Goodbye Holiday Monsters

Well, I spent the too-quickly past holiday break largely out of the internet loop, but I wanted to share some holiday work I did earlier. Every year I tend to do some kind of Krampus drawing, because Krampus is the reason for the season. But he is also not the only Christmas Monster out there. So I also did my own (admittedly Krampus-esque) version of Iceland’s Grýla and her pet, The Yule Cat.


Grýla & The Yule Cat


So, there’s this podcast I really enjoy called The Omnibus, which recently did an episode on the life and work of the king of mall poster shops in the 1980s, Patrick Nagel. Through a series of events and as a consequence of having some time on my hands, I ended up doing a Nagel-style illustration of the two hosts, Ken Jennings and John Roderick. Now, this is admittedly an extremely silly thing to do, and I acknowledge that, but John plainly stated that “you can’t Nagel a beard” and something had to be done. It was a stupid, but thoroughly amusing exercise and I actually quite enjoy the result. And so…

Blogging About Blogging About Painting

Since I will have more need of this site in coming days (more on this later) and since Social Media insists on being a trash fire, I am thinking I will try to blog* some stuff here just like the olden days. Would you like to see some of my recent forays into figuring out how gouache painting works? My painting, at least since art school a million years ago, has been limited to watercolor. But I decided to try out some opaque media because I have some plans. These are just quick experiments and not intended to pass as “art” or anything of the sort.

Pretty happy with the Ikea Monkey one. Might do something more involved with that little hero later.

* I hate the word blog. I hated it when people started using it in the 90s. I hate it still. But no one came up with a better one yet, so, sorry.