Monday, March 25, 2019

March Art Roundup: Pink Chubby Toads, Fried Egg Elephants(?!) & Octopodes On The Ceiling!

This month, just to shake things up, we're going 3D. Art isn't limited to flat paper prints anyway, right? Plus I've found sooo many new sculptors I think you're gonna love.

Starting with Shayne Greco and the JAW-DROPPING octopus chandelier he just made for his own house:

WANT.

Greco is a ceramic artist who specializes in mostly octopodes and the occasional stunning seahorse:

He makes everything from vases to sinks, so go check out his IG account to see more - or visit his website for purchasing info. (Brace yourself, it's pricey!)

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I featured Fancy Creatures back when I purchased her Lemon Head doll a few years ago, but she's just made some more cuties I think you'll like:

Strawberry Ice Cream Bunny!

And then there's the sweetly bizarre Fried Egg Elephant:

I'm so torn between the creepy and cute on this. I'M SCRAMBLED, Y'ALL. Buuuut I think the teal neck ruffle has won me over.  Go follow Nastya on IG for more, then check her Etsy shop if you need one of her fancy creatures in your life. (Most of her prices are between $100-$150.)

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If you're not a fan of porcelain dolls you might find these creepy, too, but I've been head-over-heels for Xhanthi's doll face art since the moment this photo crossed my feed:

OooOOOoooh.

Xhanthi mounts and custom paints each resin doll face, and they are stunning:


She recently did a whole series of "pastel buns", which gave me all the grabby hands:

Srsly, I want them all.

Look at that shine! And those sweet colors! The longer I look, the harder it is to pick a favorite.

Then last week Xhanthi posted a teaser image of her Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, and I CANNOT WAIT:


Go follow Xhanthi on IG to see the rest of her work, and so you don't miss Lydia! Then keep an eye on her online shop, too. (Right now she only has a few pieces of 2D art listed - although the bunny cards are super cute!)

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You know how some photos inspire an instant, visceral response? Like, just punching all the air out of you? That's what this one did to me, but in the best possible way:

 EEEEEEEEEEEE

Ded. I AM DED WITH TEH CUTE.

That's by Rioky Art, who's also laying waste to my sense of decorum with adorableness like this:


And this:

Their expressions crack me up. You think we interrupted something?

Go follow Rioky on IG for more, then check out their Etsy shop to see what they have in stock! (Only 2 figures are listed right now, so fingers crossed for more seedling cuties. I have a mighty need.)

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And finally, you guys, I found the most phenomenal miniature sculptor. If you like the look of Tim Burton's stop-motion work, then you will go NUTS for Caroline McFarlane-Watts' new figure series, "Good Witches Bad Witches."


This is Hortense, the first in the series and available/shipping right now. All her tiny details are blowing my mind:




Caroline has a whole slew of fun witchy characters, which I assume will all eventually be made into limited edition figures like Hortense:
 
 
The bunny in the basket! Hee!

PLUS - and this is where I lost my heart for good - she makes toads, y'all. GLORIOUS TOADS:

 They're about the size of a softball, and come with tiny leashes! 

::flails::

Go follow Caroline at Tall Tales Productions on IG for alll the eye candy, then check out her website to order. I've been trying to hold out 'til Caroline lists more blank resin toads in her online shop, so I can try painting my own, but I might cave and order a painted one. The only trouble is deciding which color: Pink or green?! 

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That's it for this month, I hope these made you smile. :)

Now, let's give away some art!

Starting with this cutie:

Baby Vader is a 12X18 signed print by Nathan Szerdy. Fun fact: John and I commissioned the original of this from Nathan (which we still have), but this print version has extra digital tweaks and a full background. Nathan gave us the print along with the original, but I'd rather one of you have it!

Next I have a sweet Supergirl print by Jessica Grundy/Von Braun:
It's 11X17 and signed. No fun story for this one; I just saw it at a con and bought it for you guys. :p (My give-away board is a fabulous excuse to support more artists.)

And your THIRD option, dear commenters, is an original piece of art:
This cutie-patootie Cap by Kate Carleton:


That's a 4X6 original marker sketch, matted to 5X7 and ready to frame. (My scan washed it out a little; it's more vivid IRL.)

