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Noelle Criminova
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Australia
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.

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RE: N Katherine by quotidia
RE: N Katherine

Enjoying inking up panels for Resurrection Nina. Fussing over tiny details with a custom mangastudio pencil is pure pleasure :heart:. This lady is the main protagonist in my novel, but a secondary in RE:N.


I think this is the first art I've released that properly displays her scar. Neither story is about how she got it or even really addresses it for a main topic - as another character correctly calls the play,  she's a 'Kintsugi Dame'.


To quote wiki: "Kintsugi (金継ぎ?, きんつぎ, "golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い?, きんつくろい, "golden repair"),[1] is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique.[2][3][4] As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise."

"As a philosophy, kintsugi can be seen to have similarities to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect.[9] Japanese aesthetics values marks of wear by the use of an object. This can be seen as a rationale for keeping an object around even after it has broken and as a justification of kintsugi itself, highlighting the cracks and repairs as simply an event in the life of an object rather than allowing its service to end at the time of its damage or breakage."

Once, a martial arts teacher of mine, described me as a 'wabi-sabi' type of girl. It stuck with me as being quite fitting, and I lent it to this character.

REALLY love my inking. Also, this is why Resurrection Nina is taking a while, unlike all my previous comics, lol. Just a wee leap in quality and standards ^_^. (And most of this detail is going to be hidden under textural colouring, but hey, I ain't mad at my skeleton for being super pretty but not very visible :P). These days I aim for it to look perfectly printable at this stage alone. Then the colours are utterly free, as there's no pressure on them to cover sloppy line-work or salvage sense from an unfinished panel. Like I used to rely on, as colouring was my main thing.

Now I adore slaving over inks (though honestly I'm rather fast at it) and getting to colour afterwards is like dessert and champagne :heart:.

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Halo of Serpents by quotidia
Halo of Serpents
A quick piece I knocked out for skype's 'show Alice Cooper your fanart' comp thing they were running about a week ago (winner would get their piece on an official t-shirt). Which to be honest, they really fucked up, since they ran it like Alice would be perusing all the submissions. Got everyone to use their hashtag and promote them, then ended up only showing him 3 and just *happened* to have the one he picked (which was the only one of the three that was done by a professional illustrator) ready to appear live on skype to say thanks... so not Alice's fault, but man skype, poor show. Dishonest as fuck.

I'm used to clients being crap but I saw hundreds, maybe a thousand or more entries from people who thought they'd finally have their art, really personal, meaningful work to them, seen by their hero and you guys don't even tell Alice more than three people ENTERED, let alone show him? I can take that rejection like water off a duck's back, but non-professionals may have no experience and it's brutal when it's promising your hero's attention.

ANYWAYS, I'm super happy with my result. I pushed through a migraine to get this out and I adore it. It's a combination of that innocent victim oldschool Alice with current villainous voodoo Alice (in his current touring gear) with three of my favourite themes: the portrait, the religious iconography, and snakes.
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You Want It Darker

If you are the dealer, I'm out of the game
If you are the healer, it means I'm broken and lame
If thine is the glory then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the help that never came
You want it darker
Hineni, hineni
I'm ready, my lord

Leonard Cohen/You Want it Darker
HMU/Photo/ Noelle Criminova - Artist

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Alma Matters by quotidia
Alma Matters

So the life I have made
May seem wrong to you
But, I've never been surer
It's my life to ruin
My own way

You see to someone, somewhere, oh yeah
Alma matters
In mind, body and soul
In part, and in whole
Because to someone, somewhere, oh yeah
Alma matters
In mind, body and soul...

~ Morrissey 'Alma Matters'

A selfie taken at the concert with a quick photoshop filter (halftone!), level adjustment and black background.

(I was sending a picture pouting at a friend for having better seats :P)

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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.

AND GOD DAMN DO I LOVE BARBARELLA. IT'S A DREAM COSPLAY. I WANTED TO BE HER WHEN I GREW UP. (her or Scully)

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

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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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