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Image: cuscham.jpg   720x576 59406 bytes 2002.11.17

Doodling more stylized little animals, I tripped over the spotted cuscus, an obscure marsupial with big eyes, a humpy kind of back, and curled tail. Somewhere in the back of my brain, I thought of chameleons, who also have big eyes, humpy backs and curled tails, and decided that these two really had to get together for a painting (and possibly a curl-tailed-vertebrate support group.)

Image: 3greenroos.jpg   930x460 124592 bytes 2002.11.16

I've been trying these experiments with stylization lately, since it's not something that comes easily to me. In this case, I had this one tree kangaroo, and three ideas of what to do, and decided to do all three of them at once. And I STILL don't know which I like best. Damn.

Image: spike.jpg   518x800 81388 bytes 2002.11.15

It wasn't that Spike was afraid of the mice, he just considered them his social inferiors.

Image: fatgopher.jpg   450x550 66908 bytes 2002.11.12

I'm going to the Midwest Furfest this year to sell prints. Never having been to a furry convention before, and having heard many strange horror stories, I'm a little nervous. I'm sure that most of the people will be wonderful, pleasant individuals, but I can't shake the fear that sooner or later, I'll be cornered by someone like this guy.

Image: leroy.jpg   578x720 104646 bytes 2002.10.24

Other tadpoles thought Leroy was weird.

Image: plaguefairy.jpg   600x750 94578 bytes 2002.09.30

Another of my pastelicious digital pieces...the plague fairy! (This is really way better if you imagine him saying "I'll give you the plaaaaaague!" in a ratty little voice.)

Image: jadedoe.jpg   640x800 181752 bytes 2002.09.28

This was kind've a follow-up to "Puss-In-Boots Retires"--I really liked the textures, so I set out to do something similiar. Unfortunately, I kinda shot myself in the foot by working too large--all the great grainy grittiness I was getting on the close-ups in the original (which was 4800 x 6000 or so) is turned smooth in this much smaller jpg! Sonuvabitch. Well, that's why these are learning experiences, I 'spose... Anyway, inspired by a Chinese poem by Shih Ching, about a girl "flawless as jade" who keeps getting identified with a dead doe as a metaphor for the fact that her lover kills her and dumps her body in the woods. Um. It made sense at the time, damnit...

Image: pussinbootsretires.jpg   514x800 150390 bytes 2002.09.27

So I had a sketch of the cat chick and was playing around with combining the interesting pastel textures I'd been getting recently with the heavy outlined Art Nouveau style I love. I had flat colored everything, and then on a seperate layer had chalked in the interesting textural bits. It look okay, but nothing spectacular, but then I accidentally turned off the flat color layer, leaving chalk on beige background, and went "Dude!" It looked much more interesting this way, so I kept it. I was thinking vaguely about Puss-in-Boots, and whether she ever got sick of wearing boots and tried to become a normal cat again, or something like that.

Image: badgermechdetail.jpg   659x551 123369 bytes 2002.09.22

Thought I'd post a detail, 'cos the textures are definitely the cool bit of this picture. The joy of mechanical badgers!

Image: badgermech.jpg   800x640 135947 bytes 2002.09.22

Inspired by the artwork of a guy named Oscar Chichoni, who gets these really cool metal textures with oil pastel, I set out to capture something mechanical digitally...specifically a somewhat scratched looked mechanical badger. The robotic bits probably wouldn't actually work--it's almost more've an iron badger golem than a robot, but hey, for a texture study, I was pleased.

Image: dreamagain.jpg   533x800 118638 bytes 2002.09.17

This is what a friend of mine calls a "sacrifice to the Muse." Most of the time she lets me paint whatever banal illustration for money or weird little comics for fun that I want. Occasionally, however, she drops an image with chilly clarity, directly into my brain, and I will drop everything and paint it, because even if it's a weird freaky thing involving a wasp-creature and really disturbing grapes, to NOT paint it would mean that it would set up residence in my brain, poking all the grey matter and chewing on my ear, and nobody wants that. The title is "Having That Dream Again" but I don't know why, since I've never had a dream like that, either.

