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.

Bigfoot is real!

The last few images and write ups I have shared were pretty serious, so to keep things on an even keel and properly represent my quirkiness; I am going to share one of my fun tshirt designs.

Bigfoot is real tee shirt.

Like all of my tee shirt designs this one is available in a wide variety of colors, as a sticker, coffee mug, on a bag, phone case, laptop bag or as a hoodie.

You can find it at the madman designs teep public page.

I have several bigfoot designs on my page, and there are sure to be more.

Why? Because I love cryptozoology.

Do I believe in Bigfoot? Kind of, not really. I do hope he is real though.

Mostly I just love that even in todays world people still have the imagination to think about, make up , and convince other people that something is still out the undiscovered.

I mean there is a ton on this planet that we still don’t know about. Not only are thousands of new plants, fungi, insects, and animals discovered every year. There are even still large mammals being discovered, or found surviving after they were believed extinct for decades.

So keep imagining crytpo creatures, keep protecting the environment so we don’t kill a bunch of animals before we even find them, and most importantly.

BUY THIS SHIRT!

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 it means 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!