BlackBerry has started a series of collaborative art projects called Keep Moving. The most recent installment is a series of quickly written short stories by Neil Gaiman based on people’s responses to questions he tweeted. The (always important) contest/free-spec-work debates aside, I like a good prompt for some practice/experimentation and I love Gaiman’s writing, so here we go.

They’re ink, gouache, and digital finishing—and pretty messy. But I’m getting the hang of ink (it was really difficult to keep my Lenten promise—wringing out everyone else’s amazing work from my anxious brain—and not just go straight to certain illustrators’ portfolios for reference) and also figuring out how to limit and refine my use of digital.

Pretty pleased with those smoky snakes.

Update

The snakes and the lionhead are now available as prints (and other things) in my shop.