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Deep Ultraviolet

Friday, April 6th, 2018

watercolor painting of tentacles, baby octopuses, and jellyfish on a deep violet backgroudn by Amy Crook

Deep Ultraviolet, 12″x6″ watercolor and white ink on Fluid watercolor paper

In the violet depths of some mysterious sea, light filters down to find shining octopuses, waving tentacle fronds, and frolicking jellyfish.

Ultraviolet is the Pantone color of the year, and somehow the word seemed to fit this mix of vivid purples and shining metallics. There’s a sense of more going on than the eye can see, life just around the corner of vision.

What lies deep in these oceans?

Deep Ultraviolet, detail, by Amy Crook

Deep Ultraviolet, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the iridescent blue and duochrome mauve highlights on the floating jellies. Below, this art is in a temporary frame, waiting to bring its gorgeous mystery into your beautiful home.

Deep Ultraviolet, framed art by Amy Crook

Deep Ultraviolet, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles, Whimsical and Strange
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Bees 4

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

a loose brush painting of a bee on a background of honey-gold splotches, watercolor by Amy Crook

Bees 4, 6″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

This fat, fuzzy bumblebee is just waiting to bring some sparkly spring into your life!

She’s chilling in this honey-gold world, dusted with glittering pollen and waiting to go out and gather for her queen and hive. She’s covered in fluff that’s perfect for getting the most pollen possible, so make sure to provide plenty of flowers known to help feed the bees.

What season gets you abuzz with joy?

Bees 4, detail, by Amy Crook

Bees 4, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the background brightened up by sunshine and the sparkling bronzite mineral paint. Below, the bee is in a little frame, waiting to find the perfect flower to make its home.

Bees 4, framed art by Amy Crook

Bees 4, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Shiny Rowlet

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

a drawing of the Pokemon Rowlet in its Shiny color scheme, flying and looking happy

Shiny Rowlet, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

Another shiny Pokemon! This guy is also a commission, of course — I’m finally getting the hang of drawing them in a dynamic manner, especially after Umbreon last month. The “shiny” refers to a color change, this one’s normally brown and leaf green, but he’s looking pretty spiffing here in his alternate palette.

For the fellow nerds out there, I finally got my first shiny on Dratini Day, mainly because they were everywhere — I ended up with six!

Categories: Completed Commissions, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Vanishing Into Seafoam

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Vanishing Into Seafoam by Amy Crook

Vanishing Into Seafoam, 6″x6″ watercolor on artist panel

A mysterious woman joins with the tide, dissolving into seafoam until all that’s left is the golden crown of flowers. Her long, dark hair makes a veil that matches the curving waves, while her pale face echoes the moon above, and her dress matches the whitecaps around her.

The scene is painted on a textured artists panel about 3/8″ thick, with a hanging-ready niche in the back if you don’t want to frame it.

One has to wonder, looking at her pink mouth amongst the midnight blue, whether she’s a ghost, a siren, or merely a woman scorned.

Vanishing Into Seafoam, detail, by Amy Crook

Vanishing Into Seafoam, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the mysterious figure in her golden crown of flowers up close. Below, the piece is all ready for hanging sans frame, so it’s just waiting on you to take it home.

Vanishing Into Seafoam, art by Amy Crook

Vanishing Into Seafoam, art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Whimsical and Strange
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Shiny Umbreon

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Shiny Umbreon, Pokemon fan art by Amy Crook

Shiny Umbreon, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

Shiny Umbreon is, I have to admit, a favorite of mine. This catdog Pokemon is one of a bunch of related things that evolve from Eevee, and basically they’re all great but the goth one is the best, the end.

If you’d like to get in the queue for a commission of your own, send me an email! The wait list is the only way to get one right now, for what I hope are obvious reasons after two weeks of commission posts.

Categories: Card Design, Completed Commissions, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Alexander Nigel Frankfurt Benedict IV

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Alex Benedict, a flower fairy, and some ridiculous coattails, by Amy Crook

Alex Benedict, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

In my first self-published novel, The Courtship of Julian St. Albans, the main character Alex whistles up some magic butterflies to impress the young man he’s courting. He also manages to acquire a flower fairy, though that comes much later. At no point would he actually put up with the coattails, though he is awfully fond of black with black and a side of black as his palette.

I drew this for Inktober in 2015, and colored it the other day as a warm-up to commissions. Because if I don’t do my own characters for FANbruary, who will?

Categories: People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Storm Dragon

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Storm Dragon, watercolor art by Amy Crook

Storm Dragon, 8″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Fans of Spirited Away will recognize the dragon flying off in the distance, though he’s color-shifted slightly bluer to match the gathering storm clouds.

The clouds are a celebration of filigree and fluffiness, looking heavy enough to squeeze rain out of and down onto the distant, unseen lands below. The sunrise is staining everything with the last of its bright mineral pink, and it sparkles off the hidden shine in the painting when seen from just the right angle.

Spirals small and large give the clouds their beautiful texture, adding dimension to the highlights as well as the shadows.

Storm Dragon, detail, by Amy Crook

Storm Dragon, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up on the far-away dragon, and the sun glinting off the iridescent paint like individual scales. Below, you can see it in a frame, just waiting to bring some gorgeous dreaminess to your home.

Storm Dragon, framed art by Amy Crook

Storm Dragon, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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