May 2022 — round-up of posts

Two pages of sketchbook with tiny sketches, lightly coloured of people carrying books

Here is quick master list of the May 2022 blog posts (not including Patreon posts).

Ballpoint drawing of man in coat demonstrating magic to short apprentice while woman with apron looks on assessingly

The starred posts have art and writing exercises (tags: writing exerciseart exercise), but most of the observation journal posts can generally be adapted for those purposes too.

A drawing of a compass, sample borders, a scroll with "elsewhere" and an arrow, and a comment saying "good coffee here!"
Photo of yellow envelopes stamped with a linocut mermaid, with versafine clair stamp pad and hand-carved stamp in foreground

Posts over on Patreon at various tiers were still slightly abbreviated post-Covid, but included: advance previews of some of these posts, observation journal pages (with PDFs), some life updates, sneak peeks at a silhouette project, a time-lapse art process video, peculiar stationery, writing progress news, and early access to the calendar.

Cropped scan of a silhouette of a woman with her arms raised among flowers

Also, I have a mailing list now (not a newsletter; it’s for major news and things people might have missed). You can sign up here: Mailing List Sign-Up

Shading (without lines) for illustrations of wolfboys running, on a yellow background

April 2022 — round-up of posts

Ballpoint and watercolour scribbly sketch of a carriage crossing a bridge and a woman in a pink dress looking out of a carriage

Here is quick master list of the April 2022 blog posts (not including Patreon posts). It’s a rather short list, because I got taken out by Covid for a couple weeks. But there’s a fair bit of art.

Digital sketches of people from S3 E1 of Agatha Christie's Criminal Games

The starred posts have (or relate to) art and writing exercises (tags: writing exerciseart exercise), but most of the observation journal posts can generally be adapted for those purposes too.

Map of many messy multicoloured loops between various redacted locations
Cut paper silhouette swirl with fish, birds, person with paper planes

Also, I have a mailing list now (not a newsletter; it’s for major news and things people might have missed). You can sign up here: Mailing List Sign-Up

Close-up of illustrated bookstore map printed on newsprint

Posts over on Patreon, at various tiers, were also abbreviated this month, but included: advance previews of some of these posts, a couple weeks of observation journal pages (with PDFs), some life and PhD updates, printable bookmarks and borders, and (for some) a tigerish sort of short story.

Cropped glimpse of bird-and-daisy bookmark patterns

 

 

March 2022 — round-up of posts

Tiny sketches of people singing and dancing and doing acrobatics at a cabaret

Here is quick master list of the March 2022 blog posts (not including Patreon posts). Fewer posts this month, because I took a break during the floods.

Sketches of people setting off to clean and delivery cold drinks

The starred posts have (or relate to) art and writing exercises (tags: writing exerciseart exercise), but most of the observation journal posts can generally be adapted for those purposes too.

Sketchbook page with very fast and sketchy coloured marker sketches of various cosplayers at Oz Comic-Con

Also, I have a mailing list now (not a newsletter; it’s for major news and things people might have missed). You can sign up here: Mailing List Sign-Up

Album cover: mermaid drowning a sailor in a blue linocut illustration, with album title "Love Songs For Jilted Mermaids — Foulweather Bluff"

Posts over on Patreon, at various tiers, included: sneak peeks of illustration projects, tiny details of yet-to-be-published maps, an untamed Dalek, glimpses of test prints for some evolving projects, process posts, printable bookmarks and borders, and a several weeks of observation journal pages (with PDFs).

Cropped glimpse of bird-and-daisy bookmark patterns

February 2022 — round-up of posts

Tiny ink drawings of house, sheep, toad

Here is quick master list of the February 2022 blog posts (not including Patreon posts).

The starred posts have art and writing exercises (tags: writing exerciseart exercise), but most of the observation journal posts can generally be adapted for those purposes too.

Also, I started a mailing list (not a newsletter; it’s for major news and things people might have missed). You can sign up here:

Mailing List Sign-Up

Tiny ballpoint sketch of girl walking in a breeze

Posts over on Patreon, at various tiers, included: teasers about a musical performance; early notice of publications; advance week-by-week observation journal disclosures, with PDFs; PDF tables of a book or two’s worth of short story notes; sneak-peeks of test patches for top-secret projects; a PDF zine of Queens of Mystery sketches; early access to author/art director/publisher interviews; the results of adventures in book printing; slides and readings from a writing workshop; and a few flood updates which postponed some other posts.

January 2022 — round-up of posts

Tiny ink drawing of person sitting in grass under stars, while skeletons and a torc are in the earth under them

Here is quick master list of the January 2022 blog posts (not including Patreon posts).

Also, I started a mailing list (not a newsletter; it’s mostly for major news and things people might have missed). If that’s for you, the sign-up page is here, and the first email will be going out very soon to see if it all works.

