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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!

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’ve got the most phenomenal crest feathers, I swear…

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I had originally made an entire video with a slideshow of images from the comic, but Corel VideoStudio X2 is a piece of rubbish which crashes frequently upon rendering.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?

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repulsor:

Get to know the blogger with personality tests results, or for your own reference. (take the tests and reblog with your results bolded)

MOTIV
Materialist | Offbeat |Thinking | Intimate | Vital | Spartan | Conventional | Emotional | Withholding | Depressive + SCeWd 

GLOBAL 5
social | reserved | limbic | calm | organized | unstructured | accommodating | egocentric | non-curious | inquisitive + RLOEI

HOLLAND
realistic | investigative | artistic | social | entrepreneurial | conventional + AIS

R-DRIVE
Narcissism | Unconventionality | Empiricism | Vitality | Othercentricism | Independence | Integrity | Intellect | Stoicism | Orderliness | Hedonism | Dynamism | Activity | Romanticism

ENNEAGRAM
type 1 | type 2 | type 3 | type 4 | type 5| type 6 | type 7 | type 8 | type 9

JUNG/MYERS-BRIGGS
enfp | enfj | entp | entj | estj | esfj | estp | esfp | infp | infj | intp | intj | istj | isfj | istp | isfp

ALIGNMENT
lawful good | neutral good | chaotic good | true neutral | lawful neutral | chaotic neutral | lawful evil | neutral evil | chaotic evil

4 TEMPERAMENTS
melancholic| phlegmatic | choleric | sanguine

ROSENBERG SELF-ESTEEM SCALE
1 - 3 | 4 - 6 | 7 - 9 | 10 - 12 | 13-15 | 16 -18 | 19 -21 | 22 - 24 | 25 - 27 | 28 - 30

(Source: the-tall-awkward-girl)

Aug 8

oreramar:

Leather bookmarks!

My brother and I are trying something new. He wants to get into leatherworking, I’m interested in just about anything with artistic possibility. Bookmarks seemed like good, simple, first-attempt subject matter.

Some things went well, others didn’t. The paints could take some getting used to, but the staining worked all right (though we might want to look into attacking it earlier to lighten it up a bit for some projects). We should have cut the leather with a straight edge and a knife instead of shears…and I think we will, once I figure out where my metal-edged ruler went. Also, tools were tricky to figure out and handle at first…especially since my brother, who was doing that bit (over lines I gave him) didn’t quite realize what I suspected: the leather is supposed to be damp before stamping. We know better now, so future projects might have more firmly imprinted designs.

Kept the shapes fairly simple for these. The green and black is simply a row of geometric shapes and borders. The blue is Valknut (which, by the way, is what the runes beneath read), the Knot of Death/Knot of the Slain, a possibly protective symbol associated with Odin.

Also, next time we photograph I’m having him turn off the ceiling light. The desk lamp was nice and bright, but we still ended up with a decidedly yellow cast over all the pictures, and color adjustments in photoshop can only do so much to compensate.

Reblogging with an update: these are for sale on Etsy now.

Green/Black Geo

Blue Valknut 

Profit will be split between myself and my brother. We’re planning on making some more. :)

Aug 6

Leather bookmarks!

My brother and I are trying something new. He wants to get into leatherworking, I’m interested in just about anything with artistic possibility. Bookmarks seemed like good, simple, first-attempt subject matter.

Some things went well, others didn’t. The paints could take some getting used to, but the staining worked all right (though we might want to look into attacking it earlier to lighten it up a bit for some projects). We should have cut the leather with a straight edge and a knife instead of shears…and I think we will, once I figure out where my metal-edged ruler went. Also, tools were tricky to figure out and handle at first…especially since my brother, who was doing that bit (over lines I gave him) didn’t quite realize what I suspected: the leather is supposed to be damp before stamping. We know better now, so future projects might have more firmly imprinted designs.

Kept the shapes fairly simple for these. The green and black is simply a row of geometric shapes and borders. The blue is Valknut (which, by the way, is what the runes beneath read), the Knot of Death/Knot of the Slain, a possibly protective symbol associated with Odin.

Also, next time we photograph I’m having him turn off the ceiling light. The desk lamp was nice and bright, but we still ended up with a decidedly yellow cast over all the pictures, and color adjustments in photoshop can only do so much to compensate.

Aug 4
tallyho-jakeenglish:

emboars:

bonus round: explain why it would fit them best!

haha bender

I know what I would be…but what would anyone else think, just based on what little there is of me out on the internet?
Early bird bonus: When you choose an element (and, if you like, explain your choice) you can also give me a fusion animal ala Avatar-verse (preferably not one that already exists there) and I’ll come up with a sketch for you. First three get their requests.

tallyho-jakeenglish:

emboars:

bonus round: explain why it would fit them best!

haha bender

I know what I would be…but what would anyone else think, just based on what little there is of me out on the internet?

