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.

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A Bit of Fun …

I did these pics on the weekend just gone because I was feeling a bit disconsolate with a writing project I was working on and having a bit of writer’s block (which in this case basically means that I have a pretty good start to a story, but can not for the life of me figure out an ending for love or money). I didn’t want to end the weekend having stared at a screen and achieved nothing, so I drew these to make myself feel better.

Basically, I’ve been watching a lot of Justified and I love drawing dinosaurs and I thought, hey, let’s draw hillbillies on dinosaurs. Because why not …

Both of these feature Dewey Crowe because Damon Herriman who plays the character has interesting features. There’s a third one of Dewey I’m still finishing up and I will probably draw more with other members of the cast in the future because these were fun and, hey, I want to see Boyd Crowder on an allosaurus as much as the next person.

Hope you like them.

Note: to see them enlarged, you can click on them and use the magnify function.

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I’ve only depicted Dewey on herbivorous animals because he’s the kind of person to get himself into real trouble with anything that could consume him. If you’ve seen the show, you will know he is really not that bright.

He’s an avid hunter. He would likely still be living a hunting life even if he did have a dinosaur instead of a pick-up and so I’ve drawn him after a session of rabbiting. The netting, floats and lures are there in case he fancies a spot of fishing.

The huge tooth around his neck is a nod to season 1, episode 1 of Justified where Raylan asks him about the alligator teeth hung around his neck and he replies, “I killed her and ate her tail.” I figure, in a dinosaur world, he would have the biggest tooth he could find around his neck, even if it looked stupid. This one is a Carcharodon megalodon tooth.

The bird is a crow because, well, obviously.

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Here he is fishing for a coelocanth while hanging from the neck of a brachiosaur. The apples are there in case he catches nothing and also to treat the brachiosaur.

And yes, he is hanging by his leg with a vine of poison ivy.

Internal Drawing for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 61

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This is the interior artwork I created for Kimberly Gaal’s story: “In Sheep’s Clothing” appearing in the upcoming edition of Hugo-nominated magazine: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, volume 61.

The story initially hinted at a Pokemon-style magical animal smackdown and I almost drew this picture in an anime style, but the ancient temple element in the story and the mention of past battles carved into the stonework of the walls and columns caused me to reimagine my design as a story-stone of the kind that might appear on a mythical temple.

 

Art Underground April Edition.

Here are the pictures I drew during Art Underground’s one year anniversary on April 10th! A marvellous night with a packed house and the most wonderful music and art. The headline act was the incredible Mahesh from Tapestries of Sound whose voice is so rich and beautiful it teleports your mind to another world. He plays a drone instrument called the tanpura. The feature artist, Brent Joly, from Canberra, exhibited his gorgeous artwork.

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artundergroundapril8As always, the lovely Lauren Harvey and Arrin Chapman kept everything running smoothly.

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artundergroundapril4An image inspired by Arrin’s poem in which a young man chasing his labrador puppy through a mall is offered potpourri in a miniature pillow which he doesn’t actually want. Because, you know … poetry. 🙂

artundergroundapril6Another image inspired by a line from one of the poems. “A blind boy sings of green fields he will never see.”

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People in the crowd and on stage.

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Sketching at Enlighten 2015

I drew this lady at the Enlighten Festival in Canberra, while seated on the lawn of the National Museum waiting for Katie Noonan to perform. A brilliant evening.

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This is the drawing as it was done on the lawn in inks.

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The coloured version – Photoshop. This is actually what she looked like. Her hair was the most magnificent purple. Her dragon and koi tattoos were black only – I have given the carp some colour to make it stand out a bit better.

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This is the pic without the linework. I included it because I like how light and cheerful it seems without the inks.