Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Winter Vines at Three Fox

It's still winter at Three Fox Vineyards. There won't be leaves on the vines for another three months, at least. The land is at rest under a blanket of mist. Wine and warmth are served together. 

This image was done completely from memory. I like drawing from memory, not only because it's possible when not on site, but because I like to see how close I got to the real thing when I return. Working from memory also allows me to add in mood and details I wouldn't have time for if I was under the limits of the site.

Colored pencil with some ink on sketchbook page, touched up a bit in Photoshop, 7" x 3 1/2", January 23, 2017. Click on image for a larger view.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Golden Angel

This is inspired by Andrew Highfield's work with esoteric images, something I have been familiar with for many years. He is in the tradition of "Anglo" Kabbalah, where the Jewish  mystical images, symbols and practices are adapted to a non-Jewish, image-rich spiritual cosmos. This angel, which is not entirely humanoid, is based on Highfield's concept of the Archangel Raphael, equipped with a bow and arrows as well as biomorphic wings and a golden color scheme.

I'm also experimenting with mixed media design here. I did the initial drawing in light brown marker and then scanned it into Photoshop, where I colored it in. Photoshop allows me to get gradients and color layers without messing up the paper where the original design is. I will color the original with colored pencils or more markers. Once the original is colored in with pencil or other physical color, you can't re-color it without a lot of effort with Photoshop. But digital media gives me a much wider option.

Markers on sketchbook page and Photoshop, 8" x 4", January 23, 2017.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Winter wining at Three Fox

I did not participate in the big march in Washington. Instead I went to peaceful, quiet Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia, along with some wine-loving friends. Three Fox is situated on very hilly ground which provides beautiful views and is good for growing vines. Wine is available all winter long and their white creations are especially good. We sipped vino and ate cheese and sausage in a tented area like the one above, warmed with a gas indoor heater. It is mating time for real foxes which I hear out my window most nights. They are not drinking wine though.

Sepia brown tech pen ink with colored pencil, some additions in Photoshop on sketchbook page. 8" x 6", January 21, 2017.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Back to geometrika and blog

Greetings again! Thanks to the ministrations of an acolyte at the Apple Store in Tyson's Corner, Virginia, my machine has been un-jammed and is now back in action posting stuff to Facebook as well as here at the By-Product. Thanks for your patience and I am glad to say at least one person missed me. I used my iPhone to stay in touch though it was not set up for drawing preparation and posting. It has been a difficult time for those who bother with history and I am not quite sure whether it is my place to try to "resist" the current social and political developments and their twitter-crowing rooster. I remember far back to 1968 with the rise of Richard Nixon and other outbreaks of hate with a horrible war far away. And all I did was electronic music and science fiction. I am not the marching in parade type. I can't see how this blog could have any social impact, but I intend to continue anyway.

Here is the geometrika design from a week or so ago (January 6) done in colored pencils including my elegant "Irojiten" colors.

Ink and colored pencil on sketchbook page, about 8" x 3", January 2017.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Interruption in service

Sorry to say I am having computer problems and there will be no by product for some time. iPhone posting doesn't cut it. Be back soon I hope.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"Knives" title page

This is another one of my title pages for a story by Marion Zimmer Bradley. This part of Darkover looks like an Italian hill town, some of my favorite world architecture. Italian settings are fitting for the operatic melodrama of Bradley's writing. The story was about a young woman who runs away to become a member of the "Free Amazons," a feminist medieval guild and sisterhood. They are forbidden to carry swords and this is a gun-free civilization, so they carry long knives instead.

This piece is not well preserved; the white streaks are due to reflections off the shiny warped plastic in the portfolio book in which this art copy is unremovably entombed.

Original is black ink on illustration board, about 8" x 10", January 1983.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stasheff's Ragpicker

I finally got back to doing my illustrations for the Stasheff "Warlock" series. This guy is a character from the most recent one I did, "Warlock and Son." The troubled son of Warlock Gallowglass, Magnus, wants to get away from his boring small town and lack of friends, and see the world. Soon after hapless Magnus sets off on his journey, he is confronted by a quirky, shabby figure who is described as Victorian rather than medieval. He is a Ragpicker with a bindlestiff (my favorite word in English) full of discarded cloth, but he also offers magical charms including a form of insurance against heartbreak. Magnus refuses the offer, sending the elf-like character away, but there will be other chances. Here he is offering the charm to anyone who wants it, but of course there will be a price for it. 

Photoshop on Cintiq digital inking, 6" x 8 1/2", January 13, 2017.