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December 2017 Newsletter

Hi all,

The Holidays are upon us and 2017 is coming to a close soon. I have one last exhibition this year if you want to come say hello, get stuff signed or pick up some last minute gifts:

Exhibition at Tsuga Fine Art & Framing

Saturday, Dec 16 – 23, 2017. I’ll be there Saturday, Dec 16th 10am-2pm, and Friday, Dec 22nd 3-7pm live-painting and signing prints, and I have a new original painting I’ll be showing off as well: “Snicker-Snack” (A tribute to “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll). (Tsuga Fine Art and Framing – 10101 Main St, Bothell, WA 98011 – Prints, Games, Plush, Books and more will be available).

“Snicker-Snack” 18″ x 36″ Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas.

Everett Herald Interview

I had a great time being interviewed by Andrea Brown of the Everett Herald a few weeks back. If you missed it, you can read it HERE:

(Photo credit: Dan Bates / The Herald)

Thanks For 2017

I have very few events during the next four months, so I’ll be busy at work in my studio finishing Issue #5 of “The Imp Lands,” painting, and working on projects for the first part of 2018. I travel so much the rest of the year that I really look forward to this time to recharge and be productive. Looking back, I enjoyed being part of a lot of some really great projects this year: 2 new games “By Order Of The Queen” and “Crows” with Junk Spirit Games, a whole new body of work for my “Well Read” Exhibition, the new “Jabberwocky” Coloring Book, and more! Big thanks to everyone for all the support this year. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and best wishes to you in whatever way you celebrate.

Justin Hillgrove

“Silent Night” 12″ x 16″ acrylic painting on wood.

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November 2017 Newsletter

Hi everyone! It’s only been a few weeks but a lot has happened! A couple of new paintings, final week of the new Kickstarter, and some upcoming events. Keep reading for details! And thanks for all the support and good vibes! Justin Hillgrove


Overwhelming Odds squid painting

“Overwhelming Odds”

Acrylics on 12″ x 16″ stretched canvas.


The tables have turned on Arthur, and he now finds himself outnumbered by the locals. This is the fourth installment of this delusional squid’s antics. See also: “Deep Cover” (2013), “The Squeeze” (2014), and “Behind Enemy Lines” (2016).

Mad Max Blockhead Road

“Blockhead Road”

Acrylics on 18″ x 24″ stretched canvas.


I’ve been wanting to re-visit my friend Chuck again for awhile but I didn’t want to do another zombie-themed painting. I sketched out a Conan x Charlie Brown piece and was considering painting it when Mad Max popped in my head. I loved “Mad Max: Fury Road” and so chortled to myself as I sketched out what I would paint. “Blockhead Road” was a joy to paint and I am really happy with how it turned out.

See also “Good Grief” (2012) and “It’s the Army of Darkness, Charlie Brown” (2012).

“JABBERWOCKY: A Nonsense Coloring Book”

My Jabberwocky coloring book is on Kickstarter for just another week (ending Monday November 13th @10PM PST) and It is already fully funded with some stretch goals. The books are being printed locally and the artwork and files are already complete, so turnaround will be quick and they will arrive by early December – hopefully in plenty of time for Christmas (US Delivery).

More info here:


I’m at Art Center Gallery in Westminster, CA this Friday, Nov 10th 2017. I’ll be hanging out and signing so come on by and say hi. We are doing a “Group Hug” and “We’re All Mad Here” limited metal edition release at the show:

“Stunning new Museum-quality metal prints bring out the luster and impact of Justin’s pieces with a mirror shine. Each metal print is hand-crafted using 1/16″ thick aluminum and is ready to hang.” This metal edition will be released during my Show at Art Center Gallery on Nov 10th 2017, but quantities are very limited (9 of “Group Hug” / 21 of “We’re All Mad Here”) and they can be pre-ordered now through Art Center Gallery. Also, ACG is offering $50 off each pre-order for my friends and customers so give them a call!

Art Center Gallery | 2075 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683 | 1-866-254-6523
Direct links (more info, photos and pricing):

Justin Hillgrove " We are all Mad Here " Metal " 16" x 32" Limited METAL A/P Edition of 25 Only

Justin Hillgrove " Group Hug " Metal " 16" x 20" Limited METAL A/P Edition of 9 Only.


Designer Con – Pasadena, CA November 11-12, 2017 | I will be sharing a booth with Jon Malmstedt of Rampage Toys for this fun event.

Art Exhibition at Art Center Gallery – Westminster, CA Friday, November 10, 2017 • 5-9 pm | 2075 Westminster Mall • Westminster, CA 92683 |

Black Friday Open Studio Sale November 24 – 25th, 2017 • 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday | 7110 184th Street SE, Snohomish, WA 98296

4th Avenue Street Fair – Tucson, AZ I won’t be attending in person, but Charlie will be representing Imps and Monsters in Tucson this December.

