Goblin Market Book

Last week we launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund Omar's new illustrated book, Goblin Market. We reached our funding goal the first day (woohoo!), which now lets us move forward in the publishing process. There's still plenty of time for you to help out, the campaign ends on September 23. Backers have the chance to pre-buy the book, thus get it before anyone else does, along with prints and package deals available exclusively through the Kickstarter.
This book has been a personal project of Omar's, he's been working on it for over ten years. The book is just --p a c k e d-- with art. We are very excited to see it finally come to life. 
A link to the Kickstarter: 

Below are sample pages from the book

A Few New Pieces

Here are a few more of Omar's paintings that are currently available for sale.
You can find others in a previous post.
Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing, or wish to get more information about them. And remember: he also has smaller, lower priced pieces available
in his Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/studiorayyan.
Anna Katenina - oil on panel, 10x12 inches  $2500
Last Diner Before Mordor - watercolor, 22x30 inches  $7500
Last Diner Before Mordor (detail)
Last Diner Before Mordor (detail)

Currently Available Art

These are some of Omar's larger paintings that are currently available for sale.
Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing, or wish to get more information about them. And remember: he also has smaller, lower priced pieces available
in his Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/studiorayyan.

Beetle Battle - watercolor, 11x14 inches  SOLD

Battlecry of the Chipmunk - watercolor, 12x15 inches  $1750

At the Fish Market - watercolor, 8.5x11 inches  $1000

Grackles - oil on panel, 18x24 inches SOLD

Madam M and Maurice - watercolor, 7.75x10 inches  $750

Rum on the Rocks - watercolor, 13x17 inches  SOLD

Schnapps - watercolor, 11x15 inches  SOLD

Portrait of a Siren - watercolor, 12x15 inches  $3000

The Socialite - oil on panel, 18x24 inches  SOLD

Tiny Pink Elephants - watercolor, 11x14 inches  $2750

Milking the Triceratops - oil on panel, 11x14 inches  $2000

Turtle Tacking - watercolor, 13x17 inches  SOLD

Weasels, Ferrets, and Stoats, Oh My! - watercolor, 12x16 inches  $2000

Young Ursula - watercolor, 11x14 inches  $1000



Giveaway Contest!

Portrait with Pansy - 7x8 inches, watercolor

We are offering this chance for you to WIN this original Omar Rayyan watercolor painting.

If you buy something from either of our Etsy shops:
your name will be automatically entered for a chance to win.
Contest runs until August 31, 2015 at midnight (EST).
Winner will be announced here and on Omar's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/orayyan
Good luck and happy shopping! :)

UPDATE:
We have a winner!
Congratulations to Hannah Saurs.
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest this year.








Alice in Wonderland

Through the years, Omar has done some paintings inspired by the world of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. None of these were done for publication. The first two he created (The Caterpillar and Croquet) were done for a special online exhibition featuring several artist's interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. The rest were done just for fun, or by request as commissions from art collectors.
Here they are, in no particular order.
...and Burbled as it Came! - watercolor

The White Knight - watercolor

The Caterpillar - watercolor

Croquet - watercolor

Now, Dinah, tell me the truth: did you ever eat a bat? - watercolor

A Queer-looking Party - watercolor

The Mock Turtle - watercolor

Interlude with the Gryphon - watercolor

In Uffish Thought He Stood - watercolor



Really BIG Art!

This past winter, Omar was commissioned to do a painting titled "Bunny's Birthday Bash". The client wanted him to do a very LARGE watercolor depicting her favorite rabbits and their friends partying it up. The painting was so large, in fact, that it did not fit on Omar's usual work desk. He had to make a temporary workspace just to accommodate the piece.
Bunny Bash in progress.
 You'd figure that when facing such a huge task, Omar would maybe perhaps just possibly consider that he might use bigger brushes and use bolder strokes to get the job done. Nope, he used his usual little brushes and spared no detail. Crazy man. But the finished piece is quite epic, as you can see in the images below.
"Bunny's Birthday Bash"  27x37 inches, watercolor
detail of some of the partygoers
detail of the birthday bunny
Bunny admiring his new painting




Fantastic Art


We're very excited to announce that Omar's painting of "Night at the Races" has been nominated for an award in the upcoming Spectrum Fantastic Art annual. We will be traveling to Kansas City in May for the Spectrum Fantastic Art LIVE convention, where they will be announcing the winners and presenting the awards. Omar won the Gold Award last year in the "Unpublished" category. Not one to rest on his laurels, he's very happy and humbled to be in the running again this year. To be nominated two years in a row is thrilling to say the least, since every year the bar is raised soooo much higher. The quality and range of work submitted by the artists each year is just astounding, hats off to the judges who have to make the tough decision about which pieces make the cut!
Below are a few of the other nominated pieces.
Dan dos Santos - Taking Flight
Sam Bosma - Critical Education
Forest Rogers - Venetian Harpy
Te Hu - Wonders: Gate of Luxor
Jeffrey Alan Love - Skyrim





Little Paintings

Omar just finished a batch of little paintings, and they've been put up for sale
in his Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/StudioRayyan.
Here are a few of them, to whet your appetite.

Hoot Nanny
Mendleson's Magnificent Mustache
Hamster o' Doom
Badger in His Beer
Don't Call Him "Bunny"




More Art

Here are some more paintings by Omar that are available for sale.
Please contact us if you are interested in any of them.
Enjoy.

The Mock Turtle - watercolor, 14"x18" SOLD
Turtle Tacking - watercolor, 13"x17" SOLD
Tickle Tickle - watercolor, 8"x11" SOLD

At the Fish Market - watercolor, 9"x11" $1000

Milking the Triceratops - oil on panel, 11"x14" $2000

The Princess' New Pony - oil on panel, 11"x14" SOLD