An experimental piece I made for a prompt on Pop My Mind a while ago – a demon lady painted with nail polish and white eyeliner!
Here are all the finished designs from my September illustrations! Like I mentioned in my August roundup, I wanted to try something different this time. So I made a bunch of creepy, cute, kinda fun designs on a vaguely goth, necromancy and dark magic type theme. All of them are absolutely things I want to put on my body, and you can conveniently get them at my Redbubble, in my Dark Magic For Fun And Profit collection.
While not as intensive to make as my previous weekly illustrations, they were still a lot of fun to do, and a benefit of them taking considerably less time than the others used to was that I wasn’t nearly so stressed out about getting all my projects finished for the month. I will absolutely be doing more for this collection in the future, and if anyone has specific goth/dark magic/necromancy/weirdo things they want, feel free to hit me up.
Now, on to October, for which I’m going back to my ‘daily doodle’ style of things, and doing Inktober! I’m using one of Simon Fletchers themed prompt lists (the Space one, because SPACE), and I’ll be posting them daily on my all my usual social media. And because I work a lot in ink anyway, to make this more of a challenge I’m focusing on a few things to try and improve: I’m using India ink instead of Quink to learn a new medium; I’m focusing on silhouette and character shape to work on more unique character design; and I’m trying to make all of them fit together in the same universe, to focus on design coherency.
As usual, if you want to follow along with all of this, as well as WIP’s and other doodles, the links you need to click are as follows:
A response on Pop My Mind to Olivers Portrait of Eternal Loneliness.
As you can probably guess, it’s called Wyrdhope and it will officially be starting on October 31s because I love Halloween and it’s also got some vaguely spooky themes going on. Even though the story is set…in the summer….BUT NEVER MIND THAT.
You guys, I am so excited to share this with you. I’ve been working on Wyrdhope in one form or another for the past couple of years, and while I’ve posted the odd sketch or two of characters and things here and there, I’ve never really shown anything from it. It’s a story I’m really excited to tell, and I finally took the plunge this year to start making it. But Sam, what the heck is this oddly named project even about? I hear at least one person asking. Well, I’m glad you asked, single interested party!
Wyrdhope is about a girl called Marti Gryffin, who is not the happiest girl in the world when she finds out she has to spend her summer in a remote seaside town with her eccentric Aunt Beatrice. But Wyrdhope is not as sleepy as it seems – there’s a wolf-girl in the woods, goblins in the cliffs and Marti is pretty sure Aunt Bea might be an actual witch. There are spooky goings-on, fun adventures, a touch of summer romance, a sprinkling of magic and the world-famous, one-of-a-kind Dice Museum all waiting in this little seaside town.
All being well, the cover and first page will launch on October 31st, and then the comic will update once a week, every Tuesday, until…well, until I finish telling the story, I guess! Updates may go up and down or pause depending on my schedule but I’m working on having a decent buffer ready for launch so things should start off pretty smoothly.
For now, you can find the comic HERE. There’s not an awful lot there at the moment, but feel free to bookmark it and start counting down the days with me.
I had the pleasure of working with family for this one – my half-brother wanted something cool to use for his solo music, so obviously he came to his talented, wonderful, incredibly humble sister. Joking aside, this was super fun to work on. You can check out my brother and all his music related things at the links below:
The theme for August was faeries and I had so much fun with these! Tried out some new techniques and things, and I’m really pleased this time with the direction my digital illustrations are going. As difficult and time-consuming as some of the detail work was on these I feel like it was worth it, as the pieces all turned out as something I’m proud of. And these really were a challenge for most of the month, as August was a Bad Wrist month for me. The RSI gods were not smiling on me at all, but dammit I got my work done anyway!
With all that said, for September I’m going to be trying something different, rather than full illustrations. Doing the ones I’ve done over the past few months I’ve learned a lot about how I want to move forward working in this style, so it’s time to try something new and push my creativity at something other than full page illustrations.
And in the meantime, if you want to see my warm-up sketches and WIP’s you should absolutely follow me over on Instagram (@flailingmuse), on my Facebook page (samspicerillustration), and on my Tumblr (incoherentmuses).
A response on Pop My Mind to the Let’s Talk theme around mental health and it’s connections to art.
Most of the stresses and anxieties I have can be linked back to my hands. Being prone to RSI causes a lot of pain that feeds into fears of not being able to make work, or of never being able to make enough. And it’s easy to feel betrayed by your own hands – why won’t they make better work? why can’t they work faster? why aren’t they good enough?
So you push yourself all the time, and if you don’t take a step back to breathe now and again, getting anything else creative out of yourself is like getting blood from a stone.