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Dyanne’s Giveaway!

dyannehs:

So because I recently reached a follower milestone, I’ve decided to host a giveaway!

It’s going to be a drawing.  I will literally be pulling names out of a hat.  No.  Actually.  I have a hat into which I will put slips of paper with URLs.  It’s a black silk top hat.  I will then pull out pieces of paper from this hat so it will be totally random.

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Pictured above:

  • I Love Artists, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge
  • Black Peculiar, Khadijah Queen
  • Writing from the Senses, Laura Deutsch
  • Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson
  • Viking Age, Kirsten Wolf
  • The Book of General Ignorance, John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
  • Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon Northup
  • Fairy Tales from Around the World, Andrew Lang
  • The Everything College Cookbook, Rhonda Lauret Parkinson
  • The Mind Possessed, Emma Cohen
  • The Kirghiz and Wakhi of Afghanistan, M. Nazif Shahrani
  • A journal and pen
  • A mug

Trust me.  These are all fabulous books.  You want these.  Everything will also include candy!

Rules:

  • You must be following me.
  • You must be living in the USA.  I’m sorry.  I’m poor.
  • You must follow abide by the requirements.  This is an honour code thing, so I’m expecting y’all to abide by the requirements and be honest about it.
  • You must fulfill said requirements by 1 December 2014.
  • You must, obviously, be willing to give me a valid mailing address, be it a home address or a PO box or another address from which you can pick it up.  You will only need to give me the address when you win, and after I send the item, I will delete it from my inbox.
  • You must specify any and all allergies/irritations/intoleralnces when you submit your name.

So what do you have to do?

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White Charcoal + Black Paper = <3

White Charcoal + Black Paper = <3

Did a little experimentation with inks plus brush plus water today. I think it went fairly well. :) It&#8217;s hard to tell in the photo, but the gold came out lovely and reflective, even the bits where it was watered down - typically I find that gold acrylic paint doesn&#8217;t keep its metallic nature well when watered or mixed.
The downside to the gold ink is that it&#8217;s thicker than, say, the blue, so the quill needed far more frequent reloading while I used it to line. Luckily I went in planning to use the gold ink only on the crown, sword, and those peacock markings. It could have become very frustrating otherwise.
I should do more of this sometime. Only I think I&#8217;ll tape down my paper, and maybe plan it out better so I&#8217;m not adding some last-minute bit to the top of the pencil sketch and ending up with part of the drawing going completely off the page&#8230;

Did a little experimentation with inks plus brush plus water today. I think it went fairly well. :) It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the gold came out lovely and reflective, even the bits where it was watered down - typically I find that gold acrylic paint doesn’t keep its metallic nature well when watered or mixed.

The downside to the gold ink is that it’s thicker than, say, the blue, so the quill needed far more frequent reloading while I used it to line. Luckily I went in planning to use the gold ink only on the crown, sword, and those peacock markings. It could have become very frustrating otherwise.

I should do more of this sometime. Only I think I’ll tape down my paper, and maybe plan it out better so I’m not adding some last-minute bit to the top of the pencil sketch and ending up with part of the drawing going completely off the page…

Queen of Light
Slightly distorted and darkened by camera, but it otherwise came out all right. :)
17.5&#8221;x14&#8221; on Rossin paper, black and white charcoal. I think this is the first time I&#8217;ve done one of these while leading with the white and using the black to accent instead of vice versa. I think it came out fairly well.
Inspired by these lovely white moths with the beautiful neck ruffs and feathered antennae and little black spots on their wings and sometimes on their bodies. I&#8217;ve been wanting to draw something anthropomorphic off of them for a while now.

Queen of Light

Slightly distorted and darkened by camera, but it otherwise came out all right. :)

17.5”x14” on Rossin paper, black and white charcoal. I think this is the first time I’ve done one of these while leading with the white and using the black to accent instead of vice versa. I think it came out fairly well.

Inspired by these lovely white moths with the beautiful neck ruffs and feathered antennae and little black spots on their wings and sometimes on their bodies. I’ve been wanting to draw something anthropomorphic off of them for a while now.

Sep 8

ladytitanium:

my dream is to write a story that people like so much that they do fanart of it

Sep 6
Size does matter in some things.

Size does matter in some things.

Sep 5
A (relatively) near by city had their annual chalk walk today. This year I brought my own box of chalks, asked the owner of the Irish shop if I could do something outside his store, and spent an hour drawing this little guy. :)
He came out pretty well, actually. I kind of like how sidewalk chalk blends sometimes. It can be blurry and messy despite your intent, but there are some nice gradients it&#8217;s capable of.

