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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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.

 

Noted Festival Artwork Day 1 – May 4th, 2017.

This is the artwork I drew for the May 4 events of the 2017 Noted Festival in Canberra.

Burrows and Luciana Harrison, in conversation with Nick Delatovic for the Let’s Get Lyrical session. These players are on Triple J Unearthed as Pocket Fox for you to check out. Their music is ethereal and gorgeous.

 

Alexandra Neill for the Mail Club session.

 

Blemish Books’ with Triptych Poets for the Pulpture Project.

Artists included: Nicci Haynes, Angharad Lodwick and Brooke McEachern.

 

New Artwork!

I was fortunate to be commissioned to create website headers for the Noted Festival in Canberra in May. Here are the images.

CABINET OF CURIOSITIES – which is about tools writers use.

WORDS BY NOTED STAFF

NEWS

WHAT I’M READING

I went minimalist with the colouring on these to keep the images bold and eye-catching. Hope you like them.

Shauna O’Meara

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

 

 

 

My First Foray into Food Art

This is some art I did to add a little extra to a review for Shorty’s Bar in Canberra. It is of their famous deep-fried Golden Gaytime dessert.

shortys-canberra-dessert

And here is the fan-art version of that dessert, inspired by a character on one of their walls.

shortys-cool-canberra-bar

These pieces took about 3-4 hours from pencil sketch to full colour.

My portfolio is here and I am on Twitter at @OMearaShauna