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Swallowtail Butterfly Corset Design by Guardian-Beast Swallowtail Butterfly Corset Design :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 261 14 Godzilla - King of the Monsters by Guardian-Beast Godzilla - King of the Monsters :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 489 36 RARRR!! A game of World Conquering Giant Monsters by Guardian-Beast RARRR!! A game of World Conquering Giant Monsters :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 52 2 Desert Wanderer by Guardian-Beast Desert Wanderer :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 18 2 I'm running an IRL art class! by Guardian-Beast I'm running an IRL art class! :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 2 0 Mayday!Mayday! - My first job! by Guardian-Beast Mayday!Mayday! - My first job! :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 7 1 Minotaur's Dream - Painted Version by Guardian-Beast Minotaur's Dream - Painted Version :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 257 12 The First Full Moon for a Strange, Small Pack Gray by Guardian-Beast The First Full Moon for a Strange, Small Pack Gray :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 52 2 The First Full Moon for a Strange, Small Pack by Guardian-Beast The First Full Moon for a Strange, Small Pack :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 322 24 Dave Wolfox for Wolfan-foxD by Guardian-Beast by Guardian-Beast Dave Wolfox for Wolfan-foxD by Guardian-Beast :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 187 20 Godzilla! by Guardian-Beast Godzilla! :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 199 17 Mother Rabbit by Guardian-Beast Mother Rabbit :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 76 6 A Fleeting Moment of Guidance ~ Calendar of Tales by Guardian-Beast A Fleeting Moment of Guidance ~ Calendar of Tales :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 15 0 Valmund - A Strange Little Dovahkiin by Guardian-Beast Valmund - A Strange Little Dovahkiin :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 97 9 Rurouni Kenshin ~ The Sakura Blossom Swordsman by Guardian-Beast Rurouni Kenshin ~ The Sakura Blossom Swordsman :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 38 2 Element of Loyalty ~ Rainbow Dash by Guardian-Beast Element of Loyalty ~ Rainbow Dash :iconguardian-beast:Guardian-Beast 168 7


Gungrave Cosplay by MEG-Cosplay Gungrave Cosplay :iconmeg-cosplay:MEG-Cosplay 4 0 Gungrave Cosplay by MEG-Cosplay Gungrave Cosplay :iconmeg-cosplay:MEG-Cosplay 6 0 Black Anthrolion fursuit by OmegaLioness Black Anthrolion fursuit :iconomegalioness:OmegaLioness 691 87 Winter coat pattern by Sindeon Winter coat pattern :iconsindeon:Sindeon 766 76 snake 2_2 by manganic snake 2_2 :iconmanganic:manganic 24 6 Cuttlefish by FamiliarOddlings Cuttlefish :iconfamiliaroddlings:FamiliarOddlings 274 98 Mini Nautilus by FamiliarOddlings Mini Nautilus :iconfamiliaroddlings:FamiliarOddlings 237 23 Aquarelia by FamiliarOddlings Aquarelia :iconfamiliaroddlings:FamiliarOddlings 238 52 Laika by sodacrush Laika :iconsodacrush:sodacrush 358 40 The Jeweller's Guide to Twisting Wire by SRTolton The Jeweller's Guide to Twisting Wire :iconsrtolton:SRTolton 1,458 96 Cahan- wire wrapped pendant by mea00 Cahan- wire wrapped pendant :iconmea00:mea00 118 2 Wire Jewelry Making - Basic Weaving Techniques by Gailavira Wire Jewelry Making - Basic Weaving Techniques :icongailavira:Gailavira 265 22 Wire Wrapped Cabochon Locket Tutorial by AMyriadVice Wire Wrapped Cabochon Locket Tutorial :iconamyriadvice:AMyriadVice 1,286 325 The Jeweller's Guide to Baisic Wire Wrapping by SRTolton The Jeweller's Guide to Baisic Wire Wrapping :iconsrtolton:SRTolton 531 37 Idrith Wire Wrapped Pendant Progress by sodacrush Idrith Wire Wrapped Pendant Progress :iconsodacrush:sodacrush 544 77 wirewrapped pendant tutorial by bodaszilvia wirewrapped pendant tutorial :iconbodaszilvia:bodaszilvia 1,022 222


My Minotaur T-Shirt is available for purchase!  Click Here to order.  It's currently on sale for 45% off Yay!

