pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Aw Shucks)
I hope all of you, around the world, have had a wonderful Valentine's Day, full of love.

My husband and I had a quiet Valentine's Day celebration. Karl's been hit by a terrible stomach flu; he's on the mend, but still not quite up to par, so we spent the evening at home. Yet, he still managed to get out of bed early, leaving me slumbering peacefully, to sneak out to buy me a beautiful red rose.

Also, inspired by the etchings and other art prints he's been selling, he made me this beautiful card:

The etching is on 100% rag, acid-free, archival-quality paper, with deckled edges, printed using oil-based ink. You can't see it in the scanned version, but below the picture he hand-wrote, "This print, like you, is one of one. Happy Valentine's Day. Karl Feb 14 2010."

I also made a gift for him, which I haven't scanned. A hand-drawn Valentine's Day picture full of hearts.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Default)
We have a gorgeous etching up for sale on eBay. Even if you don't want to buy, please take a look and share this with your friends. Thank you!

Axel Haig signed etching The Castle of Vitre 1903
Axel Haig signed etching The Castle of Vitre 1903 - eBay (item 180443010272 end time Dec-10-09 20:30:37 PST)

UPDATE: Sadly, our etching didn't sell. It will be going back up and, knowing my husband, probably at a lower starting bid. This etching is truly beautiful and I wish we could keep it, but selling antiques and beautiful, rare items online is how my husband is currently keeping our family fed.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (bluejay jewel collection)
[ profile] asakiyume has given me a very special gift: a picture she drew in response to my post Birthday's Bring Our Family Together, in which I mentioned my husband's soup creation, 10,000 Golden Dragons of Happiness Mushroom Soup. You can see the picture she drew in the comments of the post, or on Deviant Art.

Thank you, [ profile] asakiyume! I love this picture very, very much! 8-D
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (fairy promises)
Via [ profile] sidhe_etain, I was introduced to this lovely fae lady:
Dark Faerie
The work of Australian artist, Lorell Lehman, the Dark Faerie intrigued me enough that I followed the link to her blog, Not all Faeries are Beautiful. I loved what I found there, so I wanted to share it with all of you.

Also, by following the links on Lorell's Links page, I was introduced to several other artists, many of whom also do figurative work featuring the fae folk, and also found the online homes of a few artists I'd encountered in other contexts.

Some of my favorites are:

I was also gratified to find Dan Reeder's Gourmet Paper Mache page. I've got a copy of his book, Simple Screamer: A Guide to the Art of Papier and Cloth Mache, which he says is now out of print. I loved using his papier mâché techniques (he prefers to call them "paper mache") on a couple of projects with my boys, so it was wonderful to learn that he's got video footage and additional books, including one coming out soon.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (ocean dreamer)
I've been working on a website for our local science fiction convention, TusCon. The old site had become outdated, so my goal is to bring the site up-to date, make it more user-friendly, and add some spiffy new graphics.

I've already designed a new logo for the group that organizes and runs the con, BASFA, the Baja Arizona Science Fiction Association, but I haven't figured out what I'd like for the logo design for the con itself. I may update one of the old logos, as one of our local artists did a number of them--I'm not sure, but there may actually be one for each year. For the website graphics, I want to combine images that reflect fantasy, science fiction, and horror themes, then wrap it all up with a little bit of Steampunk sensibility. Whether my artistic skills are really up to this is just a bit questionable.

I've also been trying to keep up my writing, although that's going a bit more slowly than I'd like. I have one story that's almost ready to send off, but I need to figure out if any of the feedback I recently recieved will have an impact on the story. (Ian dragged me off to meet with his writing group last weekend. Unfortunately, I found them far more interested in sitting around and talking about world-building and things they'd written from any time during their lives than the recent past. I enjoyed hanging out with them, but was a bit frustrated with the lack of focus.)

All of this has kept me pretty busy, especially since I have a few loose ends I want to tie up for some other projects, so I haven't been posting much, nor have I been keeping up with my flist as I'd like to. My apologies to anyone who has posted important news that I've missed.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (curiosity)
I attended the last of The Fantastic in Word and Image workshops this afternoon. The guest panelists were "comic writers and artists:" Adam Beechen, Paul Fini, and Benjamin Ilka. Although my original decision to attend was based primarily on a desire to support library programs such as this one, I'm really glad I went as I enjoyed the program and found it very informative.

