tales of apocalypto

Welcome to the doom & gloom diary of eroded, corroded, eve of destruction themes with, at times, a touch of whimsy. Enjoy the journey through this Apocalyptic wasteland and come back out on the other side appreciative of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Or the pursuit of gloominess, whichever your preference.


Modern Love is another part of the artist's 2020 Vision series. With Covid-19 being the main theme of 2020, and making it feel as seriously surreal as any year in this artist's personal history, she thought of having a little fun with the idea of love during a pandemic, where one can't be too careful. A mix of retro charm with an ongoing love of gas mask imagery.


This illustration was part of the artist's initial Sketchpad Series, an exercise in getting the hang of the digital pen and pad. Starting the base in Illustrator, the fine details were added in Photoshop, the usual layers of erosion and corrosion. And because the artist believes color is what makes a subject evocative, a somber palette is apropos for this war torn city.  


Laila, The Sketchie Beast's furry, four-legged Siamese grandkitty and muse, debuted in a renowned Laguna Beach art show in 2019. Wearing her best apocalyptic headgear, Portrait of Laila, a serioius conversation starter, has been a popular feature at the artist's events and hangs on 4 walls across the country. Now with a series of images, a dedicated web page of her own, an Instragram account (lailas_nation) and her own line of merchandise, Laila is a grrrrrrl to content with.


Art lovers love beach scenes. They're inspiring to artists as well, possessing a timeless appeal. What kind of artist would The Sketchie Beast be if she didn't include a gratuitous beach scene in her collection? Here is her non-traditional take on a classic genre.  


Among the very first of the artist's first sketchpad illustrations, the subject created more for honing  skill with the digital implements than making a serious piece. This apocalyptic-themed image had its challenges in choosing a color palette that would give it visual impact. The artist decided on military-monochromatic.   

© 2019 by Victoria Caro Johnson / The Sketchie Beast

 Ecclesiastes 3:11