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″

Points of View

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Points of View
2003
6″ x 10″
Silverpoint
All images © Richard A. Kirk. Any reuse is strictly prohibited without permission of Richard A. Kirk

points_web_detailPoints of View was drawn in 2003. Some of these older works were scanned using an inexpensive desktop scanner, which was all I had at the time. I’ve tried to clean them up in Photoshop, but results are limited by the quality of the source files. Points was done at a time when I was doing a lot of grotesques in silverpoint.