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Friday, April 27th, 2012
Yesterday we saw the outside of 221b Baker street, and today it’s the interior. My Baker Street Tinies series combines the world of the recent Sherlock series from the BBC with the worlds and aesthetics of Edward Gorey.
Nicole and Mo wanted to celebrate their own love and their love of Sherlock Holmes with tattoos, and so we created a unique Gorey-ish vision of 221b Baker Street for each of them. You can’t have the originals — they’re spoken for — but you can get the designs on greeting cards at Etsy!
The wallpaper is straight out of the tv show, as are the fireplace and the antelope skull with its white headphones, though in the show none of these things are on the same wall. John’s Union Jack pillow is sitting on a very Gorey-ish sofa, along with Sherlock’s ubiquitous deerstalker cap. The mantel holds Sherlock’s skull, some mail jackknifed into the wood, a portrait of the pair of them, and abandoned milk with cold tea next to it. Now we know why they always have to buy more milk.
The bookshelf on the right is full of little details, most of which are hard to see without looking at the bigger version.
I really enjoyed working on this pair of drawings for Nicole and Mo, and I hope the tattoos come out beautifully. It was a great challenge to reference so many things in two tiny pieces of art, from the tv series to the books to the art and worlds of Edward Gorey. I’m already thinking about what I’ll do with them next!
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Today’s and tomorrow’s art are the newest in my Baker Street Tinies series, which combines the world of the recent Sherlock series from the BBC with the worlds and aesthetics of Edward Gorey.
Like the previous four, these were commissioned, so the originals are already sold and mailed off to their new owners. Nicole and Mo wanted to celebrate their own love and their love of Sherlock Holmes with tattoos, and so we created a unique Gorey-ish vision of 221b Baker Street for each of them. You can’t have the originals, but you can get the designs on greeting cards at Etsy!
This exterior shot is only somewhat faithful to the series — 221b itself has many of the features of Baker Street in the tv show, but the rest of the buildings are fanciful re-imaginings. You can see a shadow of a certain detective in the window of 221b, talking to the skull sitting atop a pile of books in the other window. Someone seems to have left their umbrella outside, but they can catch one of London’s famous black cabs if it rains. There’s even a binary joke hiding in the windows of the middle building.
My personal favorite is the fourth building, which just looks so very sad and shocked at what goes on in its neighborhood.
“Amy was an absolute pleasure to work with. She asked great questions to get at what we wanted out of the artwork, sent us drafts along the way, and worked with us to shape a final product that is absolutely stunning. She went above and beyond to see that the final product fit our needs, and we had a great experience all around.”
Tags: 221b baker street, baker street tinies, edward gorey, etsy, nfs, pen and ink, sherlock, sold
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Friday, January 13th, 2012
Happy Friday the 13th! I bring you a fourth adorably morbid installment in my Baker Street Tinies Edward Gorey/Sherlock pastiche commissions. Lestrade is taken directly from H is for Hector in the original book, though Hector wasn’t texting at the time of his untimely demise.
I highly recommend clicking to see the image larger, if only so you can appreciate my absurdly painstaking work. The original is sold, but there are cards (and soon prints) available in my Etsy shop.
L is for Lestrade, 8.5″x5.5″ pen and ink on paper, sold.
Tags: baker street tinies, crosshatching, edward gorey, lestrade, nfs, pastiche, pen and ink, sherlock
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Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
The wonderful person who bought my other two Baker Street Tinies Edward Gorey/Sherlock pastiche pieces decided her collection wasn’t complete without Mycroft Holmes and DI Lestrade in the mix. This is the first of two more images she’s commissioned to match the first two, with yet more painstaking crosshatching. Mycroft takes directly after E is for Ernest in the original books, though the bell has become a Blackberry, and his faithful umbrella snuck its way into the picture.
I highly recommend clicking to see the image larger, if only so you can appreciate my absurdly painstaking work. Once Lestrade is done, I’ll have cards and prints available in my Etsy shop.
M is for Mycroft, 8.5″x5.5″ pen and ink on paper, sold.
Tags: baker street tinies, crosshatching, edward gorey, mycroft, nfs, pastiche, pen and ink, sherlock
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Thursday, July 14th, 2011
This piece took an amazingly long amount of time to complete. I used a steel-nib quill pen (with a real feather on it, very silly) dipped in purple ink to do all the crosshatching, and not only did it just take a lot of time to physically draw all those tiny lines, I had to take days-long breaks between sessions. I have very mild joint problems, which are mostly not a problem, but flare up when stressed (or sometimes with the weather, which sucks), and this process made my hand and wrist ache horribly.
