Conflux 13 Header Art

This is the art for the Conflux 13 convention that I was commissioned to do on the theme of Grimm Tales (read, dark fairy tales and fairy tale reimaginings). If you head over to the Conflux page, you can see it at work and even buy your membership to the con if you are a spec fic person looking for a fab trip to Canberra (alternatively, you can click on the pic and it comes up full size).

For this art commission, I tried a technique I haven’t used before: this one was all drawn on black cardboard (with lots of ruler measurements to keep the symmetry) and the parts not meant to be black were cut out and the rest just scanned onto the computer. I think the incising made the blacks nice and sharp and gave the work a neat dark feel that I felt was appropriate for this particular project. I used Photoshop to fill in the rest of the colours and viola. The cool thing about this was that it was only about 14 hours of work from concept to completion and so I was able to knock it off while listening to audiobooks – all in all, a productive and happy art day.

I’m pretty proud that my artwork gets to play a part in a spec fic convention whose guests of honour are Ellen Datlow (squee!) and Angela Slatter (also squee!). Can’t wait to catch up with everyone at the con.

This artwork complements the art I’ve designed for the Conflux 13 convention cover (my usual ink drawn style):

Hope you like it.

S

 

 

 

Aurealis Awards

I’m chuffed to announce that my very dark YA story No One Here is Going to Save You from Fablecroft’s In Your Face anthology has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2016 Aurealis Awards. Getting an Aurealis nomination has long been on my writer’s journey bucket list so it’s awesome to finally have that one ticked off (I still have some years to go before I get an asteroid or some species of spider named after me, but the rock-face is conquered but one ledge at a time …)

Here is the link.

Thank you, Tehani Croft at Fablecroft, for the chance to get this story out there. It came not from the sparkling wells of inspiration but from a dark corner of experience. And congrats to all the other nominees – you are all awesome writers.

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nelsons-falls

Picture I took of Nelsons Falls in Tasmania, February 2017.