Monsters mashup inspired by The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Inspired by “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness

The book, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is the first of three books in the series. A modern romance with gothic themes, this series has me hooked and I’m sure to be done with them by the weekend. The image above is inspired by my reading and informed by themes in my life as well (love!). 

I’ve been working on a series called Mermaid Love Letters. It is letters, numbers, and symbols in mermaid form illustrations and it’s about language, love and relationships. Relationships are a big part of my life and tending to them is a focus right now (as opposed to like career achievements or something else). Each day I strive to balance the needs of others within and without by paying attention to them. Sometimes it feels good like a clear headed powerful hero, sometimes it’s complicated like a moody villain. Ultimately, I’m human and that means these feelings are alive in my imagination and they naturally get mixed up. It’s helpful for me to draw and unmixed them so I can see what archetypal forces are at play. Once I see the elements, I can play around and mix and match more intentionally – and that helps me understand more and deeper the beautiful complexity of life. This is a technique use in innovation design too as business imitates life processes.

Mashup for innovation

A mashup is a design concept used in lost of ways like funsion cooking and web design application. Recently I participated in an IDEO like product brainstorming session where we created as many new mashup idea from combining two items from lists of products a from Target and a Grocery Store. Our best idea was nutritional edible costmetics that resemble real life vegetables. Here is a link to the actual mashup design process if you want to check it out click here.

My reverse mashup process

I was attracted to a poster of Nosferatu and used a photo of it as a base for my drawing. In drawing the process the women’s hair immediately became like Frankinstine’s bride and her legs became a tail. The man transformed into batman and then also had two face because of the remaining profile next to the modified figure. I let the creative process happen naturally and after I examine the image and think about the mashup and what other combinations I can make.

Monster mashup sources

Bride of Frankenstein + Ariel Mermid + Nosferatu + Batman + Two face

What other combinations would you make? I’ll be thinking about new mashups and share them if I get any good ones 🙂