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I work in a variety of mediums and my works have a variety of themes. You'll find everything from painted found animal bones and other nature art to fantasy pieces, to original writing and even lots of fanart for some of my favorite things.

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My tastes are varied and, thus, I favorite a variety of things. Some things here are gifts to me, some things are fanart, some are original, and there are even some photographs here.

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I don't really have any room on my walls for prints, and expect no one to ever get them for me, but I do like these. Think of this as a secondary Favorites gallery.

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The last time I was in Baltimore was for Otakon, 2013.  I've been there a few times.  I've eaten crab cakes along the Inner Harbor.  I'm watching CNN now and thinking "In better times, those streets were filled with geeks dressed as anime characters, sci-fi movie characters, Ponies and Tardii....  And it's weird to see protesters and police.  

I remember when I was there, walking the streets at night with ArkNorth back from the Convention Center to our hotel seeing all of the homeless people camped out.  We got petitioned by one guy and I kind of... in my cowardice, hid behind my man and shied away while he said we didn't have anything (which we kind of didn't because we were coming away from spending a day at an anime convention and anyone who goes to those knows that you come with some saved up money and leave poor).  I think I said something later about "Maybe we could have bought him dinner" since we were looking for a good, cheap Chinese place for ourselves, but it was too late and I was honestly into my anxiety/fear mode, into "What if he attacks us?" - instinct.   

And then, getting lost, winding down more streets, I saw others - mostly asleep-people at that hour... One awake guy with a laden shopping cart in the shadows, a rumpled heap with bare feet sleeping an a concrete monument.  - And I don't think there was a white person among them.  

I felt horrible coming home from that trip.  I remember a conversation about it - about systemic failures and how Philadelphia isn't perfect, but is a little better in regards to shelters and programs than Baltimore has ever been. I felt about shying away from it all precisely because we've come close to being homeless before.  Some years ago, we suffered a hasty eviction and found the place we're living now by sheer luck.  I always have in the back of my mind how "This may be me one day, looking for help." 

I'll probably be more likely to get help if it happens, too, simply because I am a combination of female and white.  

I understand quite intimately how desperation can turn a person into an incoherent ball of rage.  I have been a ball of rage at times, triggered by issues with poverty and injustice upon me and my own - and I don't even have the worst of it, I'm sure. (See "being white" above, and greater ability to procure help).  It serves no purpose to randomly destroy and lot and do arson on random buildings, but I kind of understand the impulse - how a person can just lose their minds and not care what they are breaking as long as they are breaking something.  (This is one of the reasons I like videogames.  I cite here, Hyrule Warriors, Link and his gauntlets).  

I'm just sort of rambling here.  I guess I feel like I'm saying I see stuff like this as symptoms of a sick nation and a sick world.  

That, and I wish the streets soon become less full of rage and sadness and more full of happy freaks and geeks again. 

Also, Otakon... you're moving to DC in a couple of years?  That'll be worse, won't it?  (Though, anime characters punching politicians is an amusing mental image). 
  • Mood: Sadness
  • Watching: CNN
  • Playing: Hyrule Warriors
  • Eating: The Legendary Sandwich
  • Drinking: Pepsi
Shelltooth by Shadsie
Shelltooth
Calf jaw. Tea stain, polymer clay, ink, glass beads, polished freshwater mussel/clam shells.  The calf jaw was taken from an area where livestock was raised (in Arizona).  The shells are from a Pennsylvania creek (and according to a biologist I know who goes by Zippo4K on here, they are a common species and are are actually a kind of clam).   I was inspired by this jaw's missing teeth to replace the entirety of the dental area with bits of polished shells.  

Meant to be a necklace.  Can also be a wall-hanging. 

$30.00 US for anyone who wishes to own it.  Here is a listing on Etsy: www.etsy.com/listing/230071721… 
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Sacred Arrows by Shadsie
Sacred Arrows
Calf jaw.  Tea stain, acrylic, polymer clay, metal brads.  Glass beads.  The feathers are craft store-bought pheasant feathers.  Created to be a necklace, but can serve as a wall-hanging.  

$30.00 US if you wish to buy it.  Here is the listing on Etsy:  www.etsy.com/listing/230076502…
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Have you ever have a friend, coworker or suchlike give you a gift you kind of accepted but were really confused about, and they got it because they thought it was "your thing" and it pretty much says they don't know a lick about you?  

Every time I go to Youtube, it's like such a friend.  I dislike the "Recommended for You" feature because you watch one thing - you look up something weird from a website or you get nostalgic about an old tv show you used to like or just sort of half-remember from childhood and want to see if someone's ripped an ep, or something else... 

I went there tonight deliberately looking up some of the works of James Rolfe (The Angry Video Game nerd) - one of his "Board James" features because it wasn't loading on the native Cinemassacre site and sometimes his stuff loads better on Youtube.  I see "Recommended" for me all these... Bible-prophecy videos.  How such and such that's going on right now feeds into the End Times and I was just going "Huh?" 

