Look at me not posting for months! Even though I promised a Spectrum wrap-up post! Well, my seriously fraught move into DC has finally kinda-sorta resolved and now I have something awesome to talk about which does not involve terrible surprises!
And that is… this thing my friend Brandon made and released at SPX! (if you follow me on twitter, there was an indiegogo campaign for it). It’s a mini comic anthology collecting stories from a bunch of us artists who had transformative and/or embarrassing stories to relate about our teenage encounters with anime.
Who else contributed? Oh, just a bunch of seriously talented and internet-famous comic artists who make me feel all woobly to have work beside…
Somehow, my comic ended up being first.
I have a beautiful brown paper package tied up with string by Brandon himself, all full of copies. So if you’re jonesing for one of your own, go ahead and drop me a line! A whole world of teenage anime experiences, all for just $8 + shipping!
Tomorrow morning Evan and I hit the road for Kansas City, and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!
I’ll try to blog while I’m there, but chances are that I’ll only have time for twitter. Trip synopsis when I get back!
And if you’re going to be there? Please find me! It’s going to be a great time.
In the meantime, for all of you I won’t be meeting there, have a tiny teaser of the last piece I managed to finish before packing.
Graphite, digital coloring
Giving digital a little more of a shot!
(click for embiggening powers)
A frequent mental refrain of mine is “Dang, wouldn’t it be cheaper/less messy/take less space if I just worked digitally?” Typically this sentiment is quickly dashed when I actually give it a shot, throwing up my hands in frustration when I take a stab at coloring some meant-for-watercolor linework in photoshop and find myself frustrated with the results (except for that Fireside Magazine cover of mine, but special cases.)
WELL. I stuck with it this time. And I have to say, I’m rather fond of the result.
What do you think? I also played with using a textured paper I’d scanned as a background:
This is all rather new to me, and I’d really love some input! I’m personally leaning a little toward the paper background, but since I’m so used to traditional painting/printmaking I’m wondering if I’m just using it as a crutch to make myself more comfortable.
(And if you think that looks like a certain Evan we all know sitting in the tree, you’re right. He took one look at my original thumbnail, and declared that he wanted to be in it:
Evan, you have odd tastes.)
I started this a few months ago (haha, longer ago than I last posted here actually…) and it just got snowballed under everything else I was up to.
It’s my contribution to the ‘cute girl with dragon’ trope in fantasy illustration, that sort of seems like a requirement anymore…
Water color, and ink (experimentally, I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting lately) applied with a brush. I have mixed feelings about it, but I’d love to hear input from others! What do you think?
Oh! Oh! Well, I’m still super busy (yet more work has come my way, which is of course a good thing) but I forgot to mention…. Fireside Magazine is out!! And you can get an e-copy at my favorite of all digital bookstores, Weightless Books!
We were lucky enough here in Annapolis to weather hurricane Sandy with relatively little damage (relative to the poor folks in New York, and Ocean City, and many other places where the weather came down hard.) So in celebration of everyone’s favorite day of eeriness, and for our luck in still being here after Frankenstorm, here’s a Hallowe’en card!
And if you aren’t arbitrarily barred from giving blood (for reasons of sexuality or travel history, etc.), consider taking a look at where you can donate blood in your area! What’s more eerie and kind-hearted than pumping your blood into a bag to give a stranger, after all? It’s the best kind of tricksy Hallowe’en treat, I say.
Though I hear they appreciate getting dollars, too.
And to celebrate, and because it turns out I’m not the only one who loves them, I’ve drawn some bats!
A little brown bat, because those are the ones that you mostly spot in the skies around here, fluttering against the summer twilight like determined black butterflies. And an Egyptian fruit bat, because they’re so objectively cute that I think even your average chiroptophobe has to find them endearing. Happy October everyone!
An illustration I had to scrabble to finish after returning from Canada is online already! It’s for a story on AESciFi (The Canadian Science Fiction Review) by Michael Hodges about a strange little critter and the nebulous give/take relationship it has with the narrator.
I decided to experiment a little on this one, and it’s the first illustration I’ve inked entirely by brush. I really like how it turned out, I have to say, and it was so much quicker to do than with a dip pen. I obviously didn’t go for as fine a line as I normally do with a pen (not everyone is as proficient with single-hair brushes as Niroot), but I think the effect worked for this subject. Working on another quick personal piece at the moment to see whether I feel like sticking with this method. I’ll report back.
Oh and a reminder! The Fireside Magazine funding drive has 17 days to go. Donate $25 and you’ll get a signed high quality print of the cover art, by me! *hint hint*
My site traffic had the biggest spike in the existence of my blog yesterday, thanks largely to the kind mouth-words of the incredible Galen Dara and magnificent Tracey Hurley (who you might remember from Prismatic Art Collection fame).
So in celebration, I have kicked my butt into gear and finished these two little creatures that have been drifting somnolently through various stages of completion for the past several months. Enjoy!
Cheers of thanks to everyone who takes the time to ogle my poor drawings and peruse my scant little words. I appreciate all of you.