Misery is a Butterfly – Kazuo Umezu

The cool weather showed up on Halloween. It always signals a shift in my viewing/drawing/reading/listening habits. All of a sudden it’s a supernatural overdrive that lasts until at least March. Today I was listening Blonde Redhead’s beautiful album, “Misery is a Butterfly,” which reminded me of Kazuo Umezu’s story, “Insects.” In “Insects” Megumi has a…

#meettheartist

The drawing is from my #princesswitch series that I did a couple of years ago. The whole thing can be found on my website, http://www.nouvellegamine.com , under books. I didn’t put my dislikes on here, but in no particular order they are: Twitter, Facebook, the Kardashian/Jenner/West celebhydra, politics all the time, and loud people. One of…

Drawlloween -Werewolf

#mabsdrawlloweenclub2017 #artforsale 5″x7″ #pencil on 98lb #cansonpaper UPDATE- SOLD This was the first drawlloween I sketched out, but it I’ve only just now finished her. I love monstrous women. This is no doubt because of my own experiences as a young woman of average prettiness, but with many undesirable qualities. Getting dumped for being poor, having a volatile family with ambiguous…

Drawlloween -Grumpy Owl

Just a fun sketch today. Happy Saturday! I know he was a barn #owl in the movie, but I wanted him to still look a little like #davidbowie . Labyrinth and Legend were on perma play when I was a kid and a teen. So obsessed! 

Drawlloween -Ghost

#pencil on 98lb #cansonpaper $20+ shipping. Email me at nouvellegamine@gmail.com if interested. Originally, I was going to draw a lady ghost. Something reminiscent of Kate Bush if she appeared in Oingo Boingo’s, “Heard Somebody Cry.” But somewhere along the line I started thinking about “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” by Keats. I’ve had drawings sketched out and drawn for…

Drawlloween -Creepy Twins

“Vertigo” #artforsale SOLD 5″x7″ #pencil and green ink. 98lb #cansonpaper email me at nouvellegamine@gmail.com if interested. I’ve already done the Grady twins for another #drawlloween prompt, so I decided on #Vertigo . Granted they’re not technically twins, but I think that it could be argued that it’s a case of #haunting and #doppelgangers. The underlying theme of possession, first from Carlotta, and then Madeleine is fascinating….

Drawlloween -Witch

“The Witch” 5″x7″ Pencil on 98 lb Canson paper. SOLD I didn’t get to post her yesterday because I was working on a commission, but I was able to finish her up this morning. I was reading a book recently about #witches and their #animal#familiars, which became the inspiration for this picture. “Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies: Shapeshifters and…

Drawlloween -Bride of Frankenstein

“When Lightning Strikes” 5″x7″ SOLD #mabsdrawlloweenclub#drawlloween #drawlloween2017#frankenstein #brideoffrankenstein This was the prompt I was most excited about. I’ve been drawing the Bride since I was a kid. I’ve even seen the 80s movie with Sting and Jennifer Beals way too many times. I’ve also included a nod to the #scarystories of the girl with the red ribbon around her neck….

Drawlloween -Munsters

“Graveyard Lily” 5″x7″ -SOLD #pencildrawing #mabsdrawlloweenclub#drawlloween #munsters Here’s Lily Munster with her white stripes and her coffin shaped black lace. When I was a kid, tv was so good. Reruns provided weird kids with a treasure trove to constantly dig into. “Bewitched,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Addams Family,” and “The Munsters” were on daily and usually the weekends…

Drawlloween -Black Lagoon

“Eat, Prey, Glub”  5″x7″ – SOLD #pencildrawing#mabsdrawlloweenclub #drawlloween Even Creaturas need a day (night?) by the water with their beach read. I LOVE Universal monster films. I’ve been playing them for the kids whenever I can this month. So many of them are really sad. From the tragedy of the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride, The Mummy,…

Drawlloween -Grim Reaper

“Mr. Tod Asks For Dance” #grimreaper 5″x7″ $20 + shipping. Email me at nouvellegamine@gmail.com if interested. #pencildrawing #mabsdrawlloweenclub#drawlloween As I mentioned in the wip (down below), I wasn’t planning on doing this one. I don’t actually like drawing skeletons very much. But what I do like is Medievalism. And a sizable portion of that is images of the…

Drawlloween -Mothman

“#Mothman” #pencildrawing 5″x7″ $20 + shipping. Email me at nouvellegamine@gmail.com if interested.   #mabsdrawlloweenclub #drawlloween#drawlloween2017 “Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.”- Zhuangzi Like everyone else, I fell in love with Death’s Head moths courtesy of Silence of the Lambs…