You can probably tell by the dates that I'm trying to clear out my oldest selections from the give-away board, so no wildcard option this week! Let me whittle down some of these older choices, then I'll go back to letting you choose from the whole give-away board.

SO, comment below and tell me which of these three you want! (It's OK to say all of them, ha.) I'll announce my randomly selected winners in my very next post, so stay tuned.  


UPDATE: The give-away has ended!

 The winner of baby Vader is Kyla Graff
The winner of Supergirl is Waldorf
And the winner of Captain America is Ekio Locatiare

Congrats, you three, and please e-mail me your mailing addresses!


121 comments:

  1. The tentacles at the beginning are amazing! I hope this doesn’t double post.

    Please enter me for Supergirl and Vader!

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  2. I definitely just bought the fried egg elephant. I don't normally buy things like that but I fell in love with him immediately. I'm going to have him Albert. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. And by have him Albert, I mean name....

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  4. Baby Vader is my spirit Darth. That rattle!!! Please enter me in the drawing for him!!

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  5. I'd love to hang up Baby Vader in my classroom.

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  6. Baby Vader. That Yoda doll is too cute.

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  7. Leah in WilliamsburgMarch 25, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    Please enter me for Baby Vader. So cute!

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  8. That Supergirl is just too beautiful. Sign me up for that one.

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  9. That Baby Vader would be amazing in my toddler’s room, but all three are fantastic!

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  10. I love Baby Vader! Thanks for having a giveaway :)

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  11. Huh - no love for the Captain? Sure, they're all great, but this Captain America is so cute!

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  12. Uh, i would love loove looove the little cutie cap!

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  13. I love the witch figures.

    I would love to be entered for the Supergirl one, thank you.

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  14. Ha! Octopodes is my new favorite word since I spent about 20 minutes yelling at the moron on NPR's Science Friday for saying "octopuses". I mean, come on, this is NPR, refuge of the geeks, nerds, pedants, and grammarphiles. There should be no improper pluralization from these scientists!! Then I got my comeuppance when the host of the program questioned that very thing and I learned that "octopi" is an improper assumption of a Latin ending to what is really a Greek word and the "i" is not correct at all. Octopodes is the proper Greek pluralization and I've been smugly erroneous my whole life. Now I take great glee in setting the record straight, especially to my fellow word nerds. Keep up the nerdliness, my sister in grammar. I can always count on you to have the apostrophe in the proper place.

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    1. Ha! I will say this: When you start a blog poking fun at grammar errors on cakes, you have to learn fast! Though I still struggle with dash abuse - I just love it so much. :p

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  15. I want all of them! I think my daughter would especially love it if I won Captain America or Supergirl, but baby Darth is so cute, too.

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  16. Baby Vader is adorable!

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  17. Cap! I would love to gift that adorable Captain America to my friend whose favourite Avenger is Cap. :)

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  18. Normally I find porcelain dolls creepy, but I think the first two you featured are winning me over a little.

    Baby Vader is the most adorable Vader, that death star rattle!

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  19. Baby Vader definitely! He is soo cute, love the Star destroyer cookie with the one bite out!

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  20. Vader or Supergirl! love the witches and the toads!\

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  21. I would love the Supergirl print for my granddaughter. She's going through a rough time right now and I think it would remind her how great she is! Thanks!

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  22. I am in love with that baby Vader print and want it for my baby's nursery...or possibly my room ;).

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  23. Baby Vader for the win! Totally love the facial expressions on Rioky's creations. I think I've seen our fur babies with similar looks after they have been naughty.

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  24. All of those fab sculptures! Thanks for sharing.
    I would love to give Cap a new home (or Baby Vader).

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  25. All stunning (and creepy) pieces!
    I would adore baby Vader for my geek den!! <3

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  26. Cap would look great in my office! Thanks for sharing--that work by Shayne Greco is awe-inspiring.

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  27. I want them all! We’re having a baby in June, and we’re starting to work on the art for her room. Any of these would be perfect! We’ve got a bit of a Star Wars/superhero vibe going on so far. 😍

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  28. LOVE the Darth Vader baby! He was such a cutie!

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  29. Very cool art--as usual!! Thank you for curating these posts; I enjoy them so much.
    Please enter me in the drawing for cutie Cap!

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  30. I would seriously be happy with any of the three!

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  31. And you did it again with the fabulous art! I would love any of the three prints!

