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Noelle Criminova
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
I'm a comic book artist and illustrator from Brisbane, Australia (currently in Melbourne!), my forte being pulp, portraits and pin ups. I love horror, folklore, noir and trash. My style is a mish mash of european, manga and Disney.


Barbarella Psychadelia by quotidia
Barbarella Psychadelia
So I did a little cosplay on the weekend!

I wasn't planning on going to AMCExpo Melbourne, as I've been retired from and avoiding conventions for a few years now. My Ex was big on the con circuit so there is a guarantee that at every con I will bump into people who knew him dearly but probably got badly burned too, and I just don't want to turn a corner and have a massive panic attack trying to awkwardly make small talk about why 'so and so' 'went weird'. Also, cons are very stressful by their nature for sellers and people who are trying to make a living from their creative work. It's like a massive temple of business talk and having random people explain to you your own line of work lol. It's nuts.

But my lovely boss, for whom I coloured Job Dun: Fat Assassin #1, a short story for mags, and currently working on #2, asked if I'd like to rep the work I'd helped create, no pressure, and ease back into things. The con was being held literally two streets away from my house, in my suburb. I really wanted to spend time with my boss man. I had to conquer that fear.

So I did it. But to be safe, I figured, as spooky looking chick with long black hair and a Morticia vibe, quickly make a costume that is so opposite that I won't be recognised unless I announce myself.


A Very quick build - sewed everything in one evening while power-watching episodes of 'What We Still Don't Know' (HIGHLY recommended! Er, the show, not the sewing your whole costume in one evening before the con thing).

I found the fabric within a few days of knowing I was going to the con, and I will swear to you on my patron saint slav house icon, it looks super silver in person but seems to go mega dark blue in every photo -_____-;;. But I'm happy it's the same little square blocks as hers, not the simple, cheap, dance lycra silver I could have gotten for much less. It probably would have looked better in the end, but I like that it's the little chainmail-like square pattern she has (a lucky find!), even if it photographs too dark. When the sun hits it, it goes bright silver!

The body stocking is the same as semi-sheer hosiery, and my god did it rip beautifully. This was taken at the end of the day and sadly all my fake blood had kinda soaked into my skin :(. But I am definitely going to wear this stocking to music gigs, goth clubs, punk shows, anywhere - it's now officially in my wardrobe lol!

The wig I ordered was a misfire, as the seller by innocent mistake put the wrong piece in the bag. Ideally I'd have planned much earlier so I could replace it, but eh that's how the cards are dealt - luckily I have a big stockpile of stage wigs, so I played with this human hair lace front piece (actually waiting to be used for Resurrection Nina!) and did my best. Looks like a mix of movie and comic Barbarella and probably the only way you'll see me with something close to my natural hair colour XD.

The boots are classic Funtasma gogo boots, painted up and modded, and I promise you I will be wearing these as normal shoes. Just anywhere. Because SPACE BOOTS.

My 'Tonguebox' (thing on hand) is made from a ping pong ball and a children's play mat, hot-glued and tacked together (to make hinge points) with elastic and a quick paint job thanks to dollar store paint and nail polish (yay!).

And then just the usual bit of 60's style make up (didn't try to replicate too closely Jane's, as I don't have her face shape, but used her colour palette).

Had a lot of fun and kicked a lot of fears right in the face with my silver gogo boots! Cheers!
RE:N WIP by quotidia
A WIP of a group shot for Resurrection Nina. My basic blue lines before clean up and then inks. Not any promo art in particular, but a piece I wanted to knock out to show the latest actor on board how his ideas looked 'on paper'.

You can see how some stuff is messier because it kinda falls out of my fingers, while other sketch work looks neater because I had to really focus and slave at it to get it from my brain to the tablet. The title character, Nina, is the central figure and will probably always take the most effort and concentration to draw properly. I just know it. Probably because it's her story and it's very much her personality to be so finely groomed and in control - does anyone get that? That a character's personality seems to infect how you draw them?

Like Dandhi in the corner there gave me no trouble, because as long as his clothes are amazingly weird and unique, he's happy. Chick with candle, happy so long as she's dressed and posed the way she wants. Girl up top left took agggess to figure out, especially her hair, but then her hair is literally a huge shield for her character and usually worn to cover the scar on her face... so moving it to one side to depict the scar, seemed to make drawing any part of her a massive struggle.

Or maybe I just get way too into drawing characters with unique visual attributes.

Anyways, these are my tablet scratchings.
The Amazing Dandhi - Make up test by quotidia
The Amazing Dandhi - Make up test
The Amazing Dandhi is a side character from my upcoming comic/live action series Resurrection Nina. He's a famous clairvoyant, TV psychic, has his own dodgy hotlines, and lends his 'incredible gift' to the police force in 'solving' crimes. There is much more to him than his public persona, though, which I'm looking forward to revealing through the comics.

