Month of Love – Black



by Lee Moyer and

Done for the 2018 Month of Love challenge, “Black”.

This month’s prompts led me down a very dark and very strange alley.
It felt like Destiny and who am I to fight Destiny?

This first only hints at the grand design.
I hope you’ll share the love.


Art Appreciation

The relationships between Chiara Bautista’s characters are as interesting and sometimes surprising as those between our reality and hers.
An honor to share Chiara’s personal symbolist work:

Art Appreciation

Megan Lara’s work came to my attention with her amazing posters for the cast of Firefly.

Her work has character (probably because she is herself a character and avid cosplayer), and she loves the forms of many past artists- from Mucha (my favorite, natch) to de Lempicka and the low art of tattoos and t-shirts. I hope that she enjoys creating the nerdy work as much as I love to see it.


Art Appreciation

I’ve loved Jody Lee’s work since the first covers of hers I saw (probably for Mercedes Lackey).

Her understanding of classic forms, color, and decoration are peerless. She was creating stunning (and instantly identifiable) line designs long before anyone else I knew – and I invariably use her work in courses I teach about the Dos and Don’ts of Branding and Marketing for self-publishers.

She is (along with my friend Paul Komoda) the artist I most want to own a lifelong monograph of.




Art Appreciation

Thanks to her husband’s superb painting, I’d seen Laurie Lee Brom’s face long before I actually met her. But seeing her paintings was a different thing entirely – luminous oil portraits with a hint (or more than a hint) of the Gothic. Her work is colorful and elemental, and the same sensibility and delight at putting a raccoon into the hoops of a skirt somehow removes the inherently clichéd quality of fairy wings. It’s a fine (and beautifully scrolled) line, but she walks it very well indeed.




Current Work

This portrait of my beautiful Scrabble-partner Saamanta is a kind of happy accident.

It’s not the final version that will appear in the mystery project I’ve been working on – but it’s become its own sort of finished piece.

While that’s never really happened before, as I move into this new (to me) technique of working up large pencils and then painting, perhaps such accidents will happen more often….


Current Work

Time for more Month of Love! Here are weeks three and four!


Month of Love – Week 3: Keys

As I thought about keys, I knew I wanted to show them in their glorious variety. I thought I had a plan, but then I saw the brilliant cover that Michael Kaluta had recently made for Joe Hill’s Locke & Key. There was no way I was going to compete with that!

But then I thought of a scene in Return to Oz – the game of finding things – and I remembered Silver, the Clockwork Girl of Oz. I’d invented her (and several other Oz characters) years ago for a still-secret project with old friend Keith Baker, and it struck me that she summed up much of what I was feeling. I hope you like her as much as she would like you.

tumblr_ol4xl0wk0n1u7lrveo1_1280Week 4: Metamorphosis for Month of Love

A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle

Meg Murry is changing, and so is the cancer that is eating her younger brother alive.
So too is the the ‘Drive of Dragons’ that Charles Wallace witnesses in the wood.
Metamorphoses bring risk but, if we are true and brave and kind, also opportunity.

Art Appreciation

Amy Crehore is a fine artist and musician.

After a long career illustrating for magazines like Rolling Stone and Playboy, her award-winning work is most often found in galleries these days (and sometimes on ukuleles).

She’s also an amazingly lovely person and friend (though I see her far less than I would like).


Current Work

It’s been my pleasure to bring you an assortment of wonderful artists who are doing interesting work. But there’s a secret history of illustration too – of artists working at the top of their game who have been largely forgotten. Today, I get to talk about the seasonal revival of Small Gods, and shine a brief light on the remarkable work of Will Crawford who was born almost 100 years before I was, and who illustrated for Life Magazine before the turn of the 20th Century.


I like to use classic styles and works for my holiday-inspired Small Gods. I had a little fun with JC Leyendecker a couple years back (for The Small God of Baby Cheeses), but in this case I wanted some rich ink work. And who better than Crawford?
I hope you’ll enjoy the before and after below.


Giving thanks to you, one and all!