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  32. SAMANTHA PERCEFULLMarch 26, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    That octopus chandelier is AMAZING! I would LOVE that Darth Vadar print! My son would go nuts! Off to find it on Nathan Szerdy's website.

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  33. Please, please, please put me in for that adorable baby vader!


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  34. I want ALL OF THEM. But I'm particularly into that Cap.

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  35. Grabby Hands! I want ALL! (But I will happily and graciously take any!). SO MUCH TALENT! Thank you for sharing and continuing to introduce me to new artists!

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  36. I would love to have the baby Vader. Thank you!

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  37. I absolutely love the Baby Vadar! Teaching my baby grandson all about Star Wars and this would be the best art for his wall :)

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  38. Put me on the list for Baby Vader, please!

    ~jeccaess

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  39. Some fabulous fines this week! Would love to be entered for Darth Vader or Captain America.

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  40. Baby Vader!! But I'd also take an octopus chandelier :D

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  41. Gosh, I just love the Vader one! It's amazing!

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  42. AH! I WANT 'EM ALLLL! Daaaaang that fried-egg elephant, I need one. I'd love to be entered for the baby Vader, but honestly, I'd be thrilled with any of them.

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  43. All three pieces of art are amazing and I would love to be entered for all three. Thanks for the giveaways!

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  44. Vader or Cap, please. Fun stuff all around!

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  45. I'd love to be entered for all 3. And holy cow, those beautiful dolls!

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  46. Oh, be still my heart! So many cuties in this roundup!!!

    Please enter me for all three draws, they’re all favorites!

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  47. Please sign me up for all of them! Now that I'm finally working on making/refinishing frames for the art we have, I have room for more :)!

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  48. Little Vader <3 (But I'd be happy to win anything.) Thanks for doing a give-away!

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  49. I'd love to win Baby Vader. :D SO cute!!

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  50. Oh please put me down for the Baby Vader and Cap! I love them.
    Also those yetti's. 😍

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  51. The porcelain faces are super creepy, but the toads on leashes are adorable!!

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  52. I can't choose! I'll take any of the three. They're all fabulous!

    P.S. Buy the green toad - AND the pink one! They're too cute to just get one. :-D

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  53. Those witches instantly remind me of Terry Pratchett's Discworld!

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  54. So much awesome! I love the doll head art! And much of the other stuff including the toads ^_^ You find all the cool stuff. I would like to be entered in the Supergirl and Baby Vader contests, thanks so much!

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  55. I'd love to be entered into the running for all of them!

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  56. I love me some Baby Vader!

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  57. Captain America or Star Wars please!

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  58. Great collection! I didn't find the porcelain pieces creepy, they were too pretty. ;) Baby Vader is the BEST. One of my best friends would fanboy alll over that!! I'd love that for him.

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  59. Huh. I never knew that I needed an octopus crawling on my ceiling. ;)
    Please enter me in all the drawings. You’re the bestest!!

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  60. Oh my! Baby Vader or Cap America please

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  61. I love sculpture, though I’m usually looking for more 3D wall art than desktop/shelf style. These are all great!!

    For the drawing I’d love baby Vader but really any of them are fabulous!! Thank you for another wonderful drain on my wallet 😀

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  62. OMG all of them are so cute! I would love them all.

    Your finds are spectacular, as always. I literally gasped when I saw the octopus!

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  63. I'd love any of them 😍 especially Supergirl for my daughter or Cap for my son. They're brilliant and colourful and strong and fun just like the pictures. But we're in Sweden, so perhaps shipping is an issue?

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  64. I'd love Baby Vader. Also, I fear that Shayne Greco shall take all my money, but my beachy themed home will be much more fabulous.

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  65. So much good stuff on the giveaway board! Any Wookie the Chew prints, Baby Vader, or Vader walking the at-at are my choices!

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  66. Anything Star Wars AND cute basically fries my impulse control. I'd love Baby Vader - and did someone mention Wookie the Chew?!

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  67. Oooo I want baby Vader please!!!

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  68. I like the Supergirl one best by a tiny bit.
    The octopus chandelier is fabulous!

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  69. I would love either the Supergirl or the Captain America, please!

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  70. Either Cap or Baby Vader, please. Cap for me, Baby Vader would be a perfect birthday present for a friend.

