Dictionary.com defines grotesque as
fantastic in the shaping and combination of forms,as in decorative work combining incongruous human and animal figures with scrolls,foliage,etc.
This new piece is the first of many I’m doing on a beautiful block of 140lb Arches coldpress paper. My go-to paper is their hotpress, but the texture of the coldpress is perfect for these small pieces. It looks great in a raking light. I like to hang miniatures in unexpected places in a house, where the light can find them at a certain time of day. I hope you enjoy this one. In my filing system, it is Grotesque_1 but in my mind it is the Flowerfish
If you enjoy process shots, you can follow my work in progress snaps on Instagram. I also post interesting things related to my work that don’t necessarily require a blog entry. In the coming few weeks I’ll be posting images of new grotesques, some new personal works and some in-progress illustrations for a short story collection called Mythos Tales, by Caitlin R. Kiernan, to be published by Centipede Press. If you are looking for original art work check out my Etsy store, Radiolaria Studios
Flowerfish, 2016, ink on paper, 7″ x 10″
Here is my piece for the In the Depths show to be held at Copro Gallery in August. The show is curated by Cris Velasco and features works themed around the writing of H. P. Lovecraft.
I always associate the works of Lovecraft with the doldrums of summer. I was barely a teenager when I discovered Lovecraft, thanks to a rich vein – that reeked of the last owner’s cigarette smoke – in a nearby used bookshop. It was a discursion from Tolkien, Verne and Peake, my other favorites at the time.
It is pointless to pretend that his lush writing did not have an influence on my developing artistic aesthetic. All those strange cities and damp gardens, and of course the monsters, had a way of sticking in the mind and resurfacing at unexpected moments.
Maybe one day someone will hire me to illustrate a Lovecraftian edition, until then, I’ll leave you with the Nameless Larvae of the Other Gods. If you are interested in purchasing this piece from the show, please contact Copro Gallery.
Nameless Larvae of the Other Gods, 2016, ink on paper, 14″ x 10″
I’m busy creating new drawings. I just finished the top one, Wingless, today. I’ll be posting it in my webstore this weekend along with my drawing Prong – see earlier post. The other drawing Irridis was done for a friend.
Wingless, 2016, ink, 9″ x 12″
Irridis, 2016, ink, 12″ x 9″
Prong, 2016, ink on paper, 12″ x 9″
This is a new drawing just finished today. I’ve had this creature in my head for the last couple of weeks and needed to let it out. What interested me about this subject was the questions between the main figure and the weird cyclopean pupa thing on its back. Is it a child of the pronged creature, something found, or a partner in crime? I’ll let you decide. Leave your thoughts in the comments section. I’ll be dropping Prong to my webstore shortly for anyone who feels like liquidating some of that tax return!
Since my last post I finished the new novel! 120K words! I am currently doing a final read through before submitting it to my agent later this month. I’m very excited about this one. and I can’t wait for the day I can share it with readers. If you like the kind of things I draw, you will definitely like this novel. It has many of the same dark fantasy elements.
I’m already thinking about the book, but for the rest of this month I am jumping back into the art work to illustrate a short story collection – author to be announced – and doing a brand new piece inspired by the writing of H. P. Lovecraft (see previous post f0r details.)
Poster reveal for the next group show I will be involved in this summer at Copro Gallery. I am really pleased to be showing next to so many great artists. It’s a truly remarkable lineup brought together by Cris Velasco.
I am surfacing for a moment to announce some great news. If you follow my blog you will know that for the past few months I’ve been very focused on writing a new fantasy novel. I’m getting really close to finishing, which is exciting and incredibly rewarding creatively. But that’s not the news. The news is that I’m now represented by literary agent, Martha Millard at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. This has been in the works for a while and I’m very excited about this new relationship and where it will take my writing.
Naturally, as things progress I will be updating this blog with news about the new novel and other projects such as NECESSARY MONSTERS, (Resurrection House 2017). The blog will also continue to be a platform for my visual art and illustration work. You can follow updates on my fiction by clicking on the “fiction” category in the sidebar.
Thanks for the support!
Well, I should write something here before I gain the sad distinction of being the first man to be fired by his own blog. I have spent the last two months, give or take, writing my face off. What am I writing? It’s a new novel, a cool, weird, trippy and exciting novel (IMHO) – I’ll reveal the title in a later entry. So far it has been challenging, exciting and possibly the most creative fun I have had in recent memory. How is it going? Very well, its about 2/3 complete. I am learning at an exponential rate. I will have much more to say about this in the coming weeks/ months.
My novel NECESSARY MONSTERS is in the process of being edited at Resurrection House. I’ve even had a peek of an early cover concept, which was very exciting.
There is much brewing beneath the surface on the art front as well. I have a couple of illustration gigs coming up that I’m looking forward to and two group shows, both happening in July. In general, I am paring back my show schedule this year to focus on these other projects, but I plan to post lots of new stuff on the blog so stay tuned.
I should have a print of my drawing AMNESIAC’S LIBRARY in the webstore before too long as well.
If you are linked to this blog, please note that the domain has changed. It is now: https://richardakirkblog.com/
All for now – Richard.
Symphonist #4 – Timekeeper, 2016, silverpoint, 3″ x 4″
I started this week by finishing Timekeeper, part of a series of silverpoint miniatures I’m working on. As I am writing this, I’m listening to the Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP by Aphex Twin. It seems to merge nicely with the piece. Most of the weekend was spent drawing this piece and another thing that didn’t work, which was duly consigned to the trash. Drifting through the art supply store, I saw and subsequently bought a fairly intimidating looking 8 1/4 x 11 1/4″ Moleskine sketchbook, which I’m hoping to fill with nice, finished work – never been much of a sketcher. 96 pages. But first things first; I see that there’s a new Don Delillo short story in April’s Harper’s.
Pierre Huyghe from LACMA on Vimeo.
I came across the work of this artist, Pierre Huyghe today, thanks to a friend giving me one of his book covers. The video contains some arresting images, which resonated with me. Apparently there was a controversy about the dog in the video, but it was checked out and deemed to be happy and healthy.