The Project Fairy

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artbyangelasasser:

Hey, everyone!  I wanted to give you all a closer look at the Rewards I have available for my Kickstarter project as well as to answer some of the FAQ’s I’ve gotten.  

Rather than just rely on the examples I have online, have a closer look at the Rewards ‘in the flesh’, so to speak!

Stay tuned afterwards for a laugh!;)

Only 3 days remain as of today!  Remember to share this project with others who might be interested.  Every little share helps!

Signal boosting! My Kickstarter is over in 3 days and is nowhere near to being funded. Re-blog if you can!  Let’s give it a last minute push!

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drovie:

1690s book with filigree silver binding - National Library of Sweden

This binding is an exquisite example of Danish filigree technique
from the 1690s.It belongs to the National Library’s Huseby
Collection and was once owned by Karren Mogensdotter Skoug.
Her name and the year 1692 are engraved on the inside of the clasps. -(x)

*whispers* tag your bookporn.

Definitely bookporn. XD

(Source: tirairgid)

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secondlina:

The Valor Anthology Kickstarter is 12 days away from completion and it’s doing GREAT!

I wanted to share you with you guys some of the concept art we used in the Kickstarter’s video. Said concept art is by Justin Lanjil, Annie Stoll, Laura NeubertMichelle “Misha” KrivanekMorgan BeemMegan Kearney and Nicole Chartrand.

Concept art above are for the following stories : an adaptation of the Reindeer maiden, an original tale about a girl and a gargoyle, an adaptation of godfather Death, an adaptation of the Lindworm, an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the moon, an original fairy tale about masks and an adaptation of the wild swans.

If you love fairy tales and Badass ladies, be sure to check the Kickstarter out!

Signal boosting! So many cool fairy tales and heroines in one place.

(via fairytalemood)

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Anonymous asked: Hey! I'm having a slight problem atm and I'd love your opinion on it. My story is set in an medieval-ish AU and I've got a character who acts like a knight (protecting the MC who is something equivalent to royalty) and she has to attend this party. I was thinking of her wearing a dress over her armor but after a bit of research I found that's probably not possible. Is there something she could wear underneath that would still protect her a bit if she suddenly needed to go into battle? (1)

howtofightwrite:

