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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