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Fairytale Cottage

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Fairytale Cottage by Amy Crook

Fairytale Cottage, 6″x6″ watercolor and gel pen on Fluid watercolor paper

Calling to mind the darker side of fairytales, this shadowy cottage lurks against a rainy sky. The brightness of white clouds and gingerbread detailing is almost unsettling in it sweetness, with everything around it muted and grey.

In a strange reversal, only the frothy white curlicues look solid, while the house and sky seem like mere shadows behind the spirals.

What’s your favorite fairytale, and which ending do you prefer?

Fairytale Cottage, detail, by Amy Crook

Fairytale Cottage, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see up close the slightly raised spirals on the buildings and the softly receding spirals of the clouds, decorating the shadowy secrets held by this confectionary cottage. Below, the frame becomes a window into a dark fairy tale world.

Fairytale Cottage, framed art by Amy Crook

Fairytale Cottage, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Whimsical and Strange
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Sherlocktopus

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Sherlocktopus cartoon by Amy Crook

The Wily Sherlocktopus in His Natural Habitat
cartoon by Amy Crook

There’s a fandom trope where Sherlock, who is both offputting and always up in John’s space in the show, is one of those sleepers who wraps around his bedmate like an octopus and never lets go. Poor John is clearly used to this, and they’ve kicked the covers off to compensate for being overwarm this lovely end-of-summer evening.

In case you’re curious, I used white gel pen on John’s pajama pants while the green Copic marker was still fresh, so the marker bled through a little making the pattern light green on dark rather than a stark white. Sherlock’s stripes are bright blue pen on lighter blue background. It’s the little things that amuse me.

Sherlocktopus, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic Markers on paper, nfs (sold).

Categories: Daily Art, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Fish Skellington

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Fish Skellington by Amy Crook

Fish Skellington by Amy Crook

The inspiration for this piece came from a bunch of things crashing together in my brain. We played Small World the other day and one of the races I played had a cute little fish skeleton as its icon. My tiny fandom pieces were making me think I might want to do more things like them, in and out of the realm of fannishness. I painted a bunch of washes using my red watercolor palette and one of them I considered drawing on with the white gel pen. And then all of a sudden I thought, no, the white gel pen would be better on black paper, and I got out the blue palette and made this wash that’s much more like the deep ocean.

So for once, there’s not much to say about the technique but I actually know what I was thinking when I created the piece. Weird.

Fish Skellington, 7″x5″ watercolor and gel pen on Arches cover black paper.

Fish Skellington, detail, by Amy Crook

Fish Skellington, detail, by Amy Crook

Above you can see a close-up of the wee little fishie, who just isn’t all that happy about his lot in, er, death. Below, you can see him in a frame with the paint catching the sunlight just a bit, and the little skellington reflected in my iPhone’s screen.

Fish Skellington, framed art by Amy Crook

Fish Skellington, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Jellyfish Deeps 2

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Jellyfish Deeps 2 by Amy Crook

Jellyfish Deeps 2 by Amy Crook

Jellyfish, jellyfish everywhere! Well, okay, just here and on my phone, but still. Somehow getting Jellyfish Deeps put onto my phone as a custom Gelaskin inspired me to make a sequel. I rescued another paper from the pile of awful, added another layer of watercolor and salt, and then let that dry into something far more pleasing. Once that was done, it was time for the white gel pen and jellyfish.

I like drawing these jellyfish, too, they’re like happy little aliens floating serenely amidst the currents and formations in the deep of ocean or maybe outer space. Also, tentacles.

Jellyfish Deeps 2, 5″x7″ pen & ink, salt, gel pen and watercolor on paper.

Jellyfish Deeps 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Jellyfish Deeps 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see that the salt on this piece is just a scattering of texture and sparkle rather than solid formations like some of the pieces. Below, the piece is cuddled up in my desk with my phone for size reference.

Jellyfish Deeps 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Jellyfish Deeps 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Tentacles
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Milk White Moon

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Milk White Moon by Amy Crook

Milk White Moon by Amy Crook

I’ve done moons in blue and orange and yellow, silver and gold and iridescent lavender, and I thought I’d try one in simple white. The salt, too, is undiluted with paint, so there’s nothing but the black paper, white ink and white salt, and any color is just refracted light through the crystals.

There’s two sets of salt pools, the deeper ones with spirals at the center that grew from fat droplets of water carefully applied, and the shallow ones dripped down from a height to splash onto the paper. There’s even little tiny crystals here and there where smaller droplets splashed away from the bigger, which brings a lovely depth to the piece like a real sky.

Milk White Moon, 5″x5″ gel pen and salt on Arches cover black paper.

Milk White Moon, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Milk White Moon, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the delicate splash of one single careless drop of water, surrounded by deeper pools of salt. Below is a close-up of one of those pools, the largest one in the lower center with the large white spiral hiding in its depths.

Milk White Moon, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Milk White Moon, detail 2, by Amy Crook

And finally the piece in the warm summer sunshine, and a frame of course, basking on the blotter of my writing desk with my iPhone for scale.

Milk White Moon, framed art by Amy Crook

Milk White Moon, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes
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Jellyfish Bookmark 1

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Jellyfish Bookmark 1 by Amy Crook

Jellyfish Bookmark 1
by Amy Crook

The second-to-last day of Bookmark Week is upon us! I’ve already got a few ideas for next time, too, so I hope you’re enjoying the shift from small to super-small art this week.

This one I actually just doodled idly while I was on the phone, thinking of my larger piece Jellyfish Deeps as I worked. I thought about going back in to try to add a little color, but I liked the slight reddish cast the mat board gave to the white gel pen. I’m sure I’ll do another of these sometime, though, the jellyfish are just too entertaining.

Jellyfish Bookmark 1, 0.875″x5.875″ white gel pen on black mat board, nfs, sold.

Jellyfish Bookmark 1, detail, by Amy Crook

Jellyfish Bookmark 1, detail, by Amy Crook

Above you can see how the black mat board bled red into white of the ink, though it’s made much more pink by my camera here. The mat board is quite thick, but it would still slip easily into a book as long as you don’t shove it all the way to the spine. Below, I have the jellyfish hanging out with a hardcover, for size comparison.

Jellyfish Bookmark 1, with book, by Amy Crook

Jellyfish Bookmark 1, with book, by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles
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Salt Bookmark 2

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Salt Bookmark 2 by Amy Crook

Salt Bookmark 2
by Amy Crook

It’s bookmark week! Lately when I tear giant sheets of art paper down to the sizes I like to work in, I’ve been saving the blank scraps, and this week I have enough finished bookmarks to make a week of it. I tried to do at least one in each of the styles I’ve been using, so there’s quite a variety, and they’re all for sale and a bookmark-friendly price. I’m not going to put them in the main art shop, but you can always go look at the collection (plus my older couple of contributions) by going to the bookmark tag. I’ve priced these nice and low so that you can get your hands on an Amy Crook original without breaking the bank, and have a bit of art to carry with you, keeping your place safe and beautiful.

Each one of these is an original, one-of-a-kind work of art, and I decided to start the week off with a salt painting. Barely-green salt and two colors of green glitter gel pen give this piece a shimmer that’s really appealing. The salt crystals are small enough not to get crunched off or damage your book, though they might wear over time, the way these things do.

Salt Bookmark 2, 1″x5″ ink-dyed salt and glitter gel pen on black paper, nfs, sold.

Salt Bookmark 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Salt Bookmark 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above you can see the contrast between the pen that’s mostly glitter, and the pen that’s a fine metallic ink, both in color and density. The salt and its halo both glimmer in the sunlight. Below, you can see its size compared to a standard hardcover book.

Salt Bookmark 2, with book, by Amy Crook

Salt Bookmark 2, with book, by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art
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