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I don't journal here anymore. I blog here instead: janiceduke.wordpress.com/

DA seems to be pretty dead in terms of community these days. If you've yet to follow/like me on Facebook or Twitter please do, and let me know of any other sites worth following you on :)

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  • Reading: The Red Goddess
  • Drinking: Coffee

Red Kite by JaniceDuke

You may be pleased to hear that my efforts to fundraise for the RSPB in the aftermath of a mass poisoning incident by selling limited edition prints of a Red Kite painted especially for this purpose have been paying off so far. I have raised over £800, woohoo!

The piece has been featured on the BBC Website, in the Press and journal, and has been tweeted by Chris Packham and Mark Avery, two of my wildlife heroes!

It is on display in the hide at Argaty Red Kites, the Red Kite feeding station near Doune, Stirling; and in Pitlochry Pet Supplies, Perthshire. Hopefully helping in some way to continue to draw attention to the issue of wildlife persecution.

Every buyer so far has been very happy with their purchase. Thank you to all of you, as well as those who share this effort, your support and enthusiasm really makes this feel worthwhile.

If you or anyone you know would like one of these special prints email me at janice.duke@hotmail.co.uk

Help spread the word and together let’s make it over £1000 for the RSPB. Let’s shine a bright light in the darkness of this tragedy and show how much we love our beautiful birds.

  • Listening to: Escape (Lukas Termena Chillout mix)
  • Reading: Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse
  • Drinking: Tea
Spiral sketch by JaniceDuke

From my blog: janiceduke.wordpress.com/2014/…

The question of art imitating nature is a popular one in aesthetic philosophy and art in general. It is a fascinating topic, but something in particular about it has been niggling at me for a while now, especially recently. That something is the distinct lack of nature in mainstream modern art.

In recent years I have been volunteering with the RSPB, doing my bit for nature and engaging with the public to share my passion for wildlife. I have had a lifelong love of the natural world, but in the beginning it was, much like my love for art, an escapist love. I grew up in Greater London, spending the majority of my time in Essex, where one finds a clash of nature and man on virtually every street. Parts of Essex are ancient woodland and wild meadow nose to nose with housing estates and motorways. My childhood was all about finding the wild places and their inhabitants, escaping from a grey human industrial world populated with predators that made a sparrow hawk or a fox look positively friendly.

But if I drew animals it was usually my pets, of which I had many, some rescued wildlife but most of the domestic variety. Although I did draw them my preferred subject was always fantasy, worlds completely apart from this one, where natural forces dominated and giant mythic beasts roamed. I fell in love with the artwork of Brian Froud and Alan Lee, who take nature to fantastical places, they and others and many, many books gave me yet more escape routes from the council houses I grew up in with their abusive neighbours and insulting social workers, Sun newspaper brainwashed communities and the gaping maw of the poverty trap.

Drawing tended to come from reality to escape it and nature was the place I went to be free. I did not want a drawing of the wild wood, I wanted to be there, and I could not draw the woods of home without turning burnt out cars into fairy grottos and crumbling toilet blocks into troll lairs. Wildlife was scarce, education about it scarcer, and I was an impatient child, quick to replace it with dragons and adventures on alien worlds. Only in recent years have I gone back to that fascination with wildlife and cultivated it into something more still and receptive. Exposure to truly wild places is very likely the cause of this. I suspect if I had stayed in the city it would have rotted that wildness out of me eventually, leaving me another empty husk endlessly craving to fill the void.

It is only when completely cut off from the human that we really find ourselves. An invincible summer in the midst of winter. Without that communion with the alien beyond ourselves we live in an echo chamber of humanness, in which the narcissistic and psychotic become amplified as all we repress is skilfully manipulated to manufacture warped desires that can never be sated.

If we never learn to face and relate to the animal without, how can we possibly hope to come to terms with the animal within? It claws and bites under suits and make-up, its primal hungers surging out in unexpected and unhealthy ways. It has become the subject of endless torments, from factory farming to collateral damage and extermination for sport, it is stuffed, pickled and packed for display, valued far more dead than alive. And all the while inside of us it howls.

When I walk through modern art galleries I am often confronted by this disconnect between man and nature played out vividly (nothing says this more than an exhibit sponsored by Shell). Yet throughout art history the influence of nature is undeniable, it is the very basis of the vast majority of work. Now it is the idiosyncratic, the facile and the profitable that inspire the mainstream. And escapism. Much like my own escapism told me quite clearly there were things in my life I needed to face head on, the escapism of our society’s aesthetics tells us that more broadly. As for our emphasis on the idiosyncratic, the facile and the profitable, I would venture to guess that those are the very things that need to be faced.

Far from escaping reality, in art as well as in nature, I have found the starkest confrontation with reality possible. I found myself beyond myself, out there, part of it all. From this vantage the absence of nature from our portraits and of people from our landscapes speaks volumes.

  • Listening to: R. Armando Morabito
  • Reading: The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram
  • Drinking: Tea
Perception sketch by JaniceDuke

From my blog: janiceduke.wordpress.com/2014/…

Recently I finally got around to watching an interview I’ve been told about many times by people on both ‘sides’ of the argument and neither: Richard Dawkins vs. Deepak Chopra [Click Here to Watch]. Dawkins, as usual, puts on airs of being Mr. Reasonable and Objective and ends up, to me, looking something of a bullying arse. The High Priest of Atheism as ever steps beyond the realm of his expertise (he has actually done good science and should continue with that). Although this is still within science – Chopra is a qualified and experienced medical doctor, a board-certified endocrinologist, experienced in conventional medicine and alternative therapy, Dawkins is a qualified and experienced researcher in evolutionary biology, quite different – Dawkins still acts as though he is the only ‘real’ scientist there (concerned more with statistics and trends than real individual instances, ever the research scientist).

In the full interview Chopra comes over very well, I think, it’s an interesting chat between two people with very different views. To call Chopra an enemy of reason would seem more than a little unfair. In the edit used for TV Dawkins makes Chopra look like a total charlatan. It’s pretty pathetic really. Dawkins shines as an evolutionary biologist, but as a ‘champion of reason’ he seems as smug and underhanded as he does foolish. Anyone who fails to believe what he believes is mad. Sound familiar?

I think the personality cult he has amassed and the attention he receives for his opinions disguised as facts is probably all to engrossing, like many groups and movements those who have bought into it believe they have all the answers and everyone else is crazy. They believe ‘Science’ is the lens through which everything should be viewed and yet, as Dawkins shows in the interview, science is a vast subject with many areas he himself knows nothing about. So when he says ‘Science’ what he likely means is research science, specifically animal behaviour and evolutionary biology. The lens through which everything should be viewed just so happens to be his.

Terry Eagleton has remarked ‘imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds, and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read[/hear] Richard Dawkins on theology.’ Or indeed philosophy, psychology, physics and a host of other subjects he seems to have decided can only be understood and found valid or invalid by him, er, I mean ‘Science’.

Dawkins seems to have an ego Neutron stars would envy – appearing small only due to its immense denseness. He could learn a thing or two from Chopra, if he could ever actually see beyond his own point of view. Even if Chopra is a charlatan, his work makes people happy and I’ve yet to hear of anyone threatening the lives of others or belittling them in its name.

As ever the comments on this and anything to do with Dawkins tend to descend into incredibly tedious and ubiquitous ‘religion is true/false’ slap fights in which the main taboo appears to be admitting we know nothing for certain and can only test our theories. This just so happens to be good science as well as good mysticism. I can only assume that dogmatism has more appeal to our basic tribal instincts.

The question of the empirical truth of religion and spirituality seems to me entirely uninteresting and missing the point. “Truth” applies to religion and spirituality as much as it does to art. Have you ever seen anyone arguing that a painting is “True”? Or two similar paintings being killed over because one is believed to be “True” and the other “False”? It would be absurd.

