Title page for Tailor of Echoes, Illustration Richard A. Kirk, Design Michael Smith Tailor of Echoes is available for pre-order from PS Publishing! The past week was fairly busy. As previously mentioned, I am working on illustrations for a very special book. I expect that work to continue into 2022. It’s not a project I... Continue Reading →
Among other things, I've been working away at a new fantasy novel. Looking back, it appears I started it in 2018. Lately I've taken it up in a more focused way. The first draft is now sitting at about 30 thousand words, which means I have quite a bit more bridge to build. With this... Continue Reading →
I’m a couple of days late with this week’s post. Most of the past week was spent marshaling supplies needed for a couple of big illustration jobs, making sketches and basically getting into the creative headspace needed to immerse myself in a multi-month task. I’ve also been in the workshop assembling strip frames for my... Continue Reading →
I've been balancing my production between personal work for upcoming group shows, illustration and fiction writing. Balance is hard to achieve, especially when you get seduced by one particular project. This week is was short stories. I finished two that were, sort of, almost there. I might drop one here, to celebrate the first anniversary... Continue Reading →
The good folks a PS Publishing posted an announcement in this week's newsletter for a new edition of To Charles Fort With Love by CRK. It included my cover art - Entomologist's Daughter. Richard.
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... Continue Reading →
I've decided to start an irregular category on this blog called Walking Backwards. It's like a Throwback Thursday thing but it will appear as the mood suits. Walking Backwards will feature works, dug from my groaning hard-drive, which I created in the past but haven't posted in a while. How far back I go will... Continue Reading →
I guess most artists must have a place where old sketches and ideas stratify over the years. Mine is known by the unremarkable designation of "the paper rack," which is actually an old library atlas stand. It is so overburdened that one day I expect it will fall through the floor into the basement. Yesterday... Continue Reading →
The Dark Bead – Work in Progress #3
Many hours still to go on this piece, but I thought I'd share a work in progress image. - Richard.
Necessary Monsters Update
In order to maintain the highest level of creative control, I have decided to publish my illustrated novel Necessary Monsters through Radiolaria Studios, my independent press. The book will be financed through a combination of crowd sourcing and money raised through special, limited print offerings. Please consider "liking" the Radiolaria Studios Facebook page to stay... Continue Reading →