Always reblogging Dwarves, Hobbits, art and roses. Especially roses. Also, being angry a lot.

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Damanhur, Temples of Humankind, Italy.

The Temples of Humankind are a collection of subterranean temples buried 100 ft underground, built by the Federation of Damanhur. They are decorated in several motifs stressing peaceful human collaboration. The Temples are located in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy.

ohhhhhh so pretty


We still haven’t even gotten past the 19th century yet around here. 

reblogging because i hecked up posting the first time i think





As you may have read, I was just fired from my job without warning, and the problem here is that I moved away to take said job and therefore have rent and 0 way to pay that at present. So I have decided to open myself for commission work.

I am primarily a product and toy designer, so my particular style often caters to that aesthetic. But as you know I’m also a huge book/mythology geek, so I have many styles I like to work in and I’m excited to explore other things to make!

I am offering primarily 3-D modeled and printed pieces for your use. This can include MANY materials because 3-D printing has come a long way. I have printed in everything from ceramic to plastics to metals and I’ve gotten good results with most.

I can also do laser-cut commissions, and in fact I really enjoy doing custom laser-cut work. I’m including some figu pieces as examples of that.

Without further ado, here are some cool 3-D prints to look at!

Note: Bigger versions of these pieces and some other work can be found at my website.

What is 3-D printing?

What is lasercutting?


The work below spans several years and several techniques. Unless otherwise indicated, each piece has been 3-D modeled and printed in various materials.


The above is a design for an urban cone incense burner/reliquary for an old apartment. It’s a fusion of a baba yaga idea with pigeon feet and tail.


These are salt and pepper shaker prototypes based on little red riding hood.


This is a teapot prototype based on Baba Yaga’s house.





These are prototypes and designs for a japanese mythology/shinto based game about Baku, or dream eating tapirs, and kitsune icons.


This is a firebird (russian mythology) themed utensil set.




The above are 3-d printed versions of Figu, or personal forest spirits.



The above are laser-cut jewelry pieces of Figu.



The above is a laser-cut wearable book made of LOTS of cut papers and leather/plastic enders.



The above is a prototype for an owl night light that charges in the wooden base.


There is no easy answer for rates because I’m offering services that are SO tailored to the individual. Modeling can be intense or simple, and and at any size, so the best I can do is give ballpark examples before you contact me directly.

For an example, fairly simple pieces for me to model were the green figu in my example section. I charge based on hours and materials, so a small version of that figu which took me 3 hours would be ballpark of $80 or so. But the teapot prototype, which was highly detailed and took me 3 weeks, was around $500 (for me) in materials alone. It’s an almost whopping 12 inches tall, for comparison.

Please contact me for a quote!


I can do this stuff pretty well:

3-D Printing:

-Animals (real or imagined)

-Fairytale stuff

-Spirit house type things

-Figu-type shapes and spirits

-Whimsical stuff

-3-D printable mechanisms

-Anything like sigils or symbols for jewelry or others (exact reproductions are easy for me for this type of thing)

My style lends itself to stylization and whimsicality, so I’m not very fond of doing “photo realistic” sculpting. I mention this in the interest of full disclosure! 

I have done people before, but they are mostly for children’s games, so they err more to the side of the cartoony or cute, so photo-realistic people are probably not ideal for my skillset. Again, full disclosure.


-Natural materials (wood, leathers, papers)


-Layering & illustration


Things I definitely am not interested in doing:

NSFW things (I’m trying to be a toy designer here eventually lol)

Overtly/active copyrighted images (think disney and their characters)

Overtly racist/sexist/derogatory/etc imagery (I think this would be pretty obvious)

Photo-realism (think figurines like these) - There’s a place for figurines like that in the world, but my style lends itself to some interpretation rather than extreme realism, as you can see above.


Need ideas?