The interesting questions regarding religion and spirituality are why people have them and what purpose they fulfil. To fail to acknowledge and investigate the function of religion and spirituality as evolved and interesting natural phenomenon seems to me as much poor science as it does a failure of imagination on the part of the inquirer. But thankfully there are many thinkers willing to look at these issues, unfortunately none are as famous, infamous or influential as Richard Dawkins, who appears intent on promoting a fundamentalist materialist world view that seems to amount to existential nihilism, which leads inevitably to the Camusian question: ‘Why not kill ourselves?’

I chose to see the Nietzschean light at the end of that particular dark tunnel, that we must create our own meanings, and those meanings can and do have validity, the kind there is little use in poking and prodding about for in a laboratory. I accept the fact I am a limited life form with limited fleshy sensoria that can only tell me so much, I will never comprehend the entirety of this wonderful phenomenon that appears to be occurring, however many instruments I use. I lack the hubris to claim I could know it all but I also lack the fear to let that diminish me. I can know what I can know. I embrace that and am in wonder with it. I am an artist.

 

  • Listening to: Rameses B
  • Reading: The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram
  • Drinking: Coffee
Golden Eagle by JaniceDuke

Where Golden Eagles roam and Hen Harrier and Merlin soar, where Golden Plovers and their Pages wander across hauntingly beautiful stretches of vast wildness, where Black-Throated and Red-Throated Diver, Greenshank and not-so-Common Scoter come to raise their young in still silent pools, on one of the largest and most diverse blanket bogs on Mother Earth, this is the place that Scottish and Southern Energy has chosen to further destroy to build a wind farm.

2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, so it seems cruelly ironic that it is now that SSE pushes to put short term financial gains over the long term welfare of the nationally and internationally important habitat that is the Flow Country. Currently being considered for status as a World Heritage Site, the Flow Country is arguably the biggest jewel in the crown of Scotland's natural heritage. Over 400 million tonnes of carbon are stored beneath the bog, well over double the amount of all of the UK's forests, and all the iconic endangered species I mention above rely on this place to raise their young.

Wind farms are supposed to produce 'green energy', but the energy produced by this project might as well come from coal, gas or oil, the impact it could have on an already fragile and damaged landscape and imperilled wildlife would be disastrous and set a horrendous precedent. The proposed site has already been damaged by previous reckless efforts in the name of short term financial gain by planting forestry, now virtually worthless. This wasteful destruction could be put right by restoring the forestry to bog, as has already been done in many places by the hard work of the RSPB. Much of this important work is done by volunteers, and I proudly count myself among them.

Quite apart from the fact that the very bog that could be restored from this site would be worth far more in terms of reducing our carbon footprint than any wind farm and that further destruction would be adding insult to already senseless injury of this landscape, the danger the turbines would pose, through potential for collision, to iconic and beautiful species such as the golden eagle is completely unacceptable. SSE claims such damage can be 'mitigated', such rhetoric is often thrown around for the sake of green wash, these birds are irreplaceable, knowingly putting them in any danger whatsoever is unforgivable, full stop.

Please show your concern for this internationally important landscape by emailing your objections to the proposals to the Scottish Government's energy consent unit at representations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk and please copy to Highland Council at planning.sutherland@highland.gov.uk

The site is called Strathy South, more information can be found here: www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases…

From my blog:janiceduke.wordpress.com/2013/…

  • Listening to: Muse
  • Drinking: Green Tea
Poster Sale 001 by JaniceDukePoster Sale 002 by JaniceDuke

A3 posters £6 each, plus £3 postage
£33 for eight, plus £3 postage

Postcard size A6 posters £3 each, plus £1 postage
£15 for eight, plus £3 postage

Available Designs:

Anubis (A3 and A6) Bast (A3 and A6) Sekhmet (A3 and A6) Set (A3 and A6)

Horus (A3 and A6) Thoth (A3 and A6) Isis (A3 and A6) Osiris (A3 and A6)

Artemis (A3 and A6) Athena (SOLD OUT) Hades (A3 and A6) Kali (A3 and A6)

Griffin (A3 and A6) For the Muse (A3 and A6) Angels (A3 and A6) Fenrir (SOLD OUT)

Note or Email me: Janice.duke@hotmail.co.uk

  • Listening to: Muse
  • Drinking: Green Tea

All are stylishly mounted, framed and ready to hang on your wall.

