Nightdress

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NIGHTDRESS, 2016, charcoal, 12″ x9″

I did this new piece as a break between illustrations. Sometimes I just get images that I have to get out of my head. This was one. It is conceptually similar to a watercolour that I did earlier in the year called HUNGER. This one is a bit darker in tone. When I get a chance I’ll be putting NIGHTDRESS up on my webstore. Okay, back to work.

Richard.

Pale Agent

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PALE AGENT, 2016, charcoal on paper, 12″ X 9″
This is a new drawing called Pale Agent – evolved to peer through knotholes.

I’m currently working on illustrations for a new book, which this has nothing to do with. Later in October I will be at a local event called Art O’ Con, with some new prints.

For those that might be interested, Pale Agent will be available on my webstore later today.

Richard.

A Grotesque

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″

Prong

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Prong, 2016, ink on paper, 12″ x 9″

This is a new drawing just finished today. I’ve had this creature in my head for the last couple of weeks and needed to let it out. What interested me about this subject was the questions between the main figure and the weird cyclopean pupa thing on its back. Is it a child of the pronged creature, something found, or a partner in crime? I’ll let you decide. Leave your thoughts in the comments section. I’ll be dropping Prong to my webstore shortly for anyone who feels like liquidating some of that tax return!

Since my last post I finished the new novel! 120K words! I am currently doing a final read through before submitting it to my agent later this month. I’m very excited about this one. and I can’t wait for the day I can share it with readers. If you like the kind of things I draw, you will definitely like this novel. It has many of the same dark fantasy elements.

I’m already thinking about the book, but for the rest of this month I am jumping back into the art work to illustrate a short story collection – author to be announced – and doing a brand new piece inspired by the writing of H. P. Lovecraft (see previous post f0r details.)

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Symphonist 4 – Timekeeper

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Symphonist #4 – Timekeeper, 2016, silverpoint, 3″ x 4″

I started this week by finishing Timekeeper, part of a series of silverpoint miniatures I’m working on. As I am writing this, I’m listening to the Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP by Aphex Twin. It seems to merge nicely with the piece. Most of the weekend was spent drawing this piece and another thing that didn’t work, which was duly consigned to the trash. Drifting through the art supply store, I saw and subsequently bought a fairly intimidating looking 8 1/4 x 11 1/4″ Moleskine sketchbook, which I’m hoping to fill with nice, finished work – never been much of a sketcher. 96 pages. But first things first; I see that there’s a new Don Delillo short story in April’s Harper’s.

Luster of the Line – Silverpoint Exhibition

In my last post, I mentioned a silverpoint show coming up in February. I will be exhibiting my pieces, Flowers of Wisdom and Ptah. The gallery press release is below my images.

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The Luster of the Line: Drawings in Metalpoint
February 26 – March 25, 2016
Opeing Reception: Friday February 26, 6-9pm
The Clement Art Gallery
201 Broadway
Troy, NY 12180
http://www.clementart.com
518.272.6811
Curator: Jon Gernon
In the late Gothic/early Renaissance era, silverpoint emerged as a fine line drawing technique. Not blunting as easily as lead or tin, and rendering precise detail, silverpoint was especially favored in Florentine and Flemish workshops. Silverpoint drawings of this era include model books and preparatory sheets for paintings. Artists who worked in silverpoint include Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer and Raphael.

Silverpoint drawings have been described as elegant, delicate, and precise. They display the “hand of the artist” more than perhaps any other medium, and are more completely archival than any other; drawings from the late Medieval period through the Renaissance have survived to the present without damage due to the inertness and permanence of the materials.

A silverpoint drawing is made by dragging a silver rod or wire across a surface, often prepared with gesso or primer. Silverpoint is one of several types of metalpoint used by scribes, craftsmen and artists since ancient times. The softness of these metals made them effective drawing instruments.

The initial marks of silverpoint appear grey as other metalpoints, but silverpoint lines, when exposed to air, tarnish to a warm brown tone. The oxidation becomes perceptible over a period of several months. The speed of oxidation varies according to the level of pollution in the air. Historically, silverpoint styli ranged widely in composition from pure silver to heavily alloyed with copper.

This exhibition will show a variety of ideas and applications of this historical medium. Each of the artists in this show bring traditional and modern images together exploiting the beauty of the surface and the delicacy of lines.

Exhibting artists:
Jeannine Cook, Jon Gernon, Barbara Henning-Loomis, Eileen Kennedy, Richard Kirk,
Elaine Langerman, Tom Mazzullo, Banjie Getsinger-Nicholas, Kandy Phillips, Diane Savino