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December 6th is known as the feast day for St. Nicholas. When we speak of Santa Claus, or ‘old St. Nick’, it’s derived from that saint.

Right now we’ll focus on the Barvian/German version of St. Nicholas. In traditional folklore, he’s the companion to Krampus.  On December 5th, Krampus comes by and takes away all those pesky little brats. The next day, St. Nicholas comes around bearing gifts for all the good children. Krampus was fazed out around World War II, but in recent years he’s made a comeback in pop culture. He’s been revised both Germany and Austria. In part of the U.S. they now have Krampus celebrations. So while this St. Nick illustration won’t be on a greeting card, my Krampus items continue to be best sellers. In fact, I just designed a new Krampus card. You bunch of sickos.

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Krampus In Love. Illustration by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2019 

Regardless, St. Nicholas has quite an interesting history himself. According to Wikipedia, ‘Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker.[c] Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, prostitutes, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, and students in various cities and countries around Europe. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints, and his legendary habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to the traditional model of Santa Claus (“Saint Nick”) through Sinterklaas.’

Without further ado, here’s the quick Saint Nicholas sketch, completed last night. His buddy Krampus is lurking in the background.

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Quick illustration of St. Nicholas, with Krampus lurking in the background. Artist: Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2019.

 

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Last night I was cleaning up a bit. Stumbled upon some forgotten inventory. Apparently I had printed up Krampus cards. After printing, they were stored and forgotten. So if you’re looking for unique holiday greeting cards, get some Krampus cards. They’re $4.00 each for large, $3.00 for small ($4-3 bucks plus $1.00 for S&H). All cards come with cute red envelopes, sealed in plastic. I take Vemno: Witchipoo.

I’m also taking orders for my classic handmade glitter Krampus ornaments. You can chose from either traditional red or black. The ornaments are $11 ($10 + $1.00 for S&H) If someone places an order now, for $50 ($40 + $10 for S&H), you can have your own custom Krampus door sign. Due to this recent discovery of back inventory, I’m able to do a small Black Friday sale. In order to get the sale price, you must order on that Friday.

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS 

Krampus ornaments: Red only – $5.00

Krampus door sign (indoor only) – $40.00

Krampus holiday cards – $2.00 all sizes.

Again, in order to get the Black Friday sale price, your order must specify Nov. 29th. No exceptions! You can place your orders on Vemno: Witchipoo.

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Also, check out my latest comic The Temptation of Squeaky. It’s $4.00 ($3.00 + $1.00 for S&H), order through Vemno: Witchipoo.

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There’s ornaments with other designs, but those are limited edition. These are not included in the Black Friday sale. If you want a custom order, let me know.

 

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Coming back from a few weeks absence. November 2018 kinda kicked my ass, to put it lightly. Regardless, I did have a very unusual but good Thanksgiving. There is a lot I have to be grateful for.

Getting back on track, I’ll post some long overdue artwork. In November there was the annual Hindu holiday of Diwali. The illustrations were completed. It’s only now I’m getting around to posting them.

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Before color. Diwali illustration. Pen and ink. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Nov.2018.

Diwali is one of the most important holidays in the Hindu religion. In this festival of lights, the goddess Lakshmi is honored. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, as her puja is celebrated on the third day. The new year festivities continue for five days.

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Before color. Lakshmi. Pen and ink. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Nov. 2018. 

In the honor of this grand festival of lights, I went ahead of did two illustrations. First done in pen and ink, then completed in watercolor.

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Diwali. Festival of Lights. A holy holiday in the Hindu religion. Pen, ink and watercolor. Artwork by Michele Witchipoo, Nov. 2018. 

Quoting from the BBC online article:

“Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.

Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.”

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The Hindu goddess Lakshmi. Pen, ink and watercolor. Illustration by Michele Witchipoo. Nov. 2018. 

There will be more playing catch-up soon.