Click on image for a closer look.

Paintings for Sale 004 by JaniceDuke Paintings for Sale 005 by JaniceDuke

"Open Your Heart" A4 in A3 size frame. £140, plus postage.
"Reverie Reality" A3 in A2 size frame. £200, plus postage.

Paintings for Sale 001 by JaniceDuke

"Four Seasons (Tawny Autumn, Barn Winter, Little Spring, Shorty Summer)"
A5 in A4 size frames. £30 each or £100 for the set, plus postage.

Paintings for Sale 003 by JaniceDuke Paintings for Sale 002 by JaniceDuke

"The Ritual" A4 in A3 size frame. £50, plus postage.
"Caduceus" A4 in A3 size frame. £50, plus postage.

Note or Email me: Janice.duke@hotmail.co.uk

  • Listening to: Muse
  • Drinking: Green Tea
From my blog: janiceduke.wordpress.com/2013/…

Raven by JaniceDuke Snow Bunting by JaniceDuke Hen Harrier by JaniceDuke Lapwing by JaniceDukeWIP Portrait of Forsinard by JaniceDuke

On Sunday 28th of July I was at RSPB Forsinard as guest artist for International Bog Day. It was a great chance to engage with the public, show off some wildlife art and share some skills, as well as listen to some great talks by lovely people from Bumblebee Conservation, PlantLife, the Highland Biodiversity Group and the Forsinard staff, chat with various experts and enthusiasts, and try not to get eaten alive by midges! I taught basic drawing skills to anyone brave enough to try (see below), and began a still life inspired by an assortment of objects found around the reserve.

Bird Drawings by JaniceDuke
I had a great time and here are some of the sketches I did in the week leading up to it as well as on the day:

Forsinard Sketches 001 by JaniceDuke Forsinard sketches 002 by JaniceDukeForsinard Sketches 010 by JaniceDukeForsinard Sketches 003 by JaniceDuke Forsinard Sketches 008 by JaniceDuke Forsinard Sketches 009 by JaniceDuke Forsinard Sketches 006 by JaniceDuke Forsinard Sketches 007 by JaniceDuke Forsinard Sketches 011 by JaniceDuke Forsinard Sketches 005 by JaniceDukeForsinard Sketches 004 by JaniceDuke
  • Listening to: Alcest
  • Reading: The Invisibles
  • Drinking: Guarana

From my blog: janiceduke.wordpress.com/2013/…

On Saturday 13th July I gave a 45 minute talk about Art and Consciousness at PaganCon in Preston. I was also running a stall selling shinies, leftovers of which will be going on sale soon. It was a fun event and I enjoyed meeting lots of interesting people, as well as listening to the other talks and being entertained by some awesome Morris Dancers, Stone the Crows, as well as Cernunnos Rising and Damh the Bard. I was going to post a version of the talk here, but I'm currently negotiating getting it published as part of an anthology so… ;)

In summary, I presented the idea that the "Symbolic Revolution" that occurred in cave art around 30-40,000 years ago heralded the beginning of human civilisation and was brought about by altered states of consciousness that inspired visions that spurred a rapid evolution of various aesthetic endeavours – art, language, music, myth. I presented the idea that we require altered states of consciousness both to create and to break free of our own symbolic games and in order to better try to understand the nature of 'reality', the elements that these experiences have in common and some of the implications this may have for each of us. I particularly enjoyed the question and answer session after.

