Saturday, January 14, 2012

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.


  1. Welcome to the blog word, looks great!

    1. Thanks, Mrs.Crankypants, for stopping by! It's a beginning and I'm still learning.

  2. They say the cure for stage fright is to imagine your audience naked. This, however, does not hold true for blog fright... because of the very real possibility that it's not just your imagination. :)

    1. do know that maybe you shouldn't have reminded me of that? But that actually could work in my favor as far as stage fright cures go.

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