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Busy Bee

Buzz, Buzz Unlike many people I know my workload hasn't lessened because of the pandemic, so I'm hard at work on computer games ("Roidwars" - blow up asteroids, then use their resources to blow up your competition, go ask configrw (https://www.deviantart.com/configrw) about it), book covers (my long collaboration with author Aaron McQueen aka McQueenSerialFantasy (https://www.deviantart.com/mcqueenserialfantasy), about to publish his Steampunk adventure novel "The Balero Affair"), card games, roleplaying supplements, even a language learning app. To the Gallery I'm also working on pimping my traditional fine art portfolio, because, current events not withstanding, I am aiming to enter the gallery world. This year. F
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A Late Happy 2020

A Late Happy 2020

Start of the Year I hope you've all had a good start into the new year! Any resolutions worth mentioning? I started by playing some more games - contrary to my usual habit of waiting until a game has received all possible DLCs and updates, I already played Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and loved it very much. Finally another Jedi game, and it does all I loved about the old ones and then some, yay! New Sketchbook Printed As for the past two years, I created a small book compiling may fast works from the previous year. My 2019 works are collected in the "Skizzenbuch 2019", available in my Etsy store as print version (foreword in German, other
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The Challenges of October

The Challenges of October

Month of Fear challenge I participated again in this year's Month of Love art challenge on Tumblr. I'm often told my work was dark (of course I feel that I'm only putting things as they are ;)) so this is basically the ideal challenge for me. This year's themes were Monsters - Above, Below, Within, Without, and Unseen. These are my contributions; the traditionally painted ones are available in my Etsy shop (use coupon DAMOF36 to get them for a price between friends). :thumb818574717: :thumb815545554: :thumb816171700: :thumb817097984: :thumb818122006: InkTober Challenge I'm very happy that I also found the time to take part in the InkTober
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Etsy Sale

Etsy Sale

Etsy: 30% Off on All "Small" Artworks! https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop?ref=l2-shopheader-name§ion_id=1 Making room for new works, all small artworks in my Etsy shop are now at a -30% discount, with no shipping cost, for a week. They are postcard-sized or smaller, fit in any corner left on a wall, or on the fridge, desk, nightstand, bathroom mirror, or whathaveyou. These are artworks in any technique or medium - oils, acrylics, graphite, ink; drawing, painting, with text or not. My new Artbook And finally, the Artbook 2018 is here! Well... it's been done since February, but at long last it's done and available online (and of cours
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Month of Love 2019

Month of Love 2019

Month of Love Last year was my first time participating in Month of Love; I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot. This year I can apply that (one week for each large painting, phew. I'm staying smaller this time), and try and come up with some cool new paintings. Here are the pieces so far. :thumb784580947: :thumb784738779: :thumb785623391: :thumb786757230: :thumb787589330: HeinzCon 2019 Auch diese Jahr kann man wieder auf dem HeinzCon vom Uhrwerk Verlag meine Bilder angucken, kaufen oder sich einen Charakter zeichnen lassen. Oder von mir aus auch den Hund. Der Con findet vom 8. bis 11. März in Norden-Norddeich statt.
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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

New Year's Resolutions In short, I never make any, 'cause it feels so much like being a loser when I can't keep them. But there are plans for what I want to do this year artistically (half of which is what I missed in 2018), and I hope I can keep up the momentum those plans will require. What I want to do most is finally work out some of the settings that have been running rampant in my head for nearly two years now. And if I muster up the courage, find a gallery space for my traditional art. Online If you're interested in other places I'm "active", I'm on Artstation, Instagram, Etsy, and Facebook as well, or just look on my website to fin
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Free sketches on Etsy

Free sketches on Etsy

Etsy sale until 26th Dec. The current sale in my Etsy shop means every purchase will ship free, and will be accompanied by a free sketch. That's right, extra art, original and just for you. Get it here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop Possible 2018 Sketchbook/Artbook I had compiled my first ever sketchbook with the works from before 2017 last year. I am considering making a new sketchbook or maybe rather artbook, with a collection of my sketchy and my favourite works from this year. Any thoughts?
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Paintings 25% off on Etsy

