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Since it’s October here is a picture from the real-life haunted house I currently live in, it’s mad spoopy.

i live here too!!! spoooooopy!!!!

some ladies

la do dah i’m art trash and i never draw anything or update my blog

here’s a little watercolor sketch


my potions are too strong for you

holy shit this dude

friend of a friend of mine

felt like i should practice drawing traditionally a lil so here are some studies from paintings at the Frick

Here’s an illustration I made about the Wari, a people from the central Andes, whose culture lasted from about AD 500 to 1000. They are especially renowned for their textiles.

This is an older piece, but there you have it.

what the heckie tumblr is recommending my own blog (from my other account) to me

I did this piece as a cover for the Bradbury short story ‘All Summer in a Day.’ It’s a combination of printmaking, acrylic, and collage.

here’s an illustration i made. it’s part of an ambiguous retelling of the legend of the magi, so not very seasonally appropriate

here are some playing cards i designed as an exercise to learn how to make polymer plates. i don’t have a picture of the polymer prints but i promise they turned out pretty good.

the theme for the deck is just weapons

While attending a Friday night exhibition in the ISB, Rachel Himes 15 IL (right) stops to peruse an illustrated booklet made by Lily Pfaff 14 IL. Natalie Kassirer 15 IL admires illustrations by Marcela Sandino 14 IL hanging in the Illustration Studies Building (ISB). A RISD student flips through one of the sketchbooks on display during Candy Creeps, the fourth show of the spring semester that features work by seniors in the Illustration department.



At an opening on Friday night, Natalie Kassirer 15 IL carefully peels apart a cluster of delicate rice paper that makes up a charming booklet filled with scenes of soft snowfall, furry rabbits and fields of evergreens. Lily Pfaff 14 IL made the collection of finely detailed illustrations. 

“If you look closely, you can see she has such a delicate touch,” notes Kassirer. “The colors in her work are stunning.”

The whimsical picture book is part of Candy Creeps, an exhibition featuring fine art by seniors in RISD’s Illustration department. It’s one of an ongoing series of senior shows held in the Illustration Studies Building (ISB) Gallery during spring semester.

Elsewhere in the cozy space, visitors gravitate toward painted illustrations by Melanie Patterson 14 IL, who’s presenting gray-toned apparel designs stamped with stripes.

“I’d be curious to find how how she created this pattern,” notes Tayyba Shoukat, an artist visiting from Baltimore. “To me, it looks like a swirling thumbprint.”

Hurry! Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 19) is the last day to check out Candy Creeps.

Jess alerted me to this nice write-up on our show! (oh Natalie—you flatter me)

This was a fantastic show! (That’s me in the red coat.)

For one of my classes I had to draw 88 rocks. Here are some of my favorites. For some, I experimented with acrylic and linoleum stamps. I marbled my own paper for the bottom right one, and the bottom left one is cut-up paper palettes from other stuff I painted!

Here’s an illustration of Perseus sneaking up on Medusa. Ostensibly, it was supposed to be an advertisement for antibiotics. (Don’t ask me to explain cause I can’t.) I think it might work better as not that. I don’t think advertising is really my game.

I created this piece for the See America Project , which is an amazing ongoing effort to recreate the WPA National Parks posters. I was really excited to learn of and contribute to this project, becase WPA posters are one of my very favorite genres of work. I’ve never actually been to the Badlands. Someday. 

Check out my piece at: http://thecreativeactionnetwork.com/10240