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Ash Print

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

an ink wash painting of a footprint with ash trailing away from it, by Amy Crook

Ash Print, 5″x7″ ink on paper

In the final installment of my Ash Ghost series, we have a single footprint, already being blown away by a wind that doesn’t seem to be as forceful as the dissolution would suggest.

The soft subtle texture feels like charcoal but is actually ink, layered in to get the depth and texture of a pile of powder.

The real question is, how does something with no feet leave footprints?

Ash Print, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the texture of paper and ink playing off each other, swirls like ash blowing on the unseen winds. Below, the painting waits in a frame, a moment forever preserved.

Ash Print, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Ash Ghost zine

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Happy Patreoniversary!

I’ve been on Patreon for 5 years now, amazing! I’ve managed to grow a lovely little community there of supporters and friends, and I’d like to invite you to join with a special offer*.

Ash Ghost zine by Amy Crook

Ash Ghost zine

I’m going to make a limited run of these little zines for my patrons! They’re made by hand, printed right here in my living room as always and lovingly assembled and stapled just for you. The unsettling short story inside uses my Ash Ghost art series as both inspiration and illustration, including a new one created just for the cover.

Every one of these will be signed and numbered, and the edition will be exclusive to my Patreon supporters. You don’t even have to buy one — everyone who is at the $10+ level in February will get one in the mail for free!

I’m also including these lovely bookmarks, which will be available on Etsy afterward (unlike the zine).

Ash Ghost bookmark set by Amy Crook

If you’re not a patron by then, you’ll have missed your window and the zine, but there’s still a bunch of great perks even at the lowest level. Become a supporter today!

Ash Ghost zine, a/p copy, by Amy Crook

*Offer ended on Feb. 29, 2020.

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Card Design, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Words Words Words, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Patreon sketches for December 2019 requests

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

I’ve decided to stick with my new standard size for Patreon sketches from now on, so everyone gets a standard ACEO (artist card, edition original) aka trading card size piece of art when they make a request. Patrons also get to see exclusive photos, including cat pics, works in progress, and other such shenanigans. Plus, they get the warm feeling of contentment that they support the arts every month!

I’ve also been doing some figure sketch practice, so expect to see more actual people at some point! I’m pretty happy with how the sketches are coming out, even if I haven’t done a ton of them yet.

My commissions queue is full, so I’m working hard on clearing the decks so I can open them up again, as well as finally editing my newest book (it’s so close to done omg), and finishing up some other long-overdue projects. I don’t think it’s possible to feel caught up anymore, but I have hopes that someday I’ll have space to breathe and take on new work!

In the meantime, the January requests post is still open, if you want to join us on Patreon!

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Completed Commissions, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Nudes and Other Sexy Things, People, Figures and Faces, Pretty Words, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Inktober 2019, part 3

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

October continued to be Peak 2019, and the Floating Gallery happened before this, the final round-up of my successful Inktober. Thanks for all your patience and support!

an ink wash painting of a cracked gravestone with an ashy handprint blowing away in the wind by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 23: Ancient, 5″x7″ ink wash on paper

an ink drawing of a dizzyingly detailed spiderweb by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 24: Dizzy, 2.5″x3.5″ pen & ink on ACEO

an ink drawing of an imaginary sausage menu by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 25: Tasty, 2.5″x3.5″ pen & ink on ACEO, wip, nfs

an ink drawing of a black cat yawning by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 26: Dark (aka “the yawning void”), 2.5″x3.5″ pen & ink on ACEO

an ink drawing of Eevee in a lab coat and goggles by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 27: Coat, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO, wip, nfs

an ink wash painting of a capybara being ridden by a toad by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 28: Ride, 3.5″x2.5″ brush & ink on ACEO, nfs

an ink wash painting of a nude Winter Soldier sitting on a stool, back to the audience, by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 29: Injured, 2.5″x3.5″ ink wash on ACEO

an ink wash painting of a tiny iron man falling into tentacles by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 30: Catch, 2.5″x3.5″ pen & ink and ink wash on ACEO

an ink drawing of a banana, two kiwis, and a peach by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 31: Ripe, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO, wip

Abbreviation decoder ring!

  • wip = work in progress, ie, I’m probably going to color some or all of the drawing before it’s really done
  • nfs = not for sale, ie, it’s a Patreon sketch and already belongs to someone else
  • ACEO = Artist Card, Edition Original, also known as ATC or Artist Trading Card when traded rather than sold, which is a standard size I use for all my Patreon sketches these days

Want to get your own sketches, dibs on art, or just feel the warm glow of being part of my community of supporters? Head over to Patreon and pick a tier to get started! There’s also bonus cat photos sometimes, if that helps.

