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Triforce Rug by Shadsie Triforce Rug :iconshadsie:Shadsie 2 0 Colorful Lion - Needlefelt by Shadsie Colorful Lion - Needlefelt :iconshadsie:Shadsie 2 0 First Needle-Felt by Shadsie First Needle-Felt :iconshadsie:Shadsie 1 0 White-Maned Lynel by Shadsie White-Maned Lynel :iconshadsie:Shadsie 7 0 As Cold as Death by Shadsie As Cold as Death :iconshadsie:Shadsie 8 3 Beastiary Entry #1 - Gryphon by Shadsie Beastiary Entry #1 - Gryphon :iconshadsie:Shadsie 3 0 Golden Shoulders by Shadsie Golden Shoulders :iconshadsie:Shadsie 1 0 Lion - Stained Glass Style by Shadsie Lion - Stained Glass Style :iconshadsie:Shadsie 3 1 A Lovely Beast by Shadsie A Lovely Beast :iconshadsie:Shadsie 3 1

S.E. Nordwall

Little Prescott Williams pricked his finger – again.  Why was the number eight so difficult to sew?  It should have been one of easiest, in his opinion, due to the combination of straight backstitches involved.  
“This cloth is too tough! Why does this have to be done on an old duffle-bag?”
“Because it needs to last,” responded Mr. Hopewell.  “You will need a handy reference until these equations are committed to your memory.”  
The boy already had to rip up stitches from failed answers when Mr. Hopewell shook his head and made that “tsk-tsk” sound through his chapped lips.  This had been the best way the teacher found to get his students to learn – better for the memory than simple drawing upon the ground with a stick.  He sometimes employed a slate and chalk in his lessons, but chalk was precious, nearly as much so as ink and paper.  Some
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Pit - Butt-kicking Christmas Angel by Shadsie Pit - Butt-kicking Christmas Angel :iconshadsie:Shadsie 3 0
Wounds in the World
1. Ordinary
S.E. Nordwall

It began with a tiny mermaid complaining loudly as I held her in the palm of my hand.  
I was wandering on a summer day at the edge of a stream, examining the minnows in the shallows.  I had dipped my hands into the cool water of a shadowed bit of shore, shepherding the darting creatures toward the sands in an attempt to capture just one to gaze upon before letting it free.  
I was successful in my hunt and just as I lifted a fat little fish with pale golden scales and brought it into the sunlight I found, instead, a miniature woman with the tan-gold tail of a minnow.  Her hair was lanky and blond.  Her eyes were fierce.  Her voice was high and squeaky – something one would expect out of such a tiny creature.  I stared, stunned, for at least a minute before I numbly apologized ad lowered her gingerly back into the stream.  
I dismissed the event as a dream for a long time.  Everythin
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Scroll of the Gryphon by Shadsie Scroll of the Gryphon :iconshadsie:Shadsie 1 0 Hunga the Harpy by Shadsie Hunga the Harpy :iconshadsie:Shadsie 3 1 Faith In Spite of Everything by Shadsie Faith In Spite of Everything :iconshadsie:Shadsie 1 0 Steered by Shadsie Steered :iconshadsie:Shadsie 0 0
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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Aphelion by scenceable Aphelion :iconscenceable:scenceable 8,637 1,412 Zelda-Link Vs. Darknut by HeavyMetalHanzo Zelda-Link Vs. Darknut :iconheavymetalhanzo:HeavyMetalHanzo 3,431 209 Mechanical Bull by RobertDampier Mechanical Bull :iconrobertdampier:RobertDampier 22 8 Young princess Zelda by ReevolveR Young princess Zelda :iconreevolver:ReevolveR 17,036 1,647 skulls by brainsucker300 skulls :iconbrainsucker300:brainsucker300 5 1 LoZ - Sheik by SweetCandyRain LoZ - Sheik :iconsweetcandyrain:SweetCandyRain 3,809 751 James' Cosplay - Sheik by MistressAinley James' Cosplay - Sheik :iconmistressainley:MistressAinley 358 70 Momentary Things by lilith-chan Momentary Things :iconlilith-chan:lilith-chan 3 1 Wolf Skull Painting - Playtime by MorRokko Wolf Skull Painting - Playtime :iconmorrokko:MorRokko 131 45 White Cat II by ursulav White Cat II :iconursulav:ursulav 973 55 Majora's Mask by EternaLegend Majora's Mask :iconeternalegend:EternaLegend 628 134 Judging the White Cat by ursulav Judging the White Cat :iconursulav:ursulav 1,153 75 Dark Beast Ganon - My Design by AdoobibullTwin4 Dark Beast Ganon - My Design :iconadoobibulltwin4:AdoobibullTwin4 414 57 The Lady Amalthea by lilith-chan The Lady Amalthea :iconlilith-chan:lilith-chan 2 2 Pucca and Garu by Oracle-of-Moon Pucca and Garu :iconoracle-of-moon:Oracle-of-Moon 7 5
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.


