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The Hay Woman by messalyn The Hay Woman :iconmessalyn:messalyn 4 0 The Wandering Herbarium by messalyn The Wandering Herbarium :iconmessalyn:messalyn 8 0 Karolina Laskowska Lingerie Herbarium by messalyn Karolina Laskowska Lingerie Herbarium :iconmessalyn:messalyn 3 0 Fern by messalyn Fern :iconmessalyn:messalyn 2 0 Anterior view of lung by messalyn Anterior view of lung :iconmessalyn:messalyn 9 0 Physis to keno philei by messalyn Physis to keno philei :iconmessalyn:messalyn 17 0 An old-fashioned scent by messalyn An old-fashioned scent :iconmessalyn:messalyn 12 1 Talkino by messalyn Talkino :iconmessalyn:messalyn 4 0 Provencal Herbarium by messalyn Provencal Herbarium :iconmessalyn:messalyn 11 2 Grey pinecone with needles by messalyn Grey pinecone with needles :iconmessalyn:messalyn 10 0 Conilz, leu et matagot by messalyn Conilz, leu et matagot :iconmessalyn:messalyn 10 2 Siren of the silver screen by messalyn Siren of the silver screen :iconmessalyn:messalyn 14 3 Abundance by messalyn Abundance :iconmessalyn:messalyn 12 4 Aquatic Herbarium by messalyn Aquatic Herbarium :iconmessalyn:messalyn 4 2 Faery Herbarium by messalyn Faery Herbarium :iconmessalyn:messalyn 7 0 Moon Herbarium by messalyn Moon Herbarium :iconmessalyn:messalyn 9 0

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The Hay Woman
2017, January. Pen liner on 21x29.7cm Durex 200g Schoellershammerpaper.

Oops, a forgotten illustration… The feelings of a changeling on discovering its true nature when already an adult, having been all along a doll stuffed with hay put in place by the fairies when they stole away the real child of the house. I modelled the belly on actual nests I found fallen on the ground last fall (village weavers birds).

On the portfolio (original for sale) || On the blog
The Wandering Herbarium
2017, September. Watercolor and gold ink on 25x33cm Vallis Clausa 100% Cotton watercolor paper.

Another herbarium that's not part of my regular serie as 1) it's not lolita-themed 2) it isn't painted on the same support. This piece is dedicated to all lovers of wanderings in the wild, as I am (a rather common passtime I guess). That's why this piece is based off several geographical areas, as long as it's green and has mild temperatures. (For those interested in the fashion items, the dress is a Lena Hoschek and the tweed capelette by Stewart Christie & co, tailors in Edimburgh)

On the portfolio (original for sale) || On the blog
Karolina Laskowska Lingerie Herbarium
2017, April. Watercolor and gold ink on 25x33cm Vallis Clausa 100% Cotton watercolor paper.

Earlier this year, my favorite lingerie brand closed in style, by putting up an illustration contest I couldn't not take part in. Luckily, I had already an idea in mind about lingerie and animal hair, so you see it was just a matter of occasion. The designs are not necessarily my top picks from all her designs (if you could see the most breathtaking ones!), neither are they pieces from my own collection (save for the chokers and one of the kimonos), I just tried to achieve a selection that worked best together with my special paper which has flower petals inclusions (and as thus, already sets an artistic direction).

On the portfolio || On the blog || Sold
2017, February. Japanese ink on 21x29.7cm Durex 200g Schoellershammerpaper.

Fanarts is something I have issues with as it really alters the way people seek and perceive art often at the expense of creativity and challenge, but somehow I felt like doing it because not only am I a fan of Léa Silhol's narrative content, but more often than not her other writings strike a few chords as well. One of these texts gave me back my faith even so briefly in fan activism, even if it mostly meant discussing our favorite books within our circles to eventually help them reach their audience and prevent good stuff from failing for the wrong reasons. Such a window was opened at a time when I was free, so I took the quills and the ink, completely inverted my sleep routine and proceeded.

But let's forget all this for an instant and go straightforward to disappointing fantasy afficionados of the english tongue because young Fern, despite being very much english, is only retranscribed in french in another milestone of the bibliography of author Léa Silhol. So sorry. A real treat upon reading it was how it made suddendly very convincing that teenager dream of living on nature and poetry, setting the story in a background of early XIXth century and if you're familiar with the litterature of the era, sharing also an ill-fated lucidity with many characters written at the time. And while I enjoy folklore most of everything, and had my share in Sous Le Lierre, these two aspects I just described, an ideal and a depressive clarity of mind, made that book a very enjoyable reading indeed. There was also plenty of that teenager's freedom of speech that depending of who's animated by such feelings can often be unbearable to most, except it looked good I promise.

Any fans out there? Hi none-the-less!