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Soon it will be that most ‘wonderful’ time of the year. Psycho Bunny thinks otherwise. He’s just barely recovered from Halloween. Where did all the time go? The year was passing him fast while he was getting his beer. Doesn’t even notice Krampus creeping up behind him.

Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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Where did the time go? Soon the holiday season will be here. Psycho Bunny isn’t happy. Based on the comic book written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Nov. 2018.

If you don’t know these by now…follow on social media!

Facebook: pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt.

 Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs.

(Don’t forget to order my Krampus greeting cards! Not at Catland currently but always available online. $3.00 plus S&H. Please send an email to Witchipoo@witchesbrewpress.net to inquire and purchase. PayPal accepted.)

 

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A few days ago was Maha Shivaratri, or Shivaratri. It’s annual holiday honoring the Hindu god Shiva. The “great night of Shiva” is a lunar holiday, falling on the 13th or 14th during the winter season.

After a few days past 2018’s Shivaratri, I came across old artwork from 2003. Totally forgot about this sketch. It was done while passing time at a former job. I worked at some pseudo-spiritual gift, clothing and bookstore, located in the East Village. The shop was on East 6th street. At the time East 6th street was lined with small Indian restaurants. Inside the shop I was surrounded by deity statues from various pantheons. Now that year of 2003 was particularly significant. It was right before entering my Thelemic phase, which lasted a few years.

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Very old sketch from 2003. Hindu god Shiva by Michele Witchipoo. 

Maha Shivatri is very important to Shivaites, or those who practice Shavism. Within Hinduism, there’s a sect devoted to Shiva and his teachings.  The Shavites worship Shiva as a supreme god.

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Although Memorial Day 2017 was last week, here’s a Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

This sketch is different that the others that were posted. Not meant to be funny. Which is why you don’t see the normally alcoholic bunny holding his usual cheap booze. The sketch is about those who sacrificed their lives for the United States.  Now I’m not particularly the most patriotic person in the world. If anything, extreme nationalism irks me. However, there’s something to be said for those who believed enough in any cause to sacrifice themselves for others. This also goes out to those who had no choice but to be drafted.

Over Memorial Day weekend, there were plenty of barbecues, but nary a mention about why this American holiday exists. Memorial Day is more than just a three day weekend.

Introducing the (belated) Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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The Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Memorial Day 2017 edition. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on her own imprint, WitchesBrewPress. May 2017.

Besides this, things have been quiet lately. Transitions take a lot of your time it seems. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out the two Facebook pages, Psycho Bunny Comix, and Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.  There’s also Instagram under WitchipooArt. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Over time I’ve dabbled in handmade crafts, such as with jewelry, hair clips and such. Just never did the craft market thing, despite its popularity within the past few years.

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Costume jewelry. Created summer 2014. 

In late 2014 I took the jump into making greeting cards, starting with Krampus. That went over pretty well, so in 2015, I expanded not just with designing other greeting card designs but creating handcrafted Krampus ornaments.

As you can guess, I’m expanding the greeting cards and ornaments even further. This year there’s going to be a bit more variety with the Krampus ornaments, and possibly creating new designs, as with one for David Bowie.

Okay, so 2016 was technically a crappy year. Personally it wasn’t bad for me, but in general let’s just say it sucked. So perhaps these new items might bring some much needed cheer.

If you’re interested in ordering any of the items: greeting cards are $3.00. Ornaments start at $3.00, but most of them are $5.00 and up. Not including S&H, which is an additional $3.00 (unless it’s international). PayPay accepted online. Send me an email to order, and to calculate S&H.

Below are photos to give you an ideal of what I’ve made. More forthcoming. In addition to these new items, I’ve also whipped up a new batch of the red glitter Krampus ornaments. These will be available both online and in future comic cons. The next comic con coming up is a local one. Catland’s Crimson Hand Comic Arts on Saturday Dec. 3rd, in Bushwich, Brooklyn. Free admission starting at 1pm.

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Put together this card back in 2014, using an illustration from 2013. Decided to finally print in 2016. Available for purchase. Design by Michele Witchipoo. 

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