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Inktober 2016, Week 4

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Inktober is complete! I caught a mild cold or allergy attack or something, but I managed to power through thanks to some huge mugs of strong tea and a couple of hot toddies. Some of these will be available as cards, some of them will be in a bookmark sale for my email list next month, some of them will show up in the Floating Gallery tomorrow, and some of them are already spoken for.

Inktober day 24: Growth 7

Inktober day 24: Growth 7

Inktober day 25: A Murder of Crows 3 (sold)

Inktober day 25: A Murder of Crows 3 (sold)

Inktober day 26: ridiculous haunted Haunter

Inktober day 26: ridiculous haunted Haunter

Inktober day 27: Harvest Moon 3 (sold)

Inktober day 27: Harvest Moon 3 (sold)

Inktober day 28: Twelfth Doctor holiday card design

Inktober day 28: Twelfth Doctor holiday card design

Inktober day 29: Rimmer and Lister from Red Dwarf arguing about Pokemon, for Jeff

Inktober day 29: Rimmer and Lister from Red Dwarf arguing about Pokemon, for Jeff

Inktober day 30: bookmark of autumnal goodness

Inktober day 30: bookmark of autumnal goodness

Inktober day 31: Twelfth Doctor "Time Ends" for Ian

Inktober day 31: Twelfth Doctor “Time Ends” for Ian

(almost) ALL the things! Missing days 18 & 21, which are elsewhere.

(almost) ALL the things! Missing days 18 & 21, which are elsewhere. Surprisingly few lame sketchy days overall!

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Card Design, Completed Commissions, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Inktober 2016, Week 2

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Inktober continues apace! It’s a busy week, so there’s some easy stuff and some more complex ink art. Some of these will be available as cards, some of them will be in a bookmark sale for my email list next month, and some of them are already spoken for. There’s even a couple of things destined for November’s Floating Gallery. Quite a variety!

Inktober day 10: Q in a tea jumper having a London Fog (with bonus Andy), for Kim

Inktober day 10: Q in a tea jumper having a London Fog (with bonus Andy), for Kim

Inktober day 11: Birthday Cuteness for CC

Inktober day 11: Birthday Cuteness for CC

Inktober day 12: Spooky shrouded ghost

Inktober day 12: Spooky shrouded ghost

Inktober day 13: Pink Sunset

Inktober day 13: Pink Sunset

Inktober day 14: Twelfth Doctor for Kim

Inktober day 14: Twelfth Doctor for Kim

Inktober day 15: Sleeping Kitty bookmark

Inktober day 15: Sleeping Kitty bookmark

Inktober day 16: Shadow City

Inktober day 16: Shadow City

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Card Design, Completed Commissions, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Inktober 2016, Week 1

Monday, October 10th, 2016

The Floating Gallery has closed, but Inktober is very much still going! Here’s  a recap of the first week-and-a-bit of 2016’s art. Some of these will be available as cards, some of them will be in a bookmark sale for my email list next month, and some of them are already spoken for. Quite a variety!

Inktober day 1: 00Q holiday card (colors tba)

Inktober day 1: 00Q holiday card (colors tba)

Inktober day 2: red pumpkin

Inktober day 2: red pumpkin

Inktober day 3: 5th Doctor Who (colors tba)

Inktober day 3: 5th Doctor Who (colors tba)

Inktober day 4: October airship

Inktober day 4: October airship

Inktober day 5: Zen circle Jack Skellington

Inktober day 5: Zen circle Jack Skellington

Inktober day 6: (not un)lucky black cat

Inktober day 6: (not un)lucky black cat

Inktober day 7: cute candy and cute fruit bookmarks

Inktober day 7: cute candy and cute fruit bookmarks

Inktober day 8: holiday Lestrade bookmark

Inktober day 8: holiday Lestrade bookmark

Inktober day 9: violets bookmark

Inktober day 9: violets bookmark

Categories: Card Design, Completed Commissions, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today

Monday, April 4th, 2016

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today by Amy Crook

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today,
6″x6″ ink and Primatek watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

As you can see, mineral paints were a theme for this month! Fall in love with granulation all over again, the magical texture you get with certain pigments, watery paint, and rough paper.

A ruined city lurks below the apocalyptic sky, tendrils of smoke rising from the burnt-out buildings. There’s a little black spot on the sun, which glows a sullen red and drips something like light.

(It’s my soul up there.)

I’d apologize for the earworm, but I’m not sorry.
It’s the same old thing as yesterday, really.

There's a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, detail, by Amy Crook

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the dripping circle of the red sun and its odd black spot against the beautiful texture of grey-blue sky. Below, this little post-apocalyptic wasteland is tucked into a frame, a gorgeous reminder of a future that never was.

There's a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, framed art by Amy Crook

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Discontent

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Discontent by Amy Crook

Discontent, 10″x8″ watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

There is something very wintry about this painting, the shivery glow of light behind the sharply pointed tree without a hint of spring in the air.

Beautiful and eerie as a winter’s twilight, this piece would make a striking addition to your home or office.

Discontent, detail, by Amy Crook

Discontent, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sharply directional branches in this wintry, windblown tree. Below, the piece is framed in matte black, adding to the drama.

Discontent, framed art by Amy Crook

Discontent, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Plague Doctor Who

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Plague Doctor Who, parody art by Amy Crook

Plague Doctor Who, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

One day, I sat at my art table and made a list of all the commissions I have pending, because I’d like to re-open the queue someday and that means finishing the art already owing. Then, I drew this instead, which nobody asked for. Because reasons.*

Of all the Doctors I’ve watched, Eleven seemed the likeliest to wear a plague mask, and also the easiest to tell apart from the others with subtle costume cues. And by subtle, I mean the fez.

Also, plague masks are cool.

*pun reasons

Categories: People, Figures and Faces, Things I'm a Fan Of, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Three for a Girl

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Three for a Girl, watercolor by Amy Crook

Three for a Girl, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

A third installment to one of my favorite series of last year, Three for a Girl continues the Counting Crows theme with another eerie tree and ghostly figure.

The titular girl is almost lost in the mists, fog drifting through and obscuring everything but the tree and its trio of visitors.

Three for a Girl, detail, by Amy Crook

Three for a Girl, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see how the off-black paint granulates into beautifully textured mist, pigment pooling in the hollows of the watercolor paper. Below, the painting is waiting in a frame, a season and a mood in one small, eerie package.

Three for a Girl, framed art by Amy Crook

Three for a Girl, framed art by Amy Crook

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