For those of you still following me here I have an important announcement to make: I have had to cancel my appearance at the Gen Con 2016 Art Show due to a pet-related family emergency. I'm very sorry that I won't be at the convention this year. I will miss catching up with friends and fans and I'm disappointed I won't get to see what the artists in the show have been working on all year. I will also miss the convention itself – roaming the bustling exhibit floor looking for hidden treasures, enjoying the elaborate costumes people have put together, even briskly navigating the crowd – it's all part of the con experience.
If you were planning to stop by my table, I'm sorry I won't be there this year, but I hope to see you again at a future convention! Thank you for your support and your interest in my artwork!
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
|11 X 14 faerie prints available at my Etsy shop, Fabled Earth Art|
I'm also holding a clearance sale on my 11 x 14 inch prints. The sale includes prints I currently stock and a couple I've never listed on Etsy before. If you buy any of them during my Summer Sale, you'll receive the 15% discount on top of the listed clearance price! Get these while they last –– after they're gone I will no longer be making prints at the 11 X 14 size!
|My last 11 X 14 print of the cover to "A Practical Guide to Monsters" is on clearance at my Etsy shop!|
|And the only remaining copy of the Red Dragon from "A Practical Guide to Dragon Riding"|
Monday, April 25, 2016
|My ECCC 2016 setup, now including framed original artwork!|
|(And thanks for ignoring those cardboard boxes behind me. You're ignoring them, aren't you?)|
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
ECCC 2016 begins tomorrow! The convention runs from Thursday, April 7th through Sunday, April 10th. Come see me at Booth R7 in Artist Alley. I will probably be sharing updates and photos on my Instagram. Hope to see you there!
Friday, April 1, 2016
|Please click to enlarge|
This year there's a new feature on the ECCC website you can use to look up individual artists. You will find a brief bio and description of their work, their table location, and links to their website and social media. Here's mine.
I finally have a new sketchbook! I've sold a few here and there at gallery shows and online, but ECCC 2016 will be its "official" convention debut. The book is titled Fabled Earth and it's the fourth in my series of sketchbooks. Fabled Earth has a color wrap-around cover featuring a new painting, and 68 pages packed with character and creature designs, rough sketches, finished drawings and even a couple illustrations in full color. In addition to the new book, I'll also have my usual product available: copies of The Explorer's Guide to Drawing Fantasy Creatures, posters, prints, and note cards and maybe even some original artwork.
Hope to see you there!
Monday, March 28, 2016
|"In Olden Times"|
Curator’s Note: “Other than the earthy palette used for this piece, content and composition is strong in two ways. For composition, Emily draws the eye through the whole piece by using the moss, antlers and implied vegetation to point the viewer back inwards to the focal point, which is the head of the stag. The viewer’s eye never “falls” off the page."
“This piece speaks to me about our connection to nature, using mythological reference. The stag plays the part of the tree of life, both wild and yet tranquil and peaceful. The figures, male and female, survey the world from their vantage point in medieval attire, as if to note that at one point we had a connection to Earth in its Springtime (note the flowers), long ago. Maybe now it's truly a fairy tale, all but forgotten.”
As an illustrator, my artwork is usually complimented either implicitly or explicitly by an art director for its technical skill or how well it achieved its goal of representing the story or product I was hired to illustrate. It's less often that I receive feedback about the way it has connected emotionally to a viewer. I have the opportunity to discuss my artwork with people at conventions and gallery shows, but I don't often receive such a lovely, in-depth review of one of my pieces.
Sometimes it's difficult for me to explain the meaning of one of my paintings, even though I'm the person that made it. Sometimes I'll get "in the zone" while working and add something to the image that just feels right for it, without any lengthy calculation about why it must be there. This seems to happen to me most often when I start to develop a deeper connection to a particular painting as I'm working, and I attempt to channel that emotion into the work. "In Olden Times" became one of those special paintings.
The best experience I can have as an artist is reaching this emotional connection with a viewer –– a communication without words. I'm happy that Julie picked up on the duel expressions of peace and sadness in my painting. One of the best ways I can think to describe it is a feeling of bittersweet nostalgia.
Thank you, Julie.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
|"In Olden Times"|
Arboreal Dreams Opening Reception
February 13th, 6-9 PM
Show runs through April 2nd
Krab Jab Studio
5628 Airport Way S, Ste 150
Seattle, WA 98108
P.S. Now I'm on Instagram! Check back for photos of the Arboreal Dreams opening reception later this weekend, and if you're interested, please follow me!
Friday, February 5, 2016
|A teaser of my painting which you can see at the show!|
The press release for the show is below:
Arboreal Dreams: The Forest
Debuts at Mythic Worlds Feb 5-7th
Opens February 13th, 6 - 9 pm
Trees have entranced the minds and hearts of man since before our kind could trace time. They served us for food, shelter, clothing, and warmth. They delighted us in their marking of the seasons, their marking of fertile grounds in desolate lands (oasis), and the marking of our own fallen comrades (as a natural headstone). They are featured in every religion, every community, every social structure, mystifying us, strengthening us, nurturing us. And finally, they are often the unsung stars in our artistic endeavors, whether they set the scene for an epic battle of good and evil, or whether they themselves serve us, the artists, in the form of wood blocks, totems, painting panels, sculptures, or paper. Without the mighty tree, we would literally die.
In this group show, artists were asked to explore their own connection to the nature of trees. Whether they hail from the Pacific Northwest or as far as Belgium, these participating artists visually narrate an arboreal song that weaves together almost seamlessly. The result is as ethereal as it is solid, drawing into the depths of our communal consciousness.
"Arboreal Dreams: the Forest" makes its debut this weekend at Mythic Worlds Convention, held at the Seatac Double Tree Hilton from Friday - Sunday, February 5 - 7th. The art room is free to the public and is located on the second floor of the hotel, right above the snack bar. Hours are 12- 6 pm and 12 - 4 pm on Sunday.
This show will run through both February and March, opening February 13th at Krab Jab Studio.
Artists Featured: Braden Duncan, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Olivier Villoingt, Bastien Lecouffe Deharme, Iris Compiet, Virginie Ropars, Yuko Ishii, Mark Poole, Drew Tucker, Emily Fiegenschuh, Vinod Rams, Elijah Evenson, Greg Spalenka, Rovina Cai, Jeff Menges, Yvette Endrijautzki, David Gray, Tara Larsen Chang, and Dan Chudzinski.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
|"Hey, 'dis cake has my name on it!"|
Not everyone receives a visit from Pierre Noël at Christmas! We're very lucky. Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year!
I did not make the pretty yule log –– it was baked by Crystal Rice of Violet Sweet Shoppe.