Art Exhibition at Tsuga Art Gallery – Bothell, WA Saturday, Dec 16 – 22, 2017 | Pop up at Tsuga Art Gallery. I’ll be there 12/16 Saturday and 12/22 Friday night live-painting and signing prints. 10101 Main Street, Bothell, WA 98011 • (206) 547-5221

NOTE: Though I usually attend “Urban Craft Uprising” every December in Seattle, I will NOT be there this year.

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Jabberwocky Coloring Book On Kickstarter

“JABBERWOCKY: A Nonsense Coloring Book”

My Jabberwocky coloring book is now on Kickstarter for a very short campaign so please check it out and share! I don’t usually use Kickstarter for smaller projects such as this, but I wanted to make the books locally and really high-quality so I just need a little help with the printing costs. Because I am having the books printed locally and the artwork and files are already complete, turnaround will be quick and they will arrive by early December – hopefully in plenty of time for Christmas (US Delivery). Note: Original inks will also be for sale via the Kickstarter.


“Jabberwocky” has been my favorite poem of all time ever since I was introduced to it in middle school. I can’t remember if I memorized it as part of an assignment or just for fun, but I do remember thinking after reading it a few times that maybe poetry was kind of cool after all. It was written by Lewis Carroll around 1871 and included in “Alice Through The Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There.” In the story, Alice travels through a looking-glass where she meets all kinds of interesting characters. She finds the poem “Jabberwocky” in a book, but can’t read it until she holds it up to a mirror. After reading the poem she says “It seems very pretty…but it’s rather hard to understand! …Somebody killed something: that’s clear, at any rate.”

In October, I decided to post consecutive ink drawings of “Jabberwocky” via social media, breaking up the poem and presenting it in storybook-like fashion. Being a fan of coloring in general, I thought this would make a great coloring book. So here we are…

Thanks for checking out the project and sharing!
🙂 Justin Hillgrove

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“Well Read” Exhibition FAQs

“Well Read” Exhibition – April 6th – 8th 2017

What is “Well Read”?

Well Read is a new body of work by Justin Hillgrove consisting of over 20 original acrylic paintings and more than 15 framed drawings, all themed around reading and books. Each piece of art is accompanied by a short story, description or poem. “I wanted an exhibition that would allow viewers to stop at each piece and become immersed in the story and details for a time before moving on to the next. A show that was a complete experience…”

Joining Justin will be Author/Illustrator John Skewes, celebrating the tenth anniversary of his best-selling children’s book series “Larry Gets Lost” with a show of artwork from the series. John will be signing Tenth Anniversary Editions of “Larry Gets Lost in Seattle” and “Seattle ABC” during the art walk.

[Click HERE for Facebook Event Page]

Want to see the show, but can’t make it in person?

The show preview will be posted on Justin’s blog Thursday at 7:00pm, an hour after the physical show opens. If there is an original you are interested in purchasing during the opening (4/6/17 6-10pm PST), you may call 206-799-3863 to see if it is still available and make the purchase over the phone (shipping extra). Originals still available after the show will either be sent to galleries or may be purchased on

Just will also likely be posting show images (and maybe video) via social media during the exhibition, so follow him here:
Instagram: @impsandmonsters
Twitter: @impsandmonsters
Facebook: @impsandmonsterspage


I will be giving away a bookmark (while supplies last) to those attending the opening. Additional bookmarks may be purchased at the show or online.

If I purchase an original, can I take it with me right away?

No – The original paintings and drawings will stay hanging until the show ends on Saturday night so that they may be seen and enjoyed by all who attend. Purchased originals may be picked up at the Piranha Shop at 7pm on Saturday(4/8), and those remaining will be shipped or otherwise delivered to their new owners starting on the following Monday.

Will prints be available?

Yes – Both open edition and giclée prints will be available for purchase during the show. They will also be available online once the show opens.

When and where is the exhibition?

Opening Night:
First Thursday, April 6th, 2017 6p – 10p PST

Show Hours:
Thursday, Apr 6th, 6p – 10p
Fri, Apr 7th, 11a – 8p
Sat, Apr 8th, 11a – 7p

The Pirahna Shop – 1022 1st Ave. South Seattle, WA 98134

Who is Justin Hillgrove?

Justin is a Pacific Northwest artist, well-known for his paintings of monsters, robots, pop art and parody.  He also creates board games, comics and toys. He has been showing his work in shows and galleries since 2005.

Who is John Skewes?

John is a former Disney artist and illustrator of more than 20 children’s books. He is the author and illustrator of the award-winning Larry Gets Lost picture book series.

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Imps and Monsters February Newsletter

Imp Lands Comic Book 4

Newsletter: Kickstarter ending Thursday, Imp Lands Issue 4 is out, and Emerald City Comicon Approaches!

