Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Just Say, "No," Kids!

Say No to Sparkles is for sale on Amazon!

Say No to Sparkles is a fully illustrated anthology of quirky, spooky, comedic, and outrageous vampire stories-- one of the world's oldest myths told with a fresh voice. It features vampires that are blood-sucking killers, mothers, CEOs, and are killed by sunlight. This book is completely devoid of perfect smiles, haunted looks, shirtless werewolves, and sparkles.

Say No to Sparkles was written by my brother, Kyle Strickland, and illustrated by ME!

 How do you say, "No," you ask? It seems so easy to bend to peer pressure. But do not fret! There are a few simple tips to remember:

1. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Vampires are soulless killing machines. They will not love you, only kill you.

2. Remember, you can have the upper hand. All you need is a window or a UV lamp.

3. Accept that vampires are not people, it makes it easier (emotionally) to slay them.

4. Never, never laugh at a vampire (unless you are reading Say No to Sparkles). They are very sensitive about their complexions and eating habits. If you make a vampire uncomfortable, they will certainly rip you limb from limb.

5. Above all, remember that if someone sparkles in the sunlight, that is not a vampire, but you should try to slay it anyway.

Buy Say No to Sparkles on Amazon in print and on Kindle:



Closet Case is now available on RedBubble as a print, iphone case, or shirt.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Old King Cole

This time last year I was working hard on my NaNoWriMo Mothership Goose. I didn't get it finished last Novemeber the way I set out to, and since then one project after another has taken precedence over it. Finally after a year of busybusybusy, I can finally get back to my retro scifi madness!

Here's a preview of a new image I'm working on for Old King Cole.

Old King Cole
Was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe,
And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three!
And every fiddler, he had a fine fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he.
"Twee tweedle dee, tweedle dee," went the fiddlers.
Oh, there's none so rare
As can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.

Edit: This book is now available for sale on Amazon!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Upcycling or Put an Alien On It.

What is one to do with an ugly old paint-by-number? I'm thinking add some aliens. Aliens make everything more awesome.

I got my paint by number at an outdoor junk shop on Tybee Island that had a particularly flirtatious salesmen. Hello Patrick.

It had been stored outside, so it had some warping 
from water damage. This painting was just on a 
piece of cardboard, so it was pretty easily fixed. I heavily wet the back down with water and piled a crap load of books on it. That's it under my copious Star Trek graphic novels. I did this twice, and while the warping got better, it wasn't fixed entirely, so I mounted the picture on foam core.

Because the painting was old it was cracking and I coated with with some matte medium before I did anything else because I was worried about it flaking off.

I scanned the piece and designed the aliens and the abductee in Photoshop, because recently I've become incapable of drawing on paper. I really need to work on that. 

I printed off my drawing and used graphite transfer paper to transfer the outlines to the board. This actually turned out to be a problem, because I assumed I would be able to erase it, but the matte medium just didn't want to let go of the graphite after I was all done. 

Demon deer sees into your soul.

Then I painted. I tried to copy the colors as close to the original deer as possible, and got a little lesson in acrylics not drying the way you think they're going to. Yay! I wasn't too worried about it because I knew the tractor beam was going to cover him up.

My totally sweet set up, paints on the floor to the left, pallet straight ahead, computer on my right playing House M.D. Aww, yeah.

 Final touches of neon green glazing. OOH SPOOKY.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Art V Cancer - Live Long and Prosper

I was recently chosen to show at Live Long and Prosper, an exhibit in Manchester, England by Art V Cancer. The show's theme was Star Trek and living well.

My piece that was selected

Art V Cancer is an organization that sells art to help raise money for CLIC Sargent (Children and Young People with Cancer) and CALLM (Caring for Adults with Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma) Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity.

There's my picture on the wall! (picture from Art V Cancer's Facebook)

You can buy New Life here for $32 to support cancer research!

or take a look at some of the other pieces: they're really kick ass.

My favorite- Earl Grey by Alan Dalby

Art V Cancer's Site

Read about the companion pieces to New Life.