A Collection of Curious Cousins

Technically the last of my 29 Faces posts (but also including 30-32!), these art cards were made for a “My Weird Family” swap at illustratedatcs.com.

Cheryl the Ocularist and Billie Blue
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Strangers never believe cute cousin Cheryl when she tells them she makes artificial eyeballs for a living (mostly for medical use but sometimes for special effects in movies). The rest of us are well-aware of her lifelong fascination with eyeballs. One year when she was in high school we all got fish eyeballs for Valentine’s Day, sculpted out of Fimo.

Billie Blue is a mortuary makeup artist. She tried doing makeup for tv but she didn’t like to talk to people very much, so this was the perfect solution. However, after working in the mortuary for several years she stopped talking completely. One family rumor is that she speaks telepathically with her dead clients.

The Strange Twins, Kimmie and Carla Strange
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Most people did not  believe Kimmie and Carla were twins. At least not with the same father. Many comments were made regarding the postman, the milkman, and the local mechanic. All those theories charitably(?) assumed the husband was responsible for half of the set.

The truth, as their mother confessed later in a haze of Patr├│n, is that the UPS man was Kimmie’s father (indicated by the nose, the glasses, and the deadpan wit), and their much older child’s biology tutor was Carla’s father ( as evidenced by the lips, the skin tone, and her fascination with insects).

Not too many process pics – but a few! Thanks for dropping in!

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14 thoughts on “A Collection of Curious Cousins

  1. denthe

    I love Billie Blue and I love the little stories that go with each of them. So funny :-) Congrats on finishing the challenge! It was great to come here and see the faces that come out of your imagination. Is it possible to follow you with Bloglovin’?

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      I’m not sure! But I have gotten visitors from there, so probably yes? (I’ll try to figure it out.) :)

  2. clara nilles

    This is an interesting set of portraits……having them on “wood panels” gives almost a 3d effect. Is that a big roach on the side…….a disconcerting element certainly adds to the interest!

  3. Efi Maryeli

    They’re really great!!! As for bloglovin, the only thing someone needs to do is to put your blog’s address on the search blogs bubble and choose your blog. That’s all!!!! And that’s how I see everything you do!!!! Have a great week!!!

  4. linda (dots n doodles)

    Great to see the naratives back, they made me laugh! Love the idea of the frames inside the picture and not on the edges as I would normally do. As always great characters. Well done as well for completing the 29 faces challenge.

  5. Mom

    Your ladies & their stories are unending so when will all be either short stories or a very interesting book!!?? Love, Mom

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