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30 Day Marker Challenge, part 3

Tuesday, 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.

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30 Day Marker Challenge, part 2

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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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Fairytale Cottage

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Fairytale Cottage by Amy Crook

Fairytale Cottage, 6″x6″ watercolor and gel pen on Fluid watercolor paper

Calling to mind the darker side of fairytales, this shadowy cottage lurks against a rainy sky. The brightness of white clouds and gingerbread detailing is almost unsettling in it sweetness, with everything around it muted and grey.

In a strange reversal, only the frothy white curlicues look solid, while the house and sky seem like mere shadows behind the spirals.

What’s your favorite fairytale, and which ending do you prefer?

Fairytale Cottage, detail, by Amy Crook

Fairytale Cottage, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see up close the slightly raised spirals on the buildings and the softly receding spirals of the clouds, decorating the shadowy secrets held by this confectionary cottage. Below, the frame becomes a window into a dark fairy tale world.

Fairytale Cottage, framed art by Amy Crook

Fairytale Cottage, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Whimsical and Strange
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Gilded Sunset

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Gilded Sunset, city skyline watercolor by Amy Crook

Gilded Sunset, 8″x8″ watercolor on Arches watercolor paper

This stunning painting would add a bright pop of warmth to any space. Rosy metallic gold sparkles off the shadowy buildings, backed by a brilliant sunset in reds, oranges, and pinks. You have to see this one in person to really appreciate its beauty.

Limned in light, this city skyline frames the red sun perfectly, hazy clouds making the sky above seem endless as it fades from gold to red. The sun itself is a glowing red sinking toward the horizon, just about the vanish for the night. A flock of birds floats above it all, circling in the sultry sunset.

Gilded Sunset, detail, by Amy Crook

Gilded Sunset, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the beautiful metallic watercolor shining up close, the warm rose gold a perfect complement to the brilliant sunset. Below, the painting is framed and waiting for just the right wall – is it yours?

Gilded Sunset, framed art by Amy Crook

Gilded Sunset, framed art by Amy Crook

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Blood Moon 8

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Blood Moon 8, original art by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 8, 8″x8″ ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Continuing my tradition of painting things that don’t scan well, this new addition to the Blood Moon series has a midnight blue sky and a bright blood red moon, with a deep black tree intersecting both shapes.

The dusky night sky swirls around the blood moon, holding hints of the same red in its depths. The horizon is close enough that a tree seems to grow from the edge of the page, rising up in skeletal silhouette to make intricate black lace against the distant sky.

This painting is gorgeous in person, fascinating in its mix of rich texture and limited color palette.

Blood Moon 8, detail, by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 8, detail, by Amy Crook

Above you can see a much better view of the dusky blue, brilliant red, and delicately textured black of the sky, moon, and tree contrasting beautifully together. Below, you can see how elegantly this painting occupies its frame, just waiting to add its eerie light to your life.

Blood Moon 8, framed art by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 8, framed art by Amy Crook

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Four for a Boy

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Four for a Boy, atmospheric art by Amy Crook

Four for a Boy, 6″x6″ Primatek watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Mist obscures everything in this painting but the outline of a gnarled, drooping tree, branches bare in winter with just the tiniest hint of buds at their ends. Four black birds approach through the fog, and a figure all but dissolves into mist himself.

Is it foggier than it looks, or is the figure merely a trick of the eye?

This fourth installment of Counting Crows would make a lovely, creepy addition to your home, something to contemplate when the sun has burned away the mists of the day.

Four for a Boy, detail, by Amy Crook

Four for a Boy, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the eerie figure staring out from the mists, surrounded by the tree’s bare branches. Below, the piece is safely in a frame, just waiting to find the right house to haunt.

Four for a Boy, detail, by Amy Crook

Four for a Boy, detail, by Amy Crook

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