New Home Is Where The Internet Is! Tumblr’s 10-page limit is keeping me from posting the whole thing, so head on over to the webcomic to read the rest (plus a blog post with Paris photos and doodles).
I’m going to Strasbourg tomorrow!!! I’m so excited. We might take a day trip into Germany and the Black Forest 8-D AHHHHHH. Back soon, love and hugs~
-Your friend Tally
Tally is not only an AMAZING comic artist but she’s living the dream! I hope my girls grow up and don’t let the constant yet abstract notion of fear dictate how they live in this world. Way to go Tally!! :D
I love this so much! As someone who’s only really started to travel in the last year, I totally get that initial terror. I’ve been pretty fortunate, and made so many friends all over the world. I went to Boston on a whim this weekend and got to spend an evening with comic people I met mostly through twitter - and everyone was wonderful. Yes, I got terrible food poisoning on the way home, but I also got to have barbecue and Manhattans with people who used to be strangers. Travel! It’s good for you.
I think this was my favorite illustration out of them all. Ages ago, I had to illustrate a train station scene, and looking back I was mortified by the result. This was a way to try it again and redeem myself a bit. Also, getting to draw a hat box and a dolman in the same illustration was a highlight.
Illustration is for the second volume of the Ouroboros Cycle.
Fyodor is inspirational in that kind of way that makes me want to work even harder and be even better. Everything he does is amazing.
Are you one of the five fans of my Hard Femme Mermaid illustrations? If so, you’ll be pleased to know I’m selling them in sticker form on my Etsy for $2 each!
MERMAID STICKERS!!! 8DDD
There are times when I’m not so sure about the phenom that is “hard-femme”
And then I realize that I might be “hard-femme”
All of my interests.
Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008. It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there. It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them. A larger work gets talked about from time to time. It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories. Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans. Thank you for taking the time to read it.
Salvador Dali drawing a penis on the forehead of a woman and signing it with Picasso’s signature.
Alright you know I won’t say no but it’s totally rude to steal my drink.
Tip of a ballpoint pen highly magnified.
I just feel like everyone should see this
let’s be honest: the real star of the show here is not the ruff but the eyepatch. and i feel like i could present this post entirely without commentary and you guys would still be like, SOLD. AMAZING. and that’s totally legit. but ana de mendoza had such an interesting life i’m going to tell you all about her anyway!
ana, or, in full, doña ana de mendoza y de la cerda, princess of éboli, duchess of pastrana, in her own right princess of mélito, duchess of francavilla, countess of aliano, was a spanish noblewoman who was like ridiculously scandalous and considered ridiculously beautiful by her contemporaries. the story goes that she lost the eye when she was just a kid fencing with a pageboy, which really begs the question of what happened to that poor page, you know? can’t imagine that’s a great line to have on your CV. took out my boss’s daughter’s eye. [more prosaically, she also may have had both of her eyes but covered up the one to correct or hide the fact that they were misaligned.] her family was very rich and influential and married her at the age of 12 to the prince of éboli, then in his mid-30s, which made her even more rich and influential. he was one of the king’s most trusted advisors during the first few decades of philip ii’s reign, but eventually her husband died, after they had 6 surviving kids together.
so after her first husband’s death ana fell in with the bloke who served as secretary to philip ii, antonio pérez, and had replaced ana’s first husband as one of his closest advisers. [sidebar: people who know only the anglocentric narrative of the 16th century tend to forget that philip ii had a long and storied career in spain where, you know, he was king in his own right, and didn’t just play a bit role in the sad and sordid drama that was the end of mary tudor’s life??] ana was a favourite of philip’s third wife, elisabeth of valois, and was apparently a favourite of philip’s; some say she was his mistress, and/or that he was obsessed with her, which lead to her downfall, but i leave that one to the winds of time. anyway, ana and pérez led one particular faction of the court that wielded influence over philip ii [and profited from it]; whether they were lovers, i also leave in the air.
pérez played on the unstable relationship with philip ii’s half-brother don juan of austria, who was then the governor of the low countries [the netherlands] on philip’s behalf. pérez convinced philip ii that juan de escobedo, don juan’s secretary, was encouraging don juan to agitate for power… though he was probably more concerned about what escobedo was saying about ana and pérez and their dubious schemes. apparently [so said pérez ] philip ii agreed that pérez could kill escobedo. which he did, BADLY; having tried to poison him a couple times, and failing, he eventually hired assassins to cut the dude down in the street. but philip kind of came to his senses within the year and had pérez arrested, and ana was put under house arrest as accomplice to his schemes.
pérez managed to weasel out of serious punishment, but ana was further punished, and stripped of everything she owned, and kept imprisoned without trial for the rest of her life, where she died more than a decade later. there are those who say that her romantic refusal of philip is why he was so severe on her, but it’s also possible that she pissed him off with sheer pride. says the feminist encyclopedia of spanish literature about her: “she seems to have possessed a strong personality, making her more willing to fight than to surrender… many accused her of being arrogant, domineering, and willful”. she was definitely fierce and independent and it’s easy to see why popular imagination has so consistently fixated on her. she’s been portrayed on film quite a few times, most recently in la conjura de el escorial and la princesa de éboli, if you want to check those out.
or you can just stare at her portraits admiringly, like i do.
Ballet brain — TEDxAmsterdam + the Dutch National Ballet visualize the human brain through dance in this beautiful performance from the Dutch event. Watch the whole performance here»