Thursday, December 12, 2013

Top Secret // Giveaway!

What's in the bag?!










Tada! It's THAT guy!
I've been drawing this version Frankenstein's monster since September! Now he's finally available in print form! A few 8x10s have already gone to new homes, but I wanted to give this first 11x14 print of 50 to an extra special home. Possibly your home! 
To enter this giveaway to win this 1/50 numbered 11x14 print signed by yours truly, all you have to do is comment below. In your comment, if you have read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, tell me what your favorite part of the book is or just an interesting point you'd like to bring up. It's my favorite book ever, so I really just love talking about it. I could discuss it for days! But if you haven't read the book, that's fine! Just tell me what your favorite classic horror/science fiction novel is and why. I haven't read many, so I could use recommendations!
Winner will be chosen based on the most creative and interesting response. Literacy, length, location nor accuracy is required -- I simply want to hear your thoughts and pick yer brains!
An entry will be chosen after midnight on Thursday, December 26th.
(I'll have more to say about my monster and how dear he is to me in my next art post!)

Now that that's out of the way!
Briefcase: Vintage (gift from my dad!)
Backless top: Nordstrom Rack
Weird gauze leggings: eBay
Blazer: eBay
Shoes: aliexpress.com

I've been watching a lot of Fringe lately. So now if I carry a briefcase and/or wear a blazer, I'm an FBI agent with very important information in hand. And it's usually life or death. Naturally
But don't tell my mom.

9 comments:

  1. It's been far too long since I read the book, though the main thing that sticks out is when Frankenstein actually makes his monster:
    "I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart."
    That too reminds me of the end when he kills his creator, when he too echoes similar sentiments before he walks out into the cold to die.

    Unfortunately I then start thinking of YOUNG Frankenstein and am now thinking of Frank and 'Son' in tuxedos and top hats singing Putting On The Ritz.

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  2. Mine would be "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" as I'm dyslexic I dont read books so I have to wait for the film adaptation to come out so I apoligise now if anything I say is not in the book & is only in the film version.

    I love this film, first as it has Steampunk influences weaved into it at a couple of points, like the designs of Captain Nemos car & also the Nautilus, as I love Steampunk I loved those aspects.

    The next thing I have to say is that a team of misfits that all love to me left alone & hide from the world in some way shape or form have to band together to save basically the world as they know it, from Moriarty, I mean the person who I feel for the most was Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde he hides himself away from the world as he feels himself to be a "monster" that should be destroyed but as struggerling with his feelings on the matter he becomes a hero after saving the crew of the Nautilus.

    Each of the characters grow in their own ways throughout the film their own personal journeys & you feel quite hounered to be able to see each and everyone of them grow, like a rose blossoming.

    My favriote scene has to be the end where Quatermain dies (though he gets brought back to life) and this wonderful band of misfits that showed pure disgust at the start at the thought of having to work together, in that one moment of a comrade/friend dying they become a family & Mina Harker asks what will they do now...for at the start they only had themselves to think of and thought nothing of family & love but in the end, with a family member gone they feel.....lost.

    Well...I could go on forever about that film, I love it so much, even better I got to have a photo with Mina Harker, but I dont wish to bore you.

    Kind regards,

    Sophie Gass-Brown.

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  3. I too love Frankenstein! Two things always cross my mind when I think of it. Firstly, there was a huge separation between men and women at the time. Women were not free-thinking, creative entrepreneurs (or they were not told they could be, at least). At only 19, Mary Shelley wrote what is arguably the first science fiction novel ever, and the most influential! She couldn't even use her real name at the time because women just weren't taken seriously. And how cool is it that she got to sit down with some of the most influential and some of the most eternally famous writers and tell stories with them? It's hard to imagine doing that in our society today what with all of our gadgets and gizmos. Though she was a woman, that did not stop her. Her brilliant imagination and intellect earned her the right to sit amongst those men as an equal. Maybe her feminist momma rubbed off on her a bit!
    The other thing that always comes to my mind is that everyone refers to the monster himself as Frankenstein which is a misnomer, as you of course know! :) It's funny how that happens! I also love stories where the audience pities the "monster." Shelly was certainly light years ahead of her time!
    I have a list of people I would go visit if I had a time machine. She's on there, along with her husband, Oscar Wilde, Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe. There's more, but listing them all would get boring fast!! I'm lovin' the blog, lady!!