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  71. Oh my god that captain America is ADORABLE! my niece would love it. I’d love to win it for her!

    Also those witches are my favorite thing but I cannot show my John that octopus light fixture or he’ll buy it and that would creep me right the heck out

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  72. The Baby Vader. I am a huge fan of Nathan Szerdy!

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  73. I’m desperate for that Baby Vader! I started making a “movie wall” in my kids’ playroom, but it ended up just being a Star Wars wall (apparently I’m more of a fan girl than I thought). I have the perfect spot for a print!

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  74. BABY VADER!! SO CUTE!!
    I just love him.

    And that Chandelier?? LOVE!! I'm a total sucker for anything Octopus related.

    --Piper P from Washington State

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  75. Baby Vader is just the cutest {Love}

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  76. Tall Tales is now on my favorites to watch list. Wow. Have you read Pepper and Carrot? I don't remember if I found that site via you or a comic artist. Reminds me of the older witches in that one. ^_^ That Cap piece is one of my favs from the board as is!

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  77. How cute are those buns! I would the baby Vader or the cap!

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  78. Love it all so please enter me times three... and now I have to go spend more money - thank you!

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  79. Darth Vader’s Yoda doll is calling my name!!

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  80. Vader should not be this precious. I loves him!

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  81. Would love the Vader print in my Star Wars bedroom.

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  82. Like all 3. Would enjoy any of them.

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  83. Those doll faces are interesting but mostly a big fat nope from me. The octopus chandelier is an amazing thing of beauty. I love this foray into 3D art. I would love any of the 3 prints you are offering this month. thanks!

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  84. "Octopodes on the Ceiling" would be a great band name, just saying!

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  85. I very rarely enter these, but I gotta have Cap!

    And you're right, those toads are AH-MAZING!

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  86. All of them yes! And they'll go to TC-8 which is why I'm breaking my Lent rule.

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  87. please enter me for baby vader and supergirl. thanks for the giveaway!

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  88. The captain america is just too cute but I also love the vader!

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  89. Baby Vader please :) My daughter's just 3 months old, but you can never start too early teaching good taste ;)

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  90. That baby vader! My BFF is pregnant and I'd give it to her!

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  91. Vaderrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Ok, but I really love them all, but look at that shiny little helmet???

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  92. Ahhh. I love them all, but Vader is the BEST. I can't with how cute that is!

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  93. I love them all, but especially Vader!

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  94. Such amazing artists! The Vader is adorable.

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  95. Oh, I would LOVE Baby Vader! Thanks for considering me!

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  96. Loving the Cap piece!

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  97. Please tell me you're going to do an octopus on the ceiling light fixture diy! I dont have a single steampunk thing in my house but I love the look and would love to see some steam inspired crafts if you have any up your sleeves! ��

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  98. Supergirl is fantastic. Neeeeeed. Thanks so for highlighting this lovely art. I bought the rainbow rocket from an earlier post.

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  99. Baby Vader! Cap! and thank you for Octopodes. :) be well.

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  100. I would love to have super girl for my own little super girl!

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  101. The Darth Vader one is so stinkin’ cute!

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  102. Since I already own Supergirl and Wonder Woman....I have to say I love little Darth!

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  103. I would love to add Cap to my collection - he's adorable!!!!

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  104. Loving the textures on those witch sculptures!

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  105. SO sharing this with my octopode loving sister. she's got an amazing octopus tattoo on her calf :)

    I would love the Cap, or Supergirl. Many thanks for the geeky wonderousness! <3

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  106. Oh those little owls are adorable! Thank you for adding more art to my IG.

    I would love to be entered for all 3.

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  107. Man that octopus chandelier is awesome. I think at night it would possibly make people jump if they didn't know about it beforehand.
    those all look great to me. I wish I could draw anything as good as these artist.
    If I had to pick a favorite I would go with the supergirl one

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  108. I'm amused that that first doll face picture made me go "ooooh" and then I scrolled and saw that was your caption for it, lol! That tiny owl is adorable, and THE WITCHES. That one in the middle is clearly an Ogg.

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  109. Please enter me for the Baby Vader, please!

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  110. Pretty please can I win Baby Vader?
    Sue in UK

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  111. Holy moley, baby Vader is sooo squee! Thank you for always finding these amazing artists.

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