Fall to Winter

Books, Drawings, Fiction, Illustration, Uncategorized, writing

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.
– Richard.

Mythos Tales

Books, Drawings, Fiction, Illustration, Uncategorized
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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.

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A Grotesque

Books, Drawings, Illustration, Natural History

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

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Flowerfish, 2016, ink on paper, 7″ x 10″

The Curious Voyage

Books, Drawings, Illustration

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This is a picture of my drawing table this afternoon. It’s a cloudy day, hence the bluish light. You are seeing the early stages of a new drawing that doesn’t even have a title yet, though I am leaning toward “The Curious Voyage” The working title will make more sense when the last major element is dropped in. So far I have penciled the composition and gone over everything with a dip pen and ink. I am preferring the nibs to technical pens at the moment because of the line strength and the variation you can get from adding pressure. The next step will  be shading with diluted inks and brush. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this early peek.

I am happy to report that PS Publishing in the UK will be re-issuing several Caitlin R. Kiernan titles Tales of Pain and Wonder; To Charles Fort, With Love; A is for Alien; and The Ammonite Violin and Others. Some of the illustrations I created for Caitlin’s books will be used for these re-issues. For fun, here is one of my favorites, although I have no idea if it will be picked.

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Interior illustration from “Tales of Pain and Wonder” by Caitlin R. Kiernan, for the story “Tears Seven Times Salt”
© Richard A. Kirk

A book I am really enjoying at the moment is Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See (thanks Elizabeth!) This morning I came across this sentence. “Open your eyes, concludes the man, and see what you can with them before they close forever.” Haunting, beautiful words.

– Richard.