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Nudes and Other Sexy Things, People, Figures and Faces, Pretty Words, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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The Things in the Mirror

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

an ink and watercolor painting of purple tentacles slithering inside a gold-framed mirror

The Things in the Mirror, 5″x7″ ink and watercolor on paper

Every year, we reread A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny, and I’m always inspired by the story and its amazing illustrations.

This year we have the Things in the Mirror, the slitherers whose main property is, apparently, to be sticky. The grey-on-grey ink wash background suggests an otherworldly space, while the mirror itself is bright with color and shining with gold.

It begs the question, what exactly is the most real space, in or outside of the mirror, and who is actually occupying it?

The Things in the Mirror, detail, by Amy Crook

The Things in the Mirror, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the metallic sheen of gold watercolor and the loose curl of a couple of tentacles up close and personal. Below, the slitherers have been further contained by a picture frame.

The Things in the Mirror, framed art by Amy Crook

The Things in the Mirror, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Series and Books, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Ash Ghost series

Monday, November 4th, 2019

a series of 4 ink wash paintings featuring a ghost dissolving into ash by Amy Crook

Ash, Overgrown, Legend, and Ancient, ink wash art in the Ash Ghost series by Amy Crook,
4 works, 5″x7″ ink wash on paper

This series was painted, and named, after prompts from Inktober 2019.

The upper left’s eerie ghost is the first of the Ash Ghost series: 4 ink wash paintings featuring the same mysterious and yet-unwritten legend. They get progressively more complex, filling up the space, drawing you into their story, but Ash is stark and simple.

The upper right, Overgrown, has the footsteps but no ghost that you can see. They lead up to a series of steps between two overgrown pieces of wall, vines obscuring even that hint of what used to be there. A few bits of charred wood stick up in memory of a doorframe, but the rest of the structure is lost to the mists of time.

There’s a tale waiting to be told in these images. Small details waiting to be teased out and put down, more pictures yet to come. It keeps pulling us in, luring us closer.

In Legend, the graveyard is full of mist, trees vanishing in the distance and yet, somehow, the ghost is as vivid as ever. Nothing can hide him from you, neither space nor fog, but then again, perhaps nothing can hide you from him, either.

The lower right, Ancient, is the end of our ghost story so far. It features a single ash-blackened handprint obscuring the details on a cracked headstone.

There are more questions than answers left, of course. Who is the ghost? How long has he wandered and where is he going? The headstone is there, but where is his head?

And most importantly: what does he want with you, dear reader?

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Inktober 2019, part 2

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

It’s been quite the October for me, so I’m afraid part 2 is late and long, and part 3 will round out the month for you next week. Thanks for all your patience and support!

an ink drawing of a tiny dragon in a cup of dragonwell tea by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 12: Dragon, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO, wip, nfs

an ink wash painting of a headless ghost leaving ashy footprints behind him by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 13: Ash, 5″x7″ brush and ink on paper

an ink wash painting of ashy footsteps going up to an overgrown structure by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 14: Overgrown, 5″x7″ ink wash on paper

an ink wash painting of a graveyard with a headless ghost moving through the fog by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 15: Legend, 5″x7″ ink wash on paper

an ink wash painting of an ornamental barette in long hair by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 17: Ornament, 3.5″x2.5″ brush and ink on ACEO card, sold

an ink drawing of a black cat in a sassy pose by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 18: Misfit, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO bristol

a chibi ink drawing of Bucky Barnes in a speedo holding a Captain America beach ball by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 19: Sling, 3″x3″ pen and ink on paper, wip

an ink drawing of a cat stepping on some poor dude's balls by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 20: Tread, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO bristol

an ink drawing of a lounging man in a corset bedecked with jewellery by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 21: Treasure, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO watercolor card, wip, nfs

an ink drawing of a ghost cat in a witch hat by Amy Crook

Inktober 2019 day 22: Ghost, 3.5″x2.5″ pen & ink on ACEO bristol, sold

Abbreviation decoder ring!

  • wip = work in progress, ie, I’m probably going to color some or all of the drawing before it’s really done
  • nfs = not for sale, ie, it’s a Patreon sketch and already belongs to someone else
  • ACEO = Artist Card, Edition Original, also known as ATC or Artist Trading Card when traded rather than sold, which is a standard size I use for all my Patreon sketches these days

Want to get your own sketches, dibs on art, or just feel the warm glow of being part of my community of supporters? Head over to Patreon and pick a tier to get started! There’s also bonus cat photos sometimes, if that helps.

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Completed Commissions, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Nudes and Other Sexy Things, 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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