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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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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
Pursuit



She could not remember how she had come to wood. It was gray and green and there was a gentle dripping sound.  Patches of snow and dirty ice rested over the ground in divots, surrounded by fresh moss.  It was a battle between winter and spring.  The chill in the air told the young woman that there was no clear winner yet.  All she knew of the wood was that people were taken here randomly and so she must have been dumped here.  

Her name was Eva and she checked the back of her head for lumps.  She found none.  Perhaps she’d been given a draught or drug that put her into a deep sleep?  Had she walked a little too deeply in the Greenwood and wandered into this place by accident, without recollection?  It was people on the margins of the world who were driven here or dumped in the Graywood.  Her appearance is not important, nor is her exact age.  Eva is Eva and can be of any complexion or build that the reader wishes to imagine her.  She does not know how she came to be in the deep forest, only that she came to be there.  It is only the fact that she awoke among the moss, the trees and the dirty snow that is significant.  

Eva knew that she was about to be pursued.

The girl knew the tales of the survivors.  Most men who entered the woods did not leave, but the few that did had their stories.  Some had seen the demise of others, friends, family or strangers.  Others had come to the Graywood alone, like she had.  Those that had made it out told of a creature that came for them – an entity that would devour a person whole.  Few got a good look at it and lived to speak of it.  It had a different approach to each person.  Some saw a great monster.  A few spoke of a tall, chalk-skinned, faceless, black-winged angel.  There were tales of fire that licked at its heels or of a black smoky Void that followed it.  One survivor said that it was a little white cat with soft white wings, not in the least bit imposing, and that it had spoken to her very gently when it had caught up to her.  

Eva wandered, looking at the tangle of trees around her.  The problem with forests this time of the year is that they provided little potential food for human beings that she was aware of.  Eva knew of a few kinds of berries that were safe to eat, but the raspberries and blackberries just didn’t grow when the weather was still icy – if they ever grew in the Graywood at all.  She decided to avoid fungus altogether, for she did not know what kinds of mushrooms made good food and what would cause her a writhing death. The young woman wasn’t hungry at the moment, but knew that was bound to change.  She’d never hunted.  She’d fished a bit in the past, but had no equipment for doing so and did not see or hear a stream anywhere nearby.  That was another consideration… water.  At least there was some snow on the ground.  Eva found a shelf of stone with hanging icicles.  She snapped off the longest one she could find and slowly licked it, heedless of the tiny detritus trapped within.

Fog rose up from the ground everywhere.  It was the kind of thick cloud that came from a conflict between warm, wet air and ground that was still frozen.  It curled like steam up from patches of white.  

Eva was underdressed and terribly cold.  At least she had a light coat.  Still, her arms were goose-pimpled beneath it.  She could hear her own teeth chatter.  They felt like they would break.  

“Is there anybody out here?” she managed to call into the cold.  She was answered only by the steam on her breath.  

That was when she first saw it.

A large animal burst out of the underbrush and from behind the trees.  Eva thought it was a bear at first, with hair all golden standing up at the shoulders.  It was more the size of a very large dog and was canine in structure.  As pale sunlight combed by pine needles struck the beast, the blonde and black fur shimmered with little flecks of blue-green iridescence, like spots on bird-feathers.  It came running for her, snarling lowly and snapping its barren jaws.  Its face sent a shock of fear through her as much as the sudden attack.    

The beast’s head was a clean white skull.  It had eyes, yellow-green like citrine, like the eyes of a cat.  They were clear eyes.    

It had come for her flesh, her heart and her soul.  She dodged through the trees, running pell-mell through the mists.  She tripped and tumbled down an embankment.  It was a fortunate fall.  The clear-eyed creature vanished into the fog, apparently suddenly disinterested in her.  

Eva knew with her very spirit that this was the fabled “Beast of the Graywood” that swallowed people up.  If it made a different appearance to everyone, this was apparently how she saw it.  

She didn’t like it one bit.

She cleaned off her scrapes and walked on, wary of the clear-eyed creature.  Somewhere along the way, the woods became golden and yet the air retained a “gray” character.  Eva noted the bronze and copper leaves beneath her feet as well as dry leaves like pale brass that stubbornly clung to some of the trees when most had been stripped bare.  She came upon three people huddled around a campfire.  She approached them and they told her to go away.

“I am hungry,” she said.

“Hunt up your own food!” one of the group said to her.  

“I don’t know how.”

“Why should we care?” said another.  “You don’t have the look or the smell of one we’d welcome! Move on!”

Eva sniffed herself. She found no outstanding odor.  “If we’re all lost in the Graywood, can’t we survive better together?”

