Formations 2

Posted on August 3rd, 2017

Formations 2, abstract art by Amy Crook

Formations 2, 6″x4″ Primatek and metallic watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

Unlike the peaceful blue and pale gold of the first Formations, this one has a lovely earthy red made from Minnesota pipestone, and a rich red-gold to match. The paper itself is a warm buff color that adds a third dimension to a very simple palette.

The complex shapes are reminiscent of riverbeds, borders, and other such phenomena both natural and manmade. This one makes me think of a map of some science fictional Mars, where life has found a way to exist even there.

Formations 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Formations 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the glint of gold shining against the paper and paint, bright in the afternoon sun. Below, the painting is tilted toward shadow in its frame, mysterious and distant as another planet.

Formations 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Formations 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Vine Ring

Posted on August 2nd, 2017

Vine Ring by Amy Crook

Vine Ring, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

The third book in my Consulting Magic series is imminent! This beautiful vine ring will be part of the cover, the same way that the mechanical bird graced the first one, and magical flowers the second.

Gold and platinum vines twine around each other, thick and thin, in a graceful and organic pattern. Bright emeralds dot the design here and there, cradled in little curls of metal so their placement looks natural.

It could almost be a circlet or crown rather than a ring, whatever your imagination desires.

Vine Ring, detail, by Amy Crook

Vine Ring, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the tiny green emeralds shining out of the curls of metal vinework. Below, the ring sits in a frame, waiting to decorate your home.

Vine Ring, framed art by Amy Crook

Vine Ring, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Counting Crows print set

Posted on July 27th, 2017

Counting Crows 5x7 print set by Amy Crook on Etsy

Counting Crows 5″x7″ print set by Amy Crook on Etsy

Do you love the Counting Crows series but can’t quite afford (or be fast enough) to get an original? I’ve made up a print set of all five on nicely compact 5″x7″ polar white print paper so they can flock together on your wall, or space the murder out around your home and office.

Subtle red glows through the monochrome of each ghostly image, from the skeletal trees to the mist-shrouded figures, the roosting crows and the foggy, indistinct land beyond. Bloodstone mineral paint created the original images, which you can now get in these beautiful miniature prints.

Named after the famous rhyme for counting crows, magpies, and other blackbirds, this would be a wonderful gift for your favorite lover of graveyards, ghost stories, and all things goth.

Categories: Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Dancing Dalek

Posted on July 25th, 2017

Dancing Dalek, Doctor Who parody art by Amy Crook

Dancing Dalek, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

Feeling in a party mood? Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate!

This dancing Dalek is perhaps also a bit drunk, as he meanders through the world ordering others to join in his celebration. Perfect for birthday festivities, or any other excuse you might have to, well, you know.

I have, of course, made it into a card! It’s blank inside, but I admit I was thinking of birthdays when I drew it.

Celebrate! Dalek greeting card by Amy Crook on Etsy

Celebrate! Dalek greeting card by Amy Crook on Etsy

Categories: Card Design, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Sadboy and the Knob

Posted on July 18th, 2017

Sadboy & the Knob, Inception parody art by Amy Crook

Sadboy & the Knob, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

I’ve got Slack emoji once again! My darling fellow fans have been eager to populate the chat with the full cast of Inception. Cobb the Knob, as he’s affectionately known, is giving his famous squint that launched a thousand memes. Poor Fischer is crying over his pinwheel and daddy issues, looking very sad indeed.

I feel like there’s some kind of Britpunk band waiting to happen here with the art title, but that might just be the urge to see Robert Fischer looking anything but heartbroken for a second.

These are drawn as close to a square aspect ratio as possible, so that they work as emoji on Slack. Their adorable 2-head-high chibi style conveys a lot of personality in a tiny space.

Robert Fischer emoji by Amy Crook Dom Cobb emoji by Amy Crook

Categories: Card Design, Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Geronimo

Posted on July 13th, 2017

Geronimo, Doctor Who parody art by Amy Crook

Geronimo! 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

Finally, I’ve finished the third of my commission series I’m calling All the Doctors. My patron’s been very patient with the pace on these!

The eleventh Doctor has belatedly* arrived in his finery, all decked out with his tweed coat and watch chain and the whole later seasons getup. He’s got a different waistcoat, shirt, and tie on than in the promo photos, which I referenced from stills out of the show. I particularly like the polka dots on the bowtie — what’s your favorite detail?

*but not 11 years late

Categories: Card Design, Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Blue Moon 5

Posted on July 8th, 2017

Blue Moon 5 by Amy Crook

Blue Moon 5, 6″x6″ ink wash and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Every painting in the Blue Moon series is vastly different, and in that much this one remains consistent with its predecessors.

Photos can’t do justice to the deep, rich teal and turquoise of the moon and sky here, the ink bringing a glowing clarity to the colors that just doesn’t come through on a monitor. Shining silver stars dot the sky around our big blue moon, and an osprey dives through the light on its way to get its unfortunate prey.

What are you saving for a blue moon?

Blue Moon 5, detail, by Amy Crook

Blue Moon 5, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the diving raptor close up, all the detail of beak and feather against the blue moon. Below, the painting is in a frame, resting up for its long journey home.

Blue Moon 5, framed art by Amy Crook

Blue Moon 5, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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