The Business of Being an Artist – Baba Yaga

Part of being a commercial artist is running a business. While there are aspects of this that I’m horrible at and procrastinate on (accounting, marketing) and parts that I very much enjoy (comic book conventions, book fairs, meeting fans and showcasing my latest books, and art), I still have to do all of them. This series of my process blog will talk about different aspects of the business.

I am finally finished with Series 5 Monster prints. Baba Yaga was the character I had the least knowledge of and is probably the less well known of the three. I had really no idea about her other than she was a witch of Eastern European decent. The only time I’d ever seen her was in a Mike Mignola Hellboy story. What I wanted to do was something different from the other two monster prints, story-wise. The Invisible Man as I interpreted him was driven mad by his formula of invisibility and as a result attacked the woman he loved. The Phantom is again a mad character, but this time driven to take the woman he desires by destroying the man that is in his way. With Baba Yaga, she is a character that straddles good and evil. Sometimes she guides those in the forest that are lost, and at other times guides them to their destruction. With this illustration I wanted to capture that feeling that Baba Yaga may or may not be your friend.





This has been a fun series of prints to work on. These illustrations are purely for me and I get to share them with my fans at the comic book shows I go to. With these three new monsters, I was trying to evoke the feeling of the first 3 monster prints I did 4 years ago while updating them to where my style is currently. I’m pretty happy with the results, but because I’m always moving forward I’ve already started thinking of next year’s prints. Hunch back of Notre Dame maybe? A new rendition of Frankenstein’s Monster or Dracula have been percolating in my head. I almost did a Medusa last year but never got around to it. Or maybe I’ll let you folks decide. So what do you think? What should be the Monster prints for Series 6?