I go by Meredith K Ultra or Ink and Daggers. That's Ink and Daggers, not Ink and Free Cinnamon Rolls. I think of my art as high tech digital finger painting collage cartoons. My work relies heavily on reference material and are drawn on my iPad (mostly in the Procreate app) with my finger. I stopped using a stylus because my toddler liked to chew on them, and I prefer having to rely on as little equipment as possible to make my art.
While I occasional delve into positivity, most of my work is deliberately confrontational and deals with uncomfortable subjects. I tend to use bright and simple color schemes, which is meant to lend an unsettling element to the typically darker subject matter. I have always like doodling, but I was never ambitious about actually learning to draw until a few years ago, when I decided I wanted to write and illustrate a graphic novel. My influences range from Sailor Moon to Hernandez brothers comics.
Meredith K Ultra is a self-taught illustrator and writer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Most of her work centers on disability, particularly the autism spectrum. After having a child, she retired from the field of applied behavioral analysis, where she worked for many years as a tutor. She now spends her free time critiquing ableism and abuse in disability services, writing and making art about her experiences. She is driven by an all-consuming compulsion to promote a society that is truly free and inclusive for disabled people, with an emphasis on those who are further marginalized by things like queer-antagonism and racism. She is self diagnosed with ADHD, but often considers these psychiatric labels to be something like horoscopes, and is currently uninterested in getting an official mental health diagnosis of any kind. She blogs at ink-and-daggers.tumblr.com