Welcome to the first calendar page for 2019! Here, for January, is an assortment of keys, brought to you as ever by my wonderful patrons (should you wish to join us, there might even be some new Dalek comics coming in the new year).
These are of course highly improbably keys, some suggested by existing stories (secret gardens and labyrinths, and “Rumpelstiltskin”, some searching for their own tales, and several just highly improbable. The dual music-box key is my current favourite, although I had fun with the puzzle key above it, too.
Because I am such a decisive person, there are three printable colourways for this month (and patterns to come on Redbubble items and Spoonflower fabric in due course — but there are many other designs up there in the meantime).
And I’d also like to include a shout-out here to one of my two favourite purveyors of magical keys (the other doesn’t have a web presence — yet!). Spike Deane makes enchanting glass keys, and other fairytale art, and is also on Patreon.
You can access the designs to save and print at home by clicking on the images below. And if you’d like to get calendar designs earlier, as well as sneak-previews of other projects, printable stationery, and many other things, those are available at my Patreon page — even $1/month helps these pictures happen!
The April calendar is brought to you, as ever, by my delightful patrons, who keep art in my life when the exegesis is nearly due. (Patrons also get the calendar early).
This month I decided for magic mirrors. I don’t quite remember why, but here we are. I had several ideas, but they kept turning into Dissertations Requiring Comprehensive Research on Aarne-Thompson Classification Systems. So I stripped this back, kept it pretty multi-purpose (there are a few specific references, of course), and tried to add a hint of Gorey. I particularly like the bat.
It is in two colourways: a nice wine/plum, and a horrible peasoup green which is one of my favourite colours because it reminds me of Ruth Park’s Playing Beatie Bow. (By the way, if you like Ruth Park, Australian literature, creativity, writing history, etc, I highly recommend Ann-Marie’ Priest’s small, delighted, indignant book A Free Flame – and there’s a podcast episode here with the interview that made me buy it: Avid Reader Podcast).
So here they are, printable for personal use, whether pre-coloured or to colour yourself.
Recently, I was commissioned to do 3 fairytale illustrations – for gifts, rather than publication. I won’t put more detail up for now, as I don’t know the ultimate recipients.
The first and last are pen and ink (dip pen). The middle is scratchboard. All three are coloured with watercolour (specifically, watercolour pencils). The first is the reason for the recent sleepy princess, and the second is related to my experiments in scratchboard fur textures.
I found this project alarming, because I am used to working in a combination of physical and digital media. Having a single finished piece of art appeals to me, but the process is daunting. There is no undo button with pen and ink (although to a limited extent scratchboard can be ‘reset’). But the pictures are finished and matt boards cut and I posted the originals today!