I’ve been a member of Etsy and DeviantART for a few years now, and have amassed quite a collection of favorite artists and shops. There are some that I like to visit periodically to see what’s new, because I simply love everything they create and can’t wait to see what they’ll have next. This week I thought I would share some of the artists and crafters I stalk (in a good way!) and maybe they’ll become a favorite of yours as well.
DirtyandDistressed is one of my favorite shops that I have yet to buy something from (eep!). They’re your outpost for the perfect clothing and accessories to complete any post-apocalyptic cosplay.
Men’s One of a Kind Radioactive Yellow Dirty and Distressed Wasteland Tank Top by DirtyandDistressed
Kenneth Fairclough has a gallery of gorgeous environment and character concept art. I would want to play anything that these scenes were used in.
Frost Kingdom by KennethFairclough
Discomedusa sells gorgeous and unique gauges for your lobes, as well as regular earrings and rings.
Small Gear Blade Hoop Earrings by discomedusa
Before I made a living creating art, writing was my life. I went to college for a writing degree and worked on a novel in my free time. Life has a funny way of changing directions on you, though, and I now find myself sans a degree and selling my jewelry and art as my day job instead of novels like I thought I would. I love my life the way it is, but the one thing I regret is never finishing my novel. I’m rather embarrassed that I’ve been working on it for 15 years and it’s not at the point I want it to be. I’ve finished many drafts of it, but never found it perfect enough. I’ve had these characters in my head for so long, and I feel like I need to tell their story, so I’ve been trying to set aside some time every night to write a few pages.
If I ever do get my novel published (and it’s so easy to do self-publishing and promotion these days), I’d love some artwork to go with it. I’m considering starting some portraits of the characters or paintings of the landscapes. This got me thinking about art in books. There are times when it is needed – giving the reader a better picture of what is being described. And there are times that the subject is simply so interesting or beautiful that it deserves to be seen.
I browsed my usual sources of awesome art and found some amazing pieces from original books and stories, as well as unique depictions of classic literature.
The New World – Book Cover by Victor-Lam-art
Alice by tomape
Midna ACEO by TheThirdRLM
I love to collect art, but it’s not always practical to buy large prints or spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on original pieces. Fortunately, that’s where art cards come in. Artist Trading Cards or ATCs, started around 1996 when artists began trading original works with each other, each the size of a standard baseball card (2.5″x3.5″). They can come in any medium, from the standard painting or drawing, to yarn, metal, clay, or object collage.
ACEO PSC Original Green Lantern by ComicBookBoo
ATCs spawned ACEOs (Art Card Editions and Originals), which are sold to the public instead of traded, and include prints of originals works and photos, also in the required trading card size. I have amassed quite a number of ACEOs over the years, as well as sold quite a few, and I’ve found collecting them to be highly addictive. They look beautiful framed, inserted in cards as gifts, or collected in a scrapbook. I’ve featured some beautiful art cards here from Etsy and DeviantART artists, as well as from some of my favorite Ebay artists.
ACEO Rainbow Fairy by schin
Mermaid by Pascal Blanche
I’ve been a fan of cryptozoology since I was a little kid. So the other day, when my husband happened upon a documentary on the Discovery Channel about scientists finding the remains of an unknown sea creature, I was intrigued. These scientists claimed the remains, which they found in the stomach of a shark, included a strange tail flipper, a partial humanoid skull with large eye sockets and a cranial ridge, and the hilt of a hand carved weapon. Basically, they had found a mermaid. The show was two hours long and included eye witness accounts, photos, DNA testing and other substantial proof that an intelligent, humanoid marine creature existed.
So I was very disappointed the next day while Googling the title of the show, when I discovered that there was a disclaimer at the beginning of the “documentary” (we came into the show after it had already started and didn’t see it) that stated, “this two hour special is science fiction based on some real events and scientific theory.”
Mermaid by Gonzalo Ordonez Arias
The scientists featured were really actors. The only evidence presented in the show that I know isn’t completely fabricated is the “Bloop” caught on sonar in the south Pacific Ocean.
I feel duped and I know I’m not the only one. On Sunday the 15th, “mermaid body found” was the number one search term on Google.
Even though this show was a faux-umentary, it doesn’t necessarily mean a creature like that doesn’t exist. Remember the coelacanth? It was believe to be extinct since the Cretaceous, only to be found off the coast of Africa in 1938. The oceans are vast, largely unexplored areas where anything could exist. Based on that, and some artists’ amazing talent and imagination, I give you a gallery of amazing underwater creations.