Victoria Johnson, The Sketchie Beast, is based in Southern California

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© 2019 by Victoria Caro Johnson/The Sketchie Beast

 Ecclesiastes 3:11

FABULOUS FEMMES

Today's portrayal of woman is strong, fiercely independent, able to fight battles on various fronts and compete cleanly with her male counterparts. While I like this portrayal, I can't deny I'm drawn to the old school models of grace and femininity as well. In this gallery of colorful characters I try to combine the best of both.  Original sizes listed, additional sizes available. Enquire here

'WAR AND OXYTOCIN'
12x18

Having a love of fierce feminine imagery, here's a beauty to add to the collection. There's much to see in this piece, from the bullet bandolier to the face paint to the sheer attitude and common Bic lighter. All combined with a hefty dose of exotic colors and textures. 

'NO FUMAR'
20x16

I like the subject matter of this digital piece and felt it could benefit from a little urban grit and grime. The attitude of this subject is very laissez faire, is it not? Bold, brash women are much a part of my art... women who tend to bend rules and flout convention. Does art imitate life? Maybe just a little.

'MISSES MEDUSA'
16x16 CANVAS

This Fabulous Femmes piece was inspired by fabulous hairstyle models. I wanted the colors of this piece to be as stunning as the subject matter, with the exotic and distressed textures and street art edge I'm a big fan of. 

'TOO TIRED FOR COCKTAILS'
12 x12

I wanted a retro theme for this subject, adding a scratchy texture reminiscent of an old photo while keeping the palette somewhat monochromatic to further the retro mood. This piece was inspired by a friend who wanted to go out for a cocktail (or two) and I was simply too tired.

'STEAMPUNK SALOON'
20x16

This was the first illustration I created shortly after being gifted a digital pen and sketchpad. It was  more an exercise in mastering the digital pen (feels like drawing at a remove) while playing around with textures and layer effects. The beauty of digital illustration is that I can remove layers that don't work at the speed of an Undo. Feels a bit like cheating, but digital art requires the same imagination + skill, even if achieved in less than traditional methods. 

'TIGER LILY'
12x12 CANVAS

Sometimes  it's good to go crazy with color. Vivid, with tropical foliage, interesting textures and an edgy femme front and center makes this particular piece one of my all time favorites. But then, I say that every time I finish a piece.