If you’re wondering why I’m posting in the pagan tags, it’s because so often we have symbols or images or SOMETHING we want of deities or personal spirits, and nobody is making it just the way we want it. Whether that’s a kitsune gnawing on a skull or a symbol from hieroglyphics we want as jewelry or turning a sigil into a 3-D printed or laser-cut wearable, I’m here for discussing it!

I’m open to at least discussing anything else! This is how it works:


If you want to drop me a line, first email me here.

I will consult with you to get an idea of what you want/your concept. This is totally free & complimentary!

Don’t work if you aren’t artistic at all, because we can go back and forth in the sketch stage before I go to modeling.

Once we get a sketch/concept everyone is happy with, I will estimate you a rate, timetable, and a final price based on how long and detailed the piece is. This is highly individual based on your materials and complexity, so this may vary a lot.

If this quoted rate is acceptable, 1/3 of the quote or as close as possible is required at this point. I will send you an invoice so all parties have a paper trail. Once that is arranged, I go to modeling and update you at each major stage to get your approval, as well as explaining how everything will work.

Once the model is complete, I will submit it to the 3-D printing or laser-cutting service that I use, and I will then update you on the timetable for printing or laser-cutting/assembly.

Upon completion of the model, the rest of payment is required, which will be a second invoice. And that concludes the business!


I will also be launching a special type of commission tier in the next few days called custom spirits, based on my figu themed 3-d prints, which will be much more standardized in size and pricing, so stay tuned. I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time, so I’m pretty excited.

I look forward to your email! 

<3 Dusken

Dusken is an amazing artist and a wonderful person! If I didn’t just buy a new computer, I’d be hitting her up for a figurine of Hugh (I still want to do this in the future one day haha). Please consider commissioning her for something amazing and one of a kind, so she can pay her rent!


Phan Thu Trang (Vietnam)

Landscape painting has always been a fascinating and absorbed subject that many artists want to exploit and bring to their art. The development of other forms of landscape – seascapes, cityscapes or townscapes- has produced innumerable styles and techniques. For those who love the radiance and freshness of Vietnam and its landscapes, the work of Phan Thu Trang is definitely a welcome choice.Trang’s naïve, decorative works are unmistakably Vietnamese in character. Taking the landscape as her subject, Trang simplifies individual elements to their bare essentials. With a limited palette, the artist prefers the use of texture to define her subjects. Smooth areas of bright monotone paint together with the lush, painterly impasto used to define tree leaves. Vibrant, bulky vault of trees dominate spindly trunks. There is an almost narrative established in her works, with a solo female cyclist eternally pedaling. The viewer does not know from whence she came, neither her destination. With conical hat, and downcast face she seems focused and determined; struggling, cycling against the odds. Like she is caught up in an eternal race against time, the cyclist ventures on through works representing varied daylight hours. Works in gradations of blue appear as pre dawn or early evening with their soft, cool tones. Works in green and white are akin to mid morning light, while works in shades of yellow, orange and red exude the searing heat of the mid-afternoon sun in Vietnam. Born in Hanoi, like many other artists, Trang’s mind was engraved with images of Hanoi and the Northern villages. That’s why her painting is always a vivid landscape of the villagers and their life.

In her painting, Trang doesn’t try to describe what she saw but what she felt. These are memories of the places where she lived or passed by. Every moment of life has been bringing the artist to the feelings that she likes to express in her works: women going to the market from early dawn, farmers hastening to cycle on the village roads, peaceful afternoons or hot summer days… Those moments also bring her to the different sensation of color and light as well as composition. Trang’s work is also the story of human’s destiny. The people on the very paths, whom viewers can see in her paintings may have had different pieces of life which eternally identify themselves with the village gate, the trees, the rice field… Trang often uses strokes of knife to describe her feeling. There are more and more refined strokes in her paintings as if they are telling never-ending stories of people living in Vietnam. In those stories, the sky and water are depicted with the big knives. Looking at the big blocks of color, the viewers can have the feeling of the peace and immensity. The artist details the leaf canopy with the small strokes and the smallest ones for the figures. Graduating from the Theater and Cinema Academy, Trang’s strongest point is to capture the light and bring it to her paintings. She always tries to use color and light to create different sensation for each piece of her art.