Then, I remembered in an aha! moment that a few days ago, I was reading an article on Cracked.com about (non-lethal) extremist-oddballs "4 Extremists We Cannot Take Seriously" - something like that.  I watched an embedded video where a "prophecy-expert" type was analyzing demonic messages supposedly hidden in a mayonaise commercial.  

Really.  

Look it up on Cracked.  It was one of their April 1st articles, but it was about people whom we don't know if they're pranking or taking things seriously.  And, yes, the analysis of the commercial (done completely straight-faced) has to be seen to be believed.  On the plus side, I found out that my real name (happened to be shared by the protagonist of the commercial) is apparently an anagram for "Satan."  

What I'm left wondering about... if clicking on crazy mayo-commercial demons guy for a laugh got me recommends of "End Times" videos on Youtube, why wasn't I flooded with videos about Lepurachauns and Fairies?  I watched the embedded video on Cracked of that guy, too... the guy who talks about how to see the Fair Folk.   Nope, just "Bible" End-Timey stuff.  

Eh. Clicking Youtube videos on comedy websites can be a dangerous business. 
  • Mood: Confused
  • Listening to: Shadow of the Colossus Soundtrack
  • Playing: Hyrule Warriors
  • Eating: Leg of Ganon and Unborn Cuccos
  • Drinking: Pepsi
In America, you put men on moon.  
In Termina, we but moon on men! 
*Squish!* 

ArkNorth spontaneously gifted me with Majora's Mask 3D.  I spent today playing around with it.  My first impressions: 

It looks good in 3D.  Much like the Ocarina of Time remake, it looks very nice with the new skin on it.  In fact, it's easier to read the signs and the graffiti around Clock Town. (The moon is going to fall! You have no time for reading random stuff, Link)!  Anyway, I find it amusing that in the Bomb Shop there are sketches/plans for a ROCKET! It doesn't seem to be blowing up the moon, it's just a rocket going into the sky and flying with a cloud and stuff. I don't think I ever noticed that before.  

The rundown clock looks different. Instead of the gauge-type clock reading "72 Hours," you get a digital-clock bar. Blasphemy!  Yeah, I liked that gauge-clock and I miss it.  Gauge-clock was pretty.  Bar is just a bar.  

HOLY POO-CRAP DO I LOVE THE NEW SAVING SYSTEM!!!! The major thing that has kept Majora's Mask from being a favorite of the Zelda series for me like it is for other people has been problems I've had with the saving system.  Then again, I never owned an N64 and have played emulations (download for the Wii... and the only time I've played the game through was on the notoriously glitchy Zelda Classics Collection on GameCube - and it did freeze up on me multiple times, making the game even harder).  I didn't like having to go back in time and reset things as a saving-feature, nor did I like how the owl statues worked where you had to save at one and then another before resetting time if you wanted to not loose progress.  Or, at least that's the wonky way things worked on the emulations.  I was really hoping, crossing my fingers on the 3D remake that Nintendo would fix the saving-system to be more like other games, and THEY DID!  Now, the owl statues work like the loftwing statues in Skyward Sword and I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!  YES!  

You get the Song of Soaring slightly earlier  - at the head of the swamp rather than within it.  I've already put that to use in dealing with the Business Deku Scrubs.  

So, I don't know.  Maybe there will be more artwork of grimacing moons from me in the future.  
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Shadow of the Colossus Soundtrack
  • Reading: The Twelve Kingdsoms, Book 3
  • Watching: Random television
  • Playing: Majora's Mask 3D
  • Eating: Cheez-Its
  • Drinking: Pepsi

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Shadsie
Empress of Bones
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
Hello, I go by Shadsie. If you want to know my age, I "live outside of time."

I am an artist of varied mediums, some of them unusual. My favorite medium is acrylic paint and I frquently use animal bones as a canvas. I find these out in natural places and meticulously clean them - I don't kill any of the animals to make my art, they're all just found.

Otherwise, I paint on canvas and paper. I draw, I sculpt a little and I even do a bit of digital work - in short, I work with whatever I can get my hands on and do a lot of experimenting.

I have an associate's degree in graphic design, but it hasn't seen much work. I have written fantasy novels that I'm seeking publication for and have not obtained yet. Otherwise, I am prone to becoming obessed with various entertainments and will do fan art for such. My gallery is split between fan art, works on skulls and bones, artwork related to my unpublished novels, original misc. artwork and my jewelrymaking experiments.

I am willing to take concrit on all works unless specified, even on older works for which I am too lazy to enable the new "critique" feature on.


Enjoy!

