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HEY CREEPS!

My name is Marissa Suto, and I am an artist and printmaker based out of Southern California. I am the founder and artist behind the company  HumAlong Productions. I sell and display my artwork online, and at various west coast conventions and pop-up events throughout the year.

I also coordinate and curate  The Artist Lodge, which is a pop-up art event held four times a year in and around Orange County. The Artist Lodge is a one night event that features art vendors, a large gallery comprised of local artists, art workshops, live music, a raffle, and other fun art-themed activities. Our goal is to give up-and-coming artists an affordable and non-competitive platform to learn how to sell their work before moving onto bigger shows, and to create a family-friendly environment where attendees can meet artists and creators one-on-one.

In between running HumAlong and The Artist Lodge, I am also a full time graduate student working on my Masters of Fine Arts degree in Exhibition Design, and I hold two part-time jobs: one at a local art-supply shop and one at a local museum. Basically I'm working really hard to make sure my entire life revolves around art.

When I'm not at school, or holed up in my studio working (or let's face it, spending too much time on the internet), I love reading, watching movies, rollerskating, and experiencing any and all forms of live or musical theatre.

If you'd like to learn more about myself, feel free to check out any of the links below

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

MY PROCESS
A “relief” is a piece of art made by taking away material to form the image. You may be familiar with this technique if you’ve ever seen a wood block. I work primarily on linoleum (also referenced to as “lino”), which is softer to cut into than wood. The easiest way for people to understand how I create something is to describe it as a stamp, though it is a bit more complicated than that.

Linoleum Process:
  1. First, I create my design and draw it directly onto the linoleum, or transfer it onto the sheet from my sketchbook. I go over the transfer or drawing with sharpies, adding in direction lines so I know where to carve. Then I stain the linoleum with ink so that I can more easily see the negative spaces in the carving.
  2. After the lino is prepped, I take a gouge, and using the different sized blades, I carve out my image. I especially love this medium because of the detail I’m able to create with the lines – but in a different way than just drawing them out (you’ll come to learn that I’m a line work junkie. The more lines, the better!).
  3. When I’m done carving out EVERYTHING, I use a brayer to roll the block out with ink.
  4. After the block is cleanly and evenly rolled with ink, I place my paper over the block and use a barren, or barren object to hand rub the paper until the ink has completely transferred. Then I carefully pull the paper off the block, and allow it to dry.
Wood Cut Process:
  1. First, I coat the wood I intend to use (usually something soft like Bass Wood or MDF) with black acrylic paint. When the paint is dry, I transfer my design onto the surface and use white charcoal pencil to add details and direction lines.
  2. After the image is transferred, I take a gouge, and using the different sized blades, I carve out my image.
  3. When I'm done carving out everything, I use a brayer to roll the block out with ink.
  4. After the block is cleanly and evenly rolled with ink, I place my paper over the block and use a barren, or barren object to hand rub the paper until the ink has completely transferred. Then I carefully pull the paper off the block, and allow it to dry.
  5. When the print is dry, I will scan it into my computer and digitize it so I can order a transparency and get a screen burned with the design.
  6. I use the new screen to screenprint the designs onto wood, and I use a scroll saw to cut the individual pieces out.
MY STYLE
I love Halloween, and all things spooky or creepy (well, almost everything) and my art definitely reflects that. I enjoy creating oddly dark pieces that feature monsters and creatures like dinosaurs and dismembered zombie hands. My work is graphic and bold, and sometimes has a dark humor to it. I enjoy creating art for people like myself, those that quietly watch the world wander by and see the shadows and oddities betwixt familiar moments. For those that are curious, and for those that would embrace the peculiar.

MY PATREON
My goal is to use Patreon as a new platform where I can connect with my fans on a more direct level. The algorithms that Instagram and Facebook use make it easy for artists to get lost amongst the meme and celebrity accounts that rule them. I hope to use Patreon as a platform for directly communicating with my followers and sharing my artwork and process. 

As a prospective patron you may be wondering where your funds are going if you support me. I am no different from any other artist out there, money is helpful for buying and upgrading supplies - and honestly just for living. If you're supporting me on Patreon that means you're helping me maintain the supplies I need, the food I eat, and the home studio I work in. I will include posts of the art supplies I purchase with my Patreon funds, and will always let you know how I use them and which tiers they'll likely be used on.

