i love them endlessly.


Welcome to the Dollhouse

I'm just going to be posting pieces as I find them and add them to flickr. The following was one of my final projects from my sketchbook class with Ted McGrath last semester. It's a movie poster for Welcome to the Dollhouse (I should hope that much at least is obvious.)


For the poster, we were to draw direct inspiration from something we had done in our sketchbook that semester. I like to decorate my sketchbooks entirely, so what I drew from was actually the outside cover of my sketchbook. I scanned that cover and made it the cover of my final output for the class, a zine I call "Ham Samwich"!

front/back cover

one inside spread
front/back cover

I have a few left. They are ten pages, full color. If you'd like to purchase one, please let me know :)


Maatryoshka and some Chubby, Hairy Dork

I suppose these first several entries will be loaded with things I've done in the last few months, but I'll start with something fairly recent. I'll introduce you to my icon, a (gasp) digital painting! My first full-on digipainting, actually. This was an assignment for my Illustration 2 Studio with John Malloy. A portrait with "doll-like characteristics." I don't know anyone who looks more like a baby than I do, so I did a self-portrait.

To regress, I'll post the first assignment from my current class... a digitally rendered drawing of Dan Deacon. Can't say I'm the biggest fan of the guy, but here he is nonetheless.

And last but not least, my most recent piece for my Illustration Studio, a redesigned label for an Arnold Palmer Half & Half Arizona can. I love a good Arnie Palmer, but I think I'd love one more if it came in a can like this:

This particular assignment specified no human figures. So no disrespect to the original can, but if you're going to use a picture of Arnold Palmer, you should make sure to get him in his hay-day.

 Right? No Comparison.


I guess I'll become a regular member of the internet again.

I can't wait to team up this brand new blog with my brand new, not-yet-up-or-running website, http://emmamaatman.com/.

In the meantime, I'd like to discuss my current infatuation with NES games. I never owned any type of gaming console growing up, but occasionally I got to play my neighbor's Super Nintedo, or my cousin's Sega Genesis. Only now have I experienced the glorious simplicity of the original Nintendo games. My favorites are the arcade-style games with simple concepts and graphics, such as:


This gem was the first game to steal my heart. Who can resist a game in which you are a burger chef, being relentlessly pursued by adorable little hot dogs? By the way, the cuteness of a game's characters is a definitive factor in whether or not I deem it playable or worthwhile.


A follow-up to MAPPY, Mappy-Land is some kind of beautiful, flat, kindergarten-colored wonderland where the foreground is the background and you are a policemouse being chased by tiny pink cats.


Last but not least, the arcade classic known as Q-Bert. Anything on an isometric platform is a-ok in my book. Q-Bert appeals to one's nerdy architectural sensibilities, and it's also totally bonkers. Why am I a meatball with a tube hanging out of me? Seems dangerous to just leave that tube hangin' around like that. Either way, this game is fun.