Drawlloween -Vampire

“Strix” #pencil 5″x7″ SOLD #mabsdrawlloweenclub #drawlloween My lady has risen from her tomb with her grave flowers still in her hair. In folklore there isn’t a very clear distinction between a #vampire, a #witch, or a #werewolf . They were all malevolent nocturnal beings. And frequently someone who was a witch in life could easily shift between being a werewolf and a…

The mirror crack’d from side to side

“But in her web she still delights  To weave the mirror’s magic sights,” I take A LOT of photo reference and always have. And believe it or not, I did clean this mirror before I took this photo reference. I wrote about it on my blog once, but the person I see in the mirror…

Questing for the grail

This started out as a tiny Robert McGinnis inspired sketch. I expanded it, added a cup, and  soon realized she reminded me Circe or a Grail Maiden. I wasn’t particularly in the mood to draw a femme fatale, so I played a little game. I drew her as Circe, with a cool reserve, but I…

Happy Anniversary!

9 years of marriage, 10 years together total. I love you so much and I’m so happy that I do indeed, “I got you to hold my hand I got you to understand I got you to walk with me I got you to talk with me I got you to kiss goodnight I got…

The Golden Sigil ~ inspiration

I had a breakthrough with my health. Things are looking up and I am back to creating art. I’ve been reading books about my beloved Pre- Raphaelites again as a distraction. For my birthday, Mikael got me, Rossetti: Painter and Poet, by J.B. Bullen. It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve done anything…

Bowie Station One, Mars Hab: Aquired

We bought a house. Going from Northern California, in an extremely crowded suburban area to a much, much sparser suburb in Southern California feels like we’re on another planet. We’re in a valley, surrounded by snow capped mountains. The desolate earth on the mountains is orange with pale green shadows. It looks like Mars. I…

News and “Fox Face”~

Spring and Summer were stressful and busy. Spring brought me 1, maybe 2 kidney stones and the continuation of my inflamed, painful joints. I wasn’t sure, exactly if I was going to be okay. The good news is, I may have found out my problem and how to treat it. Due to my alkaline kidney…

Air and Alchemy

Air 4″x6″ gouache and pencil on Canson 185 lb paper After being sick for the last few months- (kidney stone) I’m finally well again. I still have to be very careful with what I eat, no wheat, very few grains, and now low sodium, but as my large intestine has improved, my hands have improved…

Disney Sleeping Beauty Princess Aurora Brigitte Bardot Original Art

6″x8″ Pencil and watercolor I’ve been wanting to do something with Disney princesses for a while and have had a very specific idea that I wanted to get out. Luckily, Charleen Juliet organized “Storybook Sundays” on Instagram which gave me the push to get to it. A few years ago, Mikael and I saw an…

“Do you know that looks like you?”

“Is that supposed to be you?” “Why do you always draw/paint yourself?” “Yeah, but do you KNOW it looks like you?” Ad infinitum. I have to admit, I’m always puzzled by this question and its variations. A man drawing his wife or girlfriend never has to answer this. No one would ever comment on it…

Wolfsbane and Wolf’s Paw – Werewolf Lasses -Paintings

I finished 2 painting last week! Wolfsbane and Wolf’s Paw are available in my shop. They are gouache and gold paint on Canson 185 lb. Acrylic paper. They are each 8″x10″. I’ve written before about how much I love werewolves. I’m also terrified of them. There’s nothing as frightening to me as losing control- although…

Alice in Wonderland English Rose

  All in the Golden Afternoon- English Rose from Alice in Wonderland. Based on Marianne Faithfull. Pencil and watercolor on thick Canson Acrylic 185 lb/400 g paper. She is sealed with Krylon Matte Finish spray. Available in my shop~ I first read Alice when I was 8. My school library had a volume with both…

Jem!

I participated in the Instagram #80scartoonartfriends art party this month. Once I saw Jem was on the list, I knew I couldn’t say no. She’s 6″x8″, pencil and watercolor on 185 lb, Canson Acrylic paper. She is unframed and available in my shop. I straight up fell in love with the cartoon when it came…

Sirin ~ Pinterest Inspiration

Most of my inspiration for my painting “Sirin” came from my general love of Russian Fairytales and Medieval painting. I spent a lot of time looking at 3 books I have on Russian Lacquer Miniatures. The art is usually on a black background with strong red and orange colors, with some lovely blue and green…

Sirin ~Songs of Joy

Sirin 9″x12″ gouache, acrylic, and pencil on 185 lb paper I love Russian fairytales, folktales, and Slavic mythology. The Russian Sirin is thought to be a descendant of the Greek Sirin. Said to reside near the Garden of Eden, they sang beautiful songs of joy. Some stories tell that only truly happy people could hear…

Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat~ Elstir Wips

“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea tray in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at!” ~Lewis Carroll As I mentioned before, Elstir is supposedly an Irish version of Esther, which means “star”. I like that she’s my…

Elstir ~completed painting

I finally finished Elstir. She started as a postcard for the Bat World Sanctuary charity. I liked the drawing so much that I really wanted to make it into a painting. I’ll eventually scan her in and add her to my portfolio, but until then I took some photos. The top picture is the closest…

Drawlloween is over but Drawvember is here!

