Sunday, January 8, 2017

Feathered Hellfire Floral


It's cold as fuck and I hate the darkness. BUT... the days are getting longer and I have my cats to keep me warm. The three of us try to sneak in a little bird watching together time here and there during the few hours of daylight we get. I don't understand how those birds don't freeze in this arctic weather. They're so tiny! And it's so cold! Maybe they have tiny fires in their pudgy little bellies to keep them from turning into cocksicles. (I know they're not roosters, although we do have chickens that run through the yard occasionally in nice weather. Cocksicles just sounds better than birdsicles. Plus, 2017 is the year of the rooster.) Yeah, maybe they're minions of Satan staying alive through the powers of hellfire.

Whelp, that's what this illustration is all about--Satan and his feathered fire-eating army. I'm working on a handful of things like this in anticipation of fairer weather. Tryna stay warm and positive. My goal is to redirect my focus to better things in order to "stay afloat" until the ground thaws and the rabbits come back to eat my seedlings. Wish me luck!

Steph

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Fox


One night over the summer, I saw three fox kits by the side of the road. Another day while we were on a walk, my friend saw a grown fox in a clearing off to the side of the same road. We learned from our neighbor that there's a mated fox couple living in the woods in our neighborhood. Our neighborhood is tiny. It's just outside of town and is abutted by woods so there's quite a lot of wildlife here. 

My old neighborhood was not nearly as rural, so it's kind of funny that I saw just as much wildlife there. Maybe that was because my old city lay between a mountain and a river. My friend and I saw foxes a handful of times while walking through the city. We had all sorts of visitors in our back yard from raccoons to skunks to hawks and even a fishercat that showed up and scared the crap out of me with it's screaming late, late at night one week. It was even common to see bald eagles flying overhead on their way down to the river or up to the cliffs.

Well anyway, I've finally gotten back to and finished this drawing I started months ago. It's inspired by the foxes I've seen and the many, many tales about foxes in folklore and mythology. In all the stories I've read, foxes are highly intelligent and often have magical powers. Sometimes the fox is a mischievous trickster, and sometimes a loyal companion. I titled this "Kitsune" which is a Japanese word for fox because I like the Japanese stories I've read and the references in anime, too. The round thing at the bottom is a hoshi no tama--a magical gem said to hold the soul or life force of a fox. The fox carries it everywhere and if it's stolen, he will do anything to get it back because if he's separated from it for too long, he will die.

I'm tired even though I took a two hour nap earlier and slept a perfectly reasonable amount last night. Maybe my soul was attached to some random object I got rid of when we moved and my life is slowly burning out. That must be it. There's nothing else to explain this fatigue.

Good night.
-Steph


Saturday, December 10, 2016

It's Caturday! Merry No Sleep Can't Think Yay!




Happy Caturday to you! I've been up celebrating with Pan since 3:30 this morning! And by celebrating I mean not sleeping... well, I was awake. Pan dosed off for a few hours. Anyway, here's a new kitten-themed pattern I designed this week. The image above is a detail so you can really see it.


Yeah! I'm gonna go pour some coffee into me and see what happens. 
Hope your day is swell!
-Steph



Monday, December 5, 2016

Mittens on a String: Nostalgia vs Brutal Reality

Red Patterned Mittens on a String illustration by StephG

Remember mittens on a string? What a brilliant idea! Sometimes I think I should sew strings between all my socks. Except that would not be very comfortable. Come to think of it, mitten strings weren't either. In fact, I hated the whole idea as a kid because who the hell wants a freaking string up the sleeve, across the chest, and down the other sleeve. No one, that's who. No one finds that anything but annoyingly uncomfortable. No way to glamorize this. It's just practicality at the expense of comfort which is actually impractical, so never mind. Still, the imagery is appealing in it's nostalgia, innit? Yep.

So here. Enjoy this illustration that will cause you no discomfort. Depending on where you live, maybe have some hot chocolate or tea and watch the snow pile up outside from the comfort of your armchair. And I guess, if you're someplace like Australia, make it an ice tea and bees buzzing in the backyard.

Happy holiday season!
-Steph

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Celestial Cats Are Here to Help!

New in my Redbubble--Celestial Cat Calendars! Yay! Twelve celestial cats to help you through your next journey around the sun! Each month is a different cat portrait from my Celestial Cat series. Here's a peak at the front and back covers. Follow this link to see the rest and place an order. They make great gifts. The best gifts! They're terrific! Eheheh, just havin a lil fun there. Don't hate me because of my terrible Trump impersonation. There are so many better reasons to hate me. Pick a good one.



 Okay that's it. Just sharing my excitement at being able to offer you feline revolutionary assistance.

Love and peace,
-essS