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Well, I don't know much about Pokemon but I do like this a lot :D ! In terms of composition, the piece demonstrates some skill, with the...

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Yo, I've just created a facebook page for my art :D ! Please check me out and give me a like if you have the time, I like back ;) ! www.facebook.com/pages/Strateg…
Hi, so I really, really need advice. Call it neurosis, call it what you will be I'm starting to fear the crafts I'm making on Etsy are a little bit...crap. Really crap. Frankly, I'm far too close to this to make a sensible judgement and the DA community is usually fantastically honest on the subject of art and so I'm asking do you think my stuff is worth buying or is it crap. Please don't worry about sticking the knife in, I desperately need to know before I invest tons more time, worry, thought and effort (which I have no worry about doing if it is worth it!) into this project if fundamentaly my stuff sucks.Hand-painted Heraldic Medieval Box of Shields 0 by TheStrategos
Hand-painted Heraldic Medieval Box of Shields 4 by TheStrategos Green and Silver Tealight Holder 2 by TheStrategos
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Hello there and welcome to issue #5 of While the Paint Dries :wave: ! This week, I want to take a moment to talk writing Writing emoticon . More specifically, I want to address the age old planner v. pantser debate. Basically, it underpins one's entire approach to writing novels. Many authors, like J. K. Rowling, plan everything before pen touches paper. In her case she planned for seven years before starting Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and described the writing process as like carving a novel out from her notes. On the other hand, Steven King just goes with the flow, writing in the heat of the moment and editing hard afterwards. Up until now, I've been a pantser (the terms comes from the expression "flying by the seat of your pants!). I published two novels (removed, they sucked :yuck: ) on Amazon and wrote another in this fashion and it has its appeal. One finds out more about one's characters as one writes, allowing different aspects to come out all the time, and you can allow the plot to take fun and unexpected directions. However, for me, I've decided to become a planner. For me, I've decided that my plots are too free:iconnoeswooplz: . They go off at tangents with too many narrative viewpoints. They are wild and, because I have gone with the flow, often have awkward, unrealistic or dull passages in order to drag them towards a reasonable conclusion. Clever plotting is harder with this approach as one needs to sow the seed for twists early on, meaning that a complete rewrite of the first draft is probably necessary for a pantser style. Therefore, I've decided to work as a planner. This approach, though risking less free character development or instinctive plotting, does at least have the advantage that one know what one is doing from the off. This is not to say that one can not try new things while writing if the plot seems to demand it but that one has a master plan, a strong sketch upon which to paint your words Da Vinci Fella (Artists) . It also means that one will never be caught out. I've often, in the past, been caught on the hoof and been forced to come up with some motivation or bit of backstory as to why something should be or why someone would react in a certain way. Needless to say, this often needs later revision as proper care and attention has not been paid to the matter. By planning before writing, one has a great stock of information, some needed, some which will never be needed, which one can bring out, properly thought through, as and when required. So this is why I've decided that, for me, the planner approach is better. While the pantser style is free and exciting, promissing a very instinctive creativity, it can lead to over-complication, unbalanced structure and glib developements. It is a style which requires a LOT of rewriting and editing after the first draft. The planner style is a lot safer in this regard. While it can perhaps risk predictability and a slightly forced effect if characters want to go one way but the plan tells them to go in another, it tends to lead to tighter, better paced plots and well-worked through characters and, if writing fantasy, worlds Globe . So that's me but what about you? Do you favour a planning or pantsing approach?

This week, we have a part three to my blog as I have a book I'm just bursting to share with you but one which doesn't warrant a ful review due to it's nature. I attended a gallery exhibition recently, the subject of which was Victorian Gothic Revival. Apart from the wonder of the exhibition itself, I was also given a great book lead, for on display were some pages from a book written at the time by a designer called Own Jones. His books, The Grammar of Ornament, is a wonder to behold, a true magnum opus. Unlike purists lsuch as Augustus Pugin, Jones believed that the designs of the past could be used in a great variety of ways with each other as long as an artistic eye was brought to bear. He collected a vast collection of designs from all over the world and many of these ended up in the Grammar of Ornament. It is absolutely STUFFED with ornamental borders and patterns from all over the world, from Greece to China, from Egypt to Renaissance Europe. All the plates are in full colour and it is an absolute dream for an artist like me. So much of a classic is it that it is still in print. Unfortunately, none are full size and many are greatly abridged. However, I have a good edition from ACBlack. While, as some have complained, some of the designs are rendered illegible by the handbook size of the edition at least it seems to be a full edition and so loosing a few of the 2,350 designs in the book is a bit like getting box of vintage Star Wars figurines at a Garage sale for twenty dollars and finding that Boba Fett has his head missing. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't detract from a brilliant book and I cannot recommentd it enough. If you are a designer and love historic ornament get this book :D !

DEVIATION OF THE WEEK #37!


Which goes to :iconganjamira: with her wonderful little necklaces! To her goes the llama and the feature :la: !Magical Flasks No. I by Ganjamira
X-Men Best of British - Contest Entry by TheStrategos
X-Men Best of British - Contest Entry
Hi there :wave: ! This is a piece I've done for the contest going on over at :iconessential-x-men: ! I went with a theme of best of British with two awesome British mutants - Psylocke and Pixie! I thought about doing a couple like my fave of Kitty and Peter but I decided that that was a little predictable and I hope this pairing is a bit more original. Hope you like it ;) !
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England Box by TheStrategos
England Box
Hello there! So this is a little box I made for myself. I had a box I didn't think was quite fit for sale so I personalised it for my own use as a little craft tool box. As a consequence, it doesn't have quite the finesse of my other boxes but I love it anyway :D ! The box's theme is England, as I'm English and quite proud to be so. The red cross on a white field is the cross of St. George, England's patron saint, and along the sides I painted roses, another symbol of England. I liked the idea of using roses as I thought that these were less bellicose than England's other symbol, the lion (or when in couchant position, heraldic lions are called leopards!) because it seemed less bellicose and more positive, unlike the ugly nationalism of small-minded bigots.

