A FEATURE Journal, that is.
But I did promise to do one soon, and I was given another reason when
most kindly featured my work in one of her journals. I'm bending the rules slightly, maybe because I don't play well with others.
Or maybe because I've wanted to do a proper one for a while. But I'm not going to bend them so much that SHE gets cheated. As a talented graphics artist, she deserves a fair showing of her work as well. So it's with please I give the first place to her on this occasion:
1) Three wonderful works from her to show a versatile artist. The first: this character reminds me so much of what Galadriel represents in the Lord of the Rings: Strong, terrible beauty, and wise (though if you read the Silmarillion, you know the wisdom was learned.):
Second: A Steampunk Gunslinger:
Is she ready to steal your gold, or revenge herself on the wrongdoers? Or is she just doing for herself in the Weird West before someone does for her. Any way you look at it, I love the scene.
Third and very different, a post-apocalyptic scene. He's got to be VERY chilly. But then, the girls usually are in these scenes too.
2) A lovely character from someone whose photmanipulations are far more detailed than so many I see. I love the character, background, and lighting in this piece. It all feels very real, and she seems quite mischievous.
with The Masked Lady:
3) A relatively new writer here who deserves more attention is
. Her work probably falls closer to Paranormal Romance than Urban Fantasy, but the Fantasy is still quite good and her characters are very solid.
4) This scene is simply stunning, and it instantly inspired me with an idea for my next adventure for Victor von Tabor. Touring through
's gallery also reveals a lovely variety of characters as well. Urban Technowizardry is on display here:
has been one of my favorite writers on dA since I first arrived. This piece, unafraid to ask the hard questions of humanity, does exactly what Sci-fi at its best should do: Point out the questions of human nature in an unusual environment and ask how much--or little--have we really changed?
Beauty Has A Price.To say designer children are beautiful is an understatement. Their skin is the pale cream of an August sunset, dusted with a soft pink blush. Their hair falls in cascades of lustrous blonde curls, their bright blue eyes accented by a fringe of thick, dark lashes. Their noses are slender. Their lips are plump. Their bodies are curved to perfection. And as if to give the finger to us common folk, they are gifted with creativity and intelligence.
It is maddening, really.
I watch them as they huddle together with their white teeth smiles, their soprano laughter carrying on the air. The sound reminds me of shattering glass. Sweet, playful tink
6) This is a piece I had to get in
as soon as I saw it. And
is fast becoming one of my new favorite artists i don't know how I did not see before. Attention to detail, atmosphere, and fascinating characters.
7) One of my longtime friends on dA has been
Her critique was valuable to me when I first arrived her, and it's nice to see Marie again. This is a very solid beginning to a near-future story with Mystic/Telepathic elements to it, and a strong female lead.
Akin to Mystery: ExcerptMara woke with a start to find nothing whatsoever amiss. Staring into the darkness of her tiny private room in the Revolutionaries' underground complex, she wondered what it was that had alerted her so abruptly; whatever her subconscious had noticed did not register in her awakened mind. All she was left with was a vague sense of unease and a rapidly beating heart.
Her uncannily accurate internal clock told her it was not quite dawn, but it was light enough that trying to sleep more was out of the question. "Bugger."
Eduard found her finishing her seventh lap around the underground quarter-mile track, already having completed the two hardes
8) Another bit of sci-fi proper. H-3 is the lifeblood of every spaceship, as we all know.
portrays a believable scene of the work involved in that essential space industry.
9) Alright, this already has a DD, and it probably doesn't need more attention. But I'm a total sucker for wooden ships and iron men. This is too perfect:
10) Stunning, imaginative, so detailed I can't believe it's a manip, and a gallery full of such work. I did not put the least last, I promise.
I hope you enjoy perusing these as much as I did putting it together.