(2) or would it be something I should avoid? I originally planned the the scene on the fact she would be able to rip off her dress when an assassin comes to kill the MC. But I understand if it’s a) not possible or b) isn’t going to work well/be believable. Thanks!~
Honestly, if she’s actually acting as a bodyguard in a setting where it’s acceptable for noblewomen to take up arms then she has no reason to bother with a dress. She’s just going to go in her fancy dress uniform/armor. If she’s a noble who needs to maintain their own position, then she might go in a dress. Either way, if your MC is royalty she should have a palace full of guards and a full retinue in uniform to guard her at any event. The point of a knight is not to be incognito, you put them front and center so you can say: “I have this, don’t attack me”. In full regalia and armed to the teeth, knights are intimidating. If a knight is out of their armor and at a party, they’re probably not working as carrying weapons could be considered rude to their host. The point of trying to assassinate someone at a party is that the guests will be unarmed. It’s an act of trust. Your character carrying hidden weapons is a breach of that trust.
Dresses are expensive and valuable. That dress is handmade, the product of months of fittings, pricked fingers, and energy on top of the materials. This isn’t a garment you pick up off the racks at Macy’s. This is specially made and designed for this character. It’s unique. While a dressmaker may have made the dress, it’s also possible the character’s maid did. Don’t hurt the dress. I’m sure a decently proficient character can design one that your character can fight in if she really has to, complete with hidden pockets and split skirts. (Reference Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet and Protector of the Small, pay special attention to Kel’s maid Lalasa.) Ripping the dress off (if she even could, have you ever tried to tear clothing?) is an incredibly brattish thing to do and spitting on months of someone’s hard work.
Servants are people too.
If your knight isn’t a noble (and the setting is the kind of place where she can still hold rank without lineage), someone bought and paid for that dress for her. It may be the nicest non-combat oriented clothing she owns with the rest of her salary going to gear (the full variety of weaponry, armor, feeding and stabling the warhorse).
Now, let’s talk about this assassination attempt.
When it comes to assassination of important figures, you’ve got several options. We’ve talked a fair amount about assassins on this blog and why characters attempt them. However, nobles and royals are incredibly important and well-protected people. Assassinating them is actually very difficult and if one tries, they intend to succeed because they aren’t likely to get a second chance. However, the sort of Hollywood ninja-esque, break into a castle wearing a white hoodie with a giant knife strapped to their wrist with intent to take on 50 to 60 guards on the way to their target just isn’t it. Again, the point of an assassination is to succeed and, most importantly, not get caught.
The Medici Family: the assault, murder, and attempted murder of Lorenzo and Giuliano de’Medici is perhaps the most famous and infamous attempted assassination during the Renaissance. Ambushed in the Florence Cathedral by their political rivals the Pazzi, Giuliano de’Medici was murdered in front of a crowd of 10,000. Lorenzo barely escaped. The goal of the Pazzi was to attack in a place considered sacrosanct (a church) and cause a riot so their enemies could not escape. Pick a place where an attack is unexpected and an enemy cannot control all the variables.
This is why all assassinations of U.S. Presidents have happened outside the White House, in places where security could not control the area. The attempted assassination of President Bartlett in the finale of Season 1 of The West Wing is an excellent example of how difficult it is to take down someone so well protected but also how it can be done.
The Red Wedding: Yeah, yeah, spoiler alert. (Not like the above isn’t a spoiler…) The Red Wedding is actually an example of a tried and true, and bloody, assassination method which is: bring them to your turf or someone else’s under the guise of friendship and kill them all. This is the wipe them all out method, so there will be no one left to take revenge.
This is why the wrist clasp, the handshake, and even the hug are a common greeting, they’re a hidden weapon/armor check.
Subtlety, Stealth, Poison: Poison is such a common method of assassination that most royals will have an official taste tester as a simple precaution, even if they trust their nobles. However, there are places where a taste tester may not be present such as at a party where a poisoner might not be able to get their poison to it’s intended target unless they’re right next to them.
Which means, they need to be right next to them. Taking on the guise of a servant but more likely a party guest, the assassin attends the party and ingratiates themselves with their target. The assassin will choose a guise and personality that their target finds most aesthetically appealing and least threatening, it can be sexual but it can also be friendly. The assassin will approach and attack via whatever their personal blind spot is, this allows them to get close to their target, convinces their target to trust them, and then they strike.
This is why women, historically, have been the best and most successful assassins.
However, if you’re wanting a straight up fight where the character can test their mettle in combat, the Medici or the Red Wedding is the way to go. The classical antagonist assassin is all about testing loyalty, trust, and friendship in the personal sense as opposed to physical one. Assassins don’t do well in straight up fights, they can but it’s not where their strengths lie. They’ll fight with intention to escape or they’ll try to finish their mission and die in the process. Assassins are about deception, betrayal, and manipulation. These can be great things to throw at a noble knight because that’s usually their literary weak point, but if it’s not what you want, don’t go there.
However, an assassination attempt is a major thread which should be set up throughout the book. The Medici and the Red Wedding set ups are best as inciting incidents (the royals family is betrayed, murdered, MC is the only survivor pulled from the fray by a trusted guard) or as a climax (MC will finally be crowned queen, but the main villain hasn’t been defeated yet. On her way to the coronation ceremony, he launches a surprise assault in the middle of the crowded city square as a last ditch effort to cement his rule.)
The single assassin is best as an early to mid-point plot thread, where one character is convinced something is wrong while the other is blindsided by the hottie with a body. Or, they’re there the whole time as the scheming love interest. That works too.
I don’t know if that helps, but I hope so.
-Michi

More great writing advice concerning female warriors and dresses.

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paintingdragonfeathers:

200 Follower Givaway

In the blink of an eye I surpassed 200 followers!

You know that means?

GIVAWAY!!!

Thank you all so much for the like, reblogs, and support.