Also, I now have an Etsy store: Curious Creature Designs
I currently have my store stocked with jewelry and hand-made foam-rubber cat ears.  I've also made molds for Dragon Fin ears, a number of different types of barrette/elastic band mounted horns, and a pair of bat wings with over a 3 foot wingspan.  

I've also figured out the basics on how to run a livestream.  If there is interest, I will set up a drawing livestream once a week.  

Sorry that I've been so quiet.  I'm still having trouble with keeping my mind in order.  I keep having very bad panic attacks with no good reason and dropping into deep depression without provocation, that I cannot work myself out of, and just have to wait for the depressed state to pass.  I think the stress from being sick for years is finally having some detrimental effects on my brain chemistry.  I'm probably going to have to see a psychiatrist about this, because I can't just 'think' myself out of these attacks, and end up withdrawn and useless during them >.<  It's really really really frustrating.  This has made it nearly impossible for me to talk to anyone, or even react to positive feedback.  It was really hard for me to get myself to reach out and post this at all!

Brain chemestry is a weird thing.  I know my family carries a gene for a bad serotonin receptor.  Serotonin is the hormone that signals the brain to feel happy.  Having a bad gene for the serotonin receptor means some of one's receptors don't work right, and it makes it hard for serotonin to send that happy signal, so when something good or happy occurs, you don't feel as happy or relaxed as someone with two normal copies of the receptor gene.  Environmental factors, like high stress, can aggrivate problems by making it more difficult to produce serotonin, causing clinical depression.  This is why some types of clinical depression run in families.  It's really frustrating that mental diseases aren't treated like other physical diseases in my area of the USA.  Insurance companies serving individuals do not cover mental illness, even though most forms of mental illness are actually a physical problem, no different than heart disease.  

On a happier note,

How I Learned How to Draw

firedrive24 Recently asked me about how I learned to draw.  I figured that others out there may want to know about this too, so I'll write it up here.  

My first real lesson in drawing came in a short tutorial on pencil sketching I found in a gaming magazine when I was 10.  It was written by a Magic tcg card artist and was a step-by-step guide on how he sketched a monster portrait.  Back in the days before an image-friendly internet, I collected loads of books about drawing.  I started up a regimen of drawing frequently and picked up the habit of always carrying a sketchbook.

Once I managed the basics of drawing, I started to study photographs, first copying them, then using them as inspiration for original pieces.  I would also frequently study the artwork of people whom I admired and try to figure out what it was I liked, looking at how they handled face or body proportions, how they depict movement, etc.  Study and copying things one likes has been the best way to learn how to draw throughout history.  One can find sketches of Greek and Roman sculpture in the sketchbooks of many Renaissance artists.  The key is to take what you have learned from others and mix and modify your style into something you are happy with, which will be something unique to you.  

The artists from whom I took the most inspiration from as I was learning to draw were:
  • Wayne Barlowe - A science fiction and fantasy artist who puts serious scientific thought into making fantastical creatures that were physically possible. He's probably best known for the book Expedition, a scientific guide to the bizarre life on a very alien world, and for his recent work as the creature designer for the Hellboy film franchise and James Cameron's Avatar.  His influence lead me to carefully work out the behavior and ecology behind any creature I design.
  • Nobuteru Yūki - An illustrator, animator, and character designer with a very interesting mix of realism and large eye stylization and his work with really unique human/animal hybrid and mythological creature designs.  I was fascinated by his use of fully detailed noses with large, expressive eyes. He's probably best known for his design work for the original Record of Lodoss War o.v.a., the Battle Angel Alita (Japanese title is Gunm) o.v.a., The Vision of Escaflowne (though the ridiculously long noses were something he pitched as a joke in response to being told that he needed his characters to look more delicate; unfortunately the producer liked those designs), and Chrono Cross.  He's probably the reason why I love giving my characters such ridiculously thick eyelashes.
  • Michelangelo - The renaissance artist responsible for many notable works, like the Statue of David and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  His beautiful balance of proportions and fluid grace of his subjects have always absolutely taken my breath away.  He also frequently played with the theme of an enhanced musculature as an indication of purity or divine justice (a reason why David is so buff).  He's the artist who inspired me to work with drawing large musculatures.
  • Hirohiko Araki - Mangaka for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.  His artwork is filled with very dynamic poses, high fashion, and another interesting mix between manga and western comic book stylization. His influence probably lead me to favor giving my protagonists pouty lips.
  • Masamune Shiro -  Illustrator, mangaka, character designer, and author.  He's best known for Ghost in the Shell.  He was my main inspiration for trying to use the computer to illustrate.  He also tends to work with getting the science right behind many of his mechanical designs.  I also find his wealth of creativity as a writer and world-builder extremely inspirational.

