THE EARLY WORKS of DR. F

The early works of Dr. F have faded into history, are obscured by obtuse writings and generally are ignored by the initiates of magical study. His name has been hidden and he is only referred to as Dr. F or just “F.”

In his day, F had dealings with surgeons (and the medical establishment of the time) and various other ghouls. He was an amateur taxidermist, medical transcriptionist and parlor magician – it’s unclear  how successful he was in his various pursuits. We can infer that one of F’s experiments went terribly wrong, as he kept detailed notes of his works up to a specific date – December 14th, 190?.  He started a journal entry on the following day (12/15/190?)  that contains two lines and then abruptly and mysteriously ended (more on that in a future post). NOTE: I’m placing the year somewhere in 190X – his journals do not specify a year but other clues make one think it was sometime around then.

The scene above took place in December a few years earlier – his great ambition was to become a conjurer and nearly all of F’s experiments, including the scene above with the giant tick, focused on that skill.

QUICK COLOR TEST

Here’s a color test for a group of bigger pieces I’m making. It’s really just a quick sketch of a diorama – I achieved a pretty nice fade in the sky. It’s nice to have something new to post something (even a sketch), as I’ve happily been sharing roller derby stuff lately. Yet, I have been busy working on new things for an upcoming show.

I’ve been thinking about magic lately. This piece relates to the subject, and starts what I expect will be a lengthy, summer long discussion. There’s a ship full of bishops attempting to land on an island, and the lighthouse keeper is warning them of a particular treachery.

Life is good and full of magic. I’m very grateful.

Death of Poseidon

I whipped this up for School33’s Lotta Art fundraiser on April 21, 2012. It’s another pen and ink drawing on canvas and hangs inside a box. I’ve been hankering to work on canvas lately and this is a warm up for a bigger piece. It’s 2.5′ x 1′.

The Lonely Swamp

Lapsang Souchong tea is my favorite. And this tea tin from Teany isn’t bad, either. It’s an ideal place to find a lonely swamp, complete with a cabin, a giant leech, a hidden cave and a boat to try to escape from said lonely swamp (I’m particularly proud of how the boat can be seen from above and below the surface of the water).

 

 

P.S. Please have a cup of Lapsang Souchong for me, will you? I’ve been caffeine free for a month now – no coffee, no black tea, no chocolate.

How about them apples?

UPDATE

Here are some pics from a remake for a commission [12/2/2014].

swamp-2d

swamp-2c

swamp-2b

swamp-2a

Lost at Sea

 

I made this piece to auction at the Chesapeake Roller Derby fundraiser (tomorrow night as of this writing, if you are interested). I had a lot of fun making the fluid waves and the smallest Jolly Roger ever and the first mermaid to show up. The diorama is in a Cento anchovies tin. It’s kind of the opposite of an Altoids tin.

 

Up next, working on several pieces for an April group show in DC.