1. Here’s one of the most recent paintings I finished based loosely on the theme of divination from skulls.

    -Jeanne D’Angelo, 2014

    (Source: instagram.com)

     

  2. Stop copying.

    http://cloverhunter.com/2014/07/30/doing-wrong-tillys-positive-message-looks-awfully-familiar/

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    from Kati: “This piece has a lot of meaning for me. I provide it to charities like A Home for Greys that ask for auction donations. I donate part of the proceeds to Girls Rock Philly while I am also participating as a summer volunteer in the program. It is not a font, it is hand painted. Every time. Over and over again. I do not think the irony of having a motivational message of moral virtue reincarnated as a plagiarized crop tee is lost on anyone here.”

    Once again, I’m posting about a friend this happened to. Just like tons and tons and tons of other artists do. Because this happens SO much now. Because the idea of a creator for art has become so detached from the images people see. And I post it on tumblr partly because of the reposting capabilities of the site but also because I think it’s particularly embedded in the atmosphere here, where credit is removed, posters assume “credit” simply for grabbing and posting an image , artists get cut out of the conversations (positive or critical!) and the potential following that surrounds the popularity of that work, and the whole thing creates this fertile hunting ground for companies cool hunting, and lazy designers making just a few tweaks to try and get away with copying someone else’s popular work for profit.  A profit that on the designer’s end doesn’t nearly compare to the profit made by a big shitty fast fashion company that will churn out the design in mass quantities and throw it on a bargain rack when the fad has passed quicker than you can say cease and desist.  Designers stop doing this to other artists! Stop seeing work that means something to the person that made it as something you can just have, just borrow to make your cash and leave. Make your fucking own!

    ESPECIALLY if you’re one of those people whose first response is “oh that’s so simple, anyone could make it who cares” If that’s the case why aren’t these designers and the companies that employ them making their own? It’s because 80% is the idea, knowing what words, what images, what ideas people like, and here on tumblr it’s REALLY easy to see what people like, it’s absolutely quantified in the notes attached to something.  It’s a clear sign to a lazy designer or piece of shit company that something is a sure win, were it to become a tshirt.

    SO I’m not just saying you should credit artists, you should understand WHY crediting artists matter. You should wonder who made something if you like it. They might have more work that you love! They might have something really interesting to say about why they made it. You can probably buy it from them instead of some garbage company trying to sell existing youth culture back to youth.  You should prefer that! And the original artists and designers would probably appreciate it a whole fucking lot because a lot of them struggle to make any kind of living at the thing they are most likely best at.

    Oh and of course tell Tilly’s where to stick it.

     
  3. astonishingx:

    Dark Phoenix by John Byrne

    When I was in about 7th grade I was teaching myself to draw by copying comics and I remember lovingly copying this panel or one just like it, text and all.

    (via hauntedforests)

     
  4. This is a custom “madball” I designed, sculpted and painted for my partner who collects them. It’s (obviously) inspired by Little Shop of Horrors but also carnivorous plants in general since he also likes those.  I made it for his birthday this past November.  These projects are fun for me because I almost never work in actual 3D and it’s a very different experience. My sculpting skills are pretty rudimentary. This is the one I made the year before though, so I think I’ve gotten a bit better! It’s made out of Das paper clay and painted with acrylics with glow in the dark sculpey teeth. I named her Audrey Spew.

    (Source: instagram.com)

     
  5. aebrown-medusawolf:

    A few pages from part thirteen of my comic “OVOYYAMAR.”  <- click it! See the rest of this scene or start aaaaaaaalllll the way back at the beginning if you it pleases you!

    I can’t recommend anyone more as an artist or person than Alan Brown. Really seriously check out his amazing amazing ongoing comic that I’ve been begging him to please print so everyone can buy it (hi Alan!).

     
  6. This is a series of images I made for Katy Otto’s collaborative concept project “The Monsters in My Bed”  Each illustration corresponds with a song on the EP. You can order it from exoticfever.com

    I also did the cover image, I just don’t have a scan of it on hand.  It was a cool project to work on and Katy gave me a ton of freedom to interpret as I wanted from my own pool of reference and ideas, which can be challenging especially with content very personal to the author.  It’s always a challenge for me to work in greyscale too.

    (Source: babyloniangorgoneion)

     
  7. I did a set of these over the winter. The same drawing transferred several times and rendered with different color schemes. I mostly made them because people kept asking for them but I also never tire of painting rainbow demon monsters.  I’m hoping to start work on a personal piece in a similar vein this month!

    (Source: instagram.com)

     

  8. Anonymous said: You're an amazing artist. Love your work. So beautiful. You probably get that a lot but I just had to tell you c: Have a good day, love.

    Thank you so much! Also I think most people like hearing this as many times as possible.  Maybe it’s just me haha.

     

  9. "We have already seen that defixiones must be treated as a familiar feature of ancient Mediterranean cultures.  What is more, they cut across all social categories; on this point there is virtual unanimity.  The reason for their pervasive presence lies in the observation that they worked, or that they were believed to work, which comes to the same thing.  Their success and effectiveness also explains why they were treated as illegal or dangerous.  Dangerous not because they always intended harm but because they worked.  Better yet, they worked in ways that could not be controlled by the legal, social, and political centers of ancient society.  Indeed, at times they stood outside, perhaps in direct opposition to those centers.  The idea that magoi could dispense power on matters of central importance to human life; the idea that any private person, for nothing but a small fee, could put that power to use in a wide variety of circumstances; and the idea that all of these transactions were available to individuals who stood outside and sometimes against the “legitimate” corporate structures of society- all of these ideas presented a serious threat to those who saw themselves as jealous guardians of power emanating from the center of that society, whether Greek, Roman, Antiochene, or Rabbinic.  Here was power beyond their control, power in the hands of freely negotiating individuals”

    -Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World- John G. Gager

    "Our written evidence for the Greek and Roman world mostly derives from literary texts written by and for small aristocratic groups, but in curse tablets we hear different voices, of provincials and non-citizens on the edge of empire, women and slaves."

    -Curse Tablets from Roman Britain

     
  10. Something I made a few years ago. This was for a halloween show where the theme involved redesigning packaging for a VHS tape. This is a wooden fake book box containing the 1922 Swedish/Danish film Häxan

    The spine is removable to you can slide out the tape.

    (Source: babyloniangorgoneion)