An illustration I very recently completed has gone live on AEScifi.ca, The Canadian Science Fiction Review, so now I can share!
What. No men here.
I was extremely flattered when the editor sent me this story, telling me that he felt my style suited it. It’s strange and poignant and grotesque, all the qualities I love best in one place.
So check it out, and read the entire issue while you’re over there!
The thumbnail sketches from the project are after the cut, for the curious.
A sketchbook spread using the idea of ‘beauty and the beast’ as a stepping off point.
I’m working on a number of things that can’t really be shared until the projects launch, so this is all I have to show for myself at the moment. Enjoy?
(You can click it for a full view, since my blog’s format wasn’t wide enough for it. Any suggestions for stock wordpress themes that are more accommodating to art?)
(Oh, and it’s ebony pencil in a moleskine sketchbook, for anyone curious)
Do you remember the first book that really grabbed you? The one that fell apart in your hands from constant rereading and spring-boarded you off into your career as an obsessive lifetime reader? (I’m assuming you’re a reader here, because I most certainly am and who would visit my blog if they’re not like me at least a little? Right?)
Well, mine was A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin. I have no idea why my mom decided to bring it home from the library for me that day. To the best of my knowledge, she’s never read it herself (though she can feel free to contradict me if I’m wrong, or fill in the story if she remembers) and it certainly wasn’t a new release in 1992 when I was 7.
But whatever the reason, there it was. And that story, of a young and talented wizard whose life and career nearly end at the hands of his own hubris, really got to me. I remember carrying around laminated bookmarks I’d made myself, painstakingly copying out the poem and runes from the front of the book. I hunted down the trilogy, the copies with my favorite cover art of course (these ones), and still have them on my shelf to this day.
Yet for some reason, I think this might be the first illustration I’ve ever done of Ged.
(Bigger, better view here)
My mom has the same birthday as Eeyore (April 30th), and she always identified very strongly with him. So a watercolor of him seemed appropriate.
Now hanging in her kitchen. :) Happy birthday, mom!