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A Few of My Favourite Things
(photo © Richard A. Kirk 2021)

I took a much longer hiatus from this blog than intended! I was surprised/ not surprised to see that my last post was back in April. Yikes.

So far 2021 has been a bit of a slow burn for me creatively. I’ve been doing a lot but mostly things that can’t be revealed for a little while yet – illustrating a couple of books, working on a new novel that I am very excited about and even doing a course. Now that these projects are on course, I want to make some time for blogging about my process and various preoccupations. Social media is fine, and I will continue on IG, FB and Twitter, but this is my preferred platform. Moving forward, I’ll start back with a weekly post (at minimum) and go from there.

In the meantime, please consider joining my mailing list. I’ll be pushing out information about upcoming books, prints and other things soon. I’ll also be using the list for some special offers.

Special thanks to everyone who took advantage of the free shipping offer on my webstore in June. I will be posting new items there in the coming week.

Finally, along with this blog, I also have a book specific blog called Amnesiac’s Library that I will be posting to as well.

Thanks for Reading!

Richard

Compulsion and Psychonaut

Books, Drawings, Illustration, ink, webstore, Works for Sale

I just finished these two decorative ink drawings. They were done with carbon black acrylic ink on heavy artboard. They are available for sale (and on sale!) on my webstore.

Just a reminder that I have a selection of larger works done over the past year available for viewing, and sale on my website. Check them out here.

On another note, Suntup Editions announced a new edition of Clive Barker’s novel Imajica today. It looks beautiful. Constant readers will remember that I did some illustrations for the Harper Perennial edition of the book to accompany the appendix by my friend Hans Rueffert. I’m pleased that the material we created gets a walk-on in this edition as well.

Thanks, Richard.

Woman's face surrounded by organic fantasy elements.
Compulsion, 2021, ink on artboard, 10 x 16″
Young woman's face framed with organic and mechanical fantasy elements.
Psychonaut, 2021, ink on artboard, 10″ x 16″

Android and Friends

Drawings, ink, Process, Technique, watercolour, webstore, Work in Progress, Works for Sale

Over the weekend, I created a new series of miniatures. They were created on acid free art board with ink and brush and then tinted with watercolour. This grouping is the first six of twelve.

All six of these pieces are available on in my webstore.

iPhone shot showing the process graphite to ink
The first 6 miniatures rendered in ink
Superhero close up, before watercolour

Shop Update

oil painting, Painting, webstore, Works for Sale
Witch of the Wormwood, 2020, oil on panel with handmade stained pine frame.
Solitudes, 2020 oil on panel with handmade stained pine frame

I took some time today to update my webstore on Big Cartel. I added a stippled ink drawing called Scout (not shown) and two small oils completed at the end of 2020. The sharp eyed among you may also notice I changed the theme of this blog. What do you think of the new look?

Richard

Two New Watercolours

Natural History, Painting, watercolour, webstore, Works for Sale
Watercolour of a fantastic fish
Munchfish, 2021, charcoal and watercolour on hotpress watercolour paper, 9 x 6″ approximate
Gap, 2021, watercolour on 300lb coldpress paper, 11 x 7.5″

Two slightly different watercolour techniques on different papers, with the same palette. These pieces are available in my webstore.

Cardinal

Darkling Lands, oil painting, Painting, Uncategorized, webstore
Cardinal, 2020/21, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches

Oil paintings are notoriously difficult to photograph and even worse to scan due to reflective properties. Fortunately, my printmaker has amazing skills in this area and was able to get me a nice clean capture of Cardinal. I’ve already added it to the cover design for my next art booklet, Darkling Lands II, which will be available in February.

Just a reminder that if you are interested in my newsletter, you can sign up on my website. It only takes a second. At most, you will receive a concise email once a month.

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Drowned Library Greeting Cards

Illustration, Prints, webstore
“Drowned Library” Greeting Cards

January 26th and this is my first blog post of the year. I guess the month got away on me! I have been busy though, organizing a number of art and writing projects for the coming months. One fun little project was to produce these Drowned Library greeting cards. Initially, I made them at the request of a friend, but they turned out so well I decided to offer a few sets on my webstore. If they prove popular I’ll do a some other images.