Overall it was a great chance to share ideas and I had a wonderful time.

PaganCon by JaniceDuke

  • Listening to: Alcest
  • Reading: Stealing Fire From Heaven
  • Drinking: Guarana

Amanda F***ing Palmer

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 15, 2013, 6:48 AM




From my blog: janiceduke.wordpress.com/2013/…

I love this song *Grin*

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVKPrQ…

I have to say, Amanda Palmer has become a bit of a hero of mine lately. I've been a fan of hers since I got into the Dresden Dolls about eight years ago, but since she threw off the shackles of her label and started showing how well crowd funded creativity can do, she's really kicking arse, both artistically and politically. For more awesome see:

(WARNING: Contains a naked woman. OMG. OMG. OMG. *Rolls eyes* The folks who found the practically non-existent boobs in my art offensive shall have their heads explode if they watch this)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRWp4B…

(Alas, no boobs, but plenty of awesome)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMj_P_…



  • Listening to: Muse
  • Reading: The New Inquisition
  • Drinking: Guarana

Breasts

Journal Entry: Sun May 5, 2013, 2:39 AM




Yes, women have breasts. I have breasts. Some of my paintings contain breasts. Apparently this is offensive and pornographic. So my breasts are offensive and pornographic, not because some idiot cannot see that they are sexualising them in their own mind when looking at them, no, it's because their reality, in which all breasts are offensive and pornographic, is the only reality and everyone else is having some kind of psychotic delusion.

I am fucked off with my work getting rejected from groups for containing utterly non-sexual breasts. I have no images in my gallery that are sexual. But apparently some people think breasts are inherently sexual. These people need to grow up and get a life. On the flip side the breasts I have in my gallery are not sexual enough for other groups. Wow. Just wow.



  • Drinking: Tea

Commission Information

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 28, 2013, 4:14 PM




Book Covers
Front and Full Wrap $80-$350

Dragon Prince by JaniceDuke Dragon Fire by JaniceDuke Seeking Avalon by JaniceDuke The Wake of the Dragon by JaniceDuke
The Wind Whisperer by JaniceDuke Chemical Serpents Cover by JaniceDuke

Other Digital Art/Illustration
$50-$300

Griffin by JaniceDuke Artemis by JaniceDuke Dragon by JaniceDuke
The Dionysian Spirit by JaniceDuke In the Eyes of the Inhuman by JaniceDuke Turisas by JaniceDuke
Elements sketch by JaniceDuke Ajna sketch by JaniceDuke Nexus by JaniceDuke

Traditional Portraits
A4: $160+P&P A3 $320+P&P
Warmth by JaniceDuke Bruno by JaniceDuke Gem by JaniceDuke Shah by JaniceDuke

Design
Tattoos, Logos, Concept Art: from $80
Hugin-Munin Logos by JaniceDuke Psychedelic Caduceus by JaniceDuke Mythic Imagination by JaniceDuke

For anything else just ask :)




  • Drinking: Tea

Prints and Apparel All Egyptian Gods Now Available

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 19, 2013, 10:11 AM




Get your favourite Egyptian Gods on T-shirts, Hoodies and other apparel through my Printfection store: www.printfection.com/janiceduk…

They are now also available on iphone cases, skins and other such things through my Society6 store: society6.com/JaniceDuke

Do let me know if there's anything else of mine you'd like to see for sale. And keep an eye out for forthcoming Olympians and mythical creatures :)

Love to you all xx



  • Listening to: Motorcycle -- As The Rush Comes (Chillout Mix)
  • Reading: The Difference Engine
  • Watching: TED
  • Drinking: Tea

Eight Ways To Get The Most Out Of A Sketchbook

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 12, 2012, 5:56 AM




When I was young I tended to draw and paint on whatever came to hand, paper, card, bits of wood, the walls... I didn't think about keeping a sketchbook until a very inspirational teacher showed me hers. I was fascinated. Problem was that everything in her book seemed so perfect, so well done, whereas for myself every other thing I did seemed rubbish! It took me years to figure out how using sketchbooks worked best for me. Some artists do create sketchbooks for show, especially if they will be somehow judged or graded on them, while others will be so talented that it just seems that way. They can be used to play with and develop ideas or to practice particular skills, to prepare for a finished piece or to just have fun. Whatever you use yours for here's eight ways I've found to get the most out of a sketchbook.

