March202013
Card 2 - The HIgh Priestess: Peggy Carter

The High Priestess is a guide into another, secret, world that is beyond our imagination. Peggy Carter takes on that role for Steve Rogers in many ways. She is the one who guides him to the laboratory where everything will change. She offers illumination in other ways, such as when she advises Steve to respect Bucky’s choice while Steve is grieving. Her position as an agent for a secretive organization also qualifies her for this role.

In this card, Peggy opening the door (hidden behind a bookcase, appropriately enough) to the laboratory where Steve Rogers will become Captain America. The change he will go through is not just physical, but an amplification of what he is deep inside, spiritually. Her finger is to her lips, reinforcing the secret nature of what is to happen. The edge of the door on one side of Peggy and the coat rack on the other are meant to be indicative of the two pillars that are frequently associated with this card. There are also a few other elements from the card scattered about as well.

(Yes, all of the cards have drawn from Captain America so far, but that changes starting with the next card.)

Card 2 - The HIgh Priestess: Peggy Carter

The High Priestess is a guide into another, secret, world that is beyond our imagination. Peggy Carter takes on that role for Steve Rogers in many ways. She is the one who guides him to the laboratory where everything will change. She offers illumination in other ways, such as when she advises Steve to respect Bucky’s choice while Steve is grieving. Her position as an agent for a secretive organization also qualifies her for this role.

In this card, Peggy opening the door (hidden behind a bookcase, appropriately enough) to the laboratory where Steve Rogers will become Captain America. The change he will go through is not just physical, but an amplification of what he is deep inside, spiritually. Her finger is to her lips, reinforcing the secret nature of what is to happen. The edge of the door on one side of Peggy and the coat rack on the other are meant to be indicative of the two pillars that are frequently associated with this card. There are also a few other elements from the card scattered about as well.

(Yes, all of the cards have drawn from Captain America so far, but that changes starting with the next card.)

December312012
A pastel painting I did of my mom’s dog, doing what he does best. This led to the following statement at the framing place:
"It’s a picture of a dog eviscerating a stuffed lobster. There’s only so formal we can go with this."

A pastel painting I did of my mom’s dog, doing what he does best. This led to the following statement at the framing place:

"It’s a picture of a dog eviscerating a stuffed lobster. There’s only so formal we can go with this."

October282012
Card 1 - The Magician: Howard Stark
This is the card of strong-willed creators, inventors, showmen, and smooth talkers. It’s pretty obvious why my first impulse here was to assign Tony to this card. As I thought things through, I found Tony fits better with an entirely different card while Howard Stark is a much more fitting choice for the Magician.

The Magician is also a master of alchemy, magic tricks and the “great reveal.” Howard took on this role in death, with the puzzle and message that led Tony to the key to a brand new element. In short, even without the available technology, Howard knew what it would take to do the equivalent of turning lead into gold.

In this card, Howard stands behind the beginnings of the tabletop diorama of the Stark Expo - the diorama that was also a hidden depiction of a brand new element. Behind him are four pictures, including the atomic bomb, flying cars, Captain America, and - hidden from view behind him just as it is hidden in plain sight in front of him - the glow of the arc reactor. Also on the table are items corresponding to the four trumps of the Minor Arcana. 

Card 1 - The Magician: Howard Stark

This is the card of strong-willed creators, inventors, showmen, and smooth talkers. It’s pretty obvious why my first impulse here was to assign Tony to this card. As I thought things through, I found Tony fits better with an entirely different card while Howard Stark is a much more fitting choice for the Magician.

The Magician is also a master of alchemy, magic tricks and the “great reveal.” Howard took on this role in death, with the puzzle and message that led Tony to the key to a brand new element. In short, even without the available technology, Howard knew what it would take to do the equivalent of turning lead into gold.

In this card, Howard stands behind the beginnings of the tabletop diorama of the Stark Expo - the diorama that was also a hidden depiction of a brand new element. Behind him are four pictures, including the atomic bomb, flying cars, Captain America, and - hidden from view behind him just as it is hidden in plain sight in front of him - the glow of the arc reactor. Also on the table are items corresponding to the four trumps of the Minor Arcana. 

October142012

Pastel painting of an iris, taken from initial pencil sketch on colored paper through initial color laydown all the way to the final product.

Once I frame this, it’ll go to my neighbor as a thank you for cat-sitting.

5PM
Pastel sketch of a dinghy from Martha’s Vineyard. Started as a plein air sketch and later finished at home (needed additional colors - thank you Art Mart). I may go back and work on the water a bit more. The problem is, I worked at too small a scale to get the kind of detail I wanted. Still, a good exercise in working with water and reflections.

