Isle of Dogs, do you love dogs?

Even though I’m a cat person I saw Isle of Dogs twice. I loved it and have a lot of positive feelings about the film, but because of the hilariously misguided controversy around the film here in America, I’ll keep them to myself. Katsuhiro Otomo (of Akira fame) created this beautiful Isle of Dogs poster~…

Audrey Hepburn -Funny Face

“I think my face is funny.” I’m keeping the original, but prints are available in my shop. It’s hard for people to imagine just how revolutionary looking she was. Actresses in the 1950s were expected to have curves- Marilyn Monroe was 5’5.5″ and 37-23-36. Elizabeth Taylor was 5’2″ and 32D-21-36. Even ingenue Debbie Reynolds was…

I’m Fine, Thank You -Margot Tenenbaum

I finished my Margot Tenenbaum painting a few weeks ago. I’m hanging onto the original for now so I’ve made prints available in my Society6 shop. Rushmore was my first Wes Anderson film, but Tenenbaums cemented my feelings for his films. The film is in many ways a love letter to JD Salinger, especially his,…

Society6 Print Sale Today!

I finally have archival prints available at Society 6. It took me a long time to commit because I was hoping Redbubble would eventually have small giclees, but they still don’t. I still don’t know if Society6 fits my personality as much as Redbubble did, but their quality and size options are perfect. In a…

Fox Face

The Fox Face original is available in my shop

Barbarella ~The planets all stand still

Prints available in my shop~ Barbarella is a terrible movie, but I still love it. A lot. I have a major soft spot for “Space Girls”, especially when their costumes are as epic as Barbarella’s. Jane Fonda is a tough one. I know people across the spectrum who still hate her for her Hanoi Jane…

Anna Karina

Prints available in my shop~ I’ve been working on creating a halfway point between my pencil work and my fully painted gouache work. I love making detailed pencil drawings and always have. And I love that I got to a place with gouache that’s rich, deep, and detailed. But, I also need something in between….

Jinkies! Velma Dinkley

Velma encounters The Ghost of Captain Cutler on a moonlit night! 5″x7″ ink and acrylic paint in my Etsy shop.  I think everyone has their pet peeves when it comes to how they think a character should look. For instance, I’m not a big fan of hourglass Velma. For me, Velma doesn’t look “right” unless…

Cartoon Mania Art Auction!

The Poison Candy Artists Collective is running an auction this weekend. Please check it out and bid on the amazing art from it’s members. I will have “Adventure Time Flame Princess” and “Mojo Jojo” available for purchase. The auction will be on their Instagram page~

Danger Prone Daphne

Danger-Prone Daphne encounters Space Kook! Available in my Etsy shop! I loved Daphne when I was a kid. I think I always associated her constant peril with being clumsy and because I was a clumsy kid it really endeared her to me. Also, in a sea of round-eyed people, her cat eyes were incredibly comforting….

Daria

Continuing with the #cartoonmaniachallenge -the prompt was “Daria.” SOLD -Daria debuted on Beavis and Butthead and quickly became the deadpan voice of the average person watching the show. She got her own show and all of a sudden girls in the 90s had someone on tv saying all of the things they were saying in…

Adventure Time – Flame Princess

Flame Princess from Adventure Time. Available in my shop!  She’s part of the ongoing Poison Candy Artists #cartoonmainachallenge I’m already working on fully painting versions of Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen, but they are taking their time getting finished and I wanted to do something more immediate. I loved the addition of the…

Jem!

Jem! Jem is Excitement! Oooooohhhh Jem! Jem is Adventure! I LOVED this show as a kid. I still love it. I still have all of my dolls too! I based this Jem on Debbie Harry and her makeup is an amalgam of the cartoon and the doll’s more detailed eyeshadow. She’s available in my etsy…

New Year

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore simply because I just can’t stick to them. I think the idea of trying to do something for an entire year is beyond me. Instead I’m going to approach resolutions as things I want to accomplish in the first 3 months of 2018. The first thing I want…

Mojo Jojo!!!

Ink and acrylic paint on paper. 5″x7″  Available in my Etsy shop- I watched Powerpuff Girls constantly back when it was first on… and I was already an adult at that point. I also had a Powerpuff shirt that I wore all the time too. My two best friends also loved the show and hilariously…

Back to the Future- The Flintstones

5″x7″ india ink and acrylic paint on bristol board. SOLD  Available in my Etsy shop- The Poison Candy Artist Collective is hosting a drawing challenge for January. The theme is cartoons and the hashtag is #cartoonmaniachallenge Day 1 was The Flintstones. Like most people my generation I watched them in reruns, along with other Hanna…

Neko

“Neko” she’s 9.5″x7″ pencil on paper. She’s available in my etsy shop! I wanted to make a companion to my Fox Face drawing. About a year ago, when Criterion was still on Hulu Plus, I powerwatched “Kuroneko” constantly. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a 1971 black and white Japanese movie based on a…

La Bodega Gallery- Pin-up Show

I’m going to be in the @labodegagallery #pinup show in February! I’ll be posting wips soon! I’m so excited. I was really hoping to get in because I have an idea that I really like for a painting. A bunch of artists from my art collective, @poisoncandyartists are going to be in it as well!

Les Nouvellegamines- Silvia

“Les Nouvellegamines” is a project I started 9 years. In that years that have passed, appropriate art subjects have changed drastically. But these young women were conceived as retro parallel dimensional adventuresses. Each one had a different set of interests. “Silvia” is like the Earth. She’s loves plants, minerals, and crytozoology. Her favorite author is…

Les Nouvellegamines- Pascale

“Les Nouvellegamines” is a project I started 9 years. In that years that have passed, appropriate art subjects have changed drastically. But these young women were conceived as retro parallel dimensional adventuresses. Each one had a different set of interests. “Pascale” is pure Air. She’s loves ballet and photography. Her favorite author is F. Scott…

Year Compass

I downloaded the “Year Compass” here. It’s free, but you can donate to them or buy a print version. Well, my year in review was slightly less depressing than last year’s. 2016 was a disaster for me, but halfway through 2017 my life began to improve. It’s ending on a high note and my bff…

Maid Marian

Maid Marian, from Disney’s Robin Hood. 8″x10″ #gouache I had such a great time painting her. The medieval period is my favorite for costumes. I gave her a green & gold houppelande and a double hennin. She also has black undersleeves to mimic the black legs of foxes. While I was doing research, I found out that…

Mad Madam Mim

“Silvery voice, long purple hair… Black sorcery is my cup of tea!” If you haven’t checked out her hilarious song, I definitely suggest you YouTube it. I’d say the first picture, with the pinker skin is more color correct (hopefully on your device too). 5″x7″ gouache on Canson Acrylic paper. Sealed with fixative. This is…

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…