Adam Beechen, who was visiting from Los Angeles, writes for comics, animated cartoons, live-action films, and other media. Some of the comics and animated series he has worked with include Justice League, Robin, and Teen Titans (plus lots more), and his current writing projects include the Batgirl series and other projects for DC comics. Since I don't know much about writing for comics, and only slightly more about animation, I found his comments very interesting. But, then, I found the comments of all the participants interesting.

Paul Fini writes and draws comics, and publishes his work through IndieOnly Comics, a small press he founded; so far, this includes issues of Bliss, an autobiographical comic, and Plant Guy, a superhero comic. He enjoys being able to work on two completely different art styles in his work, since for Bliss he uses a realistic style and for Plant Guy a more comic-y style. IndieOnly Comics has also published Sequentially Tucson which showcases collaborative works by the Sequentially Tucson comic sketch group. Paul also works as a graphic designer and musician.

Benjamin Ilka created the comic book Ventriloquists Pay Double and the graphic novel A Boy and His Shadow. He has illustrated the coloring books, Navajo Code Talker and Caves!, for Rio Nuevo Publishers. He publishes a number of "Ash Can" comics through his small press, MadSeaDog and he's also a printmaker. Benjamin once traveled to Nepal with the Peace Corps and will be leaving for Ethiopia in a few weeks with his wife and their one-year-old child (a boy, I think) in association with his wife's work. Their Tucson home is on the market, so please wish them luck for being able to sell it quickly.

The three discussed a wide range of topics about comic art and writing. All of them fell in love with comics at an early age and it was their love for the art and the storytelling in comics that drew them to make it the focus of their careers. There's so much I could write about, but since my focus is primarily writing, I'd like to pick up on a comment Paul made, that the storytelling for movies and comics is very similar, as each is composed of a number of shots or panels which work visually to tell one event or aspect of the story. Adam elaborated on this topic, explaining a few of the differences he sees in writing for different visual media. When writing a script for a live action film, the writer typically gives a minimum of direction on the page, allowing the actors [and director] scope for their addition to the collaborative work. When writing for animated films and comic books, however; the writer may give a little more information about visuals, perhaps suggesting that a scene or image be drawn as a high or low shot (a technique which contributes the mood being established), although it's still a collaborative process in which the artists interpret the script. One very important aspect of a comic writer's work is also to be very aware of page breaks: each page must draw the reader through the page and end in such a way as to make the reader want to turn the page.

I know that many writers find that techniques that apply to writing for live-action films can be useful to writers working on short stories and novels, so my question to ponder at this moment is whether writing techniques that apply to writing for comics may also prove useful to those of us working in less visual mediums.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (fairy promises)
Today, by following various links I came across [ profile] frantic_mice' journal, which is friends-locked, but has a beautiful image created by artist Michelle Bradshaw (also known as Pixiwillow) on the front page. Intrigued, I searched for and found the Pixiwillow website, which has lots of beautiful images of her mixed media and polymer clay sculpture figurines, which depict various life-sized (as in, 2-4 inches tall) fairies and pixies, and their animal companions, as well as some fairytale-based scenes. All very cool.

[ profile] asakiyume -- I think you will enjoy this picture: Nighthawk, because of your love for all things corvine.

Updated to add that in the process of poking around on the Froud site, I discovered a link to, which I have been listening too ever since. Lovely music.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (fairy promises)
I came across this lovely, evocative photograph when I chanced upon [ profile] faeriemaiden's LJ Community [ profile] banui_graphics and followed a link to her photographs on deviantART:

The Pool of Sight
by ~ senza-fiato on deviantART

I half expect a frog with a ball in its mouth to appear in a moment, although the caption/title is more suggestive of a seer. Either way, it's a beautiful photo.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (lady of shalot)
This is another image I've scanned in from my journal. I started this one a week or two ago and have been working on it now and then. This is basically Stage 2; Stage 1 was the pencil drawing, Stage 2 was inking the drawing and erasing the underlying pencil.

Note that I looked at several images of oriental dragons, mostly Japanese, and used parts of my favorites as reference, but none of this is traced. It's got a lot of flaws, but I'm still pretty proud of it.

And now, the unveiling... )
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Default)
Yesterday, Karl gave me some pink Asiatic lilies. This morning, I added a sketch to my journal.


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