Friday, April 17, 2015

March and April at Krab Jab

Me next to my painting "The Black Feather" at the FAERIE III opening.
March and April were busy months for me. I wrapped up one big project and am close to finishing another. I exhibited at Emerald City Comicon at the end of March and attended a watercolor workshop taught by Omar Rayyan two weeks later. In the midst of all of that, I painted two new personal pieces for the Krab Jab Studio shows FAERIE III and Marriage is a Work of Art.

"The Black Feather"
FAERIE III was well-attended and featured works depicting denizens of the faerie realm in a wide variety of artistic styles and media. Some photos of the show and of individual works of art are below.

Toby Froud's sculpture"Troll Dance."


Virginie Ropar's sculpture "Wyrd."

Wendy Froud's sculpture "Amherst Faery."

FAERIE III artist discussion, with (left to right) me, Mark Winters, Sara Winters, Julie Baroh and Tara Larsen Chang.

Marriage is a Work of Art opened at Krab Jab last Saturday evening. Vinod and I arrived with Omar and Sheila Rayyan just in time for the artist discussion at 7:30. The two of us, Omar and Sheila, and Mark and Sara Winters discussed what it's like living (and sometimes working) together as artists. It was one of the more unique artist talks at Krab Jab!

Omar and Sheila Rayyan's wall leads viewers into the show.

Omar's watercolor painting "Beetle Battle" and Sheila's ceramics.


A close up of Sheila's stoneware sculptures "Skull Mask I," "Sun," and "Skull Mask II."

Drawings by Brian Froud and sculptures by Wendy Froud on display at Krab Jab Studio.

Wendy Froud's sculpture "Faery Man."

"Faery Woman" by Wendy Froud.
Drawings and oil paintings by Justin Gerard and Annie Stegg-Gerard.

Norman and Tory Taber's wall of assemblages and paintings.

Oil paintings and giclee prints by Mark and Sara Winters.

Our wall at Marriage is a Work of Art.

Hey! It's us!

Our wall with my painting "The Living Island" in the foreground.
Our companion pieces "Children of the Forest" and "The Green Man," which we framed identically, were the centerpiece of our wall. A couple days after the show opening, we received an exciting message from Julie: the paintings had sold!

"Children of the Forest" and "The Green Man" hanging at Krab Jab Studio.


My painting "Children of the Forest."
Vinod's "The Green Man."
Marriage is a Work of Art will be on display at Krab Jab Studio in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle through May 2nd. If you would like to look at the online catalog of artwork still available for sale, please click here. More photos of both FAERIE III and Marriage is a Work of Art can be found on Krab Jab Studio's Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thank You for a Great ECCC!

After a couple busy weeks it's finally time for my wrap-up post about Emerald City Comicon 2015.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table this year! You helped make ECCC 2015 one of our best yet! We're looking forward to hearing if our application for next year is approved. If so, we'll be back. And next year it's a four-day convention. (Just don't get too big and become another SDCC...)

We were steadily busy so we only took maybe two or three photos the entire con. Because I was preoccupied at my table and Vinod was someplace else, I couldn't get this guy's photo when I caught a glimpse of him walking by. (Hmmm...maybe I should've yelled "Kaneda" real loud?) His costume was my favorite of the show:


Kaneda cosplay photo "borrowed" from ECCC's Facebook page.

Here are a few sketches I did during the convention. I would have liked to do more, but I was trying to conserve energy for the project I needed to work on after the con every night.








Thanks again for coming to see us! Hope to see you next year!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Marriage is a Work of Art Gallery Show


Vinod and I are both showing artwork as part of the exhibition Marriage is a Work of Art starting this Saturday at Krab Jab Studio in Georgetown. We will be hanging paintings alongside some incredibly accomplished artist couples: Brian and Wendy Froud, Omar and Sheila Rayyan, Justin Gerard and Annie Stegg-Gerard, Greg and Roxana Spalenka, Mark and Sara Winters, and Norman and Tory Taber.

The reception will be held Saturday, April 11th from 6-9 pm at Krab Jab Studio in Seattle and will feature a brief curator and artist talk at 7:30. If you live in the area but can't make it out for the reception, you can still see the show the rest of the month during Krab Jab's opening hours or call for an appointment. There will also be an online catalog of the featured works on Krab Jab's website starting on Sunday that long-distance viewers may peruse.

