Saturday, April 12, 2014

Abe Sapien and Wine...

As many of you know (if you don't, you sure know now...) I LOVE WINE!  I am training for my Level 1 Sommelier exam in August and I have decided to create a new Instagram account  - RemyDrinkStuff.  Follow me.   I love geeking out/reviewing wines, and thus far, they have all been affordable and approachable.

I also have an Instagram account for my art - RemyDrawStuff.  Oh, and occassionally I post pictures of my cats.

And here's a random and yet LARGE drawing of Abe Sapien from Mignola's B.P.R.D.  If you have never sat down and read through Hellboy and the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense comics, I highly suggest/recommend it.  Especially if your a fan of folklore and historical fiction.  I love that stuff, and when ever I can indulge in some creative conspiracy theories and history that "could have been", I don't hesitate.
Mike Mignola, Guillermo Del Toro, and Christopher Golden never let me down.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Lost Gods

I am officially a cover artist!

I have been working on this project for a little while and now I can announce it: I did the book cover for The Lost Gods by Horace Brickley .

He wanted a cover with zombies, and I decided to play around with the idea of a wrap around cover.  He loved it and it took off from there.  He asked me to put all the 'dead' in their burial clothes, and as the project was coming close to it's due date, I had forgotten about the request and drew an Sikh in a turban.  The 'sweater vest' is usually not what they are buried in, so I had to take him out.  In the book cover, he's not in there, but in the original drawing he's there next to the Maori lady.  I tried to vary all the Zombies, a Grecian woman, a Gascon Marque, a modern man in a suit, a Catholic priest, a Mexican seƱorita, an old 1920's lady with her fox fur wrap, a Pharaoh, a WWII African American nurse (cause I love how they fought the bigots in order to serve their country), a Victorian lady, and yes, even a Nazi officer. 

The original art is huge: I taped 3, 8.5 x 11in, sheets of bristol together and did the line up in sections. Then I  scanned and reduced the image, finishing the rest in Photoshop.  The author liked it, and so did I.

Horace Brickley

Riahna Remy Malay

This is a self published book.  Please support my work (and the author): Buy the paperback or download the Kindle version, we need all the help we can get.  It helps that it's a good book too.  I read it twice, and cried each time.  I love Brickley's work; good, strong characters, a solid plot, zombies *swoon* and a lot of action.  Thanks in advance for your support, it means a lot, and hopefully in the future I'll get more gigs like these.

Cheers and happy reading!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Did a sketch of my favorite Elder gods for the HP Lovecraft Mythos.  The green was added in PSCS 5, the original is done on tonal paper.  Cheers

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dead... and a mohawk

So.  I donated my hair.... and got a mohawk.  And then lived in my hawk for a while, and will be changing it soon.  I guess soon as it grows out...

I donated it to kids with cancer: 23 inches. I also disappeared from the internet for 2 years, it was almost like being on another planet.  I had to come back to earth. And get the internet.

Haircut. Career change. Internet.  Art yet to come...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I decided to open up a bit of history: Warre's 1977 Vintage Port. It was impulsive (my wine guy called and said I should open it before it starts to spoil) and i should have invited friends over... for I clearly did not realize how good it was going to be. The cork, unfortunately, fell in the bottle and now I can't close it up, and my decanter does not have a stopper.

I need more wine friends now that I am learning how to be a Sommelier. I have so many ideas, bottles to share, and vineyards to see.

This taste like bliss. I wish more people than myself, and my roommate who refuses to have some ("Leave me alone, I'm on my period!").

I feel like it's a waste.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Hunter

I love how Joel combines a certain amount of strange objects in his pieces to tell a story. He's a great inspriration!

Canson paper with Prismacolor pencils (black and white). 12in x 7in.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lock and Key

The two halves of Catalina's tattoo. Key will be placed on inner thigh. Skull with lock is on her forearm. Ink and Bristol.

