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A Ghost Encounters a Void Engineer
I always liked the thought of how Mage the Ascension had different dimensions overlapping our material world. Even before the recent Ghostbusters remake or the MI2 franchise, I was pretty keen on the visual possibilities behind what it would look like for a t.v. show or movie to depict government agents who "sanitize nodes" and encounter ghosts. There's just a lot of rich setting and tone there to play with, y'know?

I'm reluctant to oversimplify it into "imagine a government agency of evil ghostbusters", since it's probably closer to the theme to think of it as "imagine if the Amazing Randi was given one billion dollars and a secret government lab full of religious physicists in black labcoats who all wanted to go looking for proof of God; they instead find themselves fighting back against malevolent entities which didn't get the memo that once you're dead you're supposed to go elsewhere". From the public's POV, it's a bunch of Area 51 men in black with no tolerance for civil rights, while from the department's POV they're saving little kids across the world from the monsters under the bed.

I wonder how public opinion would change towards Big Brother if an entire generation of us grew up with the knowledge that a secret government agency actually went around home-to-home blasting Cthulhu-spawn out from under your bed. What would that be like to have fuzzy childhood memories of men and women who wore sunglasses at night, popping in like a federally-sanctioned Santa Claus, having a firefight with their ray guns against boogiemen in your closet, and forever after, you as a grown-up looked back and remembered that from that day onward, there were no monsters coming at you from out of the darkness.

Meanwhile your parents seemed to recall nothing of these strange men who came at night and parked their black cars with the weird sirens in your driveway. What would that do to a citizenry knowing that when we were all little kids, there was some mysterious institution out there which actually did something about the monsters under your bed.

That's a show I'd watch. (and re-watch)
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Ghost Sketch 8-21-2016
Hmmm. These ARE kinda fun to make! Granted, the end result isn't spectacular in comparison to professional digital artists, but nonetheless, I'm actually making digital art without my usual pencil-and-paper step in-between my head and the audience's eyes. (and it's not as big of a pain as digital art tools generally are to me LOL) I've actually got a sense of hey-I-want-to-make-another-one rather than whew-I'm-glad-that's-over.

I'm baffled why the skull and humerus are two different shades of white, but this version had fewer blind alleys and mistakes than the previous attempt did.

Note to self: with a 1000 pixel long black background, blur makes the bones less sharp, dodge gives the area around the bones more of a ghostly haze, and smudge makes the wisps of smoky trails coming off the haze. 

Media: Photoshop Element and Microsoft Paint
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Apparition
Some days, I just want to sit down and just blur-and-smudge my way into making specters, wraiths, and ghosts on Photoshop. Nothing fancy or complicated.

On the negative side of that note, I am so obsolete in terms of my art education/training, I'm amazed I know how to buy groceries and pay my electric bill. I've never quite gotten past the point of how amazing it is that whenever we use a computer to make art, there's always an undo button nowadays. How awesome is that?!? I love that!

When I was in jr. high, the librarian would let me stay after school and draw on the library's computer. That's computer, singular. (Oregon Trail didn't interest me as much as making art did.) One wrong click and I'd accidentally paint-bucket the whole background with the same color as the drawing which I had been working on in the foreground, and believe me I lost a couple of drawings due to the fact that the undo feature hadn't been invented yet. Nor had "save".

Unfortunately, I think I appreciate features such as undo and save so much that I sabotage myself. Granted, it's good that I don't take the simple tools for granted, but my POV also makes it difficult for me to relate to real digital artists who weren't even born when I had my first bachelor's degree. I'm no professional when it comes to visual arts; I'm a self-trained amateur, and while I still like to create art, it bugs me that I'm THIS far behind.
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Technocracy Raygun 7 Gift to MLP  by Puppetcancer
Technocracy Raygun 7 Gift to MLP
UPS ahoooooy!

I made this duplicate prop of Al One's Class 2 Forces Pistol for MandiPope over this weekend on my back porch.

Materials: with the exception of the wooden table leg (nozzle), the rest of this raygun is one piece of pine with some two-part epoxy for filling in unsightly cracks, saw marks, and sharp angles. That handheld sander attachment is wonderful.