Paintings 25% off on Etsy

Etsy Discount As promised, there are plenty of nice little saving opportunities this month. This week, from 11 - 18 December, all large format drawings and paintings will be 25% cheaper in my Etsy shop, plus buyers get a free sketch with them. Find the artworks here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop?ref=l2-shopheader-name§ion_id=1 New Prints Also there are now finally prints avilable in my Etsy shop. Surprise packages of five cards that I pick for you have been a lot of fn on conventions so far! But of coure you can pick them yourself as well: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop?ref=l2-shopheader-name§ion_id=25269254
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December Offers

December Offers

Keeping an Eye on Sales I will always announce any sale, and give away promo codes on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/jsl.fans/ so it's easy for you to keep track. Offers on Original Artworks Few of my traditional artworks make appearances here on dA, but I actually create a lot of original artworks in all sizes, from lively sketches on repurposed playing cards to 50×70cm drawings and paintings. You can find them in my Etsy shop, https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop (auf auf Deutsch). There will be precentages off and special offers all through December as I clear out shelves for next year's creative outbursts! Offers on
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October Challenges Recap

October Challenges Recap

InkTober and Month of Fear 2018 I knew I wanted to take part in Month of Fear this year, but also attend InkTober. I didn't have time for both, so I decided to overlap them, and did five artworks in ink, following the Month of Fear subjects: "Lies", "Beauty", "Tears", "Blindness", and "Truth". All are done on bristol carton for its smooth surface, three are large (50×70cm), two are smaller; I mostly used chinese brushes and dip pens (which cost me half a dozen nibs that I washed down the drain with the entire bucket of water). My ink supply is now seriously diminished - except for that one-litre bottle of black, that still holds some
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Speedpainting ahoy

Speedpainting ahoy

Speedy Environments You may have noticed an, ah - slight increase in speedpaintings in your inbox lately. I have been trying to make daily sketching a habit since the beginning of the year, and for a few weeks have been better at seeing it through. There is a bit of narrative to them - not nearly as complex and deep as my world Genius Loci, but it's fun to come up with tiny flavour texts. :thumb764386853: :thumb752383187: :thumb763411613: :thumb760327362: :thumb751623195: :thumb751117664: Instagram If you like seeing my speedpaintings and are looking for more sketches, come visit my Instagram account, where Ranarh draws: https://www.inst
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7-Tuerme-Con in Rostock

7-Tuerme-Con in Rostock

Sieben-Türme-Con am 21. und 22. Juli Wie letztes Jahr bin ich wieder auf dem Sieben-Türme-Con ( https://www.siebentuerme.de ) am 21. und 22. Juli in Rostock. Wenn Ihr auch da seid, sagt doch mal Hallo! Sonst noch deutsche Cons? ... und wenn irgendwer noch mehr Rollenspiel-Conventions in Deutschland kennt, oder Veranstaltungen für Künstler/Illustratoren, die man mal besuchen sollte, höre ich gerne davon. Es ist manchmal überraschend schwierig sie zu finden und immer so schade sie zu verpassen. Geht einfach davon aus dass ich gar keine kenne ;) (das stimmt natürlich nicht, aber bevor ich was verpasse weil m
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There will be a new #artbook in 2020, collecting my quick works from 2019 - speedpaintings, sketches, preliminary works. Last year the artbook had lots of writing, all in German; this time there won't be text beyond the intro, so I will consider it l...
The Last Etsy Christmas Countdown Offer On the 22nd and 23rd Dec 2019, if you buy 2 artworks, you'll get 30% off. You will also receive a set of three postcards for free with it (as long as I have them of course). I will get orders to the post office...
Etsy Christmas Countdown Offer On the 20th and 21st Dec 2019, all green artworks are 25% off. We're actually doing green, not going green (although I'm working on living with less plastic and so should everyone). https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop?...
Etsy Christmas Countdown Offer On the 18th and 19th December, my painting "Young Odin Listens to Mimir's Head" is 60% off. It's a 40×50cm acrylics piece on board, with gold paint. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop?section_id=1 #etsy #artistsonetsy...
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Etsy Christmas Countdown Offer On the 16th and 17th Decmber, all portraits are 20% off. I counted face-only pieces as portraits but I'm willing to negotiate if others might count as well :) https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop?section_id=1 #etsy #art...
Etsy Christmas Countdown Offer On the 14th and 15th December, all 16 pieces from the Illustrated Proverbs series are 30% off. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop?section_id=1 #etsy #artistsonetsy #artforsale #proverbialart
Etsy Christmas Countdown Offer On the 12th and 13th Dec 2019, all blue artworks are 30% off. What counts as blue was chosen with a generous artistic eye. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop?section_id=1 #etsy #artistsonetsy #artforsale #blueart
Etsy Christmas Countdown Offer On the 10th + 11th Dec, all Small Artworks in my Etsy shop are delivered free, worldwide. All of them are small enough to fit into any crowded art space or wall. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop?ref=seller-platform-...
Christmas Countdown on Etsy - until Christmas there will be special offers in my Etsy shop. Today and tomorrow there's the Artbook 2018 - over a hundred pages, collecting my sketches and artworks from 2018. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JSLArtShop?ref=l2...