1. Action. Getting into the habit of sketching can really get your creative juices flowing. Take your sketchbook out with you or set aside some time every day to sketch. This will have to be forced at first if you're not in the habit, but creativity occurs in action. The more active you are the more creative you will become.

2. Ideas and inspiration. Explore your ideas in your sketchbook, doodle anything you think of that appeals to you and don't be afraid to make notes on your pictures. A sketch does not have to look good, most of my sketches are functional, in that they are purely to preserve an idea for later, as long as I can understand what that idea was when I come back to it the sketch has served its purpose, no matter what anyone else may think of it. I keep small books of scrap paper for just this sort of thing, and I always have one with me wherever I go. Because I keep books full of ideas if I ever have a day when I can't think of what to do I simply look through my ideas and sketches for inspiration.

3. Experimentation. Your sketchbook is for you to explore your ideas and what you are capable of. So do that, go wild. Fill in all your pages, use all the space, don't worry about making mistakes and definitely don't be precious! If you think a sketch might be spoiled by working over it, scan it and then print it out again. Try different methods with the same base piece, trace and copy the work of those who inspire you, experiment to learn how they do it. Reference from life, photos, and your imagination. Tear up old work and collage it into new work. There are no rules in your sketchbook.

4. Practice. Practice practice practice! The more time and effort you put in the more you will master your skills. If you have natural talent and you don't do anything with it it's wasted. Someone who practices and has the determination can develop their skills to match any amount of talent and surpass it.

5. Focus on what helps you. If you spend a lot of time sketching you will learn to overcome perfectionism simply to keep going. Judgements and criticism are not helpful in the creative process; they will just destroy your confidence. You are far better off making a mistake and learning from it than being too afraid to even try or, worse, berating yourself for it. See every piece as a learning process and try to see what you can take away from it for next time. Every piece you create will contribute somehow to those pieces you will be really proud of. Stay positive and you will stay creative, as soon as you start having a go at yourself you will stop your creativity flowing. If you find criticism and judgement coming from outside, try to take away anything useful and forget the rest.

6. Planning and problem solving. Sketchbooks provide a great place to plan out pieces in detail, by testing and working out composition, focusing on details and figuring them out, and experimenting to find out what works best. It is the place to play with any constraints and specifics that you need to work with. It is through this that you will discover any problems that need to be addressed and find a way to do that before approaching a final piece. Get into the habit of producing thumbnail sketches of pieces to play with composition. Experiment with colour and texture combinations. And if you have a problem with a piece you are already working on, taking it back to your sketchbook can be the best way to figure it out by looking at it from a different angle and taking more risks with it than you might have otherwise that you can then reapply to the final work. Even if you have a plan you must be willing to depart from it and your sketchbook is the perfect place to figure that out.

7. A record of your progress. This might not seem important or worthwhile to some people, but years from now there could be all kinds of reasons that being able to look back on how your work developed would be useful to you, even if only for nostalgia or inspiration. I have found that looking back on what was driving me in very productive periods has helped to spur me on later down the line. You don't have to keep everything either, what you don't recycle or keep it can be important to get rid of. I have burned sketchbooks and collections of work from periods that I have no intention of reconnecting to, or reclaimed and recontextualised work from those periods that I felt worth keeping. This can be a very healthy way to shed elements of the past you no longer wish to carry forward and focus on more positive and healthy progression and development.

