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Day 2 of Meet The Artist project. Meet Carina, a lady from Sweden, who has advised the other fan-artists, such as Servia D (featured in Day 1 MTA) and was ever so avid for participating in this project for which I am very grateful. Thank you :)

MEET THE ARTIST: OLIVEGBG

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Please state your name, pseudonym, age and nationality.
Carina. The Olive. Hah, older than the lot of you, I’m 52 and from Sweden

How have you heard about the Witcher first time?
The book was lent to me by a colleague who recommended it.

How long ago was that?
Could have been ten years ago.

What got you into the Witcher?
That first book, because it was original.

Who have you sided first time with in Witcher 1 and 2 – Scoia’tael or Order/Blue Stripes. Did you managed to remain neutral? Did you regret the decision? 
Eh, I never finished W1 (too much running for uninteresting quests). In W2 I chose Scoia'tael by accident the first time, but I played Blue Stripes as well and if I had to chose again - definitely Iorveth.

Why Iorveth?
Because it feels right, Geralt doesn’t consider himself human after all. Besides you get to spend time in Vergen.

What ending did you choose for your first TW2 playthrough?
I gave Anais to Roche, I think…

                                          Geralt of Rivia by olivegbg


Did you have any moments (if you remember) when you had to put the book down or stop a game just to have a break because you were quite shocked of what happened?
No, I’m not an easy person to shock. The only time that happened was in another game.

Which one was it?
Dragon Age Origins. When Duncan died at Ostagar. I did at least three replays the day after since I thought I had been too slow lighting that tower.

Are you going to play Witcher 3? What are you looking forward/hoping to see if so?
Certainly! Epic dialogue, because of non linear story.

Have you got any favourite characters from the Witcher? If so, then which ones and why?
Zoltan and Dandelion. I loved talking with them, they are so well written. I love them in both books and games.

What is your favourite Witcher related work that you have done (or top 3)?
I Prefer Not To Choose
Geralt Of Rivia
Morning Before Battle

What was the most challenging work that you did? Why?
Scoia’tael. Because I got stuck on the details, took forever.

                                     I prefer not to choose by olivegbg 


What is your all time favourite work that you have done (or top 3)?
I Prefer Not To Choose if it’s Witcher related and Time if it’s not Witcher related.

What methods do you use to create your work?
I used to do acrylics and charcoal sketches (since I’m too impatient for oil and too heavy handed for delicate media like watercolour). These days I only use digital. Wacom Intuos and Photoshop CS6.

Have you got a favourite artist?
Henri de Tolouse-Lautrec. His images are like snapshots taken at a party.

What does a day have to be like to get you inspired? What inspires you?
Nothing special, except that I need some free time. I think about images more or less all the time, even if nothing comes from it. How the light catches the surface on the table or like how someone is holding their hands. I think I’m quite observant.

Have you got any favourite quotes or sayings?
I have one that I’m not sure is my own or not. I said it by mistake once in a meeting -It’s never too late to give up!

What is your favourite drink: alcoholic and non alcoholic?
Except for water, definitely alcoholic. A classical gin/tonic or white wine.

I think it’s time for a joke. Have you got one in your pocket?
Q: How many programmers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: That’s a hardware problem.

                                         Wrong answer by olivegbg


Tell us a story from your childhood.
One summer (could have been ten or so) I was obsessed with collecting snakes. I caught at least twenty before my father found out. They were very small, I put a few of them in jars that’s why I got caught. I obeyed my father, no more snake catching, one of them was poisonous. But we don’t really have any dangerous snakes in Sweden, unless you are allergic.

What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done or would like to do?
I love travelling, I guess I want to do more of that when I get the time.

What are your top 5 places you would like to visit if you would have money and time go go anywhere in the world?
Eastern Europe, India, Vietnam, China, revisit South Africa.

