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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.)
Another kickstarter announcement!
One of my favorite literary magazines of all time, Greatest Uncommon Denominator, is holding a kickstarter drive in order to fund issue #7! They are one of the most beautiful, most carefully curated spec-fic literary zines I’ve ever read, and seeing another issue from them is something I’m pretty invested in. Honestly. They’re up there with Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet in my estimation.
And, bonus, in addition to copies of the magazine they’re giving out handcrafted Vogon poetry (lucky you!) and postcards featuring my art from their 2010 Halloween Monster quiz! If you’ve ever wanted to own your quiz answer in hard copy, this is your chance!
Right now there are 17 days left to get in on the action! Don’t waste time, I’m sure there are people you know who need the above postcard desperately. Think of them!
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.
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.
Those ottomans are the comfiest thing for watching tv. I bet hers had a hidden storage space inside, ‘cuz her mom taught her all about preparedness and efficiency.
Yarka watercolors and Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay brown india ink, on a Strathmore watercolor postcard. As usual.
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)
I was cleaning my desk cubbies yesterday, and found these.
The moth creature I remember abandoning, because I realized that I’d accidentally used water-soluble walnut ink on a piece I’d intended to watercolor. The dragon I remember drawing (it was around the same time as this piece), but I can’t for the life of me recall why I put it down.
Artist secret: we give up on a lot of things. Though now that I’ve found these, who knows. I might clean them up and use them for digital coloring practice.
In other news, I recently revived my Dribbble account. If you’re a member, be sure to drop by and say hello! I need more folks to follow.
For some reason I’ve come back to this again, a merger between owls and cats. I guess I like rethinking this particular combination. It’s an easy blend.
Watercolor and brown india ink on 4 x 6″ Strathmore watercolor paper.
Interested in earlier stages? After the cut!