8. Your own personal playground. This is the best thing about sketchbooks; you can do whatever you want with them. They are your own creative world in which you can play with ideas and techniques to your heart's content. Do not worry about other people looking in your sketchbook; their purpose is to capture and develop your creativity. They are about you and nobody else. A sketchbook doesn't need to necessarily be a book either; it is simply a collection of images somehow bundled together. If you create an image you can't take away with you, such as digital art or graffiti, I highly recommend printing them out or taking photographs and keeping them as or in a sketchbook, as they will function as a record of your progress and possibly help you to generate new ideas. Having a digital painting as a hardcopy is a different way of seeing your work, and well worth experimenting with. At the same time, the freedom of keeping and creating some form of digital sketchbook, whether it be through a blog or website or in a folder on your computer, can encourage a whole new realm of creativity. Don't be afraid to save multiple variations, paint over, collage or reshape your work, or combine it with traditional elements. Whatever you do try to have fun :)

janiceduke.wordpress.com/2012/…



  • Listening to: Clint Mansell - Death is the Road to Awe
  • Reading: Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness
  • Watching: Autumnwatch
  • Drinking: Tea

Fantasy A-Z

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 6, 2012, 1:56 PM




Inspired by ImagineFX Magazine, I decided a couple of weeks ago to give myself a new side project to bulk out my portfolio. I made a list of legendary creatures from A to Z and tasked myself with producing at least one sketch a day of each one. I'm doing well so far, having sketched all the way up to N, and painted full pieces to E (and L for some reason). I want to do them all as at least full colour sketches eventually, some I want to go a bit further with, and I'm sure you'll agree they're worth it… And for some I want to do more than one creature for the letter, and others I want to do more than one version of the creature, so this is all giving me plenty to do between other things (can you say 'Artemis'? Oh, and I'm also working on another book cover, yay!).

So in case you've been wondering what all these mythical creatures have been in aid of, that's it, for me, for fun. I hope you're enjoying them :)

In other news I've decided I will continue to post some blogs here, as I miss my DA friends :hug: I might even post some more articles if I can figure out what the hell the categories mean... :confused:



  • Listening to: Septic Flesh -- Sumerian Daemons
  • Reading: The Culture of Counter Culture
  • Watching: Manifesting the Mind: Footprints of the Shaman
  • Drinking: Tea

Recent Blogs

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 28, 2012, 9:15 AM




I've had a Wordpress Blog for a while now, and between that and the fact that nobody seems to read Journals on DA these days, I don't use this much anymore. So, for those who are interested my blog is here: janiceduke.wordpress.com/

Recent blogs that may be of interest include:-
From Brighton to Ben Nevis: janiceduke.wordpress.com/2012/…
Return to the Tate Modern: janiceduke.wordpress.com/2012/…
Art, Anguish and the Muse: janiceduke.wordpress.com/2012/…
And there's a whole bunch more.

I'll be blogging more about my actual work in future, but I've been having fun chatting about art in general and things I've been up to as well. Now then, its high time I finished these Egyptians :painter:



  • Listening to: Ephel Duath -- Painter's Palette
  • Reading: Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness
  • Watching: Touch
  • Drinking: Tea

Hey Everyone!

Journal Entry: Mon May 7, 2012, 2:49 AM




Long time no journal. How are you all? :) Things are busy with me as usual, but all in good ways. Plenty more shiny art stuff coming your way soon :D Anyway, the main reason I'm writing this is this:

1. For each of the 20 first people answering this journal, I will put their avatar and the three deviations I like most (maybe not the most but a selection from what I like the most) from their gallery on the list!

2. If you answer, you have to do the same in your journal, putting the tagger on the first place. The idea of this is not to get a free feature, it is to spread art around for everyone!

