08 November 2016

Lifestyle: Thirteen Clothing, everyday dark clothing

I came across Thirteen Clothing from UK via Tweeter and I loved the nice selection of women's and men's clothes they posted on their profile. They are casual, they are street wear, they are every day's clothes with one thing in common: they have a beautiful touch of darkness.

These pieces are for you, who have a dark soul or alternative lifestyle and would like something more comfortable to commute in the city or have a less stressful time at the office or uni. Or for you, who simply enjoy the modern yet organic, edgy look of their collections. 

Where to find them? Check out their website: www.thirteenclothing.co.uk

Now, enjoy some looks I copied from their Twitter and share here with you:

 
 
 

24 October 2016

The Music of The Birthday Massacre

Over a decade ago, when I worked as graphic designer for an indie Heavy Metal/Alternative music record company, I did posters, magazine advertisements, web banners and other marketing materials for many CD's / DVD's (Blu-Ray wasn't out in the market at that time!). Among the many bands, I have designed stuff for The Birthday Massacre, when their second album was out, and that was how I first came across their awesome music.


They have a very original style, something very atmospheric with the work of the synths and something sweet and beautiful with the vocals of Chibi. They are also heavy, since elements of metal and industrial are equally important in the mix. The lyrics have oftentimes a surreal/dream-like quality that will make you wander through dark paths and strong feelings. Throughout the years their music has evolved and became much better technically speaking, but their originality and captivating nuance still remains.

And that is why I am sharing their their awesome music with you today! Indulge!


Visit their website: thebirthdaymassacre.com

07 October 2016

The Art of Howard Pyle: Book Illustrations

I came to know the work of Howard Pyle through my father, who has always been an avid reader and collector of books. I love the cleverness and allurement of his book illustrations, in their simplicity they are highly sophisticated and incite my fantasy. I could only wish that more of modern day books had such illustrations.


Another nice thing about this estadunidense artist is that he was both author and illustrator! (Like moi!). He did not only drawings, but also paintings... I however don't like much his paintings. They are charming, and very interesting, but they lack finesse and depth and because of it, they have a flattened aspect, which again, make them look more like colored drawings than paintings. 

Oh, but the drawings! I am sharing a selection of his drawings, of some of the pieces I like. I had copied these images to my private files, for study matters. It was long ago and I am pretty sure they were from Wikipedia, but now they are not available at his page anymore... So I cannot credit the source now.

 
   

03 October 2016

Gothic Beauty Magazine: Lifestyle, Arts and other Gothic Things

http://www.gothicbeauty.com/shop/back-issues

Whether you consider yourself a Goth or not, Gothic Beauty Magazine is a great place to see about Music, Fashion, Lifestyle & Beauty, Arts and Photography, as well as interesting events with a dark appeal or related to the Gothic Scene of the US and worldwide.

Issue 49 (AKA the Halloween Issue) is now out for pre-order. You can purchase it HERE. However, you don’t need to wait until All Saints Day to give yourself such a treat! With Gothic beauty Mag, in print or digitally, you can enjoy the dark side of life year round!

http://www.gothicbeauty.com/shop/back-issues


There is also a selection of back issues for sale at GB mag webshop. Perhaps you find a model of feature that is special to you in one of the older mags? You can check/order them HERE.

Enjoy the many free and awesome articles (like this one) and pics (like these) at Gothic Beauty Magazine’s website and be an insider.

http://www.gothicbeauty.com/

19 September 2016

Entangled, the music of Arctic Void

 
You know when you listen to a band for the first time and you say "Wow! This is fucking awesome!" Well that was my reaction to the swedes of Arctic Void. One of the coolest bands I have discovered in a long time. They knocked my socks off and I felt as if we were old fellas.

I love their mix of Industrial, Prog, Power and something Goth. The vocals, male and female are delightful and the instrumental is top notch.  Entangled is a musical masterpiece, hopefully the foundation for another great albums to come.


Indulge!

Here is an Youtube vid:


And here, check out their page at Power Prog website to listen to Entangled, the full album or purchase it: http://www.powerprog.net/releases_arctic_void_entangled.html

09 September 2016

Tragic Books upcoming release: The Picture of Dorian Gray in Quotes and Nudes

http://tragicbooks.com/picture.html

For those who love art and the acclaimed Gothic Classic "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, 24th October you have a calling. Tragic books, with license from CMG Worldwide, is publishing a beautiful art book with 60+ quotes of the original novel accompanied by 20 fine art nudes studies by Isis Sousa.

The book will be exclusively for sale at this link: http://tragicbooks.com/picture.html

And the editions are limited! 150 Paperbacks + 150 Hardcovers. The purchases will be numbered. There will be no second edition or reprint!

http://tragicbooks.com/picture.html

http://tragicbooks.com/picture.html

08 September 2016

Stoker vs Coppola / V. Hart: my loathing opinion about the original Dracula’s ending


If you’re a diehard fan of Bram Stoker, you may not like this post and therefore I even invite you to leave right now…

Dracula has been one my top of the top favourite stories for 21 years, since I first read it at the age of 10. But wait… I have a strange relation with this book. In 21 years, I have read it over a dozen times, and yet, in some-very-strange-weird-how I had never made it to the very ending – UNTIL NOW.

Let’s rewind things a little: I had watched the movie several times as well (completely, until the end) along these 21 years and every time I watched it it was like the biggest thing, the greatest love and redemption story.  I have cried many times as well while watching some scenes and I have always told to myself that I hoped someday I would be able to put together a story as maginifique as that one.

