naamah_darling: The incisors and canines of the skull of a gray wolf. (Bones)
Well, I directly queried my source about Violet's teeth, but they don't know what caused the discoloration either; apparently she arrived thus. They do know that she was from Tanzania, but more than that they cannot say. They did appreciate the pictures, though, and are glad she's with someone who will care for her.

I suppose I will ask the vet about it, next time I take one of the cats in. I imagine taking a quick look at a hyena skull will provide a nice break in the monotony of the day. If it isn't some sort of side-effect of the preparation, it must be either an old trauma or some sort of infection. The teeth and bone are sound, though, as far as I can tell.

Regarding the dilemma over what to use as a topcoat for my painted bones, Don Simpson uses microcrystalline wax to protect his work, so I decided to investigate that possibility as a preservative. I got a small tin of Renaissance Wax and have experimentally applied it to part of the tiny fox skull I've been working on. It's a wonderful sealant against moisture, but won't protect the ink against scratches. It is, however, an otherwise wonderful topcoat. I can't even tell it's there, as its sheen matches that of the bone perfectly. I think that on my next project I will apply a very light coat of spray-on sealer to protect the paint, then apply the microcrystalline wax over that, see how that works.

I also plan on using it to protect those skulls I don't intend to paint; Thane and Violet at least.

Anyway, I have made some Violet wallpapers for my own use, and thought I would resize them and make them available for you to enjoy on your own desktop, if you feel so inclined. Comments and credit are appreciated, hotlinking is not. Enjoy!




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I would have done something more artistic with them, but you know, I really don't think they need a whole lot of dressing up. They're good pictures of a beautiful subject. I may make more at some point, featuring other skulls.

Second, a couple of links.

Several of you have sent me links to [livejournal.com profile] missmonstermel's steampunk animal skulls. So far, there is a wolf and a bear. I can't stop drooling over how cool they are. These are plaster reproductions; I would very much like to see what a high-quality resin replica would look like, done up like this . . . or a real skull.

Also, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] tlatoani, there is this gallery, which is just amazing. Biologist Kevin Richardson snorgles wild beasties, including lions, leopards, and hyenas. Adorable, but don't try it at home.

More later. Right now I have to kick the cat out of my lap, grab some food, and get ready to go see friends. Hope y'all had a good weekend!
naamah_darling: The incisors and canines of the skull of a gray wolf. (Bones)
Well, I directly queried my source about Violet's teeth, but they don't know what caused the discoloration either; apparently she arrived thus. They do know that she was from Tanzania, but more than that they cannot say. They did appreciate the pictures, though, and are glad she's with someone who will care for her.

I suppose I will ask the vet about it, next time I take one of the cats in. I imagine taking a quick look at a hyena skull will provide a nice break in the monotony of the day. If it isn't some sort of side-effect of the preparation, it must be either an old trauma or some sort of infection. The teeth and bone are sound, though, as far as I can tell.

Regarding the dilemma over what to use as a topcoat for my painted bones, Don Simpson uses microcrystalline wax to protect his work, so I decided to investigate that possibility as a preservative. I got a small tin of Renaissance Wax and have experimentally applied it to part of the tiny fox skull I've been working on. It's a wonderful sealant against moisture, but won't protect the ink against scratches. It is, however, an otherwise wonderful topcoat. I can't even tell it's there, as its sheen matches that of the bone perfectly. I think that on my next project I will apply a very light coat of spray-on sealer to protect the paint, then apply the microcrystalline wax over that, see how that works.

I also plan on using it to protect those skulls I don't intend to paint; Thane and Violet at least.

Anyway, I have made some Violet wallpapers for my own use, and thought I would resize them and make them available for you to enjoy on your own desktop, if you feel so inclined. Comments and credit are appreciated, hotlinking is not. Enjoy!




Download 800 x 600
Download 1024x768
Download 1440x900




Download 800 x 600
Download 1024x768
Download 1440x900


I would have done something more artistic with them, but you know, I really don't think they need a whole lot of dressing up. They're good pictures of a beautiful subject. I may make more at some point, featuring other skulls.

Second, a couple of links.

Several of you have sent me links to [livejournal.com profile] missmonstermel's steampunk animal skulls. So far, there is a wolf and a bear. I can't stop drooling over how cool they are. These are plaster reproductions; I would very much like to see what a high-quality resin replica would look like, done up like this . . . or a real skull.

Also, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] tlatoani, there is this gallery, which is just amazing. Biologist Kevin Richardson snorgles wild beasties, including lions, leopards, and hyenas. Adorable, but don't try it at home.

More later. Right now I have to kick the cat out of my lap, grab some food, and get ready to go see friends. Hope y'all had a good weekend!
naamah_darling: Sepia picture of Heath Ledger from A Knight's Tale with the words "I Miss You." (Heath Miss You)
It's sleeting out and black, black, black.

