Moving to LA
Hey folks, sorry for the lack of posts lately—earlier in the month I got a last-minute one-year position at UCLA teaching Swedish and a few other things for this year, and I’ve been pretty taken up with trying to get ahead on this translation so that I have less to stress about when I get down there and start teaching.
EDIT EDIT EDIT: Oh man, I totally accidentally wrote 2012 on the side instead of 2014. Not sure how that happened… I will correct it ASAP, but gotta run for now!  NEW EDIT: OK NOW IT IS FIXED!!!

Moving to LA

Hey folks, sorry for the lack of posts lately—earlier in the month I got a last-minute one-year position at UCLA teaching Swedish and a few other things for this year, and I’ve been pretty taken up with trying to get ahead on this translation so that I have less to stress about when I get down there and start teaching.

EDIT EDIT EDIT: Oh man, I totally accidentally wrote 2012 on the side instead of 2014. Not sure how that happened… I will correct it ASAP, but gotta run for now!  NEW EDIT: OK NOW IT IS FIXED!!!

victoriaying:

And caught up! #7daysofcolor green #fashionillustration #art

More Green!!! Oh man, I like this color too much (and the artwork is good too). 

victoriaying:

And caught up! #7daysofcolor green #fashionillustration #art

More Green!!! Oh man, I like this color too much (and the artwork is good too). 

Quick sketch to de-stress on Saturday during a very stressful day. Like, 2 minutes? Five minutes? I just have no idea with these quick n dirty sketches. Oh well. This is on the back of a program, not in a moleskine, but I did use my handy-dandy pen brush! 
So I may do a more formal announcement at my wordpress blog at some point, but I just got a last-minute offer (which I accepted) to teach at UCLA for the year (Swedish plus some other random courses, like Norse mythology this Fall), so I have had NO TIME for anything except working like crazy to finish this translation and figuring out the move and where I’ll live and what I need to teach and all, so you probably can’t expect much art from my for a bit… that said, I think I’m realizing just how much art helps me de-stress, so maybe I’ll find some time for some quick stuff like this! 

Quick sketch to de-stress on Saturday during a very stressful day. Like, 2 minutes? Five minutes? I just have no idea with these quick n dirty sketches. Oh well. This is on the back of a program, not in a moleskine, but I did use my handy-dandy pen brush! 

So I may do a more formal announcement at my wordpress blog at some point, but I just got a last-minute offer (which I accepted) to teach at UCLA for the year (Swedish plus some other random courses, like Norse mythology this Fall), so I have had NO TIME for anything except working like crazy to finish this translation and figuring out the move and where I’ll live and what I need to teach and all, so you probably can’t expect much art from my for a bit… that said, I think I’m realizing just how much art helps me de-stress, so maybe I’ll find some time for some quick stuff like this! 

victoriaying:

#7daysofcolor day 4, green!

And here is her other Green pic. GREEN I LOVE GREEN!!!

victoriaying:

#7daysofcolor day 4, green!

And here is her other Green pic. GREEN I LOVE GREEN!!!

victoriaying:

#7daysofcolor #green I’ve been reading/ watching outlander and wanted to do something inspired by it

I’ve been enjoying Victoria’s 7 days of color pieces—I meant to reblog her previous “green” entry, since it is my FAVORITE color and it was a really cute one, but was in a rush and didn’t—still in a rush, but here is this one! 
And sorry I haven’t had time to do any new pics on my own—lots of big developments professionally lately, so I’ll have to post about that later…

victoriaying:

#7daysofcolor #green I’ve been reading/ watching outlander and wanted to do something inspired by it

I’ve been enjoying Victoria’s 7 days of color pieces—I meant to reblog her previous “green” entry, since it is my FAVORITE color and it was a really cute one, but was in a rush and didn’t—still in a rush, but here is this one! 

And sorry I haven’t had time to do any new pics on my own—lots of big developments professionally lately, so I’ll have to post about that later…

guthbrand:

birenza:

Beowulf, everyone’s favourite Geat. (I know Grendel’s arm should be hanging from the ceiling, but whatever. Artistic licence).

Maybe it was just ripped off. Before it was nailed up.