Pastel sketch of a dinghy from Martha’s Vineyard. Started as a plein air sketch and later finished at home (needed additional colors - thank you Art Mart). I may go back and work on the water a bit more. The problem is, I worked at too small a scale to get the kind of detail I wanted. Still, a good exercise in working with water and reflections.

October112012

I’m not sure why I didn’t get this up earlier, but here are the chapter headers and cover for bellatemple’s fantabulous Films About Ghosts. This was done for this year’s SPN/J2 Big Bang over on Livejournal.

Summary: A Winchester mind can be an incredibly dangerous place. Dean has always known that, of course, but he didn’t know how bad it could be until he was neck deep in a subconscious wilderness, surrounded on all sides by ghosts of enemies and friends alike, each with their own agenda. All Dean wants to do is find Sam — the real Sam — and get out. 

September82012
Card 0 - The Fool: Pre-serum Steve Rogers
This isn’t meant as a slight on poor Steve, really it isn’t. The Fool is a card of dreamers, of new beginnings, of optimism, and of possibilities. That’s why I feel it fits Steve’s situation at the beginning of “Captain America” quite nicely. Also, while the Fool is starting out on his journey, he doesn’t know quite where he’s going, and could get himself into big (and possibly wonderful) trouble if he’s not careful.
Steve has an idea of his purpose, but he hasn’t quite found the way there yet. While pure-hearted, he’s also overly optimistic and perhaps more than a little naive in his attempts to join the Army. The soldier on the poster behind him is pointing in the opposite direction to which he’s walking. Ahead of him is a steep cliff, but there’s also a hint of what’s to come in the trash can lid “shield” around the corner. The stray dog (traditional to this card) is sniffing at the shield, as if trying to draw Steve’s attention to it. 
 Done in colored pencil, and I may re-do this card later, as I’m thinking watercolor will look better. Anyhow, it’ll stay up for now. Also, the army poster behind Steve is based on an actual WWII recruiting poster. One other thing I found while drawing this card was that it was very difficult to get realistic proportions on Steve. It took me some time to figure out that the CGI they used to make Chris Evans look like a 98-lb weakling also did some very funny things to his head/body ratio.

Card 0 - The Fool: Pre-serum Steve Rogers

This isn’t meant as a slight on poor Steve, really it isn’t. The Fool is a card of dreamers, of new beginnings, of optimism, and of possibilities. That’s why I feel it fits Steve’s situation at the beginning of “Captain America” quite nicely. Also, while the Fool is starting out on his journey, he doesn’t know quite where he’s going, and could get himself into big (and possibly wonderful) trouble if he’s not careful.

Steve has an idea of his purpose, but he hasn’t quite found the way there yet. While pure-hearted, he’s also overly optimistic and perhaps more than a little naive in his attempts to join the Army. The soldier on the poster behind him is pointing in the opposite direction to which he’s walking. Ahead of him is a steep cliff, but there’s also a hint of what’s to come in the trash can lid “shield” around the corner. The stray dog (traditional to this card) is sniffing at the shield, as if trying to draw Steve’s attention to it. 

Done in colored pencil, and I may re-do this card later, as I’m thinking watercolor will look better. Anyhow, it’ll stay up for now. Also, the army poster behind Steve is based on an actual WWII recruiting poster. One other thing I found while drawing this card was that it was very difficult to get realistic proportions on Steve. It took me some time to figure out that the CGI they used to make Chris Evans look like a 98-lb weakling also did some very funny things to his head/body ratio.

August52012
Floral study of a hibiscus (from a photo)

Floral study of a hibiscus (from a photo)

pastel 

3PM
Monochrome study in Pan Pastels

Monochrome study in Pan Pastels

pastel 

11AM

The Measure of Goodness, ch. 1-2/?

I’ve started posting the Sherlock/Lie to Me crossover I’ve been working on for a few months, now. The first two chapters (villain setup and establishing how things have fallen out post-Reichenbach) are up, and I’m most of the way through writing a confrontation between Cal Lightman and Mycroft Holmes. It can be found here:

The Measure of Goodness

Summary:

Moriarty was a diabolically elegant puzzle, but Sebastian Moran is a maddening and contradictory enigma. Not even Mycroft Holmes has any idea of who Moran really is or what he truly wants—or just how far he will go to carry out Moriarty’s final orders.

Then, during the investigation of a bizarre and brutal murder, Sherlock crosses paths with another unconventional genius who may be able to help him get to the truth about Moran. Unfortunately, Cal Lightman also holds the key to another truth, and for once in his life Sherlock Holmes finds there are some things he would give anything not to know.

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