I counted today. I own eight movies and one TV series with Heath Ledger in. I have seen one more movie than I own, rounding it out to ten. The IMDB lists twenty-three projects in his filmography. Two of those are in production, and five were TV shows in which he might have appeared in only a single episode. Twenty-three. Twenty-three. That's it. And there will never be more.

My abortive attempt to watch A Knight's Tale this afternoon ended when I picked up the DVD. I got no further than thinking about my favorite line ("I don't know how to dance.") before I promptly put it back on the shelf. It's too soon. I'd figured it would have stopped bothering me by now, but it absolutely has not. It's only just settling in. I can look at pictures, but seeing him move . . . that would be hard. And I don't think I could bear to hear his voice. He had such a beautiful voice.

The one interview I watched on YouTube was too much. The host gave him a silly gift, and he burst into delighted laughter. I had to turn it off, because it was just too painful. Laughter is one of the most alive sounds you'll ever hear, and his even more than most. When something hit him right and he really cracked up, he sounded for all the world like . . . well, like a great big dork. It was a little kid's laugh made big. No pretensions whatsoever. Absolutely genuine. I live in Oklahoma, land of hicks. I hear a lot of bass-ackwards farmboy laughs, and believe me, that is what he sounded like: a colossal Aussie hick. And he had the big, farmboy smile to go with it.

"Charisma as natural as gravity" were Christopher Nolan's words.

At this point, the laudatory quotes from his colleagues have all blended together in my mind, along with broody song lyrics and fucking Rilke poetry, but someone out there remarked that Heath was the sort of actor you only got once every fifty years or so. I certainly hope that's true. On the one hand, I am afraid I won't ever find another actor whose work I connect with on that level. On the other, I am afraid that I will.

I would rather believe that he was a rare thing, so that I can feel less like a fool for missing him. It is just so monstrously unfair, and the longer I think about it, the more sick at heart I become.

Because not spending time with him somehow is dreadful and impossible, I spent today making two Knight's Tale wallpapers and a set of icons for each. I meant to make some for Casanova, too, since that movie gets no love, but this is as much as I could bear to do.

Comments are lovely. Credit would be swell. No hotlinking, please.



Below the cut, two wallpapers in your choice of sizes, and eight icons. )

I realize this is terribly self-indulgent, and that only a vanishingly small number of you were as attached as I was and so, of course, have limited interest.

But, well, pain is pain.
naamah_darling: Sepia picture of Heath Ledger from A Knight's Tale with the words "I Miss You." (Heath Miss You)
It's sleeting out and black, black, black.

I counted today. I own eight movies and one TV series with Heath Ledger in. I have seen one more movie than I own, rounding it out to ten. The IMDB lists twenty-three projects in his filmography. Two of those are in production, and five were TV shows in which he might have appeared in only a single episode. Twenty-three. Twenty-three. That's it. And there will never be more.

My abortive attempt to watch A Knight's Tale this afternoon ended when I picked up the DVD. I got no further than thinking about my favorite line ("I don't know how to dance.") before I promptly put it back on the shelf. It's too soon. I'd figured it would have stopped bothering me by now, but it absolutely has not. It's only just settling in. I can look at pictures, but seeing him move . . . that would be hard. And I don't think I could bear to hear his voice. He had such a beautiful voice.

The one interview I watched on YouTube was too much. The host gave him a silly gift, and he burst into delighted laughter. I had to turn it off, because it was just too painful. Laughter is one of the most alive sounds you'll ever hear, and his even more than most. When something hit him right and he really cracked up, he sounded for all the world like . . . well, like a great big dork. It was a little kid's laugh made big. No pretensions whatsoever. Absolutely genuine. I live in Oklahoma, land of hicks. I hear a lot of bass-ackwards farmboy laughs, and believe me, that is what he sounded like: a colossal Aussie hick. And he had the big, farmboy smile to go with it.

"Charisma as natural as gravity" were Christopher Nolan's words.

At this point, the laudatory quotes from his colleagues have all blended together in my mind, along with broody song lyrics and fucking Rilke poetry, but someone out there remarked that Heath was the sort of actor you only got once every fifty years or so. I certainly hope that's true. On the one hand, I am afraid I won't ever find another actor whose work I connect with on that level. On the other, I am afraid that I will.

I would rather believe that he was a rare thing, so that I can feel less like a fool for missing him. It is just so monstrously unfair, and the longer I think about it, the more sick at heart I become.

Because not spending time with him somehow is dreadful and impossible, I spent today making two Knight's Tale wallpapers and a set of icons for each. I meant to make some for Casanova, too, since that movie gets no love, but this is as much as I could bear to do.

Comments are lovely. Credit would be swell. No hotlinking, please.



Below the cut, two wallpapers in your choice of sizes, and eight icons. )

I realize this is terribly self-indulgent, and that only a vanishingly small number of you were as attached as I was and so, of course, have limited interest.

But, well, pain is pain.

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