I had an amazing time doing Drawlloween. It helped me loosen up and be less self conscious about posting sketches and off the cuff drawings. As soon as I finish painting “Elstir” I have a couple of these to refine and paint. I found it deeply inspiring and over all so much fun. And, it…

Drawlloween: Werewolf

If you’re already following my Instagram these are old, but what I love about my blog is that I’m able to talk a little more about them. I love drawing werewolves. The first two are from about 7 years ago, inspired by the Warren Zevon song, “Werewolves of London.” I had read a great story…

Beauties of the Night~ tonight!

If you’re in the Mascoutah, Illinois area, please check out Alexi Era Gallery’s show: Beauties of the Night. “Beauties of the Night” is an awareness and fundraising exhibition for theBat World Sanctuary. The Exhibition will feature artworks on postcards from artists all around the world. All postcards will be priced $5-$50, and available to take home…

Drawlloween: Devil

Beelzebub, the Spanish Fly. I’m painting and making Halloween banner today, so I’m posting an old, very old (10 years) pen drawing that I still love. He’s a saucy gent! I love his bedroom eyes.

Drawlloween: Ghost

“Come and play with us, Danny. Forever… and ever… and ever…” The Shining scared the ever living crap out of me when I was a kid. I remember thinking that Jack Nicholson turned into a werewolf and was chasing his son through the maze. If you get a chance, watch “Room 237,” a documentary about…

Drawlloween 2015!

Drawlloween is here! I won’t be able to participate every day, but I’d like to do 2 times a week. Here’s the list in case anyone else would like to join in!

Red Jay

I had a great time working on this commission. I don’t get to draw men as often as I like. The client was very specific, but also incredibly easy going which made for a delightful working relationship. I’m fairly in love with the color choices. I originally have a deep, deep red background, but he…

Unicorns ~ work in progress

I’m working on my unicorns and quite pleased with them so far~ This is Magnolia.And this is Rose A few years ago I drew my disheveled unicorn, “Keeping the Dream Alive.” It was a bit of a joke on the perfection of unicorns. After all, it takes a lot of work to look that magical….

Meow’Dib -He Is the Hissatz Caterach!

I first read Dune as a teen and every few years I go back to it. It never ceases to put pieces of my life into perspective. For years I’ve wanted to name a cat “Muad’Dib”, which inevitably metamorphosed into “Meow’Dib” because I love puns and am obviously incredibly lame. I can’t recommend Frank Herbert’s…

The Force is Strong in My Family

I have a painting in the Jedi July show at Hive Gallery in Los Angeles. The show opens July 11th. The painting is titled, “The Force is Strong in My Family.” 9″x12″ Gouache and Acrylic in 185lb paper. I gave Leia a green lightsaber to reflect her original last name, “Organa” and connect her to the…

Roxanne

One of the things I wanted to accomplish with my 2015 Sketchbook Project, “Princess Witch,” was to actually use it as a way to narrow down which ideas I wanted to paint. I started with “Roxanne,” which although simple, is one of my favorites from the series. I chose “Roxanne” as a name bc one…

Eye Shapes and 80s Makeup

After doing a rather tasteful “eye shape” chart I felt the need to bust out and do an alternate version with 80s makeup. The 80s were ALL about tightlining.

We are all Wonder Women! Happy Mother’s Day!

“Princess Diana” I got an early Mother’s Day gift from my husband, a book called,”Wonder Woman- Amazon-Hero-Icon- ” Which was fun because I’d just finished an illustration of Princess Diana on Paradise Island before she becomes Wonder Woman- sort of a “what if?” Anyone following my Instagram knows how long I’ve struggled with this picture….

Princess Witch and the Sketchbook Tour 2015

My sketchbook project, “Princess Witch” is online over at the Sketchbook Project: https://sketchbookproject.com/library/16064 I have trouble expressing how happy this project made me. It provided me with final drawings for future paintings- one in the works right now- and crystalized my vision of this little world that I’ve been working on for the last 5 years….

Sketchbook Project~ Doodles and Sketches

I thought I’d missed the deadline to send in my Sketchbook Project, but luckily I haven’t! It’s due in March. Last night I stayed up and collected all my doodles (they hardly qualify as sketches now) in one place. As soon as I have a final count for the book then it’ll be on to…