Current Residence: Hyrule.
Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock, Alternative, Various
Favourite style of art: Fantasy, Nature Art, Surrealism, Realism, Anime.
Operating System: Windows XP
Shell of choice: Hmm... something made of bone?
Wallpaper of choice: Painted animal bones cover my walls.
Skin of choice: No skin. Bone.
Favourite cartoon character: Vash the Stampede.
Personal Quote: The more I learn about nature, the less guilty I feel about eating its creatures.
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The last time I was in Baltimore was for Otakon, 2013.  I've been there a few times.  I've eaten crab cakes along the Inner Harbor.  I'm watching CNN now and thinking "In better times, those streets were filled with geeks dressed as anime characters, sci-fi movie characters, Ponies and Tardii....  And it's weird to see protesters and police.  

I remember when I was there, walking the streets at night with ArkNorth back from the Convention Center to our hotel seeing all of the homeless people camped out.  We got petitioned by one guy and I kind of... in my cowardice, hid behind my man and shied away while he said we didn't have anything (which we kind of didn't because we were coming away from spending a day at an anime convention and anyone who goes to those knows that you come with some saved up money and leave poor).  I think I said something later about "Maybe we could have bought him dinner" since we were looking for a good, cheap Chinese place for ourselves, but it was too late and I was honestly into my anxiety/fear mode, into "What if he attacks us?" - instinct.   

And then, getting lost, winding down more streets, I saw others - mostly asleep-people at that hour... One awake guy with a laden shopping cart in the shadows, a rumpled heap with bare feet sleeping an a concrete monument.  - And I don't think there was a white person among them.  

I felt horrible coming home from that trip.  I remember a conversation about it - about systemic failures and how Philadelphia isn't perfect, but is a little better in regards to shelters and programs than Baltimore has ever been. I felt about shying away from it all precisely because we've come close to being homeless before.  Some years ago, we suffered a hasty eviction and found the place we're living now by sheer luck.  I always have in the back of my mind how "This may be me one day, looking for help." 

I'll probably be more likely to get help if it happens, too, simply because I am a combination of female and white.  

I understand quite intimately how desperation can turn a person into an incoherent ball of rage.  I have been a ball of rage at times, triggered by issues with poverty and injustice upon me and my own - and I don't even have the worst of it, I'm sure. (See "being white" above, and greater ability to procure help).  It serves no purpose to randomly destroy and lot and do arson on random buildings, but I kind of understand the impulse - how a person can just lose their minds and not care what they are breaking as long as they are breaking something.  (This is one of the reasons I like videogames.  I cite here, Hyrule Warriors, Link and his gauntlets).  

I'm just sort of rambling here.  I guess I feel like I'm saying I see stuff like this as symptoms of a sick nation and a sick world.  

That, and I wish the streets soon become less full of rage and sadness and more full of happy freaks and geeks again. 

Also, Otakon... you're moving to DC in a couple of years?  That'll be worse, won't it?  (Though, anime characters punching politicians is an amusing mental image). 
  • Mood: Sadness
  • Watching: CNN
  • Playing: Hyrule Warriors
  • Eating: The Legendary Sandwich
  • Drinking: Pepsi

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lilith-chan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I figured out a trope we should add to The Great Desert Page. Genre Savvy for Link for knowing being nice to old people gets you free food and mention how in fairy tales refusing to help the elderly meant you would end up crippling yourself. Plus the guy who helps the old person marries the Princess... Hey, wait a minuet of forest here.
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Shadsie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you want to, you can go ahead and add that.  

I was skimming the fic the other day, and thinking of the remake I never kept up with.  Playing Hyrule Warriors, I think that Warriors Link's vision-animal would be a bull.  With the other warriors, he's a part of a herd.  He charges into enemies like a bull... and if I did anything where he were included, it would be a joke on how I "bullfight" a lot of enemies in waiting for them to reveal their weak points.  
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey! Thank you so much for adding my Sparrot piece to your favorites! :love: So glad you liked it enough to do so. :nod: Thanks again for your support!
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
I tagged you for a meme-- you don't have to do it if it's a bother of course. I had a few questions in there I was curious about.
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TheBlackNova Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
You may need to look up the Skyward Sword Manga to understand that fic I sent you.
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AltaicTiger Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the fav! It's really appreciated!
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Hello, this is a little random. I am sorry if it's a nuisance
But if you feel like it (no pressure!) I tagged you for this meme/ questionnaire:
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wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you have a wonderfull gallery of art!!!!inspring!!!!!thank you for posting such great works!!!!!!
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aranea-designs Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! We've featured you for the month of August in the #skull-painting group! You may get a few requests from me for work that hasn't been submitted to our gallery yet and if you have anything new to add, just do so as you usually would and I'll make sure it gets to the Featured folder! :)
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Shadsie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

Sadly, I don't find as much fresh material as I used to, since I live in a suburban apartment now (strangely enough, a few skulls have found me on roadside walks, still)...

I do live next to a cemetary but... no... just no... though it has been joked about in my household. XD
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