I was fortunate enough to have the chance to create artwork for Rhonda Eikamp’s story – Zoopoiesis, With Mountains – in Lackington’s Magazine Issue 12. It is an amazing story and I hope I did it justice. You can pick up an e-copy for $2.99 on the Lackington’s site.
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 a piece of art I did for an upcoming convention. This is going to be the top of a set of promotional bookmarks.
The convention will be a celebration of the darker elements of fairytale, with emphasis on those stories told by The Brothers Grimm. As such, I went with a darker tone to this piece. It is basically a treasure trove of Grimm story paraphernalia being destroyed by a version of one of their more famous creations: Snow White.
Since I love the heck out of Jamie Hewlett’s comic series, Tank Girl, I have imbued this Snow White with some of that character’s brash irreverence. Hope you like it.
My military science fiction novelette, “Hashtag WhiteBitch” (#WhiteBitch), has made it into the table of contents for the Last Outpost anthology by Bascomb James of Pushpin Books.
Because a large chunk of my stories, even those that come in the form of over-the-top RPG-Starship-Troopers-the-movie style tales, are ultimately about climate change, this one revolves around a freshwater war on a Canadian glacier. There are soldiers. There are loads of drones and robots.
And there is a truckload of footage beaming out from the warzone.
This is future war, seen live on home TV.
One of the heroes from the story (because I like to draw headers for my story posts). This is a rough pencil sketch overlaid in Photoshop colour.
Anyway, hope you check out the anthology when it arrives.
Some art I did last night listening to Triple J. Did the thumping Skrillex undertones of “No Chill” or the fabulously weird, off-beat music from Flume’s new “Skin” album influence this? Who knows? I think they may have had something to do with the colours.
The pose is a bit passive, though when I originally sketched this, I pictured her waiting at attention, like some kind of post-apocalyptic, hippy, English cop so I guess it’s okay. It was more an exercise in colouring and shading.