Category Archives: Color Sketch

Cicadas are coming.

Cicadas Are Coming

Get ready East coast! This year Spring will welcome 1 TRILLION cicadas emerging from underground, to take to the skies.

It’s been 17 years since their last appearance – I remember seeing them for the first time when walking to the tennis courts one afternoon in Brooklyn as a kid. A massive tennis-ball sized black fly was sitting still on the ground, and when my father went to tap it with the net of his racket, the lazy thing rose sluggishly into the air with about the same sound and enthusiasm of a helicopter! #neverforget

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Cicadas Meme

– Tory
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Oh My Glob!

I’ve been battling a sore throat for a week now, which really means that I have been rotting my mind with toons while wallowing in bed. My eye latched onto a pretty pink firecracker cloud that (in another world perhaps) would be my teenage doppleganger. LSP is the bomb. She’s lumpy and she knows you like it. You don’t want to mess with this dame! Physically, she sure breaks the standard for beauty, but that doesn’t blemish her beaming self confidence. So enjoy my little fan tribute to the lumpy space princess that looks lumpin’ fine.

– Tory
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Happy Valentine’s Day, Lady Gaga Style


Inspired by a youtube video I saw recently, I took some time to relax today and draw a little porcupine. My schedule has gotten busier ever since starting TNC so it was nice to just do a cute illustration on the side. If you’ve never seen a porcupine, you ought to start with the video I’m talking about to truly appreciate my affinity for this rather large and rambunctious creature.

— Tory

2011 ~ Happy New Year!

Oh, True Blood.


© Tory Novikova - illustration sketch


I need to cool it with the vampire obsession – which I thought I had gotten over but apparently not.

So late at night, when I should be working on projects I’m actually getting paid for or at least be doing useful research, instead my soul cries out to draw. To draw evil.

How can one go from working on a happy-go-lucky holiday book commission to doing this? Well, I’m just following the guidance of my soul, so blame it and not me. Souls and human consciousness have nothing in common (so I hear).

But… I like it anyway!

(Special thanks to Helen’s dreams for inspiring me)