demonagerie:

Paulus Kal: Fechtbuch, gewidmet dem Pfalzgrafen Ludwig - BSB Cgm 1507, [S.l.] Bayern, second half 15th century (not after 1479)

This peculiar illustration comes from a 15th-century fencing manual by Paulus Kal, which explains the sword. Everything else about the picture boggled my mind so much that I had to look into it further. From this page, I discovered that it represents the qualities of the ideal fencer: “I have eyes like a hawk, so you cannot deceive me. / I have a heart like a lion, so I strive forward. / I have feet like a deer, so I can jump forward and backward.”
However, this doesn’t explain why the ideal fencer would choose to sally forth in public wearing nothing but crotch-enhancing underwear. Perhaps all will be explained in the forthcoming movie spectacular, The Swashbuckling Semi-Nude Adventures of Lionheart Bambihawk…

demonagerie:

Paulus Kal: Fechtbuch, gewidmet dem Pfalzgrafen Ludwig - BSB Cgm 1507, [S.l.] Bayern, second half 15th century (not after 1479)

This peculiar illustration comes from a 15th-century fencing manual by Paulus Kal, which explains the sword. Everything else about the picture boggled my mind so much that I had to look into it further. From this page, I discovered that it represents the qualities of the ideal fencer: “I have eyes like a hawk, so you cannot deceive me. / I have a heart like a lion, so I strive forward. / I have feet like a deer, so I can jump forward and backward.

However, this doesn’t explain why the ideal fencer would choose to sally forth in public wearing nothing but crotch-enhancing underwear. Perhaps all will be explained in the forthcoming movie spectacular, The Swashbuckling Semi-Nude Adventures of Lionheart Bambihawk…

I posted gratuitous kitty pics the last time I visited Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, so you’ll have to forgive me for these, taken on my second visit today. I’m fairly sure that if evolution hadn’t wanted us to take loads of photos of cats, it wouldn’t have given them such delightfully fluffy appendages.

Above: Cupid and Hymen Drink From The Cup Of Friendship (1820) by Jean-Baptiste Regnault
Below: Cupid Rekindling The Torch Of Hymen (c. 1831) by George Rennie

This week on Mighty Moments In Slash History, we’ve got a ripe pair of artworks featuring bare-bottomed gods-about-town Cupid and Hymen. Cupid was of course the god of love, famous for his bow and arrows. Hymen, meanwhile, was the god of marriage, and his accessories of choice were a flower crown and a flaming torch, symbolizing lasting union. Although Cupid also liked the ladies (Psyche was his long-term squeeze), he wasn’t averse to a spot of “Hi, men!” (*mythological rimshot*), and as the old song says, love and marriage go together like… well, like drinking and boob-groping in the name of “friendship”, apparently.

The most interesting feature in the painted version is not the fact that Hymen’s wings are tied together (I assume this is unsubtle marital symbolism, although maybe it’s just a kinky god thing). No, it’s the fact that Hymen’s put down his torch while it’s still alight and it’s about to set fire to the curtains. Whoops. Maybe that’s why Eros is casting such a sneaky gaze at the viewer: he’s bored silly with those grey drapes and is desperate for a chance to redecorate.

In the statue version, Hymen’s torch looks more like an ice cream cone in a high wind, so maybe it’s a warning about what happens when you spend all your time pouting moodily when you should be licking. Alternatively, perhaps it’s naked karaoke night on Mount Olympus and the boys are simply trying to remember the lyrics to Relight My Fire

And now, an Otter Who Looks Like Benedict Cumberbatch Drunkenly Accepting A GQ Award. Thank you very good much for this ice cube and I’ll see you in the pool…

Project Mini-Who: Redraw The Companions is still chugging ahead, and to prove it, here’s Team TARDIS, version 1.0!
Since I started with new-school Who, I’ve now gone back to the very start and intend to work my way forwards, Doctor by Doctor. The fact that this method allows me lots of time to figure out exactly how many zillions of companions the Eighth Doctor has had and what the heck they all looked like is just a convenient coincidence…

Project Mini-Who: Redraw The Companions is still chugging ahead, and to prove it, here’s Team TARDIS, version 1.0!

Since I started with new-school Who, I’ve now gone back to the very start and intend to work my way forwards, Doctor by Doctor. The fact that this method allows me lots of time to figure out exactly how many zillions of companions the Eighth Doctor has had and what the heck they all looked like is just a convenient coincidence…

Attention shoppers! The fabulous folk at Redbubble are currently offering 15% OFF EVERYTHING if you use the coupon code GET15 when you check out. The code is valid until midnight on Tuesday 2nd September so you’ve got all weekend to shop.

So if you’d like to buy anything from my Redbubble shop, including t-shirts, stickers, posters, cards, throw pillows and tote bags, this is a great time for a spot of well-deserved self-indulgence…

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It’s Jonny Sonny and Cherlock, the grooviest pop couple on Baker Street, ready to promote their catchy new single “I’ve Got Clues, Babe”.
Inspired partly by letsdrawsherlock's August Challenge: Alternative Fashion Styles, partly by various retro music posters, and partly by my inability to resist an appalling pun…

It’s Jonny Sonny and Cherlock, the grooviest pop couple on Baker Street, ready to promote their catchy new single “I’ve Got Clues, Babe”.

Inspired partly by letsdrawsherlock's August Challenge: Alternative Fashion Styles, partly by various retro music posters, and partly by my inability to resist an appalling pun…

Anonymous asked: When you get round to redoing the classic and audio companions can you add in Oliver Harper, was so disappointed he only first appeared after you stopped doing the icons the last time round. Would love to see him now that you're resuming them.

