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:bulletred: In style you see above I take portrait commissions now
:bulletred: 15eu per scan (if you let me upload it on dA, you can order a print from there, I’m okay with it!)
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For the Bold, Beautiful, Brave – by Blackwood

For the Brave, the Beautiful, and the Bold
By Blackwood

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The Brave, the Bold, the Beautiful

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2015, Thank You

So! Better late than never, they say. So let me be late and thank 2015 for the bad and the good. Well, just for the good, for talking about the bad would take forever, and would be a bit pointless, I think. If you don’t know, I’m struggling with manic depression. As a result there are times when I neither write, nor do anything, truly. But as I’m here today, willed into life by friends, I figured I’ll thank for the good stuff, for there was good stuff!

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First of all, my favorite last year crafts. In the pictures, currently, only the second row middle is sold, to a Boss out there, I hope you’re kicking ass wearing these! Anyways, let’s start from the start. I waited forever for a chance to order some bat spacers-pendants, and those cabochons. And when I received them, I found myself unsure what to do with the beauties. In the end, I painted a lovingly smiling skull that I called Beloved, for it might as well be a lover immortal. Get it? Also, it’s not related to Skulduggery Pleasant on purpose, at that moment I didn’t yet know of such a fantastic character. Next, top in second row is a bracelet called Alice Hearts, my tribute to Alice in Wonderland. Always wanted to make one of those. Then there’s Saints Row tribute, one of my all time favorite games. I just had to give it its due therefor. And the last is Midas Gold earrings, all set in gold colors. To be honest, when I was making them, I was wondering if Varric (Dragon Age) wouldn’t be willing to get a pair (matching his own chain) for Bianca. The rest can be found [here]

And don’t you get me wrong. This year I have made many beautiful things. I sold a lot of them too, and people gave me kind reviews for each one. It was one of the most artistically rich and muse smile filled years for me. May this year be no less in this department.2_paintings

Starting with arts, let’s continue to where I started in the first place. I painted a great ton this year. I learned a lot about painting too. And putting together this little collage taught me I draw extremely similar faces, so I guess I have plenty to improve yet.  Anyway, there’s my own characters there, there’s Grav3yardgirl, Floki from Vikings, a comic book version of me, and quite a few postcards. I learned I loved making those, for I work best when I see full picture at once. I also just now realized I didn’t enter Vikings as my top hit of 2015, so letting you know right now – wow, loved it, wow! The rest of the paintings are [here]3_bestmoments

There were a lot of small moments that got to me too, although for the lack of pictures, some couldn’t end up in here. In spring I saw a woodpecker peck wood. I saw a ton of squirrels playing about. In summer my friends took me out to watch Inside Out and gave me a haircut upgrade, a very nice bleached undercut. We played Cards Against Humanity and had a blast therefor. And while my bookshelves were broken apart: this year was the year we put on a metal brace on it, and now it holds! I got a ton of presents for birthday, so many postcards from all over the world, so many tea packets, sweets, and kind words, I never ever got this much before. One of the many top hits is that Moriarty tie you see in one of the pictures. Loved how the envelope said “man’s tie” and the postcard pointed out Tarquin Blackwood was a chic guy, so I should be too.

Then there’s those moments I couldn’t mention, forgot, or just had no pictures of. Like getting review requests from publishers (yes, that equals free books). Authors contacting me, just to talk, or even them leaving me a comment or two somewhere. I’ve received a phone just because, had a pleasure of trying a lot of different energy drinks, including Monster: The Doctor, which is currently my favorite Monster flavor. Then there were other wins, like Grav3yardGirl liking and reblogging my painting of hers [here], Mortisia reblogging some of my stuff, Katers17, now known as KateInRealLife replying me to actually all of my messages. I re-opened my personal art Facebook Page and became part of Crowley Emporium project for crafts and jewelry, made by me and two of my friends.

And best of all, I realized what a bunch of amazing friends I have. Some found me brooding over the darkest moments in my life and helped me back up. Others just got there for a word or two, or an exchange of music that they heard and “thought of me”. I guess in this department I’m just lucky like that. I’ve people who go an extra mile to help if they’re means to do so. I hope they know that I love them all. 4_books

