Golden Bird Illustration

Golden Bird Illustration

Pencil version of Hermione studying.

Pencil version of Hermione studying.

For July’s lit challenge: Hermione Granger studying during The Prisoner of Azkaban.

For July’s lit challenge: Hermione Granger studying during The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Sketches of one of the characters - Elliot Windsor - from the book/story/graphic novel I’ve been working on, when I’m not doing literary challenges or freelance work. Still in the ‘learning what everyone looks like’ and the ‘first write-through’ phase of things, but the plot is all ironed out and ready to be put down on the page in script format. I’ll update with more (non-spoilery) concept work.

Sketches of one of the characters - Elliot Windsor - from the book/story/graphic novel I’ve been working on, when I’m not doing literary challenges or freelance work. Still in the ‘learning what everyone looks like’ and the ‘first write-through’ phase of things, but the plot is all ironed out and ready to be put down on the page in script format. I’ll update with more (non-spoilery) concept work.

The end of June’s been a little crazy (had to hand-frame a bunch of pieces for exhibit in a local cafe, among other things), and the entirety July looks to be even crazier - I’ve been hired to paint sets for a play, and it sounds like I may have some other paying art gigs possibly in July, as well as some crucially important types of pictures I need to whip up for publishers to look at.

So, July’s Lit Challenge is going to be a bit subdued. It’ll probably only be a sketch (but I’ll have other stuff to upload for y’all). And, since it’s only going to be a sketch, might as well make it a fun one - Harry Potter.

June’s Lit Challenge: Myths and Folktales
When I was growing up, my favorite figure from Greek myth was always Pegasus. 

June’s Lit Challenge: Myths and Folktales

When I was growing up, my favorite figure from Greek myth was always Pegasus. 

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My website’s done! Finally!! This isn’t a big deal for you wonderful folks following me on Tumblr as much, but it’s a big deal for me. It means I can stop banging my head repeatedly on web design and finally, finally, FINALLY send out my next round of professional postcards with a url to a website I’m not completely embarrassed about. Progress!

Embarrassingly enough, I’ve stepped over my own self-imposed deadline for May’s literary challenge. I really want to say it was all because I was busy with a different, much larger-in-scale project, and then away from home for the last bits of May and it just fell through the jumble, but I have to admit I was also mostly feeling frustrated with the piece for a large part of the month and went through too many redrawings and not one of them seemed right or even close to right. I’m going to allow myself some breathing room on this one (because I can) and say that I’ll finish the illustration for ‘The Graveyard Book’ before the end of the Lit Challenge year, and head on over to June’s challenge: folktales and mythology.

I stumbled upon your artwork in my post-Lioness Rampant reading and it's beautiful! All of your work is! I love your illustration spreads. You rock. :)

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Wow! Thank you!! This honestly took me a while to respond to because it was so brilliantly nice that I couldn’t think of the proper words in response =)

Faun doodle to shake off the little art slump I’ve been in over the past week =)

Faun doodle to shake off the little art slump I’ve been in over the past week =)

So, this is a few days late because I couldn’t seem to pick a direction to head in, but May’s book of the month is ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman.