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For ten days Durga Puja is celebrated. In honor of Durga, here’s an illustration. Pen, ink, glitter watercolor. Here’s a scan of the basic pen work before color:

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Durga illustration, pen and ink before adding color. Illustration by Michele Witchipoo, Oct. 2018. 

Here’s the color version, after the watercolors have been added. Again, the scan doesn’t pick up on the shimmer very well. It’s best to see this piece in person. Maybe later on I’ll do some prints and/or greeting cards of Durga, along with Ganesh.

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Durga illustration after adding watercolor. Done by Michele Witchipoo, Oct. 2018. 

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Last week was Ganesh Chaturthi. For those who don’t know about Ganesha, he’s one of the most important gods in the Hindu pantheon. In order to work with the other deities, one must go through Ganesh first. He’s the remover of obstacles, patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom.* The main day for Ganesh Chaturthi this year was September 13th. In 2019, the holiday will fall on September 2nd.

Back in 2002, I had a job in some quasi ‘New Age’ store. It sold tarot cards, incense, bland Flax brand clothing, spiritual/esoteric/occult books, jewelry, statues and other curios from around the world. The store was located on East 6th street, in NYC’s East Village area. Sixth street was a row of inexpensive, brightly lit Indian restaurants, so this shop stood out. It did sell Ganesha related merchandise. As usual I sketched on the job when I was supposed to be doing something else. That was around the time I did my first Ganesha sketch, completed in colored pencil. Both the store and the original sketch are long gone. The shop went out of business in 2003, six months after I quit the job. Despite the joy of never having to deal with that ugly Flax clothing ever again, there’s still fond memories of the place. My former manager was a practicing Hindu; his main deity was Kali. He encouraged me to find my own path, interests, etc., but was also very down to earth. In fact, when it came to the general population, he was just as cynical as me. Retail does eventually bring out misanthropic tendencies. That guy was one of the best supervisors I ever had.

Although my former manager was kind enough to share some of his wisdom, I didn’t come back to Ganesh until years later. It was the advice of a current friend that turned my interest back to the elephant god.

It was time for a new Ganesh illustration anyway. This one was completed within the past 72 hours. It was done in pen, ink and glitter watercolor. I’ve been working a lot with glitter watercolor lately. Even if the shimmer doesn’t come out too good in the scans. In person the result is lovely. The glitter watercolors I use has a good balance, so it doesn’t look tacky. Thinking about turning this piece into either prints, greeting cards or both.

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Ganesh illustration. Pencil, pen, ink, glitter watercolor. Done by Michele Witchipoo. September 2018.

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By now I would’ve had the latest Psycho Bunny sketch of the week posted. The artwork has been completed. Just haven’t had time to scan it. It’ll be on this blog very soon.

In the meantime, here’s a recent commission I did a few weeks ago. It was the second time working for this awesome client. The style was a change of pace in regards to my usual style. It’s a local rapper from Queens. As requested, I’m not telling who. (Was given permission to post the art) I was going through his Instagram account, but when I watched his promo videos from his YouTube channel, that’s when everything flowed.

Here’s the inked version before color:

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Here’s the colored version.

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The mediums used was pencil, pen, ink, watercolor and glitter watercolor. Again, the scan doesn’t really show the shimmer from the glitter watercolor very well. It looks better in person. The person who commission this was very happy with the final results.

I’m still taking commissions, so if you’re interested, discuss rates, etc., send me an email: Witchipoo@witchesbrewpress.net. Serious inquires only.

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In the past few years, mermaids have become more popular. For example, every year in Coney Island, Brooklyn, there’s The Mermaid Parade. Mermaids are usually depicted as romantic, feminine creatures. Many different cultures have their own mermaid versions. After doing some quick research the other day, I discovered that in British folklore, mermaids usually foretold death.

Authors such as Lewis Spence, and W.B. Yeats wrote about mermaids. You can check out other folklore here.

Once I read about these mermaids bringing bad omens, such as storms, dangerous distractions, shipwrecks, and such, that’s when I decided to take the beautiful image of a mermaid into another direction.

Have you heard that sleep is your enemy? In this case, being half asleep made me forget to scan my devil mermaid sketch before using watercolor.

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Sketch of a devil mermaid in pen, before using glitter watercolor. Artist: Michele Witchipoo, June 2018.

The scan fails to show the effect of using glitter watercolor. Thinking about creating a custom frame and selling the original. Here’s the finished result.

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Not a very good scan of this illustration. Devil Mermaid. Illustration, pen and glitter watercolor. Artist: Michele Witchipoo. June 2018.

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Last fall I brought my first Wacom drawing tablet. Now you think I would be creating illustrations with it. Instead, I’m continuing to use the old fashioned method. Sketching by hand.

Case in point. Check out my latest sketch.

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Black and white original illustration by Michele Witchipoo. May 2018. 

Then here’s the same piece after a treatment of watercolor. The scan of the colored version threw me off. The flesh tones look quite different in person. However, I don’t mind the smoker effect from the scan.

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Spider Lady illustration after colored with watercolor. The scan has altered the colors somewhat. Michele Witchipoo. May 2018. 

Thinking about selling the original illustration, after I put it in a custom frame. Usually I sell only prints. That decision was made after I sold my original David Bowie/Aladdin Sane watercolor illustration. The Spider Lady item isn’t something I’m attached to. Despite her lovely spiderweb. Have to work on other illustration and sketches now. Will be back with another Psycho Bunny sketch of the week very soon.

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This week I decided to do a quick Psycho Bunny sketch in watercolor. Also bring in a character not used in a while – Psycho Bunny’s mother.

So not only am I running out of my glitter watercolor supply, but it seems as if Photoshop didn’t pick up on the colors too well. Eh. What can you do.

Here’s both versions.

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Original watercolor version. Psycho Bunny and his mother. Based on the comic ‘Psycho Bunny’ written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo.  Sept. 2016. Pen and glitter watercolors. 

 

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Scanned version. Psycho Bunny and his mother. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Sept. 2016. 

Every Monday I’ve been posting a new Psycho Bunny pic of the week. You can check it out on Facebook. You can order comics through my website. Also will be at MICE next month. Till then.

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Inktober is winding down. Just like Halloween, there’s only one more day left. So here’s my Inktober sketch for Oct. 30th, 2014.

Robed Woman, Oct. 2014. Ink and watercolor. Illustrated by Michele Witchipoo.

Robed Woman, Oct. 2014. Ink and watercolor. Illustrated by Michele Witchipoo.

Got the idea for this sketch through someone’s Facebook posting. It was an article about this Iranian feminist vampire film. The still from that movie intrigued me, so I went with it.

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