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April 2023 Patreon Sketches

Posted on February 23rd, 2024

It’s about time I started using this website again, don’t you think? Please enjoy the next, like, month’s worth of posts, which are all Patreon sketch cards from the past year.

We have 5 cards for 4 requests, because I wasn’t sure the abstract peony was working out, so I did the other one just in case, and then they both worked out so, extra flowers!

  • Eric asked for bunnies and gets a bonus Buffy quote (sold)
  • Nick asked for a peony and got two (both sold)
  • Rey asked for patience, and gets this dramatic bit of word art (sold)
  • Amy B wanted a kinkajou (sold)

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Pretty Words, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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To Admire and to Adore

Posted on February 20th, 2024

red and black book cover with yellow text

It’s finally out!

In this sequel to To Hive and to Hold, we check back in with Arthur and Jade, meet some new friends, make some new magic, and watch a new romance catch fire.

Arthur: witch, apothecarist, tea-maker, and teacher.
Jade: sorcerer, tattooist, and Arthur’s non-binary lover.
Basil Vasan-Everleigh: part fae, part human, and entirely overlooked by his sorcerer family.
Rixt: dragon, patron, and a man of exquisite taste.

Dragons have a bone to pick with the sorcerers, and both parties require impartial negotiators. Arthur and Jade agree to speak on the dragons’ behalf, and Basil’s father volunteers him to speak for the sorcerers.

Arthur gets new clients for tea, new vendors for magical plants and ingredients, and Basil gets a whole new world that appreciates him for who he is. Rixt gets more than he bargained for, Jade gets to see his former enemies get what they deserve, and our heroes get a whole lot of happily ever after.

Tags: low stakes, romance, m/m romance, genderqueer character, medium spicy, solarpunk, hopepunk, cozy magic, will make you hungry and crave tea, HEA and extended denouement, slice of life

Categories: Words Words Words
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March 2023 Patreon sketches

Posted on May 2nd, 2023

It’s spring here, and mostly that means sinus headaches, whee. I had fun with these Patreon supporter sketches, though, especially the addition to my 100 Cats series. Which is almost done! I hope you’re having a lovely May, and aren’t actually a cylon.

4 sketch cards by Amy Crook

March 2023 ACEO sketches by Amy Crook

  • Amy B asked for a monkey, and gets this napping weirdo. (sold)
  • Jefferson asked for a cylon, and gets the true leader of them. Cats, after all, do things by no one’s command. (sold)
  • Rey prompted “frak you, pay me!” and got a slightly abstract being of pure fiery righteousness, shaking their fist at the powers above, finished work at their back. (sold)
  • Eric asked for Willow, and I couldn’t resist drawing Jade, because her hair is amazing, her freckles are amazing, and her grumpiness is amazing. I don’t know what happened here but I’d be grumpy, too, tbh. (sold)

And with this, we are caught up entirely! But don’t worry, there’s 100 Cats to start posting soon…

Categories: Card Design, Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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February 2023 Patreon sketches

Posted on April 27th, 2023

We’re catching up! Next week you’ll have freshly posted sketches, and then you’ll have to wait another month to get more. Of course, there’s still the #100cats project coming…

February 2023 ACEO sketches by Amy Crook

February 2023 ACEO sketches by Amy Crook

  • Jefferson asked for DunDraCon and I gave him this very inside joke. (sold)
  • Amy B asked for platypus and instead got Agent T, aka Tater the Catypus.
  • Eric asked for Formaldehyde, and got a beaker full of her. (sold)
  • And I just felt like painting a corvid again, it’s been so long!

Categories: Completed Commissions, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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January 2023 Patreon sketches

Posted on April 25th, 2023

Plus a cat, because it made the layout better.

January 2023 ACEO sketches by Amy Crook

January 2023 ACEO sketches by Amy Crook

  • Jeff requested “Advanced Squid Leader,” and he knows what he’s got here (sold)
  • Andria wanted a snow dragon, and got one playing around in deep snow
  • Nick asked for “Thestral Moon” and despite referencing the terf wizard books, I painted him something pretty and creepy
  • Eric asked for “Scary Fairy” and got this weird little critter (sold)
  • And cat 44 again, because Trotsky looks like this when he’s in a sunny window pawing to get out at the squirrels

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Completed Commissions, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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December 2022 Patreon sketches

Posted on April 20th, 2023

There are, of course, a couple of cats.

December 2022 ACEO sketches by Amy Crook

December 2022 ACEO sketches by Amy Crook

  • Rey & Amber prompted 2023 (sold)
  • Eric asked for volcano and look it just happened, okay. Blame Raccoon (pose) and Lapis (stank). (sold)
  • Amy B asked for gingerbread and got a cat. This is not a surprise to anyone. (sold)
  • And Jefferson prompted “Screw that. This train is hitting the goddamn snooze button.” (sold)

Categories: Completed Commissions, Pretty Words, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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November 2022 Patreon sketches

Posted on April 18th, 2023

It was a cat kind of month, I guess. Everyone needs some good good kitty love sometimes!

November 2022 ACEO sketches by Amy Crook

November 2022 ACEO sketches by Amy Crook

  • Eric asked for cats (sold)
  • Nick requested cuddled
  • Jefferson wanted science fiction (sold)
  • Amy B wanted a hearth (sold)
  • and Shannon B wanted a bread-stealing raven to fly off with the squirrel who had been eating it still attached

 

Categories: Completed Commissions, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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