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James Flaxman
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561 Deviations
  • Jan 1
  • Australia
  • Deviant for 14 years
  • He / Him
My Bio

Current Residence: Hobart, 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: Reinforced Concrete

Wallpaper of choice: Distressed

Skin of choice: Leather with history

Favourite cartoon character: Too many to name

Personal Quote: "So much work, so little time."

Cameo 1b

Favourite Visual Artist
Goya, Dali, Giger, Bosch, Doré, Frank Frazetta, Arthur Rackham, Keith Thompson
Favourite Movies
Eraserhead, Come and See, Blade Runner, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, Rush, Kontroll, Mr. Vampire, The Dark Crystal, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, The Wind Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road, Dune (2021)
Favourite TV Shows
Black Books, What We Do In The Shadows, Arcane
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Tom Waits, My Dying Bride, Ad Cinerem, Doomed, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Murkrat, Calliophis, Crooked Fiddle, Rossini, Wagner, Mahler, Mussorgsky
Favourite Books
Too many to name...
Favourite Writers
Jack London, H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Ursula Le Guin, Jared Diamond, Michael Shermer, Joe Abercrombie
Favourite Games
Crappy old freeware
Favourite Gaming Platform
Crappy old PC
Tools of the Trade
Graphite, ink, PC, scanner, tablet, Photoshop, coffee and insomnia
Other Interests
Biology, military history, aeronautics, cryptozoology, urban exploration, bike maintenance and restoration
First up, I’ll wish everyone a happier year than their last on this rock and hope it isn’t overdue. I should also cover my last year. 2022 started well and I got lots of drawing done, but other obligations – some expected, others not – accumulated over time. Less creative ones included lots of landscaping which at least kept me very fit! Further north, Fran’s older sister left the husband she should have left long ago. It was a messy, complicated business that took Fran and I back to the mainland, but once we were there it was quickly resolved and it’s something we won’t have to go through again. The sister’s found a great new home for herself and three adopted strays. Three months on she looks five years younger and can’t stop smiling on video calls! Last year’s creative challenges were more varied and not so easily solved. Some hardware problems were (a new tablet has made a big difference and a new monitor is on the way) but around mid-2022 I felt more disillusioned with art than
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I’ve been away for quite a while. As always, winter's been a blessing, and a small slice of local landscape now looks very different. I find swinging a mattock and shovelling earth every bit as cathartic as drawing when days are short and skies are grey! Will returned to the North Island with a whole lot of great photos and a couple of rare books. I’m pleased to report he’s back on his feet and his current projects include restoring an old car interior. I caught up with Shane and Kate on a recent Sydney jaunt and they’re still a witty and attractive pair. I was also pleased to note that ghastly city’s CBD is now more human/less car friendly. Fran has been incredible, and although it was all too brief, a well-planned travel schedule and well-chosen hotel room made our last trip to Melbourne a wonderful experience. In much more important news things look better in Ukraine. This gives me cause for quiet hope, though I’m still very much aware of how horribly things could go wrong.
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Given the state of the world right now it’s easy to feel varying degrees of anger and despair; but given my own distance from the main source of these emotions I feel I have no right to complain. The same emotions, in the past, have inspired many brilliant minds to produce enduring works, even under threat of death. Comparing my own lot to theirs would be the height of vanity. I’ve dealt with my own concerns by focusing on things I can change in my small sphere of influence. I’ve had some long and valuable exchanges with an old friend of Russian extraction. Anyone who’s interested can read them under my last journal post. I still haven’t replied to her last as she’s given me a lot to process and it isn't always easy to keep up with such a formidable mind. I hope at least some of my contributions have had a positive effect and hope it reaches others too. Things have been simpler with Will, the longest-running friend I have. After an act of true heroism he lost his car and most of
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:+fav: s s s s Big thanks :sprint:

Thanks for all the faves :)

It's the least I could do. Thanks for sharing your work. I'll be watching from now on! 😊

Thank you my friend! 🙏

Such a cool and detailed writing for your art. I am ashamed I have let my mind go to seed.

I wouldn't beat myself up too much. From what I've seen on your homepage, you're in a good place right now, and the path you've taken has brought its own share of rewards.

If you're after brain food I recommend online documentaries; they cost nothing and provide starting points if you want to do further research. I've found non-fic books can also offer a good foundation for creative journeys. Just don't be afraid to cross-reference! I've also found some great sites devoted to all things weird and wonderful. Here's one I keep coming back to: https://www.darkroastedblend.com/

Hope at least some of this has been helpful!

An Giant thanks for the Watch, its an honour :)