The Darkling Lands is a new 40 page perfect bound book, which reproduces 28 of my images and includes a new weird tale titled Ecesis. I posted 10 copies on my webshop yesterday, and I am pleased to report they went quickly, but there will be more copies available in about a week. As I noted in the book’s introduction The Darkling Lands of the title, first appeared as a setting in my short story Magpie’s Ladder. The project itself is conceived as a kind of inexpensive portfolio of images from the past few years, selected because they work together. You may have noticed that this is Volume 1. My intention is to create future volumes that follow the same pattern of art and writing, and always include something new with each volume. I hope you enjoy it.
During the latter half of October, I offered incentive sketches on my webshop – a free sketch with every shop order. There was some demand from people to purchase the sketches outright, so I introduced the Mystery Sketch option, which is still active. As you can see, as time went on, the sketches became more elaborate! After the first few, I upgraded the paper to a heavier cardstock in off-white with rounded edges. I introduced darker shadows and half-tone marker shading. Overall, I’m quite pleased with the result and plan to have the October sketches as part of my annual calendar. I’ve collected the sketches done to date in this slide show above, though one or two may have slipped the net! I’ve already heard of a couple that are going to become tattoos! Sketches are still available, but since the sale is over, you now have to pay to get one. 😉
It’s October at last, my favorite month of the year. I have just added a small number of signed copies of Magpie’s Ladder to my webstore. The constant reader will remember that Magpie’s Ladder is my illustrated short story collection published by PS Publishing earlier this year. Get yours now!
Also in celebration of October, for this month only, every order from my webstore comes with a free sketch on a blank greeting card. Wait, what? Yes, go buy something and get yours.
That’s it for now. Now, go out, smash a pumpkin, walk in the woods, or burn some leaves before before fucking winter comes howling in and ruins everything!
Pollen is a new drawing (personal work) that I finished towards the end of January. It was done using .13 & .18 Rotring Rapidograph pens. The image below is a quick iPhone shot of a new work in progress called Hearts Divided. I’m hoping to get it done in the next few weeks, working on it between other things. The piece is 17″ x 14,” ink on archival quality illustration board.
On the writing front, I’m in the middle of a full revision of my latest novel The Tailor of Echoes. My goal is to have it completed by the end of March.
Hot off the drawing table, a new ink drawing for the Antipodes Project originally started by artist Ben Tolman. Visit Joe MacGown’s blog for a good background on the project. I really enjoy creating these intensely packed drawings.
I should also mention that my drawing Hypnos is on display this weekend at Copro Gallery as part of the Underworld show. Contact the gallery for information.
Symphonist No.5 is a silverpoint miniature (4″x3″). It’s one of an ongoing series. Silverpoint lends itself beautifully to miniature work due to the precision you can get with the silver stylus. Over time, this drawing will darken as the particles of silver trapped by the ground begin to tarnish.
Fish Scale was done as a personal piece, Night Flowers was a commission. Fish Scale may be an alien, walking a lonely shore on his first day on earth, or maybe he’s a creature that coalesced out of the landscape. Night Flowers stands before her mist shrouded woods. Is she barring entry, or is she here to guide you to a magic realm? I’ll let you come up with your own answers to these questions.
I am shocked to see that I haven’t updated my blog since May. On the other hand, I don’t feel too bad because I stuck pretty much to my work plan for this year.
This summer saw the release of my fantasy novel Necessary Monsters. The earliest drafts of NM go back a few years, so this was significant for me. After that, I did some illustrations for somebody else’s book, which I enjoyed a lot (specifics to come). Once those were finished and turned in, it was time to sit down and look at my next novel, (working title Tailor of Echoes) with a fresh eye. Now, with that finished and turned into my agent, I am working on a series of illustrations for my short story collection Magpie’s Ladder. And this will take me close enough to the year’s end that I will still have time to do some Christmas shopping and call it a day, er, a year. Then it will be time to peek into that folder called, Fragments, where I keep the seeds for my next writing projects. I also have some art shows coming up, but I will talk more about those when the time comes. So there you have it, how I spent my summer and how I intend to spend my fall.
If you haven’t read my novel, and you’d like to, you can find it on Amazon. There are also a few signed copies on my webstore. I recently added an original pointillist ink drawing to the store, called Forager, so check that out too.
If you have read my novel, and you liked it, consider leaving a comment on Amazon or Goodreads, to help other readers find it.
For my part, I am reading Amatka by Karin Tidbeck, which looks amazing (check out her interview in the August edition of Locus). I’m also starting Brian Aldliss’s Helliconia trilogy, which is an unpardonable gap in my reading history.
Foundling is a new drawing that I completed for the inaugural online group exhibition by WOWXWOW called Lightning Bolts and Little Sparks. In honour of the show the site has posted a new interview with me. I hope you’ll take the time to check out this incredible show featuring the works of a truly diverse group of artists.