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Diddy Wah Diddy Illustrations

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Diddy Wah Diddy by Corey Mesler, with interior illustrations by Amy Crook

Diddy Wah Diddy by Corey Mesler, with interior illustrations by Amy Crook

This spring & summer I had the privilege to illustrate a literary novel! It’s been a really wonderful experience working with the editor, Jason, to add interior illustrations* to Corey’s richly-textured novel of Beale Street, Memphis, and the mythology of the blues.

Corey’s prose is full of rich character, and it was really easy to find images to go with it. Jason chose a scribbled black-and-white style of mine for the illustrations, and I did 9 images total, sprinkled throughout the book. He’d pick a story and have me read through it, then either ask for something specific, or something that went well with the story. I tried to keep everything as loose as a good blues jam, and capture the feel of each story.

The whole novel fits together to tell how a community went from its height of mythic glory, dipped down, and started building itself back up again. Everything is steeped in the language of the era and the feel of the blues, and I hope you’ll head on over to Ampersand Books and give it a shot!

illustration from Diddy Wah Diddy

illustration from Diddy Wah Diddy

Above, you can see a woman chilling at the bar, enjoying a legendary cocktail, helping to set the scene for the book. Below, I chose the author’s favorite of the group. I’ll let you read the book to find out how the werewolf ended up in the jar.

another illustration from Diddy Wah Diddy

another illustration from Diddy Wah Diddy

If you’ve got a project that you think needs my illustrator’s touch, I’ve got info here about how you can hire me.

*Their designer did the cover, which is rich and red and beautifully sets the mood for the prose within.

Categories: Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Beetlejuice

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Beetlejuice, parody comic by Amy Crook

Beetlejuice, parody comic by Amy Crook

Say it once, say it twice, third time’s the charm… Iiiiiit’s showtime!

It’s the season for cheerful Halloween movies (okay, every season is the season, but hush), and I decided to render the Ghost with the Most in my signature “fancy stick figure” style.

I haven’t decided yet if he’d be fun on a card, but he’ll be showing up on Tuesday in October’s awesome Halloween Floating Gallery.

 

Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice! BEETLEJUICE!!!

Dammit, that trick never works.

Categories: People, Figures and Faces, Things I'm a Fan Of, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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J is for Journey

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

J is for Journey, commissioned illuminated capital by Amy Crook

J is for Journey, commissioned illuminated capital by Amy Crook

Predictably, one of the first letters in my Illuminated Alphabet to sell was the J is for Juxtapose. After a lot of wembling and waffling, I’ve finally completed another J for a wonderful patron who commissioned one. He was trying at first to stick to the typographical theme of the finished alphabet, but in the end it just wasn’t working with the elements he wanted.

Instead, I snuck off and finished up the sketch this way, knowing that he’s got a love of maps and using the requested orange for the main capital. The smaller letter is in Tengwar, one of Tolkien’s invented alphabets, and a letter long-beloved by my patron. The squiggly red map-line was added near the end, though usual the glitter gel pen was saved for the very last. The faux Celtic decorations on the J were added in freehand, and you can see them better in the below photo, along with a clearer idea of the orange color behind them, which my scanner tended to oversaturate.

J is for Journey by Amy Crook

J is for Journey by Amy Crook

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A Hobbity Birthday

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Hobbit Birthday Traditions, parody art by Amy Crook

Hobbit Birthday Traditions, parody art by Amy Crook

Happy my-upcoming-Birthday to you! On Sunday I’ll be properly 40, and in grand hobbit tradition I have some little gifts for you.

Bilbo is of course available on a card, being his grumpy old self. I really enjoy antisocial old Bilbo Baggins and his dismissal of everyone else’s gossip about him. Though he still knows how to throw a party!

Bilbo Baggins Birthday card by Amy Crook on Etsy

Bilbo Baggins Birthday card by Amy Crook on Etsy

Categories: Card Design, Sale Post, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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September’s Works in Progress

Monday, September 16th, 2013

abstract watercolor work in progress by Amy Crook

abstract watercolor work in progress by Amy Crook

The month’s halfway done and so is some of the art. Above there’s a piece that’s done in a similar style as Edges, in greens and golds. It feels very map-like to me, all the tiny intricate fjords that I outlined with my smallest Micron pen.

Below, there’s a piece that waited quite some time between start and finish. I kept working on it and stopping, waiting to see what it needed, until in the end I realized what it needed was a TARDIS.

Both these pieces will be available in October’s Floating Gallery. I do hope you’ll stop in and visit!

Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey, work in progress by Amy Crook

Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey, work in progress by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Works In Progress


The Floating Gallery: How to Buy my Art

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

The Floating Gallery by Amy Crook

So what is a Floating Gallery, you ask?

Well, Dear Reader, it’s an itinerant art show of a sort, a virtual pop-up shop of strange surprises. Bimonthly for barely more than a week, the gallery floats in and sets up, offering an assortment of art originals both rare and strange.

  • The Floating Gallery is open from the 1st through 8th of every even month, approximately midnight to midnight Pacific time.
  • Original artwork will be displayed in the Floating Gallery for those 8 days only, and each piece is one of a kind. Once the Gallery floats away, those pieces will not be for sale again.
  • My Art Patron’s List gets a few days before the 1st to sneak in and get a preview of the Gallery, and buy before the general public sees it.
  • You can buy art from the Floating Gallery either by using the buy buttons on the page, or arranging a payment plan with me, but you have to decide before the 8th.
  • You’ll see the little airship in the sidebar to the right if the Floating Gallery is open. Just click on it to go view the show!
  • Other than commissions, this is the only way to buy my original art if you want to take a piece home. If you’re new and want to see what sort of art I make, check out my Portfolio of recent works.

Questions? Email me! I’m always happy to talk to my Dear Readers and Future Patrons.

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Lucky Podsworth

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Lucky Podsworth by Amy Crook

Lucky Podsworth by Amy Crook

It’s Friday the 13th, and Pod wanted to have his portrait painted, from his tentacle tail to his pink jellybean toes. He’s feeling very elegant and refined here, so clearly I’ve taken liberties.

I put him on a card with the message, “Make Your Own Luck.” I felt like in this picture he was saying something rather superior, so you can add whatever tone pleases you.

Make Your Own Luck greeting card by Amy Crook at Etsy

Make Your Own Luck greeting card by Amy Crook at Etsy

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