The Mandrake (Mandragora Officinarum) has been a subject of superstition and awe for centuries. Because of the root's humanlike form, it has been used as an aphrodisiac, a potion to make soldiers of the Middle Ages invisible to enemies, a sedative, a fertility restorer, an expeller of demons, and an inducer of madness. It also enjoys entangling itself in various species of vine. Medium: ink and watercolor on paper.
This painting was inspired after viewing a male friend's collection of vintage "catfight" photos from the 50's. Far different from the crass violentgirl fightvideos popular on YouTube these days, the catfights of the 50's were photographed as two hired, giggling curvy models posed with strategically lifted skirts showing hints of silky garters or brief glimpses of lacy bras. I liked how the photos prompt the imagination to fill in the gaps rather than let it all spill out right there on the cold hard concrete. Medium: enamel on wood.
This illustration appeared in Issue #5 of the excellent independent art magazine, Faesthetic. Faesthetic is printed once a year and features emerging and underground artists, photographers, and illustrators. Since the theme of Issue #5 was "FIVE & NUDITY", I chose to illustrate my favorite playing card. Medium: ink on paper, digital color.