When it was suggested by a friend that I should to begin a blog of my own, I responded the way I usually do when asked to present myself to a possibly large group of people:
I got instant stage fright.
Blog fright. Blogaphobia.
Ramble on about myself to strangers? (Or even people I know and like?) Yikes.
But here I am, making the awkward introductions. Oh, it'll get easier, I suppose. Even if I'm writing to the sound of chirping crickets...but that's really okay. I LIKE crickets..
This blog's purpose is for me to share my artwork, sketches, cartoons and whatnot. A sort of portfolio-with-commentary.
And I also anticipate straying and talking geekishly about
the things that interest me, be they fantasy novels, Pre-Raphaelite art, graphic novels, films, etc. You get the idea. Being nerdishly self-indulgent.
Wolverine, 2001. Gouache.
A little about myself: like it says at the top, my name is Raine Szramski and I call myself an illustrator though I work at a used bookstore for a steadier paycheck and health insurance. In this blog you will encounter what I do when I'm not at the bookstore...or sometimes, as in the case of the Pre-Raph Cartoons, what I do on my lunchbreaks.
So welcome aboard. I'd like to introduce you to the three styles I like to work in:
My painting style:
Book Wyrm, 1998. Gouache.
My graphic novel style:
Heaven and the Dead City, 2010.
And some goofier stuff:
From the Pre-Raphaelite Sketchbook Cartoons.