The radiator grooves do finally cut all the way through, but you can't tell from these two points of view. My biggest concern is that the black spray paint and the white-out will smear each other out, but my girlfriend isn't a slob. This prop is going to a good home.
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Lately, I've watched the first two seasons of the 2014-2016 t.v series Penny Dreadful, and while gritty Victorian horror might not be for everyone, I liked this show. I'm not even sure WHY I liked it.

I think what impresses me about it is that often, it feels like an 1890s version of a mixed D&D party adventuring through London's back alleys after dark for vampires. Likewise, the sets, costuming, and different body/gender types makes the show easier to believe as real.

Most of all, the show manages to scare audiences who have become too bored with other horror tales. ex. Penny Dreadful makes witches scary again. After all, the last time you were actually scared of witches was when you were in single digits.

The show's staff even had a language made called Verbis Diablo just for this series, and whenever characters (whether good or evil) speak aloud in this language, something in your head makes it clear that anyone speaking that tongue doesn't have a soul anymore. Remember as a kid, when you'd accidentally overhear a really ugly swear word or a bigoted slur from a grown-up, and you'd instinctively want to cover your own ears and make the speaker just go away? That's what it's like to hear Verbis Diablo.

That's pretty impressive for a t.v. show.

Also, no spoiler per se here, but actress Patti LuPone plays a one-shot role in a backstory episode. Her character is named the Cut-Wife of Ballantrae Moor. Think of all the fairy tales of witches you ever heard in grade school, and now stick that sort of woman in your living room t.v. for an hour.

Now forget the fact that as an adult, you're no longer afraid of cranky little old women who live alone. That character and LuPone's portrayal of her is enough to turn you back into your seven-year-old self and scare the pants off you. It's not that she murders kittens; it's in her force of will and tone of voice.

The closest I can think of is Alti the Shamaness from Xena. (That's how long it's been since I've seen a performance that intimidating.)

Likewise, the other recurring character whom I couldn't get enough of is that of Mr. Lyle, the timid, eccentric, short, jolly, slightly overweight, mustached historian with the combat skills of a blind puppy. Yet, I love that character, and actor Simon Russell Beale uses an accent and manner of speech which makes Mr. Lyle a very likable guy. It's the sort of secondary character whom you WANT to see succeed, but nobody's going to write slash fanfiction about him. He's like that embarrassing high school drama teacher who your classmates secretly mock for wearing last decade's clothing, yet he confidently walks up to and teaches the wallflowers at the prom how to dance.

Finally, one aspect of Penny Dreadful surprised me early on. Y'know how American shows seem to have the violence in view while the sex is merely implied, while European shows seem to have the sex in view while the violence is merely implied? Penny Dreadful was apparently filmed with a UK cast in the UK and Canada...

ex. It has hallucinatory scenes such as a ballroom where it's raining blood upon couples who don't seem to notice, while in another scene we see a grayish-colored Frankenstein's monster lying on a slab with full frontal male nudity going on. It's not the sort of screaming jump scare of blood appearing suddenly or the sort of brief flash of a stunt-butt double dashing into the bathroom in the background. It's violence and sex both right there with few apologies. Yet, the tone and timing seem mature rather than sophomoric. It's not a teen camp slasher flick, and it's an original take on horror stories.
Lately, I've watched the first two seasons of the 2014-2016 t.v series Penny Dreadful, and while gritty Victorian horror might not be for everyone, I liked this show. I'm not even sure WHY I liked it.

I think what impresses me about it is that often, it feels like an 1890s version of a mixed D&D party adventuring through London's back alleys after dark for vampires. Likewise, the sets, costuming, and different body/gender types makes the show easier to believe as real.

Most of all, the show manages to scare audiences who have become too bored with other horror tales. ex. Penny Dreadful makes witches scary again. After all, the last time you were actually scared of witches was when you were in single digits.