Fire on the Water by kilgore-trout Fire on the Water :iconkilgore-trout:kilgore-trout 144 51 Doom Comes on Little Cat Feet by hellcorpceo Doom Comes on Little Cat Feet :iconhellcorpceo:hellcorpceo 8,848 1,009 Go Away by kerembeyit Go Away :iconkerembeyit:kerembeyit 6,548 540 The Highest Point by maggock The Highest Point :iconmaggock:maggock 130 18
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.


Triforce Rug
Playing around with a new art-material / medium, sooner or later, I was going to do fan art with it. 

A needle-felted rug with the theme of the Triforce and it's corresponding Goddess / Virtue symbols.  
Colorful Lion - Needlefelt
A needle-felted tapestry version of this marker drawing I did a while back:…  
First Needle-Felt
Needle-felt tapestry from a kit, so I could learn the craft.  Sent to me by a relative, some small tweak in the original design, but the design is from a template / not mine. 
White-Maned Lynel
White-Maned Lynel from "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild."  

I'm so happy to see my favorite Legend of Zelda monster make a return to a fresh game, with a design similar to how they were in the first game (except better because they have armor, nasty curved swords and shields and horns now)!  And they're meaner than ever!  

*Fan squees worse than Kilton.*  

Pen, marker, some colored pencil.  I'll probably do a better version in paint or digital someday.  
As Cold as Death
Fan art for "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild."  Link, in a warm doublet and loaded up with spicy food, rides a Stalhorse across the tundra.  

I was... predictably excited when I encountered these things - and sad that the stables don't let us register them.  This is my perfect steed.   

According to the horse bones I have in my collection in real life, the Stalhorses are a little inaccurate.  The skull is spot-on, but the scapula (shoulder blades) on the Stalhorses are round and blocky as opposed to flat, the pelvis seems a little off, and, of course, the ribs are thick.  It's a supernatural monster, so it gets some leeway. I am disappointed in the scan because the scanner didn't pick up the subtle yellows of bone-color I used for the paint and I couldn't get it color-corrected precisely.  

Acrylic on paper.  


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. I self-published one piece on Kindle, A World of Rusted Dreams complete with illustrations, just to see what would happen with it. It's a quiet, strange little fantasy story about a pair of teenagers and their guardian-creatures visiting a city in a wild and barren world.


Otherwise, I am prone to becoming obsessed 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 novels, original misc. artwork and jewelry-making.

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: Whatever I get my hands on.
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: I don't want a world where no one dies. I want a world where no one wants to die.
  • Playing: LoZ: Breath of the Wild
So, I just got this game as a gift this week - for my WiiU, because there's no way I'm getting a new console at this time... not with plenty of games to play.  

Hyrule is... post-apocalyptic, right?  But it's a BEAUTIFUL post-apocalyptic land!  I can't help but think that - as I said on a status thing, that it reminds me of my home state a lot (Arizona is divided into plateau, mountain and desert and has lots of micro-climates.  I may have been born and raised in the desert, but I've taken family-trips and school field trips up to all of it.  Drive two hours and the climate is different).  

It also reminds me of worlds that I write.  A lot of my stories - my novel-length stuff in particular, involves, in some way, a post-apocalypse / post-calamity setting in which things have eased, nature has re-taken everywhere and civilization is rebuilding.  "A World of Rusted Dreams" is like this (supposed to be our world, though, I had some actual landmarks in mind, although it can easily be imagined to be another universe that was similar to our own at some point).  In the yet-to-be-published "Malarkey and Belinda" there are some passages about the origins of human habitation of that world that used to be "high civilization" until a series of events reduced population and bumped people back to Medieval ways (although that story takes place on another planet / in a parallel dimension - not our world).  "The Bonkeepers' Union" - which I may never seems to be a stalled story, has me revisiting some of the ideas I did in "A World of Rusted Dreams," but it's not the same world - I just gave it a similar flavor in a "rebuilding post-apocalypse, but things are generally at peace and stable now."    In other words, I like to write universes that are post-something, but not gritty, not poisonous landscapes, but places where nature has taken back over and there are people who are rebuilding and building new things - "Life goes on" worlds.  