“Leave!” the last one of the group by the fire said, so Eva moved on.  

As shadows lengthened and light fled from the land, she encountered the creature again.  She did not encounter it directly, but heard it shuffling in the woods, stirring up the dry leaves.  She saw its hairy shadow against the milky-indigo sky.  She heard screams as it lurched and ran in the direction of the place she had encountered the group.  

The next day, at dawn, she found a stream and caught a pair of shimmering trout in puddle near the shore where several fish had been trapped.  Being as hungry as she was and with no patience to construct a fire, she ate their flesh raw.  Eva caught as many of the other fish as she could and tossed them into the main creek so that they could have a chance at life.  She was not planning on staying here.  She had to find a way out of these woods if she were to survive.  

The air was warmer today than it had been yesterday.  Eva had not slept, save, perhaps, in a few short spurts where her memory was fuzzy.  She’d curled up against an oak tree last night and had fought to stay awake to fight off hypothermia.  The water she put her hands in for her breakfast was icy.  She noted the shelves of ice, born of what was once snow along the bank, slick and dark with mud.  

Little birds were chattering incessantly.  At least they had things to sing about.  

Eva did not know what direction she should be going to get out of the Graywood.  She figured if she kept going one direction – just forward, she would find her way to the green hills or to a village – perhaps even to her own.  

She spent days running from the Beast of the Graywood.  She mostly only saw it in shadow, a hump of hair rising up from behind brush.  She fell into an exhausted sleep every now and again and gradually began to let her guard down when the clear-eyed creature had failed to catch up to her.  Eva found a few precious sources of food besides the fish – plants she recognized.  She was given bread by someone she met, a young man dressed for the forest who hadn’t known how he’d gotten there, either.  

Eva thought she’d finally found a friend, but the night after she met him, when he had chosen to keep watch, she awoke to find him and her coat missing.  She thought that they’d just begun connecting, being the recipients of a common predicament.  Instead, she was betrayed and remembered tales of this being a common occurrence in the Graywood.  

She was curled up against the bark of a large and ancient conifer when she met the clear-eyed creature face-to-face.  She did not run.  Eva did not even get up.  She just sat there, hugging her knees, regarding the beast boredly.  The large animal, for its part, just walked up past the bare-twig underbrush – raspberry bushes waiting to become thorny and leafy and fruitful again.  It stared at her, its skull creamy-colored in the stark, branch-filtered sun-shafts.  

“I suppose you really weren’t what I expected,” Eva said.  

“What did you expect?” the clear-eyed creature said to her in a rumbling voice like rapids over rocks.  It spoke her language perfectly, not the kind of feat most animals were capable of.  Eva, however, remained unimpressed.  Her eyelids were drooping and she was cold.  

“Maybe something with wings.  Maybe something black.  Maybe just a fog made of the Void.  Maybe someone with a sword or a gun or a scythe. I don’t know.  I don’t know what I expected.”  

The clear-eyed creature regarded her with its perpetual smile.  Its head was a skull, of course, and all stripped skulls smiled and looked like they were laughing.  “Are you afraid of me?” it asked.

Eva shook her head softly.  “No.  I’m just tired.  I’m very tired.”  

“Approach me, then,” the creature dictated, “or find a reason to keep running.”  

“Is there a reason to keep running?” she asked, lifting her head.  “Is there a way out of these woods?”  

“You won’t know unless you keep moving,” the beast said.  

“It is cold here,” Eva complained.  “And I’ve found no help.”

“There are those that wish for your return,” the clear-eyed creature gently replied.  “You may not hear them right now, but there are those that are cheering for you to keep running.”  

Eva stood up.  “Thank you,” she said.  “I am not afraid.  If I keep walking and if I run, it will not be because I am afraid of you.”

“Aren’t you tired?” the beast asked.  

“Yes, but I will keep running.”  

The clear-eyed creature nodded its skull and turned to vanish back into the mists of the forest.  Eva walked on, knowing that it would be back in one form or another at one time or another.  She did not know whether she would find her way out or be trapped in the Graywood forever, however, she walked on her own terms.      


End.

S.E. Nordwall, March 2015
Pursuit
A young woman is trapped in a forest, chased by a mysterious creature.  

A kind of metaphorical story, though I don't feel like giving an explanation for it, as I think it might be nice to have readers come to their own meanings in it.   After writing it, I realized that it seems to be something of a spiritual-successor to this picture shadsie.deviantart.com/art/Not…  even though the characters and beasts are different.  I actually sketched out the golden-furred, skull-headed beast in this story before writing, but did not feel the sketches worth uploading.  
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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.
Interests
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

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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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