February 7, 2016
Two art challenges coincide this week: The Month of Love‘s “hero” challenge, and Illustration Friday‘s “mystery”. I was reading “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” to my father this morning, and remembering (as I often do when I read instead of watching Sherlock Holmes), how human and eccentric and kind the great detective is. He is funny, polite, so rarely cruel (except to Lestrade), genuinely sympathetic to preserving honour and furthering young love, truthfully delighted to have Watson’s company, carrying sonnets in his pocket and, when weary, preferring to talk about novels than crime.
“The Boscombe Valley Mystery” (1891) has the additional charms of extensive Australian connections, the need for Holmes to say “coo-ee” more than once, and the slightly jarring experience of a proper (if impetuous) young Victorian woman referring to “my dad”.
I sketched the ornaments above after finishing the story and putting on an episode of Foyle’s War, then since I’d inadvertently brought a piece of scratchboard with me, I borrowed a utility knife from my mother and elaborated on one of the designs. If I go further with the idea, I’ll work with better tools and to a larger scale (this is about 11cm/4.5 inches high).
February 5, 2016
Due to circumstances I am temporarily parted from some of my art materials, so here, for Illustration Friday topic Smart and the Australian Fairy Tale Society‘s fairytale-of-the-month “Bluebeard” are pencil sketches of Lady Mary and The Girl Who Got Up the Tree: two of the clever heroines of Bluebeard-class (or slasher-fairytale) tales, who reveal through riddles their lovers’ perfidy. (You can see a larger version on Flickr here).
(There’s an A on the handkerchief with the severed finger because I misremembered the heroine of “Mr Fox” as Lady Alice).
February 3, 2016
Here is a compilation of a few time-lapse videos behind-the-scenes on the early Tremontaine covers. The making of videos is an ongoing learning curve, and for part of this I had a rather unwieldy camera rig, with the phone attached to my collar by a gorillapod (if you look carefully, you can catch a glimpse of it in the photos on Tor.com’s article). In the other parts, the gorillapod was wrapped around the neck of a bottle.
Season 1 is now complete, but the story has been renewed for a second season.
January 29, 2016
The Illustration Friday topic this week was Orbit. I worked through a few concepts (moon-gazing -> Hobbits -> Mary Poppins -> The Childlike Princess -> The Goblin Prince -> Celestial Carousels -> back to Labyrinth -> Regency astronomy -> satellites).
Eventually came back to the carousel. Why? I do not not know? It involved a lot more work, digging out compasses, working at a large scale, working out new techniques I’d just learned in Inkscape… Probably for all of those reasons.
The idea is to print this on fabric, a panel per yard, and make a skirt in one of the two colourways. I haven’t decided which, but will report back if it works. Or if it fails in unexpected and humorous ways.