Thank you! Here’s a recent post with information about commissions. The short of it is that I am not taking private commissions at the moment. Which brings me to the second question. Though I am not taking orders right now, I have just updated the Etsy store with a whole bunch of prints, cards and original art. Including, most notably, the originals of the above three paintings of gay and straight couples which I have printed on greeting cards for the last two years. I am selling these originals at a discount, and they would make lovely gifts for that special little biscuit or two in your life!
Bogatyr. Sometimes I just need to draw a handsome beard wearing a man.
I’ve been busy working on something fancy I’m hoping to post very soon, but this job has left me with no time to doodle and post something here. And then I got to thinking about books and my beloved Remarque, so here’s an oldie but a goodie. Waugh, Remarque and Fitzgerald.
Pulled out Edwardian magazines for research and inspiration while working on typesetting for a logo.
“Her hell on earth will come when her husband goes running, blind, head down, mad after another woman… And then… Then she’ll tear the house down. The world will echo with her wrongs.”
Tom Waits, San Diego Serenade.
Actually got to finish this because the city is on standby and our flight to London got cancelled. Thankfully, we managed to book another flight, but not before spending a ridiculously stressful evening. Vacation still on. Hurricane first, though.
There are certain commissions you just don’t turn down even if you are about to go on vacation in the wake of a storm and have no time to draw with all the errands and events you have to do. One such being a logo design for a raunchy Edwardian all-male (ladies are allowed in drag) party. Stayed late and got this sucker done in one day. Once the event line up is settled, I post the full flyer to promote it because I think it’s going to be a wicked good time!
Speaking of vacation, I will not have access to a scanner in London, However, I will probably still post photos of my sketches and of my trip!
Working on a new Tom Waits drawing.
And speaking of burlesque and Zelda. I painted this illustration for the Ziegfeld Follies feature on Doris Eaton Travis for the second issue of the magazine, and today Vicky Butterfly absolutely made my day when she posted the above image of her costume (second row, left) and confirmed that it was inspired by the drawing. It is the second time this illustration has inspired one of my most beloved performers to create a costume, the first being Medianoche (second row, right).
It’s funny, I look at the drawing now and, like every artist looking at old work, see a collection of imperfections, things I would fix and do differently now. But it’s so wonderful and flattering to see artists whose work and image inspires me return the compliment in such a beautiful way.
Accidental Sherlock from the sketchbook. I guess I must be reaching the end of my patience waiting for the third season. (Lyrics from Tom Waits.)
Also, exciting news: Lawrence just overhauled our website! There are still a few tweaks necessary (I’d love to get a shop going straight from the site), but all the galleries are shiny and updated and it looks gorgeous!
I had an idea to do a little illustrated sartorial travelogue during my trip to London. I’m only going for 13 days but they are going to be very action packed - two plays, a trip to a castle, teas, museums, visits with friends, pilgrimage to visit Beau Brummell at the Piccadilly Arcade. I hate the hassle of checking my luggage, but I will need a versatile wardrobe, so I’ll have to pack lightly and carefully. I thought it might be fun to document both my sartorial and traveling adventures through a drawn diary. Terribly self-indulgent, probably, but fun.
“It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I deeply feel, an entirely inadequate fashion, I have endeavored to give some account of my strange experiences in his company from the chance which first brought us together at the period of the ‘Study in Scarlet,’ up to the time of his interference in the matter of the ‘Naval Treaty’ — an interference which had the unquestionable effect of preventing a serious international complication. It was my intention to have stopped there, and to have said nothing of that event which has created a void in my life which the lapse of two years has done little to fill.”
I am in that mood I often get where I just want to bury myself under all the copies of my Sherlock books, turn on all the Livanov DVDs, drink all the tea, smoke all the pipes and never leave the comfort of my dressing gown, slippers and bed.
Here is the cover preview of my next novel The Ouroboros Cycle, Book One: A Monster’s Coming Of Age Story, which is coming this fall. It’s a story of adventure, romance, revenge, and vampires. The book is fully illustrated by two of the most incredible artists I have ever seen, so be sure to check it out this fall.
For more hints on what The Ouroboros Cycle will contain, be sure to check out its Pinterest board here: http://pinterest.com/gdfalksen/the-ouroboros-cycle
So far I’ve only posted little hints and teasers of my work for this book, but here’s the cover featuring one of my illustrations in full!
I promise I’m not already getting ridiculous about winter. I am thoroughly enjoying autumn and not hurrying it along. But I was watching Downton, and, well.