Monday, June 18, 2018

Pride ACEOs

Happy Pride Month! Couldn't resist drawing a few of my precious queer dorks for it...

Nicholas (Demiromantic Ace) - Echo Effect
June 2018

Jay (Gay) and Spencer (Biromantic Ace) - The Undeath of Me
June 2018

Tess (Aromantic Ace) - The Undeath of Me
June 2018

Ethan (Bi) - The Undeath of Me
June 2018

The above ACEOs were created with ShinHan Touch liners, ShinHan Touch Twin markers, and Faber-Castell Aquarelle pencils, on Strathmore Bristol paper. Nicholas' ACEO also utilized a Graphik Line Maker. These ACEOs are all available in high-resolution, toojust join me on Patreon to see 'em!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fashion Don't

For a couple years now, people have told me how Spencer should wear darker clothes, to better hide all those blood stains a vampire like him accumulates. (It's probably the second most frequent comment I receive about him!) So, I thought it'd be fun to force him to listen to everyone's fashion advice!

He's being a good sport about this, obviously…

"Fashion Don't" | May 2018
Created with a mix of traditional and digital tools.
Click here to see a high-res version on Patreon!

(Don't worry, guys, Jay will protect you...maybe.)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Tall, Dark and Undead

As should surprise none of you at this point, vampires are always welcome on my blog. So, I'm more than happy to announce that Sandra Cox has a new book out—Tall, Dark and Undead! Read on to learn more...

Blurb

Gutsy, kick-ass Suzanne James has no intention of complicating her life by falling in love…especially with a vampire. But it’s hard to stay objective when a drop-dead gorgeous male rescues her from three assailants in a dark alley. All but unconscious, she could swear her hero has glowing red eyes and two sharp, pointed teeth.

Adrian Caine has spent the past hundred years, in vampire parlance, a vegetarian. When he rescues a beautiful blonde in a dark alley, it takes all of his formidable control not to backslide. Attraction turns to desire. Even though it’s not in Suzanne’s best interest, he can’t stay away.

Excerpt

The fog rose off the dirty pavement and trailed through the night in thick sensuous wisps. Light from the streetlamps turned the furled gray haze a grimy yellow. A dog howled, the lonely sound absorbed by the heavy mist.

The man roamed the near-empty streets. From habit, he pulled up his collar. He never felt the cold.

As he passed an alley, a scream rose before it ended on a muffled squawk. In a blur of motion, he entered the dark, narrow space. He stood a hairsbreadth behind three thugs and their victim. His finely tuned senses took in everything at once.

From the blood on the face of one of the men, the woman wasn’t as delicate as he’d first thought. She was tall and slender. Blonde, shoulder-length hair flew in mad disarray around a fine-boned face. But she’d already lost the fight. One man gripped her arm, her other hanging limply at her side. Another male had her head yanked back by her hair with one hand, the other clamped across her mouth. Blood dripped between his fingers. The third man ripped at her clothes.

She kicked out with both feet and caught the punk tearing her clothes squarely in the stomach.

“You bitch.” He grunted.

The man holding her hair took his hand away from her mouth, fisted his fingers and slugged her in the jaw. Her eyes rolled back and her head hit the brick building behind her with a thud. She went limp.

The scent of her blood overrode everything else. Thick warm liquid, the sweetest the watcher had ever smelled, drew him into an undertow of dark desire.

But even as he registered his response to her, he dealt with the men. He threw one down the alley to land yards away with a hard thump. Another he tossed onto the roof of one of the two-story brick buildings that lined the alley. He tightened his hands on the third man’s shoulders and bones crunched. The ruffian shrieked in pain. The woman fell from his dangling arm.

In a blur of movement, her rescuer scooped her up before she hit the ground.

Her attacker pounded down the alley. His short, sharp gasps of fright echoed in the narrow passageway along with the muffled thud of his shoes before he hit the streets and disappeared. The avenger could have easily caught the man but the woman held his interest.

He drew her to him. He’d weaned himself from human blood over a hundred years before and now drank only prepackaged animal blood.

The temptation is too great. Heat swelled behind his eyes as they turned crimson. Venom built in his fangs as they pushed through the gums. He lowered his head. His fangs scraped her throat in the first sweet thrust of foreplay.

He watched her, his non-beating heart racing in his chest. His lips drew back, his fangs ready to sink into her sweet flesh just as her eyes fluttered open.

About Sandra Cox

Sandra’s a vegetarian, animal lover and avid gardener. She lives with her husband, their dog and several cats in sunny North Carolina. (A picture of one of the menagerie is included.)

Besides paranormal, she also writes historical and time-travel romance, young adult fantasy and non-fiction. 

Click here to purchase!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Graphik Line Makers (Review)

This post is the first of what will hopefully be many art supply reviews, and today’s focuses on Graphik Line Makers! Had wanted to try this brand for a while, so when I was in need of a gray liner pen for my art, I ended up purchasing one of these in graphite. I fell so in love with it that I decided to get more: one in sepia, two in black, and another in graphite.


Graphik Line Makers claim to be lightfast, with water-based pigment ink and Japanese nibs. They can be purchased individually or in sets. Although the black is available in a variety of nib sizes, ranging from 0.05-0.8, the graphite and sepia pens only come in 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5. (I primarily use 0.3 and 0.5 nibs for my linework, so this doesn’t trouble me, but I know this could be limiting for other artists.)


I’m pleased with the overall aesthetic of these pens. It’s easy to tell what color the ink will be with just a glance. (No assuming you grabbed a black pen, only to start inking and go whoops, no, that’s sepia!) I also appreciate how the nib size is clearly labeled on both the cap and barrel, since those numbers can sometimes fade or scratch off. Even better, though, is how smoothly these pens glide when using them. Definitely one of my favorites in terms of “feel.”


Ink-wise, the black is rich and dark, while the sepia is a lovely burnt brown. The graphite is a neutral gray that seems to skew more toward a warm tone than a cool one. (It still blends in well enough with cool gray markers for art I’ve created, however.)


To see how problematic these pens might be, I did a couple of smear tests. For the first, I smudged them with my finger. The black ink, unfortunately, smeared both times. The graphite and sepia inks, however, remained flawless, even after drying for just a minute.


I also tested how well these hold up against water and alcohol-based markers, since I do a lot of mixed media. I waited two hours before applying either to the inks. The black smeared terribly when I brushed water over it. It held up better against the marker, but still feathered a little. The graphite and sepia inks exceeded expectations by not smearing in any way.


Although they hadn’t tested well, I decided to try the black liner pens out on some art. I thought they might hold up better if I waited a full 24 hours before applying any watercolors. Nope—they still smeared as badly as they did in the above photo. So, I can’t recommend the black at all.

Luckily, the other colors don’t seem to experience these issues, so if you’re in need of a new graphite or sepia pen, Graphik Line Makers are still worth checking out.

The pens used in this review were all purchased from MarkerPop.
To learn more about Graphik Line Makers in general, you can check out the brand’s website here.

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