Birth Story

It's turning out to be an interesting season at Get Messy this time round! During the last season - The Season of Art 101 - I followed many of the prompts and tutorials, and the pages I created were very clearly influenced by these choices. During this season - The Season of Contrast - I have …

Action Man and Space Woman Build a House!

This piece* is influenced by the Season of Contrast that's taking place at Get Messy right now. What happens when two seemingly opposite characters get together to work on something? Can each see and value the other's qualities? *Is this a visual poem? A comic or a comics poem? An art journaling spread? A movie …

Chorus

Chorus: Is your world borrowed From the man in your life? Buttoned-up, Rolled-up, One-size-up? Unmask The force inside And joy Comes out of the blue. * * * This page began with a wonderful gouache tutorial from Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd as part of the Season of Art 101 over at Get Messy. I didn't have any gouache …

The beautiful one and the ugly one

The beautiful one and the ugly one. — a split I can very much relate to, some days more than others. It's not just about how you think you might look to others. It's about how you see yourself and, more importantly, how you feel. In the second Totems class we have been looking at …

The street is not a street

I am diving into comics poetry this Autumn, inspired by Bianca Stone's online poetry comics class. What is a comics poem and how do you go about writing/drawing one? In the happy absence of fixed methods and definitions, I began checking out this mysterious territory. I started with the text from my recent poem, Fox, …

The Mirror of You is Waiting

This comics poem is a response to today's NaPoWriMo prompt: Because today marks the halfway point in our 30-day sprint, today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates the idea of doubles. You could incorporate doubling into the form, for example, by writing a poem in couplets. Or you could make …

Fortune Cookie

Today's NaPoWriMo prompt: The number 13 is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune cookies. In honour of the fortune cookie theme, I broke out a bottle of Chinese Ink. This was my first time using this ink in a comic. …

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