lootcrate, gallery nite, pretty deadly, and wicdiv

so–i’ve been busy again, especially since i just picked up reviewing several comic series for The Rainbow Hub:  Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnickThe Wicked + The Divine by Kieron GillenSex Criminals by Matt Fraction (who wrote Hawkeye), and Saga by Brain K. Vaughn (who wrote Runaways).

my Sex Criminals and Saga recap reviews come out later this week, but DECONNICK AND GILLEN BOTH REBLOGGED MY REVIEWS ON TUMBLR.

is this real life?!?!

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It’s Gallery Nite! And, I still need prompts.

So, yeah, I’m demo-ing digital painting/digital art tonight at Gallery Nite–I’ll be at the ARTgarage–and I STILL NEED PROMPTS.


Y’all are really letting me down, right now.  I’ve had two–TWO!–prompts, and they were both jellyfish.

We gotta do better on our communication, y’all.

All the information in the video because I’m mean, and because, two weeks in a row my Community Calendar has still be relevant.

I may get a handle of this yet.

Also, I did a lot of talking about my new series:  Paper Towns (Yes, like the John Green novel.) and Midas’ Touch (working title).

But, yeah, I’m going to do the prompts combined with the reduced palette color meme so–extra difficulty!

Did I mention that there’ll be a monitor so that everyone can watch me flounder?  Fun for the whole family!

And, I’ll have an array of nifty things that y’all can buy from me if that is a thing that you desire.

*pokes at capitalism*

Sketch-a-day is still progressing apace.

projecTransparency 1.13: (re: inspiration) 

a continuation of the inspiration conversation in which i babble about Gallery Nite, ‘Lain, my new series…es, and just general squee.

hush, squee happens on occasion.

*remember that shirts and things are available over on tentacle-made studios’ redbubble.

*and, that tentacle-made studios has commission page!

tentacle-made studios everywhere:

and, in case y’all are really curious about what i write for The Rainbow Hub, y’all should check out my tag there.

I may have also bought a craptastic video camera that’ll be coming in the mail soon.


Okay, I gotta go do the thing where I post The Rainbow Hub’s social media and get my junk together for Gallery Nite.

See y’all there.


*is very excited for The Night Before Our Stars*

I’m wearin’ my Pizza-John shirt and everything.

(Is where a Pizza-John shirt to The Night Before Our Stars like wearing a band’s shirt when you got to see them in concert?  Am I that person?  DO I CARE?!?!)

I have new postcards-prints for my upcoming *handwaves* things.  I’m trying to decide if I want to take them to Gallery Nite on the 19th.

What do y’all think?

Ya know, in addition to the previous set of postcard-prints I had made.

(I wish I had the dosh to get t-shirts made because SHIRTS!)

I have, however, gotten myself a sign; although, awful picture taken by me is awful.

*is punch-pleased*

Idek why the cephalabun is my go-to for everything, but it is.  (It’s probably because the cephalabuns are my nephews favorite.  *hands*)

So, yeah, I’m still having difficulty remembering to post the projecTransparency videos/vlogs over here.  I’ve only done 11; I don’t know what I expect from myself.

(A lot.  Y’all have no clue how much I expect all the time.)

This time I’m talking about where my inspiration comes from and welcoming ‘Lain to the project.  (I’ll have her making vids yet.)

So, yeah, stuff and things and excitement.

I’ve also been converting some of my sketch-a-days into digital paintings for, ya know, shirts and iPhone covers and things that are available on Redbubble, like, this guy:


I’ve also taken up the task of social media person for The Rainbow Hub.  I mean, I just schedule posts to happen, but it means that the Boss doesn’t have to worry about it.  Kori worries about to much as it is.

I’m still going on the sketch-a-day, and they keep getting more illustritive and less *blech* so that’s good.

And, because I suck out loud at remembering to do this, here’s last week’s projecTransparency in case y’all didn’t see it.


stuff and things

So, I’ve kinda started a new project that currently has no name–well, I’m kinda referring to it as Project Transparency, but that seems kinda pretentious–and it’s a vlogging project so–yay?

I made the first entry today:

And–I ended up with me saying something ableist, and I’m sorry.  I’m working to eradicate that sort of oppressive language (that totally encourages my own internalized ableism towards myself) from my usage.  I messed up; I’m still working on it.

I was really trying to wait to start this project until I had a better video camera but who knows when that will be,  so instead, I decided to just jump in with all tentacles.

But, yeah, the idea is to make the art-making process transparent for non-artists.  Maybe even do some more of the stand-and-stir arting (with a fuckton more editing because, omg, those were awkward) or process vids.

Are there things that y’all would like to see done?

I mean, I’ve been doing some digital painting and procreate has this neat function where you can export the history of your piece as a video.  Here’s a playlist of them thus far.

They’re kinda neat to watch.

(NB:  Gnome and ‘Lain are discussing putting my time-lapse art vids to music.  That’s exciting.)

(By-the-by, I’m still trying to be brave enough to put commission prices up other than in that one post I did–what can I say, I’m kinda scared.  Is there interest?  Because, if there is, I’m likely to be, well, I still be scared like whoa, but at least, I’ll know I’m not annoying anyone with it.)

saint ravenstag
digital painting
‘trie blasingame

So, I’m not going to put a whole lot of  the new sketch-a-days in this post because it’s already getting ridiculously long, but again, if you’d like to see the sketch-a-days in their entirety, either check out my #studiosquid or #sketchaday Tumblr tags (since I’ve kinda been doing Pacific Rim and Hannibal sketches for the last couple of weeks).

