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Portrait of a Scrivnomancer



“He is all my art to me now,” said the painter gravely. […]
“It is not merely that I paint from him, draw from him, sketch from him. Of course, I have done all that. […]
“But in some curious way–I wonder will you understand me?–his personality has suggested to me an entirely new manner in art, an entirely new mode of style. I see things differently, I think of them differently. I can now recreate life in a way that was hidden from me before. […]
"You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him. He is never more present in my work than when no image of him is there. He is a suggestion, as I have said, of a new manner. I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours. That is all.”

~Basil Hallward, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Joshua Alan Doetsch–or rather, Scrivnomancer–is my absolute, absolute favorite writer, and a rather pleasant human eldritch being, to boot. And I say that as someone who almost never has solid favorites to begin with. I can’t sufficiently describe how happy his writing makes me–how much it tickles my brain, both penned and digital ink seeping in through my hungry black hole pupils to slither along the gray gutter-cracks of my skull stuffing–without waxing into imitation. There is a part of me that cannot compute the fact that he has impostor syndrome, as I believe he deserves full well to have his portrait alongside the fantastic ones he has of Poe and Lovecraft, which were done by Michael Bielaczyc. (The frames they come in are really cool, if you can catch his stuff at a con.)

And so, I’ve made Scriv a similar portrait that will eventually be put into a fitting frame–and with it, I intend to bludgeon both our imposter imps. It’s already started working on mine–this is the first thing in a long time that I don’t really have anything to nitpick about. Except that I was an idiot and did it in RGB so I’ll have to tweak the colors for print, but I can fix that. I am sincerely pleased with how it has turned out.

I started this in the middle of January, and while I did take a few weeks off from working on it, I’d say it took about a full month and a half of working multiple hours a day to finish it up. Half of it was lots of little tweaks to make sure everything was just right, which you can kinda see from the progress gif. I expect the frame will take a similarly long time, if not longer–I’ll be doing a good bit of experimenting, and I haven’t worked with clay in…wow, a decade. But I have plans, and they are rad.

Now, given that I’m rather pleased with how this turned out, and thus inclined to think perhaps people other than me and Scriv will also rather like it…I’m considering selling 11″x14″ prints of it. I won’t be able to sell it with a fancy frame, because even just the cost of materials is kind of ridiculous (nevermind factoring in man-hours), and I don’t know how long it would take to deliver on them…but I can sell the print for you to frame or not as you see fit.

I have to make sure the colors are tweaked properly so the print looks good first, and I don’t know how long that will take because I’ve never done this before…but that gives me time to figure out how many folks would buy one. I’d probably round up the cost from shipping, so that’ll depend on where you live (in or outside the US). You can contact me here, through twitter, PM on the TSW forums, message me on tumblr, or email me at to request a copy (and I’ll round up how many of those I get, too, so I have spares in case someone sees this late). I’ll gather shipping info and all that after I get the final prints in–I just want to get a tally first, so I know how many to order.

Crawling roots, heavy with sizzling sap, stab your skull.
Some gourds got more reason to grin than others.

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