Patrons will be charged once a month on the first, and then your rewards will be sent out to you before the first of the next month (i.e., you will be charged for April on April 1st, and will receive your April rewards before May 1st). If you join mid-month, you will be charged and receive rewards the following month (i.e., if you join April 10th, you will not receive April rewards and will be charged May 1st for May rewards).

MY TIERS
As you can read above, I'm a busy bee. I'm going to graduate school full time and have four jobs, so for now I'm going to keep my tiers short and sweet - affordable for you, and something that I can easily fulfill until my schedule settles down a bit. I've listed my forthcoming tiers below!

  • Discount Creeps: $15 a month
    • Receive a discount code for 15% off of my online shop, plus a surprise lil' something extra when you order.
    • Occasionally you'll receive something in the mail from me
  • Print Creeps: $20 a month (limited numbers)
    • Receive your choice of a hand embellished, unframed reproduction print of a Patreon exclusive original linocut print.
    • Please note: You will be able to choose which print you'd like each month. Artist retains creative freedom on how they embellish the print, and reserves the right to change how the print is embellished (i.e., two orders of the same print may not be the same). These designs will be exclusive to Patreon for 1 year of their debut date. After that they will be available to the public through my web shop and at pop-up events.
  • ATC Creeps: $25 a month (limited numbers)
    • Receive a Patreon Exclusive unframed, original Artist Trading Card, printed on Marissa's mini-printing press (get/make your own at Open Press Project!). Each original piece will be 2.5x3.5" and will come in a clear polypropylene sleeve to protect it.
    • Please note: All original prints will be marked as an Open, Varied Edition, and will be labeled/signed on the back. Some may be hand embellished or have coloring. No two prints are guaranteed to be the same. A new design will be created every month. These designs will be exclusive to Patreon for 1 year of their debut date. After that they will be available to the public through my web shop and at pop-up events.
  • Original Creeps: $40 a month (limited numbers)
    • Receive a Patreon Exclusive original, unframed 8x10" linocut print. New design will be produced each month.
    • Please note: All original prints will be marked as an Open, Varied Edition. Some may be hand embellished or have coloring. No two prints are guaranteed to be the same. A new design will be created every month. These designs will be exclusive to Patreon for 1 year of their debut date. After that they will be available to the public through my web shop and at pop-up events.
  • Wood Print Creeps: $50 a month (limited numbers)
    • Receive a Patreon Exclusive original wood print (approximately 8x10"). These prints are created from original wood carvings which are reproduced by screenprinting the design onto wood. These individual prints will not be carved.
    • Please note: All wood prints will be marked as an Open, Varied Edition. Some may be hand embellished or have coloring. No two prints are guaranteed to be the same. A new design will be created every month. These designs will be exclusive to Patreon for 1 year of their debut date. After that they will be available to the public through my web shop and at pop-up events.

I plan on doing my best to regularly upload Patreon exclusive designs, and then when I have enough online and enough time to manage them, I will add the above tiers to my Patreon profile!

Tiers
Post Creeps
$1 or more per month
  • Get first dibs on new releases, discounts, and other fun things ahead of my email list.
  • Gain access to my patron only feed where I will post WIPs, videos, live streams, and photos


Postcard Creeps
$5 or more per month
  • Receive a postcard in the mail with art on it! During my travels I enjoy collecting postcards, and I'd love to share them with you. There's no telling where your postcard will be from or what will be on the front of it - but it's guaranteed to have original art by me on it.  It will probably be something weird, but that's okay.
  • Please note:  These post-cards are going to be sent to your via old-school snail mail. Whether your post-card is something I found and added art to or something I created and designed myself, it will be sent to you like a traditional postcard through the mail. That means that it will not be sealed or protected in an envelope, it will be handled by multiple people, and it will possibly be exposed to different weather conditions. I am not responsible for the wear-and-tear that may occur during the delivery process. Postcards will be approximately 4x6” or approximately 5x7” depending on availability.
Goals
4% complete
This goal will help me purchase the MDF and the linoleum sheets that I use for printmaking, and for higher quality paper to print on.
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HEY CREEPS!

