Illustration Award Eligibility Post – 2018 – Wide Brown Land

Since award season is off and running, here is some of the science fiction and fantasy illustrations I had published this year. My artwork is eligible for the Hugo, Chesley and Ditmar Awards.

Internal illustration for Wide Brown Land – Simon Petrie

Title – Lakeside

 

Title – Phlashback

 

Title – Hatchway

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Illustration Award Eligibility Post – 2018 – A Hand of Knaves

Since award season is off and running, here is some of the science fiction and fantasy illustrations I had published this year. My artwork is eligible for the Hugo, Chesley and Ditmar Awards.

Internal illustration for A Hand of Knaves – CSFG Publishing

Title – Jack of Masks

 

Title – Jack of Keys

 

Title – Jack of Knives

 

Title – Jack of Coins

Title – Ace of Keys – from the story “The Last Magicians of Sad Hill”

Title – Ace of Coins – from the story “On the Consequences of Clinically-Inhibited Maturation in the Common Sydney Octopus”

Title – Ace of Knives – from the story “A Moment’s Peace”

Title – Ace of Masks – from the story “A Widow’s Worth”

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A Hand of Knaves – CSFG Publishing

I was recently commissioned by CSFG Publishing to create the cover for their latest anthology, A Hand of Knaves. The cover is still pending design because the submission window only opened today and the editors are waiting to see what stories come in.

In the meantime, I have been asked to create a series of speculative fiction inspired knavish Jack cards as promotional material for the impending Kickstarter. One of the stretch goals is to have an entire deck created.

Card 1: This is a horror card of the KEY suit. 

The top character is a regency-era zombie ala Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Extra details I added in the design include a necklace of human teeth and tiny rib-bone motifs in the bust of the dress. The flowers in her hair are arum lilies: death lilies.

The other character is a medusa-style pirate complete with ye olde pirate hat and neat dress jacket. The parrot is a bird called a sun conure.

The key is an old-style key with a rat skull top.

Card 2: This is a science fiction card of the COIN suit.

The top character is a wild-west style robot. Extra details include solar-panels on the head, explosive dice and a virtual parrot on the shoulder (being an icon, only the parrot’s head is included: it is essentially an emoji).

The lower character is also robotic. This espionage robot uses a false human face to blend in and steal plans. I love the idea of her eyes and mouth being screens on which any design of mouth or eye can be projected. I included a Starship Enterprise influenced design on the gourd just because it was fun.

The coins are my own design, with a shape modeled off old Chinese coins.

Card 3: this is a fantasy card of the KNIFE suit.

This was my first crack at doing a card so is not quite as accomplished as the other two with regard to character merging.

The top character is a wealthy poisoner of monstrous kings.

The lower character is a Lord who takes from the poor and gives to, well, himself.

This will be the back of the cards. It shows the four suits that I have designed: MASK, KNIFE, KEY and COIN.

 

 

Noted Festival Artwork, Day 3 – May 6, 2017

This is the artwork I created for Day 3 of the Noted Festival as Illustrator in Residence.

The first session was the Girls Write Up event hosted by Noted in partnership with The Stella Prize. I was able to attend Winnie Dunn’s inspiring keynote address on the importance of diverse representation in our literature. I wish I could have stayed for the whole day. xx

The second session I attended was a neat panel on the importance of art in our society, hosted at Smith’s Alternative Bookstore. Speakers were Ellen Harvey, Emma Rose Smith, Grace O’Brien and Neha Kale.

The third session I attended was a neat panel on the good, bad and ugly of writing and editing, hosted at Smith’s Alternative Bookstore. Speakers were Alan Vaarwerk (Kill Your Darlings), Sian Campbell (Scum Magazine) and Irma Gold.

Hope you like them.

You can view other Noted artwork at the links below.

Day 1 artwork.

Day 2 artwork.

Noted promotional artwork.

 

 

Noted Festival Artwork, Day 2 – May 5, 2017

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.

Kaaron Warren

Lou

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.