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I updated my InPrnt shop with more prints. Enjoy! 

I had a dream about a dino-apocalypse. We had to hide at top floors of the blocks - while the dinos were strolling leisurely down the streets, picking humans like one might free samples at the mall.

It’s like I spend 8 hours every night with my head inside a DVD bargain bin, I swear.

Orchid Mantis praying mantis by sublimedart on Flickr.


some old environment speed paints of mine

Imogen by Herbert Gustave Schmalz, (1888).
Photo via Shakespeare’s World at Emory University.

Imogen by Herbert Gustave Schmalz, (1888).

Photo via Shakespeare’s World at Emory University.




So my historical costuming resources list from 2011 was less than a page long- I’m not saying that I’ve learned a lot in the past three years, but this list is now sitting pretty at a solid nine pages.  Whew.  And people wonder why I want to redo this damn series.

This list is by no means an exhaustive one- it’s a list of (primarily western) historical fashion resources, both online and offline, that is limited to what I know, own, or use!  It’s a work in progress, and I’m definitely hoping to expand on it as my knowledge base grows.  First things first, how about a little:


  • Read, and read about more than just costuming.  Allowing yourself to understand the cultural and historical context surrounding the clothing of a particular region/period can be invaluable in sussing out good costume design.  Looking at pictures is all well and good, but reading about societal pressures, about construction techniques, daily routines, local symbolism, whatever else will really help you understand the rhyme and reason behind costuming from any given context.
  • Expand your costume vocabulary.  When you’re delving into a new topic, costuming or otherwise, picking up new terminology is essential to proper understanding and furthering your research.  Write down or take note of terms as you come across them- google them, look up synonyms, and use those words as a jumping off point for more research.  What’s a wire rebato?  How does it differ from a supportasse?  Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Double-check your sources.  Especially on the internet, and double especially on tumblr.  I love it, but it’s ground zero for rapidly spreading misinformation.  Books are usually your safest bet, but also take into account their date of publication, who’s writing them- an author’s biases can severely mangle their original source material.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Do everything you can to find out information on your own, but feel free to reach out to people with more specialized areas of knowledge for help!  Be considerate about it- the people you’re asking are busy as well- but a specific line of questioning that proves you’re passionate and that you respect their subject matter expertise can work wonders.

Okay, onto the links!


It’s impossible to overstate the importance of getting off the internet and looking into books!  God bless the internet, but books are (generally, this isn’t a rule) better-researched and better-sourced.  Bibliographies also mean each individual books can be a jumping off point for further research, which is always a fantastic thing.

Remember- owning books is awesome and you should absolutely assemble your own library of resources, but LIBRARIES.  Libraries.  You’ll be surprised to find what books are available to you at your local library.


Patterns fo Fashion books
Detailed, hand-drawn diagrams of historical fashion, inside and out.  Pretty amazing stuff.

Fashion in Detail books
Not what you want if you’re looking for photos of entire costumes- note the “in detail” bit up there.  Just a beautiful series, and great reference for all the little things you might miss otherwise.  The V&A has an amazing fashion collection, and it’s great to see them share it with the world.


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Wildfire in Brazil (Wild Brazil - BBC)


Wildfire in Brazil (Wild Brazil - BBC)


todays speedpaint, 32 min in photoshop. time lapse vid:


todays speedpaint, 32 min in photoshop. time lapse vid:


Images from X-ray Vision: Fish Inside Out, a traveling exhibit of x-rays of some of the creepiest creatures in the ocean taken by Sandra J. Raredon and organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

You can find more of them at Smithsonian National Museum’s of Natural History Flick stream.


Bullock (Bullcentaur) by David Meng


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Extra Credits: “Fail Faster”

even though this is geared towards game designers i think it’s p inspirational for all designers across the board- fail faster so you can get all the bad stuff out of the way before you can move on to making a better thing.

I think the overarching idea of this is great advice for any—or at least most—creative medium and process.

Rain World is so weird and pretty…


Cheong-ah Hwang - Princess Iron Fan


Paper installation by Lauren Fensterstock

XKit Extension for Tumblr!