This was the result of my first make up test with the actor who'll be playing him. Styling the wig, getting his stage make up figured out. Dandhi plays on ancient egyptian, art nouveau and art deco styles a lot - his make up and colour schemes are from his fascination with pharaohs. The right eye, when he raises his eyebrow, turns into a question mark (his stupid trademark, always punctuating sentences). A lot of gold eye shadow, blue notes in his hair, and his clothes are blue and gold themed while following a weird mish-mash of vegas art nouveau mucha. Like old school magicians, who beautifully tailored their look to project a character.

Dandhi is very much about presentation to mask the real fellow.

He isn't in costume here, and is missing a contact lens, as well as it being a basic test - we were originally just styling the wig but decided to go all out with my make up for some test photos (note how he isn't clean shaven, where he will be for actual shoots). He brought out the tarot cards and things just worked, lol, there was Dandhi.

The primary influences for his character are: The Stupendous Yappi from the X-Files, The Amazing Randi (from whom we lovingly pay homage with the pun name), Alexander 'The Man Who Knows', Crowley, and many more bits and pieces from golden era magicians and spiritualists.

I laughed my ass off when a shot from this test I had on instagram was liked by the official final fantasy account... does that mean he's got official bishounen status? God damn I hope so.

If you'd like to follow development, you can add me on instagram: noellecriminova
Or on Twitter: spookycriminova

As I haven't made a dedicated facebook group yet, and the comics is still in production and yet to go live online.
Jessica Jones test by quotidia
Jessica Jones test
A very quick test. Someone joked on my instagram that my look for the night was very JJ - and yeah, I was wearing the biker jacket, hoodie, scarf, I have this hair currently - before leaving for an doctors appointment I thought 'let's see just how far I can take this with a little hair and make up and the right attitude adjustment..' Shit. I am Jessica Jones.

And it looks like now I'm going to do a full proper professional Jessica Jones photoshoot with the best photographer I've ever worked with (dude is like the Jim Jarmusch of casual instagram shots, let alone his ability to capture the soul of characters through his theatre photography experience) and a Kilgrave who used to be one of if not the most well known David Tennant cosplayers in Australia... now a seasoned professional actor whose gift for being a sweetheart in real life but being able to convincingly play the most twisted of villains can only equal FUN TIMES.

I'm also a seasoned director of photoshoots and a lighting wizard, plus a university trained photoshop level 5 cast no shadow retouch necromancer. So what we can't achieve on location with wigs and make up, we'll do in post, and hopefully have something arty as fuck.

If you want to follow my behind the scenes stuff and updates, check out my facebook artist page. Sketches, photos, updates and I talk back:…
Eve in Tribute by quotidia
Eve in Tribute
Moved by the death of Anton Yelchin, and with the delivery of a wig for another project, I challenged myself to a make up run portrait as Eve from Only Lovers Left Alive. A movie very dear to me, in which Anton played a wonderful role and had me convinced he'd eventually win every award in the business.

I had only dry shampoo to style this brand new synthetic wig, nothing to stick the lacefront down, and my trusty $12 Ikea lamp for lighting to take this on my phone. My make up is what I had lying around. But I really felt I had to do something in tribute to such a short, remarkable life.

I admit I'm surprised at the results, as I'm very non-Tilda (just well versed in make up and portraiture, but that only goes so far). The only photoshop fiddling is the blue tint to the background, otherwise skin and hair is exactly as shot on my phone, purple and gold tones complete.



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So as some of you may know, I have been recovering from a chronic illness that took a severe dive midway last year. Medication necessary to that recovery fucked up my hands. I couldn't exercise fine motor skills. My ability to paint and draw just ceased to be. I haven't been on that medicine for some months now, thankfully, and my body has been recovering and returning to normal and FINALLY I've been able to start working my way back to drawing. It's slow and painful but it's happening :D.

I thought I'd never draw again, so to keep myself sane, I started writing a novel. It's actually looking good! I've had a few offers from publishers for the main thing, as well as short stories to set it up and side stories to serialize the universe online. So maybe the hands being crippled was the best thing to happen at the time? Life certainly is a wonderful, weird thing.

I'm not sure where my art is going. Certainly, losing the major skill you've defined yourself by is a terrifying, existential crisis I wouldn't wish on anyone. It puts a lot of things into perspective. I was playing it safe and boring, doing the same old, same old. I wasn't trying to improve or drive my ability forwards. I was painting what I *could* not what I *wanted* to.

I have no idea if or when commissions will happen again. Right now I'm just glad I can walk, so let's not talk about running any races.

It sure is nice to be back, though. I missed you lot. I missed bringing people to life. Thank you for being patient with me.

Let's see where it goes from here :).

~ Noelle.

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Leritier Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
Hi ! Congratulations for your art :)
Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou kindly for the watch :D
BatboyEXE Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
Happy Birthday! :) :cake: :party:
dalgoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday, birthday twin (minus a bunch of years, haha)!
quotidia Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Birthday twin! Awesome! Happy Birthday to you too, Feb thirder!
Mikesw1234 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
Happy B-Day!
Kervala Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
Happy birthday Noelle :hug: :party: :iconhappybirthdaysignplz:
hooksnfangs Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
TigerDude51087 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
Happy Birthday!

:party: :cake:
mintmocha15 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! I hope you have an amazing day and all your wishes come true! Birthday cake  icon 
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