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I HEART Colouring Books Competition

I HEART Colouring Books Competition

With the release of I HEART Unicorns, I HEART Mermaids and I HEART Drag Queens; my newest colouring books published by Trapeze Books; and to celebrate I HEART Unicorns already reaching over 2000 sales worldwide(!); I have decided to run an exclusive giveaway for all of my lovely friends, family, supporters and colourists.

And, considering the themes of these gorgeous books – the prizes are suitably glittery, sparkly and all things fabulous!

The grand prize for this giveaway is A SPARKLY COLOURING BOOK GOODIE BAG! 

This includes…

1 copy of I HEART Unicorns

1 copy of I HEART Mermaids 

1 copy of I HEART Drag Queens

PS… Get Lippy Holographic Collection: Fantasy (Containing holographic liquid lip gloss, lip liner and glitter)

PS… Holographic Unicorn Tears Nails with Self Adhesive

Pack of 12x Crayola Coloured Pencils

Primark Home 10x Unicorn Hanging Photo Clips

PS… Unicorn Horn Make Up Brush Set

White chocolate coins

PS… Rainbow Highlighter Powder


Runners up will also receive a smaller goodie bag themed around either mermaids, unicorns or drag queens (only 3 runners up will be chosen). In order to enter, all you have to do is sheck the RaffleCopter giveaway Widget at the bottom of this post. Each entry in the competition will count as a raffle entry and the raffle will be drawn on the 12th December.

Terms and Conditions (Please read…)

I Heart Unicorns/Drag Queens/Mermaids published by Trapeze (an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group)

This contest is run by Anastasia Catris and is in no way associated with Orion, Trapeze, Crayola or Primark.

All prizes were provided by Anastasia Catris. Anastasia Catris takes no responsibility for any ingredients within the PS… range of toiletry products or white chocolate coins. Contestants use these items at their discretion in accordance with the ingredients dictated on the packaging.

According to Primark’s website, their make up does not conduct and does not commission any animal testing. They also state that their terms of trade with their suppliers make it clear that cosmetic products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals. Nor do they have stores or outlets in China which requires animal testing by law.

Please note that attempts will be made to contact the winner on the day of the raffle draw (12th December). If I hear back from them before the last post on the 13th December, and the winner’s residence is in the UK, Royal Mail advise that they should receive their prize before Christmas. Please note that people entering the contest from outside of the UK, where it is based, may not receive their prize before Christmas due to holiday post closures and restrictions.

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DC’s Super Villains’ Artist List Announced

by Anastasia Catris in Announcement Comments: 6 tags: Announcement, art, Comics, DC, Illustration


DC’s Super Villains’ Artist List Announced

Well, after a few months of teasing you with hints of what I have been working on, I can finally announce that I am one of the artists lucky enough to work on Cryptozoic and DC‘s newest sketch card set ‘Super Villains’. You can see the full artist list here and you can also follow their blog if you would like to keep up to date with artist previews as they are announced.

Unfortunately I can’t show you any previews of my work on the set just yet as I am still waiting on approvals from DC and Cryptozoic. What I can tell you is that this set was probably one of the most challenging and fun projects I have ever had the pleasure to work on. Not only did I get to work for one of the Big 2, but I also got to draw some of my favourite characters including the Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Cat Woman, Bizarro and many more that I hadn’t even heard of until now.

I cannot wait to hear back from the lovely people at Cryptozoic about which cards have been approved (fingers crossed) for the set and which ones they have chosen to preview on their site. I will let you know as soon as I do.

Is there a particular DC villain that you would like to see? Who is your favourite DC villain? 

Secret Creator-Owned Project Revealed

Secret Creator-owned Project Finally Revealed!

I have been teasing you with this for a while now. Those of you who follow my Facebook page may have heard rumblings of a super secret personal project in the works and a while ago I said that I would tell you more as soon as my Facebook page reached 666 likes (surely that was a bit of a hint)

Well, my Facebook page reached its goal over the weekend and as promised, here is the reveal for my new creator-owned project. In a few months I will be launching a Kickstarter Project for my first Creator-Owned Illustrated Book, The Cirque Du Mort.


The book will be a variety of short stories based around a ghostly circus of tragic performers. Each of the characters will have their own unique back story and reason for haunting the big top of the Cirque Du Mort. These stories will be accompanied by illustrations, pin ups and playbills.

I have already begun character design and written most of the script and, I have to say, I’m pretty happy with how it is looking so far. One of the things I really wanted to achieve with this piece was to create a whole host of unique and diverse characters from a range of backgrounds and just see where they take me with their own stories.