© All images courtesy the artist

[more Phan Thu Trang | artist found at darksilenceinsuburbia]

informal poll



"fuck boys get money" means:

a) Forget boys, accrue wealth instead

b) Have sex with boys and get money for it

c) Fuck Boys—ie, boys who fuck—are paid well

d) Argh!! Boys are paid well

e) Shoot, boys sure understand money

God bless punctuation and the English language







Steve Rogers did, in fact, realize that something was off when he saw the outline of the woman’s odd bra (a push-up bra, he would later learn), but being an officer and a gentleman, he said that it was the game that gave the future away.


No, see, this scene is just amazing. The costume department deserves so many kudos for this, it’s unreal, especially given the fact that they pulled off Peggy pretty much flawlessly.

1) Her hair is completely wrong for the 40’s. No professional/working woman  would have her hair loose like that. Since they’re trying to pass this off as a military hospital, Steve would know that she would at least have her hair carefully pulled back, if maybe not in the elaborate coiffures that would have been popular.

2) Her tie? Too wide, too long. That’s a man’s tie, not a woman’s. They did, however, get the knot correct as far as I can see - that looks like a Windsor.

3) That. Bra. There is so much clashing between that bra and what Steve would expect (remember, he worked with a bunch of women for a long time) that it has to be intentional. She’s wearing a foam cup, which would have been unheard of back then. It’s also an exceptionally old or ill-fitting bra - why else can you see the tops of the cups? No woman would have been caught dead with misbehaving lingerie like that back then, and the soft satin cups of 40’s lingerie made it nearly impossible anyway. Her breasts are also sitting at a much lower angle than would be acceptable in the 40’s.

Look at his eyes. He knows by the time he gets to her hair that something is very, very wrong.

so what you are saying is S.H.E.I.L.D. has a super shitty costume division….

Nope, Nick Fury totally did this on purpose.

There’s no knowing what kind of condition Steve’s in, or what kind of person he really is, after decades of nostalgia blur the reality and the long years in the ice (after a plane crash and a shitload of radiation) do their work. (Pre-crash Steve is in lots of files, I’m sure. Nick Fury does not trust files.) So Fury instructs his people to build a stage, and makes sure that the right people put up some of the wrong cues.

Maybe the real Steve’s a dick, or just an above-average jock; maybe he had a knack for hanging out with real talent. Maybe he hit his head too hard on the landing and he’s not gonna be Captain anymore. On the flipside, if he really is smart, then putting him in a standard, modern hospital room and telling him the truth is going to have him clamming up and refusing to believe a goddamn thing he hears for a really long time.

The real question here is, how long it does it take for the man, the myth, the legend to notice? What does he do about it? How long does he wait to get his bearings, confirm his suspicions, and gather information before attempting busting out?

Turns out the answer’s about forty-five seconds.

Sometimes clever posts die a quiet death in the abyss of the unreblogged. Some clever posts get attention, get comments, get better. Then there’s this one which I’ve watched evolve into a thing of brilliance.

Yeah, sounds like SHIELD covering their assXDD
I am still convinced that they busted their chance without knowing and underestimated Steve’s fashion sense. Bad move on themXD


I wasssss gonna take a much needed nap before I went to work but…

instead I drew Stark babies *3*)/

- Catelyn Tully/Stark and Ned Stark

- Jon Snuuuuu Snow



Some things that should be acceptable by now:

  • Girls having sleepovers with boys.
  • Female nipples showing.
  • Marriage equality and equality in general.
  • Doing what you want with your body.
  • Wearing what you want,
  • Kinder eggs in America.

For a second I thought you meant eggs should be nicer to people

Well, shouldn’t they?




It’s official, I’m not going to survive BotFA

This post has sealed my fate 

It’s not the deaths that are gonna kill me, it’s fucking Thranduil’s beauty



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