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!