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Some wonderful surreal images by Caras Ionut - click the image for more, which are well worth seeing. Thanks, saboma!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

My American family is into computer games and music (among other things). They always have something good to show me when I visit, like this...

A scene from the standard Skyrim game (click the image to read a major Wikipedia article, and there's a good review here)

As I understand it, Skyrim has an open architecture, and a whole community (the Skyrim Nexus) is involved in extending and enhancing it - this is an example from Skyrim Visuals and Graphics enhancements, an image that I found here (click the image above for a full-size version)

And then there is the music from Skyrim...

The Mexican singer Malukah (real name Judith de los Santos) has a beautiful voice, and she has made some very popular cover versions of songs from Skyrim (among others) - this one is The Dragonborn Comes (and a video of a Skyrim trailer with the same track wil be found here)

...and here is Malukah singing another Skyrim song, one of my favourites, Tale of the Tongues

You can download many of Malukah's songs as MP3s, including these, free from her web site.

"Boltenharrers laboratory"

"Flying Rigmor"

"Rogerson and the Diving Bell"

A small sample of the wonderful work by Swedish illustrator Alexander Jansson

I found this artist on the pages of my friend Borderline, who has recently updated her really useful Categorian help information - don't miss it!

"Earth Colossus", wonderful fantasy art by the illustrator Chase Stone

"Grandma", wonderful fantasy art by the illustrator Chase Stone

(Full size view recommended)

"Sweet Halloween Dreams", a.k.a. "Why a child NEEDS to sleep with a teddy-bear", a wonderful fantasy by begemott

Found on MadMadamMim (Dunja)'s fine pages (and also sent to me by several friends, who obviously know my sense of humour!)

If you like this...

["The Exchange of Flowers", by the same artist]

"Chromatella", an oil painting by the illustrator and concept artist Sergio Lopez, whose other work is well worth exploring

(This particular image will be found in his "Painted Roses" portfolio, which you can find if you click the above picture and then select page 2 near the bottom left...there's no direct link!)

"Meeting Place" by the Indonesian artist Tessar Lo, now living in Canada (and see more of him here)

One of many great things to be found on holyfingers (Nick)'s fine pages. Nick posts relatively infrequently (he goes for quality not quantity), but has great art on his site - don't miss it!

I am pleased to say that Nick has moved to Tumblr, and can be found here.

"Moonstruck" (my free translation) by the Spanish photographer Luis Beltran, whose other work is well worth checking out

Is that a Categorian that I see in the distance?

(found on the very fine SU pages of Stargazer902, whom I reviewed here - she is on Categorian now!)

A very nice coloured version of his drawing by begemott

(who also produced the amazingly popular Sweet Halloween Dreams, or why a child needs to sleep with a teddy bear)

"Portrait of Chelsea"


Esao Andrews is a multi-talented artist who works exclusively in oil on wood panels. His work is sometimes comic, often surreal and dark. Not everything he does is to my taste, but I liked these in particular.

Thanks, expressioniste (Aline)!

A fun image by the German artist Jeremiah Morelli, whose other work is well worth checking out

Dunja, who hails from Serbia, has a really interesting, intelligent and fun blog, with a life-loving spirit about it that is all too rare. A visit to her fine pages is highly recommended, especially if you like books, music and fantasy art - but there is much else there to discover.

I am pleased to say that Dunja is now here on Categorian!

Yente has (among other things) some great art and music on her beautiful and thoughtful pages. A long visit is highly recommended!

I really liked these:

"Bird" by the Polish artist Leszek Andrzej Kostuj

"Birdie" by the Brazilian artist Caroline J. (~aeryael)

The "gentle surrealism" of the Spanish artist Chelin Sanjuan Piquero

Edited from various sources:

Chelin Sanjuan Piquero was born on May 1, 1967 in Zaragoza, Spain. Her parents moved to Chile where she lived for five years before moving to Venezuela. In 1987 she returned to Spain to enter the College of Fine Arts in Barcelona. In 1992, Sanjuan Chelin opened an art studio in her native city, where she teaches drawing and painting in "Studio Canfran" and does Jewelry Sketches workshops, for the students of the "Escuela de Joyeria Bazan".

She currently lives in Valencia, Spain.

"Mezzo Goddess", from Art Nouveau Carnival by Emily Balivet

Gratefully snaffled from the always-delightful pages of Njoistumblin (click her name in the tags at the top of this post for more snaffles from her).

"The White Rabbit"

"The March Hare"

Characters created by Michael Kutsche for Tim Burton's movie "Alice in Wonderland"

From Michael's home page:

"Michael Kutsche is an award-winning German artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is a self taught artist who works both in traditional and digital media. His work is best described as an astoundingly lifelike depiction of parallel realities, populated by odd characters reminiscent of movies, comics but also Flemish Renaissance Painting.