How many languages do you speak or/and what languages would you like to learn?
Swedish obviously, English, I get by quite well in French as long as I don’t have to write. I’ve studied Latin, so Italian or Spanish would be easiest, I like easy.

Tell us 5 facts about your personality.
Analythical, gregarious, practical, ironic, intellectual.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?
My kids.

What music genre do you prefer? What are the 3 bands/musicians that really define you or have shaped you as a person?
I don’t have a genre, I like music that I find emotional or telling a story, also I have a penchant for bombastic music. If I have to choose I guess it would be The Clash, Springsteen and Rammstein.

Who is a character from a TV show or a book that you’ve always identified with?
Kermit from ‘The Muppets’? 

How so?
Because of his enthusiastic arm wiggling.

                                            Dorian Pavus by olivegbg


:D If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, who would you pick and what would you do?
Alexander the Great.

What would you do? Would you change the course of history or would you watch his life from his eyes?
Quite early (Of course I would have wanted to meet Hephaestion) right after Philip’s death I think (my son is actually named after him), and I would have tried to live longer, that was a pivotal time in history.

What question do you hate to answer?
When the person could easily have found out themselves without wasting my time.
- Where is my phone? - Where you last put it!
- How do you configure?? In excel? -bloody Google it.

Describe us your perfect day.
When I get something done I’ve postponed forever.

Have you had any perfect days like these recently? What did you do?
Not recently no. I work too much. BUT I did clean windows yesterday.

What’s the weather like where you are right now?
Very sunny, which augments the sad state of my window-cleaning skills.

:D Would you like to say anything to the other artists? Any advice? Any suggestions?
Nah, there is no universal quick-fix, just practice and do your thing.

Thank you very much, Carina! 

Guess who got so excited about getting Majora’s Mask 3D for her 21st birthday that she decided to commemorate by doing some Zelda fanart with one of those fruit palettes?

This person.

I probably could’ve gone and made the backdrop a bit more detailed, but I also wanted to keep it simple when using the Figues palette, so…here you go! The fairy siblings Tatl and Tael (which is a play on the word “tattletale” due to Tatl taking on Navi’s role as Link’s fairy companion in the game).

for sphintusalexius, feel better soon!!


Kunihiro might not really be anything special, but to Izumi he’s everything special. He’s a slice of normalcy in the noble’s otherwise strict lifestyle. Someone who expects a lot of him, but admires him for whatever he does in the meanwhile. Who listens to him without complaint and gives advice when it’s more than simple venting. He’s someone Izumi prizes above a lot of others, even if he has to act like he doesn’t, and carefully left gifts tell him so. Hopefully. Kunihiro never brings them up and Izumi never asks, but when he sees the servant wearing an earring he’d bought on impulse his knees shake and he throws himself into learning his lessons, trying to get his mind off the way the other brushed back his hair to reveal it like he knew.


It’s thrilling.

Keep reading

- I stood near you when you arrived at Kaer Morhen, an omen of its downfall. I observed as you judged the villagers of the Outskirts, leaving only blood and fire behind you. You brought death upon Raymond, endangered Shani mindful only of your goals. Chaos followed in your wake. You slaughtered dozens with your witcher’s sword. You threw gold to the Scoia'tael, feuling new massacres. You left Vizima in chaos only to bring destruction upon Murky Waters. Every one of your decisions brought further devastation, each choice you made led to greater evil. How did you feel when your elven friends set fire to Vizima and slaughtered dh'oine?
- Stop!
- Do not deny it, witcher. You are my greatest champion, a perfect means of destruction. Wherever you walk, death and chaos follow.

bazmahtaz asked:

Ha'hren, don't let the haters get you down! You're doing awesome work here with a limited resource and using your knowledge to help us build better stories. For FREE I might add. If anyone has a problem with that, then they have much bigger problems than being bothered by fan works on the internet. Sule Tael Tasalal!

They aren’t getting me down, believe me. I’ve dealt with far worse.

Thank you, however, for your kind words.