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Halloween Pathways

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Halloween Pathways, abstract art by Amy Crook

Halloween Pathways, 7″x5″ watercolor on Arches Cover black paper

Deep charcoal supports and subdues the bright Halloween orange in this latest Pathways painting.

The image suggests bold autumn trees, lit by the last orange rays of sunlight slanting towards them. Or is it a bright potion bubbling over the sides of an iron cauldron? Perhaps you see the stripes on some deadly orange monster instead.

The simple-seeming monochrome hides a depth of color and detail that will give you hours of peaceful contemplation while you sit and sip cider and think of Halloweens to come.

Halloween Pathways, detail, by Amy Crook

Halloween Pathways, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the the way the charcoal blackness of the paper draws the orange into itself, lending a base of deep gloom to the holiday brightness of it. Below, the painting is tucked into a frame, just waiting to haunt your home.

Halloween Pathways, framed art by Amy Crook

Halloween Pathways, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books
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Inktober 2016, Week 1

Monday, October 10th, 2016

The Floating Gallery has closed, but Inktober is very much still going! Here’s  a recap of the first week-and-a-bit of 2016’s 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. Quite a variety!

Inktober day 1: 00Q holiday card (colors tba)

Inktober day 1: 00Q holiday card (colors tba)

Inktober day 2: red pumpkin

Inktober day 2: red pumpkin

Inktober day 3: 5th Doctor Who (colors tba)

Inktober day 3: 5th Doctor Who (colors tba)

Inktober day 4: October airship

Inktober day 4: October airship

Inktober day 5: Zen circle Jack Skellington

Inktober day 5: Zen circle Jack Skellington

Inktober day 6: (not un)lucky black cat

Inktober day 6: (not un)lucky black cat

Inktober day 7: cute candy and cute fruit bookmarks

Inktober day 7: cute candy and cute fruit bookmarks

Inktober day 8: holiday Lestrade bookmark

Inktober day 8: holiday Lestrade bookmark

Inktober day 9: violets bookmark

Inktober day 9: violets bookmark

Categories: 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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Trick or Treat & a new Cthulhu Book

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Trick or Treat, Cthulhu parody art by Amy Crook

Trick or Treat, Cthulhu parody art by Amy Crook

I’ve finally finished my Cthulhu Holiday Fun Book, a handmade coloring and activity book themed around holidays from Halloween to Father’s Day (zombie style). The above art is lovingly dedicated to Goomi’s Unspeakable Vault, my favorite Cthulhu webcomic of all, since he had the idea of dressing Cthulhu up for Halloween and did it much more cleverly than I.

This image and 11 more are waiting in the book for you to color, along with 5 original maddening puzzles and activities. I don’t promise some of them won’t drive you insane, but hopefully you’ll enjoy the journey.

Get a copy at my Etsy shop today!

Cthulhu Holiday Fun Book, a Lovecraftian activity and coloring book by Amy Crook

Cthulhu Holiday Fun Book, a Lovecraftian activity and coloring book by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Card Design, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Spooky!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Yesterday’s art put me in the mood to do a post of art suitable to bring a bit of Halloween to your life all year round. If you’re reading this on a feed or in email, click through the red linked title above this to see it with the proper layout!

something's fishy here...

clear out those cobwebs

murder most black

mad mad mountains

a little batty

spooooooooky

pretty yet creepy

ghost hearts are the best hearts

If that’s not enough spooky for you, check out my Etsy shop for Cthulhu cards, Monster coloring books and more!

Categories: Daily Art, Words Words Words
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Vampire Moon

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Vampire Moon by Amy Crook

Vampire Moon by Amy Crook
(Halloween is on its way, hooray, hooray!)

Skulls and candy and spooky things are starting to appear all over the US, and it put me in a Halloween mood. I’d been meaning to see if I could control the shadowy patterns on my moons better, so this was an excellent way to experiment. The fanged skull on the ghostly white full moon is accompanied by a reddish, iridescent mist curling through a night sky strangely devoid of stars.

Spooky!

Vampire Moon, 5″x5″ Japanese watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Vampire Moon, detail, by Amy Crook

Vampire Moon, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the iridescent red paint shimmering against the matte black paper, with the moon lurking in the background. Below, I’m all ready for Halloween with my Godiva Bear and the framed art.

Vampire Moon, framed art by Amy Crook

Vampire Moon, framed art by Amy Crook
(bear and iPhone not included)

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Weeble Pumpkinhead

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Pumpkinhead cartoon by Amy Crook

Weeble Pumpkinhead by Amy Crook

Just a little something spooky to celebrate the coming of autumn! I was in a Halloweeny mood, so I drew this guy up in an afternoon and colored him in the evening, once the day cooled off. We’re having an end-of-summer heat wave here in the bay area, and it’s slowing me way down, so I cheered myself up with a bit of spooky goodness.

Weeble Pumpkinhead, 5.5″x8.5″ pen & ink and Copic markers on sketchbook paper, not for sale.

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, People, Figures and Faces, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Weeble Wednesday: Bat!

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Weeble Bat by Amy Crook

Weeble Bat by Amy Crook

When I asked my friends what other cards I should do for Halloween, they were unanimous in requesting a bat, so here he is! I elected to save myself some future carpal tunnel and colored the background with Photoshop, but the rest of it’s done by hand with my trusty Copic markers.

I love the patterns bats make when they fly, so different from birds somehow, so I drew in a few of his friends who are flying off into the sunset without him. Don’t worry, though, he’ll catch up, he was just mugging for the “photo.”

Weeble Bat, 5″x7″ pen and ink and Copic marker on watercolor paper.

Categories: Daily Art, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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