Working big and detailed tightened up some bits from the preliminary drafts: Becky’s monster’s arrow-horns are now antlers, and the heads are more wolf-like and less abstract. I love it! I got kind of carried away with the feathers and floral details, but it’s looking appropriately weird I think. I penciled this thing at Carmine Street Comics recently; here’s a process post.
We’re talking to printers and working out a gameplan to get these things made. Got a good bit of drawing left to do, though. Inks next!
Here are some slightly tighter mockups of the screen printed posters Becky and I are working on. We’re working with five ink colors: a neutral gray, a dark/navy blue, something close to cyan, yellow, and black. Gave some thought to having a metallic ink instead of the yellow, but metallic screen printing inks tend a little too dark, it seems.
Next step will be penciling the final illustrations, which will be printed at 18 by 24 inches!
If you’re in New York City, I’ll be working on this project TODAY, Monday the 9th, starting around 2:00 at Carmine Street Comics, as a part of their Storefront Artist Program. I’ll have books and things to give away and you should come by and say hello! It’s a very nice little shop. More fine-grained updates on my twitter.
Benign Kingdom is getting moving on some COOL NEW STUFF, and the first item of that stuff is a pair of screen printed posters by Becky Dreistadt and myself. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be putting updates on our progress!
Becky and I draw in very different ways, and it turns out we approach planning projects like this in very different ways too. This is a good and fascinating thing! We wanted to make two images that fit together aesthetically to an extent, but that represent our own work clearly too. So the constraints we’ve come up with to make the images “match” are the colors we’re using (grays, blues, and a goldish yellow), and some loose thematic notions: astrology, monsters, and vaguely religious imagery.
Becky’s flawless mockup and my impenetrable scratchings should give you some idea of the directions we’re pushing in. We’ll get the first stages of the final drawings done soon, and another post to tell you about that!
Development for the main character of my story for Spike’s upcoming horror anthology The Sleep of Reason. I finished my story just the other day and I am very very pleased with it; that book should be available for preorder soon.
Hey do you like good art, Pokemon, or speculative biology? If you don’t get outta here! If you do, check out the Midnight Monsters kickstarter by B9 Kingdom! They only have one week left and they are trending towards not reaching their goal. Their goal is $30,000 and their on track to reach $24,000-30,500 which is VERY narrow to say the least.
Capture Creatures- by Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson Inspired by Ken Sugimori’s feat of designing the original 151 Pokemon in a single year Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson have created 151 unique creatures, relations, and descriptors.
The Exquisite Beast- by Evan Dahm and Yuko Ota A series of illustrations of a monster evolving traded between Yuko and Evan. All illustrations were done with ink and inkwash.
If you were not previously aware, these fine books are now available for preorder! Including-but-not-limited-to my and Evan’s collected Exquisite Beastproject!
We worked really hard on designing these books and the Exquisite Beast book is hopefully gonna be really lovely, especially the deluxe edition. We’re shooting for the deluxe cover to be a three-piece done with black faux leather binding over a cloth cover with a screenprinted design, debossed title area, a pasted-on title card. With a ribbon bookmark. I’m ridiculously excited. 8D
And it’s gonna be full of weird monsters and that is cool, too!
Going to reblob this again because Yuko explains it so well. I am super excited about this Exquisite Beast book; it’s been really fun putting together and I think it will turn out great!