A play-fight ready boffer version of Sting from the Lord of the Rings movies.
Every year for his son’s birthday, my boyfriend Lon Sarver would make a bunch of boffer weapons – padded swords and such, made from pvc pipe, pipe insulation foam, and duct tape. I was once an avid LARPer, and learned a few tricks of the boffer trade, which I in turn taught Lon when I helped him assemble batches for the last several parties.
In 2013, the party theme was Middle Earth, and we created boffers to resemble the weapons of the Orcs and the Elves designed by Weta Workshop. I put special effort into a copy of Sting for the birthday boy. The construction design was a collaboration between me and Lon, and the tape detail work was my work.
I always enjoy projects where I get to do some interesting art history or religious studies research. For this project I spent an enjoyable afternoon researching the styles and limited palette characteristic of Ancient Greek pottery, especially black figure, red figure, and white ground.
The cover for Inherent Gifts by Alicia Cameron, the first in a series.
Inherent Gifts was the first in a series, and it was very important that we not only create a compelling cover for the first novel, but also create a consistent image for the ongoing series. A second novel and collection of bonus short stories were released, all with covers in the same firey theme.
(Read more to see the collection!)
Three Victorian Fantasy / Steampunk erotica short stories published by Fantastic Fiction Publishing in the winter of 2012-13.
For the cover for Clockwork Dolls, I created 3D models in Second Life, and then used Photoshop to clean up and modify the screen captures.
This was one of the first photo comps of which I was particularly proud. D.M. Atkins found the images for me – she has a knack for finding the right stock images, whereas I seem to have a knack for finding suitable public domain images.
I wrote a detailed blog post about the covers for the stories in this anthology over at ForbiddenFiction.com.
I can honestly say I wasn’t sure I could pull this one off, but drawing a thoroughly tattooed, bright blue, naked woman, in the male-gaze comic book style was actually tremendously fun. –Ember–