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  4. Eheh. I read Frankenstein, I actually did an oral presentation for this book a few months ago (for English class in college, which is my second language). The presentation came out waaaay more passionate than it should have been. I ended up strongly criticizing Frankenstein's lame and cowardly attitude towards his "son" (Really, who creates a living being just to be like "Oooh it's an aberration to God, Blablabla, even though I'm the one who gave him his appearance and his life?" ) and going on a long propaganda on how the "demon" wouldn't have turn that way if his father had taken care of him from the beginning. He even tried to help those poor peasants! (Suuure... Killing people isn't very nice, but it is only a consequence of the solitude the "demon" is facing.) See, I'm getting heated just thinking about it. But, anyway, that is just my point of view (which is very subjective, I'll admit), and Frankenstein (not the character, the book, of course ;) ) is a lovely masterpiece. Mary Shelley has a way with words that chills you to the bone, while fascinating you through the story.
    Good luck with your blog :D (and your career/day/life)

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  5. I read it many years ago and some things in it marked me till this very day. It was one of the books after which I clearly felt i´ve learned something and grown, became more mature, after touched by the way that so many deep, problematic and complex themes were brought and developed in the story. The point that fascinated me most was the idea of "Modern Prometheus", the motif of the man who dares to go (too) far, defy god(s) and bring the fire/light/enlightenment to a creature. This defiance, the search for knowledge, the risk of going too far is something I always appreciated (a great example for this is another book i´m very fond of: Goethe´s "Faust"). The reflection and development of the Prometheus-motif in Frankenstein is fantastic, it´s the next step: as the titan Prometheus gave men the fire, so did the man later go himself against god and animated his own "creature". The conflicts that arise from this motif are metaphorically, philosophically, religiously and through many more perspectives extremely rich and, above all, human, both when related to Dr. Frankenstein or to his creature. This approach Mary Shelley had is for me the greatest achievement of the book, it questions man and his humanity, as well as their limits, passions and torments, in ways one can never mean to fully understand, and this is actually what makes it a classic in the literature: that just like I once read it and through questions and pains felt myself more mature at the end, so I must even now recognize that it is something fated to happen again and again every time someone reads it for a second or third time, for what we have there is a window to the human soul, a window beyond which is night, yet a night with stars, and so we always find there over and over again the fear of the dark and the enlightening fire of those stars.
    As I said, it´s been a long time since I read it, and although i´ve been wanting to re-read it, I cannot pick a favorite quote, i´ve picked one, but it´s not necessarily my favorite. This one does, however, express very well the fascination I feel for the idea of a "Modern Prometheus".:

    "Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow"

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  6. I won, thank you all, disagree.

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  7. I have actually never read Frankenstein- which for a literature obsessed word whore such as myself is quite surprising. My favorite horror novel is by an indie author who writes by the name of Poppet. She penned a horror masterpiece called Darkroom that engrossed me and seduced me like no other work of fiction ever has. It follows a woman on a journey of despair, darkness, and eventually misguided love. I highly recommend it!

    I would like you to know that your work is an absolute inspiration to me.

    Love, light and blessings my fellow goddess of the creative world! <3

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  8. I just ordered Gris Grimly's Frankenstein graphic-novel adaptation yesterday, have you read it before?

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  9. I have read Frankenstein but it was so long ago that I can no longer differentiate the details from other retellings I may have read or seen on film or TV. I'll have to grab it off Project Gutenberg again.

    Anyhow, one of my favorite works of horror literature was H. P. Lovecraft's "The Music of Erich Zann" because it features the heroism of mundane actions wielded with courage against unknowable horrors. To a considerable extent this story helped me develop a personal definition of heroism in real life. It helped me understand heroism and courage as accessible human traits rather than abstractions of myth and legend. My own capacity to become a hero or to exercise courage became more real to me by reading about a violin player who managed to stave off an incursion of extra-dimensional horrors using only the talents and will at his disposal. No guns. No swords. No brawn whatsoever. It was all musical talent and a LOT of wherewithal.

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