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Help bring a Keats sculpture to Chichester!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 3, 2015, 11:10 AM
Artist Vincent Gray has started a fundraiser to raise money for a bronze sculpture of John Keats that will sit in Chichester, adjacent to the building where the he stayed while he was writing The Eve of Saint Agnes in 1820. Gray wants the sculpture–and Keats, in turn–to be accessible to the public so people can sit, take photos, and have a chat with the poet.

To clarify: In all likelihood, the sculpture will not talk back to you. I mean, it might. If it’s, like, possessed or something. If it does start talking back to you, that’s either really, really cool, or a sign that you need to get the heck out of there and contact your friendly neighborhood exorcist.

ANYway…Gray has started a fundraising page for the project and aims to raise £30,000 by September 2016 to cast the sculpture in bronze and install it. If you can spare a buck or two, send it his way via his Share A Gift account. Anything helps! We’ve got a year, so that’s plenty of time to raise the money for Keats to sit on his little bench and stare at people intensely and possibly make them uncomfortable doing so. 

You can read about the effort behind the artwork and watch an interview with Gray here.

In case it wasn’t already blatantly, painfully, obnoxiously obvious, John Keats is my favorite poet and one of my favorite people in the history of ever, so I’m super stoked for this. Plus, it’s another victory for a guy who got a bum deal in life but still made the best of it with his spectacular ability to instill people with massive feels. 

On a related note, I haven’t see anyone installing any new sculptures of Byron lately, so take THAT, Byron. YEAH. THAT’S RIGHT. WHERE’S YOUR CHICHESTER STATUE, YOU POMPOUS TALENTED OKAY YES I ADMIT IT PRICK? 

………Behold. My feud with a 200-year-old dead guy continues



Keats doodle by Muirin007
Keats doodle
I watched Bright Star again. Cried. Wept. Almost dragged myself across the floor sobbing.

This is a fairly common occurrence whenever I watch that film--theatrical sobbing, I mean--so I had to assuage the drama with a nice, innocuous doodle of Keats lounging around thinking...poetic things. 

Actual Keats, that is. Ben Whishaw is wonderful, but I wanted to play around with Keats as he may have looked. We have his life and death masks and several paintings and written descriptions of his appearance, so the source material is ripe for inspiration, design-wise. Is it weird that I've spent copious amounts of time experimenting with a design for a historical figure? 

Whatever. He's the bee's knees, guys, and I'm a big fat literature nerd, so there you have it. 

I used a still from Archipelago as a reference. Hiddleston's curly hair is perfect Keats material. 

.............I am so strange, I swear.
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Haunted House Reactions - Paris, 1881 by Muirin007
Haunted House Reactions - Paris, 1881
I saw this prompt on Tumblr ( numplanet.tumblr.com/post/1186… ) and initially I just drew Erik and Christine, but then Nadir popped up, followed by Raoul and the Girys, and there you have it. I couldn't help it. The thought of these guys traipsing through a haunted house together was just too great to pass up.

It never once struck me that Madame Giry wouldn't be completely nonplussed in the face of danger. Mildly amused, certainly. Terrified? Pfft. Not a chance.

And yes, Erik is shrieking like a little girl. 

Phantom of the Opera belongs to Gaston Leroux.
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Thrymskvida by Muirin007
Thrymskvida
Fló þá Loki,
- fjaðrhamr dunði, -
unz fyr útan kom
ása garða
ok fyr innan kom
jötna heima.

Then Loki flew,
And the feather-dress whirred,

Till he left behind him
The home of the gods,

And reached at last
The realm of the giants. 


I colored it! I usually cop out on backgrounds, but this piece needed one. This is an illustration from the Þrymskviða, one of the best  poems from the Poetic Edda. It's kind of like an Old Norse version of a buddy cop movie starring Thor and Loki.  A giant from Jotunheim steal Thor's hammer  and they set off to get it back, with a few misadventures along the way, including Loki coercing Thor into dressing like a bride. It's one of the poems that showcases Loki at his Loki-est, and next to "The Dark World," it's probably as close to a Thor-and-Loki road trip story that we'll get.

Tell me that wouldn't make a fantastic movie. It would just be hours of bickering and Thor repeatedly ripping the steering wheel out of the dashboard by accident. And Loki idly filing his nails and causing flat tires. GIVE IT TO ME.

