#inkpril

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Here’s another slideshow for #inkpril, the latest drawing challenge I’m participating in. So far I haven’t been able to contribute daily sketches, but at least I’m sticking to my self-imposed theme this time. Credit goes to illustrator Liz Wong for creating this challenge!

Apimania

Apimania Illustration

This month I’ve been participating in yet another daily drawing challenge, #inkpril, which has the same premise as #inktober, except it takes place now. I’m a lot busier in April so I can’t contribute a drawing every day, but I am sticking to my chosen theme this time, which is unusual words pulled from The Wordsworth Book of Intriguing Words. So far I have only illustrated various manias, so it’s become an even tighter theme.

Oh no, I just looked at my sketch and their toes are in the wrong order. I blame insomnia for that one. Actually the alternate title of the book I mentioned above is The Insomniac’s Dictionary. It got me thinking about how wonderful and important it is for an illustrator to build up a good reference library. There is something about leafing through a book of obscure words or a field guide to beetles that Google Image Search and Wikipedia will never replace.

Bride of Cthulhu

Bride of Cthulhu

Why should Bride of Frankenstein get all the attention?

THINKING OUT LOUD ALERT: I’m debating whether to turn this into an actual wedding card. Although I’m a big fan of Lovecraft and his creatures, I felt even more sensitive and insecure than usual before my wedding, especially about my appearance, and I’m not sure how I would’ve reacted to a card like this. Maybe it needs a quote or saying to put the image in its proper context, which is NOT “Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! You look positively horrific!” To be continued…

Here is a detail of the shoggoth bouquet, shown slightly larger than full size:

Shoggoth Bouquet

Before & After: Neon Nude

Neon Nude Before
Before
Neon Nude After
After

When I get the chance, I like to redo older artwork. Usually I change the colors; sometimes I change or get rid of one little thing that’s been bothering me, like this necklace. This portrait was already available as a print in both my Etsy and Society6 shops, so I’ve updated both listings to reflect the change.

#illo_advent!

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No matter how busy I am (and December is always busy for me!) I can’t refuse a good drawing challenge. I rested a bit after Inktober and now I’m making a new Christmas/winter drawing each day with the unbridled enthusiasm of an Xmas outsider (mostly Jewish family, mostly Christian friends growing up).

So if you’re not following me on Twitter yet, check back here for new drawings & sketches. They will probably get more and more frenzied before the big day!

**Update 12/26** #illo_advent is over, and now I have a lot of new greeting card designs to develop for next year’s holidays!