♦ Serpentes : a suborder in the scientific classification of snakes that includes cobras, mambas, pythons, vipers and rattlesnakes.
♦ Inspired by serpentine lines, movement and visual fluidity.
♦ Inspired by Reptile by Nine Inch Nails, one of my favorite songs of all time.
♦ Inspired by Slytherin House, of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
GREETINGS + SALUTATIONS!
‘Serpenthes‘ is my work. It doesn’t really matter how you say it, as it’s a made up word.
You can call me Gabriela, or Bianca, or Ruiz, just don’t call me on the phone because I never answer.
I’m a Los Angeles native with a brain full of skewed visions, insides full of ink, and eyes full of hearts. I’m an atypical woman but a very typical Taurus, if that means anything to you. I like getting my nails done but that doesn’t mean I won’t ruin a good manicure knocking a Nazi out.
I’m pretty good with the pen or marker in case of creative or legal emergency. I’m very good with a knife or scissors should you ever need a mugging or decent hair cut.
I have a terrible coffee habit, a small-time skull collection, and a love for baking. I can be bribed or paid with steak, flowers, fresh fruit, or war documentaries – just so you know :)
When I’m not drawing I design invitations + party decor for Dos Estrellas press
Live, love + work out of Long Beach, California. I recommend following me on Instagram as it’s my favorite of the social medias.
Serpenthes is the work of self-taught Los Angeles native Gabriela Ruiz. Her illustrated creations range from whimsical to macabre, from precise pen to exaggerated paint. She describes her work as things you’d probably see right before the end of the world, when everything is not quite right. Or perhaps the result of riding public transportation for too long.
Gabriela draws inspiration from love, the past, the present, and some of her favorite things: local exploration, art deco design, classic horror & film noir, natural history museums, & her Mexican / Costa Rican heritages. Her unique illustrations have been featured across California including WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney, Comikaze Expo, and RAW Artists Hollywood.
Gabriela currently resides in Long Beach, California with a Lion and several ghosts.
Wonderground Gallery, 2015 – Photo by Leo Quijano II