Shop Re-opening & Small Inks

I have reopened my Etsy shop, Radiolaria Studios Art. My Big Cartel store is still active, but I like some of Etsy’s features, such as the buyer feedback. Please, have a look and if you have ideas about the kind of work you’d like to see in the store let me know.

The Man Who Was Afraid of Leaves, 2021, ink on 140lb Arches Hotpress, 4.5 x 3 inches

This piece had an interesting origin. It was intended as a spot drawing for an edition of Christopher Golden’s Strangewood (Earthling Publications, 2008). I never finished it because my take on illustrating the character changed. I dug it out this week, and I saw a new character in it. That’s why I never get rid of drawings that don’t quite fit. Things take time to reveal themselves.

Acorn, 2021, ink on mounted watercolour paper, 5.5 x 3.5 inches

I inked this miniature on a whim. The piece sat unfinished in my paper rack since 2002. How’s that for procrastination! Originally, I’d only inked they eye. I finished the piece with Koh-I-Noor Fount India Drawing Ink and a 354 R. Esterbrook nib.

Strangewood, a New Edition

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Art: Richard A. Kirk | Colours: Michelle Madsen | Design: Dyer Wilk

Haverhill House Publishing is putting out a new edition of Christopher Golden’s Strangewood. I produced illustrations for an earlier edition (Earthling Publications, 2008). I love the colours on this cover by Michelle Madsen.

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Strangewood (Florestranha)

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Cover art for the Brazilian edition of Christopher Golden’s novel “Strangewood.”

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Original art for “Strangewood.”
© Richard A. Kirk, 2015

I had a nice time working on this painting last summer, so it is rewarding to see it in its finished form. The cover design looks great. I believe it comes out next month (March). The book also includes b/w interior illustrations.