Image: bigpinkbat.jpg   800x640 140322 bytes 2002.09.01

I had a run-in with a bat recently, which was kicking around my mind, and since I was in a graphic design kinda mood, I wound up with...err...whatever this is. Somedays I think I paint just to see what happens.

Image: mousecurb.jpg   800x640 176325 bytes 2002.08.07

This tough little mouse warrior is hanging out by a curb surrounded by weeds. I cannot tell you how much I never wanna see a weed again. Credit must definitely go to Amara Telgemeier here--I've done complex lighting, complicated scenes, and I've been playing with this type of shading in my comic, but I'd never thought to put all three together until I saw some of her fantastic work, and said, "Damn! Yeah! That's a great idea!" Five days and a claw-like tablet hand later, here we are. Original file is 16 x 20, 300dpi, but y'know.

Image: hyacinthfrogs.jpg   800x625 208351 bytes 2002.08.03

Two hyacinth macawfrogs, lurking in the rainforest...I think the part I like the best is the scattered light pathches. There are a lot more subtle purples and yellows in the wings in the original, but my elderly scanner can no longer distinguish extremely subtle shades, alas. Acrylic, 16 x 20.

Image: macawfrog.jpg   577x800 161320 bytes 2002.07.31

Just a small acrylic painting of one of my beloved frogbirds--in this case a blue-and-green macawfrog. Up for auction at Furbid at

Image: crowtotem.jpg   656x850 217561 bytes 2002.07.15

It's funky photo-montage time--I was thinking about crows and totems and all that. Don't trust the New Age hype--Crow is a thief and a liar and a braggart, and would rather tell dirty jokes than contemplate the Deep Wisdom Of The Cosmos. But that's cool. In the grand scheme of things, a dirty joke will often do you a heckuva lot more good than cosmic wisdom.

Image: lungfishdrag.jpg   600x600 93795 bytes 2002.07.11

Dragons, as we all know, are the descendants of blind cave worms who must wrap themselves tightly in a protective cocoon of wet newspaper in order to go above ground. This is why there are so many dragons hanging around the edges of recycling centers. Since they are, after all, blind, they get around using the servies of the Seeing-Eye Lungfish, a species of giant mud-skipper bred for it's sheepdog-like loyalty and firm white meat. Lacking melanin, dragons voluntarily amputate their wings before going aboveground so as not to suffer massive sunburn and death by shock, although since the dragon surgeons are also blind, hilarity and stabbings inevitably ensue. (Following a recent forum discussion, I was unable to resist the urge to illustrate my illustration of my point. I'm a weak, weak person. But I rather like that lungfish, and heck, I haven't done anything really silly in awhile.)

Image: babylon2.jpg   700x453 120522 bytes 2002.06.30

My token 5% piece, uploaded because I'm so damn pleased with it. I'll spare you the long involved rant about Christianity and other things that goes with this piece, as this is hardly the time or place. It's called "Angel of Babylon II," and it was done in Painter and Photoshop. The original is huge, but won't fit here. Pose after a vintage French erotic postcard. I love those things, because they look like real women, and not skeletons shot with silicone.

Image: valentinebird.jpg   500x250 40418 bytes 2002.05.09

Valentine's is several months past, now, but I tripped over this quick little doodle in my files...a valentine I whipped up that morning for my boyfriend, James. (I had barely an hour window of opportunity, which explains the crudity, I hope.)Anyway...

Image: Altfrog6.jpg   502x650 119192 bytes 2002.05.09

My latest Alternate Frogs--these guys are based on male woodducks. Me, I thought they were gonna be tigers, but the frogs had other ideas. I swear, some day I'll do a frog that's not based on a bird, really...anyway, the background was based on photo ref taken with my brand new digital camera, since naturally, my first act upon getting a camera was to photograph pond scum. (This is normal, right? Right?)