And the new Zelda game is just such a world.  Well, except for the great evil that's going to eventually break its seal and finish what it started, but, yeah... the darn game is particularly appealing to me so far because it seems to have a lot of themes that I like writing into my own fantasy-works.  Interesting, that. 


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GrayComputer Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
So what do you think of my contest entry for the Pit lovers Club?
Shadsie Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's cute.  All the entries are quite nice. 
GrayComputer Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hey I drew a picture the pit lovers contest, Here it is! Angels to Goddesses and Goddesses to Angels
RubyDragonCat Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey thanks so much for the watch! Your ID is awesome and for some mysterious reason I pictured you with darker hair, idk why...haha I wouldn't be brave enough to put a real pic of me on my ID here. That's for facebook xD

I assume since you watched me you'll be reading the ALBW fic, whee! The title is pretty lame though...thought maybe you'd be able to suggest something better.
Shadsie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I kind of skimmed to read later.  I'm trying to remember what roleplay it was... was it the one where I played a rather grumpy Hilda?  I had a friend (online friend I made whom I learned lived about an hour's drive away from me) come for a visit yesterday - second time we've gotten together - and was all tired last night trying to read it, so I gave up and slept.  

I've given thought to returning to Zelda Dungeon, but I don't know how welcomed I'd be back.  The last time I looked in so many names and topics had changed.  I just got Triforce Heroes as an unexpected Christmas present - so I can talk that there, I guess.  I also got my own copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening as a present, so I could give the borrowed game  back to my aforementioned friend and could say "Go ahead and erase my files if you need to."  So, time to create a second iteration of "Shadsie." I won't be replaying Skyward Sword for a while, since my buddy borrowed that from me.  

I hit the watch because I realize I hadn't been watching you should.  I'm on Facebook, too.  I'm not too secret on my real name here since I sign a lot of original works with it and I shill my self-published book.  Stacey Nordwall if you want to look it up, though I don't know who you are there.  I'm... pretty random on Facebook so far - I also watch people and places who are fountains of geek-memes, so I share a lot of those. 
RubyDragonCat Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that was the one. You were Hilda. I still have my Mathias/Matt OC and "Thief Girl", who I gave the name Lilla. It's a reference to a Fire Emblem game I know you probably never played. The first one that was released outside of Japan for GBA, Blazing Sword. But it has no subtitle for the western release. It's just Fire Emblem. Anyway there's characters in it named Matthew and Leila, who are a couple and of the thief class. I think that subtle reference is the cleverest thing ever. This time I also gave a name to "Spear Boy" though.

Don't feel bad, I havent been around ZD in eons either. Dunno if I will go back...and I keep my facebook for irl people/family. I don't use it at all for online friends.

I saw that you got Triforce Heroes on your journal. Is it any better than Four Swords? I have the Four Swords virtual console thing that allows single player on my 3ds and I'm not that impressed with it.
Shadsie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never played Four Swords, actually.  I wind up playing with my buddy Blender (23 Blenders) a lot, with a random online person to fill the roster.  It's cute.  It's very much an alternate universe of Hyrule, though, being this little kingdom of Hytopia that's obsessed with fashion and instead of the stakes being "darkness will cover the land forever, whahaha!" its' more like "People will be UNFASHIONABLE forever! - le gasp!"  Madame Coture reminds me of Edna Mode from "The Incredibles."    

Single player on Triforce Heroes sucks.  I tried it once on the lowest level and found it impossible to do one of the puzzles to pass - and it's very easy with other people / was easy with random online people.  You do pick t up pretty quick and random online people can be really great and cooperatve.  
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Tulpen-Teufel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Heyo, I finally came around to drawing your prize for the Kid Icarus contest. c:
Hope you like it! :D

Contest prize - Viridi by Tulpen-Teufel
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.
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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