A looooong time ago (maybe five years?), I made these posters. I did it because I teach comics workshops to kids and adults, and one of my assignments for my students is to translate their favorite plot into sequential images to tell a story, using limited text in order to convey the points of the narrative using their drawings. I wanted to make an example for my students of how this can be done on a large scale, and I wanted to honor the books I had grown up with.
The posters were a big hit with all save for Warner Bros, who as we know are mighty and powerful and own a lot of rights to the Harry Potter franchise. They were not cool with the sale of these, so I didn’t sell them. Legal parody rights aside, I like to be respectful when people (even major corporations) protect their creative rights, so while I’m happy that these are shared and liked around the internet to this day, I’m not trying to make a buck from them.
So sometime last month, in the midst of my getting married and taking a premarital break from being in the studio, these things caught an internet updraft again and went back to being on the radar. I returned from my wedding to quite a lot of emails and tweets requesting (or demanding) that I sell or distribute these pieces as prints that people can hang on their walls. I love and appreciate the kind words of fans who wrote me, but I’m not going to print them for sale, for the reasons I stated above.
I ask that if you enjoyed the posters, support my future work by buying one of my books, or getting one from your library! I have lots to choose from, and you can warm your cockles knowing that you’re supporting a working artist and a fellow fan such as yourself, while hopefully getting to read some comics you enjoy. Thank you!
**Occasionally I will still print these posters to give out as prizes or for free with a book purchase at a convention where I’m appearing. Ask me about them at a show, if you’re interested! I go to many throughout the year. Follow me to find out where I’ll be next!**
"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti
When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become.
Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy.
"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."
Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet.
"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."
Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.
One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.
It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.
"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."”
From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.
Testing out some new photoshop techniques
The weapons are based off the ones that me and my friend Kit use as our Larp characters. Collectively, we’ve nicknamed ourselves Murder Bros. and this is not the first time I’ve drawn anything related to them:
Been working on these for the past couple of weeks. The beginning to a fairy tale idea that I have going on in my head….not really sure where I’m gonna go with this, but here is the beginning of it!
Harry Potter characters as Disney characters by Makani.
THESE ARE THE PERFECTEST VERSIONS OF THE HP CHARACTERS I HAVE EVER SEEN.
A professional illustrator based in Swansea.
So with the help of my friend Rose, I finally got around to making a facebook page to promote and sell my art! Likes and signal boosting would be much appreciated.
At the moment there’s only photos of some of the prints I did to sell at my end of year exhibition, but if you like them then they are for sale! (oh yeah, did I mention that I’m graduating this month? Well I am, with a 2:2 in illustration!)
I plan on uploading more images as soon as I find my external harddrive, as it seems to have gone on a walkabouts when I moved back from Uni…
(also special thanks again to Rose who, as well as poking me and buying my artwork, also photographed the rest of my work which came out looking far better than if I were taking the photos as I know buggerall about photography)
The Magical Calendar is one of the most amazing pieces of art and information available in Western Hermeticism.
Published in 1620, the Magical Calendar contains tables of correspondences arranged by number from one to twelve. They are based in part on extensive tables in Agrippa, book 2, chapters 4-14 but go well beyond anything in Agrippa, especially sigils. The engraving was executed by the brilliant Johannes Theodorus de Bry who illustrated other important occult works such as those of Robert Fludd. The author was Johann Baptista Großchedel. Carlos Gilly has identified the original manuscript on which the printed Magical Calendar was based as British Library manuscript Harley 3420.
Adam McLean published a wonderful study of it in The Magical Calendar: A Synthesis of Magical Symbolism from the Seventeenth-Century Renaissance of Medieval Occultism (available via amazon.com)