Image: chamfrog.jpg   750x494 395965 bytes 2002.04.26

The fifth of my Alternate Frogs--the Southwestern Chameleon Toad, found lurking near a pot and a pile of peppers, since we all gotta pay our still-life dues at some point. While this one has a less finished quality than some of the others, I was still pretty pleased with parts of it, most notably with the frog himself. His snout's a bit long, but the chameleon colors came out exactly how I'd hoped. However, since it was 24 x 36, there was no way I could scan it, so it had to wait until I got my digital camera, at long last. (Original for sale, e-mail with any reasonable offer.)

Image: Altfrog4.jpg   650x329 102997 bytes 2002.04.16

Acrylic, rather than digital--a winged frog perched on orchids. The frog's markings are based on, of all obscure things, an African bird called the white-headed buffalo weaver. The original of this is 18 x 36, and hanging over my scanner, although it is for sale.

Image: altfrog3.jpg   367x550 92026 bytes 2002.04.15

Frogs with bird markings lead eventually to frogs with wings...Rana aves concolor, the flying golden frog, nestled in the roots of the bristlecone pine. The alternate frogs are mostly older paintings, but I still get the urge to paint frogs regularly.

Image: altfrog2.jpg   600x407 85981 bytes 2002.04.15

The second of my alternate frog paintings--two gold frogfinches on a Magnolia tree. To this day, I still like the dumb-but-happy expression on the top frog's face.

Image: ursloch.jpg   750x580 138257 bytes 2002.04.15

Lochnivar the winged coyote, a commission for Francisco Anzisan, who holds the copyright on said character. I really liked the idea of the various airships in the setting , and the lion-faced sun on one particular airship. Overall, I was quite pleased with how it came out.

Image: Userval.jpg   545x600 77847 bytes 2002.03.27

Cast your mind back to 1999. I don't know what you were doing, but I was working a corporate schlock job, and doodling monsters during stress-management meetings. One of these produced this fellow, Calox the Caracal Corsair. (Originally Selox the Serval, but it was pointed out that he was definitely a caracal.) There's a nonsense verse that goes with him, about being a vegetarian beast, and something about chickpeas, but I don't remember it terribly clearly. Published as a greeting card for awhile, but now reduced to lurking on my hard-drive, so I thought I'd haul him out for some air.

Image: UMithras.jpg   433x650 92025 bytes 2002.03.27

A somewhat older painting of mine, which I recall finishing on the last day of 1999. Despite its age, and the rather obvious Royo influence, I'm still rather fond of it--the god Mithras as a white ram, sacrifice and sacrificer of the ancient fraternal mystery religion of Mithraism. Prints of this image are available through Rabbit Valley.

Image: Ufrogjay.jpg   800x370 70676 bytes 2002.03.23

I'm not sure if this is appropriate, per se...he's not an anthromorph, but he's definitely a fantasy frog. We have here the Stellar's Frogjay, raucous denizen of parks and gardens. This was the frog that started my love-affair with painting frogs with weird markings. (Now I'll have to upload a few of his brethren so he doesn't get lonely...flocking frogs are social creatures, after all.)

Image: Umoudrag.jpg   386x600 96710 bytes 2002.03.23

Here's another older piece of mine, called "The Littlest Hunter" of a rather funky little dragon catching his favored prey, the mouse. The background was done entirely digitally, and I vaguely recall my hand being cramped into an unuseable claw by the time I staggered away from the machine.

Image: Ujackal.jpg   381x550 83833 bytes 2002.03.22

This is an older character portrait I did for someone, who never paid me and pulled the standard internet vanishing act, much to my annoyance. Ah, well, que sera, sera, live and learn. It's a golden jackal with a gun, a leather jacket, and a wall full of scribbled slogans (including, ironically, "Trust no one.")

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