illustration friday


Illustration Friday: Pet

Queen of Thorns: yet another in the playing card series, to (as usual) warm up for this week’s illustration projects and try out some techniques. This is a very light sepia pen and ink drawing, with colour and texture added in Photoshop Elements.

The shape of this one is taken from some 15th century playing cards from Holland (you can see them on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website). Old playing cards are generally amazing – have a 15th century Stuttgart set as well.

I have been asked whether the cards will coalesce into a single project. Maybe? They began as a prop for a story, and then turned into illustrations for other stories, as well as a testing ground for other ideas.

In other news: oh, stacks of stuff, some of which I hope to be able to talk about soon. I’ve been waiting on a few illustration projects to come back to my desk (they’ve all arrived this weekend), so I’ve been pushing ahead with the first read-through and edits on my Large Amorphous Manuscript. 8.3% to go!

Illustration Friday: Wiggle
Even mermaids start small…

Another in the ongoing, desultory playing card series. Pen and ink drawing, with colour and texture added digitally.

For Illustration Friday this week, a little test piece, comparing techniques for an upcoming project. Pen and ink with digital colour for the first two (shadow/shadow and colour), watercolour for the last.

Illustration Friday: Outside

Illustration Friday: Ruckus 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.

Illustration Friday: Reflection

In some other universe, Agatha Christie’s Ariadne Oliver lived, and her crime novels were illustrated by Edward Gorey.

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:

Illustration Friday: Adrift

Illustration Friday: Drifting

Illustration Friday: Sleep

A self-portrait.

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).

Illustration Friday: Passion

A combination of “Tam Lin” and “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” for this week’s Illustration Friday topic, “Passion”. Another playing card design, of course. Maid of Flowers, I think. Or Maid of Roses. It is pen and ink, and watercolour, with (imitation) gold leaf.

This is a photograph of it still on the easel, as I’m working out how to take decent pictures of gold leaf. And how to get fine dust of gold out of places it shouldn’t be.

Illustration Friday: Passion close-up

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