outlineofash: Artwork of a skull in suit and top hat. Text reads "The wonders of life." (Sundry - Skeletal Wonders)
2016-10-02 08:30 pm

Inktober 2016 - Day 2

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I'm growing lemon trees from seed; this is one of the seedlings, now nine months old.
outlineofash: Jack Skellington smiling in delight. (Smile - Delighted)
2016-10-01 07:42 pm

Inktober 2016 - Day 1

Hello all! It's been a long while since I came on here, but I decided to do Inktober this year and thought I'd share.

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outlineofash: A tiger looms over a young woman. (Sundry - Tigress)
2014-10-01 08:03 pm

Art: digital study

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: Zorg from The Fifth Element grins at the viewer. (Smile - Zorg)
2014-08-09 05:28 pm
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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)
2014-08-01 08:28 pm
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Writing music

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)
2014-07-28 09:12 am
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The Half Killed

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)
2014-07-06 09:50 pm

Out of Darkness

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)
2014-07-03 06:42 pm
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So many writing projects...

...it's hair-tearing.


List of projects beneath the cut. )
Phew. I also have a couple of standalone novels floating around that I need to finish up.
outlineofash: Close-up of a black cat with bright yellow eyes. (Sundry - Black Cat)
2014-07-02 09:31 pm
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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)
2014-07-01 09:02 pm
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Points of randomness

- 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)
2014-05-25 01:22 pm

2014 Reading Challenge: 24/50

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)
2014-05-25 01:14 pm

My god, a levelheaded article about the Amazon & Hachette dispute?

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)
2014-05-19 05:22 pm

2014 Reading Challenge: 22/50 & 23/50

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)
2014-04-26 04:22 pm
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In the middle of a piece

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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)
2014-04-26 10:18 am

2014 Reading Challenge: 21/50

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)
2014-04-21 03:23 pm

2014 Reading Challenge: 20/50

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)
2014-04-20 09:40 am
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Easter greetings

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.