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March 2024 Patreon Sketches

Posted on May 13th, 2024

I wrote a LOT of words last month (over 50K!) on the new Consulting Magic book, so these were a little late, but I got ’em done. Enjoy!

  • Amber asked me to do “the artist in residence” (me) so I went a little ridiculous with it. (sold)
  • Jefferson prompted “barcodes on the brain” and really I don’t know what else you could expect from me. (sold)
  • Nick wanted a baby Chocobo.
  • Amy B said “grumple” which I decided was “grumpy skrunkle” and there he is. (sold)
  • Catherine asked for a Princess Fish.
  • Deandra asked for the Queen Bees from To Hive and to Hold, and I did the more alien-looking one, only I’m just not great at translating them from my brain so you know, don’t take her as canon lol.
  • Kelly wanted a cat + dragon, and gets this draconic kitty. (sold)
  • Eric asked for Cloud Strife in a dress, and, welp, here he is! (sold)

I hope you guys have had a great April and don’t get rained on too much!

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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February 2024 Sketch Cards

Posted on April 11th, 2024

New month, new sketch cards! I’m mostly busy writing the 4th Consulting Magic book this month, but the blog won’t go totally neglected again. There’s at least these, after all.

I want to say I’m feeling messier than usual but let’s be real, these are pretty average. But hey, they’re on time!

  • Amber asked for Sportsball and I did this motley thing (sold)
  • Kelly wanted a dragon and got a tiny one with a tiny hoard (sold)
  • Jeff asked for ghost stories and got gossiping ghosts (sold)
  • Eric asked for and got beets (sold)
  • Amy B wanted cheese and got a bonus cheese-hoarding dragon (sold)
  • SaraBeth wanted something silly and Trotsky volunteered to be blobbed (sold)

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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April’s Floating Gallery is CLOSED!

Posted on April 9th, 2024

See you again soon!

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

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

In the meantime, my ko-fi shop is still open, and there will be sketch cards and other, stranger posts here on the blog. You can also support me on Patreon if you want to make sketch requests, see book previews, get downloads, or just feel good about yourself as a patron of the arts!

Categories: Floating Gallery

In Dreams

Posted on April 8th, 2024

In Dreams by Amy Crook

In Dreams, 6″x4″ watercolor on paper, $200.


This sleeping feline is floating among the stars, at least in its dreams. The paper glows through a bright white where the cat is outlined, and the sky itself has swirls of black, blue, and violet all through it, showing through stars out into the infinite. Perfect for a nap!

In Dreams, detail, by Amy Crook

In Dreams, detail, by Amy Crook

Categories: Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Crescent Moon

Posted on April 7th, 2024

Crescent Moon by Amy Crook

Crescent Moon, 5″x7″ watercolor and pen & ink on paper, $250.

This little night scene is more my usual thing, though the cypress trees are evergreen and therefore look alive all year long. Their long shadows are subtle against the deep blue-and-purple sky, and there’s even a cat hiding among them to grace us with its presence.

Instead of corvids we have a little trio of batty bats flying past, which you can see in the detail photo.

Crescent Moon, detail, by Amy Crook

Crescent Moon, detail, by Amy Crook

Categories: Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Posted on April 6th, 2024

Tea by Amy Crook

Tea, 6″x6″ watercolor and tea on paper, $250.

Do you love tea? Because I love tea so much I made a zine about it.

These illustrations made up the bulk of the zine’s pictures, rendered in soft watercolor on a tea-dyed background. There’s green tea and black, loose tea and bags, in a simple celebration of the drink.

Tea, detail, by Amy Crook

Tea, detail, by Amy Crook

Categories: Card Design, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Blue-Green 1

Posted on April 5th, 2024

Blue-Green 1 by Amy Crook

Blue-Green 1, 4″x8″ watercolor on paper, $250.

I was having a lot of Rothko feelings when I painted this, and I love it.

The deep deep blue and mineral green are filled with texture and detail that belies their tiny size. The various shades that make up the blue are especially prone to catching the light and showing you something new every time you look.

Blue-Green 1, detail, by Amy Crook

Blue-Green 1, detail, by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird
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