A wee moss planted rock I put together. Don’t be fooled by the macro photo! It’s only a couple inches long. Quartz, aquamarine, moss, rock.
One of three promotional stickers for the 2014 Werewolf Calendar! You can pick them up later this year at conventions around the country FOR FREE~!
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Corel Painter X
Researchers identify two dozen words whose sound and meaning have survived the past 15,000 years.
This article was brought to my attention by a friend on Facebook. I’m thankful that I have friends who know me well enough to know that an article like this would make my day.
I’ve had a lifelong love of language, and to think that there is a group of words, however small that has survived since before the end of the last ice age is nearly incomprehensible.
I find no fault with how the researchers went about this study, and I have no hesitation in accepting their results. It makes sense that the seven language families which are believed to have decscended from this “proto-Euroasiatic” language exist in contiguous areas, no matter how much they have evolved and how different they may sound today.
Even the inclusion of words that are highlighted in the article as being surprises to have appeared on the list aren’t really a stretch in my mind. There has always been water, and I’m sure that even in places during the ice age, it would “flow”. If you have fire, and this list does, then why would “ash” be a surprise. “Worm” is perhaps a bit of a stretch, but I don’t doubt that even they were around in that time. Even “bark” wasn’t difficult to accept. I’m no anthropologist, but it seemed readily obvious to me that trees and everything that came from them would be at the forefront of the vocabulary of people of that time.
All-in-all, this is one of the most exciting articles on language that I’ve read in some time.
Colored pencil snowwie with circuitry based on a photo by Emmanuel Keller. http://www.flickr.com/people/tambako/
3x4 inches on Stonehenge paper.
Whew! Finally done.. though I must say it was a delight to work on! A raven mask, woo!
The base resin is done by the very talented “Crystumes”. I then sculpted it further to be a heavier raven bill, and sanded, and sculpted and sanded, painted and set the eyes, and furred/feathered it. I imported wild boar bristles for the nasal bristles, because I felt faux fur would be too fluffy in appearance for that area. This is a “fantasy” raven, and though it’s hard to tell there is purple iridescence on the crest, as well as the more obvious labradorite gemstone set into the forehead. I hand set about a billion (okay, maybe 300 or so) feathers into the crest and throat of this raven.
While I did model it for these terrible rushed photos, this is not mine, and was done for an anonymous client. It was super windy and I was having the devil’s own time getting self portraits with the timer on my camera. I’d get better photos but I’ve since sent it out.
hfdgshfdhsj those rictal bristles ilovethem.
While perusing Tumblr last month I came across the above photo by Toni Panjaitan. I was immediately struck by the powerful image he created by simply tilting the frame. I wanted to paint that water, those claws, and the fur as well as attempt to evoke that feeling of power and mystery I feel in his work. I asked him for permission to use his photo, which he kindly granted.
I changed the tiger for various reasons. This is very much a work in progress during my rare spare time. I need to make more personal art time! It feels so good to paint this; it released a lot of…something. I don’t know how to explain it.
So we have the photo, the clean sketch, the rough sketch colour test, and then progress shots.
For more beautiful photos, go here: http://tonipanjaitan.pixoto.com
Here’s some stuff I made. It’s sparkly and the shapes are organic because I’m some sort of hippie crow or something (note I have never actually seen a wild crow that liked shiny stuff, they are actually really suspicious of new things).
GET SUM HERE (you know, if you want, it’s cool).
I asked her to make me one.