Hello, anonymous person! Are you by chance Simon Guerrier in disguise? I only ask because, when you asked me this question, I was already midway through drawing Oliver, in response to an earlier request from Simon.

Anyway, to celebrate this neat coincidence, here’s a mini Oliver!

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And here’s an icon version, in case you or anyone else wants one.

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johnfinnemoressouvenirprogramme:

Interviewing John Finnemore

As some of you may know, there’s a Cabin Pressure convention called EuroAirDotCon happening this weekend in Milan. I’m not in attendance, but benlocked (on the left in the pic) kindly let me know that she just interviewed John Finnemore while wearing one of my Souvenir Programme shirts. 
She also said “John loved your shirt! (As does everyone else at the convention!)" and I am now very chuffed indeed!

johnfinnemoressouvenirprogramme:

Interviewing John Finnemore

As some of you may know, there’s a Cabin Pressure convention called EuroAirDotCon happening this weekend in Milan. I’m not in attendance, but benlocked (on the left in the pic) kindly let me know that she just interviewed John Finnemore while wearing one of my Souvenir Programme shirts.

She also said “John loved your shirt! (As does everyone else at the convention!)" and I am now very chuffed indeed!

What’s more topical than Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch? Yes, it’s Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch Doing The Ice Bucket Challenge!

Unfortunately, otters find it rather difficult to donate to the MND Association in the UK or the ALS Association in the US, but I’ve heard they make particularly cute squeaky noises of gratitude when human beings make a donation instead…

Anonymous asked: Have you ever drawn Captain Jack's Captain John?!

The last time I drew Captain John was many years ago, so here’s a shiny new version.

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(I’ve also added a Captain John sticker to my Redbubble store, in case anyone wants him.)

Project Mini-Who: Redraw The Companions continues apace, and just in time for the start of the new series, I’ve finished my set of new-school post-2005 companions and other comrades. Here they all are, along with their Doctors.

My Redbubble store now features this design as a shirt, print, card, tote bag or cushion. Plus stickers of everybody are also available!

Because there are so many potential teams and pairings that can be made from all these mini-folk, I am happy to take requests via my ask-box for:

  • icons/userpics - let me know which characters you’d like (up to three) and what size you want the icon to be (eg. 100 x 100 px for Livejournal, 400 x 400 px for Twitter profiles, etc.)
  • shirts/postcards/stickers/phone cases featuring more than one character - please specify which combo you’d like to buy.

I can’t promise I’ll manage every request but I’ll certainly try my best.

My ask box is also the place if you’d like to enthusiastically argue that I really ought to draw Astrid Peth or Craig Owens or anyone else post-2005 that the Doctor has snogged. As for companions for the First Doctor through to the Eighth Doctor, please watch this swirly space vortex as patiently as you can…

vaporheart-archive:

i think something went wrong

The Ballad of the House of Leg
When Hogwarts was first foundedBy the noble Founders Four,They looked upon their housesAnd they asked: “Do we need more?”
"For some are brave, and some are loyal,As each one of us knows,And some are cunning, some are smart,But some are NONE of those!”
"What shall we do with pupilsWho just haven’t got a clue?Who have no proud distinctive traitsAnd may well smell of poo?”
"Let’s found another house for them:A Hogwarts bargain bin.The entrance code is simple:If they’ve got a leg, they’re in!”
The cryptofascist FoundersGave themselves both praise and plauditThey gave the school the House of LegThen basically ignored it.
Thus left alone, the House of LegBecame a decent placeFor aimless wandering, cups of teaAnd staring into space
The dull and non-distinctive Found a quiet place to land onAnd in times of trouble, Hogwarts alwaysHas its Leg to stand on…

vaporheart-archive:

i think something went wrong

The Ballad of the House of Leg

When Hogwarts was first founded
By the noble Founders Four,
They looked upon their houses
And they asked: “Do we need more?”

"For some are brave, and some are loyal,
As each one of us knows,
And some are cunning, some are smart,
But some are NONE of those!”

"What shall we do with pupils
Who just haven’t got a clue?
Who have no proud distinctive traits
And may well smell of poo?”

"Let’s found another house for them:
A Hogwarts bargain bin.
The entrance code is simple:
If they’ve got a leg, they’re in!”

The cryptofascist Founders
Gave themselves both praise and plaudit
They gave the school the House of Leg
Then basically ignored it.

Thus left alone, the House of Leg
Became a decent place
For aimless wandering, cups of tea
And staring into space

The dull and non-distinctive
Found a quiet place to land on
And in times of trouble, Hogwarts always
Has its Leg to stand on…

Bacchanal Before a Statue of Pan (1632-33) by Nicolas Poussin

This is not so much a Mighty Moment In Slash History as a Mighty Moment In Anatomical Ineptitude, but let’s run with it anyway. Or if not run, then skip drunkenly in a bacchanalian fashion.

I’ve singled out this image not because it features two men dancing and holding hands (although it does), but because one of them has been painted in the impossible comic-book stance that eschergirls calls the boobs-and-butt pose, also known as the Brokeback pose. Yes, a MAN in the boobs-and-butt pose. And he’s not even Hawkeye!

Nevertheless, he’s surely only there to pad out the painting with extra pecs and posterior: the artist hasn’t even bothered to give him a face. Mind you, his dancing partner seems pretty happy about the bits of him that ARE on view. Perhaps he’s looking forward to seeing what other crazy positions his supernaturally bendy friend can get into later that evening?

Anyway, well done to Nicolas Poussin for his admirably egalitarian approach to 17th-century objectification. Rather less well done on the realistic life drawing skills, though…