Wings of the Mind

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It’s Flash Fiction Month on Deviantart, and I’ve been properly participating for the first time. Yesterday, the 27th, I wasn’t particularly interested in any of the provided prompts, so instead I turned to some recent info shared by dyannehs, incredibly informative archaeologist of Viking culture.

So, have a brief interpretation of Norse myth, centered around Hel:

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Watercolor pencil and markers for the lines - have an Eastern-inspired dragon with Blue-bellied-Roller-inspired colors.It’s a tangled smudgy mess but I’m pleased because I finally found a way to make the colors come out bright instead of completely washed out and muted.

Watercolor pencil and markers for the lines - have an Eastern-inspired dragon with Blue-bellied-Roller-inspired colors.It’s a tangled smudgy mess but I’m pleased because I finally found a way to make the colors come out bright instead of completely washed out and muted.

Fire blade

So, around last Halloween I went a little nuts buying plastic swords for the fun of repainting them. I did manage to sell one on Etsy to someone who needed it for a theatrical performance, but my others sat until the listings expired. I’m leaving them as such for now, but might look into renewing them once I’ve taken more (and better) photos…

Anyway, I fairly recently finished painting another. Recently being a bit relative. Because it’s sat in my art box for at least a month now, waiting for photo day.

So, here we go: 

This time, instead of simply painting over the factory texture of the sword, I worked with it. The rough raised surfaces really did well as cooled lava and burnt material.

More pics below the cut.

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Finished wand

Wooden dowel rod (presumably oak?) hand carved (not very well, but it is a first for me), stained ebony, silver acrylic details and gloss varnish. Twelve inches long, though not by intent.

And here’s a little shot of the handle end of the wand, since I burned and then painted a personal bind rune there:

Hiccup and Toothless in a Calvin-and-Hobbes style universe. They’re actually way more adorable than my abilities can convey.
Creative collab with @Jayalaw.

Hiccup and Toothless in a Calvin-and-Hobbes style universe. They’re actually way more adorable than my abilities can convey.

Creative collab with @Jayalaw.

Jul 8

T-Shirt Recycling

A favorite old T-shirt of mine recently developed a small hole. Now, while it was tiny, it was in a pretty conspicuous place (just to the right of the center of the chest, inside part of the screenprint design) and it had potential to grow. Patching wasn’t going to work too well since a patch would interfere with the design (and, again, conspicuous place) and while I did sort of stitch it closed it left a tiny bunch that would only annoy me if I continued to wear the shirt.

I loved that shirt too much to throw it away, though, and it was such a tiny hole…

So I made it into a pillow!

I recommend this for any old tee that starts getting raggedy, or maybe has bleach spots or staining or is otherwise not entirely fit for public wear any longer but which you’re too fond of to throw out. Thanks to years of loving wear the fabric is nice and soft, and it’s familiar, and it’s just another soft plushy object to hug on a bed.

If you’ve got enough worn-down shirts and a skill with/passion for/dedication to quilting, then that’s also an option. 

But for those of us who can barely steer a sewing machine, this works just fine.

Jul 8
Playing with colored charcoals on black paper. Bad photo; I can’t operate my point and shoot camera without some shake most of the time, and I took this at night with a yellow indoor light as my only source of illumination. :(
At least the piece itself was fun to do and looks pretty cool.

Playing with colored charcoals on black paper. Bad photo; I can’t operate my point and shoot camera without some shake most of the time, and I took this at night with a yellow indoor light as my only source of illumination. :(

At least the piece itself was fun to do and looks pretty cool.

Jul 5

If I get 10 'Accents' I'll record myself saying all this~

unheard-of-silence:

heckyeahtumblrchallenges:

TUMBLR ACCENT CHALLENGE!!!

  • Your name and username.
  • Where you’re from.
  • Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Pajamas, Caught,…

None of y’all wanna hear my voice, I don’t even like hearing my voice.

It’s not art (I need to somehow digitalize all that I’ve been drawing by hand lately and upload it…) but it is fun? Though I might have to bring the ‘ten’ down to ‘three.’ Very few people ever respond to my prompts or challenges. :)

Today I carved myself a wand.

I have never carved wood before.

I have a new blister on my right palm just under the pinky and my thumb is sore enough that I’m amazed I don’t have one there as well.

At least I didn’t slice anything open…

Please excuse the terrible photo quality. It’s late, I have no natural light, and I was operating a point and shoot camera with a tendency to blur at the slightest movement one-handed. :P

Just got to stain this thing and I’m done with it. That’s a job for tomorrow.

elfpen:

scipsy:

Not so good, but since the most common vocabulary size for non-native English spearkes is from 2,500–9,000 words, at least I’m in the average.
Test Your Vocabulary: how many words do you know?

26,300
Aawwww yeeaaahhhh, I’m average! (For a native speaker)

30,600
Which, for my age group according to the graph, seems to be way above the median. Reading is good. So is learning just enough Latin to deduct definitions from compound words rooted in that language.
But I now want to learn more words. There were some in those lists that I’d never come across before.
If anyone’s out there, go ahead and take this! It won’t take more than five minutes of your time, it’s interesting, and it’s for a study; they can use all the data they get.

elfpen:

scipsy:

Not so good, but since the most common vocabulary size for non-native English spearkes is from 2,500–9,000 words, at least I’m in the average.

Test Your Vocabulary: how many words do you know?

26,300

Aawwww yeeaaahhhh, I’m average! (For a native speaker)

30,600

Which, for my age group according to the graph, seems to be way above the median. Reading is good. So is learning just enough Latin to deduct definitions from compound words rooted in that language.

But I now want to learn more words. There were some in those lists that I’d never come across before.

