Lepidoptera

San Diego Comic-Con 2022: It’s Back!

by ncwinters on July 19, 2022

It’s a mad dash and I’m running behind, what else is new?

San Diego Comic-Con has returned in person after a two year break. It runs this week, July 21 to July 24. I’ll be exhibiting and slinging art in the usual spot again this year at Booth 4619 in the Fantasy Illustrators section in Lobby G. Preview night (available to 4 day pass holders ONLY) is Wednesday, July 20, at 6PM. This is the special “preview” to the official opening and is generally known to be the best time to get the super exclusives.

This year I have several new offerings that will debut exclusively at SDCC. For those not attending, I will be holding back some of the new items to sell in my online shop after the convention, along with as any unsold items. I’ll mention that release date later. But SDCC is still going to be the best bet for access, so get your poster buddies ready!

I’m spacing the allotment of my art for sale over the entire four days of the convention, but it will be weighted heavier towards the beginning and slow down as the show progresses. I’ll have a good portion of my drop available on Preview Night though, so to get your best shot at the super rares and exclusives try to get there as early as possible.

First off, I’m debuting the next set of Lepidoptera: Lep 14 “Luna” and Lep 15 “Sphinx.” They come in the regular matching sets of two as usual, and also feature a variant colorway in more limited amounts, sold individually. I will also once again have a small amount of hand embellished versions available for $250 each. For some of them, I got carried away and they went from “hand embellished” to essentially “full blown painting.” These will be denoted as Premium Hand Embellished, and available for $400 each.

Hand Embellished version – $250 each.
Limit one per person.

Premium Hand Embellished – over-the-top galactic version – $400 each.
Limit one per person.

I forgot to mention in the chaos of the year that I designed two cards for Magic: the Gathering: Grim Backwoods (land) and Sigarda, Champion of Light (legendary creature). This was a true bucket list project, and I’m excited to have my artist proofs available at the convention. The artist proofs differ from regular cards by having blank backs. Every card will have a unique random sketch on the back and will be hand signed and numbered. Sigarda comes in both a regular and a more limited holographic foil version.

I also have a brand new set of bugs (insects have become a bit of a theme) entitled “B3TL” (pronounced “beetle”). B3TL is a new collectible set of four 5″ x 7″ giclee prints on watercolor paper (the same paper as Lepidoptera) in a limited edition of 150 sets. Twenty lucky buyers will also receive one of four different B3TLs in a variant colorway, limited to only five total of each. They’re blind-packed, so you won’t know until you open them. Limit three packs per person. Hand embellished sets also available, though no rares included in the hand embellished sets.

B3TL Series One– set of four 5″ x 7″ prints. $100 per set.
Limit three sets per person.

Hand Embellished set $250 each.
Limit one set per person.

I will also be debuting a new screenprint from the Sigarda art I created for Magic: the Gathering. The poster will be available in two colorways, each print hand signed and numbered.

There will be far more small originals available than what is listed below, keep an eye on my Instagram and Facebook page/stories for updates on new originals as they get completed. And of course, check by the booth often as I’ll most likely be painting live much of the time.

Lots of bugs this year! Several small originals in various sizes.
3″ x 5″ to 4″ x 6″ (shown above) $200-$300 each.

Larger pieces will also be available.
“Mood Board” 9″ x 12″ $900.

And finally, it wouldn’t be a convention without hard-to-find gems. I’ll have some sold-out gig posters from Primus, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica, 311 and more. Also, look for some elusive art prints including Fading Away, Liminal, and recent sold out Lepidoptera.

Sold out Primus Broadmoor variant foil, and others!

See you at the CON!

*NCW*

Lepidoptera 12 & 13.

by ncwinters on May 11, 2022

Grab your nets!

My intrepid team of biologists have announced two new entries in the Lepidoptera catalogue. Presenting Lepidoptera 12: “Skul” and Lepidoptera 13: “Poppy.”

Extensive research has revealed two unique color patterns for each moth. Skul specimens with the “Oxide” designation display a carapace in blue and black with coppery notes throughout, echoed in its teal and hazel stare. Meanwhile the “Viscera” flavor of Skul is haunted by deep rich reds, blues and purples, contrasting its pale lavender eyes. Both seem to have a rigid metallic edge, to seemingly protect their fragile wings?

It’s hard to miss a Poppy with the “Pomegranate” color pattern. It is a bold specimen, with rich reds, pinks and purples surrounding its fiery gaze. On the other hand, the “Peridot” variety is a delicate and subtle mix of soft greens and blues, edged by a subtle orange. This color harmony is echoed in its pale amber eyes, edged in green.

