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From my Color Theory class. Created March 2011. Symbols used: Alpha & Omega with the Star of Babalon.

This was an exercise in Color Intervals and Transformation Keys. Different keys within color. Sort of like different keys in music.

Anyway, this still needs a bit of fixing up. Then off to school for grading.

Materials: Color-aid paper, black pastel paper & Bristol/vellum paper.

Alpha and Omega Color Theory Project. March 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_and_Omega
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babalon

*Update: Got an A for this piece.

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My parents were very much into the “golden age” of movie stars. While I was growing up, my father would buy books on all the classic film stars. In fact, there was only two subjects that my father would read up on, other than the local newspaper: classic movie stars and World War II.

One of those classic movie stars that stuck in my head was Elizabeth Taylor. She was different from the others. Elizabeth was not your typical blond starlet. Instead, she had dark hair, violent eyes as a result of a rare mutation, and a genuine woman’s body. Her slightly voluptuous figure was the real deal, not like today’s impossible standards of beauty, such as plastic surgery and botox. The thing was, she could act. Elizabeth Taylor genuinely had talent. Adding all of those elements together, she was born for cinema. As Lady Gaga would put it, she was “Born This Way.”

Beauty however, is nothing without a bit of mystery and intrigue. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers once sang “every woman has a piece of Aphrodite…” If that’s the case, than Elizabeth had more than her fair share. Seven, count seven times she was married. Twice to Welsh thespian Richard Burton. She claimed that third husband Mike Todd was her one true love. However, Taylor and Burton had that romantic intensity that some people only dream of. Burton was eloquent, but still a rugged man’s man. Taylor was a celluloid goddess. In today’s terms Taylor and Burton would be considered a Hollywood power couple. Unlike this generation’s known power couples, they weren’t that much focused on making blockbuster films. As a matter of fact, many of the films they had starred together tanked. No, with Taylor and Burton, it was all about the love. Having all that chemistry between them, no wonder the paparazzi was on their tail.

Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton.

Alas, love doesn’t always last. The Taylor and Burton pairing was far from perfect. Quite contrary, it was extremely turbulent. Burton was talented, but tortured. He was a womanizer, an alcoholic, and insomniac. His mother had died when he was barely two years old and raised by his older sister, as his own father hardly around. I’m quite sure Elizabeth Taylor wasn’t exactly an angel, with her extravagant spending. Whatever the case, the marriage dissolved. To this day, the Taylor-Burton mythos still invokes a bit of mystery. The stuff Hollywood legends are made of.

Back to Elizabeth Taylor. She wasn’t always so lucky. Her health, weight and pill addictions gave her a beating, but she survived each and every time. Her marriages may have not survived, but she knew the meaning of friendship. Later on with my generation, she became known as an AIDS activist and overall humanitarian. Her involvement with these causes was partial the result of Rock Hudson’s death.

Oh yeah, and her perfumes. Back in the 1980s, she had marketed a few scents, such as Passion, etc. They weren’t exactly the greatest. Okay, they were more or less drug store colognes (yeck) capitalizing on her name. I remember the television commercials though. Even then she still excluded an air of glamour. Even if ‘White Diamonds’ didn’t (yeck).

When I found out Elizabeth Taylor had passed away, the first thing I did was call my mother. After all, my parents were the ones who had introduced me to the lore of the double-lashed violet-eyed wonder. My mother was taken aback slightly, then regained her composure. Softly she remarked that “they’re all going now.” She meant known personalities from past eras. That’s wasn’t the point. You see, Elizabeth Taylor was a woman that came along once in a lifetime. Actors, movie stars, celebrities, they all come and go. Dame Taylor though, was one of a kind. There will never be another Elizabeth Taylor. You can call her many things, but just don’t call her Liz. I read somewhere that she hated that nickname.

Elizabeth Taylor. By Michele Witchipoo. Watercolor, ink, and gouache. Sun. March 27th, 2011.

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Last night was of course, the Welcome To My Nightmare V event. If you’ve been following this blog, you might be sick of seeing the flier posted every other day.

Here’s some of the photos from last night:

My display for the Welcome To My Nightmare V show.

Part of my table display at the Nightmare show. March 26th 2011.

