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11:30 AM on 03.13.2011

Winner: The Wearing of the Green

In a rare unanimous decision, the judging panel has chosen HandsomeBeast's Donkey Kong drunk on St. Ives passed out in an Alley as the winner of it's Wearing of the Green contest.

Congratulations; your prize is in the mail.   read

7:19 PM on 03.03.2011

New Memeber GET: Stitch Please

Destructoid Artisans wishes to welcome Andrea "Stitch Please" Purcell to it's hallowed halls, where the Valkyries bring the chosen and every night the craft supplies heal back to their original, uncrafted form ready to be used again in battle. Wait, that would suck. Can't we just have the feasting and the never-ending cup of mead? Much better. Since she did such a good job at introducing herself I'll keep this short and sweet.

I met Stitch Please at this years Magfest. Having done a bit of cross stitch myself, we shot the bull about the craft and other geekly things. Good times were had.

She makes things like this sweet glow in the dark Nightcrawler and in her spare time she founded and captains the Etsy East Coast Geek Artists Team. Props.

~confusionbomb   read

5:16 PM on 02.25.2011

Contestoid: The Wearing of the Green

Saint Patrick's day is fast approaching. Green beer, pride in Irish culture and getting pinched by that mean kid from second period for forgetting to wear a green shirt. Well the first two were cool. Regarding that last bit we've decided to give someone something green to wear to avoid such situations. All you need to do is submit something Irish, Green and Video Game related.

The contest is open to anyone on Destructoid within the continental US. Submissions, or reliable links to the submission, should be posted in the comments section. Submissions will be accepted from now until Midnight, EST, on 3/7/11.

We'll take anything Green, Irish and Video Game related in a physical, visual or audio medium. If you submit a picture of yourself getting wasted on Irish Car Bombs in a Dtoid Tshirt, we will accept it.

Our crack team of Artisans will be judging all entries based on a completely arbitrary sense of awesomesauce.

Shadowsinthenyte is offering up the winners choice of one of the following:

A Green Castle Crasher Hat

Link Hat

Luigi Hat (pic sucks; sry)

Green Slime (for the hat impaired)

I'm looking forward to what you guys crank out.
Good Luck.

~confusionbomb   read

8:31 AM on 02.19.2011

Epic 8-bit Art: SMB gives me Wood

As far as video game art and crafts go, I think wood is a totally under represented medium. The few pieces I do see tend to be heavily painted and don't allow the natural beauty of the wood to show through. Thankfully Aristomatic has got me covered.

These textured SMB1 magnets are made birch wood and man do they look good. I guess you could stain these if you wanted, but why bother? The wood grain and coloring looks great on it's own.

~confusionbomb   read

8:33 AM on 01.16.2011

Epic 8-bit Art: Live @ MAGfest Edition Wrap Up

It's the last day of MAGfest. Closing ceremony is in less than 6 hours. Lets go out with a bang.


I grabbed a shot of Dtoids own Sonic9jct cosplaying as our robot overlord. You know you've got clout when other people dress up as you and it's not even Halloween.

StormsLegacy's Designs

StormsLegacy is more into the Furry Scene (don't be hatin') than the VG scene, but she still crafts a mean Tetris Pin.

Paper Lab Studios (booth rep pictured)

What do you get when you in the center of a venn diagram overlapping toilet humor, video games and high quality art? Paper Lab Studios.

Interrobang Studios

Having sat next to Interrobang at the last 3 events we vended, and playing a mean hand of tic-tact-toe against Sarah at last BitGen, we can say that their comics and artwork are second to none. The looks of horror and shame in the first print is classic.

Paintmeaperfectworld Productions

Nothing like a refreshing Nuka-Cola to quench your thirst in the wastelands. Paintmeaperfectworld had so many Fallout related goodies, it made my eyes bleed. I got a Nuka-Cola Fridge so I wouldn't have to start out with zero caps when the world ends and my game starts.

Square Painter

Square Painter does some amazing work. I could have filled the post with nothing but stills of his paintings. The amount of time it takes to hand paint these amazing works defies belief, but for being original signed art, you're paying a very reasonable price. That scene from Contra was like 4 feet tall, I shit you not.

Well it's time we turn this Tetris Cabinet over to our tame video game player. Some say that he's beaten LoZ with only the Big Shield. And that he doesn't understand the concept of quick time events. All we know is that he's called The Stig.

And that's a wrap folks. Catch you later.   read

1:29 PM on 01.14.2011

Epic 8-bit Art: Live @ MAGfest Edition

The best part of the marketplaces at cons is meeting the artists involved in the craft. I pressed ganged my husband into taking some pictures. Most of the people pictured are the artisan themselves, but a few coped to just running the booth.
Shadowsinthenyte (That's me)

I'm hiding behind the hat rack for this shot. Our table/crew mate Evilcow is repping his blue slime hat and pimping his candy and baked goods. I'm not terribly happy with how many hats I have for this year. My planned easy semester turned into programming hell. Lets move on.

Magnolia Fern

A Richmond, VA native and returning featured artist, MagnoliaFern make some fantastic polymer clay mini's. Shyguys and Kirby are new for this year. We've still got a set of her OoT equipment.

Dave Lister

Some people say that graphic artist Dave Lister is made completely of sushi. I happen to know that's a lie: there's a bowl of Pho in the mix too.

