Hypnos, 2017, ink on paper, 11″ x 8″
I just finished this new drawing. It was originally intended to be called Neume (see earlier post) but a different character emerged in my mind as I worked on it. I’ve added a few details for a closer look. This work will be for sale on my webstore shortly. If you are interested, hit me with an email or message.
I am really thrilled to be showing my work with this diverse and exciting group of artists. If you are in the area don’t miss a chance to check it out. This kind of show is rare in London. I have 3 miniature prints available and 5 original works. This afternoon I had a chance to see some of the amazing works by my My Pet Skeleton and Sarah LeGault. Incredible stuff! See you there.
Neume – work in progress
Last night, I cleaned out my trusty Rotrings so that I could do some pointillism work. I had an idea for a new drawing, a flower creature. This kind of drawing starts off as stream of consciousness, all about the sheer pleasure of line. The finish though will be very controlled and polished, as everything is pulled together into a galaxy tiny dots. What you see here is only the underdrawing. I like the collision of ideas: plant, animal, & sound. This piece is approximately 9″ x 6″ and will be available on my website soon.
THE SHADOWOOD COLLECTIVE proudly presents their 7th show… DO WE MAKE YOU UNEASY? After 6 years of hibernating the collective crawls out of the shadows and presents a stunning collection of dark imagery. With original works from Clive Barker and Anita Kunz at the helm of the exhibition, not to mention a fantastic assortment of whimsical miniatures created by an incredible group of award winning artists, you simply don’t want to miss opening night! Special deals on much of the artwork will be exclusively available to everyone who purchases a ticket. We are especially happy to announce that “SEDATIVE” (Mark Thibideau) will be performing darkly ambient noises, beats and grooves to emphasize the themes within the show. In the lower gallery, we will be showcasing a collection of video installations, short films and music videos that involved several members of the Shadowood Collective (see the trailer for clues to what those may be, and yes the directors will be in attendance). For those who would like to imbibe within the shadows… this event will indeed be licensed. It’s worth noting that anyone who buys a VIP ticket will also get a very limited nickel enamel “Shadowood Collective” pin (see the design below, each one with a unique number etched on the back). A VIP ticket holder also gets an exclusive SHADOWOOD COLLECTIVE poster signed by the artist. Order your advanced VIP ticket now before they are gone… there are only 100 available.
You can also purchase the tickets directly at The ARTS Project directly at their box office here ~ 203 Dundas Street, London, Ontario 519.642.2767
Clive Barker, Anita Kunz, Alex Garant, My Pet Skeleton, Sarah Legault, Sara Deck, Richard A. Kirk, Jeremy Hobbs, Ryan Price, Paige Reynolds, Gary Pullin, Justin Erickson, FN Vegas, Anthony Veilleux, James Zirco Fisher, Josh Deck, Chris Austin, Nidia Martinez, Sean Chappell
The show will run from Feb 7th – 19th.
Cover of Necessary Monsters, 2017, Arche/ Resurrection House
I am very excited to show you the cover of my new novel Necessary Monsters, which will be published this May and is now available for pre-order. I can’t wait to share this novel with readers. I re-wrote the book many times over the last few years, refining it to the book I saw in my head. It is, to paraphrase the publisher, true to my art. This observation pleased me immensely because I wrote it to explore the worlds I love through my characters stories. This is a novel filled with books, crumbling cities and unsettling landscapes, magic and of course, monsters. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
Other stuff: I spent the last few days moving my website from one platform to another, taking the opportunity to simplify, and cull some older images. The flexibility of the new platform will make it a lot easier to keep the site updated. What can you expect to see? The work highlighted under the Portfolio tab is personal work and ranges from 2009 to present. The Illustration tab highlights various publications, which I either illustrated or contributed to. Over time, I will turn some of those images into gallery links, displaying images from the various projects. But that is phase 2 and will unfold time permitting. Another page, which will be more dynamic and added sooner, will be called Available Originals. My plan with the Available Originals page is to showcase original works appropriate to all budgets. Works on this page will typically be unframed. As an aside, I am very careful with the shipping of original work – at minimum, works are placed in an archival mylar sleeve and shipped sandwiched in 3 pieces of stiff foamcore, within a plastic bubble envelope. For those interested in purchasing a print, they are available in my webstore.
Flowers of Neverland, 2016, graphite and carbon pencil on Arches 300lb coldpress, 10″ x 10″
I just finished this piece. Love drawing on heavy paper. It feels so damned decadent.
This fall I did some drawings mixing pointilism and ink wash. They were originally intended as illustrations but in the end I went in a different direction. Here are a couple of my favorites from the group. Both of these are available. Send me a message if interested.
Sea Lily, 2016, ink on paper, 13″ x 9″
Little Goblin, 2016, ink on paper, 13″ x 9″
Following a very busy autumn, I’m now finally sitting down to plan creative work for 2017.
My new novel Necessary Monsters is scheduled to be published by Resurrection House/ Arche Press in May. I thought I’d share the description from the distributor’s website.
Lumsden Moss is an escaped thief and an unrepentant bibliophile with a long-suffering desire to foist some karmic retribution on those who have wronged him. But when the opportunity to steal a rare book from the man who sentenced him to prison puts him on the wrong side of the wrong people, Moss finds himself on the run. And it’s not just the book he stole that these people want, it’s also the secrets of a long-forgotten location on Nightjar Island, a place cursed and abandoned since the Purge.
When Moss falls in with Imogen, a nimble-fingered thief who has taken a traveling bookcase filled with many secrets, he starts to realize how much of his unsavory past is indelibly tied to a frightening witch-child and her nightmarish pet monster.
In a fantastic world, still recovering from a war where magic and technology were fused together, Moss and Imogen must decipher the mystery of their mutual pasts in order to illuminate the dark heart that still lurks on Nightjar Island.
Bookending 2017, fall will see the publication of my illustrated short story collection Magpie’s Ladder. I just signed the contract for this project last week and will have more details when I am able to share them. Needless to say I’m very excited about both of these projects.
In late November I turned in 8 illustrations for Centipede Press’s edition of Caitlin R. Kiernan’s Houses Under the Sea – Mythos Tales. This title will be published sometime in 2017.
Also on the art front, I’m working on some new personal work, which I plan to share here as the winter progresses. Sometime in the next few months I’ll be participating in a show with the Shadowood Collective. Shadowood shows are always incredible and this one will be no exception.
Interior illustration for Houses Under the Sea, Mythos Tales
Caitlin R. Kiernan has posted this illustration to her blog, so I guess I am okay to share it here as well. This is for the forthcoming Houses Under the Sea, Mythos Tales. Caitlin has provided details about this book on her blog. The book also features amazing art by John Kenn Mortensen and Vince Locke. Houses Under the Sea, Mythos Tales will be available from Centipede in 2017.
NIGHTDRESS, 2016, charcoal, 12″ x9″
I did this new piece as a break between illustrations. Sometimes I just get images that I have to get out of my head. This was one. It is conceptually similar to a watercolour that I did earlier in the year called HUNGER. This one is a bit darker in tone. When I get a chance I’ll be putting NIGHTDRESS up on my webstore. Okay, back to work.