Masks, Monsters, and Mayhem: An Art Blog

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theretailvampire:

Introducing (finally) the Child Care Banshee!  She loves kids and tries her very hardest to be a good caregiver.

I’m updating TRV again, and I’ve introduced a new, hard-working monster, the Child Care Banshee!

theretailvampire:

Introducing (finally) the Child Care Banshee!  She loves kids and tries her very hardest to be a good caregiver.

I’m updating TRV again, and I’ve introduced a new, hard-working monster, the Child Care Banshee!

I started a numbers series for my little cousin, Luke. I gave him the first five numbers for his Christening yesterday, and numbers 6-10 will be forthcoming. Obviously, I have chosen to go with plants for this series - drawing endless fern leaves can be remarkably relaxing, believe it or not!

I know, it’s like I’ve been dead!  It’s been quite a hectic summer.
But things are gradually starting to slow down (before they pick up again, I’m sure), and I had a birthday drawing to give to my best friend last week.  I’m assuming it arrived at her house by now, so I feel comfortable sharing it on here.
Why yes, that is Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing, thank you for noticing!  I owe a great boon to GW for getting me into art to begin with, and my friend’s favorite character has always been Duo.  He’s a lot of fun to draw, and I’m really pleased with this drawing, especially considering it was the first in a long time!
"Our Patron Saint of Saucy Smiles"
Pen and ink and watercolor.
August 2014.
theretailvampire:

Oh my God, I know, I’m actually alive!
Sorry this isn’t a regular comic post as usual; this is actually a Christmas gift that I gave to a friend couple VERY belatedly in April, and only recently remembered that I had scanned.
It’s not *quite* in keeping with most of TRV stuff, but I was certainly pleased with how it turned out.  My friends who received this also work in retail and are generally into not pussyfooting around with polite words. =]
This time I’m not going to make any promises of regular updates, because I’m obviously not very good at keeping my word!  I’m also working two jobs (only one of them retail) while trying to plan a wedding, so there’s not a whole lot of room for extra projects.  Still, I think of this little comic doodad and you lovely followers often these days, and you’re all great.
Hope everything is treating you well! <3

TRV LIVES! Or is…undead for now, at the very least. =P

theretailvampire:

Oh my God, I know, I’m actually alive!

Sorry this isn’t a regular comic post as usual; this is actually a Christmas gift that I gave to a friend couple VERY belatedly in April, and only recently remembered that I had scanned.

It’s not *quite* in keeping with most of TRV stuff, but I was certainly pleased with how it turned out.  My friends who received this also work in retail and are generally into not pussyfooting around with polite words. =]

This time I’m not going to make any promises of regular updates, because I’m obviously not very good at keeping my word!  I’m also working two jobs (only one of them retail) while trying to plan a wedding, so there’s not a whole lot of room for extra projects.  Still, I think of this little comic doodad and you lovely followers often these days, and you’re all great.

Hope everything is treating you well! <3

TRV LIVES! Or is…undead for now, at the very least. =P

A Delicate Balance: Why You Should Read Ai Yazawa’s Nana

Ah! I did it again, folks! I wrote another piece for The Mary Sue, this time about Nana.  =]

Changing the Face of Women in Anime: The Importance of Ugliness

All right, folks.  I’ve officially hit it big time - I wrote a piece for The Mary Sue! How incredibly exciting!

I have already gotten a couple new followers from this, and for that I thank you all most sincerely.  The warm feedback I’ve received from this is really doing a great deal of good for my confidence (oh my God, I can write and people care about it!).  You’re awesome, thank you!

New folks might not know that I also have my own little webcomic, though it’s very rarely updated these days.  That can be found at theretailvampire.tumblr.com - take a peek if you’re so inclined!

And once again - thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou.  I feel very blessed right now.

<3

Moth and Vince share a hug.
I&#8217;ve been listening to a lot of Mazzy Star lately. I feel as though you can probably tell.
Have some Vince.  It&#8217;s been a while.
Yes, that is a moth tattoo.  Hah.
His arm placement was remarkably difficult, believe it or not. I&#8217;m pretty pleased with the results, though.
I&#8217;m not a religious viewer of Adventure Time, but I do like what I&#8217;ve seen.  I especially like/can identify with Marceline a lot.  I thought I would give a go at drawing her in a decidedly not-Adventure-Time style.  I&#8217;m not 100% sure I&#8217;m happy with the result, but it&#8217;s a stepping stone on the way to making her the way I&#8217;d like to.

So, here’s page 5 and 6 of that tendershipping comic based on “Ordinary World” that I started ages ago.  I actually have through page 8 laid out, but the last couple pages need some serious work before I’m comfortable sharing them.

Anyway, no idea how long this project will end up taking.  It’s something I make when I feel like it, and maybe someday I’ll ink it and/or color it or something. 

I hope you enjoy what there is for now!