Archive for the ‘Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things’ Category

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

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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January Patreon Sketches

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

My wonderful supporters on Patreon get the option to request sketches at the $5 and $10 level (color!), and this month I got 4 requests.

Abandoned Book for Kim, sketch by Amy Crook

Abandoned Book for Kim, who was feeling melancholy

Death Does Netflix and Chill, sketch by Amy Crook

Death Does Netflix & Chill, for Jeff, who wanted to see Death on holiday

Favorite Treats, sketch by Amy Crook

Favorite Treats, for Blaine who wanted my favorite food (I cheated)

Exes and Ghosts, sketch by Amy Crook

Exes and Ghosts, for Molly who asked for musical and got an earworm

Untrue Love by Amy Crook, a Consulting Magic short

 

PS – If you’ve been curious about my writing, the little G-rated “how they met” short Untrue Love is on sale this week — for free!

This story shows us Alex’s first case, when he was an insufferable little university student instead of an insufferable adult. He meets Agent Murielle Lapointe, with whom he’s still working years later in the novels, and they work together to catch a killer.

 

Categories: Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Things I'm a Fan Of, Words Words Words, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Ghosts of Years Gone By

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Ghosts of Years Gone By by Amy Crook

Ghosts of Years Gone By, 5″x7″ watercolor and duochrome watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

These ghosts are here to remind you of years gone by, of triumphs and tragedies lurking in your past. That one on the left seems particularly intent in communicating its message, so maybe check you’re not about to repeat some horrible mistake from your past? Or perhaps it’s trying to encourage you in its creepy, staring way.

Their eyes have an eerie blue-green glow to them, which pops out of the soft creamy paper and deep matte colors of paint. There’s beautiful granulation in that adds amazing texture and detail to their ghostly, half-real forms.

What ghosts are waiting in your past to show you the path forward?

Ghosts of Years Gone By, detail, by Amy Crook

Ghosts of Years Gone By, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, this blue ghost seems particularly intent on getting its message across. Below, they’re lurking in their frame, a spooky-cute reminder of past triumphs and lessons.

Ghosts of Years Gone By, framed art by Amy Crook

Ghosts of Years Gone By, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Hanged Man

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Hanged Man by Amy Crook

Hanged Man, 5″x7″ pen & ink on paper

A fair bit of lurking horror crept its way into the Floating Gallery this month, starting with this stark black-and-white ink drawing. It’s full of rich texture, from the bark of the tree to the criss-cross of the burlap in our hanged figure’s costume.

The question to ask yourself is, is this a scarecrow, an effigy, or some poor, unfortunate soul?

Hanged Man, detail, by Amy Crook

Hanged Man, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the fine detail of the rope, the bark, and the creepy burlap-sack mask. Below, the tree looms large in its frame, an unseen wind gently blowing the figure off true.

Hanged Man, framed art by Amy Crook

Hanged Man, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Ghost

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Ghost by Amy Crook

Ghost by Amy Crook

What haunts you?

The inspiration from this image came from dozens of images of ghosts over many years. The faces pushing through the wall in Frighteners. Photographs of sheets with a vague sense of a human underneath that clearly show there is no one. The classic Halloween costume of a sheet with eye holes.

This ink is a beautiful pale grey with ghostly lavender undertones that worked perfectly to created the subtle shadows in this piece. Is it just a bunch of shapes, or is there really a face? Is that shadows against a wall, or is it really reaching out for you?

Ghost, 5″x7″ ink wash on paper.

Ghost, detail, by Amy Crook

Ghost, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the detail of his serious, ghostly face. Below, he’s trapped in a frame, just waiting to spook up the right house.

Ghost, framed art by Amy Crook

Ghost, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, People, Figures and Faces, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Tree Trimming

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Tree Trimming, a Cthulhu comic by Amy Crook

Tree Trimming, a Cthulhu comic by Amy Crook

Cthulhu is getting into the holiday spirit a little early this year! He’s trimming his tree with his favorite decoration, cultists. Even the tree is enjoying its little holiday snack, er, decor.

The greeting card will bring just the right holiday cheer to the right person — a fan of horror, especially the Lovecraftian sort, with a good sense of humor.

Tree Trimming, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper.

Tree Trimming, a Cthulhu holiday card by Amy Crook on Etsy

Tree Trimming, a Cthulhu holiday card by Amy Crook on Etsy

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Card Design, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Zombie Heart

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Zombie Heart, abstract art by Amy Crook

Zombie Heart, abstract art by Amy Crook

Although Zombie Heart is in keeping with the Halloween theme, there’s a gorgeous complexity to it that could live in the right home year round. The greens range from the darkest shadow around the main shape to the iridescence that floats above, shining like radioactivity.

The way the metallic greens bloom on the dark green core shape is like mold blossoming against decaying zombie flesh. The organic layers of shape and shade show an eerily beautiful side to this particular undead myth.

Are your favorite zombies created by magic, radioactivity, a virus, or some mad scientist?

Zombie Heart, 8″x10″ watercolor and duochrome watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Zombie Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

Zombie Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the mysterious swirls and shimmers giving depth and texture to the painting. Below, it’s lurking in a frame, waiting to find a permanent home, lab, or specimen shelf.

Zombie Heart, framed art by Amy Crook

Zombie Heart, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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