Thanks Cat for the opportunity for my art to be permanently yours.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Beggining and End

As I posted earlier about being in a new relationship, I guess I am posting about it's end. When you meet someone and are aware of their life style, getting into the relationship is like an agreement to accept them for who they are and to accept a certain lifestyle. I decided to date a musician: a fiddle player. A very intelligent fiddle player. I knew that there would be tours and periods of him being away and I accepted them and dealt with the alone periods with grace. When it comes down to it, I am very loyal and patient, however my patience only last so long. When he is here and barely has time for me, especially during the holidays (that's when I need the most emotional support), and he has to lightly pencil me in, that's when I know that it's 'time'. I realized that it would be best to support him and his goals as a friend (and maybe take another shot at the relationship later), instead of his neglected and angry girlfriend.

It would be more effective that way; he would stay in my life and I have the understanding that when things calm down (if they ever) that I could be there too. If not, friendship is the first thing you need to start any successful relationship even if there no 'relationship' to graduate upon. I took a step down from a position to metaphorically take a step up. The sadness will subside, and life will go on. Is it better than crying alone at night even though you 'have' a boyfriend? I'm not sure. I guess time will tell. I still care for him deeply, and might have been falling in love with him, but I know I can love him more this way, unconditionally. That's what true friendship is ...unconditional.

2 relationships in one year? Fun. Please God, can I have one that last more than a year. Please?

I just want to love someone, and be loved in return.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tattoos, Sanity, & Mysterious Universe

I have international pen-pals. Old fashioned, written letters, postal stamped pen-pals. I had an interesting opportunity to be a hostess to Scotland. We have been communicating for some time and he asked if he could stay for a few days at my place and see California. I agreed and he also asked me what I wanted for Christmas, which took some time in deciding, cause I can't seem to make up my mind of what I want (literally and figuratively).

For my birthday he sent me a Manchester United mug, the giant sized one that you could drown in, and an ManU ceramic money bank in the shape of a football. I was dancing for a week! Not only is that stuff kind of pricy but it was shipped internationally. In gratitude, I asked him what he wanted for his birthday. He replied with a couple of tattoo designs and a tattoo shop to do them in since he would be spending his birthday over in the States. This is one he got first: It's a Scottish flag within the batman symbol.

Joel MacDonald at Black Banditz Tattoo off of Melrose (in LA) did the fine work. There is always something so gratifying seeing your work so brilliantly translated from paper to flesh. That's why I love Joel!! He's amazing!! If you ever thinking about getting a tattoo in the LA/Hollywood area, give him a shout. He has done two tattoo's for me and a couple more for my friends. He's very talented and customer service oriented, aka:
He cares for your tattoo as much as you do!


So, being a hostess was an interesting experience. I learned that I need more money if I am going to tour someone around LA county, and that I will never ever put any guess in my studio for an extended amount of time. EVER! I think my sanity was starting to rip apart not being close to my art, computer, and books. I also learned that I am more of a solitary person. I like being social, but for 15 days straight with my roommate and a guest in the house?? No.
Like I said, a learning lesson. Oh yeah! I forgot! I am painting the bathroom from hell. My roommate requested a certain faux-finish technique that (in my head) was easy. Stripes on a wall. Simple right? Measure out where you will be painting said stripes, tape off the desired area (so it forms a straight line), paint taped area, pull off tape, touch up some areas where paint has leaked through (cause it always happens) and CELEBRATE. NO... It's been one fuckin' nightmare after another. Each time I pull the tape of, the rest of the wall comes off with the tape. In other words I AM DOING DOUBLE THE WORK!!! And not for my bathroom... SOMEONE ELSES!!! AND FOR FREEE!!!!! *angry face*

As soon as I finish, I will show pictures. But right now... I dont want to deal with it. Not until 2012.

I want to thank Mysterious Universe Podcast.

Without Benjamin Grundy and Aaron Wright, I'd honestly have a shittier year than I did. Their ability to tell stories, their way of poking fun of life, and their thought stimulating topics on high strangeness is something that I am REALLY grateful for. Their stories that they search the world to find are very inspiring to my artwork, and I find myself drawing Yowies (Australia's Bigfoot), Ghost, Reptilians and odd things here and there due to the podcast.

I signed up to be Plus Member on the podcast, best $9 a month I could spend. Since I can't get enough of these guys, the Plus content gives you more than just their free show.

Mysterious Universe is available for download on iTunes or you can visit their website.

Thanks guys, you keep me sane in Los Angeles.