handmade community illustration

Drawn: Thirsty Thursday

June 2, 2014

Last week I was officially invited to join the STL Craft Mafia! The Craft Mafia is an organization of indie crafters and craftepreneurs who work together to support local artists and facilitate awesome local events. If you’re involved in the handmade STL community at all, you know the Craft Mafia as the coolest of the cool kids and I’m super honored to be included! :) 

A month or two ago, April emailed to ask if I’d be interested in making an illustration for the Craft Mafia to use for their Thirsty Thursday pop-up market at Urban Chestnut in August. I was hoping for a drawing of a girl with tattoos wearing sort of bavarian beer-wench clothes and with flowers and a crown of braids and holding a mug or stein of beer.” Umm, you came to right place, girl! Yes, of course I want to draw that!


My first instincts were to parody a St. Pauli girl or maybe make some art nouveau inspired piece. April and I both loved the art nouveau direction.


I think the final turned out really fun. I had a blast drawing all the details–tattoos, art nouveau frames, flowers… such a fun project! Here are a couple detail shots:



Cats and cat-eye glasses are a must in my opinion! ;)

  • Wow, looks great. I especially love the flower crown, oh myyy. <3

  • Libby Parker

    What a dream!

  • Ok, so, can I actually be this girl now? Seriously, that hair and those glasses are to die for!

  • Rachel Schwarting

    That face is killer! All the details make it look so ornate. :D

  • Ugh omggggggg <33333


  • She looks great! Do you do these entirely digitally, or do you have a step in the process that exists on paper? I love your style, and your end results are always stunning!

    I sooooo miss the STL Craft Mafia. That is a super awesome bunch of crafters, and I know you’ll have a blast and fit in really well. Congrats!

    • Thank you so much, Cate! I love those ladies and gents–so happy to be counted among them now!

      This one was completely digital, but I’ll often start sketching on paper, take a photo, and ink and color in Photoshop or Manga Studio. Sometimes I’ll do ink on paper, too. It just depends on my mood. Sometimes ideas and physical proportions seem to flow better with pen and paper for me. It’s weird!

      • Very cool! I have the same issue of proportions working best on paper, too. I love working digitally, but I need lots more practice before I’ll be able to draw entirely on the computer. It’s fun working on it, though!

  • <3

  • Cole Nemeth

    Wow! I love this, what a great project!

  • orchidgrey

    holy crap – this is AWESOME! One of my faves of yours for sure.

  • OMG, I absolutely love it!! So cute and her flower crown is amazing!

  • This is incredible!! i love the colors + details!! you are amazing!!

  • Ohh my, that is totally stunning. I love it and i completely agree, Cats and Cat-eye glasses are always a must !

  • LOVE IT!!! She is so adorable. Her tatoos, her hair. wow…

    • Thank you, Cazz! I’ve gotten so fond of drawing people with tattoos! Little mini drawings within the drawings!

  • So amazing!!

  • i love her!

  • ohhhh myyyyy gosh! your work is just always amazing…. i literally almost cried! haha love it!

  • She’s my new hero.

  • you are so amazing! i love the juxtaposition of the flowers and the giant beer mugs! love, love, love all your work <3

  • Oh my gosh, Michelle! You’re killing me with how amazing this is! Ahhhhh!!! You rock!

  • Kerry

    This is adorable! I definitely saw the Art Nouveau/Mucha influence right away.