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Exploring Human Structures through Surrealism and Invented Worlds

I try to make sense of human issues by looking at our world through a surreal lens and building worlds different from the one in which we live.

Surrealism gives me the opportunity to alter elements of the world around us to explore the relationships of human structures. Human-human relationships have so many chances to become complicated and collapse under their own weight. When the relationships become larger than one-to-one, the structures can become restrictive or oppressive in a very targeted way. It is also interesting to me to explore human-technology relationships. All of these bring up questions of what it is to be human, when do we stop being human or have our humanity stripped away. How do we restore humanity that is wrongly taken away, and how can we develop new structures which prevent wrongful dehumanization?

Building new worlds allows me to explore the issues of our own world through a degree of alienation, or to discover new problems that arise when current issues have been resolved (or never existed to begin with). I also enjoy the challenges that come with developing unique cultures and settings which are still accessible to human understanding. New characters and creatures give me an outlet for expressing my emotions quickly and succinctly, and having those characters exist within a larger created world gives context to those personified emotions.

My favorite media to work with are pencils, ink, alcohol-based markers, and more recently digital painting and photography. My traditional and digital art tend to heavily feature expressive linework, while my photography is characterized by limited color palettes and a strong awareness of light.

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  • Shannon Dybvig

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am an artist, storyteller, and computer scientist. I take the world around me with a grain of poetry. I find joy in the absurd and the surreal.

  • Shannon Dybvig

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a storyteller! Cartoonist, artist, writer... I take the world around me with a grain of poetry. I find joy in the absurd and the surreal. I am bright colors.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Thank you for visiting my online studio! I create original comics and other works of art which center around themes of humanity, interpersonal relationships, and oppression. I think everyone should be able to feel comfortable in the skin they're in, so I work to include a broad range of characters in my stories (including people of a variety of body types, people of color, an assortment of genders, sexualities, varying class backgrounds, and intersections thereof). Representation matters!

I reuse packaging when possible and otherwise ship using recyclable packaging so as to be friendlier to our Earth. In that same spirit, I will be offering PDF versions of my comic books soon!

If you remain uncertain about anything after reading these policies, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am happy to take the time to respond to any queries you might have!

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Returns and exchanges
If you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact me as soon as you receive it so we can work together to find a solution. In the event that the problem cannot be resolved, I do accept returns shipped within 10 days. The item must be returned in its original condition and you are responsible for return shipping (including insurance for original work). I will refund the item cost only.

In the event that an item is damaged in transit, please contact me so we can work together to resolve the situation.

I do not offer refunds on commissioned pieces or personalized items.
Payment can be made through PayPal and is expected at the time of purchase.
Your order will be shipped within 3 business days once payment is received, with the exception of custom orders. All orders are shipped through USPS, either First Class or Priority. Please contact me if you need faster shipping so we can discuss options!

International orders are sent through USPS Priority International. Please be aware that you are responsible for customs fees, duties, tariffs, etc assessed by your country.

I ship to the address listed on PayPal. Please contact me as soon as you complete checkout if you would like to have your purchase shipped to a different address.
Additional policies and FAQs
Although I make every effort to make colors as screen-accurate as possible, they will inevitably appear differently on some monitors. Please be aware of this when shopping, and ask if you have any questions!

I retain all rights to my work.