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Friday, September 4, 2009

Dia De Los Muertos: A Gallery Show!

Hey All!
I know October is always a busy month, but on Friday October 2nd (First Friday!) I will have a piece in a phenomenal group gallery show at Proximity Gallery (the reception is 6 - 9 pm, and I'll post when I'm going to be there closer to the time).
The show's theme is "the Dia De Los Muertos", or Day of the Dead.
I'm really excited to see all the skull-related-art, and maybe buy something for my own personal Halloween offering (as I do so love Halloween!) - If you're free and considering coming out, give me a shout.
Here's the flyer. The show was organized by the Autumn Society of Philadelphia.


Dia De Los Muertos piece (in progress)

So, this is mostly done, but I might take the background up to a mandala-level of filigree detail. We'll see, I'll test first. But her scary eyes freak me out more than her skellington-bones. :)

This is CLEARLY not for my children's publishing portfolio. It's just for fun, for the DDLM gallery show, and to exercise the anatomy muscles.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Circumnavigating Fairyland

I've recently had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with an extraordinarily talented author named Catherynne M. Valente. Putting aside the numerous other books she's written, she's now finished a young-adult novel-come-internet phenomenon called "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making", and my goodness gracious, it's a wonderful story. I was in love the moment the Green Wind stepped in through the window of the main character's kitchen.
(EDIT UPDATE: Which has since been purchased and is due to be published by Feiwel and Friends next year, woo!)

After reading and discussing particular dreams and possible projects involving the story, I did a conceptual piece for it (which I was honored to have Miss Valente ended up using for her printed promo materials at WorldCon this year).

Drawing the dilapidated, quirky, wind-blown buildings of the cloud-city of Westerly was pretty fun, I have to say. I could draw domes and cupolas all day, truth be told.

I enjoyed it terribly, and you will too, whether or not you are a Heartless little girl like me.