Inspired by…

So I was reading Michelle Ward’s blog earlier and she had an image of these AWESOME stamps from Stampotique, by an artist new to me.  Daniel Torrente’s style really spoke to me – possibly because of the sunken eyes and scratchy lines being exactly how I’m feeling right now. (grrrrrr.)

So as I was listening to the race (vroooooooom….) I started making little scratchy sketches.


[usual deal  – click images to see bigger]

And then some more characters came out of the pen.  (I drew a self portrait of myself as an anorexic, too, but that was just so disturbing on so many levels I shouldn’t have even mentioned it….)


Now that I look at those stamps again I’m pleased that they AREN’T really copies of his style.  (For a start, mine are nowhere near as detailed or as good!) but they have definitely come from the Danny Elfman/Tim Burton/Tracy Moore zettiology/ Scott Radke’s awesome puppets/ freaky goth kinda headspace… I really want to work on more of these.

(Technical details, as if anyone is interested: Lamy fountain pen with EF nib; Noodler’s walnut ink, on al cheapo A5 visual diary paper.)

(also – note to self – get the green paint splodge off the scanner screen, sheesh!)

What do you think?


  1. trudi’s avatar

    Kaity – thanks for the complement on my "paper doll." I love your drawings here – they are fresh and funky whimsical. As for the green blob – oh I relate all to well. I have several pet blobs on my scanner – mostly from glue that wasn't quite dry .

    I'll have to check out this Daniel Torrente guy.

  2. Carla Sonheim’s avatar

    I love these characters!

    1. Caityquilter’s avatar

      Thanks, Carla – I think I'll go back and give them some bodies….

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