A (relatively) near by city had their annual chalk walk today. This year I brought my own box of chalks, asked the owner of the Irish shop if I could do something outside his store, and spent an hour drawing this little guy. :)

He came out pretty well, actually. I kind of like how sidewalk chalk blends sometimes. It can be blurry and messy despite your intent, but there are some nice gradients it’s capable of.

Sep 5
Speak

Stayed up all night doing this. I don&#8217;t know if I&#8217;m happy with it or not. I suppose there are aspects&#8230;

Speak

Stayed up all night doing this. I don’t know if I’m happy with it or not. I suppose there are aspects…

Sep 5

RWBY Volume 2 Episode 1: Best Day Ever.

It’s been a while since this aired, but I haven’t seen any pictures of this come up yet, to my surprise. Tell me I’m not the only person who saw this in the lineup of reactions here. Please. I really can’t be the only one.

Please pardon the deformed chibi things. They’re…really not my strong point. :/

Sep 3

1k Follows!

allesveraenderung:

We’ve reached 1,000 followers, folks! Thanks to everybody in advance :D

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Yay! :D

Any followers who like Blue Exorcist/Ao no Exorcist, I invite you to check out my little sister’s fic (if you haven’t already), Veranderung, and follow her here on tumblr for regular chapter status updates.

So proud. :3

jayalaw:

oreramar:

Another dragon based on fun and exotic creatures. 
Ever seen a King of Saxony Bird of Paradise? 
Google Image search it. They’ve got the most phenomenal crest feathers, I swear…

I love this so much. He is so adorable and majestic, without teeth!

Oh, he&#8217;s got teeth. They&#8217;re tiny things and hard to see, but there they are. :) 
Thanks!

jayalaw:

oreramar:

Another dragon based on fun and exotic creatures. 

Ever seen a King of Saxony Bird of Paradise? 

Google Image search it. They’ve got the most phenomenal crest feathers, I swear…

I love this so much. He is so adorable and majestic, without teeth!

Oh, he’s got teeth. They’re tiny things and hard to see, but there they are. :) 

Thanks!

Another dragon based on fun and exotic creatures. 
Ever seen a King of Saxony Bird of Paradise? 
Google Image search it. They&#8217;ve got the most phenomenal crest feathers, I swear&#8230;

Another dragon based on fun and exotic creatures. 

Ever seen a King of Saxony Bird of Paradise? 

Google Image search it. They’ve got the most phenomenal crest feathers, I swear…

Color Palette challenge issued ages ago by jayalaw: Sionnach, my OC, in #2. 

Color Palette challenge issued ages ago by jayalaw: Sionnach, my OC, in #2. 

The Fall of the Swan of Tuonela
Mikko Ojala (poem)

A fanpoem sung (vaguely) to the tune associated with the Kalevala. 

I had originally made an entire video with a slideshow of images from the comic, but Corel VideoStudio X2 is a piece of rubbish which crashes frequently upon rendering. In this case, it was every time I tried to render at all. It didn’t even get to 1% before sudden death. Deleting all the painstaking image arrangements and replacing them with a single iconic double-page spread from the chapter didn’t make any difference. Luckily, it could render a sound file, so I suppose I’ll have to be content with that.

For those unfamiliar with A Redtail’s Dream, it is a comic written and drawn by the wonderfully talented and dedicated Finnish artist Minna Sundberg, and can be found in entirety for free online; the title above is a link. It is available both in English and in Finnish. The link leads to the English version.

Minna did a print run of the comic fairly recently, and the hardbound physical copy is gorgeous. It also includes a collection of fanart in the back, as well as a lengthy fan poem written by Mikko Ojala - again, in both Finnish and English - detailing in true epic format a conflict which takes place in the penultimate chapter. When I discovered that it had been written to fit the meter of the Kalevala - again, in both languages - I had to hear it as such.

Unfortunately, no one in the fandom has yet sung it, so I thought I might see if I could get a ball rolling. There are some talented people following Minna’s work; there’s bound to be someone out there with actual musical ability, perhaps even someone with both that and confidence in pronouncing the Finnish version correctly. :D

So forgive my singing and go read that comic. It’s really very beautifully written, drawn, paced and colored. Furthermore, go read Minna’s current project, Stand Still, Stay SilentAnd if you’re already familiar and have in your possession a microphone, a copy of Mikko’s poem, and actual experience with singing…pretty please could you?