Also, it’s really easy to just duck into my sketch-a-day Flickr set.

But, I’ve actually managed to complete a conceptual, mixed media piece so–yay!

gilded hive
found object, aluminum mesh, spray paint
‘trie blasingame

And, on a side note with More Information Forthcoming, I’m going to be participating in Definitely DePere again this year.

(It’s also my birthday today.)


don’t mind me; been busy

I’ve been working on a commission all week and getting ready to teach at SAW for the next couple of weeks (It’s not too late!  You can still sign up for classes!  There are adult ones too!) and with the writing for The Rainbow Hub (I’m Trie over there.  And did I mention that my BAMF Women Superheroes series has been extended and now has it’s own drop-down menu?  Tell me that isn’t seriously awesome.  And–if that isn’t all amazing enough–Kelly Sue DeConnick liked my Captain Marvel article.  Take that, snarky voices!), so yeah, I’ve been busy.

unnamed friends: velveteen lynx
fiber sculpture/art doll
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame


This guy’s almost 2′ tall (he’s 22″).  He took like 30-40 hours to make, and he has a huge washer in his bottom (*snicker* bottom) with magnets so that he sits all proper-like.

…he also came out more Tom Servo that my drawing but whatever.

He was a pain to sew, ngl.

I’ve also gotten hooked on Welcome to Night Vale and have committed fanart–after a fashion:

All Hail the Glow Cloud!
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

Basically, he’s the Glow Cloud from Welcome to Night Vale but in the style of my unnamed friends series.

So, “fanart” in the same way that At-At is a Star Wars fanart or God-Emperor is a Dune fanart?  Like, only if you squint?

unnamed friends: At-At
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
unnamed friends: God-Emperor
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

New Quarter’s also going up, and I’m not certain what I’m showing.  *hands*  It just hasn’t been important this week.

unnamed friends: vulture-loon
acrylic and ink on recycled materials
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

unnamed friends: just a squid
acrylic and ink on masonite
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, because I’ve had spinning in my life recently:

Both are Hello Purl art batts; both are just amazing and the best.

*loves on them*

I’ve also set up a Society6 shop, and I am working on setting up a RedBubble shop for all of your tentacle-made studios shopping needs.

So, yeah, just wanted to touch base with y’all while I’m running crazy.

Courage and cake (mmmmmm, cake).

So, yeah, it’s evidently my WordPress-anniversary?

Not that I have exciting things today.

Okay, that’s a lie.  I always have exciting things.  I AM THE GOD OF EXCITING THINGS.

…they’re exciting to me at any rate.

Untitled artwork 2013-05-28 (08.45.17-328 PM)
unnamed friends: algae primate revisited
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
wall-eyed Morph-bird 2013-05-28 (08.45.14-918 PM)
unnamed friends: wall-eyed Morph-bird
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Balsingame
Untitled artwork 2013-05-28 (08.45.20-775 PM)
unnamed friends: bubblegum-bitch
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
unnamed friends_ brain-bird 2013-05-28 (08.45.18-504 PM)
unnamed friends: brain-bird
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

So, evidently, I’m getting a handle on using my iPad for painting-purposes.  Yay me!  It’s letting me continue the unnamed friends series without being in my studio. <–Sssshhhh…these guys currently aren’t on my Flickr yet.  As special thing for y’all.

On-the-go arting.  I likes it, my precious.  It’s like arting out of my backpack when  I was in art school.

Good times.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denoument: Eater of Worlds (left) & S.G. Dagon (right)
mixed media (like whoa)
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: palimpsest
mixed media
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

One of my most recent mixed media pieces: palimpsest. A palimpsest is “a manuscript page from a scroll or book from which the text has been scraped or washed off and which can be used again.”  So, not literally but yeah.  This was once part of a color field diptych that I’ve recycled.

It’s also kinda combining several different modes I’ve been working in:  fiber/art yarn, color field painting, and my taxonomy series. So, that’s a thing.

Honestly, this is totally not my favorite piece; however, I have had several people really love it. I think it’s kinda safe and pedantic and not really doing more than being pretty, but conceptually, the idea is embedded in the idea of the palimpsest as well as making references to Beauty and the Beast (which is so often the safest of fairytales in my mind) but problematizing it by being on the outside of the story–we are but observers hearing the stories told over and over and going to see ruins–and placing visuals cues for women’s work and how Beauty is both the paragon and the subversion of femininity as well as cue-ing for Rose Windows: symbol of the Virgin Mary as well as being one of the main points of Biblical education in pre-literate Europe.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: non-Euclidean geometry (or, The Queen’s Mirror)
mixed media
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

So, I have a massive thing for the Queen’s magic Mirror. Mirrors (and windows) kinda freak me out because they’re these places of Otherness and alterity.  They’re, theoretically, showing us reality, but that reality is different for each person, so how can it really be reality.  It’s very quantum.

And, the Queen’s Mirror is even more-so because it sees everywhere, sees the future, sees the past, is a voice and face that only exists for one person, and can move into our world to become something even more horrifying, more grotesque.  So, yeah, the Mirror is kinda a thing for me.

non-Euclidean geometry is kinda the Mirror taken to different places: objects in space, bulbous and grotesque, the Sacred Heart, and the vagina dentata. All of this framed in fairytale, illuminated manuscript ways. There’s even some Scott Treleavan reference in there in the framing.

I kinda like these little Vine-vidlets for documenting my pieces. They’re so difficult to photograph; I think the vidlets do better.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, this has gotten really long again, so I’m out.