looking for inspiration

(in all the wrong places)

It's dark in here! But art isn't always light and bright. Or beautiful. There are dark representations throughout its history. Whatever the theme: gritty, macabre, somber, disturbing, inappopriate or  darkly humorous, whatever the reason, it carries its own appeal. Wander this somewhat dim gallery where inspiration, like love, can be found in all the wrong places. Just remember to turn the light on when you leave.

The inspiration for this piece came to me one fine summer day after hearing the Billy Idol song of the same name. And I thought 'how apropos for 2020'. Which will go down in history as the year noses and mouths became a mystery. This image, along with 5 others, is part of my 2020 Vision Series featuring the ascerbic art of Covid.

EYES WITHOUT A FACE 
CLEANING HOUSE

This piece was inspired by something as simple and mundane as cleaning out my closets and cupboards. Cleaning House can be interpreted one of two ways; sucking out the clutter of manipulated thought to prepare fertile ground for purity and truth to thrive OR providing a clean space in which to house more crap. Let the beholder decide.   

HOOKED

One of three pieces I created for a Halloween series, Hooked is 35  layers of a dark little whimsy. The underwater hues and splashes of crimson are a quite fitting palette for this unfortunate sea creature who's been hooked in a most unfortunate manner, and where escaping the pull of dry land will prove to be a mite uncomfortable.

FACE WITHOUT
A MOUTH

Do you remember how lips and noses look? Me neither. Also part of my 2020 Vision Series, 2020 has been a helluva ride. From mask-wearing and the peer pressure police, to mass censorship of dissenting views, mixed with a healthy dose of civil unrest. If you still gotta asked what about 2020 inspired this image I'll give you the simple answer: EVERYTHING. 

FACE WITHOUT A MASK

Also known as 'Naked Face', when one commits a serious health and social faux pas, it goes on permanent record. Yet Naked Face is completely defiant in her non-compliance. Another piece of my 2020 Visions Series where the images are sold as a set or separately...but why split up a perfect set? Visit The Sketchie Beast store to purchase.

MURDER WITHIN MURDER

From horror movies to music to art, October is a month made to indulge in dark themes. And far be it from an artist born in October to pass up an opportunity. Such as this recently finished piece, the second feature of my Halloween series created especially for that October vibe.  

'It's not you, it's me'...'I don't deserve someone like you'...'we've just grown apart'...'I need time to find myself'...'we can still be friends'. Whether you've heard those words, or said them, meet  'Love is a Many Clichéd Thing'. Representative of our very human penchant for tragedy. Although I'm definitely a light at the end of the tunnel kind of gal, somtimes I like portraying what's inside the tunnel. 

LOVE IS A MANY
CLICHÉD THING
PUGILISTIC TENDENCIES

This nocturnal urban creature and his pugilistic tendencies is symbolic of the fighting spirit, something very prevalent in today's society. It represents battle, for good or bad, choosing your battles, and being prepared to duke it out when battle presents itself. For this piece I added pencil-sketched details. A technique that's new to my developing repertoir.

COVID TAKES A VACAY

More 2020 Vision fun. Maybe not in the best of taste but in perfect form. As Covid feels the best place to be found during societal chaos is sitting poolside sipping beer and watching it all unfold on the big screen. Damn cheeky bug.

DEAD SNOW ZOMBIES

Despite the repulsive reign of the Nazi regime, it's been bizzarely kept alive through the decades. From best-selling books to movies, it's a dark dot in 20th century history that nightmares are made of. This illustration is based on a screen shot from the movie 'Dead Snow Zombies'. If you thought Nazis were scary in their corporeal state, the flesh-eating undead ones are even more so.  

MONDAY NOIR

This piece was created for social media as a cynical Noir du Joir status post. Since Monday is a day that's universally disliked, it's the perfect day to inject a little edgy humor. This is a pure vector illustration and, as with all noir, it's not for the sensitive or easily offended.   

NON-COMPLIANT
COOTIES

Ah, 2020, where we've all developed a very unhealthy (pun intended) fear of 'cooties'. I, on the other hand, have always loved Cooties...their hard plastic body parts in primary colors. A favorite childhood game that inspired the image with a 2020 twist. This piece is also part of my 2020 Vision Series.

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