The Sleepy Muse

Los Angeles, California | 306 Sales


The Sleepy Muse

Los Angeles, California 306 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars (121)

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Original artwork and prints for sale by Tavisha

Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

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Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons


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Behind the Sleepy Muse

I was fortunate to have an artistic grandmother who nurtured me at an early age into the love of drawing and art appreciation. As a Japanese American growing up in Southern California, Los Angeles area, I was heavily influenced by classic Disney and the Japanese arts and culture of my local community. Frequent trips to Little Tokyo, L.A. where I collected Japanese comics ( manga ) and Japanese toys based off the current Japanese Anime ( animation series and movies ), helped inspire my drawing style as I joined in the modern art movement of Asian pop culture aesthetics.
My first illustrated published works in comics were for the licensed Harmony Gold Robotech series line called "The Threadbare Heart" published by Academy comics ( 1993-1994 ). During this time my writer/artist/voice talent ( GIR ) husband, Rikki Simons and I were first establishing ourselves as an art team and learning by trail and error day by day. Neither of us had any degree in the arts, but we had the passion to create and the combined raw talent and perserverance to keep pursuing our craft together.
Not satisfied in just creating for someone else's works, we soon developed an original story idea called Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check! , a sci-fi comedy based on the new concepts of the internet and a house cat. I designed characters/costumes and the layouts and pen and inked illustrations and Rikki would write and digitally render it all together ready for print. Reality Check! was first self published in black and white by us in 1995 and after two issues, was picked up to be rendered in full color and published by SIRIUS Entertainment 1995-1999. Rikki and I created 12 issues in all. Our next comic was RankleChick and His Three-Legged Cat two issues in full color published by Slave Labor Graphics. Then in 2003 we created our ShutterBox paranormal romance series vol. 1-4 that was published by TokyoPop until 2008 when the company and contract dissolved and we parted ways. From 2008-to current we have created and self published a webcomic called "@ Tavicat" based on the antics of us and our house cats Pippi and Fargo. Our newest webcomic project is called "Sad Circus by the Sea", a whimsical tale of creatures called Trinkkits who form a circus and are in search of an audience.
I also freelance as flat and shadow colorist for comic companies IDW ( Edward Scissorhands ) and Oni Press ( Invader Zim ).

Please visit our main website where you can explore and find all the creative works I and Rikki have created:

Thank you so much for stopping by~!

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  • Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

    Owner, Artist/Illustrator/creator

    Hello everyone~! I'm Tavisha and I've been a professional illustrator for over 20 years as a freelancer and published comic artist. My style is mostly inspired by my Japanese American upbringing and love for anime/manga and classic Disney. =^..^=

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  • Rikki Simons

    Los Angeles, CA

    Co-creator, writer, colorist, screen tones

Shop policies

Last updated on February 6, 2011
Hello~! Welcome to The Sleepy Muse~! All the original artwork and prints and specialty items available here are from my own inspirations real or imagined. ^__^ I like working with traditional pen and ink, watercolor and paper art. I also enjoy making laminated book markers and trading cards using my art and design.

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Returns and exchanges
For all original art and/or hand made items, please no refunds or exchanges. Because I always insure and have delivery confirmation included in the shipping & handling (where applicable) I'm confident you won't experience a problem, however, I will always work with the customer if need be. Thank you =^..^=
Payments are paypal preferred, but I will accept money orders as well. Sorry no credit cards or personal checks.
Upon receiving the full payment, I will ship the item(s) to you within 10 working days.
Shipping & handling for originals is 10.00
.................................... for prints is 6.00
.................. for memos/stationery is 3.00
........ for paper or laminated cards is 2.00

Insurance and confirmation are included in the shipping and handling fee

International Shipping:
I do international first class , however rates/customs vary from country to country. If you are a customer outside the US please notify me prior the purchase so that I may charge you the correct fees.
Thank you =^..^=