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Advent 2016, week 1

Sunday, December 11th, 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 1: Enraptured, Q/tea parody art for Kim

Advent 2016 day 1: Enraptured, Q/tea parody art for Kim, sold

Advent 2016 day 2: Revolting Spoons, for Jeff

Advent 2016 day 2: Revolting Spoons, for Jeff, sold

Advent 2016 day 3: Festive Tentacles

Advent 2016 day 3: Festive Tentacles, sold

Advent 2016 day 4: December Airship

Advent 2016 day 4: December Airship, $20

Advent 2016 day 5: Cat Love

Advent 2016 day 5: Cat Love, $10

Advent 2016 day 6: Grinch

Advent 2016 day 6: Grinch, $15

Advent 2016 day 7: Seasonal Cross-Contamination

Advent 2016 day 7: Seasonal Cross-Contamination, $25

Advent 2016 day 8: Sister Act, White Christmas parody art for CC & Dami

Advent 2016 day 8: Sister Act, White Christmas parody art for CC & Dami, $25

Advent 2016 day 9: Sherrinford the Skull

Advent 2016 day 9: Sherrinford the Skull, $20

Advent 2016 day 10: Christmas Tea for Kim

Advent 2016 day 10: Christmas Tea for Kim, sold

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Red Pumpkin

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Red Pumpkin by Amy Crook

Red Pumpkin, 6″x4″ ink wash on Fluid watercolor paper

To start we have an ode to the season — this bright red pumpkin is softened by the splotches of green-gold-brown that echo the decorations nature puts on certain kinds of squash.

The color is festive enough to stay out from Halloween through Christmas and beyond, a bit of fall foliage that will warm you throughout the year.

There is even a tiny hint of shimmer and shine in the depths of the golden areas, which is offset beautifully by the deep black of the background.

Red Pumpkin, detail, by Amy Crook

Red Pumpkin, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shimmer hiding in the blemish and the beautiful texture of ink on paper. Below, this little pumpkin looks great in its frame, just waiting to find the perfect niche in your home to occupy.

Red Pumpkin, framed art by Amy Crook

Red Pumpkin, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Whimsical and Strange
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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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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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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.

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Amy’s Mum’s Pumpkin Cookies

Monday, October 18th, 2010

It’s fall and time to make one of my absolute favorite treats! These cookies are practically little cakes with their fluffy texture and delicious icing, and while they’re a long process to make, it’s absolutely worth it.

I make these a little differently than my mother, so I’ve marked my own variations with a * in case you’re not quite so much of a spice nut as I am.

Cannibal Pumpkin by Amy CrookAmy’s Mum’s Pumpkin Cookies

Cream 1 cup of butter or shortening

Add & beat:
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin (puree or canned)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift together & add:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
*1 teaspoon ginger
*1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
*1 teaspoon cardamon
*1/4 teaspoon cloves

Drop on greased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper instead), bake at 375°F for 10-15 minutes. Check frequently for burning. (They will still seem a bit wet inside when they’re golden brown on the bottom, but will finish baking into a cake-like consistency as they cool.) Makes ~2 dozen.

Punkin Cookies by Amy CrookGinger Brown Sugar Icing

Start with:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter

Put in small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool.

Stir in:
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
*1 teaspoon ginger
*1/4 teaspoon cardamon
1 cup powdered sugar

Add more powdered sugar until the consistency resembles a thick glaze, then frost your cookies. Icing will get everywhere, so i suggest you frost them on parchment paper. *grin*

Scaredy Pumpkin by Amy CrookEnjoy!

For those not in the US, when making your own pumpkin puree, use the smaller pumpkin varieties (approximately 5-7 lbs., 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 kg.). Cut the pumpkin in half lengthwise, remove seeds and stringy fibers, and place cut-side down on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) for approximately 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hours (depending on size) or until easily pierced with a knife. Scoop out the pulp and puree in a food processor until smooth. Can strain through cheesecloth to extract all the liquid. Cool before using.

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