Dancing in the lounge room with Caitlene, to “Shut Up and Dance”, after watching this video:
Edited to add: By request, the image is also up on Redbubble as a print and shirt design.
March 26, 2015
March 10, 2015
March 4, 2015
Materials: Pen, ink, and a crash diet of Gorey-covered Sarah Caudwell novels.
The title is, of course, from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott”, which also provided the title for Christie’s novel The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side, and two previous Illustration Friday mock covers:
February 22, 2015
I’m a huge fan of Angela Slatter‘s work (which just keeps getting better and seriously, you should read The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings and put it on all the award lists, and of Angela, so I was thrilled to illustrate Black-Winged Angels, Ticonderoga Publications’ limited edition of some of her earlier dark fairy tales.
Angela had seen some illustrations I was working on for an art show, and asked if several of these could be illustrations for the stories in this collection. We discussed the others and I put together very rough digital sketches.
I then sketched the final pieces loosely on the back of some black paper and cut them out. Silhouettes don’t have quite as many stages as other art styles.
This is for “Light as Mist, Heavy as Hope,” a story of lost parents and Rumpelstiltskin-bargains:
“Bone Mother”, a Baba Yaga tale:
And “The Girl with No Hands”, whom I gave hands in the original paper piece, because I could only bear to cut them off digitally (painlessly, reversibly):
Altogether, I made 16 illustrations for this book, but I’m not posting the rest until it’s sold out!
February 18, 2015
Also: A reminder that Angela Slatter’s collections Sourdough and The Bitterwood Bible (and a bag with my art) are being offered as part of a giveaway on Goodreads (Australia only).
February 15, 2015
The final cover for Cranky Ladies of History (from Fablecroft) has been revealed, and I have permission to share the cover process which, as is usually the case with cut-paper pieces, was quite short!
Here are the initial thumbnail sketches which I sent through to Fablecroft.
Fablecroft decided to go with the silhouette style. I sketched it in pencil directly onto the back of a sheet of black paper (80gsm). Here are some shots,
Here is the final paper piece.
After scanning the silhouette in (and fixing a few small hiccups) I then tried several different layer effects in Photoshop Elements, added a shadow, and so forth.
I had fun mocking up cover quotes.
Fablecroft decided for the red version, which Amanda Rainey then laid out into the final cover design (this is the full hardback jacket).
February 12, 2015
Angela Slatter is offering a Goodreads giveaway (for Australia only). It finishes on 5 March 2015 and includes:
1 x hardcopy of Sourdough and Other Tales (now out of print and rather rare)
1 x hardcopy of The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings (illustrated by me)
1 x limited edition book-bag (also illustrated by me)