30 Day Marker Challenge, part 3

Posted on April 25th, 2017

The amazing Sadynax gave herself a 30-day Marker Challenge last month, and I decided to do it for April to help get back in the swing of art after my surgery. Three weeks and counting I’ve managed some daily art, hooray!

I’m giving my wonderful Patreon supporters some bonuses at the $5+ sketch levels this month, so it’s a good time to become a patron!

Celadon Teapot by Amy Crook for Kim

Day 18: Use colored paper.

Amethyst Spear by Amy Crook

Day 19: Draw stone or crystal.

Podovich by Amy Crook

Day 20: Draw fur.

Jellyfish by Amy Crook for Molly

Day 21: Draw water.

Charmeleon by Amy Crook for Eric

Day 22: Draw fire.

Coffee Warms the Soul by Amy Crook for Jefferson

Day 23: Draw cold atmosphere.

Desert by Amy Crook

Day 24: Draw warm atmosphere.

Categories: Card Design, Completed Commissions, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Random Recipe: Cardamom Milk

Posted on April 20th, 2017

Cloves, Cardamom, Candied Ginger, and a Mug, illustration by Amy Crook

I found a great place to buy green cardamom, and then went hunting for this recipe, which makes a wonderful, warm bedtime treat.

  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 cardamom pods, cracked open
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 cloves*
  • 6-8 slices of candied ginger*

*Optional — if you do use candied ginger, you might want to reduce the honey a bit to keep it from being too sweet. I know it seems like a lot of spices, but since you don’t boil them, it takes more to get the same flavor as in tea.

In a small saucepan, heat everything but the vanilla, stirring constantly. Once the milk is steaming hot but not boiling, remove from heat, add vanilla, and cover. Let steep for 5 minutes, then strain out the spices and serve.

I usually add the ginger back to the cup before serving, yum.

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30 Day Marker Challenge, part 2

Posted on April 18th, 2017

The amazing Sadynax gave herself a 30-day Marker Challenge last month, and I decided to do it for April to help get back in the swing of art after my surgery.

I’m giving my wonderful Patreon supporters some bonuses at the $5+ sketch levels this month, so it’s a good time to become a patron!

Morticia Frump's Wedding by Amy Crook

Day 11: Redo one of your old copic works.

Q Purrito by Amy Crook

Day 12: Shade white cloth without using any grey markers.

Gloom word art by Amy Crook

Day 13: Color ombre.

Specificity Arthur by Amy Crook

Day 14: Use at least 10 colors.

Strawberries by Amy Crook

Day 15: No lineart.

Moscow Mule by Amy Crook for Jeff

Day 16: Draw something metallic.

Space Squid by Amy Crook

Day 17: Make space/cosmos.

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Completed Commissions, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Pretty Words, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of
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30 Day Marker Challenge, part 1

Posted on April 11th, 2017

The amazing Sadynax gave herself a 30-day Marker Challenge last month, and I decided to do it for April to help get back in the swing of art after my surgery. Each day had its own weird quirks, and I think I already know which one I’m gonna redo for day 30, haha.

I’m giving my wonderful Patreon supporters some bonuses at the $5+ sketch levels this month, so it’s a good time to become a patron!

cat sketch by Amy Crook

Day 1: Use only one color.

naked hanging man orchid sketch by Amy Crook

Day 2: Choose 3 colors blindly.

bookshelf with cat and skull bookmark by Amy Crook

Day 3: Use only gray tones (Copics C, N, W)

spices sketch by Amy Crook

Day 4: Use complementary colors

rainbow carrots sketch by Amy Crook

Day 5: Use only the markers’ wide tip end.

melting book sketch by Amy Crook for Kim

Day 6: Use only one color family.

pastel guy sketch by Amy Crook

Day 6: Use only markers that end with 3.

grapes sketch by Amy Crook

Day 8: Choose 2 colors blindly.

Pearl by Amy Crook

Day 9: Use only 00, 000, & 0000 markers.

Manatee Mermaid by Amy Crook

Day 10: Color skin without using any E, R, or YR markers.

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Completed Commissions, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Nudes and Other Sexy Things, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Snow Angel Eames & Murder Mal

Posted on April 6th, 2017

Snow Angel Eames and Murder Mal, Inception chibi fan art by Amy Crook

Snow Angel Eames and Murder Mal, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

Have you been Incepted yet?

Eames has paused his mad rush to the center of the maze on the 3rd level of the dream to make a snow angel, because he can. And there’s murderous, lovely Mal, in her pretty dress from the first dream, hiding something a bit pointy behind her back. Watch out for that one!

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Skeptical Saito & Hallway Arthur

Posted on April 4th, 2017

Skeptical Saito and Hallway Arthur, chibi Inception parody art by Amy Crook

Skeptical Saito and Hallway Arthur, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

I have fallen into Limbo, aka Inception fandom, and I have no regrets. Here we have Saito in his delicious tux from the first dream, and Arthur in his beautiful blue suit from the famous 0G hallway fight (pose inspired by Powerpuff Girls, of course). These were a birthday commission for a friend of a friend, and I’m very happy to have been able to not only give a gift to her, but to the fandom, for secret reasons.

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March’s Floating Gallery is CLOSED!

Posted on March 9th, 2017

See you again next month!

The Floating Gallery has pulled up stakes and drifted off into the sunset!

I hope you enjoyed March’s temporary exhibits, and will be back in April for more. This month’s pieces have all been sold or retired to make room for next month’s all new art. Join the Art Patron’s list to get an early pass into all the future Floating Galleries.

In the meantime, my Etsy shop is still open, and there will be comics and other, stranger posts here on the blog. You can also support me on Patreon if you want to make sketch suggestions, get wallpapers, or just feel good about yourself as a patron of the arts!

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