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Cthulhu by Mara999, visual art

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  • Finland
  • Deviant for 13 years
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My Bio

I'm a person of many interests, such as drawing, video-making, puppets, miniatures and general crafting. I have a very cartoony style for my drawings and I prefer to use exaggeration and simple designs to invoke what I could never make with a realistic style. I applaud those who can draw in a photo-realistic style, but I'm quite comfortable with being a cartoonist. I mostly work with different pencils and after scanning my drawings I colourise them digitally. Besides that I enjoy a wide variety of music and fiction, often with a retro aesthetics, as well as a great like for history, folklore and mythology.


Favourite Visual Artist
Jack Kirby, Sal Buscema, John Romita Sr, Neal Adams, Carmine Infantino, Samwise Didier, Masashi Kishimoto, Paul Kidby
Favourite Movies
LotR-trilogy, Batman Begins, Conan the Barbarian, Original Star Wars-trilogy, Highlander
Favourite TV Shows
Sym-bionic Titan, Doctor Who, MacGyver, Farscape
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
A little bit of everything
Favourite Writers
Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, H.P Lovecraft, R.E Howard, Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde
Favourite Games
Curse of Monkey Island, Warcraft II
Favourite Gaming Platform
PC
Tools of the Trade
Various pencils, a scanner and Photosuite
Other Interests
Drawing, RPGs, writing, photography, video
Once again I've taken part in Linkara's annual contest for the review segment "Longbox of the Damned". Now I have a yard of my own and I finally got a chance to use it for a film-project, with a viking and some trolls. Shown with the review of The Dollhouse Family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bar0nkU-Gtk
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I made a short video showcasing how even natural greenery can be used as a basic green screen, if nothing else is available. It's not perfect, especially if the outdoor lighting causes strong shadows and extreme light patches, or if the grass isn't uniformly green. These things can be tweaked to a point, but it's best to do this for distant shots. I got the idea originally from the Lone Animator and decided to try the technique with my own video footage.
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Warcraft II is still my favourite game ever, so much that due to its aesthetics it's also the biggest influence for how I picture fantasy-stories in my head. Even before Blizzard had its brief foray into miniatures, I tried to convert my own minis to look like characters and units from the game series. I would very much like to give it a new shot and I've long been on a quest to find miniatures that resemble the aesthetics and proportions of characters in the Warcraft game-series, while still being on the cheaper side. I have been browsing among brands such as Reaper Bones, because they have many individual figures with a suitably cartoony look that resembles WoW and the prior RTS-games. But what I really want are boxes that have loads of plastic bits for customization and easy conversion, which is why I've been looking over things like North Star's minis for Frostgrave, that have a very nice OldHammer look, which also reminds me of Warcraft in the early days. They look a bit
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No prob! I dig your art style, its cozy and charming.

Saw you interview in Svenska Yle, cool.

Thanks! I wrote a blog about the subject, so they contacted me. :)

Thank you for the fave! ^_^

Thanks for the fav!

Thanks for the fav! It means a lot that you like my work! Take good care!
No worries! There aren't many drawings based on the Eastern Roman Empire, so you stand out a lot. I'm very interested in the Norse trade routes that went eastwards, so the connection to Byzantium interests me as well. :)