Saturday, December 18, 2010

New bird paintings in time for Christmas!

Still looking for Christmas gifts? I have just completed three new bird paintings, all of which are ready and can be delivered in time for the big day.

Here they are!

Mixed media on canvas, 20" x 10"

Mixed media on canvas, 12" x 12"

Mixed media, on two individual canvases. 8" x 10" each. These can be hung as a pair or individually. Face-to-face if they're feeling friendly, back-to-back if they're feeling contrary, or in separate rooms if they're really not getting along!
$200 for the pair.

Pre-Christmas delivery withing Toronto is available up until, and including, December 22nd!

Please contact me at eden(at) for more info, or to purchase.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Leroux's Erik

"You must know that I am made entirely of death, from head to foot, and that it's a corpse that loves you, and will never leave you! Never!"
-- The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

My apologies for the Phantom of the Opera inundation lately... unless you're enjoying it, in which case, you're welcome! :D

(I swear, there WILL be more birds and koi and bunnies and owls, and all of my usual things, coming soon! Some are on my easel right now, nearly ready. Meanwhile...)

There are so many lousy adaptations of the Phantom story, in film and other forms, that the original novel's phantom, Erik, gets lost in translation. We wind up with mopey emo Gerard Butler, instead of the terrifying mad genius we're SUPPOSED to get. The terrifying mad genius... who is supposed to look like the walking dead. Which, c'mon, is far more fun to draw!

Here's the character as he is ACTUALLY described in the original novel by Gaston Leroux. Corpse-like face, hole where a nose should be, sunken yellow eyes that glow, sparse, lank, black hair, "lipless mouth". Not some unforgivably hot, weepy Scottish guy.

(Click to enlarge.)

Image: 11" x 13", pencil on Canson watercolour paper (which was an incredibly fun and forgiving surface, which I will be using again). A hint of yellow added to the eyes in Photoshop, but otherwise, fully traditional media.

And last but not least: the cover!

Just had a look at my blog, and how I've been neglecting the poor thing! Foolish me. I completely forgot to add the cover.

Art by me, story by Alison Kooistra, and gorgeous lettering by KT Smith!