Finished (finally) color STUDIES of Spirits & Seekers, pp8-9, and color study for page 10 with completed panels 1--3 and tone/lighting washes for panel 4.

It's taken too long, but here are finished color STUDIES for Spirits & Seekers, pp4--7. Of course, there will be changes between these and the final art.

Because I laid out a floorplan for Johann von Medem's mansion, I had to repaint Panel 1 of Page 2 of "Spirits & Seekers".

The tent came out looking darker, so I had to paint over the tent in other panels. I also took the opportunity to revise shadows on the figures and toned down Karlchen & Jeannot's outfits so they didn't outshine Cagliostro.

"Before" & "After" versions of pp 1-2 here. I messed up lettering "Tetragrammaton" & redid it on another sheet.

Progress report: 1st stage watercolors for revised Page 2 Panel 1 of Spirits & Seekers: Cagliostro in Courland. Not happy (yet) with the shadow of the tent on the wall where the balcony is (curtains closed), or with the lettering for "Tetragrammaton" on the banner. The shadow can easily be made darker, but I'll have to go over the lettering with Acryla-Gouache and try lettering again.

I'm painting this as a bleed so I can chop it off in Photoshop. Will also cut it when pasting over original.

Spirits & Seekers: Cagliostro in Courland:

Due to finally drawing a floor plan of Johann von Medem's palace -- a REVISED version of which is here -- I'm having to re-paint a panel from Page 2, which I'd already painted.

Here are the old painted Page 2 Panel 1, and the pencils of the new Page 2 Panel 1. The Egyptian Freemasonry tent is the same, but the space it's in is a ballroom with a balcony.
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For the first time in over 30 years, my art will be in the Boskone Art Show, which is this weekend (15-17 February) at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. Original art is for sale by silent auction, prints by direct sale off the rack. Opening reception Friday night 9:15--11 PM! boskone.org/program-event/art-

Opening this Friday, Boston Children's Museum has an art show *Comics: Heroes, Myths, and Tales*. I'm one of the 10 Boston Comics Roundtable artists featured in the show.

The art I'm including consists of Pages 12--16 from my near-wordless comic book, _Laird MacGuffin's Treasury_ (see pp12-15 below).

This Friday evening 6--8 PM there will be a Meet the Artists event, and I'll be there! Friday evenings 5–9 PM, Museum admission is only $1. bostonchildrensmuseum.org/exhi

The tone layer of the color study for Spirits & Seekers Page 004 has been changed to reflect the fact that there are windows on two walls -- Page 003, which shows light in the windows of the corner room, should have tipped me off long ago. In this study, I lifted as much of the old color as I could, but there's only so much I could do. This is why I do color studies -- so I have room to make mistakes!

Images I've already posted here -- including the "final" version of Page 002 of Spirits & Seekers -- may have to change. I finally sat down and sketched the floor plan of the 2nd floor ("Upstairs" of the Upstairs/Downstairs dynamic) of the Mitau (Jelgava) home of Baroness Elisa von der Recke's father, Count Johann von Medem.

Tone washes for color study for Page 007 of Spirits & Seekers: Cagliostro in Courland.

Tone washes for color study for Page 006 of Spirits & Seekers: Cagliostro in Courland. I haven't done anything with the glasses of (dark-colored, like Riga Black Balsam-style) cordial, as I was unsure how to handle the reflection and refraction of the glass in this mostly fireplace-lit scenery; I'll have to quiz my watercolor coach.

Tone washes for color study of Page 005 of Spirits & Seekers: Cagliostro in Courland. What does Cagliostro see that gives him pause?

Getting back to work (again) on the color studies for _Spirits & Seekers: Cagliostro in Courland_. These are updated tone washes for the study for Page 004 -- with lettering.

Further progress on Mona Lisa. Don't be afraid to go dark in your early washes! Hahaha.

How Mona Lisa stands as of the end of the MIT Craft Fair this past Friday afternoon. Will continue working on her during this week's craft fairs.

Finally, Mr. Pitkin is manager of the Hellish Benares Theatre. Needless to say, he takes a dim view of Balcony Fred's menacing behavior.

Balcony Fred is a perv who peeps up the stairs to the balcony as ladies in swishy skirts go up. Biff is concerned that he's cast a baleful influence on him. The crouching posture is his position as he peeps up the balcony stairs.

Second new "In Hellish Benares" character: Biff, the usher at Hellish Benares Theatre. Middy (when still alive) thinks he's a trifle odd, as he's very young, but wears a more old-fashioned uniform than she does. Toward the end of the story, he crawls along on all fours.

Four new character designs for a new "Ling Master" story, "In Hellish Benares". First is Middy, who first appears as a ghost (or "haint", as the Ling Master refers to her). When she was alive, she worked at the Hellish Benares Theatre. I've modified Blaster Al's original story so that it comes full circle rather than just floating off into nowhere like the original. I definitely need practice drawing her hair.

My partner and I were at the SMFA Art Sale reception last night -- but since the sale started at 11 AM, we didn't see my framed piece (Cardinals Communing) on the wall, as someone had bought it a half-hour before we arrived! The sale, which benefits SMFA students and programs, continues through this Sunday (today and Sat. 11-7, Sunday 11-5) and I still have some of my shrinkwrapped pieces in the racks for browsing. smfa.tufts.edu/events-exhibits

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