The Rules:

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3.      Please, ONE (1) REBLOG and ONE (1) LIKE PER BLOG. This will give you the opportunity to be entered twice (2 times).

4.      Entering blogs must have a means of contact—either an open ask box or an email address listed on their blog. Selected winners will be contacted for a physical mailing address. If the contacted winners do not respond within one (1) week of initial contact, then a new winner for that prize will be selected.

5.      Once you are contacted, please respond to me at my email, JDArtist@hotmail.com with your address/commission details. Tumblr likes to eat my asks, so just to be safe email me please.

6.      If you win the First Prize: One (1) 6”x8” Relief Print Commission, please note I WILL NOT draw: porn, excessive gore, or copyrighted characters. HOWEVER, OC’s and PG-13 romance/violence are fair game.

7.      This givaway is open until September 1st, 2014. On September 2nd, I will select the winners using a true random number generator and contact them.

8.      If you have any questions or comments regarding this givaway (or anything, really), feel free to drop an ask in my box or email me at JDArtist@hotmail.com

Again, thank you all so much for the interest and support in my art. I hope to continue writing and printing dragon princes, mischievous fey, and strange sea monsters for many years to come.

—J.D. Donnelly

Cool artist giving away cool stuffs!

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kushielconcepts:


The young man standing in the shadows behind me bowed in the traditional manner of the Cassiline Brotherhood, hands crossed before him at chest level.  Warm sunlight gleamed on the steel of his vambraces and the chain-mail that gauntleted the backs of his hands.  His twin daggers hung low on his belt and the cruciform hilt of his sword, always worn at the back, rose above his shoulders.  He straightened and met my eyes."Phèdre nó Delaunay," he said formally, "I am Joscelin Verreuil of the Cassiline Brotherhood.  It is my privilege to attend."He neither looked nor sounded as though he meant it…- Phedre meets Joscelin for the first time in Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.

This was a sketch prize for reaching 1000 Likes on my Kushiel’s Legacy illustration project’s fan page.  I was so happy to get the chance to draw Joscelin Verreuil, who does not have near enough fan art of him, considering what a BAMF he is in the books.8x10 inches, HB and 6B graphite pencils on paper.

Re-sharing from my Kushiel’s Legacy illustration project tumblr because I’m super proud of this one.  It’s been a long time since a sketch has kept me up late!

kushielconcepts:

The young man standing in the shadows behind me bowed in the traditional manner of the Cassiline Brotherhood, hands crossed before him at chest level.  Warm sunlight gleamed on the steel of his vambraces and the chain-mail that gauntleted the backs of his hands.  His twin daggers hung low on his belt and the cruciform hilt of his sword, always worn at the back, rose above his shoulders.  He straightened and met my eyes.

"Phèdre nó Delaunay," he said formally, "I am Joscelin Verreuil of the Cassiline Brotherhood.  It is my privilege to attend."

He neither looked nor sounded as though he meant it…


- Phedre meets Joscelin for the first time in Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.



This was a sketch prize for reaching 1000 Likes on my Kushiel’s Legacy illustration project’s fan page.  I was so happy to get the chance to draw Joscelin Verreuil, who does not have near enough fan art of him, considering what a BAMF he is in the books.

8x10 inches, HB and 6B graphite pencils on paper.

Re-sharing from my Kushiel’s Legacy illustration project tumblr because I’m super proud of this one.  It’s been a long time since a sketch has kept me up late!

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artnouveaustyle:

This was a submission in my messages c:

"This Art Nouveau inspired Kickstarter project hopes to fund a series of birthstone paintings directly inspired by Alphonse Mucha’s Precious Stones series!

Kickstarter backers will have this chance to collect exclusive Kickstarter-only prints plus other Art Nouveau themed work from the artist.

Pitching in just $1 also grants you access to the in-depth art diary the artist will be keeping for each upcoming Lady in this series.

Please help spread the word to Art Nouveau lovers you know with a re-blog!”

Thanks for sharing!:)  There’s only 9 days left and I can still really use the help. Please re-share if you enjoy Art Nouveau (or know somebody who does!)

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