Saturday, July 9, 2016

Summertime and the Livin's Easy

Welcome back to our occasional update of what's going on around the THC studios!


  • Shroud of the Avatar: New Beginnings is still underway - the Patrons at www.patreon.com/tortoiseharecreations get first look, so get on over there and join us!
  • Commissions! Client work is currently taking up the bulk of Indi's time as she completes the second order for the Dark Unknown's game manual (all small black/white pen-and-ink-style pieces!), over halfway through and trucking! None yet released, but the Patrons (clicky!) will be the first to see any new ones! In a similar vein, work is underway on the Mists of Akuma project, a cool feudal Japanese/steampunk campaign setting brought to you by the creators of the bestselling Veranthea Codex! Super excited to be working on this one - but the story's the same! Not yet released, but the Patrons will get first glance! However, I CAN share a portion of the vinyl wraparound cover painting for Recap's upcoming album "Pronoia," for which I painted the 12x24" cover and a 12"x12" interior piece - I can't wait for you guys to see them! Album is dropping July 23rd, so keep an eye out for the rest of this and the matching piece!   
  • Character Commissions! Though Indi's Waitlist is still pretty full, she can and continues to fit some individual character commissions in - drop us a line if you want to see your character or faction logo spring to life! 
  • Go West, Young Business! This quarter marked the first time since coming here that we've left the familiarity of the mid-Atlantic states to vend at conventions further from our shores! We had a great time at SoonerCon, catching up with old friends - SoonerCon was actually the very first convention THC ever presented at five years ago, though our offerings were slim! We also caught a local Nintendo Play event in Denver before exhibiting at GeoWoodstock XIV, our second GeoWoodstock as a company! Thank you so much to everyone in those states (and between!) for making us feel welcome! 
  • Upcoming Shows & Appearances:
  • 7/16: BookFest! PA - State College, PA

  • 7/23: Popcomiganze - Dunkirk, MD

    7/31: Galacticon - Columbia, MD

    8/6: Dover Comicon - Dover, DE

    8/13: Washington County Comicon - Hagerstown, MD

    8/27-28: WVPopCon - Morgantown, WV 







Thursday, April 21, 2016

Let Us Go Then, You and I, When the Evening is Spread Out Against the Sky

Welcome back to our occasional update of what's happening around the THC Studios!


  • We've officially begun work on the next installment of the Shroud of the Avatar: New Beginnings comic miniseries! Join us at www.patreon.com/tortoiseharecreations to keep up with all the behind-the-scenes and sneak peek material.  
    Portion of the double-spread, watercolor title page for the next issue. 
  • Congratulations to Tapestry of Ages Games for The Dark Unknown: A Quest for Art's successful Kickstarter campaign (Check out the project here http://www.darkunknown.org/ )! We're well underway working on the art for the final half of the manual, but here is the final piece from the first half, the Bestiary: "Elder Dragon." 
    Art by Indi Martin
    (c)2016 Tortoise & Hare Creations/Tapestry of Ages Games
  • Another congratulations goes out to Recap Band for their successful Kickstarter for Pronoia, the follow-up album to one of my favorites, Neon Milk. I ended up being a stretch goal on the campaign, so I'll be doing the cover and an interior piece for their album starting in May! Check out their music here: http://www.recapband.com/ 
  • New Fan Art Print! With work keeping me pretty busy, I haven't had a lot of time for personal projects, but I was really struck by Jon Bernthal's take on the Punisher, so this one got done. :) Available for purchase here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/273251534/the-punisher-by-indi-martin 
    "The Punisher" - by Indi Martin

  • Upcoming Appearances! 
    • Tidewater Comicon - 5/21-22 - VA Beach, VA
    • HOBLOTH - 6/1-6/5 (Private Event) - Austin, TX 
    • SciFi in the Valley - 6/10-12 - Altoona, PA
    • SoonerCon - 6/24-26 - Norman, OK
    • GeoWoodstock XIV - 7/3 - Denver, CO
    • BookFest PA - 7/16 - State College, PA
    • Popcomiganza - 7/23 - Dunkirk, MD

Title Quote from T.S. Eliot's "The LoveSong of J. Alfred Prufrock"










Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fear Not the Dead, Pool Your Thoughts to Love Instead

Welcome back to our occasional, and not-generally-scheduled update of what's going on around the THC studios!