It almost seems egotistical to say that this piece was inspired by one of the most famous paintings in the world, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, but I’ve been thinking a lot about his work and life since I saw the BBC’s Vincent Van Gogh: Painted With Words. It was amazing that the year before he committed suicide was also his most prolific, as though he poured all of himself out onto his canvases until he couldn’t stand being himself any longer. He didn’t have any political agenda with his later work, he just wanted to paint, to make beautiful things, to share his vision of the world. I’m always reading people who write about the world-changing this or that they’re doing with their art, but most of the time I just want to make something lovely that lifts the spirits of the viewer with its beauty, not its message.
Edward Gorey, too, had a lot of inspiration to contribute to this piece, and my fascination with his obsessive style of inking. The physical pain I went through to finish this seems to have dampened my enthusiasm for it for the moment, but I’ve already got more ideas for future works. I guess there’s a certain inherent masochism in some forms of art, but there’s also a certain satisfaction one gets from finishing such a piece.
Cross the Sky, 7″x5″ pen and ink and salt on watercolor paper, $499, framed, with free shipping.
Aside from the pained crosshatching, there’s a ton of detail in this piece. The salt pools flattened out and changed whenever they touched the edge of the page, so I went back in and created a few extra spiraling stars as well as the moon itself. Below you can see the flat, almost snakeskin-like texture where the salt crystallized into the moon shape, though most of the salt water flowed off the page and got my bookshelf wet instead (oops). There’s even a little row of crystals that extend off the edge of the paper.
I also put in a bit of “glow” around the moon, extending the gold into the purple crosshatching for a small space around the quarter-circle.
When the pen was well-loaded with ink and bumped into the edge of the salt circle, it tended to leave a spreading stain of purple on the outer ring of salt. I cultivated this effect to give the salt-circle stars their own violet bordrs. You can also see how I’ve added some more dim and distant stars to the mix but tracing blue or gold into select purple spirals, and then of course leaving some even more distant by making them just purple.
I had a tendency to turn the paper this way and that while I was working — here you can see my tools, and the upside-down art with the crosshatching just barely begun. You can see clearly how the moon did have a shape and color of its own even before I went back in with the spiral texture.
As the dark night sky grows out from the edges of the moon, you can see the places where the paper was dampened or roughened previously, and thus the ink blurred and ran, giving even more variation in the velvety violet night.
In this third progress shot you can see where I added some more ink and water to one of the blurred-out stars to get a little more definition. In the end you can see I redrew the spiral on top of the wet paper, giving it lovely blurred effect.
Lastly you can see it in its frame, which gives the whole thing the feel of something seen through a window, a glimpse of the world as it might be, were things just a bit different. Or perhaps if we just saw them a little differently.
Tags: crosshatching, edward gorey, for sale, moon, pen and ink, salt
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011
The watery environs of this squid were directly inspired by the cover of The Raging Tide: Or, the Black Doll’s Imbroglio by Edward Gorey. I didn’t even realize it was out of print until just now, though, oops.
I’ve been wanting to move away from doing just Sherlock cartoons in this style, and so I went to one of my other dorky fannish loves, cephalopods. This little squid looks like something unfortunate is about to befall him, which seems appropriate for something done in Edward Gorey’s style. Perhaps the black doll will come falling through the water, or maybe the squid will be called upon to help fill out another set of childhood obituaries. “G is for Gretchen, pulled down by a squid,” perhaps?
Squid a la Gorey, 7″x5″ pen and ink on 8.5″x5.5″ drawing paper, $299 with free shipping.
You can also get this piece printed on a handmade card on Etsy.
Tags: edward gorey, for sale, pen and ink, squid, studio gallery
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Monday, March 7th, 2011
My second Sherlock Holmes/Edward Gorey pastiche, this one is based off of “J is for James who took lye by mistake” from The Gashlycrumb Tinies and BBC’s new Sherlock tv series.
Click the image if you’d like to really see the ridiculously obsessive line work — the wallpaper was particularly labor-intensive, and I have no one but myself to blame. I’ve been in a mood lately to do work like this, that involves a lot of tiny pen-and-ink details, and unlike similar attempts when I was younger, I find it rather meditative now. I often put on audio recordings and just sit and let the two things filter into my brain, though there are frequent breaks to IM friends and goof off online, not to mention stretching my back and resting my poor hand.
Now that I’ve got the techniques down, I have to figure out what I can do with them that isn’t a parody, pastiche or plain old copy, though.
J is for John who took lye by mistake, 8.5″x5″ pen and ink on sketchbook paper, sold.
You can still get the pair of them as handmade blank greeting cards on Etsy, though!
Tags: baker street tinies, crosshatching, edward gorey, nfs, pastiche, pen and ink, sherlock, sold, watson
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