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From mandieichel's Deviant account.





They're so wonderful!
hani_backup: (Anne Stokes - Autumn Fairy)
and it is positively lush.*

I know I was very indecisive about what 2011 calendar to buy, and the ones I saw in the bookstore here weren't captivating to me. I decided to buy Anne Stokes. Unfortunately I didn't decide early enough to buy her signed calendar from her website before it sold out, but I'm happy enough with the regular one from Amazon.com. It shipped from the UK and it got here in great shape and time.

It's so gorgeous.

Pics of cover, back and January )

*The British slang word popped in my mind when I saw the calendar. I think it's fitting considering Anne Stokes is British.
hani_backup: (Anne Stokes - Unicorn)
A few days ago I added a bunch of 2011 wall calendars to my Amazon Wish List. I've been struggling with calendars for the past few weeks and talked about them to people, but didn't have time to really peruse the thousands of online calendars.

The past few years my calendars have been:
Gary Larson's 2007 "The Far Side Gallery: Off the Wall Calendar" -- It was a fun day-by-day calendar and when 2008 rolled around I decorated my dormitory door with my favorite cartoons. Visitors to my room/flor had fun reading my door! I'm really sad The Far Side is in retirement, though there are collections out.

Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell's Fantasy Calendar 2008 This is where I got the lady and the water serpent picture that I have up on my door. It's fascinating. I think it was for the month of July.



The Romantic Fantasy Art 2009 Nene Thomas Calendar is where the lady in red and black on my door came from. (Month of October, fittingly.)

For 2010, there is the Dead Moon Luis Royo Calendar. I'm a little eh about this calendar; I'm not sure if there's a month I want to preserve on my dorm door. I'll have to flip through come January.

I'm tempted to buy Nene Thomas's 2011 calendar or Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell again, but a part of me likes that I've had different artists all these past years. The common theme for my wall calendars is fantasy art, though Luis Royo isn't as fantastical, and Nene Thomas isn't as erotic/skin-showing as Vallejo/Bell and Royo.

I have, for potential 2011 calendars,
H.R. Giger (Swiss surealist artist - painter, sculptor, designer- who made the alien in Alien starring Sigourney Weaver, and Korn's microphone stand along with other dark stuff),
Anne Stokes, a British fantasy and gothic artist (I'm using one of her art pieces as my LJ icon),
2011 Alchemy Calendar (I thought the images looked interesting from the back cover),
Amy Brown (I've never seen her art in person, but I've seen tons of Halloween costumes based off her faeries in stores past Octobers),
and When Darkness Falls (not familiar with the artist Tony Mauro, but the back looked interesting. Oh, wow, he also makes official movie posters including The POTC: Curse of the Black Pearl. Though his actual art makes me uncomfortable because it's actual women in such erotic poses and not drawn females be it painting or digital... I know some of his art work might seem similar to Royo's pieces I've seen but a part of me just backs away from the actual human element...).

If Linda Bergkvist ever put out a calendar, I'd snap it up immediately. Or Audrey Kawasaki. :P

... I started this entry at 11am and it's already an hour later. My focus and mind is not strong. Such pretty art and lots of distractions!
hani_backup: (Stress - wake up)
Did not want to see this article pop up!

The first exam felt suspiciously easy, which makes me worry.

Now, onto Visual Perception and Art studying.

FORTY PAGE CHAPTER ON PERCEPTION AND THE HISTORY OF ART!!

ARGH, no.

Sleeeeepy, so sleeeeeepy. (Great, now I can hear Matt's voice saying it in my head.)

But, here's something on reverspective!

*sigh* Class at 10-11:05, then exam from 1:30pm...
hani_backup: (Xena - white dress)
It's "If Only You Were Here" by Audrey Kawasaki.



I feel like her expression is ambiguous. It's a bit "drowsy" and mysterious, but otherwise I can't really understand what message the femal herself is sending me. I also like how the background isn't shown/obscured at all, so you don't know if you're in this reality or another reality. (Looking at her other paintings sometimes you don't really know.)
hani_backup: (Books first)
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Do books count? I'm not a hardcore first edition collector, but I do have several limited editions of books, like Melinda by Neil Gaiman and Dagmara Matuzak, or J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard and the signed limited edition of Tori's Comic Book Tattoo (well, not really by her, more like 50-ish short comics inspired by her songs, but she signed it). I also have several books signed by Neil Gaiman, either I bought online or one someone I knew mailed to me during his Graveyard Book tour. I also have every book of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series, scattered in different countries they may be. One of them is signed (Naamah's Kiss) and her upcoming one is going to be personalized (Naamah's Curse).

But no, I'm not a serious collector in anything. I move too often, I'm too poor and I guess I'm not passionate enough about one thing or another. I'd like to be a collector of Audrey Kawasaki's art, or Nene Thomas's, but Audrey's prints are way too expensive for the likes of me, and also the constant moving hurts with the packing of the prints.
hani_backup: (Together)
Beauty )

It's called "Yuuwaku" and by Audrey Kawasaki. She has an LJ, at [livejournal.com profile] i_seldom_do.

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