If I were to write about Genius Loci, would you want/ne...

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  • English for me, please.
  • German is fine.
  • How about both?

Do you prefer written tutorials oder video tutorials? W...

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  • Written tutorials :reading:
  • Video tutorials :popcorn:
  • I like both equally :meditation:

Are you a contributor, or even a founder of a group? Wh...

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  • I am neither.
  • I am a contributor in a group.
  • I am a contributor in several groups.
  • I am a founder.
  • I am a contributor, and I also founded my own group. :typerhappy:

Have you ever returned to a previous file version of an...

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  • Yes, I do that all the time.
  • Yes, sometimes.
  • No, but I save multiple versions. (For which purpose?)
  • No, I don't save multiple versions.
  • No, but I use the Undo function more than the brush itself.
  • I don't work digitally - not my problem ;)

I have a new art blog http://ranarh.blogspot.com! Do yo...

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  • Yes, and I posted a link below! :highfive:
  • No, or not yet :plotting:

What's wrong with you? Today I care about your wellbein...

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  • Eye pain
  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Wristpain
  • Cramps
  • Nothing but occassional "lame legs"
  • I don't suffer pain (I'm a cyborg :P)
  • This crazy thing I describe in my comment :crazy:

Have you heard about rpg (pen and paper roleplaying gam...

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  • Indeed, I have - I'm a devious player (feel free to tell which game) :reading:
  • I used to play, and I commented why I don't anymore. :eager:
  • I have no clue - but I'll learn about it here. :idea:
  • I've heard of it, but they are not my thing. :no:
  • Yes, but I don't play them. :teevee:
  • I've never heard anything, and I don't wanna know! :ignore:

Do you cook?

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  • No, I get cooked for. :donut:
  • No, but I wish I could.
  • Yes, and I like doing it. :hungry:
  • Yes, but only because I have to.
  • Yes, I'm a chef - really.
  • Sort of - if controlled burning of nutrition is called cooking. :onfire:

What movie genre gets you into the cinema? :popcorn:

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  • Sci-Fi and Fantasy :jedi:
  • Thriller and Criminal :sherlock:
  • Horror :zombie:
  • Action :matrixfight:
  • Drama :tears:
  • Comedy :lmao:
  • Romance :date:
  • Documentary :jarkinajar:
  • Don't like movies :ignore:
  • More than one! You don't expect me to choose, do you? :crazy:

Which one is the coolest movie/series robot?

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  • C-3PO (Star Wars)
  • Data (Star Trek)
  • Terminator - say which model.
  • EVE (Wall-E)
  • Maximilian (The Black Hole)
  • Number 5 (Number 5 lives)
  • R2-D2 (Star Wars)
  • Wall-E (Wall-E)
  • Other - please say which!
  • I'm scared of robots - I don't like any of those folks! :fear:

What's your favourite eyes for fantasy characters?

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  • :bulletblue: Charming BLUE does the trick
  • :bulletpurple: Royal PURPLE is the go-to
  • :bulletgreen: Elvish GREEN is a must-have
  • :bulletyellow: Enchanting GOLDEN, of course
  • :bulletred: Malicious RED is my all-time favourite
  • :bulletblack: I'm in love with mysterious BLACK
  • :bulletwhite: Eerie WHITE or blind entangles my mind
  • :twocents: Gentle BROWN works for me
  • :whisper: None of these really, I'll tell you below
  • :eyepopping: I don't like eyes at all, they give me the creeps!

It's spring! Icecream time! What's your favourite?

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  • Chocolate.
  • Vanilla.
  • Strawberry.
  • Lemon.
  • Stracciatella (which actually means "torn apart" :crazy:).
  • Hazelnut.
  • Something strange - tell us! :eager:
  • Something else - but regular - tell us anyway!
  • Everything - I don't have a favourite, as long as it IS icecream! :hungry:
  • I don't like ice cream :P