The table of contents has just been announced for Lackington’s Magazine Issue 15 – Diseases. I have contributed the artwork for a great little story called Her Cactus Heart by Evelyn Deshane. This will be out in August.
This is the artwork I completed for night 3 of the Noted Festival. This involved a bar-hop (called a Lit Hop in this case) going from King O’Malley’s Pub to The Phoenix to Smith’s Alternative Bookstore to Gorman House Art Centre.
People present at the venue. The top image is of my friend Laura E. Goodin eating pizza.
Poetry performers at the venue. With Alexander Bennetts and Jordan Morris.
Blind Date with a Book event.
Mixtape Memoirs Session in partnership with The Lifted Brow at Smith’s Alternative Bookstore:
Gorman House Bad Slam No Biscuit session:
MC – Andrew Galan
A Star Trek poetry mash-up
Other artwork for Noted Festival:
This was the artwork I created for Day 2 of Noted Festival.
The first images are my interpretations of poetry stanzas I heard at a rotating poetry session held at Smith’s Alternative Bookstore.
Art inspired by Miranda Lello’s terrific poem The World on Sir J Herschel’s Projection by John Bartholomew.
Art inspired by Andrew Galan’s poem Black Sun.
Art inspired by Allis Hamilton’s Whence.
The next set of art is from a professional development session called Ghosts in the Seams with award-winning horror writer, Kaaron Warren, held at the Green Shed Underground. This involved trying on secondhand clothes to discover character.
Weird miscellany including shop dummy.
Hope you like them.
You can check out my art from Day 4 here.
You can check out my Noted website art here.
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.
This is some art I did to add a little extra to a review for Shorty’s Bar in Canberra. It is of their famous deep-fried Golden Gaytime dessert.
And here is the fan-art version of that dessert, inspired by a character on one of their walls.
These pieces took about 3-4 hours from pencil sketch to full colour.
My portfolio is here and I am on Twitter at @OMearaShauna
A thought from Conflux 12 (courtesy of Sean Williams):
A single good idea is not enough for a story. You need to let it sit and then, like a lolly left under the bed, it gathers concepts like fuzz. Eventually, that fuzz reaches critical mass and things begin to grow out of the lint and dustbunnies – ideas link up, worlds and characters appear and a narrative forms and that is the start of Story.
This is the art I designed for the cover of the Conflux 12 Convention book. The theme for the convention was “Red Fire Monkey.”
The trees include ginkgo, bamboo and black pine. The monkey is modeled off the Chinese golden monkey. The rock is a Chinese scholar stone (gongshi) or “viewing stone”.
I chose a circular design to reflect the shape of a Chinese moon gate.
To see my portfolio, head here.