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The phoenix remains popular: A symbol of new beginnings, of adversity overcome, and of reinventing oneself, perhaps.
Happy goat everyone! Year year many fish, ten thousand things like will, dragon horse sperm god, step step high rise.
The Russian Firebird, a truly magical creature.
In the next few blogs, I will have a look at magical birds - messengers between the human realm and the supernatural in many cultures. First off, Quetzalcoatl: the feathered snake of the Mexicans.
Censorship of images has been much on people's minds this last week. I thought I'd write a post about the depiction of nudity.
What better topic to choose for my New Year's Eve post, than Fireworks!
The only book by Ursula Le Guin, outside the Earthsea series, which has received consistent attention from artists and illustrators is The Left Hand of Darkness.
By and large, the illustrators on DeviantArt are far more respectful of how the characters are described by the author, than the professional illustrators responsible for the various cover versions.
In this post, I would like to introduce my own visual interpretation of Earthsea and its places and characters
I picked up the animated movie version from Studio Ghibli and was delighted to see Tenar pop up again. There must be a fourth book then!
Some of the blunt, knee-jerk assumptions that are made in much fantasy art are less obvious, and therefore more insidious. These are often assumptions about gender roles, and ethnicity.
The first thing to note is that there don't appear to be a lot of pictorial representations of Earthsea. The second thing is that artists seem to have a hard time visualizing the characters of the book the way they have been described by the author.
Johan Andersson is a surreal painter and sculptor from Sweden, who became a pioneer in the 3D fractal art world and 3D printed fractals after the discovery of the mandelbulb in 2009.
The artists who have chosen "Supernova" as their topic, distinctly verge toward the trippy.
Black holes represent a deep seated fear of being sucked into the void, propelled out of existence.
Explosions in movies are supposed to be "cool". There is an undeniable element of visual interest. It has become an aesthetic and intellectual game to play around with the genre conventions that have evolved around it.
Desolate cityscapes, future ruins, starships leaving among the debris of decay: one wonders if there is any place left in the universe where these travelers could find a better life?
Space art may have started out as a visualization tool for astronomers and physicists, but the artists have turned the scientific concepts into a play with colours and form, which owes more to the abstract painters of the 20th century.
It's that time of the year again: my annual tax return is due by the end of this week. Nuff said.
Meet grandmother Buluku, Ogum the warrior, Oxossi the hunter, Oxumare the rainbow snake, Babalu Aye the leper who heals infectious diseases, and Exu, Papa Legba or Baron Samedi: trickster, guide of spirits, devil on the crossroads.
Oxum represents all the traditionally feminine values. But she is also patron of witches.
I have often wondered to what extent Tolkien might have drawn on the African pantheon...
Male gods of storm and thunder exist in many pagan religions. It is more unusual to see the powers of sky and weather personified as a female. It is said that in battle, Oya always goes ahead of Xangó, just like lightning precedes thunder.
Yemanja, Yemoja, Yemalla, Janaína – the Mother of Waters is one of the main goddesses, of various Afro-American religions – Santería, Voodoo, Candomblé – which evolved from African deities grafted onto Catholic saints.
Tais Teng is a well established and prolific science fiction and horror writer and illustrator from the Netherlands. He has made several hundred covers and interior illustrations – most notably the Jack Vance e-books. His particular affinity is for the work of H. P. Lovecraft.
Where would the Doctor be without his Companions. That's Companion with a capital C. There have been even more companions, than there have been incarnations of the Doctor, but as far as fan art goes, Rose Tyler, Amy Pond and Jack Harkness are clearly in the lead.
The Doctor is hot. No doubt about that: He may have started out as a cranky old man, a mad scientist, traveling the universe...
Iconic blue police boxes seem to be every where (and every when?). Astrid takes us on a an art tour of the Doctor's preferred mode of transportation.
Occasionally, I discover my inner German: a series of conceptual photos and photomanipulations, which capture the elusive concept of time travel.
Steampunk has brought a fascination with the elaborate mechanisms and ostentatious casings of old clocks. Time measuring and time traveling devices.