On the portfolio || Sold
Anterior view of lung
2016, June. Sennelier black and silver inks on 21x29.7cm Durex 200g Schoellershammerpaper.

I had a mind to create something about the early to mid 19th century and was thus reflecting on the hard conditions of life back then, with death of the youngs as a recurrent theme in a lot of the literature of the time which I’m so fond of. Dwelling on the subject led me to this piece.

By the way! I'm very grateful for the people that visit my page here, being currently the only proof I have that my art is appreciated by total strangers. It's the best! Everywhere else, I seem to reach only a very close circle of friends and family, maybe one illustration in ten going beyond that "wall". I'm far from delivering my stuff on a regular basis, it just takes so much time for me to make one piece. On the internet there's that rule that constancy is rewarded while scarceness doesn't pay off at all. But I could never make quicker pieces, sketches and the like… Well. Let's just say that if any of you is in the mood for sharing my art amongst your own remote circle, I most certainly wouldn't oppose!

On the portfolio || On the blog || On Tumblr
Giveaway-noel2016-com-en by messalyn
I have a little piece of news for you today! Last year, I grouped with other artists to form a collective whose goal is to support each other. Artistic circles have always been around and I've certainly made many discoveries going through friends of talented people. We even opened an etsy shop this summer, and have already fulfilled our dream of having our art purchased together by people who thus certainly saved on shipping!

For Christmas we are having a giveaway and anyone is welcome to enter! The principle is simple: share our giveaway. To keep track of everything you share, we would like you to record your shares in our Rafflecopter widget, available on our facebook page, or from eller my blog post or François's. Rafflecopter is a perfect tool for giveaways. You log in using an email or facebook and then you can claim entries in the giveaway wherever it is appropriate. For instance, if you shared our giveaway post on Facebook, you click on "Share our giveaway on Facebook" and copypaste the URL of the post in the field where it says to do so. Quite simple. If you don't do this step, you *might* still be counted in the giveaway but I cannot vouch for us seeing your entries or even having the time to enter manually all those that didn't bother. So…

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES? might be the question on your lips.

  • I offered one of my prints, up to you to choose, yet thinking maybe that's your chance to get your hands on one of my 'gilded' prints (example 1example 2) upon which I use the very same ink and spend the same amount of time than on the original watercolors. Indeed each of them represent 2 days of work with either silver or gold ink.
  • My pal François is offering his comic book "Les Destructeurs" with a drawing inside. This book is really something, I guarantee! Auto-edited with extremely high standards: fake leather cover with gold gildings, two editions (french and english)… and the story is pretty badass, about a woman who feels targeted by obscure and evil phenomenons, and not without good reasons. It would seem she is the key to the end of the world so she flees to Scotland in hope of a peaceful retreat. Sadly, her enemies are personifications of the faults of this universe and who can escape this sort of crap?
  • Nella Fragola is offering a few prints from her collection, currently not available through the etsy store!
And that's all for now, although we'd like to expand our range of prizes so we'll see.
  • Listening to: Kate Bush - Babooshka
  • Playing: Pillars of Eternity


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Artist | Traditional Art
I came with the northern wind, and now live by the mediterranean sea. Not sure why I paint and if it's more than pretty images, but I work a lot on it. I like to wear pretty clothes too when I go out : Lolita fashion, from Japan (feel free to add me if you love Lolita too, I'd like to discover more lolita artists out there).

Beside that, I'm a long time admirer of Faery, walks in nature, period costumes (and drama), æsthetics, and even, yes, graphic design.


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Art-Fashion-History Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
Very beautiful artworks!!! :)
messalyn Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015   Traditional Artist
You have my thanks!
Astrogirl500 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hello i love your drawing on burlesque girrl (i'm french) but my favourite guy from this comic is Juan… so kind and cute
JustBeFantastic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heey! I just came across your profileee andd,,

I have a question... I am entered in this big art competition. its national! and i need votes to get into the top 12! Or remain in there for now!

Would you be willing to vote for me pretty please haha (tried to be cute there... ), it would mean so much!


Its an art competition hehe All you have to do is log in, and press terms and agreements, then go back to my drawing which should be in ''Most votes"" then press VOTE

it would mean so much! :)

You can view it here on deviantart before if you want:

Gaarafangurl16 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
i love your art!!! its just so beautiful :)
Orimlig Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Je t`y prends a flooder mon mur Lady "Gaga" Messalyn !

Popopopopoker Face ! Popopopopoker Face !
messalyn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
Orimlig Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Bloavez mad marmouz bihan !!!
messalyn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010   Traditional Artist
:kevin: ?? :spank: !!
SnowRaven-Moonstar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009   Writer
Hi there, I just wanted to thank you so much for stopping by my page. I appreciate it so much. I hope you might stop by my page again. Take care.
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