Part of my table display for the Nightmare V show. March 26th, 2011.

Shitty Mickey painting. Done winter 2011. Acrylic on canvas.

Psycho Bunny painting. Acrylic. Created winter 2011.

Black Rabbit painting. Acrylic. Created winter 2011.

Photographer Otto Yamamoto next to his display. March 26th, 2011.

For Sale at the Nightmare show. March 2011.

Abby's already a legendary artist in the "Alternative comics" genre. March 26th, 2011.

Abby Denson display for Welcome To My Nightmare V show.

Xtene (Christine) Kucinskis paintings. Xtene was the mastermind behind putting this show together. She's also put together the previous Nightmare gigs, 1-4. She's also the bass player for the band Skum City. She gave me a Skum City tee which I will proudly wear.

Xtene Kucinskis painting. Looks like Andy Warhol, doesn't it?

Nonlee, bass player for two bands: Highteen Boogie and Iconicide. March 26th, 2011.

All girl Japanese/NYC based punk band Highteen Boogie. I want to be thier (non-sexual) groupie. They rock. March 26th, 2011.

Highteen Boogie, March 26th, 2011.

Gangway

Gangway

Sarah B MC'ing & doing some poetry. Sat. March 26th, 2011.

Iconicide. Sat. March 26th, 2011.

Iconicide. Sat. March 26th, 2011

Iconicide. Sat. March 26th, 2011.

Skum City. Saturday March 26th, 2011.

There were some bands that I couldn’t take photos of, because it was getting crowded. All in all, a good time. Thanks goes to Christine (Xtene) Kucinskis.

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Tonight’s the night.

Welcome To My Nightmare V Flyer.

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Charlie Sheen isn’t the only one “winning.”

Here’s Psycho Bunny:

Psycho Bunny. Winning. Based on the comic Psycho Bunny by Michele Witchipoo. First created in 2002.

This Saturday is the Welcome To My Nightmare V show, in Brooklyn
Next month, Saturday and Sunday April 9 & 10th, MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

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Haven’t done a Psycho Bunny story in quite some time. Hopefully I’ll have a mini-issue ready for the Welcome To My Nightmare V show this upcoming Saturday. If not, then perhaps MoCCA Art Fest 2011 (Happening April 9-10).

Until then, here’s a short Psycho Bunny story. This one is slightly different, I colored the page using Photoshop. Also, most of the page couldn’t fit on the scanner. So that’s why it looks as if one side has been cut off.

Speaking of which, the media hoopla about Charlie Sheen has died down a bit. If there was one good thing about the Japanese Tsunami, it was that. For those who can’t get enough of Charlie Sheen…or Charlie Jesus Christ Sheen, here’s this. Enjoy.

Short one page Psycho Bunny story. Written & Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Done 2011. Created 2003.

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Originally created this when I was putting together Babalon Babes issue 4. Otherwise known as the Astrology issue, I drew this around mid-late 2009.

After watching news footage of Japan, I remembered this piece. So I’ve posted this up in honor of that country.

Gemini. Draw by Michele Witchipoo, late 2009. Originally self-published in Babalon Babes issue 4 (Astrology Issue)

It’s a mixture of the Thoth (Crowley/Lady Frieda) tarot deck, and the old Godzilla movies. Today some of you kids call it a “mash-up.”

Since the Lovers represents Gemini, I took elements from that card. In the background you can see Godzilla and Mothra. As in “Mothra Vs. Godzilla.

Now some people are probably wondering – “What the hell does Godzilla and Mothra have to do with Gemini?”

I’ll explain. Do you see the twin girls in the front of the illustration? They were known as The Shobijin. The Shobijin could be described as deities, priestesses or faeries who would call to Mothra with either song or prayer. The twin imagery also corresponds to the Gemini sign. The twins is the symbol for Gemini, and it’s element is air. The twins shown here communicate to Mothra with words and song. Air signs deal with communication.

As for Mothra and Godzilla…sometimes they are allies, sometimes they are in conflict with each other. A contradiction of sorts, which can describe Geminis a bit.

In March 2011, I recalled doing this piece. Seeing Japan with the tsunami effects and the nuclear crisis, figured I would post this. It’s not only my tribute to the Japanese monster movie genre, but to Japan as a whole.

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