Romance print, Heartbreak sticker pack, and one-of-a-kind items for you and all of your sweeties!

HEARTBREAK STICKER PACK IS BACK!


I really love these designs, they’re a bit more anti-valentine than anything but I think total despair is an important part of navigating love & romance, eh? As much as we try to avoid it, it inevitably creeps up.


✧ Limited run for January & February

ROMANCE


I’m also reviving the ROMANCE 8x10 print this season! I had the original on display in my booth at Craft Lake City last year and a number of people inquired about prints, I figured this would be a perfect time to do a limited run on some new museum-grade paper I’m printing on. The texture really enhances the piece and gives it a feel similar to the original painting itself, which I think is pretty magical!


I’m planning to eventually swap out all of my prints for this new type of paper, though it comes with a higher cost, which means the cost of my prints will likely double over this next year. However, it’s magnificent paper and truly worth it for making my pieces stand out, look better, and last longer, so I really hope you’ll enjoy the updated quality as much as I do!


✧ Limited run for January & February



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Oniisama E but it's like AI space junk instead

ORIGINALS AND KEYCHAINS


Here's a little peek at some new small-scale originals I'll have with me at the Valentine's Market (more info provided below!)


I've been loving drawing on this toned cardstock I got initially for packaging purposes, it feels a shame to only use it for something that generally gets tossed away-- both pencil and pastel blend beautifully on it, and it's so substantial it even holds some light watercolor well!


The keychain cuties are super fun for me to make and try some new ideas, for this round I explored a ~tender bondage~ theme, combining cute wholesomeness & kink! Certainly it's not an entirely new or original idea, but it's sweet and makes me happy and I'd love to explore it more. So basically if you want a portrait that looks like a Precious Moments illustration but with naughty & kinky overtones (instead of, say, biblical ones, unless it's both biblical AND kinky lol), hit me up!


I also painted this small silly piece of robot space junk having an Oniisama E moment, because what's more iconic than trying to understand the beep-boops of robot love while drifting through an infinite dark cosmos? It's so silly and I love it so much that I might actually make prints of this one, so keep a look out, hehe.


✧ Anything that's still available after the event will be listed in my online store the following Monday.


REMINDERS


✧ Presented by the magical and lovely Bleached and Bewitched: Catch me at the Valentine's market February 12th at The Beehive, noon-6pm!


✧ Remember to check out the Local Artist Sticker Machines! You can find them in a bunch of coffee shops and local businesses around the Salt Lake valley, like Quarters Arcade Bar, Alchemy Coffee, Sunset Coffee, Under the Umbrella Bookstore, and many more! You can also purchase my exclusive designs from the sticker machine online right here.


Many thanks, y'all!

And happy love times ♡

Ashley

Musings, Inspirations, Features, Aesthetics

This is my personal dork center where I share things I like and dork out. This time about stop-motion animation and my bad music taste.

 

digital drawing inspired by La Casa Lobo (2018)

FILM


Recently, the Criterion Channel was streaming a bunch of excellent animated works both older and more contemporary. I’ve always been enchanted by stop-motion in particular, (Svankmajer and the like!) and ton of these films were leaving the streaming service at the end of December. So, naturally, I spent December 31st watching as many films on my list as I could reasonably handle before they turned into pumpkins at midnight lol.

La Casa Lobo/The Wolf House (2018) is one of the films I watched that day, and immediately captured my imagination (as seen in the illustration above!) It’s so visually impressive, and the eerie premise had me analyzing and thinking about every word, movement, motif, etc. Watching what is essentially a house full of sculptures come alive and tell a story is such a wonder. The love, care, and commitment this team of artists and filmmakers undertook to make this film is truly incredible, and it shows in every single frame.


