Category Archives: Random Illustration

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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#Sharkfacegang! Macklemore Eat Your Heart Out

You may not know this, but I’m a little bit of a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fan. Me… and all their angsty teen followers fall into Macklemore’s coined twitter term #sharkfacegang. Before hearing their music (being too busy with Torynova Monster Masks at the time), I had conveniently created the Shark Attack mask, which I now sell in my etsy shop. So when their song, Thrift Shop became an online sensation, I got familiar with the duo and their entourage. Needless to say, the next obvious step was to create this…

Shark Face Mask
Inspired by Macklemore’s #SharkFaceGang

Shark Face Mask by Torynova Macklemore

In a perfect world, I would be able to show this awesome mask to Macklemore and get it selling in his merch shop so all the #sharkfacegang fans can wear Shark Face to represent their favorite Seattle rapper. Till that happens, I will be rollin’ out these masks into the Etsy shop, so keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks! And be sure to get your hands on a copy of The Heist.

! UPDATE ! | Shark Face Mask is now for sale!

Shark Face Mask is now for sale!

– Tory
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A Gif for You!

Happy Holidays! ~ From Tory Novikova ~ Click to see Gangnam Santa Dance!

…aaand the world didn’t end on 12/21/12! Isn’t that reason enough to dance? Beliefs and traditions aside, hope you’re enjoying the remnants of this year and this Gangnam Santa gif.

See you in 2013!

Happy Holidays! <3 Tory

– Tory
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Lots to be thankful for


I have a lot to be thankful for this year as it has been both impossibly difficult and remarkably fruitful. A large portion of my gratitude goes to the kindness of total strangers, who have transformed my world over the past 9 months, and the rest can be attributed to the strong shoulders of close family and sweet friends onto which I have leaned. Thank you all, my unnamed warriors.

At the start of 2012 I half jokingly claimed this to be my year – the year of the Dragon, and indeed it has been! It came with a thunderous reckoning! But it ain’t over till the fat lady delivers a heart-stopping vocal bravado (which will be me after the holidays *sob* goodbye waistline *sob*). And I have enough fight left to deliver some spectacular new projects in the next few weeks.

Honestly, I’m just glad to have power again. Hurricane Sandy left a total disaster zone and commuter hell. Storm Support is making an effort to give back to storm victims through great design! ALL profits from sales go to benefit various charities around the NYC/NJ area and will directly help those in need. My contribution is a cute lil’ french bulldog Storm Pup – go get him!

Most importantly, I hope that you are enjoying the best damn Thanksgiving meal of your life today (or at least, one worthy to be a close second).

Happy Holidays! Lets not lose our minds over Black Friday deals, mmkay?

– Tory
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MASKS ARE IN!

I’M SO EXCITED!

FALL, my favorite season, ART, my favorite activity, and MASKS, my favorite accessory have merged together! *Cackles, thunder & lightning* Ok, ok. So last year I was a little late on the whole Halloween-merch-bandwagon, but this year, oh no! This year, I have illustrated and designed an entire heap of masks for people of all ages and eclectic personalities to wear!

There are several hilarious characters to choose from thus far:

  1. Cthulhu (shout-out to H. P. Lovecraft; recently on South Park)
  2. Shark Attack (every surfer’s worst nightmare)
  3. Eyeball (…pretty effin’ weird…)
  4. Frankenstein (zombie apocalypse is upon us!)
  5. Skull (morbid with a sense of humor)

The best part about these creepy, toothy, bloody, funny, weirdos? They are super duper comfortable! Say good-bye to that awful rubbery smell-of-death circa whenever rubber silicon masks were first created. These fellas are made of 100% baby soft organic cotton knit! So they’re gentle and stretchy and fit properly over the ol’ noodle, no matter the size of one’s big sexy brain. Also, they are like the best deal ever! Original, one of a kind, limited edition, and will solve all of your pesky costume-getting problems come Halloween. Just between you and me, it would be totally cool to wear them in the winter as ski masks (HINT).

I’m so proud of these creepy head dudes and it makes me thrilled to offer them to you, THE PEOPLE. Keep your eyes peeled for even more masks to surface before Halloween (not to start any rumors, but I’ve got a plethora of ideas floating around). The best place to find out any new intrigue, would be to follow me on instagram or twitter – @torynova. If you’d like to stock these masks in your store or know of a place where they really ought to be available, let me know and I will make it happen. Yes. Just like that.

– 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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Alessi’s Ark ~ Album Art

Post-musical-epiphany [very recently] my taste horizons have broadened. Among my new favorite artists is the charming Alessi’s Ark, a folk musician from the UK whose sweet voice would make the devil do good. Literally today, I discovered that she has an album cover art contest going on for the US release of Notes from the Treehouse. I wouldn’t ordinarily enter something like this on spur of the moment, but she’s so magnificent that even if for whatever reason my design doesn’t get picked, I am ok with having made a piece inspired by her delicate melodies.

I use the computer so much that sometimes I forget what it feels like to really draw. So for that experience alone, I am grateful. Now, go tell her how amazing I am! *wink* *wink*

– Tory
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