Badge trade: from the IAM Master Classes in Paris, France, to UKM (Kids and teens culture festival), in Snillfjord, Norway

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For the past two years (2015, 2016), I have attended one of the most exciting events in the Computer Graphic Arts, the IAM Master Classes, taking place in Paris, during the second half of March. This amazing celebration of teaching and learning Concept art, Character art, Digital illustration, Visual FX, Modelling, Animation and so on is arranged by IAM.co (It’s Art Mag) and its founder, Patrice Leymarie & Co. Traditionally counts with some of the greatest names in the CG Arts and gathers an enthusiastic crowd from all over the globe.

This year I didn’t attend the event, and I was afraid that a heavy sense of emptiness would hand on my shoulders, since I miss the great energy I could feel there the previous years…

However, life gifted med with an incredible opportunity: I was invited to teach an arts workshop related to a national event called UKM (Ung kultur møtes) – which would translate more or less into “Young culture meets”. As the name suggests, it is a series of cultural festivals, where kids and teens get to show music, arts, performance, dance, etc. Some days after the workshop, on the day of the local festival, I was there and helped to organise the visual arts exhibition and had a very difficult, yet honorable duty: to be part of the jury, for both visual arts and music!

I loved to be there and meet some of my own students as well meet other awesome kids and teens from the local community. There were bands, duos and solo artists, and many beautiful drawings, paintings and other types of visual works. It was also nice to see the parents and families, eagerly cheering for the kids. It was one of the best things I have experienced in my life.

On the other hand, I was extremely nervous and worried about doing the right thing as a judge. All the kids/teens that showed their talent that evening deserve my sincerest respect and support, it wasn’t easy to vote on just a few artists. Those most voted will now go further, until the national finals. Good luck to them 🙂

What will the next year being? Master Classes in Paris or UKM in Snillfjord? I would like to take both! Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any pictures during the UKM, since I was very busy. So I leave you with a shot of the previous Master Classes.

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A beautiful drawing by Pierangelo Boog

One of my favourite artists, Pierangelo Boog, friend and someone I greatly admire has sent me an email. Yes, we artists trade ideas off social media too! And he attached an image that made me smile and refreshed my day. I am sharing with you one of Angelo’s many beautiful works. He is a master of pencils, ink, paint and digital painting.

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Angelo has now a new set of print for sale, it’s called Moleskine Sketchbook. You can enjoy the drawings snapshots below. I copied them from the artist’s website.

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Visit www.pierangeloboog.com

15 Oscar Wilde quotes + 5 art nudes from “The Picture of Dorian Gray in Quotes and Nudes”

A couple of months ago, I published a coffee-table book/art book edited by Clare Diston, Celine Frohn and myself :)That book is “The Picture of Dorian Gray in Quotes and Nudes” – with 60+ quotes from Oscar Wilde’s original work + 20 nude painting studies made by me. We got a license from CMG Worldwide for limited copies: only 300! There will be no reprint or second edition!

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I share with you a selection of 15 OSCAR WILDE quotes from our book + 5 art nude studies. Enjoy!

There is only one thing in this world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. ~ Lord Henry

  • But beauty, real beauty, ends where intellectual expression begins. ~ Lord Henry
  • Every portrait that is painted with feeling, is a portrait of the artist, not the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter, it is rather the painter who, on the colored canvas, reveals himself. ~ Basil Hallward

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  • Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies. ~ Lord Henry
  • I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters and, and my enemies for their good intellects. ~ Lord Henry
  • I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in this world. ~ Lord Henry
  • Nowadays, people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. ~ Lord Henry

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  • He was trying to gather up the scarlet threads of his life, to weave them into a pattern; to find his way through the sanguine labyrinth of passion through which he was wondering. ~ Narrator
  • We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and that thinks too much to be beautiful. ~ Lord Henry
  • He grew more and more enamoured of his own beauty, more and more interested in the corruption of his own soul. ~ Narrator
  • Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man’s face. It cannot be concealed. ~ Basil Hallward

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  • Nobody ever commits a crime without doing something stupid. ~ Alan Campbell
  • To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, wake up early and be respectable. ~ Lord Henry
  • I have never searched for happiness. Who wants happiness? I have searched for pleasure. ~ Dorian Gray

I wish I could love, but I seem to have lost the passion and forgot the desire. ~ Dorian Gray


You can BUY The Picture of Dorian Gray in Quotes and Nudes” exclusively at TragicBooks.com website.

Click HERE to see the official page for this project.

Intravenous Magazine Blood Pack Vol. 4 is now available for download!

