Review of All Good Things by Emma Newman

All Good Things by Emma Newman. ★★★★ All Good Things is the fifth and final book in Emma Newman’s Split Worlds urban fantasy series. You absolutely must read the series in order! Seriously, you will be totally confused if you pick up this book without the context of the previous books. If you’re unfamiliar with the series…

Review of Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. ★★★★★ Through the Woods is a hauntingly beautiful collection of five short stories told through Emily Carroll’s stunning artwork. I borrowed a copy from a friend, but this is the sort of book that I desperately want to go out and get my own copy of so that I can cherish it…

Review of In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★★★ Catherynne M. Valente’s In the Night Garden is practically indescribable. It is a beautiful, wondrous book and undoubtedly one of the best I will read all year. In the garden of a palace, there lives a cast out girl who says she has stories written upon her eyelids. Most of…

Art Update (December 2014 and January 2015)

This month has my fewest ever posts. Largely, it’s because I haven’t been reading much these past few weeks. I quit listening to the audio book of The Martian. I tried rereading In the Time of the Butterflies, but ultimately dropped it. Now I’m theoretically reading In the Garden of the Moon but am having trouble getting involved…

Art Update (November and December 2014)

I’m somewhat behind on reviews due to finals and college applications, but I have been doing some artwork, so here’s on update on that. I’ve been doing some sketch book work of my characters, and I’ve colored a couple of the sketches.

Development of my Art Through my Characters

For creative writing, I’m working on a piece about where characters come from. I asked the teacher if I could accompany what I write with some of the artwork I’ve done for the characters (she said yes). Bit of an explanation here – I’ve had some of these characters since I was in fifth or…

Art Update (October and November 2014)

I finished Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb a few days ago, so a review of that should be forthcoming soon. Right now I’m in the midst of schoolwork and college applications, so it’s a bit hard to get anything done. But I do have some more updates on my current art pieces, plus some other…

Photographing Artwork: The Importance of Lighting

Yesterday I got all my pieces from the summer show back, so I’ve been busy photographing them. I usually take around seven or eight photos and then open them up into Photoshop to fix them up and chose the best one. With one of these pieces, I actually have versions taken under three different lighting…

Art Post (lots and lots and lots of art)

Since reading The Throne of the Crescent Moon is taking forever (I just haven’t been able to get into it), I decided to make an art update this weekend, using photos from my phone. There’s numerous pieces that I’ve only photographed with my phone, some which are on display at the art school, some in progress…

Review of Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney. ★★★★★ I’m usually not a fan of instructional art books. All to often, they devolve into breaking things down into a series of steps, or simply showing a the different stages of one image. While this breakdown might be helpful in creating that one…