Friday, March 30, 2012

Artwork Accepted for Cover of June 2012

SALE! My fantasy artwork featuring my depiction of the battle between Beowulf and Grendel's mother, "Battle Beneath the Mere", has been accepted for the cover of the June 2012 issue of I'm especially happy that this one has sold. Out of all the art I've done so far, "Battle Beneath the Mere" is one of my personal favourites.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Illuminated C and D

I've been adding some illuminated letters to my Zazzle store. Some of these letters (like "A" and "B") are reworkings of letters used in the special edition of the Lancelot poetry collection by Alex Ness and Guy-Francois Evrard . However, I never did the whole alphabet when I created the letters for that publication. So, I had gaps in the alphabet. "C" was the first missing letter. Not anymore; last week, I drew a "C", and yesterday I coloured it in and got it up on a bunch of items in my Zazzle store. I still have a few more items to create, but there is already a good collection of "Illuminated C" items up:
Azure Lion Productions: Illuminated "C"

Not content with just getting my "Illuminated C" up on items in my Zazzle store, I also added two different versions of my "Illuminated D" to various items. One version contains the figure of a knight within the "D". The other "D" contains the figure of a medieval lady. The knight actually comes from another "D" created for the special edition of the Lancelot poetry collection by Alex Ness and Guy-Francois Evrard. I inserted him into the "D" containing the lady. I liked the outline in the "D" with the lady better than the outline in the original "D" with the knight:
Azure Lion Productions: Illuminated "D" (Knight)

Today, I'm going to add the C and the two Ds to a few more items, then work on getting an E and F on items in my Zazzle store. This project is going to take a while to complete. It's a good project to work on on-and-off between other projects.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Azure Lion Productions Business Cards

What does everyone think of these business cards for Azure Lion Productions? The image shows front and back. I don't know if I really need business cards, but because I'm now a "ProSeller" at Zazzle, I received an offer for a free pack. I figured, what the heck. they seem nicer than the cards I made myself years ago.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


My folkloric horrorku "heady brew" now appears in Trapeze Magzine. 'Tis just a wee bit o' verse about the wee folk.

The publication of this one in Trapeze Magazine was later than originally anticipated, but better late than never. Actually, it works out well for me, because I didn't have anything else slated for publication in March.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Fleur de Lis Day?

It must be Fleur de Lis Day today. At least, that's what my latest Zazzle sales say. I sold a Fleur de Lis Tie, five (yes, five) Fleur de Lis Magnets, and a Fleur de Lis iPhone 4 Case. The tie and the magnets sold to a gentleman in Spain, and the iPhone case sold to a gentleman in the Big Apple.

Multiple sales are especially nice to see. Also, my stuff continues to have international appeal. Neat!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Changes at Venue Where a Poem of Mine was Shortlisted

Michele's response to this: "this is nuts!". My reaction to this: mild befuddlement and slight frustration:

"Dear Contributor,

Thank you for your submission(s), and we regret that it has taken so long to get back to you regarding our shortlisted selections as well as when we are going to be publishing.

The bad news:

Due to changes in our business plans, Dark Eye Glances will NOT be published as an anthology as originally planned. The existing website will be archived, and it will no longer feature new poetry submissions.

The good news:

As a brand and a publishing imprint, Dark Eye Glances will be subsumed into our wonderful new monthly publication, Deathly Romantic™ Magazine, which will include only a few poems per issue. Given that we have already shortlisted many submissions, we will be selecting a few of them for possible inclusion in the April issue of Deathly Romantic. Successful contributors will be notified within about a week from now, and then they will be given an opportunity to decide whether they would still like us to publish their work. In future issues, we may also contact others who have submitted poetry to Dark Eye Glances, but rest assured your work will not be published without your permission.

Please feel free to submit your work elsewhere...we thank you for giving us an opportunity to read your excellent poetry, which was the best of all the submissions we received. "

Will my dark poem originally shortlisted for publication in the Dark Eye Glances anthology be selected for possible publication in the new Deathly Romantic Magazine? Does my dark poem about battling "despised wretches" in a medieval-esque dreamworld match the aesthetic of this new magazine? Stay tuned to find out!

Anyone wonder why I'm almost to the point of not giving a damn anymore?

Finished a Story, Now the Wait Begins

Today, I finished a fantasy action story that I have been working on, on and off (mostly off) for a while now. I've already sent the story out. Well, I sent out the first ten pages, as per the venue's submission guidelines. Now I wait and see if all that work was worth it. Fingers crossed!

Monday, March 5, 2012

And Another One...

My dark speculative poem "Whispers on the Stairs", which was originally published in Issue #1 of Trembles, has been accepted for publication in Issue 13 of the horror poetry e-mail newsletter Dark Metre. That means, come April 1st, two of my reprint dark poems will appear in Dark Metre. Cool!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Reprint Accepted for Publication in DARK METRE

Another reprint sale: my poem "Shadow People", previously published in the April 2011 issue of Bete Noire, has been accepted for publication in the Issue 13 of the horror poetry e-mail newsletter Dark Metre. The issue is due out April 1st. Since the newsletter can also be found on the Dark Metre site, I'll post a link when the poem is on-line.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Recommendation for my Illustrative Work

I know I may be tooting my own horn again, but...

Janrae Frank, the owner of Daverana Enterprises and the author whose works I am currently illustrating, wrote a recommendation for my illustrative work on I'm repeating the recommendation here, because I found what Janrae said about my art to be of interest:

“Richard is both inventive and classical in his approach to illustration. I had searched a long time for someone who could do Beardsley-esque work and I found that person in Richard. He's a delight to work with.”

Beardsley-esque, eh? I now have another term to add to my growing list of descriptors, a list that already includes "talented" and "incomparable". Of course, comparisons have been made. My black and white line drawings have been compared to medieval woodcuts, while my approach to the whole concept of art has been compared to Andy Warhol's approach.