Bells Call Others

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Bells Call Others, 2015, 10″ x 8,” ink (pointillism) on toned archival illustration board

Bells Call Others is a new drawing, just finished this morning. It was a bit of a digression from another drawing I am working on, The Dark Bead, occasioned by finding a piece of toned board in my paper rack. Working on toned paper had been on my mind since looking at some work by Katsuya Terada that had been printed on grey paper. I’m definitely going to do more of this but first I must finish The Dark Bead.

I’ve put this drawing in my Big Cartel webstore if anyone wants to purchase it for their collection.

The Dark Bead – Work in Progress #1

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The Dark Bead – 12″ x 8″, work in progress.

For those interested in seeing work in progress, this is the outlined drawing for a new piece called The Dark Bead. Eventually, it will be a fully rendered pointillism piece, like the drawing Lens, in my last post. I enjoy these works at this stage. In fact in the past I have occasionally stopped at the outline, just because I like the quality of a line. Anyway, I will post some progress shots of this one.

– Richard.

Lens

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Lens, 2015, Ink on Paper, 10″ x 7″

This is my first drawing with the .13 Rotring Rapidograph. Until now I’ve been a die hard .18 Koh-I-Noor user. I still like the latter but I found that the Rotring pen delivered a great performance and gave me a much finer grain. I am definitely using this pen for the illustrations I am working on right now.

So, here we have ended up with a steampunk meets Kafka kind of image. It’s a personal piece, not an illustration. It’s available. If you are interested, send me an email query.

– Richard.

The Green Demon (on sale)

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Green Demon, 2014, ink on paper, 11″ x 7″

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Detail

The Green Demon is on sale in my webstore. Its a piece I did last year when I was doing a small series of demons. I am using the proceeds of these small sale pieces to publish a book of 5 short fantasy stories called Magpie’s Ladder.

– Richard.

The Veil (on sale)

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The Veil, 2015, acrylic ink on paper, 12″ x 7″ (size approximate)

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Detail

Update: The Veil is sold!

The Veil is a cross hatched drawing done with a dip pen and then painted with acrylic inks. The drawing was done last year but the coloring was done today. One of these days I’d love to illustrate a book in this technique.

This piece is on sale. If you are interested you can check it out in my webstore. Each time one of my sale pieces sells, I put up a new sale piece (eventually).

– Richard.

Amnesiac’s Library

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Amnesiac’s Library, 2015, ink on paper, 22″ x 16″

This is a drawing called Amnesiac’s Library. If you follow my work, you’ll know that natural history and libraries are recurring themes. Amnesiac’s Library nearly didn’t happen. I started it several years ago but other things got in the way and it sort of settled to the bottom of my paper rack. My original plan had been to complete the centre and the doors. It was never intended to be so elaborate. For a long time it was never intended to be finished! Then, at the beginning of April, I dug it out and thought about it again and began to see the possibilities. On reflection, it became a completely different drawing, which is the nature of the creative process. The other exciting thing about this piece is that it suggested so many other works, so many other avenues to explore.

Amnesiac’s Library found its new home quickly, which I am very pleased about. I am hoping to do a print at some point this summer. I’ll post the details here when the time comes.

– Richard.

Panspermia

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Panspermia, 2015, ink on paper, 12″ x 8″
All images © Richard A. Kirk. Any reuse is strictly prohibited without permission of Richard A. Kirk

Well, March was busier than expected and as a result I didn’t have a chance to do any “work in progress” shots on this drawing. If you are unfamiliar with the meaning of panspermia you can read about it here. Obviously, I have taken some artistic license. The weird hand is a biographical reference. Many years ago, in northern Ontario, I found what I thought was a mole hand. Paw is probably the correct term. Thinking back, it was probably a snapping turtle appendage. I was a quasi Lynchian moment. Hope you like this piece.

– Richard.

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