I don’t have many words about these, I guess that’s why I draw pictures!
At first I wanted to draw empowering pictures but then I realised they were empty, almost lies. I’ve been avoiding my real self my whole life because I thought I wasn’t suitable. Confession is familiar, it keeps me in the dark; now I feel like it’s time to live transparently so I am drawing my secrets as if they were common knowledge.
Sometimes I’m astounded and depressed that we still have to talk about the male gaze.
I slightly resent having to find words to accompany things I’ve drawn. I guess I draw things so I don’t have to find words. I’m trying to find a new way to express the monstrous ugliness inside me, how it is a normal/ neutral thing in my mind but a feared, castigated and hidden set of traits on a cultural level. How there are ugly things I can get away with because I am white (having straight hair that I don’t brush, being typically white and pale), and other things I can’t get away with because I am fat (dressing sloppily, not visibly reducing my fatness, taking up space). How I perform femininity in acceptable ways (I like crafts and flowers) and obscene ways (too much make up). In private spaces I am very comfortable doing my own thing in my own body, slouching, picking zits, pulling faces, sitting with my legs open, burping; yet in public spaces I am extra vigilant in policing my posture, demeanor, behaviour, and dress. I hate being uncomfortable, and I resent having to hem myself in to make other people comfortable. Surely our culture would be better off doing away with the discomfort, the niceties, the shaming, and focusing more on not being dicks to one another.
You’ve been asking for prints for months and months and now I think I’m ready to deliver! Before I go ahead and order prints, it’d be really helpful to get an idea of which prints people would purchase and how many I should order.
You can vote as many times as you want, but please keep in mind that you should only check off art work that you’d buy pieces of (otherwise I’ll be ordering way too much and that will make me poor and sad!)
Your sharp eye might have noticed a new drawing, or rather, a new version of an existing sketch! I illustrated Pastry Queen on A3 paper, adding even more pastries to her crusty bouffant.
If you are interested in buying any of the original art pieces, I’m open to selling them too. I’ve had interest for a number of pieces so I will be giving dibs to those who are first in!
A5 pieces are $140
A4 pieces are $210
A3 pieces are $280
Contact me here and let me know which piece of art you’d like to buy. (Postage and handling is extra.)
I’m not yet sure how much prints will cost but they will definitely be affordable. I can’t wait!
Don’t forget to sign up to the Fancy Lady Industries mailing list to find out when I reopen the shop and get prints in stock!
Lately I’ve been looking through my sketchbooks and revisiting bits and pieces of drawings that I want to resolve to a point where I’m a bit happier with them. This fat lady sketch is from maybe 1-2 years ago when I was fascinated by fat lady sideshow performers.
And this is my resolved drawing. It only took… uh, forever! I changed her face so she looks more smug ;)
Sorry for the downtime over the last few days, Dreamhost is being an absolute turd at the moment!
Just a short post to deposit some of my latest creative thingies. I look at these images and feel like they were all done by different people, the styles are so seemingly disparate, but I kind of feel like I’m either looking for a new direction or feeling the need to branch out. It’s handy to have different styles to explore certain things, and as an illustrator and designer it allows me to work on my versatility. I remember reading something Stefan Sagmeister said about not being so concerned with having one certain identifiable style because his work is mostly about ideas and designing to solve problems. I quite like that.
This portrait was commissioned by Aisha for the banner of her new blog. I’d never drawn a cat up to this point and was pretty amazed that I captured her cute Himalayan so well!
I started experimenting with gouache paints earlier in the week and ended up painting all these triangles of different colours to learn about the colours and how to control tones. Triangles have been pretty “cool” over the last few years but they’re also good for building up forms without thinking too hard. I like how if I blur my eyes slightly I can actually see hydrangeas. On the other hand, I could never get the trick of magic eye puzzles.