Mailing List Sign-Up

Posts over on Patreon, at various tiers, included: updates on a book(!); advance week-by-week observation journal disclosures, with PDFs; adventures in book/zine design; sneak-peeks at project reference sketches; sketchbook glimpses; spreadsheets of three-moods readings of stories in Tor.com’s Some of the Best of 2021 and Samanta Schweblin’s Mouthful of Birds; mushroom-themed gift tags; advance higher-resolution files of the calendar; and illustrations for some stories for patrons.

2021 Art — an incomplete survey

An illustration from one of the illustrated stories for certain supporters on patreon.com/tanaudel

This post is a non-exhaustive round-up of this year’s art — projects published, projects completed, things I can’t show or can only discuss indirectly, and so on. Images link to posts, where they exist. (For writing, see 2021 Writing Update.)

It’s quite long, because of the images, so if you’re reading on the blog, the rest is below this cut:

Continue reading

December 2021 — round-up of posts

Happy new year!

Here is quick master list of the December 2021 blog posts (not including Patreon posts).

Posts over on Patreon, at various tiers, included: a printable booklet of colouring pages from the calendars, some Daleks engaging in public transportation, writing updates, tv sketching, glimpses of personal projects (including the first notice of the Twitter bot I’ve been tinkering with, @girlfleeshouse), a rather large digital booklet of 2021’s TV sketches, and (for those who receive stories) a PDF zine of advice for girls fleeing houses.

Note: If you’d like to support art and writing and posts like these about it, patrons at (patreon.com/tanaudel) get behind-the-scenes process and sneak-peeks, starting from US$1, or you could buy me a (virtual) coffee or two at ko-fi.com/tanaudel (and I get through quite a bit of coffee).

2021 writing update

Non-fiction:

Fiction:

Blog:

Work in progress:

  • I’m working on another book! This has taken up the majority of this year’s writing time. I’m endeavouring to get the third draft done before Christmas. It’s a Gothic suburban tale.
  • As ever, I’m trying to shape a voluminous manuscript into something approximating a novel, and researching for my PhD project.
  • I’ve written several short stories of varying length, a few of which will be out next year (one is a prequel to the PhD novel).
  • I’ve been learning how to adapt someone else’s book for another project…
  • The observation journal is still going strong. I’d hazard it’s at approximately 235 entries for the year, which will evolve into blog posts, workshops, articles, stories, art, etc.

Shortlistings and awards

  • Flyaway won a 2021 British Fantasy Award (Sydney J Bounds Award) for best newcomer, and a 2021 Ditmar Award for best novella.
    It was also shortlisted for the 2021 World Fantasy Award (best novella) and The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award. It was a finalist for the 2020 Australian Shadows Award finalist and the 2020 Crawford Award.
  • “Contracts and Calcifer, or “In Which A Contract Is Concluded Before Witnesses”: the Transactional Structure of Howl’s Moving Castle“ (published in 2020 in the The Proceedings of the Diana Wynne Jones Conference, Bristol 2019) was shortlisted for the William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review.

2021 Art overview: 2021 Art — an incomplete survey

2021 summaries — workshops, lectures, panels

I took a break from regular class tutoring this year in order to meet art and writing deadlines, and also it was, well, 2021, so this was a fairly quiet year on the workshop front. However it is virtually impossible to get me to shut up, and I did have the opportunity to present workshops to some excellent people.

I’ve linked to posts about the workshops. This list is subject to update, because I’m sure there were more panels.

Pen drawings with bits of maps, clouds, compass roses. A sheep on a solitary island with "Map of the Last Lonely Island". A stag running down a beach with a label that leads to "Elsewhere".

Workshops and lectures

Photo: State Library of Queensland

Conferences, panels, readings, sketchings

All the 2021 calendar pages

Every month (with the support of patrons) I make a printable (and colour-able) calendar page.

And here are all the pages of monthly 2021 calendar art in one place! I’m always a little startled to get to the end of a year and remind myself how much I drew during the year just making these, let alone… everything else. (Here’s the 2020 collection.) I’ve put the individual pages larger at the bottom of this post.

My favourite calendar page keeps shifting. I do very much like the July houses because of the different approach, and the frogs from May because they look velvety. But then the April fairy-tale motifs ended up inspiring the cover design for WQ Magazine. And the fish and waves from February got into two separate projects (illustrations for a secret book and a map for a book that is yet to be announced). But March’s rondels and April’s motifs have proved useful demonstrations for writing workshops.

Then the houses were a useful sampler of styles, but also research for something I’m illustrating and another piece I’m writing (and my mother wanted the line drawing for quilt backing). And all of them were places to try out approaches to surface patterns, or altered techniques, or new tools. And the chairs have been a long time coming, and the chicken-legged houses amuse me…

Note: Want to support the arts? This calendar is made possible by patrons, who get it a little bit early, along with other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art (patron levels start at very low amounts!): patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. And many of these designs are available as prints, clothes, cases, etc on Redbubble, as fabrics and wallpaper on Spoonflower, and as prints in InPrnt

And below are all the designs, larger:

Continue reading