Thursday, May 29, 2014

Alabama Phoenix Festival

I'm at the Alabama Phoenix Festival all weekend! More updates to come.

If you're here after talking to me at my booth, hi! It was super awesome talking to you! You rock!

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Mars 01 Cover Reveal

If you're anywhere in the Birmingham-Metro Area this weekend, and you like anything remotely nerdy, you should totally come to the Alabama Phoenix Festival, a sci-fi fantasy convention.

Matter Deep is sure going to be there! We'll have some new books up for sale including advance review copies of Mars 01, Kyle Strickland's new novel. Phoenix Festival is going to be the only place to grab a copy of Mars 01 for a while!

When Mars 01 is bombarded by panicked transmissions from Jupiter, the United Terran Nations begin to prepare for war.  The enemy should be months away by the fastest known means of interplanetary travel, but should and known don't apply when these strange creatures don't appear on video feeds and can survive unarmored in the void of space.
The challenge for the brave men and women of Mars 01 is to get the nations of the UTN to stop posturing and bickering long enough to save the human race from an impending invasion. As Captain Sara Moore fights to defend her crew from annihilation, it becomes increasingly clear that the people of Mars are just a pawn in a much bigger game.
In order to be true to the genre and vision we had of the book, we commissioned Larbesta for an illustration for the cover. We were tickled pink with the result.

"This is the most awesome thing I've ever seen in my life."
-actual quote from author seeing illustration for the first time.

I had the pleasure of laying out the type for this beautiful illustration.

Larbesta's Devient Art

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Raccoon Nation or Furry, Ring-tailed, Dorks

Drawing more raccoons for practice. I'm starting to get them figured out!

Watched Raccoon Nation, a documentary about city dwelling raccoons, on Netflix as the next best thing to life observation. I got some really good ideas about how they move and did some running studies

Raccoons don't even need an illustrator, they're ridiculous book characters all on their own.

My absolute favorite part of Raccoon Nation.
"Get in here right now, young man. Don't make me call your father!"

"What's up?"
"I don't know. Just hangin' out."
"What are you doing?"
"...and thinking?"
"Nope. Just Sittin'."

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Star Trek Alphabet, or Laser-Phaser Gun

Ever since I participated in The Electric Keychain Collective's Offbeat Alphabet challenge I've had a list tucked away in the back of my notebook. The challenge was to illustrate randomly assigned letters, and I chose Star Trek (because I'm addicted).

The original Offbeat Alphabet Letters

When it was done I amused myself by trying to come up with words for every letter. Some were easy: prime directive, Pon Far, pointed ears, photon torpedoes, phasers, physics (ya cannae change the laws of), peaceful mission, ect. Some were harder: Uhura... uniform... uh?? UFO? When I had time I would pull the list out and work on it, finding alternatives, moving things around, trying not to use something related to Spock on every single letter.

I'm finally happy with it, so I've decided to do it. I'm going to do the whole alphabet. Here's my progress so far:

A is for Alternate Universe, a la Mirror Mirror - you know, the one where Spock has a goatee (and it was a feat of restraint that I didn't do Spock for that one).

L is for the way non-corporeal energy beings kidnap and unnaturally extend the lives of astronaughts in the name of Love. Episode -Metamorphosis.

Some of these are not super new, so you may have seen them before, and some I made just a few days ago.

N is for New Life and New Civilizations- which you can read more about here.  

X is for the scientific word for alien biology, which Kirk is an expert in. (haha Kirk's a player, we get it, leave it alone. But seriously, view this meme for a more accurate representation than my narrow representation of one aspect of Kirk, also it's hilarious.)

M is for Menagerie. Aliens, a word of advice, just... don't put humans in a cage. Just don't do it. Kirk will talk your robot overlord into self-destructing, Pike will prove to be way too uncooperative and contrary to control, and Spock will make a laser out of a light bulb and a piece of equipment that sounds very helpful, but never gets used for its intended purpose, and then you will get nerve pinched, blown up, and/or die.

The count so far:

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sherlock Holmes Pattern on Spoonflower Or Wear a Little Sherlock Holmes

I finally formatted my Sherlock Holmes fabric to be a perfectly repeating pattern and uploaded to Spoonflower, a website that allows indie designers to print their own fabric!

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I have plans to make something out my fabric, but I'm undecided. A skirt perhaps? or a waistcoat? hmm. What do you think?

Read more about this design.