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Ivy Cave
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
freelance illustrator, digital painter, muralist, sign maker, hand letterer, etc.
Dear friends,
I'm very sorry I disappeared again. My husband's work has stalled, so I got a straight job at the small grocery store across the street. It's leaving me with very little time and enegery to work. So I've decided to finish up the jobs I have already accepted, and to stop taking online commissions for the time being. 

I'm very sorry about this. It's always been my dream to be successful in illustration, but as I get older, I'm craving a more meaningful relationship with art. Even when I am exhausted I find I can create personal pieces, but working for other people has driven me to the brink of self-loathing. 

So I'm going to be focusing on my own work for a bit, because I feel like I've just lost all my digital mojo. I can't seem to even open Photoshop without a panic attack.

I've been working in a slightly different style inspired by french art deco; large masonite boards, in pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic and gold leaf (because I inherited a lot of it, and I am a Klimt fanatic). I recently finished my first large painting in years, maybe ten years; it took two months to complete. I find the time by working in short bursts. This is a radical departure from my previous methods, but I've gone into hermit mode again because it is taking up a lot of mental real estate.

I may be going nuts, but this is where I was always meant to go, and I think I've finally started to make some progress. As my husband says, the faces I paint have been haunting me my whole life, and I plan to find out why. Art has become my therapy. I'm compiling a lot of thoughts about this process - a layman's theory of self-psychoanalysis through meditative art - but it may be too out-there to post. I've got to remember, the internet is forever, and a lot of what I've posted in the past embarrasses me today.

When I started on this website I decried "high art" and "fine art" and embraced my own form of "low art." And I still do! I've come to the conclusion that there is no true distinction. Reluctance to delve into fine art was a form of self-defense, a way of avoiding deep criticism, of shirking my responsibility to create a lasting and meaningful body of work. It was a necessary mistake. I was attempting to destroy my own ego. In reality, I was uncovering it piece by piece.

Thank you for your continued patience with me, world. 
- Mx. Ivy Cave
  • Listening to: the trees talking
  • Reading: between the lines
  • Watching: the world burn
  • Playing: a dangerous game
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: manly tears

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Hi, I'm Ivy! I draw other people's original characters.


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-If you have a deadline, please let me know. For anything due within 2 weeks, there is a minor fee. My work timeline is a little bit unpredictable, as I have to be satisfied with the job and sometimes I have to do several versions. If you need something within a certain time period, please just let me know and I'll do my best to make you happy!
-My policy for original character art is to ask for payment up front. If you would like a different kind of illustration, please contact me at to discuss the specifics. For larger jobs, usually I ask for a deposit and the rest upon completion.
- I can do portraits of real people. There is no extra charge, but be aware that I'm not a traditional portrait artist, so it will come out looking like my usual work.


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Kissakisan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great gallery, and great style :)
Pozuu Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
oh my lord YOUR ART IS AMAZING * O *
TheBlackChallenger Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Happy Day of your Birth! Hope it is merry. 
thundercake Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! It was ! :) 
Tribble-Industries Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday, sorry about the clone trooper birthday cake the fangirls hijacked it.
thundercake Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
OK that sentence really, really confused me at first. :D
Tribble-Industries Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

Oh one question what is your favorite color?
thundercake Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
i've always found it difficult to answer that question. I always write up something complicated about subjectivity and relativity and value/saturation/etc but whatever. Let's just treat this as a home decor question. Sometimes I like a good strong carmine red, other times I'm more in the mood for a muted aqua. :)
jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
...the happiest of birthdays to you great artist...hope your special day is filled with joy...=3
thundercake Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :3
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thundercake Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
man, when did they add all this moving stuff? back in my day, we had three emoticons. sad, happy, and ANGRYFACE for when the situation called for it. and those were enough for us! now we have animated cake slices and conga lines and grabledefoogrumbleraar.

(Just kidding, thank you for the birthday wishes! :D)
SarzBarz Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Writer
God, I really wanna commish you. But I'm more worried about'cha than anything.
thundercake Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
aww well, I feel like I've probably come across as pathetic. I'm just working on getting my life back in order, and worst case, I'll end up a legitimate crazy artist, cut off my ear, maybe get famous. there is no need to worry about me :) just going through the same stuff everyone is, I think. thank you for asking <3
Mock1ngb1rd Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
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I wish you all the best and have a fantastic day!
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