shirt designs on Tee public, So I redid the image digitally, and put it out there. So far it has been my best selling design.

Since this bit of my whoring myself out involves fan art, I would be remiss if I did not link the film that inspired it.

So here is a link to Ari Aster and A24’s Midsommar.

If you like slow burn horror and movies that make you more than a little bit uncomfortable, you will love this one. It is beautifully shot, and well there has already been a ton written about it. But needless to say I am a fan (of the movie, writer, director, and production company- this is an A+ team).

Anyway that is all I have to say about this shirt design and the website today. Hopefully there will be some social media links added on here at some point.

Go create something!