Then, as this blog demands, there’s the book wins. I admit, this year was indeed unyielding in time and will to read, and yet never the less I have something to rejoice about. For one it’d be me finding myself a new series to read and love, which are Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landy. That skeleton mister just has the most perfect vibe about him. Got a lot of unusual, unique, and otherwise different reads this year too, those being Into the river by Ted Dawe, apparently a banned book following the story of this Maori boy in all-boys boarding school. Yakuza by Gabriel Loidolt, which I’d call “Irezumi” instead, a pretty damn nice book, very short, with very slight Murakami vibe to it. Very slight, mostly by the whole go-around. The Radleys by Matt Haig was a serious surprise. So simple, so mundane, and yet not at all, because every seen-a-hundred-times thing that family did was done by vampires, for they’re all vampires! And, of course, my own pick for the book club, Neuromancer by WIlliam Gibson. I wanted to read that one for so long! This blog of mine is mainly meant for horror, suspense, fantasy, and books alike, while I do realize I don’t follow the pattern. That is why I have made the Nosferatu Shelf category, to have those books put in a list. But this year I hope to fill it in a little more with Cyberpunk too. After all, we do await Cyberpunk 2077, don’t we?5_games

Speaking of games, here’s my nine hits. They’re not the releases of 2015 per se, but something I discovered, got to the end of, and loved last year. First was definitely Bastion. It somehow reminded me I like games, and that I should actually finish them now and then, and not just spend hundreds of hours doing anything but main quests, as so many games these days allow you to. While not the second one, still, Transistor, being a creation of same developers, is a beauty to behold. Mind you, not for the weak of mind. It’s heart-breaking at more than one point.

Saints Row was in my inventory forever, and so one day I got around to playing it, on co-op non the less. Can’t play first one, second one gives me motion sickness, so I started at the third one and merely read the wiki’s for the first two. Must say, there’s rare a game that makes me so happy inside as these games do. Definitely my favorite co-op of all times, and probably my favorite gangster games too.

Eye Divine Cybermancy fits the theme of me seeking out Cyberpunk stuff. My friend wanted a first person shooter we could play together and have fun doing so (some fps co-ops are lame, just that). She spoke of Cybermancy and I just thought I’ll go see how much is it on Steam, since it was Summer Sale and there it was, for 2.49eur. We took it and we had  a blast.

Shipwrecked is in a sense merely a DLC for Don’t Starve, but there it is. I got it, I loved it, can’t wait for it to become part of Don’t Starve Together. By the way, one of the highlights was getting that game free for myself and my friend, since they took me into the beta testing group!

Payday 2 was a nice surprise, I’m still playing it and loving it. Satisfies a whole different need of bold nihilistic sense of freedom and courage (not bravado). Wicked jokes, fun characters, and caring Developers just make my dark little heart happy.

Dragon Age Inquisition… Ah well, I don’t even have DLC’s yet, got it for my b-day in 2014, still playing, still loving, still happy to see Dorian throw a fit over lack of books in my library…

The Wolf Among Us was a discovery of the year, I believe. I really disliked the graphics from what I saw when my friends played it. But then I watched Drive with Ryan Gosling and that vibe got me. Now I can say it’s an amazing game and I am extremely sad there’s no more of it. I guess I’ll just have to indulge in the comics…

And, of course The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Unlike some, I’ve no disappointments to express over the length of it. Unlike many, I didn’t grind, because I explored and leveled up naturally doing so, by sheer need to beat off a Leshen off a chest I wanted. The only disappointment I did get was the shortness of the Hearts of Stone. Truth is, CDPR gave such ‘expansion packs’ free back in the day, audio and all, free for all with a registered game. The quality and length seemed quite alike to me, so I’m glad I got it free as a gift, for I’d be a lot more disappointed if I paid 10 bux for it! Other than that – yes, it’s very good!

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And the last are the things I watched. First of all, let me just mention Vikings. Loved it so very much, it was a far better season than the previous one, and the music is just mad good. Truly a blasphemy that I forgot to include it here. And I guess I can also add I loved American Horror Story: Hotel a lot too, although I haven’t finished it yet!

Let’s start with the movies now then. First is the Legend, a story of brother Krays. Strange in so many senses it was a perfect little fun-drama-bang piece after such disappointment as Black Mass was. I’m a bit sad I’ve no books on these guys, but I’ll have to fix that I guess! Any publishing houses who want to provide me with those?

I somehow rediscovered Dracula (1931) [here], and crafted my four favorite pairs of black and white gothic earrings. For once I appreciated how beautiful this movie is, and what a wonderful actor Bela Lugosi was.

Mr Holmes was a happy little piece for me too. I’m a great fan of Sherlock, and Sir Ian just fills in those shoes so well! It’s just great, go watch it.

