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Word Art, week 2

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

How are we already halfway through November? NaNoWriMo is going pretty well despite the pollen, which seems determined to turn my brains to mush. I decided to confine these to the same paper and orientation, but otherwise allow myself to do whatever felt right for each day, whether that’s ink art or comic doodles or a UV-glowing ghost.

Which one’s your favorite new (or old) word?

Word 8: Jentacular

Word 8: Jentacular – sold

Word 9: Tribulation

Word 9: Tribulation – $10

Word 10: Sublevaminous

Word 10: Sublevaminous – $25

Word 11: Jaculiferous

Word 11: Jaculiferous – sold

Word 12: Arquated

Word 12: Arquated – sold

Word 13: Facinorous

Word 13: Facinorous – $25

Word 14: Eldritch

Word 14: Eldritch – $10

28182 words and counting!

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Word Art, week 1

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

November is all about NaNoWriMo for me, with my goal this month to write 2000 words per day. I’m working on the third book in my Consulting Magic series, and at the same time I’ve set myself another challenge — drawing a word a day. I enjoyed Inktober so much I wanted to continue the daily art, so I thought the best way to warm up for writing was with more words! I’ll be rounding these up on Sundays, so enjoy them while they last.

Word 1: Deminition

Word 1: Deminition – sold

Word 2: Bibliophile

Word 2: Bibliophile – sold

Word 3: Susurrus

Word 3: Susurrus – $25

Word 4: Squamous

Word 4: Squamous – $45

Word 5: Elaqueate

Word 5: Elaqueate – sold

Word 6: Pluviophile

Word 6: Pluviophile – sold

Word 7: Waldeinsamkeit

Word 7: Waldeinsamkeit – sold

14641 words down, many more to go!

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Periscope

Monday, September 21st, 2015

quick paint sketch of a hummingbird by Amy Crook, livepainted on Periscope

quick paint sketch of a hummingbird by Amy Crook, livepainted on Periscope

What’s Periscope, you might ask?

  • Periscope is an app (owned by Twitter) that lets you make live videos with your phone.
  • Periscope videos (or scopes) last 24 hours before they vanish forever.
  • I have Periscope set to tweet when I’m on live.
  • You can watch on the app or on the web, including the replay (for as long as it lasts).
  • You don’t have to make videos to have an account and watch them.
  • You can text chat to the person making the video, share the video on Twitter, and give them “hearts” by tapping on the screen during the live feed.
  • Yes, it’s yet another form of social media.
  • Kind of like Youtube and Snapchat had a baby and sold it to Twitter.
  • But I actually really like it.
  • My username is, predictably, amysnotdeadyet.

I’m using it to make art! Or, well, to let you watch me make art. I painted the little hummingbird sketch above live on Periscope the other day, and below there’s two more things that owe their lives to me wanting to draw something on Periscope.

Eames & Arthur bookmarks by Amy Crook

Eames & Arthur bookmarks by Amy Crook

Well, actually Eames and Arthur (above) owe their existence in part to Periscope, and in part to wanting to work on their character design for a commission. But the merdude below was one of my first Periscope experiments!

Merdude watercolor sketch by Amy Crook on Periscope

Merdude watercolor sketch by Amy Crook on Periscope

You can see at the top of the page I wrote, “Hi! I can’t see you chat,” because when I’m drawing or painting the phone is up over my shoulder and, like everything on Periscope, the chats are ephemeral and disappear before I can go looking.

I’m amysnotdeadyet on Periscope — come say hi!

Categories: People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Words Words Words
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Calligraphy Sketches

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

I’ve been doing some calligraphy sketches on Instagram lately, and I thought I’d share them here for those of you that aren’t there. Some are little modern-day blessings, some are practice for larger future pieces, and one is a contemplation of purpose. Enjoy!

is your cuppa going cold?

Make what you have Do what you need.

May the thing that you're dreading turn out not to be so bad after all

to Create Beauty where none existed before

If you were a character in a story, you'd love you for all your quirks and flaws.

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August Patreon Sketches

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

007 + Q = 00Q sketches by Amy Crook

007 + Q = 00Q sketches by Amy Crook

My wonderful $5+ Patreon patrons get to ask for a sketch from me every month, and this time 3 of them left prompts!

Kim asked for Q in a sweater, and so we decided of course on the warm jumper from the Spectre trailer. Then Blaine asked for Bond to go with Q, and I decided on the tactical turtleneck from the promo shots, and their eyes meeting across the boundaries of the sketches. And, of course, posing 007 like a Bond Girl. It’s only fair, really.

Jeff, being of a less shippy mindset, asked for something meta: a drawing of a Minion drawing a Minion.

Drawing of a Minion Drawing a Minion by Amy Crook

Drawing of a Minion Drawing a Minion by Amy Crook

Want to see your silly idea next month? Support me on Patreon!

Categories: Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Ink Tests

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

bookmark in J. Herbin Cacao du Brésil ink by Amy Crook

bookmark in J. Herbin Cacao du Brésil ink by Amy Crook

I recently took a few bottles of ink off a friend who was thinning out her art supplies (which makes me sound far more generous and less grabbyhandsy than I really was), and I thought I’d share a few of the tests I did.

First up, above, is a bookmark painted with the lovely brown, which gave me rich layered colour in the trees.

sketch in J. Herbin Gris Nuage ink by Amy Crook

sketch in J. Herbin Gris Nuage ink by Amy Crook

Second we have one of the two delicious greys she sent me, this one a lighter, almost lavendery grey that also layered interestingly, though never got very dark. Below is the real treat, a sample size of the gold-flecked Stormy Grey, which I used to doodle this little city in my sketchbook.

sketch in J. Herbin Stormy Grey ink by Amy Crook

sketch in J. Herbin Stormy Grey ink by Amy Crook

I really like them, though I think they all will do better on higher quality paper than my test swatches here. There’s going to be some Stormy Grey in this month’s Floating Gallery (as well as another experiment using a fourth bottle of ink from her stash). Get on my list if you want to see it first!

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Sweetness

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Sweetness, a Sherlock fan art sketch by Amy Crook

Sweetness, a Sherlock fan art sketch by Amy Crook

Square sketch #2 has my favorite couple to ship, John and Sherlock. Sherlock has snuggled up to John’s side to demand a bit of affection, rather like my cat does. Good thing John’s much more compliant than I am.

Sweetness, 4.25″x4.25″ pen & ink and pencil on parchment cardstock.

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