New to Me: Illustrator Eva Vilhelmiina Eskelinen

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Eva Vilhelmiina Eskelinen is a Finnish illustrator living in Vancouver, Canada. Her style is colorful and stylized. It reminds me of Eastern European folk tales and another Finnish artist, Tove Jansson. Take a look yourself:

Eva Vilhelmiina Eskelinen Tumblr They Belonged to No-One

Eva Vilhelmiina Eskelinen on Tumblr.

Eva Vilhelmiina Eskelinen Twitter Rivals of Aether Worklmiina Eskelinen on Twitter.

Eva Vilhelmiina Eskelinen via Twitter.

Eva Vilhelmiina Eskelinen Tumblr Reindeer

Eva Vilhelmiina Eskelinen on Tumblr.

Oh my goodness, the light and mood of these illustrations is incredible! I’m also struck by how Nordic the woods look. And these are just three of my favorites. There’s so much more on Eva’s Tumblr site.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: INFJoe Cartoons

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Artist and introvert Aaron Caycedo-Kimura set up a creative persona for his insightful comics. As INFJoe, he shares the joys and frustrations about being an introvert.

I first ran into the comics through his book Text, Don’t Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life.

Illustrated Introverted Text Dont Call

The book cover describes it like this:

“Introversion is no longer taboo, but there are still many misconceptions out there. People think we’re just shy or anti-social. That we don’t want to have close relationships, that we’re all cat people, or that we don’t like big parties. (Okay, the last one may be true.)”

And, boy, do INFJoe Cartoons deliver! As an introvert married to another introvert, I find so much to relate in the comics. Below are some of my favorites.

Introvert Togetherness:

INFJoe Introvert Togetherness

“I LOVE being alone. Together.”

#Introvert Inclusion:

INFJoe Introvert Inclusion

“Sometimes we want to be left alone. Sometimes we want to be included. Most of the time we want to be included with the option to be left alone.”

I’m Busy Working Here:

INFJoe Im Busy Working Here

“Staring off into space I’m bored. Talk to me.”

“Staring off into space = I’m busy working here.”

Love ’em! Especially the one about being alone together. There’s so much comfort in knowing at gut level that your partner knows exactly what it’s like to be an introvert, too.

Read more INFJoe comics or shop the INFJoeCartoons store.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

“Take Care of Yourself Today”

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This weekend, I’m going to live by the words of a wise young woman:

Tumblr Chibird Take Care Today Future You Appreciates

Jackie a.k.a. Chibird on Tumblr.

“Take care of yourself today. Future you appreciates it.” Illustration by Jackie a.k.a. Chibird on Tumblr.

This spring has been tough on my allergies. This week started rainy for some welcome respite, but yesterday and today it’s been sunny and hot, with temperatures in the 80s to low 90s / 28-33 degrees Celcius. Predictably, the resulting pollen explosion has knocked me almost out of commission despite immunotherapy and medications. I’ve had to switch from sewing to paperwork only because the added load from textile dust was just too much.

Hope you’ll have a relaxing weekend!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Native American Style Mainstream Genre Icons

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers, Geek out!, Stunt Double

Jeffrey Veregge, an artist and member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Washington state, makes positively fantastic versions of mainstream genre icons like superheroes, movie characters, Transformers, aliens, and the like.

Jeffrey Veregge Early Bird

Early Bird by Jeffrey Veregge.

Veregge himself says of his work:

“This site, the work that is seen on it is a reflection of a lifetime love affair with comic books, toys, TV and film. Taking my passions and blending them with my Native perspective, artistic background and the desire to simply be me. Basically I am just trying to have fun and get back to that kid that went to art school to begin with, wanting to create artwork that I want to see and make just for the hell of it.”

Jeffrey Veregge Shield Logo

Shield by Jeffrey Veregge.

Several of his designs would make fantastic fabric prints, like this Flash-inspired one, for example:

Jeffrey Veregge Scarlet Blurr

Scarlet Blurr by Jeffrey Veregge.

If there was a fabric Flash version, I’d use it for pencil cases, zipper travel pouches, or a table cloth. Or maybe tall, tall shades with a wide border on the bottom; that would look really striking.

Visit Veregge’s home page for more!

