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Mariko Ando

Posted in art, illustration with tags , on February 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

My unbelievably talented friend William Basso introduced me to the work of Mariko Ando, an artist and printmaker born in Japan and currently based in Vancouver.


What will you find here? BUNNIES. And lots of them. Which is fine by me, because I’m a fan of all things Lagomorphic.

This is probably one of my favorite illustrations ever. One look, and I want to dive right into this place. A squishy, gorgeous bed in a tree, complete with chandelier, my own swing and the company of owls? YES PLEASE.

I love her lush, finely detailed style.

Is this fish holding a “recipe for vegans?” I’m surprised more animals don’t carry around vegan cookbooks.

Mariko Ando

Notes on a Case of Melancholia

Posted in Books, death, illustration, psychology, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , , on December 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Nicholas Gurewich, the creator of the surreal and wonderful Perry Bible Fellowship comic has kickstarted a project I’m incredibly jazzed about: Notes on a Case of Melancholia, inspired by Edward Gorey and Jungian analysis (two of my very favorite things! *covers mouth with hand so as not to squeal with joy*).


This a book about Death’s despair regarding his kid- an affectionate “Little Death” who simply doesn’t have what it takes to carry on the family business. Dr. Edgar O. Wye is a psychoanalyst who takes Death on as a patient. The book’s rhyming narration will be taken from his case notes.


The book will run about 42-50 pages long, and will be completely illustrated. Graphic novel “frames” will be used on occasion, but this will really be more of a picture book – deliberately similar to the short books of Edward Gorey, but with a character-driven plot. Though it has a pretty high body count, it is in essence a family story.


Watch the video and support the project at the Notes on a Case of Melancholia Kickstarter.

Charles Robinson: The Sensitive Plant

Posted in art, Books, illustration, poetry with tags , , , on September 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Every now and then, a painting captures me with a brilliant element of subtlety. This Charles Robinson piece from Shelley’s The Sensitive Plant did so with its faint outline of hooded figures in an illuminated procession behind lush, colorful flora. The placement and the vague outlines create a chilling moment of recognition when the eye first fixates on that part of the scenery.


And on the fourth, the Sensitive Plant
Felt the sound of the funeral chant,
And the steps of the bearers, heavy and slow,
And the sobs of the mourners, deep and low

The Sensitive Pant- Percy Bysshe Shelley (full text)

Līga Kļaviņa

Posted in art, illustration with tags , on September 16, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I was instantly drawn into Līga Kļaviņa’s work by this piece entitled Cold Hands.


Even when faces are obscured, there is (e)motion in the composition.


The frailty and gentle nature of her subjects, combined with an ethereal sense of lightness and movement make for lovely illustrative work.

Līga Kļaviņa

Alex Griffiths

Posted in art, illustration with tags , on September 4, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today I bring you (a quick post) featuring the illustrations of Alex Griffiths.





Love his style!

Alex Griffiths

Alfred Hitchcock Book Covers Megapost: Part 1

Posted in art, Books, illustration, vintage with tags , , , on August 14, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The master of suspense had many books. While I’ve enjoyed his TV shows and movies very much, I don’t think I’ve actually read any of the books. However, I adore the vintage book covers, almost all of which have Hitchcock himself somehow incorporated (often humorously) into the artwork. I’ve managed to collect many images of them over the years, so here’s the first installment.














You Might Be a Monster

Posted in Books, illustration, monsters with tags , , on June 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Attaboy has written a book I feel is worth having for the title alone.


Doesn’t this sound wonderful? Look at the contents!

I do not have kids, but would be excited to give this to any little ones in my life. Honorary nieces, nephews and godchildren…your Fairy Gothmother has something for you…



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