This box is not for sale. However, although not in my regular line of work, if you would like a box in this design I would be delighted to make one for you. Or, if you are in any other country, perhaps Scotland, and would like a (gently!) patriotic box of your own, I would love to adapt the design for your own homeland :) !
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Hello there and welcome to issue #5 of While the Paint Dries :wave: ! This week, I want to take a moment to talk writing Writing emoticon . More specifically, I want to address the age old planner v. pantser debate. Basically, it underpins one's entire approach to writing novels. Many authors, like J. K. Rowling, plan everything before pen touches paper. In her case she planned for seven years before starting Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and described the writing process as like carving a novel out from her notes. On the other hand, Steven King just goes with the flow, writing in the heat of the moment and editing hard afterwards. Up until now, I've been a pantser (the terms comes from the expression "flying by the seat of your pants!). I published two novels (removed, they sucked :yuck: ) on Amazon and wrote another in this fashion and it has its appeal. One finds out more about one's characters as one writes, allowing different aspects to come out all the time, and you can allow the plot to take fun and unexpected directions. However, for me, I've decided to become a planner. For me, I've decided that my plots are too free:iconnoeswooplz: . They go off at tangents with too many narrative viewpoints. They are wild and, because I have gone with the flow, often have awkward, unrealistic or dull passages in order to drag them towards a reasonable conclusion. Clever plotting is harder with this approach as one needs to sow the seed for twists early on, meaning that a complete rewrite of the first draft is probably necessary for a pantser style. Therefore, I've decided to work as a planner. This approach, though risking less free character development or instinctive plotting, does at least have the advantage that one know what one is doing from the off. This is not to say that one can not try new things while writing if the plot seems to demand it but that one has a master plan, a strong sketch upon which to paint your words Da Vinci Fella (Artists) . It also means that one will never be caught out. I've often, in the past, been caught on the hoof and been forced to come up with some motivation or bit of backstory as to why something should be or why someone would react in a certain way. Needless to say, this often needs later revision as proper care and attention has not been paid to the matter. By planning before writing, one has a great stock of information, some needed, some which will never be needed, which one can bring out, properly thought through, as and when required. So this is why I've decided that, for me, the planner approach is better. While the pantser style is free and exciting, promissing a very instinctive creativity, it can lead to over-complication, unbalanced structure and glib developements. It is a style which requires a LOT of rewriting and editing after the first draft. The planner style is a lot safer in this regard. While it can perhaps risk predictability and a slightly forced effect if characters want to go one way but the plan tells them to go in another, it tends to lead to tighter, better paced plots and well-worked through characters and, if writing fantasy, worlds Globe . So that's me but what about you? Do you favour a planning or pantsing approach?

This week, we have a part three to my blog as I have a book I'm just bursting to share with you but one which doesn't warrant a ful review due to it's nature. I attended a gallery exhibition recently, the subject of which was Victorian Gothic Revival. Apart from the wonder of the exhibition itself, I was also given a great book lead, for on display were some pages from a book written at the time by a designer called Own Jones. His books, The Grammar of Ornament, is a wonder to behold, a true magnum opus. Unlike purists lsuch as Augustus Pugin, Jones believed that the designs of the past could be used in a great variety of ways with each other as long as an artistic eye was brought to bear. He collected a vast collection of designs from all over the world and many of these ended up in the Grammar of Ornament. It is absolutely STUFFED with ornamental borders and patterns from all over the world, from Greece to China, from Egypt to Renaissance Europe. All the plates are in full colour and it is an absolute dream for an artist like me. So much of a classic is it that it is still in print. Unfortunately, none are full size and many are greatly abridged. However, I have a good edition from ACBlack. While, as some have complained, some of the designs are rendered illegible by the handbook size of the edition at least it seems to be a full edition and so loosing a few of the 2,350 designs in the book is a bit like getting box of vintage Star Wars figurines at a Garage sale for twenty dollars and finding that Boba Fett has his head missing. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't detract from a brilliant book and I cannot recommentd it enough. If you are a designer and love historic ornament get this book :D !

DEVIATION OF THE WEEK #37!


Which goes to :iconganjamira: with her wonderful little necklaces! To her goes the llama and the feature :la: !Magical Flasks No. I by Ganjamira

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William Axtell
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Hi! My name's William and I'm a passionate but friendly kinda guy - welcome to my homepage :) !

I am a mad keen history buff and I've tried to channel this love, especially my love of historical design, into crafts. I paint boxes, candleholders and other homewares with exciting, beautiful designs and put these for sale on Etsy.

Check Out My Etsy Stamp by kittykat01 www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Strategos… Check Out My Etsy Stamp by kittykat01

I'm also learning the fine art of watercolours, both plain and with ink in pen and wash designs. My artistic mojo leads me to fantasy/sci-fi and history.

For those interested is my day to day, WIPs and the cool stuff I find on the web, here are my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Wanelo accounts - I always follow back!

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CiceroVanStain Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the fav and Added to my devWatch! 
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TheStrategos Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :la: !
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Thanks for the fav :)
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You're welcome :la: !
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thank you for the fav :)
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You're welcome :la: !
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You're welcome :la: !
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