I'm Sally, a comic creator and illustrator ( sallyjanethompson.co.uk ).

Blood and Roses is a side project - an ongoing illustration series, to allow me to experiment and play a bit.

I think magical girls are all kinds of fascinating, with an at-times uncomfortable use of traditional signifiers of femininity (subversion/propagation?), and interesting ways of looking at female power, conflict, self-sacrifice narratives, as well as just a lot of kitsch visual delight. Some repeated visual themes will come up which I hope will in the end tie this together as a body of work, but I'll also be aiming to have fun, because, come on, magical girls!

Posting as and when new pieces are done.
Monday, March 17, 2014
A sketch to celebrate the Sailor Moon Crystal updates we got over the weekend! So looking forward to seeing what they do with this series!

A sketch to celebrate the Sailor Moon Crystal updates we got over the weekend! So looking forward to seeing what they do with this series!

Friday, February 28, 2014
Number 9! :) A4, ink, watercolour and acrylic. Drawn at a con a while back, and just finished up. I really like the watercolour as a spot colour - might need to try using it in a comic!

Number 9! :) A4, ink, watercolour and acrylic. Drawn at a con a while back, and just finished up. I really like the watercolour as a spot colour - might need to try using it in a comic!

Sunday, January 26, 2014
Number 8! A result of my not being able to sleep last night.Blue and black ink and pencil on paper, A4. Used camellias for flower refs, for anyone interested :)

Number 8! A result of my not being able to sleep last night.Blue and black ink and pencil on paper, A4. Used camellias for flower refs, for anyone interested :)

Monday, January 20, 2014
#7 - and our first animal companion appears! I’ve made it a rule for myself that every pic must feature a magical girl, so I keep things unified and don’t go on lots of (magical) bunny trails drawing all kinds of creatures, but you’ll certainly see more of them!
More Delft-inspired stuff on the dress. Bit of a theme of erasure of individual in light of role/task, so the creature becomes a bit of an albatross…ooh! Expect actual albatross in future pic ^_~
Prismacolour Col-Erase and Faber Castelle Aquarelle on watercolour paper.

#7 - and our first animal companion appears! I’ve made it a rule for myself that every pic must feature a magical girl, so I keep things unified and don’t go on lots of (magical) bunny trails drawing all kinds of creatures, but you’ll certainly see more of them!

More Delft-inspired stuff on the dress. Bit of a theme of erasure of individual in light of role/task, so the creature becomes a bit of an albatross…ooh! Expect actual albatross in future pic ^_~

Prismacolour Col-Erase and Faber Castelle Aquarelle on watercolour paper.

Monday, January 13, 2014
Onwards to #6! A second paint-test, this time with Golden Fluid Acrylics (here in Ultramarine Blue plus various mediums and thinners, and white from a different brand, on wood). Gorgeous to work with!
I’m trying to unify these various experiments (theme aside) by playing with traditionally feminine visual elements. Toying with motifs from porcelain plates and teacups, so here, given the blue, I looked at some Delftware for background inspiration.

Onwards to #6! A second paint-test, this time with Golden Fluid Acrylics (here in Ultramarine Blue plus various mediums and thinners, and white from a different brand, on wood). Gorgeous to work with!

I’m trying to unify these various experiments (theme aside) by playing with traditionally feminine visual elements. Toying with motifs from porcelain plates and teacups, so here, given the blue, I looked at some Delftware for background inspiration.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
On we crack, with number 5! Water-soluble oil on canvas, 8” x 8”. My second play with the water-soluble oils (well, third - the second was a slightly disastrous experiment where I ended up with a gummy, awful-to-paint-on surface and tried some fast-drying medium that wrecked several brushes :/ Yay, learning!).

On we crack, with number 5! Water-soluble oil on canvas, 8” x 8”. My second play with the water-soluble oils (well, third - the second was a slightly disastrous experiment where I ended up with a gummy, awful-to-paint-on surface and tried some fast-drying medium that wrecked several brushes :/ Yay, learning!).

Friday, December 27, 2013
#4! Ink on paper, A5. As mentioned, there’ll be a bit of a blend of media here - mainly, I’m focusing on finished, original, trad media pieces - but that’ll include some quicker pieces here and there. 
I always end up drawing at my table during quiet periods at cons, and for some reason con drawings always seem to turn out as drawings I like. Maybe it’s because I can’t get into any super purposeful drawing work there - so it gives me room to draw just for fun. I believe this one came home with me from October MCM in London :)

#4! Ink on paper, A5. As mentioned, there’ll be a bit of a blend of media here - mainly, I’m focusing on finished, original, trad media pieces - but that’ll include some quicker pieces here and there.

I always end up drawing at my table during quiet periods at cons, and for some reason con drawings always seem to turn out as drawings I like. Maybe it’s because I can’t get into any super purposeful drawing work there - so it gives me room to draw just for fun. I believe this one came home with me from October MCM in London :)

Friday, December 20, 2013
Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas, 12” x 16”. Started this one as a quick test on a spare canvas of how Molotow One4all worked for linework, before using on some walls. After that, I figured I’d also use it to test out some water-soluble oils I’d just got.
Tbh, it came out a bit darker than I meant it to, a bit more “silenced” looking. But then, part of what I want to look at in this series of illos is the not 100% comfortable prevalence of traditionally feminine imagery - the heels, roses, frills, bows - in magical girl stories, and how that sits with their hero narratives - whether it’s a subversion or perpetuation, whether that slight charge of discomfort is actually what gives it its oomph…
So I’m hoping that that discomfort is what comes across, and not some notion of abuse. I want to be able to let darker, more oppressive imagery have room to play in these, but also realize I may trip up a few times in doing so.

Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas, 12” x 16”. Started this one as a quick test on a spare canvas of how Molotow One4all worked for linework, before using on some walls. After that, I figured I’d also use it to test out some water-soluble oils I’d just got.

Tbh, it came out a bit darker than I meant it to, a bit more “silenced” looking. But then, part of what I want to look at in this series of illos is the not 100% comfortable prevalence of traditionally feminine imagery - the heels, roses, frills, bows - in magical girl stories, and how that sits with their hero narratives - whether it’s a subversion or perpetuation, whether that slight charge of discomfort is actually what gives it its oomph…

So I’m hoping that that discomfort is what comes across, and not some notion of abuse. I want to be able to let darker, more oppressive imagery have room to play in these, but also realize I may trip up a few times in doing so.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Updates to come!

I’ve been trying to find time to finish the third lace/monocolour image that I did in that first batch…then I realized that was silly when different images take different lengths of time and I have others done since that are ready to go. So I’ll switch to posting in the order they’re finished rather than started, which means I can get the next one up as soon as I get a chance! Keep your eyes peeled :)

 
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