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Here's just a small art dump before I go on vacation. The first one is my alien character and the second is a remake on an old PJO inspired drawing.

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The image of what I might have been reverberates underneath my skin,
Surfacing every now and then,
As do my past, my future, and my present,
"Are they all the same?" I ask,

How do anyone know,
I don't know,

I let the echo sound,
Louder and louder for every image, every beat,
They drown out the sound of reality,
Until the only thing I can hear is the sound of my heart beat drumming four times per beat,

Is this my legacy, my echo,
A heart beat song filled with anxiety

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Hello Darlings,

Here are the two OOTD pieces I made some time ago that I promised you yesterday. I hope you can see how my style has progressed if you go back to my old drawings. Both OOTDs are of clothing that I own (or well, mostly except for a few accessories). I know I don't write a lot when I post my art and I apologise for that. There is just not that much to say. Especially for these kinds of simple doodles or pieces.

They will be up on my Society6 as prints soon and I'm working on a little something more elaborate to show you later.

Have a good day!

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Hello Lovelies,

I am finally back home in Sweden after my trip to London. And you know what? I had totally forgotten to post all the art I've been making over the past weeks. So here is two of my characters; Ava and Monica, portrayed as mermaids for Mermay. I'll post my OOTD sketches tomorrow.

Bye for now!

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Hi Lovelies,

I'm just popping in to say that I have updated my Society6 store and that more prints will probably pop up through out next week. As for now it's mostly my digital art but I will see if I can turn more of my traditional works into prints.

Here is the link to my Society6: https://society6.com/emmaraneborn

Other than that I just wanted to say that I am working on two book reviews and that they will be up soon on the blog.

So stay tuned!

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Hi Lovelies,

Here comes a super old review of Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Lightning Thief I did a hundred years ago (okay, maybe not that long, but sure seems like it).

Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Lightning Thief


Book synopsis/The Blurb:


Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.


Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


Thoughts on the Blurb:


Frankly the blurb don't do the book justice. The book itself is an emotional roller-coaster with a lot of humor and sass. But the blurb is inviting enough and there is a reason (beside the big crowds of fans who told me to read them, not pointing any fingers or anything, you all know who you are) that made me want to buy and get sucked in by them.


Okay, so now let's move on to breaking the whole book down into tiny bits and pieces... or not. We'll start with the *drumroll*:


Narration:


Percy Jackson is the main of this story and Rick made a wise choice when he chose to go with first person POV for this series. I think Rick Riordan opened up many doors to a better humor in the book that way, and made it easier to understand what's Percy's thoughts and what's not. Also it made more sense for it to be in first person POV then third person POV. Since 3rd person POV often give of a know it all feeling.


Setting:


They move around a lot in the book. Going on a not so successful field trip, meeting old ladies and being sent out on a quest. My favourite setting that will keep reappearing in the books (I hope), is of course Camp Half-Blood. Being kind of a boarding school in a summer camp format just gave me the right amount of nostalgia, being a summer camp kid myself since I was seven. What summer camp kid wouldn't want a pegasi stable, a lethal game of capture the flag and a greek god as the camp director?


Maybe I should also mention that it plays out in and around New York with some travelling here and there, so let's just say inside US boarders. Oh, and some Olympian places as well.


Theme:


It is a YA book series (I think), which means what for a fantasy book? That there is some shit going down and it may or may not escalate quickly. Some themes are Greek mythology (yay!), action, friendship and a tiny little sprinkle of love.


*UPDATE It's a middle school targeted book but it is heavily enjoyed by YA book fantasts all over the Globe!


My thoughts on the themes:


I would say that Rick Riordan made a great job with those themes, also portraying the feelings and priorities of a twelve year old. He has also turned the greek myths to something quirky and fun.


My overall thoughts and feelings on the book:


In the beginning I was a bit of a skeptic at how Rick chose to write. It wasn't my personal favourite kind of writing style, but I got used to it and now there is a charm to it. It is so, so... so Percy! I don't think any other style would convey Percy's humor and feelings any better and it really is a fit. This is also one of my favourite book series of ALL time and I can't even begin to describe how much I love this book that dragged me down the rabbit hole we call The Riordanverse.

This book is for everyone, from young elementary kids to middle aged peeps who wants a fun and enjoyable read.


I couldn't put the book down and I loved the way most characters stood up to bullies and showed everybody that This is me and I'm PROUD of it. You will find friends in the main line-up and they will become your little babies. I am really hyped to continue to read the other four books in this series and then if I'm up for it The Heroes of Olympus series, too.


And to all of you out there who have watched the movie. If you thought the movie was good read the BOOK! If you thought the movie was bad... read the BOOK!


I'm also gonna throw in one small (old) fanart I did a loooong time ago. Over a year ago and wow, my art has improved.

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Hello Lovelies,

Easter is almost over and I've had a super busy week. Mostly I've been working on my novel and things revolving that. Other than sitting at home reading Red Queen and writing, I went with our exchange student Reto, my brother and my best friend to the Air Force Museum last Tuesday, and even though it was a birthday present to our exchange student I think my best friend and I had the most fun. Though Reto and my brother might argue that it was because we were sillying around, but we actually learned a ton of new stuff and I bet we read a lot more of the info signs than they did.

I haven't been able to make a lot of new art so here is an old piece I did some weeks ago:

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I decided to make a small speedpaint video of my process with my MOON DUST piece. Take a look if you want to, maybe leave a comment.

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Hi Lovelies,

I'm back with yet another painting I did last week. It's kind of a portrait-still-life thingey of my new lavender plant, which I named Aileen. On this piece you can see a white and gold pot with a lavender plant in, also some samples of my terrible handwriting (which of course is worse when digitised).

I bought Aileen the Lavender Plant on our last trip to Gekås Ullared, and to be honest I think it might be one of the best buys I've ever done. I also bought a peppermint plant which I named Pallav.

A different version of this painting is up on my Society6 store https://society6.com/emmaraneborn

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Hello Lovelies,

I'm back with a new art piece that I made two days ago. It's a study I did of one of my old pictures. Though it might not have been necessary to paint it off of a photo since the view is basically what I have right outside my window every evening. This was my first time actually finishing a landscape (and I'm super proud of myself). I named the piece MOON DUST and, well, here it is;


Personally I love this painting, because it both shows how far I've come in digital painting over the last couple of weeks, and it's a beautiful motif, too. It also brings back a ton of memories of my last week in Sweden before I went to the US. And this particular photo was taken on my last day with my friends. It was such a beautiful evening and the moon was abnormally visible. We sat around in the pool house talking late into the night.

The art print for this painting is available at my Society6 store: https://society6.com/emmaraneborn

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