Tuesday, May 31, 2011


This was my final project for my World Mythology class. I decided to merge the Medusa and the Minotaur into one creature because I found a strong connection to the meaning behind each character; both the Medusa and the Minotaur represent the idea of facing and accepting your "inner uglies".

Jacques Derrida's take on the Medusa is that she symbolizes the ugly monster that lies inside the self, the inner demons that we try so hard to hide and are afraid to face. It is only when we can look the Medusa in the eye that we can overcome it and see ourselves completely. We cannot do as Perseus did, and hide it away in a bag, taking it out and using it as a weapon occasionally. Much like Perseus hid away Medusa’s head, Theseus killed the Minotaur and left it rotting in the labyrinth, thus representing a corresponding concept. The Minotaur was a monster that was the consequence of a mistake; he is a symbol of sin, inner guilt and shame. He was hidden away and also used as a weapon of punishment, which represents a lurking and undeniably darker aspect of the self. The Medusa and the Minotaur are innocent characters, both punished for a mistake or offense that was not their own. Both are also powerful and dangerous, but lonely and sad at the same time.

I enjoyed working on this piece because it was so personal to me and my inner struggles. I drew it in fine graphite with ink pen line work, and then did the rest of the color and textures digitally in Photoshop. I wish all the detail could be seen better here!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Something Old

"A lady from Wales caught a fish with no scales"
I can't remember the rest, but this was a limerick that I illustrated back in my sophomore year of college. This is how I like to do my ink work. I don't usually do much black and white anymore. I see this as a combination of Disney and Aubrey Beardsley...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Something New

I am yours often enough 
Dead in the deep end
Torrid little tale

I had so much fun doing this project, which was to illustrate a "Sexy Haiku". This piece doesnt quite fit in with the rest of my portfolio since it is done in a different medium. I tried something different and made a tight pencil drawing and then did the rest completely in Photoshop using textures and paint. I would really love to explore more in digital collage!