My latest project for Spellbound Magazine, a relatively new children’s e-zine produced by Eggplant Literary Productions. They’ve been a great press to work with; the editor and art director are lovely people and the issues have themes that are open to wide interpretation. This issue’s theme was Creatures of the Deep Dark Woods. My first sketches for it were more fantastical: dragons, elves, the obvious mythic creatures. But I felt that they missed the mark. I’ve spent more than one night in the deep dark woods, and few fantasies come up to the strangeness of the real thing. So I shifted toward actual forest life, though a kitsune did creep in to keep watch.
So over the winter Chrysler held this lovely contest through Behance to celebrate the upcoming release of their limited edition car designed by John Varvatos. Though mine wasn’t chosen as the final design, I was lucky enough to be one of the semi-finalists. This piece is about 70% digital, way more than I would normally use, but it seemed appropriate, and I am pleased with how my hand-painted textures translated into the piece.
So Vienna is one elegant city. I mean, they have a ball season. They have a dancing school for horses. They hang chandeliers over the streets. They also have the world’s best lamp posts, as far as I’m concerned. Curly, intricate, and too cool for words. I started sketching some, but then it kind of turned into a festive tree sketch. The city is surrounded by beautiful woods. I imagine when they have late night forest picnics, the elegant Viennese take their elegance with them.
Here also is a Society6 link to an inverted version:
Back in January I had this fabulous project — illustrating John and Lisa Mullarkey’s Choose Your Own Ending chapter book, The Johnstown Flood. My hands were grey for weeks from rubbing all that graphite into the tissue paper, but it was more than worth it. Many thanks to the wonderful Stephanie Hedlund for her awesome guidance!
Available September 2013 through Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group (www.abdopublishing.com) or your educational wholesaler.
A few days ago I asked Dana if it was possible to interview her and I’m glad she said yes. Her work has a colorful sense of wonder, honesty and innocence to them. Read the full conversation after the jump.
“A recent graduate of Montserrat College of Art, Dana Martin works as an illustrator and watercolorist. Her art has been featured in CMYK Magazine and shown in the Boston area. Her latest project was illustrating a chapter book for ABDO Publishing. It will be released this September.”
I hate waiting for things. The deadline for Modcloth’s latest design contest was just yesterday, and I am already gnawing my nails waiting to find out whether I made it even past the first cut (news that won’t be released for like a month). Yeah. I have no patience.
This is how I amuse myself during hurricanes. The Queen of Spades is one of my favorite stories, as it deals with things like high-stake gambling, exiled Russian aristocrats, and a ghost with a secret card trick. How did you spend Sandy?