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.
This is very off-topic, but if you’re wondering why things are so quiet here, it’s because I’m in Estonia on a comics residency working on a fairy/folktale inspired comic for the month! When I get back, merch from the exhibition while go up for sale online (in plenty of time for Christmas ;)… And there are new pieces waiting to update! 

If you’re interested, you can follow my residency at my blog! http://blog.sallyjanethompson.co.uk

This is very off-topic, but if you’re wondering why things are so quiet here, it’s because I’m in Estonia on a comics residency working on a fairy/folktale inspired comic for the month! When I get back, merch from the exhibition while go up for sale online (in plenty of time for Christmas ;)… And there are new pieces waiting to update!

If you’re interested, you can follow my residency at my blog! http://blog.sallyjanethompson.co.uk

Friday, July 25, 2014
And we’ve finally got to this one! I am super pleased with how this one came out, as I get used to working in a different medium. 12”x16”, acrylic on board.
You can see the original at the Orbital Comics exhibition, on until Aug 3! Lovely big A3 prints of this one are available, as are some beautiful postcard sets.

And we’ve finally got to this one! I am super pleased with how this one came out, as I get used to working in a different medium. 12”x16”, acrylic on board.

You can see the original at the Orbital Comics exhibition, on until Aug 3! Lovely big A3 prints of this one are available, as are some beautiful postcard sets.

Sunday, July 20, 2014
On we go - number 16! I drew 23 at the live drawing event to open the show at Orbital, so more to come! Ink and acrylic.

On we go - number 16! I drew 23 at the live drawing event to open the show at Orbital, so more to come! Ink and acrylic.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
On we go, wooo! This one’s really tiny, about 2.5” by 2.5” (though that’s guessing). Was for a tiny old frame, but I liked it enough I think I’ll frame it with a bit more breathing room :)

On we go, wooo! This one’s really tiny, about 2.5” by 2.5” (though that’s guessing). Was for a tiny old frame, but I liked it enough I think I’ll frame it with a bit more breathing room :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

So! :D Here is what I’ll be bringing with me merch-wise to the Blood and Roses exhibition at Orbital Comics, London, which runs from this Sat (July 19) to Aug 3!

The necklace I’m particularly excited about - it features a 2.5” printed wood cameo, on a vintage silver-plated chain, with a Swarovski crytal heart. Also: 2 different lovely postcard print sets, and beautiful big A3 prints!

So pop by Orbital if you’d like to snag any of these - and if you’re not London-based, I’ll be doing a second batch to put online after the show!

Friday, July 11, 2014
Number 14! Acrylic on canvas board. (Still getting used to paint, and at first thought this one was a total write-off, till I worked on it a bit more after finally finding some acrylic glazing medium. Saved, whew!) 5”x7”.

Number 14! Acrylic on canvas board. (Still getting used to paint, and at first thought this one was a total write-off, till I worked on it a bit more after finally finding some acrylic glazing medium. Saved, whew!) 5”x7”.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Will be posting much more frequently than usual as I gear up for the exhibition. Just a couple of weeks now!
Acrylic and water soluble oil on wood. (need to check size. Bit bigger than A4..)

Will be posting much more frequently than usual as I gear up for the exhibition. Just a couple of weeks now!

Acrylic and water soluble oil on wood. (need to check size. Bit bigger than A4..)

Monday, June 30, 2014
So, I have a bit of a backlog here, which means lots of new posts, and also means that those of you who can come to the show in London in a few weeks will probably get some previews of pieces not yet posted here! 
This one was doodled up at a drink-n-draw social at Vancouver Comic Arts Fest, and felt like she fit in. I  like her. She’s sly.
Ink on Bristol board, 8.5 x 11”

So, I have a bit of a backlog here, which means lots of new posts, and also means that those of you who can come to the show in London in a few weeks will probably get some previews of pieces not yet posted here!

This one was doodled up at a drink-n-draw social at Vancouver Comic Arts Fest, and felt like she fit in. I  like her. She’s sly.

Ink on Bristol board, 8.5 x 11”

Thursday, June 19, 2014
I’ll be live drawing on Sat the 19th - come and see a new illo take shape, have a chat, and maybe have some candy if I haven’t eaten it all!
Also! I’ll have some wicked new merch. Prints, postcard sets, and something extra cool which I’m going to keep as a surprise for now!

I’ll be live drawing on Sat the 19th - come and see a new illo take shape, have a chat, and maybe have some candy if I haven’t eaten it all!

Also! I’ll have some wicked new merch. Prints, postcard sets, and something extra cool which I’m going to keep as a surprise for now!

Blood and Roses Exhibition at Orbital Comics, London!!

Blood and Roses has an exhibition coming up next month at Orbital Comics! I’ll be there on Sat July 19th, doing live drawing, chatting, signing things. There may even be sweets! Come along!

 
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