Individual catalogue pages of these new specimens can be acquired for your own study and viewing pleasure, in a forthcoming limited edition release. Some of our more enthusiastic researchers have provided a select few hand-painted catalogue pages. No two alike, these were documented on location in the field, using inks, paints, and iridescent media to uniquely enhance the design. These have become more elaborate and time consuming over the years, so we have had to adjust the purchase price accordingly.

The full collection will be available through our online emporium this coming Friday, May 13 but be warned! The folios are limited in quantity, and the hand painted pages in particular are extremely coveted, and seem to vanish from the library first. Those who are subscribed to our periodic journal: ‘The Art Bucket’ can find exact details regarding the optimum time to attempt an acquisition (sign up for the newsletter in the sidebar to get the exact drop time).

As always, we thank you for your patronage! On to the specimens!

Lepidoptera 12 “Skul” – main ‘Oxide’ colorway
Print size: 10″ x 8″ limited edition of 170.
Sold as set with Lepidoptera 13: Main “Pomegranate” colorway.
Archival giclée print on cold press natural cotton rag.
Printed by Dave Correia.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. 
$90 each set. (set of both Lep 12 ‘Oxide’ and Lep 13 ‘Pomegranate’)

Strict limit of NO MORE THAN TWO SETS PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Hand Embellished Lepidoptera 12 “Skul” – main ‘Oxide’ colorway
Print size: 10″ x 8″ (dimensions variable), edition of 10.
Uniquely hand painted/trimmed archival giclée print on cold press natural cotton rag.
No two exactly alike. Each print is hand signed & numbered. 
$250 each. 
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE ‘HE’ OF EACH COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Lepidoptera 12 “Skul” – variant ‘Viscera’ colorway
Print size: 10″ x 8″ limited edition of 30.
Archival giclée print on cold press natural cotton rag.
Printed by Dave Correia.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. 
$60 each.

Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.

Hand Embellished (‘HE’) version (edition of only 5, not shown): $260 each. 
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE ‘HE’ OF EACH COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Lepidoptera 13 “Poppy” – main ‘Pomegranate’ colorway
Print size: 10″ x 8″ limited edition of 170.
Sold as set with Lepidoptera 12: Main “Oxide” colorway.
Archival giclée print on cold press natural cotton rag.
Printed by Dave Correia.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. 
$90 each set. (set of both Lep 12 ‘Oxide’ and Lep 13 ‘Pomegranate’)

Strict limit of NO MORE THAN TWO SETS PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.

Hand Embellished (‘HE’) version (edition of only 10, not shown): $250 each. 
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE ‘HE’ OF EACH COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Lepidoptera 13 “Poppy” – variant ‘Peridot’ colorway
Print size: 10″ x 8″ limited edition of 30.
Archival giclée print on cold press natural cotton rag.
Printed by Dave Correia.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. 
$60 each.

Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.

Hand Embellished (‘HE’) version (edition of only 5, not shown): $260 each.
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE ‘HE’ OF EACH COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

detail views.

*NCW*

Lepidoptera 10 & 11.

by ncwinters on March 16, 2022

Time seems like a new and increasingly abstract thing. But at least there’s new Lepidoptera to catch.

Been an age since my last update. I feel like that’s what I always say now, but in this case it actually was November I last released some new art, and that may be a new record. It feels ever increasingly strange to release art into the world right now. A world dealing with the ravages of Covid, a new war in Ukraine and all the other chaos of life, but it is what I do. And it is what I must do, both to keep my sanity and also provide for my family. So here we are.

I’m extremely happy with how the two newest entries into the Lepidoptera catalogue have come out. As always, thanks to Dave Correia for his impeccable skill printing these. His eye for maintaining the colors I’m pushing for is always appreciated. Thank you Dave.

This round features a couple variants from each main colorway. Maybe it’s the ADHD, maybe it’s just indecisiveness, but the last step of tweaking final color for output always brings new discoveries. Unseen possibilities for what ‘might have been’ color-wise from my original intention creating these bugs. It’s increasingly hard to resist seeing some of them come to fruition in printed form. So there’s some extra to choose from this time around.

The prints match the dimensions and medium of all previous Lepidoptera: 10″ wide by 8″ tall, on natural 100% cotton rag watercolor paper. Each print is hand signed and numbered according to edition size. Also, same as before, I’ve hand embellished a select few prints, for those who like their Lepidoptera with an extra personal touch. Irregular edges, drawing, colored inks, acrylic paint and textural effects, metallics, iridescent inks and whatever else is at hand in the studio as I free-form make a handful of prints into one-of-a-kind individual new paintings. These are random and all unique: you won’t know how one will look until it arrives.