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Tragic Books friend, Intravenous Magazine from UK, has just released their 4th collection of Gothic, Industrial, Electronic music: BLOOD PACK VOL. 4

Here is a snippet of what IVMag editor says:

“It’s been a lot of work and I just hope you all enjoy it, discover a new band, and then go and buy all their albums.
The compilation is our biggest to date and features a massive 28  tracks and clocks in at a whopping 2 hours long, so there is plenty to get your teeth into.
The album features names such as Noir, Bestial Mouths, Near Earth Orbit, Cease2Xist, Ego Likeness, Attrition, I††, and The Sweetest Condition, plus many more exclusive and unreleased tracks from international gothic, industrial and electronic bands. It also comes with an A4 PDF booklet containing bios and links for all the bands who have kindly donated a track.”

 

Click HERE to read more about this great dark alternative music compilation + listen to it online and download it from their Bancamp page.

My top 3 BlutEngel songs

be_typoI came across BlutEngel‘s music via Intravenous Mag from UK and I confess it is q quite new band for me, been enjoying it for about 3-4 months. However, it was love at the first audition! ❤ Since then I became an instant fan. I love how Chris Pohl & Co craft many nuances of electronic dark  music with lyrics both clever and touching for us dark souls. I personally relate to the lyrics and feel as if they were crafted for me.

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So far, I like most music I have had access to, via internet and via the few albums I have home. And here are my absolute favourites – to this day.

#1 – Kinder dieser Stadt

#2 – Asche zu Asche

#3 – Über den Horizont

Christmas tidbits + BlutEngel

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I had a busy end of year for the past couple of months and the blogging has been meager. But then, hey, this is a place to chill out, not to stress about getting things done. And I’d like to share two refreshing tidbits from my Christmas. There were more, of course, such as calling my family, who lives in São Paulo, Brazil, and enjoying the holiday with my husband and his family here in dark mid-Norway, where we live. I have baked 5 types of “kjekks” or biscuits with my mother-in-law and even though it was a lot, they are about to end. And some of them we did without nuts, gluten free and lactose free due to my Histamine Intolerance problem.  ^.^

I got a really nice surprise from the USA, a lovely, beautiful card with a very nice message from a girl that was part of the Beta Reader’s team for my latest/new novel “As Cold As Thorns”. She is a book blogger and has always been so supportive to me and other indie authors.  ❤

And another lovely, super awesome tidbit was that I bought to myself a Christmas treat, BlutEngel‘s new album Nemesis, the best of with re-worked songs + Monument and guess what?! I got a super cool SIGNED card!!! 😀 More about this Gothic Band in the next, coming soon post.

Lifestyle: Thirteen Clothing, everyday dark clothing

I came across Thirteen Clothing from UK via Tweeter and I loved the nice selection of women’s and men’s clothes they posted on their profile. They are casual, they are street wear, they are every day’s clothes with one thing in common: they have a beautiful touch of darkness.
These pieces are for you, who have a dark soul or alternative lifestyle and would like something more comfortable to commute in the city or have a less stressful time at the office or uni. Or for you, who simply enjoy the modern yet organic, edgy look of their collections.

Where to find them? Check out their website: www.thirteenclothing.co.uk
Now, enjoy some looks I copied from their Twitter and share here with you:

The Music of The Birthday Massacre

Over a decade ago, when I worked as graphic designer for an indie Heavy Metal/Alternative music record company, I did posters, magazine advertisements, web banners and other marketing materials for many CD’s / DVD’s (Blu-Ray wasn’t out in the market at that time!). Among the many bands, I have designed stuff for The Birthday Massacre, when their second album was out, and that was how I first came across their awesome music.

They have a very original style, something very atmospheric with the work of the synths and something sweet and beautiful with the vocals of Chibi. They are also heavy, since elements of metal and industrial are equally important in the mix. The lyrics have oftentimes a surreal/dream-like quality that will make you wander through dark paths and strong feelings. Throughout the years their music has evolved and became much better technically speaking, but their originality and captivating nuance still remains.
And that is why I am sharing their their awesome music with you today! Indulge!

Visit their website: thebirthdaymassacre.com

The Art of Howard Pyle: Book Illustrations

I came to know the work of Howard Pyle through my father, who has always been an avid reader and collector of books. I love the cleverness and allurement of his book illustrations, in their simplicity they are highly sophisticated and incite my fantasy. I could only wish that more of modern day books had such illustrations.
Another nice thing about this estadunidense artist is that he was both author and illustrator! (Like moi!). He did not only drawings, but also paintings… I however don’t like much his paintings. They are charming, and very interesting, but they lack finesse and depth and because of it, they have a flattened aspect, which again, make them look more like colored drawings than paintings.
Oh, but the drawings! I am sharing a selection of his drawings, of some of the pieces I like. I had copied these images to my private files, for study matters. It was long ago and I am pretty sure they were from Wikipedia, but now they are not available at his page anymore… So I cannot credit the source now.