I have been doing Inktober in bits and pieces still, but my output — along with everything else work- or productivity-wise — dropped off drastically after my partner was diagnosed with shingles (not good, but could be dealt with as she would eventually recover) and my darling dog was diagnosed with a serious heart problem (terrible, and… er, not really promising in terms of recovery) in the same day. One thing that has always killed my art output in the past has been medical +…Continue Reading “Inktober 2017: Consternation, rapture, fall”

This post exists thanks to my wonderful patrons at Patreon, whose presence has strengthened me enough to keep me going with art. I’m doing Inktober this month — I’ve been posting on my Instagram. Here’s what I’ve done so far. It’s been interesting, trying to draw — if not consistently, then at least just enough to finish something that I can show other people. I am approaching this not as an exercise in learning more about the medium or pushing myself to get better, though…Continue Reading “Inktober 2017: crimson flowers, cerulean waves”

When Aliette de Bodard asked me if I would like to do character portraits of her characters from her novel The House of Binding Thorns, I leapt at the chance. Quite literally: I was lounging on the couch when I read her message, and I jumped up across the arm of it and ended up on the floor, rolling around from too much glee. It’s difficult for me to articulate all my feelings about Binding Thorns; it is one of those books that I found…Continue Reading “Finding salvation in shadows”

Encouraged by friends, I put together a little look back at some of my favorite/major pieces from last year. These illustrations were done in 2015, but published only last year, as interior art for AN ALPHABET OF EMBERS, ed. Rose Lemberg. They’re ink on paper. The title of this post is from the Tenth Duino Elegy by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Mitchell: Let not even one of the clearly-struck hammers of my heart fail to sound because of a slack, a doubtful, or…Continue Reading “Arise and blossom: a 2016 art sampler”