Please note that all of my work is © All Rights Reserved - No Usage Allowed in Any Form Without the Written Consent of Cat T. S. aka nightmares n fairy tales (Flickr) aka izohgore (SB).
Tendencies of dark & dry humor; sarcastic; blunt; insomniac; migraine sufferer. Straight-Edge Vegetarian (Ⓥegan); Illustrator, graphic designer, tattoo designer, visual artist, freelance mixed medium fine artist. Active in animal rescue and rehabilitation. Obsessions & passions include: photography, creating, cooking; baking; heirloom & organic gardening; knitting; hiking; orchids; on and off road motorcycle riding; sewing; plushies; art dolls; art journals (moleskins); printmaking; block printing; polymer clay sculpting; fountain dip pens & liquid ink; zines (making & collecting); Amigurumi (especially creepy/creepy-cute); video gaming; bibliophile, collecting & reading independent comics; reading: sci-fi, fairytales, fantasy, legends, mythology, true crime, bizarre history, paranormal, and studying many different subjects (especially Ethology); theater: plays & musicals; Anthropomorphism; running with my pack; MTB; Yoga; and horror genre-macabre subjects in art, films, and books. Fave holiday is Halloween/Samhain.
Some fave artistic themes: macabre, dark, fairytales, legends/folklore, mythology, fantasy, sci-fi, horror/gore, mystical, all animals (see pets in additional info section; Particularly fond of Dachshunds, Pugs, All Cats & Persians, Parakeets, Owls, Turtles, Rodents, & Lagomorphs), surreal, realism, retro-futurism, vintage, anime/manga, comic books, bizarre, fantasy, tentacles, trilobites, scarabs, crimson red, geeky, Irish/Celtic, & steampunk. There is one thing I truly dislike: clowns. Never been a fan of overdone soft pastels/pink/glitter (pink e.g. love Nintendo character Kirby & Valentines Day pinks & pink flowers are fine, pastel colored art supplies are lovely & useful but, not a fan of wearing pink socks/hats/scarves). Not a fan of ball sports.
::Geek Out:: Evil Dead, Lenore, Fillerbunny, JTHM, FSc, Dirge, Vasquez, Neil Gaiman, Nintendo (Yoshi, Zelda/Link, Mario, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Onii, Pikmin, etc.), Playstation, Horror Conventions, Studio Ghibli, InvaderZIM, Froud, Dark Crystal (& especially Fizzgig), Doctor Who, David Tennant, Torchwood, Big Bang Theory (Bazinga!), Sheldon Cooper, Redwall, Nivek Ogre, Serena Valentino (N&FT), Steve Niles, Hayao Miyazaki, Totoro; his pals & Catbus, Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service, Assassin's Creed, Squee, Tarantino, Prachett, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Anne McCaffrey, del Toro, Miyazaki, Henson, Warriors, Last Unicorn, The Cat Returns, Shaun of the Dead, Secret of NIMH, Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton, E.T., Darko, The Walking Dead, Greg the Bunny, Dead Like Me, Six Feet Under, True Blood, Dexter, etc. etc. etc.
::Small sampling of some fave authors:: Edgar Allan Poe, J.R.R. Tolkien, Roman Dirge, Jhonen Vasquez, FSc, Neil Gaiman, Serena Valentino, Brian Keene, Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Jonathan Safran Foer, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Hope Romero, Brian Jacques, Terry Pratchett, Christopher Paolini, Erin Hunter, Kathryn Lasky, Holly Black, Kelley Armstrong, Kate DiCamillo, Aprilynne Pike, Margery Williams Bianco, Suzanne Collins, Alan Alexander Milne, Melissa Marr, Cornelia Funke, Charlaine Harris, C. J. Cherryh, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Ursula K. Le Guin, Mary Shelley, Mark Twain, Richard Adams, Alexandre Dumas, George Orwell, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, etc. etc. etc.
Please note that all of my work is © All Rights Reserved - No Usage Allowed in Any Form Without the Written Consent of Cat T. S. aka nightmares n fairy tales (Flickr) aka izohgore (SB). Some examples from illustrated OOAK ATCs, Limited hand pulled printmaking PCs, OOAK Illustrated Mail Art, OOAK Jewelry, OOAK Art Dolls, & OOAK Plushies original creations made by me. Get a closer look or to view more, my work is locked on Flickr:
ATCs, Inchies, Twinchies, Rinchies, Skinnies & Rolos; expect illustrated or painted originals (I also have custom Moos printed from my photography/art & if I have them on hand, they are included in my swaps), some of my cards are from series which are numbered, & ALL are signed. I usually use mixed mediums of pen/ink, marker, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, colored pencil, color sticks, handmade natural papers, hand carved/etched/desiged block prints, and/or acrylics. Illustrated cards usually take quite a bit of planning, study, & time to complete. They also present a challenge to an illustrator due to their small size. Some of you that choose not to illustrate, do not realize the work involved in these cards, please take a moment to think about what I sent you if you do have me a partner. Each of my works are a miniature work of art & each of my works are a piece of me, please be respectful. I take critique on all of my work seriously. If I do use photographs/pictures (rare) incorporated into my work, images are from photos that I have taken. I also enjoy producing, contributing, & swapping zines. These cards & zines are my fun between large projects & my work, if someone is disrespectful, I no longer deem this as fun. I am a visual artist, I feel my work should speak for itself in most instances, love notes, extras, or materialist items should NOT be a necessity to acquire bonus points or hearts. I do not believe in black mail, a swapping website is certainly not the place to demand materialistic extras for hearts, those that do should be ASHAMED of yourselves. A quality swap produced from the swap description should be what your committed swap entails. Taking the time to fulfill your swap project to the highest potential, should be what concerns everyone, including greedy swappers. Creativity is a necessity for me personally; put effort, thought, & time into a piece, & you will be reciprocated w/positivity, respect, a perfect score & heart. Artist Trading Cards are just as their name implies, miniature works of art, I think some ATC swappers need to be reminded on this, and positivity & respect for other artists should be paramount, do unto others how you would like to be treated & respected, especially when it comes to your work. On a side note, I also participate in sketchbook & finished art exhibitions around the country (meet me in person @ local area shows).
If we swap, expect feedback prompt from me, & I hope you will be kind enough to do the same for me in return. I put effort & love into my personal projects, I'm sure you do the same, & it's nice to hear if someone appreciates all your work & effort. Please read my above section notes about ratings & swap-bot hearts.
As an artist the full spectrum is my playground but, I do find myself partial to reds, particularly crimson & deep reds. Also am fond of greens, violets, blues, achromatic colors (& achromatic colors combined w/reds), earth tones & autumn colors.
I have been asked a number of times the brands & products that I use for some of my creations. Here are some of the products I use regularly.
We keep quite the menagerie at this household, a strong love for animal friends, & I love all animals. We have a common red-eared slider turtle named Darwin, an indoor aviary w/a small flock of colorful budgie parakeet birds. And we have a full pride of kitties (fond of all cats, especially Persians) & a pack of small dogs (particularly fond of Dachshunds & Pugs & mixes are beautiful).
I make conscious decisions about my health, dietary needs, & environment; organic, fair trade, & natural whole foods w/out additives are the best choices for me. I suffer from adverse allergic reactions to MSG & other food additives & preservatives. Sensitive to oranges & grapefruit, cause severe migraine. Prefer cuppa tea to coffee (never have been a coffee fan), and caffeine free only, (please don't send tea, I cannot have artificial or natural flavorings or other artificial or natural additives due to my migraines & sensitivity to these kinds of ingredients.). Fortunately I have discovered that I can have small doses of vegan chocolate, I'm a huge fan of carob. I also have skin reactions to many topical products, this includes lip balms, fragrances are a problem in most cases w/commercial products, please do not scent your envies, cards, or packages w/scents, I suffer from migraines from most scents. Vegan for life, cruelty-free products. I either make my own or purchase many handmade cruelty-free personal products from Etsy. P.S. I also enjoy making vegan bento lunches, check out my Flickr for some photos, tagged vegan bento.
When it comes to music; metal (\m/ Sepultura, Soulfly, etc.), hardcore (Sick of It All, Spudmonsters, Cro-Mags, etc.), industrial (Skinny Puppy, OhGr, etc.), alternative/rock (Tool, Nirvana, Tori Amos, Bjork, etc.), & punk (Fugazi, 7 Seconds, Black Flag, etc.) fan. Not a huge rap fan, well I do like some old school (Sugar Hill Gang, Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys), detest most modern rap, and I can NOT tolerate R&B, country, & most soft rock..
I have an entire room (& then some) dedicated to my books, a true bookworm, I indulge myself in many subjects. Besides subjects on animal behavior or about animals in general, my favorite subjects include; horror, sci-fi, & graphic novels/comics (& also enjoy reading children's books), art & photography, & vegan cookbooks.
Fan of fairy tales, fantasy, animals, science fiction, horror & gore; faeries (darker varieties are much more interesting than Tinkerbell), goblins, fey creatures, dragons, mermaids, unicorns, enchantment, etc.; & all the usual ghouls associated w/horror... such as monsters (even the cute beasties), zombies, were cats/wolves, vamps, etc. Some fave tales/authors/illus. (list could go on & on) include: A Grimm, Perrault, Hans Cristian Anderson, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Mary Shelley, H.P.Lovecraft, Jhonen Vasquez, FSc, Roman Dirge, Brom, Brom Stoker, Lord Byron, John William Polidori, J.R.R.Tolkien, Serena Valentino, & Edward Gorey; The Last Unicorn, The Juniper Tree, The Tell Tale Heart, The Black Cat, Little Red Riding Hood, Alice In Wonderland, Mrs. Grigsby & the Rats of Nihm, Snow White and Rose Red, Secret Garden, Sleepy Hollow, Spiderwick Chronicles, Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Narnia, Warriors, His Dark Materials, Oz, Harry Potter, The Little Mermaid, The Wild Swans, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Rapunzel, Pied Piper, The Adventures of Pinocchio, etc. (& etc. & etc.) Artistically rendered nudity is fine, & language may be foul but, not taken in sexual context, catch my drift? I also have a issues w/things that may be deemed racist, sexist, or pornographic. I'm a horror fan, so faux gore is acceptable (NOTE: STRONGLY dislikes clowns). Though, I do caution, I have peeves about animal cuelty & animals being harmed in fine art depictions (in most instances), and, I'm not referring to the Coyote plummeting off of deep ravine.. Hear me?
Preferred trading & swapping: fellow illustrating, printmaking, & fiber artists (contact me to do private custom trade, Also interested in trading my fine art for other artisan mediums that are not of my specialty). If you excel or specialize in collage (besides, I don't do it but, I don't knock it, I've seen some amazing collages in the past) , fiber arts, other mediums, etc., then I'm sure I will love trading/swapping w/you. I'm sorry but, I will not tolerate sticker slapping nonsense, those that sticker slap will never acquire a heart from me (read more about hearts in above description, in bold).
Veganism * Organic * Pro-Environment * Animal Welfare * Self-Sufficiency * Animist * Straight-Edge *
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