I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired when I sat down at my iPad this week. I really want to find some art YouTubers to start following to get inspiration and start stepping up my art skills. If you follow any YouTube channels that focus on teaching art skills that you really love, let me know about it in the comments so I can check it out. My offerings to the art gods this week are posted below. It’s a variation of my shoulder tattoo. I repeatedly shrank and enlarged the base layer by 10 percent each successive layer to see what happened. It is a kind of trippy image at the end there.
I have a couple of friends who are big-time RuPaul Drag Race fans. I don’t share their level of enthusiasm for the show. I love seeing the queens’ craft/skill, but the drama of reality tv isn’t my jam. Anyway, I had this idea of a gift for my friends. Turning the board game Guess Who? into Guess Ru? (I’ve recently learned that this isn’t actually a brilliantly original idea only I thought of and there are actually Guess Ru? Sets on Etsy.)
I’m pretty proud of the way my version turned out, and I had fun making it. I started my friends’ boxes off with the queens from the first three seasons. I’m planning to add to their collections throughout the year. If you like this idea and want a copy for yourself, I’ve put up my files for download and a step-by-step guide on a new page here on my website: Digital Downloads.
I’ve been playing with the different brushes available in Autodesk Sketchbook and made a temporary book cover for my current work in progress. When the book is ready, I’ll hopefully get the cover art done by the artist who made the covers of Moon Witch Taken and Moon Witch Lost. This will be a nice placeholder for now. Plus it was pretty fun to make. Autodesk Sketchbook is a free app in the Apple app store by the way. If you’re an Apple user who wants to work on their digital art skills it is a good place to start.
I’ve been challenging myself to make more art. Some of that art will be linked to my books and some of it won’t. Not all of it will really be “fine art.” Some of it will just be “fine” art. Honestly a lot of it won’t live up to the lofty expectations that Fine Art Friday implies, but it’s a pretty catchy name so I’m taking creative license with these posts. Today I’m sharing something inspired by the bar in my novella Moon Witch Lost. If you’ve read it you might remember that I described The Realm’s sign as a rainbow with a fairy riding it. I decided do a mock up of what the employee shirts would look like based off the sign’s description.
I ended up liking it enough to post the design on my threadless artist shop. (Yes this is a shameless attempt to cash in on my art, disguised as a way for super fans to get closer to the world of my books.) I hope you all get a smile out of it.