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Pendelton21 "Long ago, in an ancient and divided land, a great sorcerer was called upon to bring joy and unity to the nation. He was Pendelton21, known throughout the land as the one true plastimancer, the true wielder of all things plastic. Known for his proficiency for tiny plastic beads, Pendelton21 was asked to create works of art that would cause enemies to unite as friends, kings to bow to one another, and people around the nation to become content. So, the great plastimancer got to work, creating ontold beauty out of the lava from Mt. Vargauna, "sacred perler beads" from the Michaels down the street, and a rather reliable video game sprite database. Those works of orgasmic pulchritude, lost to the sands of time, have now been recovered, and are available for sale at good sir Pendelton's Etsy store (with shipping included). So, come all ye seeking the true beauty of the old land, and obtain the true works of plastimancer Pendelton21 (or, just go buy them because Pendelton is poor as shit and needs cash)!"
Craineum (aka BabaGEEK) "I have been a father for three years and a geek my whole life. My geekiness is being passed to my kids without any thought or effort from me. I have been creating items and activities for my kids since they were born. I started to think that maybe others might want some of these things for raising their own kids, thus was born BabaGEEK. BabaGEEK Creations will be bringing you items for you and your growing geek family. Whether its a t-shirt that express's your inner geek, or a baby mobile that will get your young 'uns heading in the right direction early, or custom costumes for your families favorite cosplay events, BabaGEEK has the goods you desire."
Rio McCarthy "My name is Rio and I've been crafting for as long as I could hold a pencil, which coincidentally is about as long as I've been playing video games as well. I like to do almost any and all crafts, especially drawing, sewing and painting. I'm most well known for making character hats, but that's not all you'll find in my store, so be sure to check back for future surprises. I'm all about the cute, so you never know what you might find in store for you at Rio's Renditions!"
Welkstar "Adam Welker is Welkstar's handsome, mild-mannered alter-ego. Best known 'round these parts for his work on the RetroforceGO! t-shirt and arcade cab, he is an art school monkey with aspirations of one day becoming a famous cartoonist/animator/designer/pimp. But for now, he'll just settle for being decent at playing video games. (He's kind of lazy like that...) Adam specializes in pixel-perfect-paintings, custom character commissions, super sweet shirts, and all things retro. Join him in the games-as-art (or was that "art-as-games"?) crusade! Visit his Etsy store, "Welkstar's Wares," he'll create a special work of art that will look perfect in your game room, living room, rec room, bathroom, or creepy-ass dungeon lair. BADICAL!"
Taticakes "epicWorks Creations started out in a small kitchen with big ambition. Originally known as epic SugarWorks, it consisted of a couple of friends who liked to bake cakes for friendís birthdays. Gradually, as epic SugarWorks incorporated unique handmade lollipops with video game and anime themes, we began selling our Ďedible artí at anime and video game conventions. Now we have incorporated charms and jewelry into the mix, giving birth to epic CharmWorks, and bridging the two through epicWorks Creations!"
Faith "I started creating bead sprite art back in May 2007 when I came across another artistís work named Foglera on Flickr. It was then that I got the itch to combine my love of art with my love of videogames. I open my Etsy Store, Pixelated Creations, a couple of months later and I havenít stopped created my bead art since. I always try to put a little bit of everything in my store for videogame fans, but if you donít see what you want for sale, remember that you can email me at email@example.com for a custom request."
Shadowsinthenyte "My Grandmother taught me to crochet when I was eight or so. I dropped it, and didnít pick it back up until I was 22 and my husband needed a scarf to keep him warm at his outdoor job. Once Iíd relearned, I didnít want to loose it again, so I started making odds and ends including a hat that looked like a Moogle. When I decided to switch careers, my husband recommended making and selling hats on Etsy to keep me in gas money while I went back to school. We came up with a few designs and the floodgates just let loose; for every design Iíve made Iíve got three more that I think would look sweet. The longer I do it the more I learn about crocheting, materials, business, and people and I really feel Iíve grown as an artist because of that. Even if no one is buying, I donít think I could stop. Iíve just got to see how the next design will turn out."
spaztam "Well im 22 years old, i have a son that was born september 11 09, ive been sculpting with polymer clays since i was about 12-13. i started off making rather undetailed girls/fairys, and baby dragons... and over time i grew to do more and more detaile. I do custom orders, id say im fair priced. I grew up in southern new hampshire (USA) when i was 18 my mother moved to Alabama.. and i went with her, i moved back and forth a few times, but ive been in alabama now since feb 1st 2008, i met my husband over the internet.. like the uber dork i am harhar. and like i said, i now have my son. love getting new ideas for things to make, so feel free to drop me a line!"
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.
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.
Entry: 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.
Submissions: 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.
Judging: Our crack team of Artisans will be judging all entries based on a completely arbitrary sense of awesomesauce.
Prizes: Shadowsinthenyte is offering up the winners choice of one of the following:
A Green Castle Crasher Hat
Luigi Hat (pic sucks; sry)
Green Slime (for the hat impaired)
I'm looking forward to what you guys crank out.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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