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Inktober 2017: Consternation, rapture, fall

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Inktober 2017: crimson flowers, cerulean waves

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 those are both worthy goals. I’m doing this mostly to try and just make art.

I spend around 15 to 45 minutes on these. That’s all I can do in one sitting these days. I’m hoping I can get back to my old stamina — I used to be able to paint for two hours a stretch — but it’s something, at least.

For the meantime, I’m just copy-pasting my Instagram comments into the descriptions for each image, but I intend to come back and do a bit more commentary when I can.

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Arise and blossom: a 2016 art sampler

Encouraged by friends, I put together a little look back at some of my favorite/major pieces from last year.

Ink and watercolor; cover art for THE TERRACOTTA BRIDE by Zen Cho. Yonghua, the flowers of the dead, and Hell.

Ink and watercolor. A personal piece I entered as a submission into a little event RedBubble was running, aka my “brown women can be fairies too, eff you”.

Gouache and watercolor, cover art commissioned by GlitterShip for its first-year anthology. Genderqueer sea deity, galaxies, and volcanoes.

“Sigasig”, cover art for Lackington’s issue 10: GOVERNMENTS. Ink and watercolor. The text is taken from Tagalog translations of EL FILIBUSTERISMO by Jose Rizal.

Ink and watercolor, cover art for THE LILIES OF DAWN by Vanessa Fogg. Sunrise, supernatural cranes, and a lake brimful with lilies and light.

Watercolor. Private commission for a wedding gift for Rose Lemberg and Bogi Takács.

Cover art for MYRIAD LANDS volume 1, published by Guardbridge Books. Ink and watercolor.

Cover art for MYRIAD LANDS volume 2, published by Guardbridge Books. Ink and watercolor.

Ink, gouache and watercolor, cover art for THE TOWERS, THE MOON by Andrea K Höst.

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 a broken string. Let my joyfully streaming face
make me more radiant; let my hidden weeping arise
and blossom.

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Radiance, Retribution

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