Hi everyone,

I will no longer be using Constant Contact to send out newsletters  but will instead be regularly updating my blog – so if you want to receive updates in your inbox just enter your email address in the “Subscribe to Blog via Email” field here on the right side.

Other than that, just a few updates (see below) – because this week is BUSY!

Thanks for all the support,
Justin Hillgrove

“By Order Of The Queen” Boardgame

Ends Thursday March 2nd @ 9pm PST

Just a few days left if you want to get in on the Kickstarter for our new game “By Order Of The Queen.” We have been working like mad on all the finishing touches, last minute stretch goals, and getting files ready to send to press. CLICK HERE to learn more about the game. Remember the Kickstarter copies come with extras not included in the retail version as well as being offered at a lower price than the MSRP. Thanks for all the support and sharing that has made the campaign so successful!

Also, Analog Games interviewed me about working on board games. CLICK HERE to read the interview on their blog.

Imp Lands 4

Imp Lands Comic Book 4Imp Lands issue #4 is hot off the press! I’ll have some with me at Emerald City Comicon and they are available HERE on the website as well.

Emerald City Comicon

And speaking of Comicon, I will be at booth #412 near Steam Crow and The Oatmeal, so if you are attending be sure and drop by. I think tickets may already be sold out so be sure and check before coming down.

Emerald City Comicon – Seattle, WA

March 2 – 5, 2017
Washington State Convention Center


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Miyazaki Totems

A Studio Ghibli / Hayao Miyazaki-themed group show opened at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco on February 2nd. My contributions to the show are two 8″ x 24″ original acrylic paintings on canvas (sold as a set). The “Miyazaki Totems” were a lot of fun to work on – It was an opportunity to re-visit my favorite Miyazaki films and put my spin on many of his beloved characters.

Prints can be ordered HERE on

Spoke-Art Gallery
816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 796-3774 *


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“By Order Of The Queen” Board Game is on Kickstarter

After a full year in the works, our  2-4 player cooperative fantasy board game is finally on Kickstarter! There is a reward level that includes my original inked drawings but those are limited so grab one quick if you are interested. You can find out more about the project by clicking the link below. And if you want to support the project but aren’t able to back it, please share via social media!


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Daily Sketches Are Starting Up Again! Drawing 1 – 3.

Sketch-A-Day #1
Sketch-A-Day #1
Sketch-A-Day #2
Sketch-A-Day #2
Sketch-A-Day #3
Sketch-A-Day #3

Not-Quite-Daily Sketches Are Starting Up Again

It’s been awhile since I ended my sketch-a-day but I’ve been wanting to start it up again and it is finally happening now! I may post some of my new Daily Sketch feed here in the blog, but the best way to follow them is to follow me on Instagram or Facebook. I’ll most likely be posting 3-5 sketches a week but I’ll try to keep it up.

instagram @impsandmonsters

facebook @impsandmonsterspage

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Goldilocks “Just Right” Timelapse Video

YouTube 3 Bears

Here’s another acrylic painting time-lapse video with voice over – I hope you like it.

YouTube video URL:

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Two New Miyazaki – Sendak Mash-ups by Justin Hillgrove

Its been a couple years since my last Miyazaki/Sendak crossover and I’d been itching do another these last few months, though I think what really sparked the desire was listening to “Howl’s Moving Castle” again on audiobook (for probably the seventh time). I finally sat down in June and started looking over my worn out copy of “Where The Wild Things Are” (easily my favorite Children’s Book of all time) and started roughing out what new spread I might use. There were two spreads in particular that I could not decide between, and in the end I decided to paint them both.

I started with rough pencil doodles to figure out what Miyazaki characters would best fit the roles they’d be playing, and then I spent three days cleaning up the drawings and inking them while in my booth at the Edmonds Arts Festival in June 2015. Afterwards I picked out a couple canvases (18″ x 36″ is probably my favorite size canvas to paint on) and then spent the next few weeks painting…

Hungry and Homesick

“Hungry And Homesick”

18″ x 36″ acrylics on canvas. 2015.

Another in my tribute series mashing up “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak and some of my favorite Studio Ghibli (Hayao Miyazaki) characters: Kamaji, No Face (Spirited Away), Totoro and San (Princess Mononoke). There are a kodama and some soot sprites in there too.


Hungry and Homesick


Well Eat You Up

“We’ll Eat You Up – We Love You So”

18″ x 36″ acrylics on canvas. 2015.

Another in my tribute series mashing up “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak and some of my favorite Studio Ghibli (Hayao Miyazaki) characters: San (Princess Mononoke), Totoro, No Face (Spirited Away), Ponyo, Turnip Head (Howl’s Moving Castle), Haku (Spirited Away), and an Ohmu (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind). There are kodama and some soot sprites in there too.

The title is part of the text from the page of “Where The Wild Things Are” that this painting is based on.


We'll Eat You Up - We Love You SoClose Up

Close up details…


Work in progress…