Drive and Gangster Squad were on my Ryan Gosling marathon that I required to have all of a sudden. Now I can say I really enjoy that actor and the often superbly weird things he stars in. Gangster Squad is full of those good goofy, naughty, and otherwise good jokes you might also find in Saints Row. And Drive is just an amazing original movie. Never have I watched anything like this, but I do hope to watch something like this again, someday. When first 5 minutes you spend staring at a character who doesn’t even say a word (not a mute tho), and your face is glued to a screen in suspense…

I watched quite a few series too. Orange is the new Black got me by a mention in Supernatural. Was the last drop, more or less. It’s good in it’s own way, really. Mad men was more or less an old recommendation. Was mentioned in Orange is the new Black, so of course it was a natural chain… Banzai was a Lithuanian show, six episodes total, of these two Lithuanian men, educated people with sense of humor, traveling. This year they went for Japan. One of them, being tall and big man, had the funniest troubles concerning shoes! And the one zombie show I liked: In The Flesh. I liked the different approach to it, to zombies. I liked the Englishness of it all. I loved the strange-fam thing of “let’s pretend there’s nothing wrong”, and misleading prophecies everywhere. And I loved how protagonist was gay and no one bat an eye at it.

So all in all, as you see, I had a rich year spiritually, if I may say so. And I do believe many things I didn’t mention here for I merely forgot about it all, having so much. Those big and small things don’t let me say it was a bad year. No, it wasn’t. It just wasn’t good either. But that’s not a bad thing.

Stay happy and survive. 

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The Saints Row : Jewelry

Saints_Row_IV_promo_image_-_crossing_the_delawareI’m an addict, I admit. I replayed the third game twice, and started a third row around with a different friend. I didn’t play the second one, because I have extreme motion sickness and that game is uncontrollable in the worst sense, but I watched it played on YouTube. I have finished the fourth game once, and began a second round around with the same friend, she’s very patient with me. I don’t yet have other games, but if luck’ll be on my side – there’ll be some good Steam Sales eventually.

The game is definitely a masterpiece of satire, irony, sarcasm, and a few other things I can’t even spell. It mocks many pop-culture things, some – obviously, others – via references that only some will notice. And it just makes me feel so happy inside. The boss? The boss you control is a damn leader. You’re never too small for him to come to your rescue personally. He’s not above getting lip from you. And absolutely up for any mad adventure. And I say “he” because I play a male character as a preference, but you can choose your gender, your race, your built, your character even. You can be a chubby cracker, or a lady with literal balls, and it’s GREAT.

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My addictions often seep into Outernet or Afterlife too. I had a Dandy brooch from AC: Black Flag multiplayer character that I made for myself, and thus Fleur De Lis is not a strange symbol to me (I have a conspiracy theory that Boss of Saints is a descendant from that particular Dandy man), so now I’m indulging in the purple shades my good friend Medeia has once sent me, trying to make a more… Manly shade, like Purple for a brooch background. But until then I do simpler things. Like earrings. And dream of deep purple shirt. Hey, that’d fit Joker too. And yes, if you wonder, I did indeed steal a Temptress and painted it purplish pink in Joker’s colors.

Both pairs are available to buy unless I update this and state otherwise. If you can’t find them on either of my sites: please contact me directly via email jrv.soukyan@gmail.com [Etsy] [Ebay] [CrowleyEmporium] [Tumblr]

P.S. [My Own Home?] is one place to help me out a little. Another is the [donation button] in my profile. And third one is sharing. Trust me, it’s definitely help enough.There’s of course the fourth one, my very favorite: you buying things I have made things are here: [CrowleyEmporium] ; [Ebay] ; [Etsy] – everything’s available unless stated otherwise on Crowley Emporium, it has FULL gallery of things available, unlike Ebay or Etsy

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I like that you like

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Some know, some maybe don’t, but I have my little Etsy shop (link on the left), and that Etsy shop has a Facebook page too (where I work with two of my friends, together). And while I make most my sales directly through tumblr, directly with people, it’s always super-nice when a sale happens on Etsy instead. Especially when after receiving a pair they write you they liked it.

I’m an anxious person. I have mini panic attacks every time someone orders a piece from me. I turn the item in my hands a hundred times over, to see if nothing broke, if nothing peeled, chipped. And these particular earrings had made me extra anxious. The beads are hand-made, glass, uneven. Therefor I couldn’t place the caps OR the wire evenly either. It’s just not in my skill range to file-off the beads into roundness appropriate. And then there’s the chain, one bent over a little more than the other and I just couldn’t get it to straighten out.

Thus I am extremely grateful to You, for buying them, for liking them and for writing me that. You’re the best. You’ve made my day. I hope you will all the lotteries now.

