Art Order- Reckless Deck Challenge

recklessdeck If you haven't heard of the Reckless Deck, it's a 72 card deck that is "a shock to the creative system for illustrators, concept artists, cosplayers, and gamers"-- with a wild variety of prompts.  I asked for a set for Christmas, and I love it.

The Art Order recently hosted a challenge based on the Reckless Deck.  A set of prompts would be randomly generated, and entries would be created based on them.  Above you can see the cards I was given.   And here is the finished drawing created from them:


Prototype. Pencil, powdered graphite, & white charcoal on toned paper. 14" x 11".

If this has a Winter Soldier/Mass Effect flavor, it's probably because I've been playing a lot of ME recently, and mulling over the tragedy of Bucky Barnes.


Drawing: Dark Angel


Dark Angel. Pencil & white pastel on toned paper, 9″ x 14.5″.

My final SmArt School project for the semester was an assignment given by Karen Berger, former AD of Vertigo Comics.  The assignment was a spec comics cover of a half-angel/half-demon lady confronting a mortal man in a cemetery.

While I was drawing I listened to Jen Titus' "O Death" on loop.

Lovely Laufey

Laufey_paigecarpenter_blogPencil and white charcoal on toned paper. 8.5" x 11"

Continuing my Norse series, this is Laufey, mother of Loki. (With baby Loki!) Her name means "leafy." She is also called Nál, "needle". Little is known about her other than her name, so I imagined her as a sort of forest spirit, with leaves and beetles in her hair and fawn spots on her skin.

Loki's surname in mythology is a matronym (Loki Laufeyjarson) rather than a patronym (for example, Thor the son of Odin would be Thor Odinson). I'm not sure why. Perhaps his father, Fárbauti, refused to acknowledge him? At any rate, his mother was important to him.

If you've seen the first Thor film, you may be imagining Laufey like this. Somehow Marvel turned the sweet lady of the leaves into a huge blue MALE frost giant who abandoned his infant son.  I'm counting that as a Fail, Marvel.

Others in my Norse series:

Angrboda, Bringer of Sorrow

Freyr, Lord of Summer

Freya, Lady of Love

Helblindi, Loki's Brother

Enthralled - Drawing



Pencil & white pastel on toned paper. 19" x 15".

enthrall verb

capture the fascinated attention of (also inthrall) archaic enslave

Origin: late Middle English (in the sense 'enslave'; formerly also asinthrall): from en-1, in-2 (as an intensifier) + thrall

thrall noun
a slave, servant, or captive
the state of being in someone’s power or having great power over someone

Origin: Old English thrǣl 'slave', from Old Norse thræll



Definitions from The Oxford Dictionaries.