  • Valentine's Day Sale! You have until 2/14 to get 25% off anything in the Etsy store! Click HERE to shop, use code LOVE16 when checking out - no minimum purchase! 
  • FREE VALENTINE'S DAY CARDS! Last year, I did a fun Valentine's Day bonus for our Patrons (Join us! Get cool stuff!), and this year, I've chosen the best of them and created a free, downloadable, printable sheet of Valentine's Day cards. While you're there, consider becoming a supporter for as little as $1 a month, it makes a huge difference, and you can show your support and reap the benefits! Click HERE to get the full-size version. 
  • Will's superheroine comic, Morel, has officially launched its own webpage - www.morelcomic.com - check it out! 
  • Commissions have been flowing in! Check out Indi's Commission Page to get on the list! Watercolor commissions have been hot, get signed up for a truly one-of-a-kind, frameable artpiece to call your own. (Pictured here: a camera-phone pic of the 18x24 "Sylph" cover art, from the upcoming Sylph video game.) 
  • 2016 Tour Poster! We've got most of our shows lined up for 2016, so take a peek and see when we'll be in your neck of the woods! 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2015: By the Numbers

Welcome back to THC's occasional update of what's going on around the studios. It's December, and we're fast coming up on another click of Earth's odometer, so I thought I'd take a moment for retrospection before we slide into 2016.

2015 was a hell of a year. Let's do this by the numbers:

17: Number of conventions THC attended this year as artists/vendors. That's pretty far down from 2014's 38 - we'll be finding a happy medium between those two numbers for next year, I'm sure!

321: Number of posts on our Patreon page. MOST of those posts are patron-only exclusives, like works-in-progress pictures, full .psd files, high-res, watermark-free files, sneak-peeks, and Patron-exclusive stock art. We launched the Patreon officially on 1/15 of this year, and it's been a wild ride already!

63: Number of watercolors completed this year (that I have scans of - there were probably at least that amount that got discarded). Here's a collage of some of my favorites:

426: Number of pages in the final release of Into Dreams: A Gina Harwood novel, which was released on June 11, 2015. 

74: Number of commissioned paintings or drawings completed this year (not counting a few at conventions). Again with the collage, though this will probably be the last one, as they're surprisingly time-consuming. 

8: Stock Art pieces released to the Patrons after introducing the concept late 3rd Quarter. 

7: New Fan Art prints in the entirety of 2015 - Crowley, Charlie Bradbury, Arya Stark, Xena, Tyrion Lannister, Seven and Four. I've got one underway and I'm looking to expand this number a bit in 2016 - I wanted to cut back, not cut out fan art altogether! 

3: Other Milestones I couldn't figure out a way to fit into the "Numbers" theme. In addition to all of this, we also created and released Shroud of the Avatar: New Beginnings - our first (but not last) foray into officially licensed comics. We also created and released the Geocaching Pinup set and the MD Expansion of GoCache to commemorate GeoWoodstock XIII, held ten miles from where we live. :) 

2015 was the 4th year since Tortoise & Hare Creations took its first shaky breath, but it's been - by far - the busiest. THANK YOU for being here with us, and I hope you're just as excited as we are to see what Year 5 brings to THC!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Remember, Remember...

Welcome back to THC's occasional update of what's happening in the studios. Here's what's new and on the horizon here for us! If you like what you see, come and join us at www.patreon.com/tortoiseharecreations - don't miss out on one more month of our exclusives!




  • "Autonomy" - Thank you to everyone who attended the opening of my watercolor show at the Fine Arts Company, and congratulations to the new owners of original art! The show continues at the Garland Groh location until early December, and then for a few weeks at their new Valley Mall location. Stop in and check it out if you're in the Hagerstown, MD area!
  • "Tang" - Indi Martin, 2015 - Watercolor


  • Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday SAVINGS!!!! Clear out your holiday shopping list by taking 25% off ALL prints - now until December 1st! Use code THCROCKS when checking out of our Etsy store! https://www.etsy.com/shop/TortoiseHareCreate 
    ENDS DEC 1ST! Don't miss out!
  • New Patron-exclusive stock art available now! "Tree Village," #2 in the Fantasy Buildings series comes free to all Patrons of any level with a non-watermarked high-res .jpg, the original .psd file, and a license allowing them to use the image in any one project. Join now and get access to all kinds of stuff! https://www.patreon.com/tortoiseharecreations 
    "Tree Village" - Indi Martin, 2015 - Wacom in CS6
  • Commission MADNESS! This season has been the busiest EVER for commissions, so if you've been looking to get some work done, check out my rates and example pieces for each (as well as the current estimated start date for work): http://indigowarrior.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Bio-and-Rates-528468095 
    "Flora & Lightning" - Indi Martin, 2015 - Watercolor on Board. Painted for N. Glasscock

We're finishing up our schedule for 2016, watch this space in the next update to find out where we'll be in the coming months! :)












Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bittersweet October - Mellow, Messy, Leaf-Kicking, Perfect Pause Between Opposing Miseries

Welcome back to THC's occasional update of what's happening in the studios. Here's what's new and on the horizon here for us! If you like what you see, come and join us at www.patreon.com/tortoiseharecreations - don't miss out on one more month of our exclusives!

  • 3rd Quarter Wrapup video - congratulations to Joshua L. for winning the Dissolution layout page, the limited Dean/Sam vinyl stickers, and the very rare Flip the Bird card! The 4th quarter is going to be a VERY GOOD quarter to be a patron of THC - join NOW and don't miss out on the rewards! www.patreon.com/tortoiseharecreations
  • Commissions are open! Get on the list and check out the examples to determine which rate you need: indigowarrior.deviantart.com/journal
Commission painted for Bad Yoga Tribe (c)2015
  • The Patrons have voted! This quarter's stock art theme is Fantasy Buildings - and YOU WANT THESE! They're (likely) all going to be fully painted, and are FREE to use for any of our patrons - at ANY level! 
  • Watercolor show at the Fine Arts Company in Hagerstown, MD is creeping closer!  November 14th is the Meet & Greet - mark your calendars! 
  • Changes to our Upcoming Appearances
    • CANCELLATION: Going Caching - Rome, GA - unfortunately, THC will not be present at this amazing Renaissance-themed event. We hope to catch you next year!
    • 10/30-11/1 - AnimeUSA, Washington, DC
    • 11/14 - Meet the Artist, Fine Arts Company, Hagerstown, MD
    • 11/22-11/23 - VA Comicon, Richmond, VA
Thanks for checking in! See you at our Patreon page - www.patreon.com/tortoiseharecreations






Title Quote by Carol Bishop Hipps

Monday, September 7, 2015

September Days

Welcome back to THC's occasional update of what's happening in the studios. Here's what's new and on the horizon here for us! If you like what you see, come and join us at www.patreon.com/tortoiseharecreations - don't miss out on one more month of our exclusives!


  • Crowley - With Crowley, the planned four-piece Supernatural set (Dean, Sam, Cas & Crowley) is now COMPLETE! Prints are available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/245653826/crowley-supernatural-series?ref=listings_manager_grid or get the FULL Supernatural set at a discount here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/245653704/bundle-full-supernatural-set-four-prints?ref=listings_manager_grid   
  • Full time-lapse greyscale-to-color video - see how Indi's most popular paintings are created start-to-finish, and get a view of Charlie (Felicia Day) from Supernatural to boot! Subscribe to our channel to see all of our video projects: https://www.youtube.com/user/Tortoiseharecreation
  • Stock Art! More stock is being uploaded weekly at our DriveThruRPG site - if you need art for anything, check out what we've got: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/8677/Tortoise-amp-Hare-Creations 
  • New Patreon Stock Art Bonus! Every quarter, our patron will be given SIX new pieces of stock art that they own and can use for any project - the quarter will have a theme, and all six pieces will be part of that theme. This month's theme is the lovely horse, so I'll be drawing anything from the humble pack mule to a frightful Nightmare. These are FREE to all of our patrons! Check out the first one and sign up to join us today! https://www.patreon.com/posts/stock-art-pack-1-3255910 
  • Commissions are currently open - get on the list today! http://indigowarrior.deviantart.com/journal/  This is Altrar the Ancient, painted by commission for Realmwares.com 
  • Appearances - Updated our 2015 "We Create Dwarf Planets" tour poster for the remainder of 2015 - we run specials at all conventions and festivals, come out and see us if we're in your neck of the woods!