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Many a thing

Many things have happened so far, so many, in fact, that I don’t even know where to begin. For instance, my pregnant sister has returned from UK. Currently she’s 33 weeks. And every aunt and uncle turns to me: when will I give my due? One wishes to flip them all off sometimes. But then I realize it’s much, much easier to swim by, smiling like a moron, imagining the books I’ll read and the games I’ll play when I swim away at last.
I received even more gifts from Bulgaria. It seems that country has all the most generous people in a collective. I received two green candles that smell like spruce forest. I use candles for work, to blacken the wire, heat up the enamel, etc. So this is a practical gift as much as it is beautiful. Also a vial of rose essence in a wooden case. I can’t tell you enough how Lithuanian this little casing looks like. I guess we’re not that far apart, in the end, even our flags are alike, aren’t they? And the best thing: a huge pile of Fimo clay. I used up a lot and still have a pile of unopened ones laying on a shelf, away from sunlight and temperature changes.
Post_2  Then, later on, something unbelievable happened. One day I sat there and remembered that when I was little, I had this blue etched ring. I got it, most likely, from a bubble-gum, once in my childhood sold with little cheap rings with it, in these boxes in market, with heavy-built women praising your choice of gum and ring that comes with it, without even looking at what you actually chose. I also had one with a little pearl bead on it, but that one’s also lost. As is that beautiful green-eyed ring… Can you tell I like rings? Anyways, I really wanted a blue ring. But couldn’t find any, nothing seemed even similar to what I had, besides those few gold rings I didn’t fancy much, since I wanted a blue one. And then, one day at last I receive my package of beads. Friend, a month or two ago, ordered a whole bunch of all sorts of beads, in exchange that I make her a few pairs of earrings out of them, and then get to keep all the rest. So I take one package out, another, five in total and there, at the bottom of it, there’s this weird small zip-lock bag. I pick it up and what do you know? It’s a blue ring with etched “Predestined Love You” on it, the same cheap kind I had as a child. Friend agreed I can keep it, since she didn’t order it, and the ring is obviously a “business card” made clever. But I don’t care that it’s a business-card, I love it!
Since then I have made a huge handful of earrings. You can find some in Etsy and all of them on Facebook. Some I didn’t yet put up for sale, since I don’t know which ones my friend will pick out and just how many different pairs I’ll be able to make afterwards, since I’m running out of wire nails. When I resupply myself, I’ll make more, but then there’s another reason why I didn’t put up all of them on sale: I might come up with more ideas, not just earring ideas, that is, so I wish to keep a little extra of those beautiful black mat glass beads.
Post_1  Currently I am at the start of my little project of cheap books. Once I wrote this little article of prices of books in Lithuania and why e-books aren’t popular choice here. One argument there were cheap paper books: you CAN, absolutely, get cheap books, but they won’t be your pop-literature, which, let’s face it, we all want and it’s not always a bad thing either, since such little gems as “the fault in our stars” is also popular literature, and a bestseller (and so is your Song of Fire and Ice, there’s nothing bad in word “pop” or “popular”, it’s only as bad as we believe it is, so let’s not believe it is bad).  I bought many books on sales, new books, since many a person doesn’t like old books either. You’d say they’re crazy and miss out on a lot? Well, I’ll then ask you in return, if we’ll assume that you have a way to read e-books, do you? Because if you don’t, I will tell you the same – you’re crazy, you don’t know how much you miss out! Since I have four digits of books legally obtained on Amazon for a complete and utter zero for a price – some of them actually books from pop-section too! – you have no excuses. But anyways, so, cheap books. Non cost me more than two three euros for certain, and my goal is to find gems among them. It won’t prove anything – books cost terrible money, and not just in Lithuania, but in most countries! And I did a lot of research on it, I don’t see exactly why they couldn’t be cheaper when they’re sold only via digital media, say, a digital store that sends you a physical copy, the way BookDepository does. Yes, I did include binding, printing, minimums, average and maximums of payments to authors, workers, etc. so trust me when I say, they should be at least a little bit cheaper. I’m not claiming half a price, no, but a little cheaper would make everyone happy on the readers end, especially when you can get a digital copy for a buck or two if you know where to look. So yeah. I just want to find some super-cheap gems.
IMG_4155    So far I actually found one, yes. It’d be Gabriel Loidolt book “Yakuza”. Loved it, truly. Simple, short, marvelous.
And that’ll be that for now. I should learn to write these more often, so that what I write is not a mess I did just now…
Oh, and this is what I watched Solar Eclipse via.

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