For all its faults, and oh it has had so many, 2021 was a significant year for me creatively speaking. I’ve included photos of all the new woodcuts with this post, including the first of the Yokai Bestiary, lovingly censored of course. Not shown are the 12 cards and 12 stickers I created for patrons this year. (Or the 3 of each I designed for the first 3 months of 2022.) ┬áSo what are the highlights?

The Printing Press I finally acquired my very own professional calibrated etching press and set it up in the garage with a worktable beside it for inking. For the first time in my 10+ years as a printmaker, I can now print at home. As much as I love the camaraderie of group studios, not needing to travel across town, and not needing to worry about whether the equipment I need will be available or not, makes a great difference. The first woodcut edition to be printed on it was Wunderwerck I.

The Yokai Bestiary This book is significant as it is the first I’ve tackled that doesn’t have a manuscript guiding it. While I am working with yokai expert Zack Davisson and Carla Girard of Mercuria press, the yokai included are of my choosing. Usually, when I illustrate a book, I’m given specific subjects and writing to work from. While you’ve not yet seen much of it yet, I have been putting a lot of research and work into it and I’m very excited to see the book come to fruition.

Sponsoring the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival This was a completely new experience for me and I was able to do it thanks to you and my online sales. The HPLFF has been an important part of my life for over 15 years now and I am proud to have been able to help make it happen in a year that’s been very hard on film festivals. Sponsoring is something I hope to continue doing because I appreciate the community of weird aficionados that has formed around the festival.

First short story acceptance About 4 months ago if you told me I’d be paid for a piece of written fiction in addition to my art, I would not have believed you. As of a couple days ago, I’ve been paid for my short story. Hopefully the anthology will be published as planned in 2022. While I wouldn’t say I aspire to be a writer, this has definitely given me a boost of confidence with regards to writing for the Yokai Bestiary.

Thanks to all my patrons for encouraging me throughout this year, and for giving me reason to improve my graphic designs skills and writing. I’m grateful to every one of you.

Hoping you have a happy New Year,

Liv