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‘Books’ by Mateus Domingos

‘Books’ by Mateus Domingos

Through his use of pen on paper, Mateus Domingo creates stories. I’ve not read his work with words, but if it’s anything like his simple yet ingenious illustrations, his words must create unusual, sometimes sad but engaging tales.   Mateus’ naked characters are often found in strange situations, creating a subtle dark humour that definitely made me smile. He was kind enough to answer some questions for me about what happens when pen hits paper. 

Name you credit your work with: Mateus Domingos

Weapon of choice (medium in which you create!) and why?

Pen and card for drawing and writing, it’s easy to switch between ideas.

Where do you tend to draw your inspiration from?

All kinds of films inspire the composition of the drawings.

On your Etsy page, you explain ‘These drawings often feature naked people, chairs, yoga, falling, running and balancing’; why is it that you find yourself attracted to drawing these themes?

I seem to like drawing people and people doing these actions are often funny or strange. They are also simple things and they look especially funny (but also sad and lonely) when the character is naked. I’ve just been through art school so I’ve got a lot of theoretical hang ups about how I make work and reducing an element of my practice to the drawing of these actions is quite a nice way of stepping outside of all that. I also like the idea that it can be reduced to a list of things like that as it establishes rules to be broken!

You also explain that you are primarily a writer; do you find your drawings and writing feed off of each other in any way? Do you find when drawing you create ideas for your writing, and vice versa?

The writing is usually about exactly the same ideas as I’m usually trying to explore in the drawing, which are issues of time, reality, love, desire and loss. They are happening to different characters though and in different worlds so I don’t really see them as in direct dialogue. I think it’s often more important that the drawings are funny, and maybe it’s the positioning of these characters in funny ways that influences the writing, just through that consideration of the body.

Was there anything specific that influenced your drawing Books?

I often draw or write things to see if I believe them. I think I wanted to know whether I believed in books.

What are the details of Books? (Inks, paper used etc.)

Black fineliner on 200gsm card.

Who are your artistic idols?

John Baldessari and Joan Miró especially. These drawings are probably the result of a high exposure to Gary Larson’s The Far Sidewhen I was younger.

Do you have a favourite piece of work,? Something you are particularly proud of?

Of the drawings I have online right now, I really like Remorse. Sometimes the figures come out a little too normal, In Remorse the guy has a good weirdness. Also it’s one of the ones that i find quite happy and sad.

Are you working on anything special currently?  

I’m working on an edit of a short novel I wrote. It’s the first time I’ve worked with an editor and the collaboration aspect of it is really good and I think it’s adding a lot to the original text.

 Mateus Domingos’ on Etsy
Mateus Domingos’ Website


‘Vengeful Sprites’ by Sophie Blackhall-Cain

‘Vengeful Sprites’  by Sophie Blackhall-Cain

Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, Sophie Blackhall-Cain’s Etsy-selling endeavors are only a few months old, however her delicate illustrations have managed to attract a lot of love around social-networking trapsSophie was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about her piece Vengeful Sprites, and how her art becomes a fully flourished work from a single song lyric.

Name: Sophie Blackhall-Cain

Location: Brisbane

Weapon of choice (medium in which you create) and why?

I love Indian ink and sable brushes/nibs for drawing lines as they’re so graceful and striking, but because I am indecisive and messy, Photoshop is awesome for colouring as I can simply ctrl+z anything I don’t like/that’s not working. Traditional methods are still really visually appealing to me, so I try to make my digital stuff look as traditional as possible.

What inspires your art?

Songs, stories and narratives. Visualising the imagery behind stories has always been one of my greatest joys. I’m currently turning Joanna Newsom’s song Colleen into a comic.

What was the particular inspiration for ‘Vengeful Sprites’? Any story behind it’s creating?

It’s a reply to a piece by one of my favourite illustrators, Kali Ciesemier, who depicted a male god-like figure and his goading sprite helpers. I reversed the genders, made the sprites vengeful and threw in a sailor for good measure, because sailors are awesomely fun to draw. It was also inspired by the Greek myth about furies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erinyes I mean, how badass is that?!

What are the details of the original Vengeful Sprites print, and the details of the ones for sale on Etsy?

The original is only an ink outline on grained rag which I’ve scanned in: the colours were added digitally. The one for sale on Etsy is a giclée print of my digital painting!

Despite being from Brisbane, a lot of your art depicts the colder seasons a lot more, such as It was in the way she’d curl her toes at a particularly resonant piece of prose and  Oh, you are the roots that sleep beneath my feet and hold the earth in place; is there a fascination with winter or a reason behind your depictions of winter/autumn?

Definitely! I don’t find sub-tropical Brisbane weather or the immediate Queensland landscape that inspiring, so I gravitate more towards other environments because they’re new and different.

Who are your artistic idols (if any?)-

I’ve already mentioned Kali Ciesemier. Sam Bosma, Kaye Blegvard, Lizzie Stewart and Angie Hoffmeister are all illustrators I admire to the hilt.

Is your art purely for pleasure, or do you have any plans on taking it further?

At the moment it’s for my own enjoyment, but I would love to work full-time in illustration! Stupid university, always getting in the way of more worthwhile pursuits…

Are you working on anything special currently?

I’d love to illustrate Vashti Bunyan’s The Trawlerman’s Song, or a few traditional Appalachian ballads. When I finally complete my Colleen comic, it will be compiled to be bought in my Etsy store. In a few weeks I’ll also be illustrating a shirt for Made in the Now, so that’s really exciting!

Do you have a favourite piece of work that you have done? Something you are particularly proud of?

I’m staring right now at this enormous piece I did in grade 12, for my final art assignment. It’s a huge canvas, it takes up about half of the wall, and it depicts Lady Macbeth dying and her spirit being borne away. It’s creepy, but I can’t bring myself to stash it away.

Sophie Blackhall-Cain’s Etsy Store 
Sophie Blackhall-Cain’s Website