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Some random stuffs - mainly B&W, pencil and ballpoint pen. I draw in my spare time as a hobby - considering I'm utterly slow, may take a bit to update this profile. Feel free to browse, download and messaging, as I'm often around DA searching for new stuff.
Favorite visual artistLaurie Lipton, Chris Conover, Joel-Peter Witkin, Sarina Brewer, Don Kenn, Zdzisław Beksiński, James Jean, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jessica Joslin, Jon MacNair, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Paul Rumsey, Kris Kuksi, Michele Guidarini, Josef KoppayFavorite moviesMartyrs, Inception, Noah, Melancholia, Antichrist, Taxidermia, Perfume, LOTR, I Stand Alone, Oldboy, Carne, Interstellar, The Chaser, Cold Fish, 13 Tzameti, Begotten, Departures, Irreversible, Black Mass, Ichi The Killer, Nymphomaniac, A Beautiful MindFavorite TV showsWestworld, The Young PopeOther InterestsMedieval, surrealism
Trying to recollect a bit from Tolkien's own hand made illustrations. Ballpoint pen (and white-out for stars). As inspiration, used a photo of Nanga Parbat (Naked Mountain), a mighty and dreadful 8126m Himalayan peak located in Pakistan. It's reckoned by nicknames such as 'the killer mountain' and 'the man eater' imgur.com/gallery/K0CvaMi
"(...) and they came to a great river, wider than any they had yet seen; and beyond it were mountains whose sharp horns seemed to pierce the realm of the stars. This river, it is said, was even the river which was after called Anduin the Great, and was ever the frontier of the west-lands of Middle-earth. But the mountains were the Hithaeglir, the Towers of Mist upon the borders of Eriador; yet they were taller and more terrible in those days, and were reared by Melkor to hinder the riding of Oromë."(...) the Teleri looked upon the shadowy heights and were afraid.
I don't know why I Google such things (always get back these absurd links), but I'm dying at this: "Orcs would use Brainfuck, Assembly, C++, and Haskell because Sauron is a sadist. The kind of language that you could almost cut your hand with."
Melkor gathering with some of his 'pals'. Illustration to 'The Theft of Melko and The Darkening of Valinor' chapter from 'The Book of Lost Tales I' (Black ballpoint pen)
"Know then that Oromë had great stables and a breeding ground of good horses not so far from this spot, where a wild forest land had grown up. Thither Melko steals, and a herd of black horses he captures, cowing them with the terror that he could wield. Astride those his whole company of thieves rides far away, after destroying what things of lesser value they deemed it impossible to carry thence. Making a wide circuit and faring with the speed of hurricanes such as only the divine horses of Oromë ridden by the children of the Gods could compass they pass far to the west of Valmar in the untracked regions where the light of the Trees was thin."
In nov 3 2017, 60 years will be completed since the first being was sent to orbit - the dog 'Laika'. However, the story behind this feat is a sad one. Laika was launched deliberately to die, as the scientists knew the tiny capsule she was inserted in wouldn't be retrieved. Danish artist Trentemoller did a touching video based on Laika's story:
The intention was to keep Laika orbiting during 7 days to provide data on how living organisms react to spaceflight environments - after that, she'd be euthanized. A supply of food was provided, as well as oxygen. She was attached to a waste bag to collect dejects; a harness and chains were used to restrain her movements (there was no room to turn around). Things didn't go as planned, though: Laika died only 5-7 hours after launch due to extreme stress conditions and a device malfunction that caused the capsule to overheat at 40° C.
"After the success of Sputnik 1 in October 1957, Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet leader, wanted a spacecraft launched on November 7, 1957, the 40th anniversary of the October Revolution. Khrushchev specifically wanted his engineers to deliver a "space spectacular", a mission that would repeat the triumph of Sputnik 1, stunning the world with Soviet prowess. (...) The official decision to launch Sputnik 2 was made on October 10 or 12, leaving less than four weeks to design and build the spacecraft.Sputnik 2, therefore, was something of a rush job, with most elements of the spacecraft being constructed from rough sketches."
"The more time passes, the more I'm sorry about it. We shouldn't have done it ... We did not learn enough from this mission to justify the death of the dog." (Oleg Gazenko,1998)
More about Laika's story and dogs used in space expeditions -worth the reflection: