Back in my younger days, when people would ask where I went to high school, the conversation would often go like this:
“I go to Arts Magnet.”
“Oh. So you’re a painter.”
“What? You just draw?”
“But . . . you’re an artist, right?”
“Yep. I compose music and direct and act in plays.”
“Oh, right. Artssss Magnet.”
One of the fudgeries of spoken English is the way we often use the word for a subset to mean the whole set, and vice versa. To some people, “artist” means “painter,” “American” means “from the USA,” and “animal” means “multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdoms Animalia or Metazoa BUT NOT HUMANS CAUSE WE’RE SPESHUL.”
Of course, we’re starting to get rid of a lot of these fudges, but it’s still tricky. I often use “USian” instead of “American,” but as a southerner I correct Aussies who call me a “yank.” The politics of who’s the subset in these verbal habits can be very problematic, you see. (But at least pretty much everyone has given up saying “man” for “humanity.”)
AND YET, here I’ve done more than a dozen Fan Art Fridays, and about 99% of the fan art I’ve shared with you is drawn or painted (or the digital equivalent). Apparently I’ve been colonized by my painterly high school oppressors without even realizing it!
So here we are at last, a special edition of Fan Art Friday in which NO art is drawn or painted. (Well, some of it is, partly. There is no escape.)
Cool, huh? You don’t see enough leather in cosplay.
And here’s some self-portraiture by bano–kagi, which is partly cosplay, but also involves the art of resembling Deryn Sharp without even trying.
I mean, seriously. It’s like she jumped out of the book.
SPEAKING OF WHICH:
This one is sort of on the border between drawing and sculpture, but you will agree it’s totally cool. See if you can find the Leviathan characters in “Jump Off the Page” by ThePrinceOfParties.
This is a crop. You must follow this link for the whole thing!
Characters jumping out of books makes me happy.
More sculpture! Of a Huxley Ascender! This one from Parker-Strom.
And in a more jewelry mode, Heather L. offers up one of the Leviathan‘s fabricated bees:
It’s so glittery, kind of like I describe the bees in the gut.
And now . . . something that will keep you Midnighters fans in stitches.
Heh, in stitches. (Bada-BOOM.) From Kristen G, who is clearly awesome, because those midnighters symbols are really detailed.
And in the photography category, Ren W. and Sammy sent me shots of the sky that might be related to Leviathan, of course. But which might also be somehow related to a CERTAIN LINE at the beginning of the Uglies series!
That one’s by Ren W, and this next one’s by Sammy.
Okay, we’ve covered Leviathan, Midnighters, and Uglies, and EIGHT pieces of art, so I think I’m stopping here. (Still fluey.) Rest assured, though, there will be more non-painterly art next week, including the bajillion pieces of fan-fiction you all sent me. (So. Much. Fan. Fiction.)
There will also be a tattoo, or perhaps even two. Seriously.
If you’re coming to BEA or simply live near New York City, don’t forget
my appearances next month. I’m coming 10,000 miles for this BEA, so I don’t want any empty chairs!
And just a reminder, you guys know I’m on Twitter, right?