Science Fiction & Fantasy Author and Illustrator
I love to work in black & white. Years ago, the cost of reproducing color work was cost-prohibitive in the small press markets.
I did hundreds of pieces of black & white art, some of which were published (10 or more years ago) -- but all of which I still own all rights to. Some of the pieces below were printed in very small literary magazines or in program booklets for nonprofits, etc. Others, were never published. All of them have been added to since they were first drawn. I'm hoping to find publishing homes for each of them.
The media vary. I like to render work in pencil, charcoal, black crayon on Ross Board, in India ink, collage, prints, and scratchboard. The stark contrast between black and white reminds me of the brightness of stars against a night sky.
One of my goals is to select some of my favorite black & white images and use them as inspiration for color paintings. You'll have to check back and see which images I choose, and what the color version looks like.
All images below copyrighted by VWCrist. All Rights Reserved.
I've copied some of these images on heavy paper and used them as a sort of greeting card to respond to editors and clients.
One of the more interesting responses from those who've seen the cards was, "Wow! These would make great tatoo designs."
Um, not exactly the response I was going for, but it's nice to think people liked the designs well enough to consider putting them on their body as permanent art.