There has to be a better way to search when licensing music

I really wish the PROs would figure out their shit and talk more to each other as well as the publishers. I’m on an airplane and trying to use the ASCAP Clearance Express (ACE) site and I can’t even figure out to search the database on the mobile site. But I also don’t know if what I’m looking for is even at ASCAP.

It’s 2019. Can we just have a site that can find things from everywhere? ASCAP, BMI, Harry Fox, etc? I know the music industry executives have no idea what computers are, but still…

Thinking about cover art for Pandora’s Notebook

I have pushed past the end of Act II and am solidly in the writing of the first draft of Act III in Pandora’s Notebook.

I’ve started to think about cover art for the book. I was reminded of a painting I did some time ago that might fit one of the scenes in the book and could make for good cover art. I decided to take a quick picture of the painting using my AmazonBasics photo studio light box.

I bought the light box a while ago to shoot some jewelry for a friend’s Etsy store, but I haven’t used it in ages and I was glad to have an excuse to break it out last night. I didn’t go to the trouble of taking out my Nikon, so this is an iPhone photo but perfectly cromulent I think.

I shot it in the middle of the night and this morning I noticed how severely the painting is at an angle. My first impulse was to “fix” it, but I think it adds character. The painting, both in real life and in the scene in the book, is about imperfections and things not always getting wrapped up neatly.

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Cupid’s Blood Fetish

I started blocking out this drawing this past Sunday and “finished” it last night. I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep working it or not. There is certainly room for some detail work and shading, but on the other hand I’m pretty happy with where it is. I may do a follow on illustration in ink or perhaps a painting, but I’m thinking I am not going to keep working this sketch.

The similar pose to Rembrandt’s Lucretia (1664) is not a coincidence, but Cupid isn’t going to use that knife on himself.

Cupid, ready to shove that knife in your back.

Cupid, ready to shove that knife in your back.

September Art Box Subscriptions

I subscribe to both ArtSnacks and Paletteful Packs monthly art supply subscription services. I tend to post the contents of the boxes on my Instant Graham, but I’m working on sharing more stuff here.

Included below are the photos of the two September boxes as well as a colored pencil drawing I did for the prompt “last”. It’s a shoe last, which may be obscure but is a real thing.

September 2019 ArtSnacks Box

September 2019 ArtSnacks Box

September 2019 Paletteful Packs Box

September 2019 Paletteful Packs Box

Drawing for Paletteful prompt “last”

Drawing for Paletteful prompt “last”