The show's staff even had a language made called Verbis Diablo just for this series, and whenever characters (whether good or evil) speak aloud in this language, something in your head makes it clear that anyone speaking that tongue doesn't have a soul anymore. Remember as a kid, when you'd accidentally overhear a really ugly swear word or a bigoted slur from a grown-up, and you'd instinctively want to cover your own ears and make the speaker just go away? That's what it's like to hear Verbis Diablo.

That's pretty impressive for a t.v. show.

Also, no spoiler per se here, but actress Patti LuPone plays a one-shot role in a backstory episode. Her character is named the Cut-Wife of Ballantrae Moor. Think of all the fairy tales of witches you ever heard in grade school, and now stick that sort of woman in your living room t.v. for an hour.

Now forget the fact that as an adult, you're no longer afraid of cranky little old women who live alone. That character and LuPone's portrayal of her is enough to turn you back into your seven-year-old self and scare the pants off you. It's not that she murders kittens; it's in her force of will and tone of voice.

The closest I can think of is Alti the Shamaness from Xena. (That's how long it's been since I've seen a performance that intimidating.)

Likewise, the other recurring character whom I couldn't get enough of is that of Mr. Lyle, the timid, eccentric, short, jolly, slightly overweight, mustached historian with the combat skills of a blind puppy. Yet, I love that character, and actor Simon Russell Beale uses an accent and manner of speech which makes Mr. Lyle a very likable guy. It's the sort of secondary character whom you WANT to see succeed, but nobody's going to write slash fanfiction about him. He's like that embarrassing high school drama teacher who your classmates secretly mock for wearing last decade's clothing, yet he confidently walks up to and teaches the wallflowers at the prom how to dance.

Finally, one aspect of Penny Dreadful surprised me early on. Y'know how American shows seem to have the violence in view while the sex is merely implied, while European shows seem to have the sex in view while the violence is merely implied? Penny Dreadful was apparently filmed with a UK cast in the UK and Canada...

ex. It has hallucinatory scenes such as a ballroom where it's raining blood upon couples who don't seem to notice, while in another scene we see a grayish-colored Frankenstein's monster lying on a slab with full frontal male nudity going on. It's not the sort of screaming jump scare of blood appearing suddenly or the sort of brief flash of a stunt-butt double dashing into the bathroom in the background. It's violence and sex both right there with few apologies. Yet, the tone and timing seem mature rather than sophomoric. It's not a teen camp slasher flick, and it's an original take on horror stories.

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MandiPope Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday, Honey!  Hope today is as stellar as the man I date happens to be.  :)

Thanks again for my own birthay present, too!  You really outdid yourself on this one.


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RoboMommy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi son :hug:
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Puppetcancer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Hello, L!

MLP told me you'd be stopping by. :-)
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RoboMommy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Mandi's such a mind reader! =D
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MandiPope Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was browsing through your gallery and marveling on how much you've matured, grown and changed as an artist over the years.  What really got me was, no matter how much better you got, it never negated how awesome your earlier works were.  They're still amazing, eye catching and relevant.  It's like you just got better, but your old stuff never aged or began to look "dated" or even "out of date" at all.  That's amazing to me! 

You're a fantastic artist, and the best one out there, in my opinion, and that was my opinion long before you agreed to date me.  And yes, dating your favorite artist?  That's one heckuva trip!  It's an honor to call you my boyfriend and the greatest honor my artwork has afforded me to get to work/collaborate with you on past projects.  Thank you for being who you are and being so willing to indulge your self proclaimed biggest fangirl!


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Puppetcancer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist
Thanks, hon! I've never had anyone state that about my lifetime of artwork before.
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MandiPope Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I certainly noticed it while browsing your gallery.  You've come a very long way, all while preserving your original talents and skills when they were relevant and up-to-date at the time.  Your older work, basically, does NOT appear inferior to newer pieces.  There are differences and growth, but none of it invalidates or negates the work that came before.  THAT is really awesome!

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MandiPope Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Werd!


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MandiPope Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy two years n' four month anniversary, Babe!  Thanks for a fantastic weekend.  :)


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RoboMommy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You and Mandi, have a sweet weekend together <3 Hope you two get more of these, too. (And Mandi will get rid of all that work-related stress!)

Big, cuddly hug to you and Mandi,

~ Mommy Luana ~
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