Posts Tagged ‘ghost’

The Autumn of Ashes

Monday, November 6th, 2017

The Autumn of Ashes, ink art by Amy Crook

The Autumn of Ashes, 8″x4″ ink on Fluid watercolor paper

A ghostly apparition, white fog, and a leaf-crowned tree.

A bright pop of color slowly embraced by the fog, warm red-brown bark supporting the green and gold foliage of early fall. A cool grey figure that might be a spirit or might just be hidden by the mist.

What stories can you write for this image?

This is the perfect painting for someone with a head full of fairy tales who just needs a starting point to get their fingers moving.

The Autumn of Ashes, detail, by Amy Crook

The Autumn of Ashes, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the way the tree fades into the fog, and the tiny bit of mysterious shimmer hiding in the red-brown bark. Below, the piece floats in a frame, full of subtle detail the scanner can’t capture.

The Autumn of Ashes, framed art by Amy Crook

The Autumn of Ashes, framed art by Amy Crook

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

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Devil and Ghost, Inception parody art by Amy Crook

Devil and Ghost, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

Is this where I just admit I have sold a LOT of these chibi commissions lately? But they’re just so fun, I have no regrets.

color test ghostThese are for Halloween, of course! Arthur and Eames from Inception coming back again as the Devil and a ghost. Arthur is smarming it up in his red velvet suit, straightening his cuffs as he leans nonchalantly in wait. Eames is looking extra spiffy floating along in his vintage windowpane check.

And of course on the right I have the little sketch ghost I drew just to test Eames’ colors before the real thing. Boo!

These are drawn as close to a square aspect ratio as possible, so that they work as emoji on Slack. Their adorable 2-head-high chibi style conveys a lot of personality in a tiny space.

Arthur emoji by Amy Crook Eames emoji by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Card Design, Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Advent 2016, week 2

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

2016 is almost over!

To celebrate the end of this terrible year, I’m doing one sketch every day. They’re in various media on these cheap-but-archival 5.5″x8.5″ embossed white cards. Some of these will be available as cards, some of them will be in a special sale for my email list next month, and some of them are already spoken for.

Advent 2016 day 11: Kiss my Cat

Advent 2016 day 11: Kiss my Cat, $30

Advent 2016 day 12: Minimalist TARDIS

Advent 2016 day 12: Minimalist TARDIS, sold

Advent 2016 day 13: Silver Ornaments

Advent 2016 day 13: Silver Ornaments, $10

Advent 2016 day 14: BODE

Advent 2016 day 14: BODE, $5

Advent 2016 day 15: Catboy Arthur, Inception parody art

Advent 2016 day 15: Catboy Arthur, Inception parody art, $25

Advent 2016 day 16: Croissants

Advent 2016 day 16: Croissants, $10

Advent 2016 day 17: Ghost Gifts

Advent 2016 day 17: Ghost Gifts, $5

PS – I’ve had the flu all week, so pardon the varying levels of weirdness and quality.

PPS – #BODE

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, 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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Inktober 2016, Week 2

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Inktober continues apace! It’s a busy week, so there’s some easy stuff and some more complex ink art. Some of these will be available as cards, some of them will be in a bookmark sale for my email list next month, and some of them are already spoken for. There’s even a couple of things destined for November’s Floating Gallery. Quite a variety!

Inktober day 10: Q in a tea jumper having a London Fog (with bonus Andy), for Kim

Inktober day 10: Q in a tea jumper having a London Fog (with bonus Andy), for Kim

Inktober day 11: Birthday Cuteness for CC

Inktober day 11: Birthday Cuteness for CC

Inktober day 12: Spooky shrouded ghost

Inktober day 12: Spooky shrouded ghost

Inktober day 13: Pink Sunset

Inktober day 13: Pink Sunset

Inktober day 14: Twelfth Doctor for Kim

Inktober day 14: Twelfth Doctor for Kim

Inktober day 15: Sleeping Kitty bookmark

Inktober day 15: Sleeping Kitty bookmark

Inktober day 16: Shadow City

Inktober day 16: Shadow City

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Card Design, Completed Commissions, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, 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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Weeping Willows

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Weeping Willows watercolor by Amy Crook

Weeping Willows, 8″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Are you weeping because it’s Monday? Me, too! Ah, well, the weekends can’t last forever.

Rain breaks up the blue of the sky, rivulets of white that weigh down the weeping willow trees below. The vault of the sky above presses downward, drawing the eye to the ground and the faded, ghostly figure walking among the branches.

The bare trees give a wintry feel to the scene, as does the cool turquoise blue of the sky, just barely desaturated by the gloom of the rainstorm.

Where in your life could you use a small reminder of the beauty in the death of the year?

Weeping Willows, detail, by Amy Crook

Weeping Willows, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the ghostly figure moving through the winter willows. Below, the art has been tucked into a temporary frame to dream of finding its permanent home with you.

Weeping Willows, framed art by Amy Crook

Weeping Willows, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books
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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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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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