Old Norse is fantastic. I wish I could find a recording of the poem in the original language. It's almost as if hearing it resurrects the characters after thousands of years. Just the fact that we can resurrect an ancient tongue in the 21st century is incredible. It jolts the culture back to life. 

Also, I love the fact that Loki is inevitably a drama queen no matter which version of the character we're talking about. And yay, I gave him red hair! I don't remember any of the source texts stating he has red hair--just that he's very handsome--but it suits him.
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Thrymskvida Thumbnail by Muirin007
Thrymskvida Thumbnail
I'm currently working on a piece illustrating the scene in the  Þrymskviða ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%9Ery… ) in which Loki takes flight wearing Freya's feather cloak to steal back Thor's hammer. Generally, I don't post thumbnails, but I kind of like the way this one came out, and it will be interesting to have a basis for comparison once I finish it. 

I used a gorgeous photo of Sergei Polunin for reference, who, I'm convinced, is some sort of fairy creature from another world, he's so talented. And I keep picturing myth Loki as rather balletic in build, so it was a natural link for me. :lol:

Stay tuned for the final piece!
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Help bring a Keats sculpture to Chichester!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 3, 2015, 11:10 AM
Artist Vincent Gray has started a fundraiser to raise money for a bronze sculpture of John Keats that will sit in Chichester, adjacent to the building where the he stayed while he was writing The Eve of Saint Agnes in 1820. Gray wants the sculpture–and Keats, in turn–to be accessible to the public so people can sit, take photos, and have a chat with the poet.

To clarify: In all likelihood, the sculpture will not talk back to you. I mean, it might. If it’s, like, possessed or something. If it does start talking back to you, that’s either really, really cool, or a sign that you need to get the heck out of there and contact your friendly neighborhood exorcist.

ANYway…Gray has started a fundraising page for the project and aims to raise £30,000 by September 2016 to cast the sculpture in bronze and install it. If you can spare a buck or two, send it his way via his Share A Gift account. Anything helps! We’ve got a year, so that’s plenty of time to raise the money for Keats to sit on his little bench and stare at people intensely and possibly make them uncomfortable doing so. 

You can read about the effort behind the artwork and watch an interview with Gray here.

In case it wasn’t already blatantly, painfully, obnoxiously obvious, John Keats is my favorite poet and one of my favorite people in the history of ever, so I’m super stoked for this. Plus, it’s another victory for a guy who got a bum deal in life but still made the best of it with his spectacular ability to instill people with massive feels. 

On a related note, I haven’t see anyone installing any new sculptures of Byron lately, so take THAT, Byron. YEAH. THAT’S RIGHT. WHERE’S YOUR CHICHESTER STATUE, YOU POMPOUS TALENTED OKAY YES I ADMIT IT PRICK? 

………Behold. My feud with a 200-year-old dead guy continues



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dyzae Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I realy like the detail in your art!
 Keep working and great gallery! :)
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Kelsey990211 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hiii I am a hugh fan of POTO and I love how your artwork of them:)It is exactly how I pictured them when I'm reading the book I hope that I can be as talented as you are. Plz do continue drawing!!
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FanG1rl143 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love your art style! I adore Phantom of the Opera as well (even though I haven't seen it live). I want to read the book so bad!
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Mominator Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Thought you might find this amusing:

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I did mention your name as the artist in my two newest submissions; hope that is a sufficient acknowledgement of the source, and your legendary skills as an artist. :D

Barb
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KyonAyanamiChan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! I recently found you on DA through your Phantom art. I just wanted to say thanks for absolutely rekindling my love for his character, for the musicals, and I am so blown away by your art. If I hadn't have found your work I wouldn't be creating literature and art works again. I went through a hard patch in life and was really inactive on here--but seeing your art bloomed new inspiration in my heart and mind. Keep creating, you have such beautiful talent. -Kyo hug 
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XDTheServine Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hello my friend
i have only one thing to say to you.

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Phantom of the OPERATION
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Ohdotar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay help what just happened
a super huge thank you for the watch
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Shaonhaerin5Hobbit Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Student Interface Designer
congratulations!
your drawings are beautiful !!
Erik and very well done, your design style and interesting, the characters designs are thin and long ....
and i love it!

continues, because they are beautiful !!!

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MYthology1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Have you ever heard of Julian Richings? He played Death in Supernatural. He is very gaunt and looking at him helps mw to draw emaciated characters, though you draw them very well as it is. 
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rawenna Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Thanks a lot for the +fav!  :D (Big Grin) 
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