Back to the present: In the past couple of months I made a promise to myself, since I am also aiming to be a better writer: I HAD to read the book and for the first time, register its ending. And I did it.  I DID IT!!!

And…

I WISH I HAD NEVER DONE IT! O.O !!!

The gods of writing have mercy on my soul, but that was the worst ending possible for this epic tale of Gothic!!! At the very end, when our readers nerves are about to jump out of our skin, the Count, whom we barely see in the story, is powerless in a box of earth , already very close to his castle, and is killed in the blink of an eye in a coward way, then he turns into dust and… That’s it! There is a lot of momentum before this part – and there’s nothing to keep the reader hooked during this crucial passage. In fact, it makes things so easy for the “hero” who kills him, that I had to read it twice to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. I was like: Huh? That’s it?

And then, the completely boring, colorless "happy ending"  of Ms. and Mr. Harker…

And one final thought: the story should have been called "Van Helsing" and not "Dracula". Since the count’s participation in the novel is minimal. I loved the character of Van Helsing, it was a fantastically well done one. However, the count itself could have been more explored and gained more weight through the plot to balance things.


This is what V. Hart and Coppola did. They saw the potential that Stoker failed to see and worked on those, not only making Dracula a formidable character and enemy, but also giving the plot a more complex, mature story with AN EPIC ENDING.

29 August 2016

Lifestyle/Sponsored post: Leonhard's TOP PICKS from Scarlet Burn, UK based Alternative Shop


LEONHARD is the lead male character @ The Night of Elisa - Illustrated Gothic Novel, which takes place during the Victorian Era. He is a painter and has existed for long centuries of darkness and solitude, until the time of the the story, when he sees himself among true, loyal friends. He is a man of traditions and his lifestyle has always been rooted on the dark side of existence. 

http://www.scarletburn.co.uk/

Scarlet Burn, UK Alternative Shop and I have asked him: 

Leonhard, if you were a modern-day Goth, which would be your top picks from the shop and why?
And here is what we got:

http://www.scarletburn.co.uk/chaostar-835-p.asp

I'd certainly wear this Chaos necklace instead of my ascots and scarves, trading therefore the elegant for the... - this that you so call "casual"?

Chaos is the essence burning at the underground of my mind, hiding beneath it's compartmentalization  and preoccupations with perfection and control.








http://www.scarletburn.co.uk/gargoyle-door-knocker-755-p.asp
I'd have one of these door knockers, to let those who come at my door know how much I welcome them. Oh! I cherish this design! It reminds me of certain places I have been a long, long time ago.










http://www.scarletburn.co.uk/daughter-of-lileth-715-p.asp

Beauty in all its shapes and nuances should be the feast of my soul. This slightly puzzling calendar would help me to register the days of earthly time - a concept which I have trouble understanding - and nonetheless, should keep me entertained with this delightful female figure.

(Scoffs.) I just hope my dearest Elisa will not grow jealousy upon hearing these words...







 http://www.scarletburn.co.uk/throne-de-la-mort-incense-burner-754-p.asp
I know myself just too well. I been provided of great amounts of time for doing analysis of the self and reflections upon my actions and impulses. I have these obsessions which come in waves and I am most certain, that I would have to live there - where you are - in the material world, my newest obsession would have been Death itself.

And that's why the rest of this list will gravitate around it. I cannot already think of something else... And thus, I indulged in this incense burner.




http://www.scarletburn.co.uk/skull-bookends-744-p.asp
Books! One cannot live (ironic use of words) without them! Those magnificent bookends would be essential on my shelves. Specially one on each end of my 1700s Shakespearian collection, as if a transgression from Hamlet itself.











http://www.scarletburn.co.uk/atrocity-735-p.asp
What can be more frightening and at the same time more beautiful than what lies beneath the surface? The pillars of man's material essence are sculpted in bones and that art of the finest is only revealed when life has fled the vessel.

This Atrocity Lamp is mostly, illuminating, shall I say the least.











Leonhard: I am most grateful and amused of having such an opportunity to wander my mind on the things of the living! I indulged in this playful activity, but now I must return to my realm. The duties of Duskland are calling for me.

Isis Sousa & Scarlet Burn: You are most welcome! And it was fun having you participating on this post!

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You can find these awesome items and much more at Scarlet Burn. And you know something really cool? Each time you purchase something from this UK shop, you earn reward points, which you can spend later on!






Visit: www.scarletburn.co.uk

27 August 2016

The Art of Sanjin Halimic

I like the art of South Korean Sanjin Halimic a lot. I discovered him on ArtStation, since I have a portfolio there as well. What’s special about it? In my opinion, it is the way he mixes the old influences with new aesthetics and modern approach to Fantasy art.

I can see much of classic art lighting and use of colors in his work as well as some brush explorations to give the digital media a more painterly and traditional look. On the other hand, his aesthetical choices have influence of manga and some of the latest trends in digital art.

Another aspect of his work I enjoy is the themes. He can do some classic motives with a nice, personal appealing, making them as interesting as new.

 
 
 
 
 

Enjoy more of his work HERE: https://www.artstation.com/artist/sanjinhalimic

18 August 2016

Beyond The Black

Nice band I have been listening to lately. At first listening, I didn't like their music at all o.O - but then... After listening to them more, and more... I grew quite fond of their music :) I think their albums are very well produced. The lyrics are great and the musicians/vocals are good on the technical aspects as well. Cool stuff.

Sharing some videos. Indulge!




Visit their official website: www.beyondtheblack.de