Lana Crooks

Lana Crooks

Lana Crooks is the fifth member of Light Grey Art Lab‘s 2016 Iceland Residency: Team Mist to volunteer to be introduced. Previous interviews are all linked on this post: Iceland.

K: What lights you up about what you do?

Lana: I enjoy trying to figure out shapes and patterns and new way to build forms. I spend a lot of time researching so it makes me feel like I am unwrapping mysteries. I started out as an illustrator so I still like to bring some narrative into the works as well.

K: Do you have an example?

Lana: Snake oil was a piece for an exhibit called Zealots Elixir at Modern Eden, It was my first attempt at a snake skeleton. Each vertebrae is 7 individual pieces of fabric so it is a pretty good example of translating the flat to the 3D.

Snake Oil by Lana Crooks

Snake Oil by Lana Crooks

 

Snake Oil by Lana Crooks

Snake Oil by Lana Crooks

K: And where can we find you online?

Lana: I am at 

Bee

I am posting this from beloved Devon, but am soon to move on to Iceland for a week. Internet and free time are both erratic, but I will post more (and sketches!) when I get home. In the meantime, I update Facebook and Twitter a little more regularly.

These are regular bees but I have seen real live bumble bees in Devon and it was just as exciting as coming around a turn in the road and unexpectedly seeing Stonehenge for the first time on the way here.

The Bees of August

If you click on the images below, you can download the calendar to print and (if desired) colour:

KJennings August Colour KJennings August Lines

Betsy Bauer is the fourth member of Light Grey Art Lab‘s 2016 Iceland Residency: Team Mist to volunteer to be introduced. Previous interviews are all linked on this post: Iceland.

K: What lights you up about what you do?

Betsy: I think creating concept artwork for animation is particularly exciting because you see your ideas realized by other artists.  It’s so rewarding to see a character or prop that I have designed translated into 3D by the modeling and surfacing departments.  Animation is such a collaborative medium!

K: Do you have an example?

Betsy: This isn’t really a great example of what I’m talking about because it’s hard to show that, but I do really like this image. :).

by Betsy Bauer

by Betsy Bauer

K: And where can we find you online?

Betsy: betsybauerART.com

Readers

I’m off to Readercon in July, which prompted this month’s calendar (although it’s a pattern I started sketching at World Fantasy last year).

Reading tree

You can print it in colour or to colour. Clicking on the images below will take you to a larger version of the image.

July Calendar - Colour July Calendar - Lines


KJennings-BushBrideWIPphoto1

I am busily working at deadlines before I head over to Readercon and Iceland. Here are some work-in-progress glimpses of some illustrations I have made for Angie Rega, to accompany her reading of a story at next week’s Australian Fairy Tale Society conference.

KJennings-BushBride-WIPphoto3

I thought, since time is tight, it would make sense to make the illustrations really small, but put more detail than usual in them at the same time. I still can’t properly feel the tip of my index finger.

KJennings-BushBride-WIPphoto2


I’ve been sick for a few days, but am now able to sit up, take nourishment and get graphite all over my hands. Guess it’s back to work tomorrow.

Illustration Friday: Tribal

A little pen and ink Neverland drawing with digital colour. I’ve put the colours separately below, because I like how they read – they almost work without the lines.

The clearly readable silhouette is an important principle of art (especially, I think, animation). It makes sure you can easily read exactly what’s going on. It’s something I think about a lot with my cut-paper pieces, and less with drawings than I should.

Illustration Friday: Tribal - silhouette

These are some of the earlier sketches for the idea. I still like them, and would like to play around with them, but I have Just A Few things due between now and when I fly out to America and Readercon!

tribal-sketches

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