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Health Hiatus

Posted in announcement, art, surreal with tags , , on November 4, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

It is with great sadness that I put this blog on hold for health reasons. Hopefully I’ll be back soon. In the meantime, I will keep sharing art regularly through my Instagram, so please follow! I’ll miss it here very much. ❤

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The Prisma Visions Tarot

Posted in art, illustration, tarot with tags , , , , on November 2, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

The latest tarot deck I’ve been drooling over is the Prisma Visions Tarot, illustrated by the amazing James R. Eads.

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Adjacent cards in each suit line up side by side to form a panoramic picture and story. What a fabulous concept, and seemingly quite well executed here. The deck comes with a 100 page guide book.

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You can view each card and read more about the deck on the About Page.

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Prisma Visions Tarot

Halloween Countdown: Vintage Ghost Illustrations

Posted in art, halloween, illustration, vintage with tags , , , , on October 30, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Here are just a few of the rare ghost illustrations I’ve collected over the years.

We’ll start with a favorite specter!
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I love seeing the way different illustrators represent the dearly (and not-so-dearly) departed.

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Hat tip to Frank Zumbach for posting a number of these!

Halloween Countdown: Clay Disarray

Posted in art, craft, film, halloween, horror with tags , , , , , on October 24, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Check out these polymer clay renditions of classic horror movie posters by Clay Disarray.

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What movie poster would you like to see get the clay disarray makeover?

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There are even more on the official Instagram account than the website!

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Halloween Countdown: Chad Wehrle

Posted in art, illustration, monsters, undead with tags , , , on October 11, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Chad Wehrle sites the “masters of spook” Stephen Gammell, Edward Gorey and Donn Kenn among his influences.

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I see Gammell’s spirit most of all in this work (which is great because he’s one of my all time favorite illustrators).

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I just love the effect of broad, skillful smudging/erasing combined with very fine line work.

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Halloween Countdown: Dennis Carlsson

Posted in anatomy, art, halloween, macabre, monsters with tags , , , , , , on October 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Dennis Carlsson gives beloved pop culture cartoon characters a horror makeover.

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I particularly love the way he does teeth and shining viscera.

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Which cartoon would you like to see Carlsson reimagine?

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Vilde Furdal Nymoen

Posted in art, surreal with tags , , , on September 28, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Vilde Furdal Nymoen paints vertically elongated portraits of (mostly) girls, sans hair, with colorful worlds emerging from the top of their heads.

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Each has its own theme, and they look absolutely beautiful displayed as triptychs. What do you think about the intentional omission of hair (I can’t help but be reminded of Eleven in Stranger Things every time I look at this art!)?

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Ben Lewis Giles

Posted in anatomy, art, collage, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , on September 27, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Check out the gorgeous collage work of Ben Lewis Giles.

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His sources range from vintage pulp art to fine art, and everything in between. Biology textbooks, nature picture books, the art of folklore and Americana…

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He states:
Nature, metamorphosis, light, colour, collage,collaboration, juxtaposition, repetition, excitement, evolution, manipulation,music, television, improvisation, participation and seduction are all components in my practice.

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Shoichi Tsurukawa

Posted in art, japan with tags , , , on September 25, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Shoichi Tsurukawa uses a dyeing technique called tsutsugaki (staining cotton with colored rice paste) to create brightly colored works. Traditional tsutsugaki pieces are usually indigo dye on a light colored canvas, but clearly Tsurukawa makes the process his own!

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From the artist statement:
I can easily indulge myself in the colors of happiness, anger and grief as my heart is always drawn by the vividness of my own emotions. What I want to portray is humans, namely the common “something” that lies underneath our appearance.

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Inge Vandormael

Posted in alchemy, anatomy, art, nature with tags , , , , on September 23, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Inge Vandormael sticks to a simple color palette; black, white, red and silver for drawings, muted autumnal tones for watercolor. But the symbolism in her work is profound.

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Much of her older work was inspired by Eastern religion, myth and philosophy. Clearly influenced by nature and the beautiful structure within the ephemeral cycles of life and death, her newer works delve into alchemical and sacred geometry.

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Inge Vandormael