Posts Tagged ‘j herbin ink’

Sardines

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Sardines by Amy Crook, whirling layers of silver sardines circling against a turquoise ink backdrop on buff paper

Sardines, 10″x8″ ink and watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

Monterey Bay Aquarium has a room where you can stand and watch sardines endlessly dance in circles around you, living flashes of silver in a meditative display.

The thick, buff-colored paper supports a brilliant turquoise ink wash with the perfect amount of watery softness to its shapes. Layers of abstract fish shine out of the blue in shade of silver that catch the light.

An infinite loop of motion and life!

Sardines, detail, by Amy Crook

Sardines, detail, by Amy Crook

Above you can see the abstract fishies up close, all light and shadow and overlapping motion. Below, the painting is in its tank, er, frame, on its way to its new home.

Sardines, framed art by Amy Crook

Sardines, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Completed Commissions, Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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Advent 2016, week 4

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

2016 is almost over!

To celebrate the end of this terrible year, I drew one sketch every day. They’re in various media on 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.

I had the flu and then a cold for most of December, so pardon some of the weirdness. I’m mostly well now, except for a bit of a lingering cough. Wish me luck in not catching anything else for awhile!

Advent 2016 day 26: Snortoro, a Pokemon and Totoro parody mashup

Advent 2016 day 26: Snortoro, a Pokemon and Totoro parody mashup, $20

Advent 2016 day 27: General Organa, Star Wars parody art

Advent 2016 day 27: General Organa, Star Wars parody art, sold

Advent 2016 day 28: Pounce

Advent 2016 day 28: Pounce, $10

Advent 2016 day 29: Star Cat

Advent 2016 day 29: Star Cat, $15

Advent 2016 day 30: Inception in a Teacup, parody art

Advent 2016 day 30: Inception in a Teacup, parody art, $30

Advent 2016 day 31: Toast, Inception parody art

Advent 2016 day 31: Toast, Inception parody art, $30

Happy New Year!

Categories: Card Design, Completed Commissions, Daily Art, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Bees 3

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Bees 3 by Amy Crook

Bees 3, 6″x6″ pencil, brush & ink, watercolor, and Primatek watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

MORE BEES!

It’s been almost a year since the first bees buzzed over during Inktober.

This trio of bees are painted in a beautiful gold-infused grey ink, and paired with a paint made of real bronzite mineral that has its own subtle sparkle. The deep honey-gold evokes an unfiltered local honey, full of flavor and goodness.

Bees 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Bees 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a detail of the uppermost bee, with the gold in the linework catching the sunlight along its body. Below, the bees are buzzing around their frame like they’re at home in a hive box.

Bees 3, framed art by Amy Crook

Bees 3, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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September Patreon Sketches

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Patreon, two bookmarks by Amy Crook

Pumpkin Spice Patreon, two bookmarks by Amy Crook

Two of my darling patrons this month asked me for Pumpkin Spice, so they both got some cheerful Autumnal sparkle. I also had a request for sleeping late at any cost, and on of the kitties kindly posed for this little ink sketch in lovely, sparkly Stormy Grey.

Want some sketches of your own? Support me on Patreon!

Sleeping Kitty by Amy Crook

Sleeping Kitty by Amy Crook

Categories: Completed Commissions, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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Tsundoku

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Tsundoku, word art by Amy Crook

Tsundoku: the condition of acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them,
5″x7″ brush and J. Herbin 1670 ink on paper

A bit of fancy-ink word art for Kim’s Patreon sketch. I loaded up my lovely J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey ink into a water brush and noodled around making a big pile of books for her to not read.

Because obviously I would never do this.*

*by never I mean always, my To Be Read pile will outweigh me when I die

Categories: Completed Commissions, Pretty Words, Series and Books
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Bees 2

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Bees 2, ink art by Amy Crook

Bees 2, 7″x5″ pen & ink and ink wash on paper

More bees!

The rich amber ink is the same, but there’s smaller honeycomb and smaller bees. More and busier bees, buzzing about making honey or whatever it is that bees do when they’re not out getting pollen.

Bees 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Bees 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the lovely texture of brush strokes, art paper, and ink wash all together in rich, honeyed detail. Below, the bees are in a frame, just as honeycomb should be!

Bees 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Bees 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Domed City

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Domed City by Amy Crook

Domed City, 4″x6″ iridescent watercolor and ink wash on Fluid watercolor paper

Another painting with some hidden sparkle, this one’s mostly done in ink washes. The background is an amazing rich teal that none of my electronics want to pick up, and the domes sparkle with golden highlights beneath the iridescent blue dragon.

This tiny piece would add a lovely bit of scifi-fantasy allure to a desk, bookshelf, or reading nook.

Here there be dragon!

Domed City, detail, by Amy Crook

Domed City, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shining underbelly on the dragon that floats above the domed city. Below, a tiny window into this strange world as the painting is trapped behind glass in its frame.

Domed City, framed art by Amy Crook

Domed City, framed art by Amy Crook

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