In January, I launched a new print, Harbinger also available in the store.

Finally today, if you’re interested in books, check out my book blog, Amnesiacs Library. It’s where I post random tidbits about books and the like.

“Harbinger” Giclee Prints

Harbinger

Cross Hatching, Details, Drawings, Incentives, ink, Natural History, Prints, Stippling, Technique, webstore, Works for Sale

This week, I am showing my latest completed drawing called Harbinger. I started this piece on October 2 and finished it on December 6. I hope you enjoy checking out the detail shots below. I will be making a limited giclee print of Harbinger in the New Year. The best way to stay on top of my print drops and other new is to subscribe to my monthly newsletter through my website. It just takes a second. There will be some fun extras for newsletter subscribers in 2021 (special offers, sketch giveaways etc.). This work is available for sale. Please use the contact form below to inquire.

A reminder that my 20% off studio sale is active until the end of December.

Thanks for dropping by. Moving forward, I will be updating this blog every Sunday. That seems to work well with my routine and will remove the guesswork for regular readers.

Now, without further ado — Harbinger

Harbinger, 2020, ink on 140lb Arches hotpress, 22 x 16 inches
Harbinger, detail 1
Harbinger, detail 2
Harbinger, detail 3
Harbinger, detail 4
Harbinger, detail 5

Some Miniatures

Drawings, Process, Silverpoint, webstore, Works for Sale

I’ve been working on some silverpoint miniatures over the last few days. These are done with silver wire on a plate finish archival illustration board. I worked them directly on the ground with no under-drawing. I hope you enjoy them. If you are interested, they are posted on my webstore for sale.

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Winter Update

audiobooks, Books, Darkling Lands, Fiction, Ink in Unfailing Supplies, webstore, Works for Sale, writing

I’m not sure how I let two months get behind me without updating my blog, but it’s nice to be back. I’m planning more or less weekly updates for the rest of the year. So let’s catch up.

The big news this week is that my novel Necessary Monsters, published by Underland Press in 2017 is now available on Audible in audiobook format (Encyclopocalypse) Senn Annis did an amazing narration. You can hear a sample on Audible.

NM_audiobook

In other book news… at the end of last year, I produced a book called The Darkling Lands, Volume 1, under my Radiolaria Studios imprint. It consists of 40 pages of my art and a new short story called Ecesis. I still have a few copies left in my webstore. They come signed, but when they are gone, they are gone.

I’ve already started compiling volume 2 and as soon as the war chest looks a little less scary, I’ll be putting it out. My hope, knock wood, is that it will be 80 pages instead of 40. Like volume 1, it will include a piece of new fiction.

darkling_lands_v_1_cover_final

Still on the writing theme, I am currently working on a new novel – well two actually. I know, it’s a sickness. One is the next book in my Irridian series and the other is a completely new fantasy novel. It’s really too early to talk much about these projects, but I will be supplying updates as things progress. I’m hoping to have news about my as yet unpublished novel Tailor of Echoes before too long.

A few weeks ago, I launched a new giclee print offering called Wandering Star. There are a few of these left on my webstore. If I may be so bold, this is a f*n nice print. Again, if you are interested, grab one now because I will not be making more.

wandering_star_print_web

A couple more things before I wrap this up. I have revived the Ink in Unfailing Supplies blog that artist John Pierro and I started 10 years ago. Basically, the blog was based on a challenge to create an interpretive work of art around a particular phrase. With the blog re-boot I am opening the challenge to the artist members of a closed Facebook Group by the same name. The first new challenge starts in March.

Finally, I have decided to discontinue my writing blog, Amnesiac’s Library, and consolidate everything here. On reflection, I figure it’s best to have everything under one roof.

Thanks for reading. With my next posts, I’ll be showing you some of my new art. I hope you’ll check it out. As always, you can check out work, old and new, on my artist website.

– Richard