UK-based fashion illustrator and designer T.S. Abe created this fantastic animated self-portrait from a series 15 individual graphite drawings. Abe says this is the first in a series of moving portraits she intends to draw and also mentions this is her first foray into animation. You can follower her most recent work on Tumblr.
Remus Lupin and marauders
Based on the book “Harry Potter” (J.K.Rowling)
© Liltale calo a lomino | vk.com/lilta
some mermaid alien queen and a deadly space bandit who steals hearts (and all ur money)
Yes yes good
Great Nawab Butterfly “Dragonhead” Caterpillar (Polyura eudamippus, Charaxinae, Nymphalidae)
The larvae of the butterflies of the Nymphalid subfamily Charaxinae are blessed with impressive head ornamentation appropriately earning them the title of dragonhead caterpillars.
They are also quite fearless, constructing a mattress of silk-woven leaves to sit out the daylight hours, often fully exposed to the elements and potential hazards.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..
The Victoria & Albert Museum
What’s a “half-mourning” dress? Mourning in the front, party in the back?
Half-Mourning was the third stage of mourning for a widow. She would be expected to mourn her husband for at least two years, the stages being Full Mourning, Second Mourning and Half-Mourning. The different stages regulated what they would be wearing, with Full Mourning being all black and with no ornamentation, including the wodow’s veil, and the stages after that introducing some jewellery and modest ornamentation. When in Half-Mourning you would gradually include fabrics in other colors and sort of ease your way out of mourning.
Wow, I am happy you made that joke so I could interpert it as a serious question and have an excuse to ramble on about clothing customs of the past, I am a historical fashion nerd.
That’s very informative, but I’m going to stick with my original head canon:
I love both the informed fashion history and the hilariously off-the-wall halves of this post.
The sexy version is not that big a flight of fancy as you may imagine. Victorian and Edwardian erotica, romance fiction, and even comics were flush with the idealized sexy widow. She stayed in line with virtues of the perfect Edwardian woman, modest, maternal, devoted wife, and virgin till marriage BUT she had the forbidden sexuality of having already laid with a man and had an air of experience about her as well as usually having far more cash and property then her virgin first wife counterpart. The widow’s weeds themselves took on an almost fetish-like following that we associate with say, retro nurses uniforms. Full mourning required that women be left alone, unspoken too and untouched by everyone except for those closest to her, making her a forbidden fruit. Women at the time worried about their white petticoats poking out of dresses so for the first time in western history black underwear came into fashion first for widows and slowly they became a bit of an erotic novelty (that we still see a major influence of today). Half mourning was just as exciting because not only were women wearing purples, navy, wine, and greys as well as jewelry, but they were once again members of society while still not being remarried. Men at the theater would gawk and stare and single woman, so close to being someone who would be a wife again so soon. This time period also gave us one of underwear’s sexiest novelties, the merry widow corset, which is still bought today.
Jan van Huysum - Hollyhocks and Other Flowers in a Vase (detail)