Cross-posted from Co-Geeking.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Fan-Made Black Widow Title Sequence

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For his After Effects class final project, Christopher Haley created an incredible title sequence for an imagined Black Widow movie. He writes in the YouTube intro:

“Cut off one head, two more shall take it’s place… For this speculative title sequence of a Black Widow film I decided Black Widow’s villain would be… Black Widow. Yelena Belova, to be specific. Belova believes herself to be the superior Black Widow, and in some ways she is right. Swift and ruthless, Belova is the most talented assassin to graduate from the Red Room–and now she is Hydra’s most deadly weapon. At Belova’s side is a super-soldier of her own, Alexi Shostakov–the Red Guardian, who also happens to be Natasha’s former lover. When the new heads of Hydra make a play for the power of the infinity stones it is up to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top agent to stop them.”

 

I just love it! Besides containing obvious homages to older James Bond title sequences, which work really great, it also seems to nod to the Captain America: Winter Soldier titles. The music selection (Sour Times by Portishead) is fantastic, too – apprehensive and a little threatening, befitting the world of spy games. Great job all around, Christopher!

And a small neat note: actor Samuli Edelmann, whom was cast as Alexi Shostakov (Red Guardian), is a fellow Finn. I also like Rosamund Pike a lot. Seeing her in a Black Widow movie would be awesome. 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: Miniature Paintings by Lorraine Loot

Arts & Crafts

Another great painting-related find: Lorraine Loots paints incredibly detailed miniatures. Her subjects include a wide variety of items, from everday objects and furry animals to book covers and celestial objects. For example, these paintings of The Hobbit and the Eta Carina Nebula are simply astounding:

Instagram Lorraine Loots The Hobbit

The Hobbit. Lorraine Loots.

Instagram Lorraine Loots Eta Carina Nebula

Eta Carina Nebula. Lorraine Loots.

And a little rabbit for the bunny fans:

Instagram Lorraine Loots Bunny

Bunny. Lorraine Loots.

What a steady hand and keen eye she must have, plus loads of talent. I’mm very impressed! See Lorraine’s website and Instagram account for more!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: John Kovalic Mugs

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Mugs with illustrator and cartoonist John Kovalic’s work are available from society6, including this very realistic Dork Tower comic:

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Dork Tower by John Kovalic.

Hear, hear! I can attest the same applies to creatives.

I don’t know how I wasn’t aware of these before! I will definitely get a present or two.

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Recreating Childhood Tastes: Liverwurst Sandwich

Food & Drink, My Spaces

Recently I’ve been musing on the peculiarities of memory, and especially taste memory. Moving into another country is a full day job. Apart from the paperwork, which can be considerable, arranging for the physical move itself can take a toll. Then there’s the emotional cost and the inevitable culture shock. For me, one of the changes that struck me more than anticipated was food.

Thankfully, New England cooking resembles Nordic cooking quite a lot, just like the landscape. In most cases, I’ve been able to make do with the ingredients found here, or find substitutes. My most recent search for substitutes involves liver. I gather that many people don’t like the taste of liver. I can’t say it’s a great favorite of mine either, except for one particular brand of casserole and one particular brand of sausage I grew up with; those I quite like.

The other day I was thinking of the Finnish liverwurst I loved as a child. I especially like it on a slice of a particular type of whole grain sourdough ryebread with a thin slice or two of cheese. Although I haven’t had them in years, the thought stuck so insistently that I had to try and recreate the sandwich.

Childhood Tastes Liverwurst Sandwich

Exhibit A: My dorky breakfast from this morning – a Herodotus quote mug and geeky napkins by fellow Etsy seller Nicole Porter. The kind of ryebread I’m thinking of isn’t available in this area. Instead, I chose a slice of Wasa sourdough crispbread (Fin. näkkileipä; Swe knäckebröd), because Wasa does the sour rye taste very well without any modern humbug like caraway. The cheese is extra sharp cheddar, sliced thin with my trusty Swedish cheeseplain that I brought over with me, and the liverwurst is a brand of Braunschweiger from the supermarket.

It was close, but the taste was off enough to leave a nagging feeling; perhaps it was the bacon(!) in the sausage. The texture of this Braunschweiger is also much too coarse compared to the one I’m craving. I will need to continue the search for a liverwurst that’s closer to the Finnish brand I remember. I’m looking forward to sampling. 🙂

Any comfort foods you’d like to share?