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Recently I discovered that Sketch Lottery is no more. So I’m re-posting my Sketch Lottery’s “greatest hits.” Here’s a mash-up of SpongeBob doing Clockwork Orange. Originally done back in 2017.

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Mash-up of SpongeBob doing Clockwork Orange. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Originally posted on the Sketch Lottery website, 2017. 

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Last week was my birthday. Unlike last year, I decided not to do anything major. Instead, my celebrations were more low key. Before going to dinner, I took in an exhibit of artist Pamela Colman Smith. Not much is known about her, except for one fact. She is the artist behind the most famous tarot deck of them all, the Rider-Waite.

The Rider-Waite deck has become the blueprint on how tarot cards are based. The other exceptions in regards to divination cards have been various oracles, and the Thoth deck, designed by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris.

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Not much is known about Pamela Colman Smith. She lived in England, Jamaica, and Brooklyn, NY.  Colman-Smith was a student at the famous art school, Pratt Institute. For a while she earned a living as an illustrator and theater designer. Along the way, she became of member of The Golden Dawn. Other members of The Golden Dawn included W.B Yeats, Bram Stroker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Aleister Crowley, and Arthur Edward Waite.

It was A.E. Waite who commissioned ‘Pixie’, for artwork. Some of A.E. Waite’s influences was Eliphas Levi and Sola-Busca Tarot, originally from Italy. In 1909, the deck was published by The Rider Company. The Rider Company still remains today as an imprint of Ebury Publishing, A Penguin Random House Division. Hence, why the deck is titled Rider-Waite. Technically it really should be named Rider-Waite-Smith.

The U.S. copyright for this deck fell into public domain in 1966, with notable exceptions. In the U.K., and Europe, according to the EU, copyright is slated to end in late 2021.

As for Pamela herself, her own illustration career only went so far. After a while her career petered out. Not much is known about her, and this blog post doesn’t really help in the bio department. Sadder still, she died as an obscure creative living in poverty.

Apparently she only received pittance for her work towards the Rider-Waite deck.

On January 31st, 2019, an opening reception and exhibit opened inside the Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn location. As of this post, the exhibit is in it’s last few days, closing April 11th, 2019.

Additional links:

https://brokelyn.com/rip-pamela-colman-smith/

https://hyperallergic.com/490918/pamela-colman-smith-pratt-institute-libraries/

http://zeroequalstwo.net/pamela-coleman-smith-life-and-work-in-brooklyn/

https://www.magicianandfool.com/pamela-colman-smith-exhibit-at-pratt-institute/

https://www.annexgalleries.com/artists/biography/2219/Smith/Pamela

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All photos taken by Michele Witchipoo 2019.

A few weeks ago, I checked out the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit over at The Brant Foundation. Admission was complimentary, but access was already booked up. Luckily I was able to score a ticket.

I’m supposed to post a more detailed review on another blog. In the meantime, here’s a look. The show itself covers a variety of his work. For those who don’t know, the artist dated a pre-fame Madonna.

Basquiat joined the 27 club in 1988.

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his mentor, Andy Warhol. Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

All photos taken by Michele Witchipoo, March 2019. 

Yesterday I discovered the Sketch Lottery website is no more. From 2014 to 2018, I would occasionally submit pop culture sketches to the site. It had a good run. In the meantime, I’ll slowly re-post some of those same sketches in my blog.

Here’s one done of a minor droid from the Star Wars series. IG-88. IG–88 is a bounty hunter shown very briefly in 1980’s Empire Strikes Back. The assassin droid is only a blip in the film series, but featured more prominently in the comic books.

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IG-88, droid from the 1980 film Empire Strikes Back. Minor character from the Star Wars series. Originally seen on the Sketch Lottery website. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo, 2015. 

When I was a kid, I was very keen on Science Fiction and Fantasy. During my teens, and of course, due to the influence of my friends, got more into horror and “cult”/obscure films. The past ten years I’ve returned back to Sci-Fi. Including the Star Wars series, something I’ve enjoyed since childhood. Even if Disney owns the franchise now.

Stay tuned for more former Sketch Lottery postings.

Last week I was scrolling through Facebook. A few mentions of that Netflix film “The Dirt” popped up in my feed. I wasn’t that big of a Motley Crue fan. Only like the first two albums. Afterwards, they kinda sucked. You know, same old tired rock formula. Maybe the lackluster was due to ditching the satanic imagery and makeup. During that time I switched to Post Punk, Goth and Punk. It was so uncool to be caught listening to Motley Crue. Even the metalheads I knew listened to early Metallica, Venom, Anthrax, etc. Motley Crue wasn’t even in the equation.

Anyway, might as well make use of my Netflix subscription. I checked out the film. They managed to squeeze an hour’s worth of Dirt. It had the feel of a made for TV movie, only more T&A and without Perry King. I expected the round-the-clock gratuitous groupie sex. What blew me away was Nikki Sixx’s $1000 a day heroin habit. Hey – that’s most of the rent for my apartment! Second, he lived to tell about it. While the band did kinda come across as sexist, narcissistic clowns, one gathers it was the norm. It’s probably the norm now, with rappers, even with crappy boy bands. At least Crue didn’t pull an R. Kelly.

The Dirt was still a guilty pleasure. Perhaps I’ll get the Crue bio after all. During the early 2000s, I used to walk into this local Barnes and Noble out in Long Island, read parts of the book, then purchase another title.

Without further ado, here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. I picked Nikki Sixx because I can’t get the junkie price tag out of my head.

Confession: I owned a copy of Shout At The Devil on vinyl right before or during freshman year of high school. During a trip to Philadelphia, an ex gifted me the album on CD. Which I received some flak. Hey. The CD was a present.

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Psycho Bunny does Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. March/April 2019.

Too Fast For Love – Social Media Links:

Facebook: pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt.

 

Here’s an illustration done only a few days ago. Originally was going to hand paint in watercolor, but I was a little too tired to move myself to the studio. The result looks like a cross between a tarot card and old comic book art. Still have the original black and white ink drawing. In case you haven’t figured it out, Mortem is the Latin word for death.

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Mortem. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. March 2019. 

 

 

It’s Saturday. On the internet, it means Happy Caturday!

Squeaky is catching up on her extra sleep. She’s catnapping with her demon buddy under the moon and stars.

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Squeaky sleeping under the moon and stars with her demon buddy. Based on the upcoming webcomic by Michele Witchipoo. March 2019. 

Keep a lookout for the upcoming webcomic.