If anyone’s out there, go ahead and take this! It won’t take more than five minutes of your time, it’s interesting, and it’s for a study; they can use all the data they get.

Eep from the Croods, 10. Also Sionnach, 2

Well, Eep’s done at least. I’d started on Sionnach last night right afterward, then left it halfway through to go to bed as it was getting…late? Early? Technicalities. Anyhow, I got back to it this evening only to find a notice saying that Photoshop had experienced a problem and had to close. I hadn’t saved it. Now my pressure sensitivity’s gone down the tubes again. It could take some wholesale laptop restarts to regain it, but I’ll manage eventually!

In the meantime, though, here’s the painting I managed to finish. I might’ve cheated a little by incorporating one of the colors into the background. :)

oreramar:

queenoftheantz:

Oooh Now when I have some time over and need to do some relaxing sketches, maybe some of you could send me these! People are doing them and it seems to be so much fun! c:

Might take some time, but they could be some fun exercises. Feel free to call for characters of fandoms you know I like. If you’re not sure, ask and I will confirm or deny knowledge of that character. If you really want to be nice to me you can request one of my own OCs. :3

Reblogging this to 1) hopefully attract more prompts, and 2) include a listing of shows, movies, books and more that I read/watch/enjoy (or, in some cases, actually have a periphery knowledge of). Hopefully this’ll make it easier to find some overlap of interests.
Anime/Manga: Bleach, Ao no Exorcist/Blue Exorcist, Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gintama
Live Action TV: BBC Merlin, Doctor Who
Movies: How to Train Your Dragon, Rise of the Guardians, Brave, Tangled, The Croods, (Really a large number of Dreamworks, Pixar, and Disney animated films; take a shot in the dark and chances are you’ll hit something there)…Final Fantasy VII Advent Children (/Complete), Star Wars, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away
Books: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Dark is Rising sequence, Discworld novels (in progress; only up to Lords and Ladies currently), a huge variety of fairy tales and legends in a number of cultures
Misc: Homestuck, Kingdom Hearts, Legend of Zelda (vaguely), A Redtail’s Dream (much recommended; can be read online), RWBY

oreramar:

queenoftheantz:

Oooh Now when I have some time over and need to do some relaxing sketches, maybe some of you could send me these! People are doing them and it seems to be so much fun! c:

Might take some time, but they could be some fun exercises. Feel free to call for characters of fandoms you know I like. If you’re not sure, ask and I will confirm or deny knowledge of that character. If you really want to be nice to me you can request one of my own OCs. :3

Reblogging this to 1) hopefully attract more prompts, and 2) include a listing of shows, movies, books and more that I read/watch/enjoy (or, in some cases, actually have a periphery knowledge of). Hopefully this’ll make it easier to find some overlap of interests.

Anime/Manga: Bleach, Ao no Exorcist/Blue Exorcist, Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gintama

Live Action TV: BBC Merlin, Doctor Who

Movies: How to Train Your Dragon, Rise of the Guardians, Brave, Tangled, The Croods, (Really a large number of Dreamworks, Pixar, and Disney animated films; take a shot in the dark and chances are you’ll hit something there)…Final Fantasy VII Advent Children (/Complete), Star Wars, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away

Books: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Dark is Rising sequence, Discworld novels (in progress; only up to Lords and Ladies currently), a huge variety of fairy tales and legends in a number of cultures

Misc: Homestuck, Kingdom Hearts, Legend of Zelda (vaguely), A Redtail’s Dream (much recommended; can be read online), RWBY

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Color/Character Meme art. This one’s for needya-scully, who requested a character I’m unfamiliar with because I wasn’t smart enough to put up a list of shows and movies I do know well. XD We danced around a little bit trying to work out something we’re both familiar with. Eventually I gave up and decided that since I was likely to use references anyway, I might as well work this one.
I’ll be re-posting that meme as well, just so I can add a list of shows I know of. This was an interesting exercise, but it’s usually more fun when you’re familiar with the character. :D
Cheers!

Color/Character Meme art. This one’s for needya-scully, who requested a character I’m unfamiliar with because I wasn’t smart enough to put up a list of shows and movies I do know well. XD We danced around a little bit trying to work out something we’re both familiar with. Eventually I gave up and decided that since I was likely to use references anyway, I might as well work this one.

I’ll be re-posting that meme as well, just so I can add a list of shows I know of. This was an interesting exercise, but it’s usually more fun when you’re familiar with the character. :D

Cheers!

Jun 9
queenoftheantz:

Oooh Now when I have some time over and need to do some relaxing sketches, maybe some of you could send me these! People are doing them and it seems to be so much fun! c:

Might take some time, but they could be some fun exercises. Feel free to call for characters of fandoms you know I like. If you’re not sure, ask and I will confirm or deny knowledge of that character. If you really want to be nice to me you can request one of my own OCs. :3

queenoftheantz:

Oooh Now when I have some time over and need to do some relaxing sketches, maybe some of you could send me these! People are doing them and it seems to be so much fun! c:

Might take some time, but they could be some fun exercises. Feel free to call for characters of fandoms you know I like. If you’re not sure, ask and I will confirm or deny knowledge of that character. If you really want to be nice to me you can request one of my own OCs. :3

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Jun 2

GO —> Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly and then send it to 10 of your favourite followers

Aw crudlies…I’ll try. :I

1. I have an excellent understanding of English grammatical structure and an expansive vocabulary.

2. I have very long hair. People compliment it sometimes.

3. …I can draw?

4. If it’s scheduled and necessary, I will get stuff done to the best of my ability.

5. I consider my intelligence and my capacity to learn new concepts to be the best aspect of who I am.

(There are qualifiers and exceptions to most of these, I swear. Not writing them was so hard, because they are there, and they are valid. I don’t think they fit the spirit of this meme, though.)