In April, I decided to take a Greyhound bus to see my birthmother in Indiana, go to a writing conference in Michigan, and pitch an idea to some wonderful publishers in Toronto. I was out of work, and had been for many months. The only affordable way to do this that I could see was to go by Greyhound Bus. It would take almost three weeks. I knew I would be on the bus for awhile. But I had this idea, that I would sketch the people and the places I saw outside my window on my journey. Just for fun. I would tweet them as “Sketches from the Road”. On one hand, I wanted to get my drawing hand back into practice. I used to be a cartoonist a long time ago, and a portrait artist, but I just hadn’t done a lot of that in many years.
So I did these sketches as I went and it kept me busy and made me really look and see the new places around me. They weren’t people and buildings passing by–I had to know their brickwork and their coats. And that makes a difference in the experience you have while traveling. At least it did for me.
Greyhound liked the whole thing so much that they decided to feature me on their blog, The Hound, and I’m really happy about that. Geist magazine saw the sketches, via my friend Lily Gontard, and wanted to publish the sketches to tell a story of my journey. I’m really thrilled about that too.
Here’s the Greyhound Link to their interview with me on The Hound.
I will put up more of these sketches soon, as soon as I know what Geist needs. I have more wonderful news to share from Toronto soon, and when Geist’s article comes out in the fall, I’ll link you there as well. Look for more sketches soon.
Until then, enjoy your travels!
If you’re a fan of Vincent Chong, and you’ve seen my post on him, you’ll be delighted to know he has a new blog and he has a new Art Book coming out. The details are below.
Vincent was commissioned to redesign covers for all of Stephen King’s books, and they’re stunning. I’ve picked out a few designs I like. I’m waiting still for the really cool werewolf one. (But there aren’t really any good werewolf novels yet…gonna have to write one)
My new blog http://vincentchongart.wordpress.com is now online. The blog will be updated regularly and feature posts including news updates, artwork, behind-the-scenes material such as sketches, insights into my working methods/inspirations, tips and info on life as a freelancer and much more. There’s also free downloads including desktop wallpapers, so please stop by for a visit and check it out.
I’m also excited to announce that the first art book collecting my work will be published by Telos Publishing. Entitled ALTERED VISIONS: THE ART OF VINCENT CHONG, the book will be a 48 page, A5, full colour hardback edition. Further details can be found on my blog.
The book will be published 25th March and launched at the World Horror Convention 2010 but you can pre-order a copy now direct from the publisher’s website http://www.telos.co.uk under the ‘Original and Classic Fiction’ section. Copies are expected to be limited so place your order now to avoid disappointment.
If you know of anyone else who may be interested in my blog or art book, please pass this information onto them.
When I see Nathalie Parenteau’s art, it makes me feel as if I’m seeing what I would be seeing if I had enchanted glasses. I like her animals–how they run wild through the colors, and even when they stand still, their reflections run rivulets of Fantasy to the bottom of the image. I love the tenderness of Klimt between lovers in this wild kingdom; and the women who pick cranberries–I like how their hair rises; and how the moon witnesses moose, caribou, northern life; and how the red cloaks reveal so much, ravens living inside; and how the legs dribble like the edges of a dream; and the mandelas, especially the feathers of the snowy owl, how you can feel them.
If I bought as much of her art as I want, my house would unfold like a storybook.
I’d like to get me a pair of those glasses–look outside my windows and see what Nathalie sees. I’ve linked above to a page that sells her work. Enjoy.
I was laughing my head off at these. If you like them, you can click on the covers to go to links that have more covers just like these.
Provided by Colleen Anderson on SFCanada’s listserv. Thanks Colleen!