Art for Olde Fae

For the last two years, Rachel Quinlan, friend, artist and founder of the Changeling Artist Collective has been developing a card game. Olde Fae may be based on the classic children’s game, Old Maid, but the artists of the collective have transformed it into something magical! Each artist chose a symbol and will come to no surprise I chose the Owl for my pair of fae. I decided I wanted my Owl fae to be more owl than humanoid. The result is a little creepy, which is in keeping with the nature of the fae.

Seelie Owl Fae - Sun Keeper

From Portrait Sketch to Card

Unseelie Owl Fae - Moon Keeper

From Portrait Sketch to Card

The Kickstarter campaign for Olde Fae is nearing it’s 4th Stretch Goal! Don’t miss out! As of now, we do not have plans to run a second printing of the game. You can reserve your copy on Kickstarter here: http://kck.st/2D5W8u0

Diabolical Plots Year Three: The Art

This Spring I had the pleasure of creating the cover art for Diabolical Plots: Year Three, an ebook anthology of stories from Diabolical Plots, an online magazine of science fiction and fantasy. The editor, David Steffen, was fantastic to work with and it's my hope we will work on future projects. He previously licensed The Alchemist for the cover of the Long List Anthology Volume 3.

For this new anthology I created an original illustration inspired one of the stories in the book. For Now, Sideways by A Merc Rustad is a beautiful, emotionally charged story about a woman at the end of a war on an alien planet. It's not your typical military science fiction and I didn't want the art to be either. The painting is as much telling a story, through the characters, as it is expressing an emotion through color palette. 

  Maybe Tomorrow  by Amanda Makepeace

Maybe Tomorrow by Amanda Makepeace

Prints of Maybe Tomorrow are now available in my store. I'll also have some with me this summer at LibertyCon and DragonCon. Interested in reading the story that inspired the cover? The ebook is available for preorder from Amazon for only $2.99!!

Diabolical Plots: Year Three (Diabolical Plots Anthology Series Book 2) 
by David Steffen et al. 
Link: http://a.co/4ECK8lp

Reinterpreting Mythology

Harbinger (left) and Raven Queen Rising (right) were painted only months apart in early 2017. I'd like to say this was planned in advance, but sometimes my subconscious gets the better of me and I paint on auto-pilot. It was only after the Raven Queen was finished that I realized what I'd done. Many of the colors seen in the raven's wings are echoed in the Raven Queen, especially in the background. She herself, is pale like the skull the raven wears around its throat. The two paintings depict the same being in different moments of time.

Though traditionally Morrigan is associated with crows, I decided to stay with the raven. I couldn't get the idea out of my head--the idea of this goddess going into battle only to say, "No more war." I saw her rising up into the sky to shed her corvid form, to break free from her own mythology.

I like to think the goddess might be appalled by the wars of the modern world or maybe she's just grown tired of humankind's lust for blood.

She persisted-- 
Amidst the flames and stars she rose
To shed her wings instead of blood. 
No More War. 

© Amanda Makepeace