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May I Present “Lighter Than Air”

Even though I am living more or less out of a suitcase right now I couldn’t bear to leave all my art supplies behind. It’s a good thing I didn’t because I have been asked by my writer friend, Penny Blake, to collaborate on a new book called Steampunk Alchemy. I am doing four of the illustrations, as well as contributing some fiction vignettes. The book is all about making “potions” like perfume and lotions out of all natural materials and with a Steampunk twist.

This is the first of my illustrations for the book, which will be made available during the Kickstarter campaign running sometime this fall. Stay tuned for details, but for now, I hope you enjoy this newest assemblage. I tried something a bit more complex with the 3D paper balloon in the center and I am very pleased with the lattice-like effect. I can’t wait to try it out again when I am reunited with my die-cutting machine in August. This time I cut everything out by hand, but I am sure I can make it even more interesting and complex by designing the shapes on the computer first.

"Lighter Than Air" front "Lighter Than Air" side

5 responses

  1. Very nice. I like the juxtaposition of birds and mechanical elements in the background, not to mention the balloon itself.


    March 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

  2. Very nice! I love how the chain goes through the balloon and is not just stuck on.

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    April 4, 2015 at 5:48 pm

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