Friday, January 30, 2009

The Fire Keeper

Here is my first short comic... yay!
I wrote the story myself and the pictures are sumi ink on coldpress illustration board. I haven't used ink in ages and was possibly enjoying it a little too much because I had a huge ink spill over the middle of the penciled board (disaster). After confirming that unfortunately the spill was not a dream I gessoed the affected areas and went on my way. The gesso gives the ink a cooler tone than on the warmer board, but in the end I actually kind of like the slight variation (success). 

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


I am really enjoying being home for the holidays and have spent time catching up with family and friends, relaxing and reading, and was happy to make it to a sunny beach! I've found lots of inspiration in a visit to the aquarium as well as a number of exhibitions in Sydney and Canberra including a couple of big ones on Monet and Degas as well as portraits, pacific arts and the best political cartoons of 2008. I've seen a few good movies of which Slumdog Millionare was a standout for its exciting story and rich visuals. In between some planning for a new project here is a little bit of outback in watercolor and colored pencil... thanks for looking & best wishes for the new year!