Just opened a profile on Instagram!

I just opened a profile on Instagram. I have much to learn about using the platform and I look forward to meet and connect with both artists and art fans out there!

My profile is here: instagram.com/helheimendes.art

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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.

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.

Stoker vs Coppola / V. Hart: my loathing opinion about the original Dracula’s ending

If you’re a diehard fan of Bram Stoker, you may not like this post and therefore I even invite you to leave right now…

 

Dracula has been one my top of the top favourite stories for 21 years, since I first read it at the age of 10. But wait… I have a strange relation with this book. In 21 years, I have read it over a dozen times, and yet, in some-very-strange-weird-how I had never made it to the very ending – UNTIL NOW.

 

Let’s rewind things a little: I had watched the movie several times as well (completely, until the end) along these 21 years and every time I watched it it was like the biggest thing, the greatest love and redemption story.  I have cried many times as well while watching some scenes and I have always told to myself that I hoped someday I would be able to put together a story as maginifique as that one.
Back to the present: In the past couple of months I made a promise to myself, since I am also aiming to be a better writer: I HAD to read the book and for the first time, register its ending. And I did it.  I DID IT!!!
And…

 

I WISH I HAD NEVER DONE IT! O.O !!!

 

The gods of writing have mercy on my soul, but that was the worst ending possible for this epic tale of Gothic!!! At the very end, when our readers nerves are about to jump out of our skin, the Count, whom we barely see in the story, is powerless in a box of earth , already very close to his castle, and is killed in the blink of an eye in a coward way, then he turns into dust and… That’s it! There is a lot of momentum before this part – and there’s nothing to keep the reader hooked during this crucial passage. In fact, it makes things so easy for the “hero” who kills him, that I had to read it twice to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. I was like: Huh? That’s it?
And then, the completely boring, colorless “happy ending”  of Ms. and Mr. Harker…
And one final thought: the story should have been called “Van Helsing” and not “Dracula”. Since the count’s participation in the novel is minimal. I loved the character of Van Helsing, it was a fantastically well done one. However, the count itself could have been more explored and gained more weight through the plot to balance things.
This is what V. Hart and Coppola did. They saw the potential that Stoker failed to see and worked on those, not only making Dracula a formidable character and enemy, but also giving the plot a more complex, mature story with AN EPIC ENDING.

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Hey, check out my Pinterest board with images of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the movie!

The Art of Sanjin Halimic

I like the art of South Korean Sanjin Halimic a lot. I discovered him on ArtStation, since I have a portfolio there as well. What’s special about it? In my opinion, it is the way he mixes the old influences with new aesthetics and modern approach to Fantasy art.

I can see much of classic art lighting and use of colors in his work as well as some brush explorations to give the digital media a more painterly and traditional look. On the other hand, his aesthetical choices have influence of manga and some of the latest trends in digital art.

Another aspect of his work I enjoy is the themes. He can do some classic motives with a nice, personal appealing, making them as interesting as new.

 
 
 
 
 

Enjoy more of his work HERE: https://www.artstation.com/artist/sanjinhalimic

Ertaç Altınöz and his awesome Game of Thrones fan arts

Ertaç Altınöz is an artist I have been friends with and admired for several years. And he is not only great in what he does, but also a great person.
He has been doing Game of Thrones fan art pieces for a while (check his gallery for more) and I have selected a few of his latest pieces, the ones I like most to share with you 🙂
Now, I let his work speak for itself. Indulge!
 
 
 
 
And this is the most beautiful, most enticing of this selection, in my opinion.  
Visit Ertaç Altınöz’ gallery @ ArtStation

Alora’s Tear Vol. III – “Locations” – A guest post by Nathan Barham, Fantasy author

Since I have illustrated and designed the covers for Alora’s Tear, I invited Fantasy author for a guest post.

Nathan Barham tells about his inspiration for the locations of his Epic Fantasy series “Alora’s Tear Vol. III – The Voice Like Water” – is coming for sale this 9th August! The paperback and e-book versions will be available on popular book retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and so on. Check www.barhamink.com for more info.


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Click on the links to see pictures and more info about the real life places.
I’ve always hoped the places my characters visit feel real and lived-in. Often, I tell my students that their characters shouldn’t simply be disembodied heads floating around empty rooms. But more so than having the places feel inhabited, I want Vladvir, Tolarenz, Grafmark, and the rest to be characters that readers know and understand in the way they understand John or Brâghda, Thomas or Askon.

If Tolarenz is empty, we should feel not just Askon’s loneliness, but the loneliness of the valley itself. Grafmark should threaten and glower, irritated that our heroes dare set foot within its bounds. King’s City should go on without taking notice, bustling and busying itself with the mundane, the everyday, even as fleeting moments of the fantastic pass through its streets.

One of the challenges in working on the covers for the series is deciding what will make up the background. Now, as should be made clear, my calling this process hard is laughable. Isis does the real work of bringing these places and people to visual life, but I play my small part.

Each character stands before a specific location somewhere in Vladvir, and each of those comes from a place where I have lived or visited. Many of the settings in the story are fantasy versions of places with which I am familiar. Some of them are what I call “special places,” locations in the real world that feel as though they’ve stepped out of a story, that have a power, an energy one feels when in their presence, a spirit. Lover’s Fall, for instance, is modeled after Multnomah Falls in Oregon, a place I’ve visited several times, one special enough that I will go hours out of the way simply to stop just to listen to its water, watch the mist sparkle, and feel the cool shadows.

Askon passes the Vladvir version in Volume I, just before his company reaches Austgæta. But it is after the events that take place there, just before his defining choice in the first book that we see him as he appears on the cover with the mountains behind him looking down into the plains far below. This too has a real world counterpart. The two valleys in which I grew up, the first, on the Clearwater River in Idaho, and the second, at the confluence of the Clearwater and the Snake (which coincidentally flows into the Colombia, along which one will find Multnomah), both show signs of at one prehistoric era being under an enormous body of water. Such are the hillside bluffs west of Austgæta.

For Volume II, the moment and location are similar generally, mountainous terrain and a character looking out onto a valley. However, Grafmark itself, the site of the second book’s cover, is an amalgam of the forests in north Idaho where I spent summers working for my father’s logging company. Many mornings, I would arrive on the job while it was still dark. The nature of my particular work had me there by myself most days. And when the wind picks up in the pines and spruce, when the darkness is deeper than you thought possible, when you ask yourself where all the stars have gone and if that sound in the trees is only just the wind, you’ve known what it’s like to stand in the forest of Grafmark, and what it’s like to walk from the pickup to the machine on an early north Idaho morning.

Another prime example of a location directly from the places I have lived is the Æsten Ridge. Almost a footnote in the adventure from book two, the Ridge is iconic to anyone who has ever lived in Lewiston, Idaho or Clarkston, Washington, twin towns only twin because the river and the state line separate them. Swallow’s Nest Rock is the original, and though the Æsten Ridge is even larger, the real world place still holds its own.

But the Lewis-Clark valley is only one source. Above it, and to the north, a long stretch of rolling hills called the Palouse spreads in all directions. In the spring, its fields are as green as Tolkien’s Shire and in the summer epitomize the “amber waves of grain” from America the Beautiful. These hills and dales, fields and little streams that the locals call rivers, scattered with a willow or a cottonwood, make up the inspiration for the South Kingdom, where Volume III takes place. Here, sunsets fan out over the whole of the horizon, right on the edge of what the Montanans call “big sky country.” And in the winter, when the snows bury the wheat fields, the nights are bright enough to see for miles.

And though these places are merely inspirations for the land of Vladvir, and though there are many more to discover, each with their own story, I hope they breathe and emote within the Alora’s Tear series as much as my characters do. I hope that were they to come to harm for some reason, that the threat would be as though the world itself might experience pain, anguish, and terror. And, that if our heroes are victorious, the world too experiences joy and exultation.

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About Nathan Barham
Nathan spends most of his working days with the students of Genesee Junior-Senior High School in Genesee, Idaho. Whether it’s essay structure, a classic literary work, or the occasional impromptu dance routine, he strives to keep students interested in the fun and the fundamentals of the English language.
When he’s not teaching, he wears a number of hats, though the one that says “Dad” is the most careworn and cherished (it says “Husband” on the back). It hangs on a hook in a house where music is a constant and all the computers say “Designed by Apple in California” somewhere on their aluminium facades. From time to time it is said that he ventures into the mysterious realm called outside, though the occasion is rare and almost exclusively upon request by son or daughter.
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“Worlds” By Raphael Lacoste, help funding this amazing art book!

I have been to I.A.M. MASTER CLASSES this year and the year before, and both times I have had the pleasure to meet and greet Raphael Lacoste, Art Director of Assassin’s Creed franchise and other cool games. His worshops were very inspiring, and it was nice to discovered that he began hs carrerr in the theater and nontheless, nurtures love for landscape photography.

I.A.M. (It’s Art Mag) has now a crowdfunding campaign – CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT – where you can participate, pledge and get rewards / copy of this great artbook!

Below, a selection of beautiful digital paintings by Raphael:

 
 
 

Visit Raphael Lacoste’s website: www.raphael-lacoste.com

Two Valencian treasures – Day and Night in subliminal depictions

Here are two of the most amazing things an art lover may glimpse in Valencia, Spain: two subliminal depictions of the rise of a day and the night blanketing the world with its darkness.

I have searched every-freaking-where for information about who was the mastermind and great artist behind these two paintings and found simply nothing. Not on the web, not on books…

This elevated soul have left a true legacy of beauty and Fantasy for mere mortals like me… And I am truly grateful I can even see them.

My all times favourite is of course… The Night.
Indulge.