After the slowness of June, it was satisfying to get my teeth stuck into a meatier project for July. After tidying up some oil canvas paintings (still some to go) and working on a Rat-themed lino-print for a Birthday Card Design on my Etsy, I've managed to pour all my love for the refreshing experience of a Zoo visit into my Zoo Animal Clock design. Having invested in a new Pyrography tool, it was a pleasure to work finely detailed designs into the plywood, and to highlight it with touches of Acrylic. Seeing the piece come together after varnishing with the addition of the clock workings is very satisfying.
The month also provided the refreshing experience of a visit to the National Museum of Scotland - where I can highly recommend the Galloway Hoard exhibition on a Viking-Age treasure found in 2014. It was spacious, informative and engaging. Inspiration for tales of hidden treasures for sure. I also had the opportunity to talk at the July meeting of the Edinburgh Literary Salon about my contribution to their Anthology "Lost, Looking & Found" that is due for release at the end of August. You can look forward to a graphic tale with an ecological message, alongside a score of wonderful contributions including poems, illustrations and short stores all responding to the theme of Renaissance. Exciting!
Finally I had the great privilege of illustrating "The Haunting of Blackthorn Manor" for author & game designer Ceri Rowland. As a frequent role-playing game player, it was a pleasure to provide a cover and spot illustrations for this adventure module (for use with Pathfinder Second Edition game rules). The themes of grief and supernatural made for some expressive character portraits, and the fantasy elements always provide opportunity for visually interesting designs. I look forward to players enjoying them alongside the engaging tale and game. (Available for purchase from DriveThruRPG.)
Oh and I've done a little bit of tweaking around the website. As you do! All the best, and until next month.