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.

 

 

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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.

S

 

 

 

Lackington’s Magazine Issue 12 Artwork

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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.

 

 

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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