Mermaids

Troubled Waters

I had an interesting last few days.

My younger cousin and I have been dialoguing a lot more recently and it’s opened my eyes to so many new things. One would be, I’ve never realized how similar we are as adults. I remember us running around as children and always having a great deal in common, but was blind to the fact that it transferred into adulthood.

We spoke about our family and our ethnicity and so many wonderful things. She is raising a child of her own and she is doing an amazing job, even being dealt a shitty hand. I am in awe of her. At 21 she has more maturity than some people twice her age.

This all sparked conversation in my own home about race and ethnicity and even more wonderful things. As that conversation was happening, I was sent some links to something that made me sick on Twitter.

People were (and still are) complaining about the race of a girl cast to play the new Ariel in Disney’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid.

What a bunch of fuckwits. Talk about a waste of space.

I’ve drawn and designed mermaids many times in my life and now I do so professionally, and I assure you, no where does it state they have to be a certain shade. I’ve even designed some with a lavender skin, or a greenish hue, sometimes pink; sometimes blue.

In the words of Jim Morrison, people are strange.

There are events going on in our country that are in dire need of attention, but these are the things some choose to get angry about.

It’s maddening.

The Shining Sea

I have a niece that I already know will very much look up to the new Ariel. Right now, her favorite is Moana for similar reasons. That alone makes me smile. That alone makes me want to give every one of those people complaining a great, big Jersey hello. (That’s the middle finger for those of you that’ve never been out here.)

So with that said, I hardly ever do fan art. About 98% of my art are originals. That being the case, I am going to make an exception for this next one and maybe a few others. After all, I plan on doing more of these for this movie coming up if time allows.

A Little Mermaid © 2019 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

The following early concept is one of a limited edition series I’m doing on mermaids. This first one was inspired by the new Ariel.

Instead of me going back at some of those people that are spreading racist ideals on Twitter, this is going to be my retaliation. Share it if you can. Art speaks and it also teaches. Let the art teach. Maybe they can see its beauty and learn something.

Let the art teach.

J

31 Nightmares 2018: The 14th

Visit in the Night

Every year around this time I often do horror and sci-fi designs not only for clients and friends but also for myself and my own family. This one is likely going to be a wall design. It was based on an old dream about alien life and a night they visited the area.


This has been

Day 14

of

Sleepy Sundays: Soundscape

Soundscape (rough draft/early concept) © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Greetings, my darlings. It has certainly been a while. If you’ve been curious as to where your girl Daydreams has been, please check up on my latest Daydreams Diary or you could always follow on Twitter or Instagram (links in the sidebar) for more timely updates.

This design is my first attempt back into the world of concept art. Although I’ve only been away for about a month, you’d be surprised how rusty I’ve become. Despite all that, I’m going to be hitting the ground running this month due to a recent need to make my services available to a much wider audience of clients. You will likely be seeing an expansion of Snapping Turtle happening here at CardCastles and lots of promo material.

I’m not sure yet what this design is going to be used for and it will likely be very brushed up before it hits a client’s hands. Whatever the case, I was happy to create this little surrealistic landscape after being away from the art world for what felt like aeons.

Have you missed seeing these designs here? What have you been up to while I was away? Do tell. You know I love a good coffee chat.

Have a surrealistic Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Bubbly

Bubbly © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

My son along with my niece were the inspiration behind starting up a bunch of these underwater designs. Preparing for summer here I’ve been doing a lot of shifting and planning, so I’m also going to be expanding some of my home decor and greetings designs for the upcoming season.

Even though a lot has changed behind the scenes the past few months, we look forward to new ventures as we move around these unforeseen road blocks. I have a strange feeling this summer might just be a good one. However it turns out, thank you for being patient with us and enjoying and sharing these designs every week with your friends. It makes a world of difference in our little spot of the sea.

How’s your June so far?

Have a restful Sunday!

Daydreams Diary: Moving On

We’re slowly packing our things again for yet another move. The future is somewhat uncertain but we’ve been planning out how the next few months should go. We’re all so ready to leave this place, including my son. While I sorted out upcoming errands and filed away my folders for the night, I added this piece to the collection of prints coming up for sale as wall art and greeting cards. It actually started out as my son’s idea and it is brilliant. This one is another trip into the fantasy genre.

Farther © 2018 Snapping Turtle Arts

Why not escape far away for a while before we head someplace new and have to do all of that un-fun grown-up stuff. 🙂

7 Sceptres Available Now through CardCastles

The Seven Sceptres original cover art by Daydreams | Snapping Turtle Arts

This book is now published & available for purchase on Amazon for Kindle or paperback! There was a long road with a lot of other projects and ventures to juggle, but this one was yet another well worth it. I enjoyed working with some friends through this process.

You can get to my sidebar where there is a link to purchase the book via Amazon by simply clicking or tapping on this image. Or you can visit The Matticus Kingdom & any of these lovely authors websites/blogs for more information. Be sure to check us all out on social media as well since I’m sure we’ll be posting about & sharing info about it these next few weeks.

Sleepy Sundays: Exist

Exist © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts & Publishing

There’s a bunch of things planned for this new year coming up on CardCastles.

Yet only time will tell if they come to fruition.

Though, despite the odds working against me, I believe.

I believe with every ragged fiber of me, because if there’s one thing my life has shown me, it’s that anything can rise from ashes.

Such has been true for me time and time again. This weekend I felt the worst I have ever felt—

And yet, I smile.”

Why?

I know it’s not over yet. In fact, with the new year rolling in, it’s only just beginning.

I’m aware all of this may sound oh-so-very cliché. I’m not blind to the notion that some people out there are sick to death of hearing me preach the power of positive thought. (Those people can stuff it, by the way.) In spite of all that, I want you to keep going with me, through whatever trials you may be facing as well. We can’t give up and we can’t give in. BELIEVE in yourself. It’s a point I have to make. It’s important.

We’re all just getting started. 😉

Have a beautiful Sunday, my loves.

& Have a very happy New Year!


Fun facts: This artwork was inspired by elements of science fiction and recent talks buzzing around about alien life. It’s been a little while since something in the “surreal” genre was posted here at CardCastles. This Sunday changes that.