"His unique approach of imaginative character creation has led him to become a character designer on Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" in 2008, "John Carter of Mars", directed by Andrew Stanton and "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh..."

If you like this...

[My movies page]

Two delights in one here: a beautiful song by Enya, "China Roses", and an equally beautiful video to go with it by the Spanish environmental and peace activist angelsolcito (a lady well worth visiting)

Thanks to Pasatter for this one (I found it on her StumbleUpon pages, but she has now moved to Tumblr where she is Irish Fantasy).

Spray and acrylic painting by the French street artist Liliwenn, the title of which comes from the first line of this poem:

Give yourself a treat and click on the text above, which will take you a page where you can listen to this poem being read in the beautiful French language.

If you like this, you might like...

[Samba Saravah, from "Un Homme Et Une Femme"]

"LeS LiOnNeS eN cAgE" by the French street artist Liliwenn, on the wall of the Leake Street Tunnel in London,
famous as a semi-official graffiti showcase

[The artist at work in Paris]
["Escape" - more delightful street art by Zach Blume]

"Bygone Summers" by the English surreal artist Josephine Wall, who describes this on her web site:

"On a warm midsummer day, the young girl enjoys the sun on her face, while her shady hat is filled with the essence of summer times. The straw becomes a cornfield abounding with wild flowers and butterflies, and little scenes of idyllic rural life."

From "Soul Searching Winter", a collection of 11 paintings and a video by Nate Frizzell

I found these among many other delights on Betty's fine pages. If you haven't visited her yet, please do!

(When I find out where she has moved to, I'll update this!)

"Autumn in JongMyo (Mausoleum of the Fall)", beautiful digital art by 97bzo (Eun Hee Choi)

You will find this here in the Gallery, in the section "Personal works of 97bzo", 4th row of thumbnails...

More about Eun Hee Choi here

This is from the stunningly beautiful and interesting pages of ensemble5 (her old pages on SU, but she's here on Categorian now!)

If you like this...

["Healing", an absolutely beautiful work of digital art by Eun Hee Choi's husband Hyung Jun Kim]

Cynthia Decker Digital Art 3D



Cynthia Decker writes:

"...The images in this gallery are not photographs, nor did they begin as photographs. They are 2-dimensional still images that have been rendered from 3-dimensional digital environments that I created. The places and ideas depicted in my gallery exist only in my imagination, and hopefully now, in yours as well.

"The art of 3D rendering incorporates various traditional artistic techniques, but relies on pixels instead of paint, a computer mouse instead of a brush, and digital geometry instead of clay..."

Read the full description...

Thanks to ensemble5 for introducing me to this artist.

[More from Cynthia Decker]

One of many beautiful works by the Japanese artist Jun Kumaori (KMR) - thanks to Tortrix for this one!

"The sun" by `greenfeed, who also does some excellent fantasy art and photomanipulation work

"Goddess of Water" by Ronnie Biccard, an artist whose work is well worth exploring

"Water is the element of purification, the subconscious mind. It is love and emotions. Water is the element of absorption and production. It saturates all life forms and within us we flow with the "tide" of our feelings. It involves intuition, insight, conception and pregnancy, fertility, the womb, health, beauty and divination."

From the delightful pages of my friend Fairydost (Banu), where many other beautiful things are to be found.

I am delighted to say that Banu is now Bumblebee here on Categorian (but sadly, from my point of view, her blog is private).

"The Night of Quijote" by Mariano Villalba

Stargazer902's SU pages are a true delight to visit. They are full of fine music, art, poetry, science and much else besides, beautifully presented. What is harder to describe (you need to go there) is the beautiful spirit behind it all.

PS She's here on Categorian now!

"Black Moor" by =PinkParasol

Tortrix (Cat)'s SU blog has many beautiful, interesting, dark, strange and other things on her pages - one selection is not nearly enough to do her justice. On October 24th 2011 they will all disappear - luckily she has moved here and her new Pinterest home is no disappointment!

"In Search of Home", mixed media on wood by Darrah Danielle

I found this on Inga's StumbleUpn pages - I'm glad to see that Inga has moved here! Inga has a lively interest in poetry, word craft, science, arts, beauty, food, music and much else besides. You will also discover (if you haven't already) an intellectual stumbler with a truly beautiful spirit.

"Imagination" by syncaidia, a great image of childhood and the joys of reading

Thanks to my friend Alison for tracking down the artist for me!

If you like this...

