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Storm

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Storm, Hobbit fan art by Amy Crook

“I hope the Dwarves find some shelter before those Stone Giants really get going.”
Storm, The Hobbit fan art by Amy Crook

My tiny fandom obsession continues! The mountains dried with lovely blue-violet swirls in their depths, and now there’s Gandalf, contemplating the oncoming storm as he starts to head into the Misty Mountains after Thorin et al. He’s done all in shades of grey as is appropriate, with Glamdring at his side and his staff in hand. Plus the pointy hat, of course.

Storm, 6″x6″ Japanese watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Storm, detail, by Amy Crook

Storm, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of Gandalf with the colors tweaked to help bring out his eyes, er, details. Below, you can see it snugly resting in an 8″x8″ frame, waiting to find a new home.

Storm, framed art by Amy Crook

Storm, framed art by Amy Crook

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WIP: New Tiny Fandom art

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Work in Progress by Amy Crook

Work in Progress by Amy Crook

If you remember my Tiny Fandom series from last year with fondness, you’ll be happy to know I’m working on another installment. I’ve decided that, while last year was the Year of Spirals, this year I’m going to focus more on paintings that take multiple sessions to finish. This means you’ll likely see more posts like this one, with coy hints of what’s on the way, as well as more Instagram photos of my art table.

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Dirigible

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Dirigible, Girl Genius art by Amy Crook

“Should we haul him up?”
“Nah, let him dangle a little longer.”
Dirigible, Girl Genius art by Amy Crook

I seem to have become obsessed with patterns, though I already knew I had a strange thing for spirals. I used my water brush, which is a nifty device with a well of water the way a brush pen might have ink. I dipped the tip in paint and began at the center, then brushed outward, the color getting more and more diluted until there’s hardly any blue left. Then, of course, once I had the spiraling clouds, I needed something to float in them. I put a brass trilobyte on the side of a dirigible as an homage to the wonderful Girl Genius webcomic.

The dirigible’s dangling passenger is just a bonus.

Dirigible, 8″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Dirigible, detail, by Amy Crook

Dirigible, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the lovely purple Dirigible with its golden trilobyte and passenger holding on for dear life below, next to a dime for scale. Below, it’s resting temporarily in a 10″x8″ frame, hanging out with my iPhone for an entirely different sort of size reference.

Dirigible, framed, by Amy Crook

Dirigible, framed, by Amy Crook

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Dramatic

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Dramatic, Sherlock art by Amy Crook

“If you’re quite done with the dramatic poses, there is a case, you know.”
Dramatic, Sherlock art by Amy Crook

This one’s actually based on a bit in the second episode of Series 2, The Hounds of Baskerville. There’s a point at which Sherlock is up on a windy promontory, looking over the moors, with John down below waiting patiently for him to stop enjoying the way his coat looks blowing in the breeze.

He does so love to be dramatic.

Dramatic, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Dramatic, detail, by Amy Crook

Dramatic, detail, by Amy Crook

Above you can see the strange clouds and impatient John with Sherlock off in the distance, framing a perfectly boring dime. Below, it’s temporarily in the same 8″x10″ frame you’ll have grown used to seeing this week, for scale.

Dramatic, framed art by Amy Crook

Dramatic, framed art by Amy Crook

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Seekers

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Seekers, Harry Potter art by Amy Crook

“Who wins if It gets the Snitch?”
Seekers, Harry Potter art by Amy Crook

I’ve done so many paintings of tentacles rising up from mysterious depths that I thought it might be fun to do a set striving for the heights instead. These pale, half-translucent tentacles are reaching toward an errant Golden Snitch, and disrupting someone’s game of Quidditch.

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Just ask Harry Potter.

Seekers, 4″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Seekers, detail, by Amy Crook

Seekers, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the Golden Snitch next to an ordinary dime for scale. Tiny, tiny scale. Below, for a different sort of scale, I’ve temporarily put the painting in a standard 8″x10″ frame so you can imagine how it would fit into your home. Because it totally would fit into your home. I mean, doesn’t everyone need tentacles?

Seekers, framed, by Amy Crook

Seekers, framed, by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Adrift

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Adrift, Doctor Who art by Amy Crook

“You’re sure you know where we’re going?”
Adrift, Doctor Who art by Amy Crook

After doing Mario’s Cave, I started to get more ideas for putting tiny bits of the things I’m a fan of into my paintings in a meaningful, interesting way. Tomorrow’s is actually the next one I thought of, but I’m saving it for the traditional day. This one I painted the pattern of waves-or-maybe-scales, and then staring at it I thought, I could put a TARDIS, just there.

Floating adrift on a sea of scales-or-maybe-waves seems like just the sort of trouble the Doctor would get himself into.

Adrift, 8″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Adrift, detail, by Amy Crook

Adrift, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the actual size of the wee TARDIS next to a dime, though the actual colors are not quite so brightly cyan as all that. Below, I’ve temporarily tucked it into a 10″x8″ frame to show you how it might look.

Adrift, framed, by Amy Crook

Adrift, framed, by Amy Crook

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Mario’s Cave

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Mario's Cave by Amy Crook

Mario’s Cave by Amy Crook

This piece owes its origins firstly to my childhood spent playing Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo, and more recently to Steph of nerdJERK and Lawrence Yang, both of whom make awesome pop-culture-inspired art. I was feeling a bit down about this and that, and I’d had this abstract, cave-like background sitting around for a long time. I decided it was time to just do something silly to amuse myself, so I made the cave from whence the Mario mushrooms originate. There’s mostly blue Mini Mushrooms (they make Mario small) and red Power Ups (that make him big), but there’s a few sneaky purple Poison Mushrooms and a trio of green 1ups.

Mario’s Cave, 5″x7″ watercolor on paper.

I put it in its usual frame-with-iPhone shot so you can see just how tiny the shrooms are.

Mario's Cave, framed art by Amy Crook

Mario’s Cave, framed art by Amy Crook

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