Alexxander is a dual creative force based in Portland, OR

  1. Made for PNCA gallery show, hosting ICON 8's workshops. A ton of amazing illustrators came for the talks, it's surreal being an audience member next to them. Simply blown away by the number of creatives invading Portland, enjoyed being in the mix — hope you fall in love, visit again sometime. 

    (Source: adovelin)


  2. You can’t tell me she’s not a marshmallow girl

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  3. Her eyes drifted over, catching a light. What was that look. I’d seen it before. But I didn’t get a chance to find out. The car took her away, navy steel against her like a rock crushing a petal, throwing her into the air.

    I was slow. The long days had slowed me.

    She fell in my arms, the last piece of me fitting in place.

    I could feel the strands of her hair slipping through my fingers, falling in the same way of snow, silky and frail. There was no screaming when the car collapsed in on itself. No bodies left. Only Angela. But her eyes never opened, no matter how long I waited. And I waited, waited til the skin blued and the ground beneath me crumbled.

    There were ashes. Walls of the building streets bowled out, then vanished and a soundless wave rolled over the valley. I watched as it carried away trees and then hills, the dust cloud travelling along the low horizon in every direction, kissed by the moonlight. The sky looked brighter than day with the stars shining through the veil. They grew stronger with each city the wave consumed, earth rolling into the foot of mountains. Then, there was nothing but the stars, and the last look of her eyes as they closed.

    The wave rolled back in an instant. I swallowed it whole, with all my grief, and her.

    From the short story Void

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  4. Gonna try to stream, if anyone wants to watch

    Edit: Thanks to those that spied on me, I was greatly motivated by your omnipresence haha.

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  5. Resound (void)

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  6. Painting study before it goes on panel.


  7. adovelin:

    I forgot to post this. Did a spot comic for Tin House late April and it recently got posted. Not my known style, I’m going to try working lines and flats more.

    Tin House had to post it as a single image, but you guys get to see it closer to the real comic. Printed, each panel is its own card that you lay out to make the comic.

    ‡     Alexxander Dovelin

    Actually I lied: this is the only complete written commission I’ve posted here, my comic card deck.


  8. sinribbon said: I'm curious, too, about your books. Do you self-publish them? Are they for personal projects, commissions? Do you sell them at conventions/shops or just make them for yourself?

    Short answer: Yes to all of these.

    More complicated:

    My blog is a mix of personal and commissions — though I’ve never been commissioned a complete written work before, just parts.

    I do physically produce some books to sell in limited editions (15-25) because they’re handmade. These are designed to be physically engaging; Tough's greatest appeal to people was its thin vellum pages that perfectly overlaid the morphing face. I sell books through a combo of my online shop (closed til I find a more reliable shipper), local zine stores, some cons, and online requests. 

    Much of my stories are designed for the web though, because it has the widest access. My thesis essay, Without Roses, lives entirely online, and has a responsive layout that can be read from a smartphone. Personal works like Pieces and Void I plan to collect into an app as I continue the series. I think that’s where my self-publishing future lies, really, is in apps. 

    Apps can be published without an ISBN and, most importantly, can be updated.** An app’s flexible pricing can allow you to have a free app, with options to pay for additional content, or even just a donation. I’d like to be able to curate a series that is released monthly, so this idea is really appealing. There’s also pre-made app platforms creators can use, like Narr8, that I’ve seen a lot of great work come from. But this is just the dream I’m working towards.

    **This is important because at the moment iBooks does not have a subscription service, and requires self-publishers to buy an ISBN. (That’s a whole other story of grief.) 


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  10. sinribbon said: So I found your art today, and I'm in love. It's such a beautiful harmony of the morbid with tender fragility. Your writing is also very inspiration to me. Glad I stumbled upon you.

    Thank you so much for the kind words. Honestly I’m surprised when anyone reads the writing… And you even got the feeling I wanted too. I’m so happy you enjoyed it!


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  12. In order to fund new short stories, I now have a Patreon account.

    I will still be posting works online, but without support, my ability to creates these works is extremely limited. Patreon allows a simple $1 to support their creation and collect them in a place where I can directly interact with you. 

    I really appreciate any support you can offer. Even if you can’t support financially, reblogs will also be a signal boost. Thank you! 

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  14. jisuk:

    The Fishbones Kickstarter has been launched!

    Fishbones was a labor of love. It was only with the support of friends and followers that it managed to be completed and every one of you has my deepest gratitude. Printing the book itself is the last step in this project and I hope that you will be as excited to hold it in your hands as I am.

    Any reblogs or support will be greatly appreciated, thank you so much!

    I was lucky enough to make the cover for Jisuk’s Fishbones! The book is beautiful, Jisuk’s put such love and care into this story. Definitely check out her kickstarter!


  15. "Throne"

    edit: removed bg. because I’m a promise breaker.

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