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So maybe I'll get around soon to making the youkai reference and gendered marketing posts I was collecting links for...

In other news, I can draw crappy digital 4-komas and get tons of faves/ratings/bookmarks/comments, but spend hours making an attempt at 'real' art that I'm genuinely happy about and hardly anyone notices.  :iconfliptableplz:

Doug Henderson FTMFW

I read about that fancy new Dinosaur Art book, but I dunno it's like do you really need more books full of Sibbick, Rey and Hallett or whoever when you would rather see more Jim Robins?  (I was led to believe that the list of included artists I read was comprehensive...?)  I'm more interested in this book TBH allyesterdays.fikket.com/event…

Oh how cute, I was going to draw a creature a day.  So cute it was to have hopes and dreams that get viciously battered into submission.  -___- :iconcryforeverplz:
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Maarika Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   Digital Artist
I remember you were gonna write about those things in your blog. :V I also remember you had some problems with logging into your blog? But that seems to be fixed now, at least. I'd like to read more. :eager:

The spider book looks cool, whoever owned it before must have been very interested in it.
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I had to verify my google account or something and link it to my email, it was a pain in the ass. -___-; I have to do something with all the links I've collected and since no one in real life wants to hear about youkai or Chinese hanzi etymology or vintage dinosaur art, I'll post all of that here :iconnyoronplz:

It's a REALLY nice life science reference, and it's full of beautiful illustrations and photos. Despite the slipcover having the usual damage, the book itself was clearly well cared for Finding books like these is always exciting to me... because I have no life and books are really exciting :eager: Esp. when i find these kind of awesome Japanese books for really cheap.

It's funny cos I doubt it would have been listed for this price if anyone who know how to type/google in Japanese had known how to search for the title... I know they price books by going rates on ebay/amazon and the like. O_O Neither would they have known the name inside the cover is the author's. (Related, I'm completely baffled by the characters used to write 'Takeo' :iconmymindisfulloffuck: I still don't understand name readings sometimes...)
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Maarika Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Meh, that's annoying. Google keeps asking my mobile phone number when I log into gmail, but I won't give it to them >:/

But books ARE exciting! :eager: I finally found a book store online that sells used books and ships internationally (plus the shipping is free *_*). I got that Jeanette Winterson book you recommended to me but I haven't started reading it yet. Rarer books would naturally be more expensive but I guess they didn't know what that book really was. :P Name readings are bizarre, I can never figure them out unless they're really simple. -_-
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alvaro84 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
>Spiders of Japan in Colour< must be beautiful!

I couldn't comment on your blog, though...
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The illustrations are really pretty, maybe I'll show a couple of pages. It's a nice book...
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JD-man Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
"I read about that fancy new Dinosaur Art book, but I dunno it's like do you really need more books full of Sibbick, Rey and Hallett or whoever when you would rather see more Jim Robins?"

My problem w/it is that it's more about the artists & their processes than dinos. I was originally hoping for something like "Dinosaur Imagery" w/newer paleoart.

BTW, thanks for reminding me of Robins. His newer paeoart is up-to-date, but still has that nostalgic feel (which I like).

"I'm more interested in this book TBH"

I concur. What I'm wondering is when the paperback edition will be available on Amazon. I'm also wondering if it'll be for casual readers, enthusiasts or specialists ( [link] ).
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm actually pretty interested in the artist processes so I wouldn't mind having the book anyway, most likely. But I guess I felt kinda 'meh' when hearing that it's the usual suspects again, for the most part. Not that there is anything wrong with Sibbick and Hallett, they are astoundingly skilled. I guess it's the fact that both of them were/are so influential, their basic styles got really oversaturated. Both good at doing a lot of environment for the figures to live in, but both also have that kind of extremely unnatural, always-neutral lighting thing going on (if that makes sense...)

Yeah, I found him by accident. Had saved a bunch of images from some web page or other and had a lot of trouble finding out who did them. I later found a couple of books that contained his illustrations though, wish I had more... Henderson is still probably my favorite overall, and Stout although I know the 'shrink-wrapped' thing is getting a huge amount of flak lately. I dun care, I love his art purely from an art perspective and it inspired me so immensely as a child. (well, I really love linework and that's where he excels, if it's not 1000% realistic I still enjoy the hell out of it.) The Sibbicks, etc are amazing but to be honest I prefer a more transparent or impressionistic style, I like to see the lines and the brush strokes.

Oh, nice link there. I'm curious too, and hoping to be able to buy that book regardless. I suspect it will be above the casual level... my otaku senses are tingling.
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JD-man Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
"Oh, nice link there. I'm curious too, and hoping to be able to buy that book regardless. I suspect it will be above the casual level... my otaku senses are tingling."

I hope you're right b/c there aren't enough dino books for enthusiasts IMO. I'll get it whether it's for casual readers or enthusiasts, but I like to keep track of which books in my collection ( [link] ) are which.

BTW, finally hearing back from you for the 1st time in forever has made my morning. Did you see my 2 most recent notes ("Important Stuff" & "Holidays & stuff")?
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