My name is Marissa Suto, and I am an artist and printmaker based out of Southern California. I am the founder and artist behind the company  HumAlong Productions. I sell and display my artwork online, and at various west coast conventions and pop-up events throughout the year.

I also coordinate and curate  The Artist Lodge, which is a pop-up art event held four times a year in and around Orange County. The Artist Lodge is a one night event that features art vendors, a large gallery comprised of local artists, art workshops, live music, a raffle, and other fun art-themed activities. Our goal is to give up-and-coming artists an affordable and non-competitive platform to learn how to sell their work before moving onto bigger shows, and to create a family-friendly environment where attendees can meet artists and creators one-on-one.

In between running HumAlong and The Artist Lodge, I am also a full time graduate student working on my Masters of Fine Arts degree in Exhibition Design, and I hold two part-time jobs: one at a local art-supply shop and one at a local museum. Basically I'm working really hard to make sure my entire life revolves around art.

When I'm not at school, or holed up in my studio working (or let's face it, spending too much time on the internet), I love reading, watching movies, rollerskating, and experiencing any and all forms of live or musical theatre.

If you'd like to learn more about myself, feel free to check out any of the links below

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

MY PROCESS
A “relief” is a piece of art made by taking away material to form the image. You may be familiar with this technique if you’ve ever seen a wood block. I work primarily on linoleum (also referenced to as “lino”), which is softer to cut into than wood. The easiest way for people to understand how I create something is to describe it as a stamp, though it is a bit more complicated than that.

Linoleum Process:
  1. First, I create my design and draw it directly onto the linoleum, or transfer it onto the sheet from my sketchbook. I go over the transfer or drawing with sharpies, adding in direction lines so I know where to carve. Then I stain the linoleum with ink so that I can more easily see the negative spaces in the carving.
  2. After the lino is prepped, I take a gouge, and using the different sized blades, I carve out my image. I especially love this medium because of the detail I’m able to create with the lines – but in a different way than just drawing them out (you’ll come to learn that I’m a line work junkie. The more lines, the better!).
  3. When I’m done carving out EVERYTHING, I use a brayer to roll the block out with ink.
  4. After the block is cleanly and evenly rolled with ink, I place my paper over the block and use a barren, or barren object to hand rub the paper until the ink has completely transferred. Then I carefully pull the paper off the block, and allow it to dry.
Wood Cut Process:
  1. First, I coat the wood I intend to use (usually something soft like Bass Wood or MDF) with black acrylic paint. When the paint is dry, I transfer my design onto the surface and use white charcoal pencil to add details and direction lines.
  2. After the image is transferred, I take a gouge, and using the different sized blades, I carve out my image.
  3. When I'm done carving out everything, I use a brayer to roll the block out with ink.
  4. After the block is cleanly and evenly rolled with ink, I place my paper over the block and use a barren, or barren object to hand rub the paper until the ink has completely transferred. Then I carefully pull the paper off the block, and allow it to dry.
  5. When the print is dry, I will scan it into my computer and digitize it so I can order a transparency and get a screen burned with the design.
  6. I use the new screen to screenprint the designs onto wood, and I use a scroll saw to cut the individual pieces out.
MY STYLE
I love Halloween, and all things spooky or creepy (well, almost everything) and my art definitely reflects that. I enjoy creating oddly dark pieces that feature monsters and creatures like dinosaurs and dismembered zombie hands. My work is graphic and bold, and sometimes has a dark humor to it. I enjoy creating art for people like myself, those that quietly watch the world wander by and see the shadows and oddities betwixt familiar moments. For those that are curious, and for those that would embrace the peculiar.

MY PATREON
My goal is to use Patreon as a new platform where I can connect with my fans on a more direct level. The algorithms that Instagram and Facebook use make it easy for artists to get lost amongst the meme and celebrity accounts that rule them. I hope to use Patreon as a platform for directly communicating with my followers and sharing my artwork and process. 