Gothic Panda Studios

Gothic Panda Studios had a really cool line of "What Would X Do?" video game prints.

Ben "Fizzman" Howard

Ben makes some great clay sculptures. He missed last MAGfest due to living in Japan, but man did he come back strong. I love that Dr. Mario germ statue.

Stitch Please

Stitchplease impressed the hell out of me. And holy $h!t will you look at that Street Fighter cross stitch! That thing must have taken months!

Jim Morlock

I bought one of Jim's "Peels" bottles when they premiered two years ago at MAGfest. It sits on my mantle and is refilled with Mike and Ike's weekly. The text on that thing is hilarious! Also, check out his props; Steampunk goggles FTW.

OK, it's back to the con floor for me. I'll be posting more awesome stuff tomorrow and Sunday.
Wish you were here! ~ Shadowsinthenyte   read

3:07 PM on 01.12.2011

Epic 8-bit Art: It's what's for Dinner!

*Cough* *Cough* Christ, it's dusty in here. What kind of @$$hole would let things go undone this long....Oh....carry on then, nothing to see here.

This post is a mixed bag of only the best VG Artisanal work:

First up:

Game Over by Fuzzy Ink

This one's sad but true. One day the princess will no longer be in another castle, she'll be down at Shady Acres Retirement community eating pudding through a straw.+1 for the Shyguy(-ette?) nurses.

Video Game "Junkie" Groom by awesometoppers

Can I both like this and be a touch offended by it? It's both realistic and reinforces a stereotype of my own subculture. Also available with different elasticities, different consoles and different game stills. If you don't want to spring for a full on VG themed cake, you can still make a declaration without freaking out Aunt Phillis.


Luke and Tiny Professor Plushies by GreenChylde

Squee! It's a Luke plushy with his own tiny Professor Layton Plushie! So cute!

And a Kittie! Best pic evar.

OK, I'm better now.


P.S ~ Catch you @ MAGfest!   read

8:49 PM on 03.20.2010

Epic 8-bit Art: The stitch work of Bamiyan

I ran across these tonight and I've been slacking on updating this thing with sweet gamin' craft goodness, so lets get rocking.

First off we have Robo from Chrono Trigger.

Next it's Coil Snake from Earthbound (FTW).

Dr. Light passing on some wisodm/upgrades to Mega Man X.

A very striking UN Squadron logo. (Pew, Pew, Pew.)

Pokebattle is super effective.

And finally a fantastic Jill Valentine from MvsC2.

You can check out Bamiyan other work at her blog here.

~Shadowsinthenyte   read

8:16 PM on 02.07.2010

Epic 8-Bit Art: Orcarina of Time Mini Items

My husband picked these up from Magnolia Fern Studios at MAGfest. There was quite an assortment, with almost all the inventory items being represented, but you only got your choice of two bags per purchase, so we didn't get a complete set.

(Please forgive the photography; we got a new camera for Christmas and haven't mastered it yet.)

I threw in a quarter for scale.

You almost expect a tiny, angry Link to hop up on the table and try to get his items back!

It doesn't look like this is something she makes on a regular basis, so you may need to do some begging to get a set of your own.

Also; RIC Crafters 4 Life!

~shadowsinthenyte   read

11:11 AM on 12.10.2009

the rise of the spaztazm

OK so im new here, and im glad to be amungst many great artists!
My real names Allyse
Ive been making charms,pendants,and small sculptures for a while now.
My husband uses this site, hes been here for at least a few years that i know of T9X.
He often asks me to try to make things for him, and as such ive made him a few Mr.Distructoid head things (phone/ds charm,and key chains). hes also asked me to make NES controllers.. and is currently bugging me to make WII controllers... i have a few items for sale in my etsy account(link listed with other artists), but mainly id like to show off some of my gamer/cool stuff...

so heres a few pics.. the rest ill put a link for ^.^

Let me know what you think, or any other cool ideas for just about anything!   read

10:46 PM on 12.07.2009

Epic 8-bit Art: LeChuck Sprite Tattoo

Video game tats aren't as common as most people think. Sure, there are some epic designs etched into people's skins, but in my opinion nothing comes close to this. This is a complete sprite tattoo of the nefarious LeChuck from the Monkey Island series. This is most impressive due to the near-perfect pixels used to make up the shape. Seriously, think about how intricate of a design any sort of sprite is, let alone the MI sprites. I wish I had any sort of details about either the gent who got this tat, or who did the work, as I'd love to get a sprite done by him.

Via Geekologie   read

6:36 PM on 11.29.2009

Epic 8-Bit Art: Camille Young's Mother 3 Figurines

(Note: I will stop posting Earthbound/Mother related art when they pry the internet out of my cold, dead hands)

If you've been stuck in suspended animation for the last three years: Welcome back! The economy tanked, we got a new president and much more importantly, the Mother 3 fan translation came out late last year. If you were one of the bold and brave (or just plain sane) who purchased the Mother 3 Handbook to both better your gaming experience and help support the years of effort the team put in to the translation patch (you did buy it, right?), you may have noticed that it had some fantastic clay models just like the original Earthbound guide.The models are the work of Camille Young who put her art and soul into them.

Camille's also done some Earthbound figurines:

Some of the models are one-off's, others have been produced as small batches for sale at FanGamer, the store. More awesome models than you can shake a stick at, Mother related or not, can be found on her website or her flikr.

~shadowsinthenyte   read

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