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Eggorsisk by jflaxman
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After seeing the work of Cryptid-Creations - which is typically cute and accessible - I felt like spending a few hours on something less cute and accessible. Anyone who actually gets it should award themselves 1D6+1 nerd points, and if Cryptid-Creations happens to see it, I hope she takes it the right way: as a good-natured parody of her humorous and popular work. 

For everyone who doesn't get it, here's some footage of an Eborsisk - one of the Greatest Movie Monsters Ever (and a favourite of FranRose) www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrb4n-…
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After my last rather angsty post, I’m glad to report FranRose and I have found ourselves a great new home. We’re currently enjoying the much less stressful, debt-free life we started aiming for last year. I’m proud to report we achieved this together, which makes a refreshing break from the competent person/hopeless dependant relationships we’ve been through before!

I’m still using the ancient laptop I’ve had since early 2011, but I’ve got a proper studio and A3 printer/scanner for the first time since 2013.  The real world’s kept me busy this year and it’s likely to keep doing so, but I’m getting back into visual art. My first serious piece this year, Journey to Oblivion, suggests I’m not as rusty as I’d feared.

FranRose has introduced me to a lot of movies, books and TV series I would have otherwise missed; it’s been fun comparing different forays into different genres and discussing what works and why. It’s also reminded me how well-stocked some genres are. There’s certainly no shortage of young adult dystopias, and though there’ll always be a place for stories in which young idealists defeat old and corrupt regimes, I feel the genre needs a rest. My favourite dystopian stories also tend to be more pessimistic; Huxley’s Brave New World and Orwell’s 1984 have stronger real-world resonances and provide more effective warnings.

I’ve gained more enjoyment from weird fiction. Jeff Vandermeer, Tim Lebbon, China Melville and others read like a fusion of old greats like Lovecraft and more recent ones like Gibson, and though I’m not adverse to Tolkien, I’m personally glad the New Weird avoids the exhausted tropes of Tolkienesque races and Tolkienesque worlds. Its morality and politics also tend to be more challenging, ambiguous or interesting, depending on your point of view!

I might not be so productive this year, but I’m going to try and concentrate on more imaginative yet more serious work; by “serious” I don’t mean grimdark, but well thought out and believable, attributes too much of my past work has lacked. The usual suspects will always look down on imaginative or visionary art, but I’ve always been the most inspired by artists who make the unreal seem real, and I’ll take their imaginative, visionary works over Rothko knockoffs any day.

I’ll end by thanking everyone who’s still here for their patience, encouragement, and often thoughtful criticism. I’ve finally got net access at home and can post more regular replies!

Good luck until next time,

JF

  • Listening to: Lahmia
  • Reading: The Internet is Not the Answer
  • Watching: Ducks
  • Playing: N/A
  • Eating: Red Meat
  • Drinking: Coffee

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James Flaxman
Australia
Current Residence: Sydney, Australia
deviantWEAR sizing preference: L
Print preference: Varies
Favourite genre of music: Metal, classical, dark ambient
Favourite photographer: Archival
Favourite style of art: Surreal, imaginative, visionary
Operating System: Crappy old PC
MP3 player of choice: Loud
Shell of choice: Armed and mechanised
Wallpaper of choice: Skin
Skin of choice: Metal
Favourite cartoon character: Too many to name
Personal Quote: "So much work, so little time."
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razzor89 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
I love your post apocalyptic and sci fi character. Looking forward to see the next one!
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XavierLardy Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
Welcome to Warrior Spirit!
Inspire and be inspired!
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koenprincen Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for adding my work to your favorites and collection. i'm honored, because i really admire your work :)
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Black-Valkyr Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hello you picture look petty great :D i sugget you should read Junji - Ito horror manga, it will give you some idea for you pictures :) 
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MightyRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hollalalalala
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MightyRaptor Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
nice meeting you
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ceruleus0 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016   Filmographer
Hey, great stuff. Love the dark humor and art style.
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Thathyperhyena Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
wow
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GottaGoFeast Featured By Owner Edited Feb 5, 2016
I like your unique flavor of dark comedy a whole lot. You're like a Willy Wonka, but with hilarious nightmares instead of candy. Your snippets of worldbuilding are equally amusing.

On an unrelated note, you remind me of Nathan Explosion from Metalocalypse. 
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