Cool! Though shouldn’t Beowulf have his armor off? Though as noted, it is a bit up in the air exactly when this takes place—maybe he has gotten dressed again. Gorgeous pic in any case, and now I’m imagining what the rest of Grendel would look like in this interpretation…

guthbrand:

birenza:

Beowulf, everyone’s favourite Geat. (I know Grendel’s arm should be hanging from the ceiling, but whatever. Artistic licence).

Maybe it was just ripped off. Before it was nailed up.

Cool! Though shouldn’t Beowulf have his armor off? Though as noted, it is a bit up in the air exactly when this takes place—maybe he has gotten dressed again. Gorgeous pic in any case, and now I’m imagining what the rest of Grendel would look like in this interpretation…

Got this idea while chatting with a friend about a mutual friend who is studying like crazy for some sort of med school entrance exam in Korea (not sure if that’s exactly what it is, or if it’s a bit different), and had to do it—a bit sloppy (esp. that monstrosity of a desk and those crooked books), but if people like it enough I may put together a more polished version to sell as a card on Redbubble—meanwhile you can click through the pic to DeviantArt, where it is already available as a card and some other things. And yeah, I know, not really accurate with the huge leather desk and chair and lack of a computer—it’s more an idealized portrait, eh? ;P 
Did some very tiny adjustments to this today—had to get my mind off of all the horribleness in the news, from children being beheaded in Iraq to Robin Williams’ death. I’m grateful that life goes on here and now for me, but am also keeping in prayer those for whom that is not the case. 

Got this idea while chatting with a friend about a mutual friend who is studying like crazy for some sort of med school entrance exam in Korea (not sure if that’s exactly what it is, or if it’s a bit different), and had to do it—a bit sloppy (esp. that monstrosity of a desk and those crooked books), but if people like it enough I may put together a more polished version to sell as a card on Redbubble—meanwhile you can click through the pic to DeviantArt, where it is already available as a card and some other things. And yeah, I know, not really accurate with the huge leather desk and chair and lack of a computer—it’s more an idealized portrait, eh? ;P 

Did some very tiny adjustments to this today—had to get my mind off of all the horribleness in the news, from children being beheaded in Iraq to Robin Williams’ death. I’m grateful that life goes on here and now for me, but am also keeping in prayer those for whom that is not the case. 

by bookwyrmbound:

The (Tarnished) Silmarillion

Full-leather fine binding of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion. The Two Trees are surface-gilt on the cover in metals that will tarnish, so over time the book will literally reenact their destruction. However the one fruit and flower that became the sun and moon are surface-gilt in gold and palladium, and will stay bright.

The edge decoration, sprinkled gilt and palladium over gouache, depicts the fate of the silmarils: “one in the airs of heaven, and one in the fires of the heart of the world, and one in the deep waters.”

The titling is done in palladium with finishing tools that I made myself, because I couldn’t pass up the chance to use Feanorean letters to title the book where Feanor is one of the central characters.

(longer post about the binding here, written when I originally bound it)

I love this. Bookbinding as not only craft, but intermedial art, with the materiality itself of the piece a part of how it represents one of the central parts of the narrative. 

(via medievalistsnet)

Tove Jansson at 100

Tove Jansson at 100

IMG_2951The great Finnish children’s writer (and illustrator/artist) Tove Jansson was born 100 years ago today! I first ran across her work when finishing up a final semester of undergrad in Lund, Sweden, and have been a fan ever since. As a “finlandssvensk” she wrote in Swedish, but of course her work is available in all sorts of crazy languages.

IMG_2952I was hoping to do an illustration of my own, but I just…

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guthbrand:

Unless Háafell farm in Iceland can make $90K by the end of the month, all of their goats will be slaughtered. That’s half of the Icelandic Goats on Earth! Support them here! Don’t make Ragnar cry!

Was just about to repost this myself, but Guthbrand got to it ahead of me—save the Viking goats! Pass this along to your friends who like Vikings and/or Game of Thrones! (since these goats were apparently featured in the latter). Also, I assume this is the same breed of goat we see occasionally in the Iceland move The Outlaw