outlineofash: A tiger looms over a young woman. (Sundry - Tigress)
I can't remember who was in the reference photo; an old time movie star (maybe Gary Cooper?). But I didn't concentrate on catching any resemblance so much as that gorgeous black and white lighting.

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outlineofash: Illustration of a woman whose upper face is merged with a vinyl record. Artwork by Geraldine Georges. (Artwork - Record Head)
I've enjoyed The Tiny for years, but lately I've been listening to "Lithium" in particular while writing. What have you been listening to (if music is part of your creative process), fellow artisans?
outlineofash: Drawing of a skull with the text "This drawing is not about death." (Art - Drawing)
Although I haven't resurrected my attempt at a career as an artist, I do still sometimes paint covers for friends. Now that my friend's had a cover release for her upcoming Victorian murder mystery novel, I can post the final painting without spoiling any surprises.

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For whatever reason, I spent THE ENTIRE TIME WHILE PAINTING THIS listening to 80s synth pop.
outlineofash: Porcelain heads lined up in a row. (Literature - Dystopia)
A good friend of mine is posting her novel on Wattpad, one chapter every week or so. If YA dystopia is your cup of tea, do check it out: Out of Darkness.
outlineofash: A shark with a monocle and a pipe looks shocked. (Text - I Say)
...it's hair-tearing.

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List of projects beneath the cut. )
Phew. I also have a couple of standalone novels floating around that I need to finish up.

Oops

Jul. 2nd, 2014 09:31 pm
outlineofash: Close-up of a black cat with bright yellow eyes. (Sundry - Black Cat)
I love my tortie cat, but she doesn't play so much as enthusiastically flail with all claws out. I never realized how much I used the third finger of my right hand (I'm left-handed) until I had to wrap it.
outlineofash: Illustration of a woman kissing the Angel of Death. Artwork by Yoko Tanji. (Artwork - Kissing the Angel of Death)
- When I'm in a creative slump, reading this always reminds me that it won't last forever.

- I've been trying to improve my handwriting, which has always been small and cramped, by re-training myself to write with the movements of my forearm instead of my fingers. Now my handwriting is bigger and flowing, but also inconsistent. Practice, practice, practice.

- Love this:
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outlineofash: A fortune cookie with the fortune reading, "Meh." (Text - Meh)
Strange in Skin by Sara V. Zook.

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New Adult paranormal romance. Really not good at all; all the four and five star reviews on Amazon fooled me. Nevah again!
outlineofash: A shark with a monocle and a pipe looks shocked. (Text - I Say)
You don’t just get Amazon throwing its weight around to try to hurt Hachette, you get Hachette throwing its weight around to try to hurt Amazon, too. Either way, both Amazon and Hachette feel the pain from things either one of them does. And, of course, anything that hurts Hachette is, in turn, going to hurt the authors Hachette pays…whether it was Amazon who did it or Hachette.


Read the rest of the article here. It makes a fair point in noting that Hachette hasn't been a saintly victim in this spat. My personal thoughts are that Hachette certainly doesn't get any sympathy from me, what with its recent past of illegally colluding to raise e-book prices suggesting it can play the greedy, soulless giant as well as any company. But I do feel super sorry for the Hachette authors caught in this mess.
outlineofash: Glitter spread over a blue surface. (Gentle - Glitter)
Been sick with the flu for the last two weeks, so I picked reading that was fluffy and easy on a headache-y brain.

Behind a cut due to multiple images. )
outlineofash: Surreal illustration of a winged figure wearing a helmet. (Sundry - Winged Figure)
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Painting folds of fabric puts me into a quiet, near-meditative state.

One thing about art is, even with reference photos, you're not home free. What can look good in a photo looks bizarre in an illustration. "Paint what you see" is only half of it. You also have to decide when to sacrifice what is realistic for the sake of what looks good.
outlineofash: Illustration of a lion with wings drinking tea. Artist unknown. (Sundry - Tea is nice)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

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Easily my least favorite out of the three Austen novels I've read so far. Came down to the characters, I think.
outlineofash: A fortune cookie with the fortune reading, "Meh." (Text - Meh)
Dracula by Bram Stoker.

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Eh. Didn't like this classic, although there are loads of symbolism for good old Victorian-era struggles with repression vs. deviancy, especially with how the male characters love Lucy when she is "pure" and then are suddenly ready to hack off her head with "savage delight" once she's a "voluptuous" vampire.
outlineofash: Snapshot of a book cover that reads "Are your children playing with Lucifer's testicles? The truth about Easter eggs." (Text - Easter Bunny)
I don't celebrate Easter beyond eating chocolate, but this is too good to not post:

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It's the monocle. Monocles make everything classier.
outlineofash: A clockwork heart with overlaid text reading "Complex." (Text - Complex)
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.

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Re-read of a very dated book in a genre I'm not familiar with. I enjoy it each time I read it, but damn if I can figure out why.

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