evan dahm

Our 2015 Homestuck Calendar will be available in a few weeks, and we reached out to some wonderful artists to contribute to it. Our 2015 calendar will be a collection of some memorable moments in Homestuck. 

Evan Dahm (twitter/tumblr) took on [S] JOHN. RISE UP. and brought this beautiful piece to the coming calendar. (Evan also has a Kickstarter going on at the moment.)

We’ll be featuring a new calendar illustration every day here on our Tumblr

Here it is, the big fancy T-O-E drawing. Always fun and kind of weird to return to a character like this; I feel like this is the closest I’ve ever got to the picture in my head of an immortal, indifferent magic robot covered in trinkets from different cultures and centuries.

Getting some prints of this for Spring conventions (Staple, ECCC, TCAF, MoCCA, Linework [wow is it really that many]), at the very least. I liked having one big new print for shows last year, so maybe that’s a tentative plan for the future…

(the one electronic is a character in some of my comics if you are unaware)

This is the first beast.

The Exquisite Beast is a project that Yuko Ota and myself, Evan Dahm, are starting. Beginning with this creature drawn by me, we will take turns drawing future creatures, each one representing a visible step in a theoretical evolutionary process. We’ll play with the aesthetic of living things and the process of natural selection, and may or may not end up with a biologically plausible series of beasts.

In the future, Yuko’s monsters will go up on every Friday, and mine will go up on every Tuesday. Thanks for looking!

Alright y’all I’m gonna start this thing on MONDAY, MAY 25. Thanks to Patreon supporters for making it feasible.

It’s been just over NINE YEARS since I started drawing Rice Boy. Everything was different, and I was different, and the work I wanted to make was different. I’m going to post the entire comic here, five pages a week, with commentary on every single page, written by the current modern version of Evan. I’ll put up as much development art as I can find (not as much as I’d like), and some new art will debut on this blog too.

Thank you for following along and for sharing and for still caring about this comic I made in college!

sincerely evan


Finished or almost-finished pencils for the screenprinted poster set by Becky and I!

Working big and detailed tightened up some bits from the preliminary drafts: Becky’s monster’s arrow-horns are now antlers, and the heads are more wolf-like and less abstract. I love it! I got kind of carried away with the feathers and floral details, but it’s looking appropriately weird I think. I penciled this thing at Carmine Street Comics recently; here’s a process post.

We’re talking to printers and working out a gameplan to get these things made. Got a good bit of drawing left to do, though. Inks next!

- Evan & Benign Kingdom

Exquisite Beast Exquisite Corpse.

Hey guys, it’s Yuko!  As mentioned before, there’s a Kickstarter going for the Exquisite Beast book (as well as the collections of Capture Creatures and Midnite Surprise)!  For the Kickstarter-only print, Evan and I collaborated on an exquisite corpse.  Here are the inks!  The final will be full color.

There’s only three days left in the Kickstarter!  It’s right down to the wire!


The Kickstarter for the book has LAUNCHED!

Here’s a recap of the chapter illustrations for chapters 1 through 8 of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first third of the book! I am very happy with these, and the wide range of color schemes and tones they represent.

I will be done with this project fairly soon, after working on it (off and on) for over a year. 24 full-page illustrations like these, and somewhere around 70 spot illustrations. A print book is being thought of; details will be on this blog before they’ll be anywhere else!


Benign Kingdom presents their first collection of themed titles - Capture Creatures, the Exquisite Beast, and Midnite Surprise.

 Capture Creatures - by Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson

Inspired by Ken Sugimori’s feat of designing the original 151 Pokemon in a single year Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson have created 151 unique creatures, relations, and descriptors.

 the Exquisite Beast - by Evan Dahm and Yuko Ota

A series of illustrations of a monster evolving traded between Yuko and Evan. All illustrations were done with ink and inkwash.

Midnite Surprise V2 - by KC Green

A collection of material from KC Green’s art blog - midnitesurprise.tumblr.com this collection features a new collection of work featuring original illustrations, comics, and more.

Vattu and the War-Man.  Brush drawing colored in Photoshop.

Fanart Friday, wooo!  This has come up several times in the past, but let me reiterate what a huge fan I am of Evan Dahm.  Vattu, his latest comic, is so brilliant and beautiful and ambitious, I cannot help but constantly be in awe of him and his monstrously high output.

Go, go and read everything he’s ever done, it’s all for free on the internet!



Started out with my normal multiply-layer-over-flats tactic, and tweaked it a bit to make the grass and water kind of glowy. The layers of distance separated in the previous post were used to create atmospheric perspective: each one has a successively more opaque layer over it set to hard light.

I’m happy with this thing! It’ll be a print at some point, and I’m putting in the order for a convention banner today, so I should have it in time for SPX!