Heather Hudson

is creating mostly amiable monsters

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About

So you're walking down a beach at sunset, and you see a figure coming toward you...

I'm Heather Hudson and I draw and paint and sometimes write about illuminating monsters. Mostly they mean well. Every monster has a story, and when I match the right story up to the right listener, something magical happens. A key turns in a lock, and I see a little burst of light go off behind someone else's eyes. It's nice.

So you keep walking and as the figure approaches, dark against the sunset, you see that it's not entirely human, but it's a nice evening, and the beach is actually your own mind so nothing is going to hurt you here, and you keep walking...

I have in my past at least one degree in theatrical design (maybe two?), over twenty years of illustration for tabletop card games and role-playing games, nearly 200 published card illustrations for Magic; the Gathering, four sets of weird Christmas cards, tarot cards, poker cards, whimsical fairy watercolors and personal art about monsters that reflect more than they horrify. Lots of those last. And I've noticed that the best monsters thread a ribbon of story from me to you, and if it's the right story, it sticks.

Most of my published work right now is visual art, which are great ways to tell a (very short) story if you worry people won't read past a first line. Now that I have a few longer stories to tell, I've started writing too. My main project is a tarot deck inspired by my love of fairytales and amiable (mostly) monsters.  I'd be honored if you wanted to join me on this metaphorical road trip. Your support would be greatly appreciated, and your presence will remind me that someone is waiting to see what I make.

So you finally meet, and it is that thing you don't talk about, only, yeah, it's a nice evening so as you're stepping politely around each other your eyes meet, you nod, and it nods and you open your mouth to say...
What do you say?

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