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Navy Squid

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Navy Squid, commissioned art by Amy Crook, all rights reserved

Navy Squid, commissioned art by Amy Crook, all rights reserved

This commission was a Christmas gift, it’s just taken me a while to get it into the schedule with all the other madness going on.

The giftee for this was formerly in the Navy, and is a fan of two of Boston’s sports teams, so we incorporated both those ideas into his cheerful blue tentacularness*. He’s either doffing or straightening his cover, which is at a bit of a jaunty angle for a proper naval serviceman. Or servicesquid.

Navy Squid, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper.

*tentacularness is totally a word

Categories: Completed Commissions, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles
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Shrimp-Crossed Lovers

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Shrimp-Crossed Lovers, comic by Amy Crook

Shrimp-Crossed Lovers, comic by Amy Crook

The fates are conspiring to keep these two lovers apart, but they’ve used their shrimp treats to express their devotion. Will someone buy them both and put them in the same tank, or are they doomed to live forever alone?

You can get a Valentine at Etsy to show that long-distance love how much you miss them. With shrimp.

Shrimp-Crossed Lovers, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper.

Shrimp-Crossed Lovers Valentine at Etsy by Amy Crook

Shrimp-Crossed Lovers Valentine at Etsy by Amy Crook

Categories: Card Design, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles, Whimsical and Strange
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A Trio of Dancing Squid

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

A Trio of Dancing Squid by Amy Crook

A Trio of Dancing Squid by Amy Crook

I had originally thought of doing fatter, cuter, cartoony squid on this lusciously bright green background, but then when googling around for inspiration I found some pictures of swimming squid that were sleek and small with big golden eyes. And so we have this little trio, swimming past some big, mossy rock or perhaps a wall in some ruins somewhere. They’re painted in a shimmery turquoise with green-yellow eyes, and a scribble-painted dark teal for shadows and outlines. I imagine them cheerfully unaware of their audience, just twirling and dancing around as they swim on by.

A Trio of Dancing Squid, 7″x5″ watercolor, Japanese watercolor, and duochrome watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

A Trio of Dancing Squid, detail, by Amy Crook

A Trio of Dancing Squid, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sun shining off the iridescent paint. Below, you can see them in their frame, hanging out with some aquatic friends.

A Trio of Dancing Squid, framed art by Amy Crook

A Trio of Dancing Squid, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Tentacles, Whimsical and Strange
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Squid and Octopi

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

I went through all of my cartoon tentacles and framed all the originals I had, and now they’re cheerfully gracing a wall in my apartment.

My wall o' Squid

My wall o’ Squid

Starting from the top left:

Happy Squidsday!

 

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Shipwreck

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Shipwreck by Amy Crook

Shipwreck by Amy Crook

Tentacles for your Tuesday! About a week and a half ago, I posted a picture of some washes on Instagram, the sort of thing I paint when I don’t know what I want to paint but I’m sure they’ll come in handy someday. The first of them acquired a squid last week, drawn in scribbly pen and then shaded with water to smear out the ink. I used basic black for most of it, but added a bit of apricot for the eye and warm brown on the ship’s planks.

Shipwreck, 6″x4″ pen & ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Shipwreck, detail, by Amy Crook

Shipwreck, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can get a good view of his wicked beak, suckered arms and baleful yellow glare. Below, you can see him in a frame, hanging out with his friend from Ikea.

Shipwreck, framed art by Amy Crook

Shipwreck, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles
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Lucky Squid

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Lucky Squid cartoon by Amy Crook

Lucky Squid cartoon by Amy Crook, $99

This little squid is pure self-indulgence! I was in my favorite place for bubble tea, and I noticed they had a bunch of various lucky cat sculptures around. The owner has always enjoyed my squid cards at the holidays, so I decided I needed to combine these two ideas with a proper Lucky Squid. I even googled the traditions so I could decide which details to keep (the red ears and white coat became red fins and white skin, and of course he’s got his gold coin), and which to ignore (a squid in a collar and bib didn’t seem like it would work). I even put him on a greeting card!

Lucky Squid, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper, $99 with free shipping.

Lucky Squid, detail, by Amy Crook

Lucky Squid, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the coin up close and my terrible rendition of the traditional kanji for 10 million ryo, washed red on the paper and blue in the ink by the sunlight. Below, the cheerful little squid beckons to you from a frame, accompanied by my stalwart iPhone and a few plushie friends.

Lucky Squid, framed art by Amy Crook

Lucky Squid, framed art by Amy Crook

  • Title: Lucky Squid
  • 5 in. x 7 in. pen & ink and Copic marker on paper
  • $99 for the original (tax will be added if you live in CA)
  • Frame is not included, but can be added for $50 (shipping included)
  • Shipping is free anywhere in the world
  • Payment plans are available, just email me
  • The button below will take you to Paypal – if you’d like to pay another way, just let me know and we’ll work it out

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Tying the Knot

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Tying the Knot, squid cartoon by Amy Crook

Tying the Knot, squid cartoon by Amy Crook

These two squid have found love in each other, the blue-eyed green squid and green-eyed blue squid making the perfect pair. They’ve just tied the knot, so congratulate them on their union! Just don’t ask which one’s the boy.

Tying the Knot, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper.

You can also congratulate your cephalopod-loving friends on their marriage with a card from my Etsy shop.

Tying the Knot, detail, by Amy Crook

Tying the Knot, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of their knotted tentacles. Below, they’ve slipped into a frame and are hanging out with the poor five-armed octopus, and my iPhone of course.

Tying the Knot, framed art by Amy Crook

Tying the Knot, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of
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