Early bird bonus: When you choose an element (and, if you like, explain your choice) you can also give me a fusion animal ala Avatar-verse (preferably not one that already exists there) and I’ll come up with a sketch for you. First three get their requests.

(Source: seers)

Aug 2
Giant Anteater Dragon, because they’ve got some really cool fur patterning and massive fluffy-looking tails. This thing is a walking ball of fuzz with huge claws and tiny teeth attached.

Giant Anteater Dragon, because they’ve got some really cool fur patterning and massive fluffy-looking tails. This thing is a walking ball of fuzz with huge claws and tiny teeth attached.

Aug 1

Regarding your Hel info post: does Viking lore ever actually clarify which half of Hel's body is black? I've read versions where the division was right/left and others where it was top/bottom (with the bottom always being the black half) and now I'm wondering if they just left it vague or if there were conflicts of information. Also, thanks for typing up all this fascinating culture for us to enjoy. :)

jayalaw:

oreramar:

dyannehs:

Naw.  It’s just half.  So people will decide whatever they like about that.  All the Norse representations of her just show her as a woman who’s not visibly half anything.  Her description is pretty vague.

We don’t really know anything besides that.

I mean, I’ve always pictured her right half the black half.  And I’ve always pictured her really tall and willowy, with long black hair that falls in her face because she hunches over a bit.  But that hunching and that curtain of hair make her intimidating, like she’s a cat about to pounce.  But she doesn’t try to cover anything, because though the gods treated her unfairly because of her appearance and her parentage, she will never give them the satisfaction of seeing her appear to be ashamed.  And that’s my headcanon for Hel.

I like that headcanon. I’m trying to sketch it. The problem I’m having is that between giving her a somewhat narrow face and trying to depict her as female but not obviously so (given your statements about less sexual dimorphism, and assuming it applies to facial features as well as height), plus the long straight curtains of hair…she keeps coming out looking just a tad too similar to me. :/ I’ll eventually find a combination of specific features that looks right without appearing as though I’m drawing an oddly-colored representation of myself. Eventually.

In the meantime, I also need to figure out what she might be wearing. Rags, due to being an outcast of the gods, or Riches, because technically Queen of a fairly expansive world? Or just homespun middle-ground?

I’ll seriously welcome any input in this.

Homespun middle ground! My headcanon is that Hel does have a taste for regal appearance, but she rejects typical Asgardian apparel in favor of something more rebellious. She probably commissions dead weavers to make her clothing, in exchange for favors in Helheim to make their afterlife a paradise.

Okay, I think I’ve got her face and hair…Maybe a little anatomically off here or there,but I think I’ve got it.

Clothes are still another story entirely, since I want to be at least somewhat accurate but it’s hard finding lots of material online between all the skimpy halloween costumes and fantasy cultural blends. Pretty sure Hel wouldn’t be wearing a plate-mail swimsuit and thigh-high boots.

Aug 1

Regarding your Hel info post: does Viking lore ever actually clarify which half of Hel's body is black? I've read versions where the division was right/left and others where it was top/bottom (with the bottom always being the black half) and now I'm wondering if they just left it vague or if there were conflicts of information. Also, thanks for typing up all this fascinating culture for us to enjoy. :)

dyannehs:

Naw.  It’s just half.  So people will decide whatever they like about that.  All the Norse representations of her just show her as a woman who’s not visibly half anything.  Her description is pretty vague.

We don’t really know anything besides that.

I mean, I’ve always pictured her right half the black half.  And I’ve always pictured her really tall and willowy, with long black hair that falls in her face because she hunches over a bit.  But that hunching and that curtain of hair make her intimidating, like she’s a cat about to pounce.  But she doesn’t try to cover anything, because though the gods treated her unfairly because of her appearance and her parentage, she will never give them the satisfaction of seeing her appear to be ashamed.  And that’s my headcanon for Hel.

I like that headcanon. I’m trying to sketch it. The problem I’m having is that between giving her a somewhat narrow face and trying to depict her as female but not obviously so (given your statements about less sexual dimorphism, and assuming it applies to facial features as well as height), plus the long straight curtains of hair…she keeps coming out looking just a tad too similar to me. :/ I’ll eventually find a combination of specific features that looks right without appearing as though I’m drawing an oddly-colored representation of myself. Eventually.

In the meantime, I also need to figure out what she might be wearing. Rags, due to being an outcast of the gods, or Riches, because technically Queen of a fairly expansive world? Or just homespun middle-ground?

I’ll seriously welcome any input in this.

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: