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Obscure but Awesome

6 Mar

Have you ever played an amazing video game, but no one else seems to have heard of it? There are some great popular games out there, but there are other equally deserving titles that don’t get as much exposure. These gems deserve some attention and some more fan art made for them! I discovered there are  artists out there making art based on these games, but I would love to see more. I’ve asked Mom’s Basement members and other avid gamers about their favorite obscure games and created a gallery below of their picks.

Torin’s Passage

Torin’s Passage is a fantasy/adventure computer game from 1995. Despite being made by Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry, this game is a family-friendly game I have fond memories of playing when I was a kid. You embark on a quest to find your captured parents, travelling through unique, nested planets and solving puzzles along the way.

After playing this game as a kid, I always loved the name Torin, and decided if I ever had a son, that’s what I would name him. And I did!

More Torin's Passage by sweet-pea-soup

More Torin’s Passage by sweet-pea-soup

The Lands Below by zazumii-chan

The Lands Below by zazumii-chan


Nier is a SquareEnix game from 2010 that definitely doesn’t have the exposure it deserves. This beautiful, melancholy game features a gorgeous soundtrack, a storyline with twists and turns, and interesting replay value. I can’t tell you more or it would spoil it. Just go play it!

Nier Replicant by semsei

Nier Replicant by semsei

Nier - Kaine by Dice9999

Nier – Kaine by Dice9999

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Tips for a Successful Handmade Shop, or How to Keep from Being a Starving Artist

27 Feb
Starving Artist by vanDara

Starving Artist by vanDara

I’ve been selling my art and jewelry on Etsy for over four years now and it has been an amazing learning experience. I started as a hobby, making things I wanted myself and couldn’t find anywhere. Over the years, I’ve gained enough regular income to quit my 9 to 5 job and focus solely on my shop. It hasn’t always been easy, but I consider myself successful in the handmade marketplace.

I’m part of a few teams on Etsy (with Mom’s Basement being one I visit frequently, of course) and I’ve noticed that at least a couple times a month on these teams, people ask, “What’s wrong with my shop? I have low sales and really want to make this my full time job.” With so many people asking this question, I thought I would compile a list of helpful advice that has worked for successful artists and crafters, as well as advice from the Etsy blogs and things I have learned from my own experiences. Even if you don’t plan on selling your art full time, these tips can help showcase and promote your work more effectively.

First of all, and possibly the most important in the beginning, is be patient!

It can take years to establish yourself in a certain venue or on a certain site, just like it would if you were starting a brick and mortar business. Luckily, information moves fast on the internet and it’s possible to speed up your popularity. But selling on a site for only a few months with low sales is completely normal and doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your art.

Take LolitaAGogo for instance. Amazing artwork, (including the Adventure Time painting below), but very few sales yet. A little more time and I’m sure she’ll be selling like crazy.

Original Watercolor Painting 'Off the Hook' by LolitaAGogo

Original Watercolor Painting ‘Off the Hook’ by LolitaAGogo

Jose from MisNopalesArt says to “take the plunge and go for it. When I first discovered Etsy and started listing items in my shop, it took several months to finally start picking up sales. At first I was a bit discouraged but I stuck with it and it paid off.”

He also says, “I think it’s important to have a variety of items available and to keep adding new items whenever possible. The more items you put out there, the more likely someone will eventually like one of them and purchase it.” Which I agree with whole-heartedly and expand upon below.

Storm Trooper Calavera Die Cut Vinyl Sticker by MisNopalesArt

Storm Trooper Calavera Die Cut Vinyl Sticker by MisNopalesArt

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Melvin’s Pick of the Day- 11/30/12- Miss RAWR Monster

30 Nov

zelda perlerWhat do you get as a gift for that geeky gamer in your life?  How about a gift that keeps on giving?  If you stop by the Mom’s Basement Charity shop, you may find just that.

The items in the charity shop have been donated by our best geeky artists, and 100% of the proceeds go to Child’s Play Charity, a charity that raises money to provide children’s hospitals with video games, toys, movies and other entertainment for the patients.

Miss RAWR Monster has donated this fantastic perler art screen shot from Zelda.  Take a closer look and go visit today!


Perler Art

28 Nov

Perler Bead Companion Cube by EP-380

Plastic fusible beads, like my own medium of choice, polymer clay, have been widely thought of as children’s craft mediums. And like polymer clay, the beads have come a long way, being used by artists and crafters of all ages to create amazing art. It translates well to geeky items, particularly 8-bit inspired creations.

HUGE You’re Not the Boss of Me Nintendo Perler by ArtofKyleMcCoy

I love this old skool compilation. It looks true to the games and has an awesome message.

Light Up Minecraft Pumpkin Box by BraveDeity

I love Minecraft and this light up jack o’ lantern is awesome! Check out BraveDeity’s Etsy shop for many other Minecraft related sculptures.

Set of 6 Avengers Coasters by LimeGreenCoconuts

These perler sprites encased in resin make classy coasters.

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Melvin’s Pick of the Day- 11/19/12- Geek Mythology Crafts

19 Nov

zelda necklaceYou know what will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside this holiday season?  Getting the perfect gift for someone and being able to give to a charity at the same time.  You can do this through the Mom’s Basement Charity shop!

All of the items in the charity shop have been donated by our very own basement dwellers, and 100% of the proceeds go to Child’s Play Charity.  This charity raises money to provide children’s hospitals with video games, toys, movies and other entertainment for the patients.

Geek Mythology Crafts has donated an adorable Zelda heart necklace that would look lovely on that special Zelda fan in your life.


Melvin’s Pick of the Day- 8/2/12- Mr Byz

2 Aug

perler falconEverybody loves perler art, right?  Perler beads make for awesome pixelated art, and it’s a great way to show your love for old school videogame art.

Ryan Beise of Mr Byz takes perler art to another level.  A 3D level.  How can this be, you ask?  Well take a look at Ryan’s shop and you will find out.

From Daleks to Jabba the Hutt, Ryan has a perler statue that would just look amazing in your home, so go visit Mr Byz today!



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