rachaelm

Bio: I earned a BFA in Illustration in 1999, then promptly went to work in the mainframe computer industry.  I discovered early on that it takes regular income to produce Art, therefore, I have my happy little nook at DST Systems. It involves troubleshooting mainframe computer devices, mucking about the systems, and occasionally working with end-users. It's technical, persnickity, and dynamic. It makes a good logic balance for the creative side of my mind.The creative side of my mind is occupied with dragons and psychadelic color schemes, as it has been since early childhood. Witness the gallery.My favored technique is to use a watercolor base with Prismacolor pencil overlays. Most of the work here was created like this. I also create art with my Zig ink pens, Prismacolor markers, and colored pencils. I also create some black and white ink works.I show my work primarily at SF&F conventions in the Midwest, though I like to try to hit Dragon*Con every year.  I always visit Archon in St. Louis in early October.I do commissioned work regularly.  If you are interested, please contact me privately. Here is my commission information.I am not accepting requests (that is, freebies) any longer.I have prints available for just about all of the colored work you see here. I make my prints with my Epson 2200, and I do my own matting. I'm trying to keep the number of images here at Elfwood reasonable. I have some of my older works, as well as sketches and work-in-progress up at my Deviant Art Gallery. Please stop by to see what's new and under construction! I like Let's see... Stuff I like: rocks, bugs, birds, dragons, monsters from outer space, giant robots, muscle-bound heroes, drawing, reading, technical writing, martial arts, walking really fast, and chocolate. Chocolate is always interesting. Favourite movies I dig Transformers, both 1986 and 2007 versions, Aliens, Predator, Aliens vs Predator, Batman, and any of Miazaki's animated features. I like some Disney 'toons, and all kinds of other SF/Fantasy movies. Last Samurai was exquisite, and so was Equilibrium, Mirrormask, and Sunshine. I'm a fan of Babylon 5, Heroes, X-Files, Avatar, Card Captor, Tenchi, Blade, The Matrix, Harry Potter, Cowboy Bebop, X-Men... You get the idea. Favourite books Harry Potter for the win! Also all things by Katherine Kerr, The Fallen series by Sniegoski, anything by Neil Gaiman and/or Dave McKean - especially the Sandman comics series, Transformers comics by Simon Furman and those guys from Dreamwave and IDW. Oh, oh! And Indiana Jones, Batman, and Star Wars comics, and all that old Aliens and Predator stuff! The Lucifer and the Fables comics series are also very good. I also like weird fiction from the 1920s and 30s - especially work by Clark Ashton Smith, HP Lovecraft, and Lin Carter. Brian Lumley's Titus Crow and dream cycl series are also fantastic. Favourite music I like classical, classic rock, new age/spacey, opera, march, Europop, and the occasional hair band from the 80s.