Some are tragic, others amusing, some just plain disturbing; but all brought under the stage lights together in a fun compilation of art and storytelling.

This book will be perfect for you if you were (like me) a bit of a Wednesday Addams growing up. Ideal for lovers of Living Dead Dolls, burlesque, steampunk, or Carnivale. Characters so far range from the conjoined Opera singers, Mallory and Felicity, who you have already met on Facebook; and Antoinette, the decapitated magician.


I will be updating you regularly from now on via my Facebook Group in regards to characters and works in progress. All of this will lead up to a Kickstarter Project which I hope all of you will be excited to take part in. I already have a whole bunch of prizes and perks in mind and I am really hyped to get started.

Are there any types of character you would like to see in the Cirque Du Mort? Why not leave a comment below.

Featured for a Second Time on A Medic’s World!

by Anastasia Catris in Artwork Comments: 0 tags: Announcement

Featured for a Second Time on A Medic’s World!

The awesome Tom Shewbridge has featured me for a SECOND TIME on his brilliant site ‘A Medic’s World’. I was first featured as Tom’s Sketch Card/Artist of the day on the 24th July 2013 with my Sketch-Card-A-Day Challenge piece, Supergirl. This time I have been featured for one of my official Unstoppable ‘Dead Divas’ cards.

The card is actually of Chardeath’s Web, a spider-like character from Bianca’s series of murderous femme fatales. The eBay seller who listed the card mistakenly listed it as Moonlight Flight (the pink haired witch character), most probably because of the white spotlight in the background which they have mistaken for a moon. I loved drawing this particular character as it was always a challenge to figure out what to do with her many arms and hands, but I had a lot of fun with it.

If you would like to see my other contributions to the Dead Divas set, be sure to visit my gallery entry.

Cover photo is © Unstoppable Cards ‘Dead Divas’ Sketch Card Set

Unstoppable’s Dead Divas Sketch Card Set Released

Unstoppable’s Dead Divas Sketch Card Set Released

On the 15th October 2013 I announced that I would be taking part in Unstoppable’s ‘Dead Divas’ set, in association with Bianca Thompson. Well, today they have been officially released online for purchase, meaning you can now see the artwork I submitted on this set, as well as know how many cards I contributed (It’s 40 by the way – gotta catch ‘em all!).

If you would like to collect the entire base card set, be sure to grab Sets A, B, and C. Each set comes with an original, randomly selected card by one of the many awesome artists (including Bianca herself) who worked on the set. The packs on Unstoppable’s site are priced at £14.99 each, but you can also buy 3 for £13.33 each and make a saving of 12%.

Below are a few of my favourite cards that I contributed to the set, but you can see all 40 sketch cards here. I am currently available for AP Commissions if anyone is interested, simply use my contact form. Please let me know in the messages below if you have picked up any of my sketch cards from the set. It’s always nice to know that my cards have gone to a good home.

Cover photo is © Unstoppable Cards ‘Dead Divas’ Sketch Card Set

Kerrang Magazine Release

by Anastasia Catris in Announcement Comments: 2 tags: Announcement, Comic, Kerrang

If you guys follow my Facebook page or Twitter account you may have heard mutterings of a super secret project of awesome. Well, guess what? It’s here!

I was lucky enough to be selected as an artist in the Kerrang! Komic. I was commissioned by Kerrang to draw a 5 panel comic featuring Dave Grohl (If you want to know more, you’ll just have to go out and buy the magazine!)

This is actually an extremely proud moment for me for lots of reasons. For one, I used to LOVE reading Kerrang! Magazine. When I was a teenager I would regularly take copies of it into school to read in free periods, or for its free CD compilations. I remember listening to Muse and Queens of the Stoneage for the first time because of K! I booked most of my first gigs because of the ads in the back of K!, including my first gig to see Slipknot when I was 13 years old!

Secondly, this is my first big commission by a magazine as a comic artist. I have worked on books and private commissions in the past, but this is an international magazine that will make its way into stores all over the world and through the post boxes of folks who subscribe to it. So it’s a pretty big deal.

Finally, it’s kind of a nice piece of poetic justice for me personally. I went to a pretty strict Catholic school when I was a teenager and was always a very good kid in class. But, I remember clearly having my Kerrang! Mag confiscated from me in free period once. It had Slipknot on the cover and the teacher asked to see me after class because she was worried about its content. Something about ‘morally questionable’ and ‘Satanic’ or something… I know right! Anyway. I’m kind of hoping now that, somewhere, out there in the big bad world, some kid is reading my comic in school. The comic drawn by a girl who had that same magazine taken away from her because it worried her teacher about her future. The magazine I am now proud to say I have worked for!

Cover photo is © Kerrang! Magazine 2014

12 Doctors Project Raises £500 for the National Autistic Society

The 12 Doctors Project Raises £500 for the National Autistic Society

I am really proud to announce that The 12 Doctors of Christmas has just broken the £500 barrier! This is a pretty big achievement considering that donation to this project was always completely optional. Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated to The National Autistic Society and downloaded our work, it is nice to know that it is going towards helping those in need.

Remember, even though Christmas has come and gone, this book is here to stay and with the introduction of the 12th Doctor in 2014, it may even have some revisions and additions over the year. So please keep following for more information as and when it happens. It may make a brilliant present for the Whovian in your life next Christmas. Here is the link to the book if you would like to support the project and the wonderful charity it is associated with.

Cover photo is © Cygnus Alpha ’12 Doctors of Christmas’

12 Doctors of Christmas Story Released

12 Doctors of Christmas Story Released

For those of you who follow my Facebook page, you may have seen small snippets of statuses and even teasers of artwork hinting at a big project in the works… well here it is!

I can now reveal that I have been working alongside Cygnus Alpha, the Doctor Who Fanzine, on their latest release – The 12 Doctors of Christmas. I was assigned the 10th Doctor (That’s David Tennant for all of you non-Whovians out there) and got to work with a good friend of mine from the world of conventioneering, Simon Brett.

Simon’s story, The Stocking Killers, was a brilliant one to illustrate as it had a wealth of fun imagery to play with. I won’t give too much away as I think you all need to see it to appreciate it! The story is actually FREE to download, as well as the other 11 stories. Each of them written and illustrated by some of the best fan writers and artists in the UK.

An optional donation may be given to charity (The National Autistic Society) upon downloading the story should you wish and although this is encouraged, it is not necessary. This is a non-profit project made by fans for fans so we hope that you enjoy it.

You can find the story and illustration, as well as links to the other stories, here. Please let me know what you think of it below. The illustration is also available to view in my gallery.

Cover photo is © Anastasia Catris and Cygnus Alpha Magazine

The Deep Cards Released

Viceroy’s The Deep Cards Released

I can finally announce that Viceroy’s The Deep set is now being shipped. Sadly Viceroy had some issues with buyers which meant that their set was delayed, but they are now shipping and it is looking like a fantastic set.

I can also now reveal my contributions to the set which you can see below. I had a lot of fun with this set – sadly my blue Copic pens did not! I had a bit of a drama halfway through finishing the set and had to rush out to restock pretty much all of my blue pens as they had died a death on me. Insectae managed to kill what was left of my greens, while Beyond Stoker’s Dracula sucked my red dry – so I suppose it was only a matter of time.

I have put a few of my personal favorite cards from this set below, but if you would like to see all 25 of the cards I contributed to this set, click here.

I have saved one AP for my father on this set as I know how much he loves sea creatures and tropical fish, but this still leaves me with 4 APs up for grabs if anyone is interested. I will add more information on these as and when I draw them/they are approved by Viceroy, however if you are interested in a personalized AP, please feel free to get in touch.

Cover photo is © Anastasia Catris

Viceroy Insectae Cards Released

Viceroy Insectae Cards Released

Viceroy have announced the release of the Insectae card set. I really enjoyed working on this set as it gave me a chance to work with a bit of realism. I hope that the collectors like my take on certain creatures as obviously I still managed to put a little of my own style on them. This was a big test of my Copic skills too as I was relying on a lot of new techniques to create the illusion of exoskeletons, shining shells and even (in the case of fireflies) luminescence.

I really hope I get to work with Viceroy again. It was a nice change to work on animals and there are even rumblings of the possibility of arachnids in the future (obviously we had to check every insect we were drawing to make sure it was actually from the species group Insectae first!) The card stock was also of a beautiful high quality being very thick with engraved information on the back and foil detailing.

All in all these cards make for a beautiful collector’s piece and I’m really looking forward to hearing from anyone who drew any of my cards in their decks.

Here are some of my favorite contributions to the set. Let me know if you managed to pull any of them. You can see the entire collection of the 25 cards I contributed to this set here.

I also have 5 APs from this set up for grabs if anyone is interested. I will add more information on these as and when I draw them/they are approved by Viceroy, however if you are interested in a personalized AP, please feel free to get in touch.

Cover photo is © Anastasia Catris