Monday, April 25, 2016

Emerald City Comicon 2016 – Thank You!

My ECCC 2016 setup, now including framed original artwork!
Another Emerald City Comicon has flown by. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table to check out my latest work or simply to say "hello!" I shared some of the sketches I did during the convention on my Instagram account. If you're interested in seeing them, please click that link to head over there, and if you like what you see please follow me! I will continue to update Fabled Earth, especially if I'm making a longer blog post, but for quick posts and images I'll be using my Instagram account more frequently. Thanks for reading, and thank you for supporting my work!

(And thanks for ignoring those cardboard boxes behind me. You're ignoring them, aren't you?)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Emerald City Comicon 2016 Starts Tomorrow!


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

Emerald City Comicon 2016

Once again I'll be exhibiting at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle. This year the convention will run four days for the first time: Thursday, April 7th through Sunday April 10th. My table in Artist Alley is R7. If you've seen me at ECCC in years past, the location is similar to where I've typically been seated. Artist Alley is in the Exhibit Hall on level 4 of the Washington State Convention Center. The back section of the Hall is accessible through the Sky Bridge. Please see the map below:


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

Curator Notes on "In Olden Times"

"In Olden Times"


It's the final week of the Arboreal Dreams gallery show at Krab Jab Studio. Julie Baroh, curator and owner of Krab Jab Studio, shared her thoughts about my painting "In Olden Times" on Krab Jab's tumblr page:

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.

The last day of Arboreal Dreams is April 2nd. See Krab Jab's exhibition catalog for details and information about the other work on display.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Arboreal Dreams Opening Reception

"In Olden Times"
Group show Arboreal Dreams opens at Krab Jab Studio in Georgetown this Saturday evening, February 13th, with a reception from 6 to 9 PM. Come to the show to see my painting "In Olden Times" in person alongside many other beautiful works of art depicting the forest. Vinod and I will be at the opening reception and would be happy to see you there! For more details about the show and the gallery, see below.

Arboreal Dreams Opening Reception
February 13th, 6-9 PM
Show runs through April 2nd

Location:
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

Arboreal Dreams

A teaser of my painting which you can see at the show!
My first show of 2016 is Krab Jab Studio's upcoming exhibition Arboreal Dreams: a group show featuring artists' interpretation of trees. The show will debut today at the Mythic Worlds Convention taking place in downtown Seattle February 5th through 7th. Then it will move to Krab Jab's Georgetown location where the art will be on display through April 2nd after an opening reception on February 13th from 6 to 9 PM. Vinod and I will each have a new painting in the exhibition and will be in attendance at the reception. If you'll be in the area we hope you'll stop by to view what promises to be a lovely show at either venue!

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

Corvid Master


This will probably be my last sketchbook drawing for 2015. 
Onward (already?!) to 2016!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Season's Greetings from Pierre Noël!

"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.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Case of the Cyber Mondays

The Cyber Monday sale at my Etsy shop is on now! Get 20% off anything in my shop from now through December 2nd by using coupon code ACASEOFTHEMONDAYS upon checkout. I rarely offer discounts this big, so get it while you can!

After December 2nd, the sale will continue at a lower discount of 10% off through December 19th with coupon code HOLIDAYS2015.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Fabled Earth Art Holiday News

Once again, I must interrupt this blog to advertise my wares...

Holiday greeting cards are back at my Etsy shop, Fabled Earth Art! There are two options: Cute Critter and Old Man Winter, a design by Vinod. Both are available as individual cards and in packs.

Cute Critter card


Old Man Winter card

Starting Monday November 30th and ending Wednesday December 2nd, everything in my shop is 20% off! This is the biggest sale I've offered all year! Just spend at least $5 and enter coupon code ACASEOFTHEMONDAYS upon checkout to receive your discount.

After December 2nd, the sale will continue at a lower discount of 10% off through December 19th with coupon code HOLIDAYS2015.

The Explorer's Guide to Drawing Fantasy Creatures

I also have signed copies of The Explorer's Guide to Drawing Fantasy Creatures available if you're looking for a unique gift for an aspiring young artist or creature enthusiast. Please contact me through my website for info on how to purchase.

Thanks for supporting my work!