I still consider myself a constant student and am constantly finding more inspiration and influence from new artists I come across.

I have also found useful knowlege for art from my studies in physics, biology, and computer science while in college.  The physics of light has been important to my current understanding of how to draw.  I also have dabbled in 3-d modelling, and setting up a scene's lighting and understanding how computer rendering works really helped me to figure out how to set up shadows in my own drawings and how to make things in the same scene feel like they are interacting with each other.  You never know when you will find something that will help you with your art.

Now, I frequently follow tutorials that I find online and experiment with new techniques.  You may find that my Favorites section is dominated with tutorials that have helped me along the way.

When drawing digitally, having the most expensive new version of photoshop is not required.  Digital drawing gives one quite a bit more freedom in how you can work, but it does not do the work for you.  Paint Tool Sai, The Gimp, and obsolete versions of Photoshop are my preferred tools.


Stephanie Brandl
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
Currently, I'm a student working to get my teaching certification. I long to show kids just how mind-blowingly beautiful the world is when viewed through the lens of science.


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Demi-Beast Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday, wish you all the best for this and many other years ^^
BlueRazorMane Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Happy Birthday!! =3
Fiction-Art-Author Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Happy Birthday. :)
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Student General Artist
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:iconstyle1plz::iconsaysplz:Speak for yourself, Twi, you didn't have to carry this cake! It's heavy, you know!
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:Thank you for helping out, Dashie! I couldn't have settled for anything less, after all!
:iconfluttershy-plz::iconsaysplz:Hi... We're here to... wish you a happy birthday.
:iconpinkiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:You said it! Happy birthday!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:And what better way to say "happy birthday" than with a cake? :iconcakepinkplz:
:iconapple-jackplz::iconsaysplz:Why, with a real Apple family apple pie, of course! :iconapplepieplz:
:iconderpyhappyplz::iconsaysplz:With a muffin! Yay! :iconmlpmuffinplz:
:iconraritysmileplz::iconsaysplz:But these, while pleasant to give, mean little by themselves...
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:What makes them meaningful are our wishes for you!
:iconpinkiesmile2plz::iconsaysplz:Exactly! And we wish for you to have a perfect birthday and a great year ahead of you!
:iconrainbowdashhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't fear any challenges you might face! No matter how bad it may seem, have faith in yourself and keep on being awesome!
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:And while at it, keep a level head and don't lose sight of what's important! Keep the magic of friendship alive in yourself!
:iconapplejackhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Remember your loved ones and friends, an' don't let little things an' worries get you down!
:iconspikethinkingplz::iconsaysplz:We hope that you'll find all you seek and be the best you can be!
:iconrarityjoyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't forget to respect yourself! You're the best at being you, so stay true to what you really are!
:iconflutterpweezeplz::iconsaysplz:And we hope that you'll be at peace with yourself, too... and that the year ahead will be peaceful for you.
:iconpinkiewinkplz::iconsaysplz:And throughout all that, have fun! It isn't fun if you don't have any, after all, and fun it should be!
:iconpinkiepartyplz::iconsaysplz:Just like today! Party on!
jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
...a very happy birthday to you miss...=3
Godforoth Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Happy Birthday!! :la:
k-a-y-dee6678 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope you're doing well
Demi-Beast Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you still active here?
creepsome Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
Happy Birthday :iconspinningcakeplz::iconpresentplz:Party:iconballoonplz:Airborne:iconhappybirthday2plz:Have your cake and eat it too Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D:iconrainbowbummiecakeplz:KimRaiFan's Bday Cakefella Gift (Party)ballonsBirthday cake  icon
GJYYNGII Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Happy birthday.
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