New Source of Entertainment & Delight

While I’ve been chugging along on my new job, creating patent illustrations for Items of Wildly Unlikely Commercial Success (I wish that were actually my job description rather than simply being accurate), I’ve also been working my feelers deeper into this whole ‘world wide web’ business.

To that end, I now have a Society6 shop stocked with prints of some of my work!
On top of that, until August 12th there’s free international shipping from said shop!
Want a peek?

 

Almost there

As I write this, there are just 35 hours left on the Village by the Sea kickstarter drive.

We’re at $5,390 of the $4,000 goal, so now Lily’s cooking up tasty, nutritious stretch goals:

Stephen Blackmoore (CITY OF THE LOST, DEAD THINGS (Feb – 2013), KHAN OF MARS (2013) and Will Hindmarch (Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, The Escapist, Don’t Read This Book) want to join us in the village. And they each want to tell us a story.

If we can hit $5,500, these two stories will appear in an ebook together, for backers only, $5 and up. Blackmoore and Hindmarch are in a class all their own: their stories will help lay the foundation for some of your sweetest nightmares about the Village by the Sea.

Hear that? Just $110 more and we *ALL* get treats. Plus extra monies go toward funding more art and more pages in the guide. So spread the word!

And in case the meaning of the $200 backer prize isn’t clear:

 Founding Family: All Pillar of the Community benefits, plus inclusion in and copy of the Village by the Sea Founding Families Tree.
That’s a place in a family tree that I’m being commissioned to illustrate! :3 Your name. In my art. And I promise it’s going to be elaborate and Victorian and oh so unsettling.Enticed?

Horror games and the Sea

Village of the Sea, city seal

It’s the last week of this incredible Kickstarter drive, and I had to share it. Not just because I’m involved, but because it’s really everything I could ever hope for as the RPG-and-horror-and-mystery-and-non-neurotypical loving geek that I am. Seriously. If there were dragons and a subsection about Pacific Northwest birds this would cover about all of my biggest passions.

Excerpt from the guide:

I like writing about beautiful, horrible things. The Village by the Sea is a beautiful, horrible place. And I want to take you there.

The Guide covers neighborhoods, families and coverups and over a hundred years of history, for a town that exists outside of time and place. This could be the town you stopped in as a child on your way to see family. It might be your hometown. This could even be the town just down the road from yours.

The Village by the Sea was founded on the coast in 1850. Its founding families still exert force on the course of Village history, its borders have crept over devoured nearby settlements, and its piers are washed in blood. The monuments to dead sailors cast shadows in the park. There are always new missing posters outside the market.

There is never a year without a candlelit vigil for the dead.

I’ve got the village in my blood. I may not be nice all the time, and days of cutesie teen detective work are long behind me. I may have issues, but letting people die isn’t usually one of them. I came back here because I didn’t have a choice, and writing the guide is all I have left.

-“The Guide to the Village by the Sea,” Ashley Hart

And watch the video. I think Lillian does a pretty awesome job of saying it all: Coastal small town horror themed tabletop RPG with a mystery subplot involving a synesthetic detective? And Lillian Cohen-Moore is masterminding it? And Lisa Grabenstetter’s doing art for it?

Just about perfect, amiright? I am. You want a copy, and it’s only $5 for the bottom level. Go on!

As of my writing this, they’ve fulfilled their funding goal and are formulating amazing new stretch goals to fulfill. This can only get better and better.

*{I have this new job (as a patent illustrator), so please forgive my reticence on here while I get settled in!}

 

Perfect for hanging on your wall

Elm 1, An old forest

Some new arts to share! Because The Future Fire, feminist magazine of speculative fiction, is finally back from hiatus! I provided these two illustrations for the story Elm by Jamie Killen, which is a poignant love story about a girl and a dryad and making difficult choices. My images are a tiny bit spoiler-y seen together, but not too. Go read it anyway!

Elm 2, Flora and Fauna

In other news, have you heard about Turning Art, the monthly subscription service for wall art? Well, I have a profile there! Just in case it’s something that seems like your cup of tea. I mean, new art every month! Supporting individual artists! Buying things easily! What’s not to like?

There’s also my (recently refreshed) etsy shop, if you want just my art in particular. Or you could request a commission. I like those. ;)

Cinnamonopteryx Press

So that Press Evan and I are starting together? The one I mentioned, a few posts ago, is going to be at Artomatic Frederick? It has an official blog now. Also, an official mascot.

Cinnamonopteryx

What our cat would look like as a proto-avian, presumably.

Next step is to make a letterpress version of that! X) Pretty excited about all of this, folks.
Bookmark that blog I linked there, ‘cuz it’s going to get quite active soon!

Of dinosaurs and videogames

Some months ago, the inimitable Jon Davies asked me to do some internal promo art for a game his company, Megadev, was working on for Adult Swim. The game came out today, so now I can finally share this!A man and his sheepherding Allosaurus

There wasn’t much in the way of existing art representing the game at that time, outside of Jon’s original proposal sketch, so I actually got a fair bit of creative leeway. Here are some of my initial character sketches.

Character sketchesAnd here are the compositional thumbnails.

Compositional thumbsI can’t even describe what a great experience this was. I’ve known Jon for some years, and working with him as an art director was just terrific. And his own art, in the game? Standout gorgeous.

Give it a play. Just watch out for those exploding tomatoes at the carnival, they’re brutal.

Happening things

This is a stream of consciousness ink test (à la this) from a few years back. I had a spare frame lying around, so when I finished it I just slapped it in, hung it up, and forgot about scanning it. Thought I’d do it today, just so this post can have some art.

Birdman with fluteSo! I realized that, though I updated my ‘Upcoming’ section, I never made an official announcement. So here it is: Evan and I have teamed up as Cinnamonopteryx Press, and we’re going to be at Artomatic Frederick. If you happen to be in the area, take a look! It’s in an awesomely decrepit, abandoned 1920s school building. Our space is in the 2nd story lounge, in a massive old bookcase. We’ll have brand new art there, there are literally hundreds of other artist participants (including our friend Devon), and it should be tons of neat all over.

On another note entirely, I’ve been struck by a hankering to participate in 24 Hour Comics Day this year. Looking for other 2011 participants to watch (and possibly commiserate with), as well as past participants so I can look at comics and get all in the mood to do this.

So how ’bout it? Any 24HCD vets or noobs hanging around?

The Crossed Genres Quarterly

So Crossed Genres is an excellent SFF literary magazine for which I have illustrated (or co-illustrated) covers twice before. Recently, they asked me to do the cover of their first ever Quarterly publication. They’re going from a monthly paper release schedule to one where new issues are released free online monthly, but a print issue comes out only four times a year (with extra content and new cover art).

It’s now officially on sale to the public, so I’m sure no qualms would be had if I posted the cover art here.

Illustration is 11 x 17″, graphite and digital color. It’s based on the story “Love in the Atacama or The Poetry of Fleas” by Angela Rega.

I very much encourage you to visit the website to poke about the free content, and consider buying the book. CG’s a great publication.