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):
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.