Vinod and I will be a bit late to the opening because we're attending a workshop taught by Omar Rayyan that also takes place this weekend, but we do hope to arrive in time for the artist talk. If you'd like to say hello to us specifically and won't be able to stay at the opening the entire three hours, plan to be fashionably late!

Marriage is a Work of Art Opening Reception
Saturday, April 11th, 6 - 9 pm
Show runs through May 2nd

Location:
Krab Jab Studio
5628 Airport Way S, Ste 150
Seattle, WA  98108

Monday, March 23, 2015

ECCC's Monsters and Dames 2015 Art Book

I'm happy to report that one of my illustrations will be printed in ECCC's limited edition Monsters and Dames Art Book once again. If you buy the 2015 edition (available at the ECCC Merchandise booth), stop by our table and I'll be happy to sign it for you. The proceeds from the book go to Seattle Children's Hospital.
"The Sphinx" from The Explorer's Guide to Drawing Fantasy Creatures.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Emerald City Comicon 2015 Next Weekend!


Emerald City Comicon 2015 starts next Friday, March 27th! Already! (I'm not ready for it to be the end of March yet...)

Vinod and I will be sitting at booth T-09 in Artist Alley, close to where we were seated last year. Artist Alley is in the Exhibit Hall on level 4 of the Washington State Convention Center. We'll be in the back section of the Hall accessible through the sky bridge. Please see the map below:

Click to embiggen!

Don't forget there is a nice ECCC app that has an easy-to-use map to help you find the guests and exhibitors (and droids) you're looking for.

Sadly, I still don't have a new sketchbook (I apologize to all of you who have been asking), but one is in the works and should be available in time for Gen Con this summer! For ECCC I'll have most of my usual product available: copies of The Explorer's Guide to Drawing Fantasy Creatures, posters, prints, note cards and sketchbooks. This may be your last chance to get a copy of my third sketchbook, Journey. I don't have many left and will not be printing more. I also usually bring a selection of original paintings for sale. They may not fit on the table, so if you're interested in seeing what's available please don't hesitate to ask.

In other convention news, we can finally take credit cards this year and will be taking payments using Square. We're also quite happy to take cash which is nice for us because it doesn't involve a fee.

Emerald City Comicon will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle from Friday, March 27th through Sunday, March 29th. More information about the show is available at the Emerald City Comicon website. Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 13, 2015

FAERIE III

The opening reception for FAERIE III is tomorrow night!

This is my painting for the show:

"The Black Feather," gouache on watercolor paper.

A detail of the painting

The reception will be held Saturday, March 14th from 6-9 pm at Krab Jab Studio in Seattle and will feature a brief curator and artist talk at 7:30, music by Betsy Tinney, and various refreshments. If you live in the area but can't make it out for the reception, you can still see the show the rest of the month during Krab Jab's opening hours or call for an appointment. There will also be an online catalog of the featured works on Krab Jab's website starting on Sunday, March 15th that long-distance viewers may peruse.

FAERIE III Opening Reception
Saturday, March 14th, 6 - 9 pm
Show runs through April 4th

Location:
Krab Jab Studio 
5628 Airport Way S, Ste 150
Seattle, WA  98108

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

An Eventful Spring

There are three upcoming events where locals will be able to see some of my paintings.

The first is the opening reception of FAERIE III this weekend at Krab Jab Studio in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood. A new personal piece will be on display.

The exhibition includes a stellar lineup of some of the best contemporary fantasy and fairy tale artists including Allen Williams, Amy Brown, The Frouds, Justin Gerard, Omar Rayyan, Sheila Rayyan, Paul Bonner, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Krab Jab show curators Tara Larsen Chang and Julie Baroh and many more that will probably make me look bad by comparison! Details below.

FAERIE III Opening Reception
Saturday, March 14th, 6 - 9 pm
Show runs through April 4th

Location:
Krab Jab Studio
5628 Airport Way S, Ste 150
Seattle, WA  98108


Next up is Emerald City Comicon at the end of this month. I'll be exhibiting with Vinod in Artist Alley for the fifth year in a row. We will be sitting at table T-09 in the Exhibit Hall on level 4 of the Washington State Convention Center.

