Sometimes, instead of natural history, I like to play with unnatural history, or maybe faux natural history. I’m working on a book of dragons that I’ll post bits of now and then, but in the meantime, here’s a jacaklope. I think there may also be a little jackalope book in my future…
I find myself in a bit of a scary financial situation this month, one I thought I was going to be able to squeak through, until I didn’t get paid for a fairly sizeable job (I will get paid eventually, but it could be months).
So I’ve put almost all of my hand-pulled art prints on sale for shipping + whatever you want to pay. That includes relief prints, letterpress, lithographs, intaglio, and letterpress.
Also on sale are the copper skull pendants I make from recycled copper printing plates, and my miniature book jewellery. And few pieces of original art (watercolour, pen and ink, etc), and even artist’s books and handbound blank journals.
The details are over on my blogger blog, along with pictures of everything on sale. I rarely put anything on sale, because I’d usually rather not sell at all than sell hand-made work for cheap. So this is a chance for folks to save big — plus some of my craft work makes good gifts :D
Sea jellies from my sketchbook, and some of the prints I made from these and similar drawings. The top two are letterpress (using the same plate), and the bottom ones are intaglio (line etching and aquatint). The intaglio prints are for sale in my Etsy shop.
Moth sketches, an intaglio photoplate made from them (after some additions in Photoshop), and the final, tea-stained intaglio print. It’s meant to look like it was cut from the pages of an old book.The title is “Figure 1. Book Mimicry in Moths found in the Laputa Pansophic University Library” and it’s for sale in my Etsy shop.
Feathers are hard to draw, which might be why I keep trying. (Top image from a couple of years ago, second image from a couple of months ago, third and fourth images from a couple of weeks ago, last image from a couple of days ago.)
Bees! Some sketches from a couple years ago, and the ATCs I made from them. All that insect fur was hard to draw, and the result was not entirely successful, but it was a fun attempt.
A raven, from my natural history notebook (drawn from a photograph). Some of the details are a bit off, but at least I know where to pay more attention next time.
Some sketches and the resulting tiny watercolour paintings from a few years ago, when I was using ATC (artist trading card) challenges as a way to work on my watercolour skills. I should probably start doing that again. These may not be spectacular, but my abilities definitely improved during the time I was doing this practice.
Sphinx and sphinx moth wings. Some old sketches (from around 2005). Pencil and pencil crayon.