✧ As much as I love me some of the aforementioned Jan Svankmajer, I haven’t actually been able to access and watch a number of his films, so I desperately wanted to watch Faust (1994) before it left Criterion as well. And of course, I fucking loved this film. It’s simply the tale of Faust, but obviously in the most Svankmajer way, full of puppets and clay and old things and food textures, all of which I am clearly and unabashedly partial to. Also for whatever reason I found it really refreshing to watch a film that has absolutely no dialogue at all for like, the first 30 minutes. Sometime just creaky noises and visuals is all I need to stay captivated lol.

IDK, I’m just a simple man that loves Czech cinema in a way that I have yet to figure out how to explain.


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A BAD PLAYLIST


I always love the magic of finding new music to listen to. I grew up listening to whatever my parents downloaded on Napster, whatever my older brother discovered and showed me, whatever was on the radio or TV. Soon that graduated into whatever CDs I could rip from my local library, whatever label’s compilation album I was handed out at Warped Tour, and whatever I could download from sketchy blogs full of pages with links to free RAR and ZIP files.

I've never had a very consistent taste in music. I like all the things I like for various different reasons, but at the end of the day I like them because something resonates with me and I just do. I’ve also never been very good at making playlists and mix CDs for this reason, a lot of it is pure whim and what I “feel” like and understandably most people don’t know how to make sense of someone else’s whims and wills and whatnot. But I think that it’s kind of fun, trying to parse out why these things got put in a category together when they’re all seemingly different.

This is all to say, I wanna share some tunes I’ve been listening to in this sort of ~bad compilation album~ style because I know people are always looking for things to listen to and my taste is kind of eclectic and especially bad but I'm trying to not care; so, this is my service to others with bad taste maybe looking for the same thing.

This playlist is a compilation of songs I was listening to while feeling absolutely pathetic. I was holding onto things that needed to be let go, but I wasn’t sure where I was supposed to go after moving on either. But I was also holding onto things for comfort, which I also greatly needed. So consider this like, the soundtrack to my weird internal tug-of-war between self-loathing and self-preservation. Also I’ve been listening to a lot of power metal lately because it’s something I find very comforting (Power Metal and City Pop are what bring me the most comfort these days?? lol)

 

FOR TEH LULZ

A small curation of memes and internet absurdities for the less serious sort.


sorry is this NSFW







♡ Thank you for reading! ♡

Ashley


An update on the state of Ashley, if you will.


OVERVIEW: Burnt out but that's okay // Valentine's Market // Comicz in da werkz

 

It probably goes without saying, but it’s been weird navigating the ever-changing online landscape these past few years; I’m trying to make space for myself, somewhere, somehow. I’ve been a long-time reader of blogs, so a blog felt like the most natural way to ~express myself~ with a multitude of possibilities.

Where have I been? What have I been doing? I’ve been nowhere, doing absolutely nothing. I’ve been running on all cylinders for a very long time and finally shattered them beyond repair. Entirely burnt out. There’s not a lot to lose when you’re a pile of ash however, with enough time, something new will grow from the desolation. You could say I’ve been nurturing myself, but what that really looks like is just taking a goddamn break.

I’m handling myself with greater care, and still recovering in a lot of ways. I’d like to find joy in sharing to online spaces again, and I’m hoping it starts here. Or somewhere around here, I’m not that particular.

I often have lots of goals with very little sense of direction. I might go at full speed towards one and it’s in the complete opposite direction of another that’s sitting next to it scribbled down on a list in a notebook I’ll forget about. I don’t know what I’m doing most of the time, but I’m compelled to do things and if it seems within reason, sometimes I do them. It is not a very elaborate or complex process because I have a smooth, parsnip-shaped brain that runs on peanut butter and wilted cabbage. But it’s gotten me this far, so here I am, I keep doing things and cannot be stopped and desperately have to stop myself sometimes.


I hope this clears things up, so please never ask me what I’m doing ever again. Perhaps next time, I will just tell you.

 


Valentine's Market + More


I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. It’s rather fleeting though, so you have to catch it in whatever ways you can and hopefully you can carry it with you throughout the year.

✧ In the online store, I’ll be restocking the HEARTBREAK sticker pack and ROMANCE 8x10 print through the end of February. I’ll also have a few new products, like hand-painted keychains and mini original paintings. I'll have a separate post with a lot more details about these-- I will say here though, the new paper I used for the 8x10 print is ~exquisite~ and I'm very excited about it!


✧ You can also catch me at the Valentine’s Day Market at The Beehive (666 S. State Street) on Saturday, February 12th and pick up some cute stuff in person! Erica puts on amazing events and markets for the local community here regularly, so be sure to drop in for some sweet Valentine's fun and yummy vegan treats at Mark of the Beastro!

✧ If you live in the Salt Lake valley, you may have seen that I have some designs in the Local Artist Sticker Machines in a bunch of coffee shops and local businesses, like Quarters Arcade Bar, Alchemy Coffee, Sunset Coffee, Under the Umbrella Bookstore, and many more! You can also purchase my exclusive designs from the sticker machine online right here.




Festoon 2 & 3


My boy Balloon is back in town!!!


Sort of. I’ve got the final two parts of Festoon written, but as a one-woman machine with several broken cylinders, I’m doing my best to slowly draw everything out. Naturally I want to make it look fun & great, but all I really hope for is that it makes you laugh. It’s not a particularly happy or good or even interesting story, but I think I’m very funny so if it doesn’t at least make you laugh or snort or giggle, then I have failed. A failure I will live with, sure, but it will scar me deeply knowing you did not laugh at my boy Balloon and his new cursed-sword companion, Prosciutto.


I think this is the part where, if I had my shit together and/or a marketing team, I’d give you a projected date of when you can read FESTOON instead of just telling you all about this thing I’m making that isn’t actually made yet but it’s BEING MADE I PROMISE— Since I’m full of mostly shit, I don’t have a date for you.


Let’s hope for FESTOON 2 by the end of the year that just started. That sounds… reasonable. Stay tuned?



One-shot Comics & Short Stories


No I cannot help myself, I am full of ridiculous made up stories to tell. Here’s some more comics I’m working on— these are more short-form, one-shot style, and due to their explicit and/or erotic nature will find a home in the Red Light District.


A CORRUPT VISION OF EROS is an exploration of loneliness, sex, death & alchemy. It follows Odessa, a meek and weary girl haunted by visions of a bastardized angelic entity lurking in the school she escaped to for refuge.

Think like, Picnic at Hanging Rock meets Uzumaki. And a dusting of THE ROSE EATERS lore (which, yES I am still working on!! Not to be mysterious but it’s ~redeveloping~ lol)


THE ANTIDOTE is a lighthearted, sexy sword & sorcery encounter between a bohemian snake-bodied lady and a stoic knight seeking her venom for an antidote.

INTERDIMENSIONAL LOVE-SLUG is a cute lil vignette about a homebound space traveller opening a mysterious new sex toy sent to her by her alien girlfriend.

VAMPIRE DEATHMATCH WRESTLING explains itself, slightly. I jumped heavy into professional wrestling this year and my whole world is now wrestling. I don’t know what it is exactly about it, other than the fact that wrestling is literally everything, but the one thing that really sold me on pro wrestling was the vampires in THE BROOD. It’s a short-lived gimmick that I wished lived on forever, hence the creation of this short story about two vampire brothers with a heated feud in a deathmatch wrestling promotion.

It’s about brotherhood, blood, and of course wrestling. I’m really passionate about this one, but I know it’ll test my skills and stretch my limits and I will struggle. But there’s also a tiny fire inside me that burns and whispers “VDW will live and you will laugh and be happy” and I’m gonna try to lean in and listen to it sometimes.

 

Welp, here you go, that’s what I’ve got to share for now. Uhhhhh bye-bye!


♡ P E A C E ♡

Ashley

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