As a prospective patron you may be wondering where your funds are going if you support me. I am no different from any other artist out there, money is helpful for buying and upgrading supplies - and honestly just for living. If you're supporting me on Patreon that means you're helping me maintain the supplies I need, the food I eat, and the home studio I work in. I will include posts of the art supplies I purchase with my Patreon funds, and will always let you know how I use them and which tiers they'll likely be used on.

Patrons will be charged once a month on the first, and then your rewards will be sent out to you before the first of the next month (i.e., you will be charged for April on April 1st, and will receive your April rewards before May 1st). If you join mid-month, you will be charged and receive rewards the following month (i.e., if you join April 10th, you will not receive April rewards and will be charged May 1st for May rewards).

MY TIERS
As you can read above, I'm a busy bee. I'm going to graduate school full time and have four jobs, so for now I'm going to keep my tiers short and sweet - affordable for you, and something that I can easily fulfill until my schedule settles down a bit. I've listed my forthcoming tiers below!

  • Discount Creeps: $15 a month
    • Receive a discount code for 15% off of my online shop, plus a surprise lil' something extra when you order.
    • Occasionally you'll receive something in the mail from me
  • Print Creeps: $20 a month (limited numbers)
    • Receive your choice of a hand embellished, unframed reproduction print of a Patreon exclusive original linocut print.
    • Please note: You will be able to choose which print you'd like each month. Artist retains creative freedom on how they embellish the print, and reserves the right to change how the print is embellished (i.e., two orders of the same print may not be the same). These designs will be exclusive to Patreon for 1 year of their debut date. After that they will be available to the public through my web shop and at pop-up events.
  • ATC Creeps: $25 a month (limited numbers)
    • Receive a Patreon Exclusive unframed, original Artist Trading Card, printed on Marissa's mini-printing press (get/make your own at Open Press Project!). Each original piece will be 2.5x3.5" and will come in a clear polypropylene sleeve to protect it.
    • Please note: All original prints will be marked as an Open, Varied Edition, and will be labeled/signed on the back. Some may be hand embellished or have coloring. No two prints are guaranteed to be the same. A new design will be created every month. These designs will be exclusive to Patreon for 1 year of their debut date. After that they will be available to the public through my web shop and at pop-up events.
  • Original Creeps: $40 a month (limited numbers)
    • Receive a Patreon Exclusive original, unframed 8x10" linocut print. New design will be produced each month.
    • Please note: All original prints will be marked as an Open, Varied Edition. Some may be hand embellished or have coloring. No two prints are guaranteed to be the same. A new design will be created every month. These designs will be exclusive to Patreon for 1 year of their debut date. After that they will be available to the public through my web shop and at pop-up events.
  • Wood Print Creeps: $50 a month (limited numbers)
    • Receive a Patreon Exclusive original wood print (approximately 8x10"). These prints are created from original wood carvings which are reproduced by screenprinting the design onto wood. These individual prints will not be carved.
    • Please note: All wood prints will be marked as an Open, Varied Edition. Some may be hand embellished or have coloring. No two prints are guaranteed to be the same. A new design will be created every month. These designs will be exclusive to Patreon for 1 year of their debut date. After that they will be available to the public through my web shop and at pop-up events.

I plan on doing my best to regularly upload Patreon exclusive designs, and then when I have enough online and enough time to manage them, I will add the above tiers to my Patreon profile!

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Tiers
Post Creeps
$1 or more per month
  • Get first dibs on new releases, discounts, and other fun things ahead of my email list.
  • Gain access to my patron only feed where I will post WIPs, videos, live streams, and photos


Postcard Creeps
$5 or more per month
  • Receive a postcard in the mail with art on it! During my travels I enjoy collecting postcards, and I'd love to share them with you. There's no telling where your postcard will be from or what will be on the front of it - but it's guaranteed to have original art by me on it.  It will probably be something weird, but that's okay.
  • Please note:  These post-cards are going to be sent to your via old-school snail mail. Whether your post-card is something I found and added art to or something I created and designed myself, it will be sent to you like a traditional postcard through the mail. That means that it will not be sealed or protected in an envelope, it will be handled by multiple people, and it will possibly be exposed to different weather conditions. I am not responsible for the wear-and-tear that may occur during the delivery process. Postcards will be approximately 4x6” or approximately 5x7” depending on availability.