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Palliativity 201: I’ve already spent too much time doing things I didn’t want to…

Posted on July 11, 2013

Do it With a Rockstar - Amanda Palmer

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"Smile— the end is near and it's high time. The light's amazing, man.

So time your Instagram, the rapture swallowing the land.

But we're the last ones laughing. Pictures or it didn't happen."

— Amanda Fucking Palmer, Smile

I realize that my art is a much more direct reference of a reference than most.

When people ask, I am happy to share where all the pieces came from and how they came to dance together:

Most people will just nod and process the flood of info they weren't really ready for.

Some people really get into it and an intense hour-long conversation can pass in an instant.

Others get angry, because digital and collage and reproducible and probably cause they didn't think of it first.

No apologies here.

Go make your own art.

My favorite ones just walk up to a piece, laugh and smile. Those are the people that really get me.

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Palliativity 197: the fandome menace

Posted on June 6, 2013

Fan-art is a strange beast. It's a wonderfully freeing experience to take ownership of a story, style or character that you love but did not entirely create. The way that you can instantly connect with and incite thousands of fellow followers of any given genre or franchise feels all too much like chasing dragons. My most successful pieces (in terms of views/sales) have been my fan art by epic magnitudes and have even gotten me published alongside some of my heroes.

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At the same time, I've never wanted to get pigeon-holed as many successful artists often do. I have no interest in being the world's most awesome cover band. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes will forever hold that crown. The important thing to remember when creating fan art is to project your own vision and style of another world as if it is your own into each and every detail. That way, you never lose sight of what it truly means to be a fan.

As I have said time and again:

If you want fans, make fan art.

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Touch the Sky – Final Fantasy XII

Posted on May 27, 2013

Touch the Sky

"Princess, no need to worry. I hope you haven't forgotten my role in this little story.

I'm the leading man. You know what they say about the leading man? He never dies."

— Balthier —

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( Fun Fact: that's WWI Sir Winston Curchill in the bottom right! )

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Palliativity 195: Portraiture

Posted on May 23, 2013

Custom Fan Portraiture - Game of Thrones

When my friend asked for a Game of Thrones family portrait, of course I said YES.

I started playing with Photoshop as a kid because it allowed me to bring together an endless sandbox of ideas.

I continue to do so for the same reasons, but now with the purpose of bringing new vissions into the world.

I love to collaborate and assist others in bringing their imagination to life:

The World is what we make of it, so why not make is Beautiful.

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(if you are interested in commissioning work, let's make it happen!)

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Palliativity 194: Space Oddity

Posted on May 14, 2013

It occurred to me with a jolt just after Col. Chris Hardfield touched-down Monday evening:

This is our generation's Moon Landing.

Cold War glam-rock blasted into the new Millennia over the Interwebs.

The stars look very different today…

I'm going to miss him looking down on us all from his big lab in the sky.

Many safe returns.

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Brave – Merida Nouveau

Posted on May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day, to all those mother-bears out there!

Brave - Merida Nouveau

"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.

They whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death."

— Leonardo da Vinci —

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