The Pact

Sometimes, when making illustrative images, I find it easy to forget that I’m making a thing. This is especially so when most of the engagement with my artwork happens on the web. As grateful as I am for that avenue of engagement, it tends to have a flattening effect. Sometimes I like to remind myself that art is about things (for me anyway). It’s about the visual immediacy of a work created by hand. The way the light bounces off the ink or paint, the dry whisper of the paper under my fingers, the care I must use in handling these objects. That’s why I created The Pact, a little 4 x 4 inch accordion book. It is actually a prototype for some other, slightly larger accordion books I’m planning to produce in the New Year. In the meantime, please enjoy this little movie.

I also wanted to remind everyone that my short novel The Lost Machine is available on Audible as an audiobook. Mark Miller at Encyclopocalypse did a fantastic job bringing this to fruition. Jake Ruddle’s narration is spot on. If you enjoy audiobooks, please give this a listen. Next year is TLM’s 10th anniversary! The New Year also brings an audiobook version of my novel Necessary Monsters. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Finally, I am building a mailing list for a newsletter, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. The first one will come in January and include things that I’m working on, things I am excited about, and there will be special offers and maybe even some special things for subscribers. We’ll see how it rolls. If this sounds fun, go to my website where there is a mailing list sign-up for the newsletter. I promise it won’t be spammy and I will never use your email for any purpose other than the mailing list. I hope you’ll join me.

– Richard

Magpie’s Ladder

Magpie’s Ladder from Richard Kirk on Vimeo.

On a related note to my last post, I thought I had posted this trailer for my illustrated collection of short stories Magpie’s Ladder (PS Publishing, 2019). The publication of this volume of 5 stories was a high point of the summer for me. I hope you enjoy the trailer, and the book!

– Richard.

 

 

The Lost Machine and Necessary Monsters Audiobooks

My first two novels will soon be available as audiobooks! They are currently in production at Encyclopocalypse. Over the weekend I heard a 15 minute sample of the narration for The Lost Machine and it sounds absolutely fantastic. The audiobooks will be available on Audible. More information about this release soon.

Richard

Book Announcements

PS Publications will be publishing my illustrated  short story collection Magpie’s Ladder in 2018! I’ll post news about that project here as details become available. In the meantime, have a look at these two forthcoming titles from PS featuring my artwork and great cover design by Michael Smith. Give the PS site a visit if you have a few minutes, the catalogue is fantastic.

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Amnesiac’s Library Prints

I am happy to announce that I will be releasing a new print in early 2016. The image is called Amnesiac’s Library. It will be printed by LUNA 7 on 17″ x 11″ 285 gsm Hahnemuhle Torchon paper.

The first 25 prints will be signed, and accompanied by a small sketch on a blank card. This card can be personalized. The cost of the print will be $40.00 US + shipping.

The print will be available through my online shop. Stay tuned for an announcement on when the print will be available for order. If you wish to be personally notified, please message me and I will add your name to my list.

In addition to creating prints for me, LUNA7 has created high quality prints for many other artists including Clive Barker, Menton3, Tom Taggart, Dominic Harman, Don Bertram and Ted McKeever.

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Amnesiac’s Library

Harrowing Sediment and Other Prints

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Harrowing Sediment

This artwork is called Harrowing Sediment. The original (still available, incidentally) was created for a show in 2012. Details can be seen below.
Harrowing Sediment and other images are available as prints in my Big Cartel art shop. If you order this image, before the end of November, I will include a free miniature print – while they last. The miniature prints were from a show called Monstrous Tinies. All of my prints are executed on archival quality German etching paper. The paper is a heavy stock giving it a substantial feel and providing an image with incredible fidelity to the original work. All prints are enclosed in a protective Mylar sleeve and shipped flat, supported by layers of foam-core. Ensuring that the prints arrive intact, is very important to me.
In a few days I will be making an announcement about a special new print, done in partnership with LUNA 7.

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Harrowing Sediment – The Tick – detail
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Harrowing Sediment – The Lads – detail
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Harrowing Sediment – The Lamp – detail
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Harrowing Sediment – The Handmaiden – lamp

The Green Demon (on sale)

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Green Demon, 2014, ink on paper, 11″ x 7″
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Detail

The Green Demon is on sale in my webstore. Its a piece I did last year when I was doing a small series of demons. I am using the proceeds of these small sale pieces to publish a book of 5 short fantasy stories called Magpie’s Ladder.

– Richard.