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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.


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.


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 My gallery is split between fan art, works on skulls and bones, artwork related to my unpublished novels, original misc.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.


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.
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Bruce Springsteen
  • Reading: My own dumb in-progress fanfic
  • Watching: The Colbert Report
  • Playing: Mii games
  • Eating: Fajita, rice and beans
  • Drinking: Pepsi and water
Watched Stephen Colbert tonight.  The Colbert Report reminded me of just how bizarre geek-interest cons are.  

He shared footage of him at ComicCon, done up in a costume of a character that he made up, so made-up and masked (with a fake bird beak) and generally ridiculous looking that nobody recognized him as himself.  (I think he should have gone as Phil Ken Sebben from "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law," but he might have been recognized then, for reasons that are obvious to any Harvey Birdman fans out there).  

"Prince Hawkcat" set up a booth to promote his new superhero movie and an animated movie about a walking, talking banana, that according to Hawkcat, travels through time to save Jesus from Clarence Darrow and create a world where people worship the banana.  In the words of one con-goer; "You're... just making this up as you go along, aren't you?"  

What's weird is that this deliberately strange Colbert-adventure reminded me of how weird cons really are.  I don't get to go to them very often, but I've been to anime conventions a few times.  Otakon is the one I usually get to go to - and even that is intermittent, depending upon whether ArkNorth and I have money and time off any given year.   

Mostly, people do dress up as actual anime/manga characters, with a few people who are into general western animation, fantasy and sci-fi milling along.  I remember one year, Slagpit (who comes with us) meeting Dr. Strange from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.  I am pretty sure I *have* seen entirely fan-created / made-up characters at these things.  I can't recall any ones that particularly stand out, especially since they are difficult to tell from licensed/published but genuinely obscure characters.  (We got to go last year, 2013 and I was delighted when I found someone cosplaying Washi from Haibane Renmei.  Talk about an obscure - but real - character)!  

One year at Otakon... some years ago... 2008, I think, I was in my Vash the Stampede crossdressing cosplay and ArkNorth and I were milling about the the Art Room when some random guy came up to us asking to purchase a piece of my cosplay (the tie I had on my head. I was cosplaying "Drunken Party Time Vash" ).  He wanted to buy the tie with a can of corn.  I think it was creamed corn, but I can't remember.  He haggled with me for, like, ten minutes. I didn't want to sell my tie and he kept trying to convince me that it was REALLY GOOD CORN.  I ended up keeping the tie.  I don't think the guy was famous - he wasn't in costume and I didn't recognize his face.  I think he might have had a bet with his friends or something, to see if he could buy a piece of cosplay with a can of corn. This honest-to-God really happened. You can ask ArkNorth about it.  

But, yeah... I think Stephen fit right in there with his extraordinary weirdness, because these things get weird, anyway.   


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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Digital 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!
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.
TheBlackNova Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
You may need to look up the Skyward Sword Manga to understand that fic I sent you.
AltaicTiger Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the fav! It's really appreciated!
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:
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!!!!!!
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! :)
Shadsie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

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
aranea-designs Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I love your work.

I live in the city too, but a lot of people online sell skulls, so I get those to paint. I've cleaned the bones from roadkill before too, but even that is difficult when you have neighbours close by!

LOL at the cemetery jokes! I work at a funeral home so yeah.. similar jokes!
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