Shenzhen, China-based artist RLoN Wang is back with more intricate illustrations that burst with color and life. Since we last shared his work a year ago,
Wang has branched out from more understated portraits of animals to
vibrant illustrations jam-packed with wild beasts, mythical creatures,
and motifs from nature. Rendered in a style reminiscent of Japanese
ukiyo-e woodblock prints, Wang’s drawings incorporate rich imagery from
East Asian folklore and art, including elaborately curled clouds, giant
carp, and fierce Chinese guardian lions. Overflowing with meticulous
details, dynamic line art, and vivid hues, each piece demands a second
or third look in order to be appreciated fully. via: mymodernmet
in a world where the edges of the map have yet to be filled in, where mythical beasts haunt the deepest of waters and adventure lurks around every corner, a young pirate queen and her ragtag crew fight against oppression and the flourishing mutant slave trade.
RAVEN: the pirate queen, captain of the Hellfire, briefly a hostage
AZAZEL: husband of the pirate queen, first mate, unsuccessful hostage-keeper
ANGEL: crewmember, no-shit-taker
JANOS: crewmember, sly-joke-maker
ORORO: crewmember, storm-maker
KURT: son of the pirate queen, beloved by all
CHARLES: governor, brother of the pirate queen, a very busy man
ERIK: formerly of the King’s navy, ‘old friend’ of Charles
LOGAN: formerly of the King’s army, ‘old friend’ of Charles
EMMA: powerful ally of the pirate queen, a very busy woman
I Spy with My Critical Eye: Slaying Your First Draft Dragons
Writing a first draft requires a unique set of skills. All month, we’re asking authors to look back on their past first drafts… and the lessons they’ve learned from them. Today, Sarah Ockler, author of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, shares how to slay your first draft:
There’s nothing quite like the euphoric haze of a new story idea. You know, the idea that keeps you up at night, that seeps into your dreams, that has you stopping in the middle of work or laundry or class to jot down a few notes. But once you decide to turn that idea into an actual novel, the real work begins: the first draft.
First drafts are tricksy. Writing them is a bit like encountering a sleeping dragon: one minute you’re discovering golden treasure, the next you’re getting flame-broiled by a mythical beast…
My #CannibalCouture Entry: Fancy Masquerade Nightmare Stag
Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I find the Nightmare Stag pretty relatable. Wants to follow Will Graham around for all eternity? Is a majestic mythical beast? Pretty much died at the end of Mizumono? Yep, that’s me in a nutshell.
Since I don’t have access to a full stag suit (I know, right? Fannibal game weak), I decided to go for what I thought a human version of the stag would look like, with a fancy, Venetian-inspired masquerade spin. I must say, I had a total blast putting this together and wearing it around my backyard so I could scare the new neighbors!
(Special thanks to my super excellent boyfriend, Logan, for taking these beautiful pictures…and on our anniversary, to boot! He’s the best!)
Thraco-Macedonian Mystery Creature: The Man-Headed Goat
This is a unique and highly unusual tetradrachm struck circa 530-480 BC and is attributed to an uncertain Thraco-Macedonian tribe. It shows a man-headed goat on one side and a quadripartite incuse square on the other.
This coin represents a completely new, unpublished type in the Thraco-Macedonian coinage series. Doubtless belonging to this series, with a style reminiscent of the staters of the Orrescii or Mygdonii and the heads of satyrs on the archaic coinage of Thasos, it is unprecedented in that the creature has no arms, which is how man-headed creatures always appear in these issues. The iconography obviously represents some local mythic beast or deity whose identity is yet to be discovered.
A cover I did for “Wings of Renewal - A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology”! Check out info about it right here:
The future is vibrant, hopeful, and filled with dragons. In WINGS OF RENEWAL, twenty-two authors explore the exciting new subgenre of solarpunk through the lens of these majestic creatures. Whether they irrigate dry terrain or serve as spaceships, are mythic beasts come to life or biomechanical creations of man, these dragons show us a world where renewable energy overcomes gas and oil, and cooperation replaces competition.
It was super fun to make and it did nothing to curb my ever growing plant dragon obsession. You can also take a look at a super big picture version here
they only ever mention phoenix feather, unicorn horn and hair, and dragon hartstring. i call bullshit, i think any part of any mythical beast would work. like ground up mermaid scales, or hydra teeth. those are all magical too damnit!