Please note! There are strict limits in place in terms of how many prints can be purchased, and will be enforced, violators will have all orders cancelled and refunded:

NO MORE THAN TWO SETS (Lep 10 ‘Flame’ and Lep 11 ‘Morning’)
PER PERSON/PURCHASE/HOUSEHOLD.
Self explanatory- one or two sets per household, but no more.

NO MORE THAN ONE OF EACH VARIANT COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD, INCLUDING HAND EMBELLISHED VERSIONS.
You can order a Lep 10 ‘Ivory’ and a Hand embellished Lep 10 ‘Shadow,’
but NOT TWO Lep 10 ‘Ivory,”
or a Lep 10 ‘Shadow’ AND a hand embellished Lep 10 ‘Shadow” etc.

The prints go up for sale this coming Friday, March 18 in the online shop at a random time. As always, to get the exact drop time, be sure you’re signed up to the newsletter in the sidebar over there. Newsletter subscribers get the inside scoop. These have traditionally gone very quickly, and I expect the same may happen for the very limited variants, so your best bet is the newsletter with drop time.

I hope everyone continues to stay as safe, healthy and sane as possible. The world is indeed different and ever challenging. Take care of each other and your individual mental health. I appreciate every single comment, like, and purchase you make with regards to my art. I cannot do this job without you, and I am grateful.

On to the prints. Be well, and I love you all!

Lepidoptera 10 “Tigre” – Main ‘Flame’ colorway
Print size: 10″ x 8″ limited edition of 200.

Sold as set with Lepidoptera 11: “Morning” colorway.
Archival giclée print on cold press natural cotton rag.
Printed by Dave Correia.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. 
$90 each set. (set of both Lep 10 ‘Flame’ and Lep 11 ‘Morning’)

Strict limit of NO MORE THAN TWO SETS PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.

Hand Embellished version (edition of only 10, not shown): $150 each. 
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE ‘HE’ OF EACH COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Lepidoptera 10 “Tigre” – Variant ‘Ivory’ colorway
Print size: 10″ x 8″ limited edition of 35. $55 each.

Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE OF EACH VARIANT COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD, INCLUDING HAND EMBELLISHED VERSIONS.

Hand Embellished version (edition of only 3, not shown): $160 each. 
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE OF EACH VARIANT COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD, INCLUDING HAND EMBELLISHED VERSIONS.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Lepidoptera 10 “Tigre” – Variant ‘Shadow’ colorway
Print size: 10″ x 8″ limited edition of 25.
$60 each.
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE OF EACH VARIANT COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD, INCLUDING HAND EMBELLISHED VERSIONS.

Hand Embellished version (edition of only 3, not shown): $165 each. 
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE OF EACH VARIANT COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD, INCLUDING HAND EMBELLISHED VERSIONS.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

detail views.

Lepidoptera 11 “Iris” – Main ‘Morning’ colorway
Print size: 10″ x 8″ limited edition of 200.

Sold as set with Lepidoptera 10: “Flame” colorway.
Archival giclée print on cold press natural cotton rag.
Printed by Dave Correia.

Each print is hand signed & numbered. 
$90 each set. (set of both Lep 10 ‘Flame’ and Lep 11 ‘Morning’)

Strict limit of NO MORE THAN TWO SETS PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.

Hand Embellished version (edition of only 10, not shown): $150 each. 
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE ‘HE’ OF EACH COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Lepidoptera 11 “Iris” – Variant ‘Sunset’ colorway
Print size: 10″ x 8″ limited edition of 35.
$55 each.
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE OF EACH VARIANT COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD, INCLUDING HAND EMBELLISHED VERSIONS.

Hand Embellished version (edition of only 3, not shown): $160 each. 
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE OF EACH VARIANT COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD, INCLUDING HAND EMBELLISHED VERSIONS.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

Lepidoptera 11 “Iris” – Variant ‘Twilight’ colorway
Print size: 10″ x 8″ limited edition of 25.
$60 each.
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE OF EACH VARIANT COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD, INCLUDING HAND EMBELLISHED VERSIONS.

Hand Embellished version (edition of only 3, not shown): $165 each. 
Strict limit of NO MORE THAN ONE OF EACH VARIANT COLORWAY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD, INCLUDING HAND EMBELLISHED VERSIONS.
To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.

detail views.

For your information, there is a group on Facebook dedicated to my artwork. The group is filled with really good people who talk about, show off frame ups and help each other out in acquiring long lost works of mine. I didn’t create the group, several “fans” did. While I’m technically an admin, I don’t moderate the group at all, other than popping in from time to time with live video updates and special releases for the members of the group. Check it out if you’re interested!
Fans of N.C. Winters.

*NCW*