1: :iconstuntedsanity:
The Fox in Action by stuntedsanity Devil Woman Design by stuntedsanity Triclops Creature by stuntedsanity

2: :iconequilerex:
Sabotage by equilerex sector 68 by equilerex

3: :iconfalloutpanda:
Under A Gibbous MoonIt was a dark evening, the light of a starkly gibbous moon shone ominously onto a lone Arkham building. A place rooted firmly into one of the more undesirable districts of that cursed city. The light trickled through into its Georgian interior, as if afraid of the dancing shadows it threw forward like devilish spectres. The pointed ears and peaked form of something alien to the world were cast darkly onto Howard Phillip Lovecraft by the softly tortured light. He sat reading the "The Cask of Amontillado", muttering to himself, strange musings punctuated by the curling of his lips. The cat's shadow disappeared and the scene seemed twisted for a moment, silent but for the screams of another world that could be heard echoing in the dark circuitous passageways of his mind.  
Lovecraft stared stoically at the aged paper before him, pensive as he ignored this all too familiar experience.  He closed the book, self indulgent self hatred and adoration of his erstwhile peer an
The Illuminated Sol EmpireIn 2259 the Sol Empire collapsed into its constituent parts, when expansion was forced inwards.  After sowing its seeds in local space, the hunger to reap elsewhere grew as the death pangs of conflict consumed what was once a prosperous enterprise.  This is known and always has been.
In the drive to remedy the energy problem, the tap of holographic resonance was opened. The point energy of the object at the beginning of time continues to speak to the needs of relative "constituents" within its domain.
Everything is in the same place.  There is no relativity in the resonance.  Infinitely-finite is the energy that comes from the only true atom. This is the power source of the holographic engine, constructed by the religious tech seers of the church of singularity.
--Search parameters fulfilled. Data download complete. Transmission terminated.--
A gruff voice speaks "Light of Lights to Church-com, come in".  In the silent distance between

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Swan 2 by PaulStagg Butterfly 2 by PaulStagg Snowy Sunset by PaulStagg



  • Listening to: Melechesh -- Djinn
  • Reading: DMT: The Spirit Molecule
  • Watching: The Mentalist
  • Drinking: Tea

Serpents and Future Projects

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 9, 2012, 8:07 AM




I've been kinda quiet on updating my gallery recently. Mainly because I've been working with Chaos Alchemist, Author and Artist Anton Channing to fully illustrate his forthcoming book, 'Chemical Serpents: The Symbols of Illumination'. I've been producing some pretty epic visionary art for this, some of my best so far I think. Can't wait to show it off! Between that work and starting to get the hang of using a tablet I'm raring to go on so much new stuff.

For a start I will be finishing up my Egyptians series. Isis has had more work done and will be completed soon, followed by Horus, Thoth, Set and Osiris. I also plan to do some Olympian, Norse and Hindu Gods. I want to expand my fantasy portfolio, with mythical beasts and elementals, as well as characters and landscapes. I have so many ideas floating around in my head all bursting to get out!

For the future though I have something particular on my mind: Graphic Novels.



T-Shirts and Apparel Updated

Journal Entry: Wed May 4, 2011, 3:45 AM




My Art now available on T-Shirts and other apparel. Click here: www.printfection.com/janiceduk…

Will be adding more in future, so keep an eye out ;)

UPDATE: Hoodies now available, in black and various other colours :)

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Love to you all :heart:



So its been a while...

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 24, 2011, 6:53 AM


...Do not stir it up, let the water become clear enough
for the moon and stars to be reflected in it.
For the human being is like the water of a river:
when muddied you cannot see the bottom.
The river is full of jewels and pearls.
Do not cloud the water that was pure and free.


I've been looking a lot at anatomy and form lately, working on figures both real and imagined, but nothing worth sharing yet.

Some time for contemplation just recently has served me well I think. I feel things becoming clear and still within, and hopefully that will reflect in some of my future work.

A lot going on in the background that will hopefully amount to some worthwhile finished works.

Thank you to everyone who's :+fav:ed my work lately, although I don't have time to thank you individually I'm greatful. I will try to get to all the comments at some point.

Peace and Love.

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  • Listening to: my heart
  • Reading: Sacred Spaces: Stations on a Celtic Way
  • Drinking: coffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!