[My books page]

"Winter wish" by InertiaK

Yet another item gratefully snaffled from the beautiful pages of my friend chaotiqual

"Brainstorm" by Thomas Dodd

"Atlanta based photographer/Digital artist Thomas Dodd has been called everything from a Pre-Raphaelite with a camera to a modern day Rembrandt or Giuseppe Arcimboldo . His lavishly-textured creations have an ancient Old Masters look about them and yet are created in modern mediums such as Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop..."

Snaffled gratefully from the very nice pages of DaysEye (whose new home I will hopefully find after October 24th).

If you like this...

[J.W. Waterhouse, the Modern Pre-Raphaelite]

"Sunny Day" by Vladimir Kush

Found on Dak2cool's StumbleUpon pages, which are a real delight (until October 24th 2011) - Anne has a large variety of beautiful and interesting stuff there. I hope that she makes it over to Categorian!

Magnolia Moonrise by Phil Lewis

As you drive west from Boulder into the canyon, there are two turnoffs about halfway up. To the north is Sugarloaf Rd., where I lived for the past two years, and to the south is Magnolia Rd. Us Sugarloafians used to jokingly refer to Magnolia as "The Dark Side". The road is steeper, the turns are sharper, the cliffs are more vertical, and the ice in the winter is beyond treacherous. Overall, Magnolia is just burly, but always worth the voyage when you reached the top. Just as the road levels off, some friends of mine had a house overlooking the Twin Sisters and Forsythe Mountain. They used to host mini festivals with bands, beer, and all-around good times for all. I can remember several nights watching the moon rise from the east with the gentle glow of Boulder far below... always a soothing sight.

Phil Lewis also writes:

"Throughout my life I have felt a special connection with nature, and being outdoors inspires me to create. The amazing scenery in Colorado has certainly fueled this inspiration, and the surrounding landscapes appear frequently in my work. In addition to drawing the things I see around me, I also like to draw the things I come up with on my own. To imagine is the most fun.

"Lately I have been developing a style of artwork that combines pen drawings and digital design. I have always appreciated the raw nature of pens on paper, but I am also intrigued with the endless possibilities that the digital canvas provides. By combining the two I feel it is possible to create images that feel both organic, and state-of-the-art at the same time."

"Queen for a Day" by the Estonian artist Kadri Umbleja

Gratefully swiped from the lovely pages of chaotiqual

If you like this...

["Elixir" by Melanie Delon]
["Healing" by Hyung Jun Kim]

I love this wonderful fantasy by the Turkish artist Yusuf Artun.

When I saw it I was strongly reminded of a production of Rimsky Korsakov's little-known opera Chrismas Eve that I once saw in London. It had a wonderful Russian fairy-tale atmosphere to it. The proscenium arching over the stage had old houses set at odd angles - almost like a rainbow of houses - their windows glowing with light or opening to show villagers leaning out to watch the proceedings below.

Many children came to watch it, and for them it must have been a truly magical experience, the kind that stays with you for your whole life, especially as the cast (in full costume and character) mingled with the audience before and after the show and in the intervals, particularly to meet the children.

Even for an adult it had a very magical quality. I keep hoping that one day it will reappear somewhere that I can see it again.

"Twilight" by Jimmy Lawlor, beautifully capturing the magic of childhood

If you like this...

[Tatik - images of childhood]

"Bonded", one of many beautiful works by the digital/fantasy artist Ivy Izzard

Found at RedBubble, one of my favourite sites

"Umbrella Sky" by the Polish digital artist Marta Dahlig (`blackeri)

I notice that in the previous copies that I have seen circulated, her signature has been edited out, presumably by someone with no respect for the hard work and talent that it takes to produce a picture like this. I am very pleased to have found the original version.

An unusually beautiful example of this kind of fantasy art. The artist isn't credited on the site where this was originally found - but I have finally tracked her down, she is the French digital artist Melanie Delon, and this picture is titled "Elixir".

According to Melanie, it takes her about two weeks to create a painting like this. For more information, do visit her site.

Very beautiful children's book illustrations by Jean-Baptiste Monge.
(Click here for English language translation of his site.)

"Healing (2006)"

An absolutely beautiful work of digital art, one of many by the Korean artist Hyung Jun Kim. Thanks to my friend cloud-weaver (Marina) for leading me to this one.

The old sun sighs and slips away
And night creeps over the everyday
And sleepy children climb the stairs
Cuddling toys and teddy bears
The endless boxes grown-ups made
For packing people neat and tight
Melt into twinkling rivulets of light
And gulfs of soft, mysterious shade

Then small bold spirits rise and fly
In the evening air of a different sky

(One of the few poems that I ever wrote, a long, long, long time ago)


Untitled (from "Kids")

Two wonderful photos from Indonesia by Rarindra Prakarsa.