Guess what?! I can finally take credit cards this year! We begrudgingly bought an iphone (we like to keep our old stuff 'till it breaks and our old phones were not broken!) and I will be taking payments using Square. I am also quite happy to take cash, which is nice because it doesn't involve a fee.

In other device news, there is a nice ECCC app that has an easy-to-use map to help you find the guests and exhibitors (and droids) you're looking for.

The show runs from Friday, March 27th through Sunday, March 29th. Show passes are already completely sold out.

I'll post more information about the convention, including maps and other stuff closer to the start of the show.


Finally, Vinod and I with both be showing at Krab Jab in April as part of the exhibition Marriage is a Work of Art, curated by Julie Baroh.

We will be hanging paintings alongside some incredibly accomplished artist couples: Omar and Sheila Rayyan, Justin Gerard and Annie Stegg-Gerard, Greg and Roxana Spalenka, Mark and Sara Winters, and Norman and Tory Taber.

Marriage is a Work of Art Opening Reception
Saturday, April 11th, 6 - 9 pm
Show runs through May 2nd

If you're in the Seattle area any time within the next month I hope to see you at one of these events!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday Troll


Just a classic troll –– not an internet one.

An original sketch drawn in the front cover of one of my sketchbooks.



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Crowd Sorcery Sketches: Final Characters

Within each page of Cricket's Crowd Sorcery character spreads was the name of a character who would eventually appear in the story "The Girl Who Writes the Future." Coincidentally, I didn't happen to draw any of the winning characters until after they were chosen. Did you guess which characters made it into the story?

Even though the sketches of these characters would not be printed in Cricket, I wanted to carefully develop each one since I knew I would be painting them many times throughout the course of the story. As I mentioned in my first Crowd Sorcery characters post, taking the time to sketch each character also helps me understand who they are – what type of clothing they might wear, their mannerisms, how they might react to a challenge, etc. – all of which help create engaging illustrations by including subtle cues the viewer can pick up on and then, in turn, develop their own understanding of the characters. I've referred to my pages of drawings each time I've started working on a new chapter of "The Girl Who Writes the Future," so the preliminary development work definitely came in handy!

The Heroine: Fable Thatcher

Created by Madeline T., age 13

"Many people would call it a gift to write as well as Fable. To her, it is a curse. Whatever she writes becomes true."

Subtle variations in the search for Fable.
Fable has an amazing talent, but it's one she doesn't think she wants. Because she fears her mysterious ability I wanted to draw a girl that looks smart and empathetic but reserved and unsure of herself. It took a while for me to nail down exactly what felt right about Fable, including the combination of her facial features and expression. The little asterisks indicated to my art director the sketches I felt were going in the right direction.

The Sidekick: Araceli Luminè

Created by "Katniss Everdeen," age 14

"The only child of the mysterious Booksmith, she is raised by the Silent Sisters in the library and holds in her possession the Book of Shadows, which has the power to control all knowledge ever written."

She has a little bit of that "goth" vibe...

The image says it all: it did not take me long to develop Araceli Luminè.  Luminè's creator gave us a vivid, detailed description of the character and she quickly emerged from the shadows of my imagination.


My "model sheet," referred to many times while illustrating the story.


The Villain: Khaos

Created by Brooke E., age 11

The spirit of a wicked sorcerer who was killed in a huge battle that wiped out his monsters, he lives in a huge, ancient cave—a shrine for worshipping Mael-Koth, the pagan god of death.”

Khaos can take on many forms. So far I've only depicted him as a shadowy figure. I don't want to spoil his appearance before his true form is revealed in the story. For now, he is hidden, even from me!

"The Girl Who Writes the Future" by Frederic S. Durbin is currently being published in Cricket Magazine. To follow the adventures of these characters, pick up some issues at the bookstore or see the instructions for downloading the digital editions here.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Women in Fantasy Illustration Interview

Click to read the interview
Kiri Østergaard Leonard is a fellow illustrator interested in the world of myth and folklore. She has created an interview series that focuses on women working in the fantasy illustration field and she recently contacted me about participating. She asked many interesting questions and patiently waited for my answers.

My interview is now available to read on her website here.

Click here to see the rest of the interview series.

Thanks again for the opportunity, Kiri!