“Go to madelinetodd.com…they’ve got a new thing called…uh… FR E SH F AN AR TS…*wheezy laughter*”

Yep, I’ve got some FRESH FAN ARTS for you guys!

I haven’t really posted any of my art since late June (oops), and I feel like I’ve improved a lot since then, what with the art class at my school and just a little more experience in general. I’m excited to share some of these with you guys, I hope you enjoy them!

 

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My interpretation of the Darkling from Shadow and Bone.

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A little porg, who is now quite traumatized after seeing his brethren being roasted on a spit by Chewbacca.

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Johann Krauss, in his newest suit. (B.P.R.D.)

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My interpretation of the wonderful Jax, from Heart of Iron. 

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Professor X, X-Men: First Class . (I watched it for the first time in about three or four years in September; I felt the judging eyes of my cats on me as I cried during the “I can’t feel my legs” scene.)

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Mystique, from the new Dark Phoenix trailer. (*LOUD SCREAMING*)

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Nightcrawler, X2: X-Men United. (Which celebrated its 15th anniversary this May! Yay!)

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Abe Sapien, Hellboy (2004). 

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Newt Scamander, The Crimes of Grindelwald. (I saw it a few weeks ago, and it was ASTOUNDING. Certainly didn’t deserve that low of a rating from Rotten Tomatoes.)

 

Well, thank you for sticking around long enough to see more of my art and endure the deluge of book reviews! Once I get some more done, I will definitely post some more. Have a nice day, and stay safe!

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Chicago!

Hey, everyone, I’m back from Chicago! I had SUCH a wonderful time there, and I did so many fun things there that I doubt I’ll forget. So I’ll give you the run-down of the vacation. I hope you enjoy my pictures!

 

DAY 1: 

After arriving in Chicago and settling into our hotel room, we visited the Shedd Aquarium, which was definitely one of my favorites things we did. I’m a total geek for marine life, so…

 

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These were the electric eels. We got to see them being fed while we were there!

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A European Cuttlefish. I COULD NOT HANDLE THE CUTENESS. I LOVE CUTTLEFISH SO MUCH…

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A female wolffish (or wolf eel). After seeing clips of them on documentaries for years, I was pretty psyched to see a real one.

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Some snuggling seahorses. ❤

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GIANT PACIFIC OCTOPUS!!!

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A beautiful butterflyfish picture. I’m really surprised at how good the picture turned out.

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A ribbon eel that looks like it’s perpetually screaming. It kind of reminded me of the “that’s my opINION!!!” vine.

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BELUGAS! There were five of them in all, and it was such a treasure to see them.

 

DAY 2: 

We spent the second day at the Field Museum. Definitely one of the major highlights of the trip.

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Máximo, the world’s largest dinosaur.

 

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“Excuthe me, thir…but where are your fathilitieth located?”

 

 

 

 

 

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After watching Walking with Monsters for much of my childhood, it was pretty crazy to see a real Edaphosaurus skeleton.

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Funny story…this is Daspletosaurus. But at first, I read the name on the plaque as “Despacitosaurus”. So that’s basically what I’m referring it to as now…

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TRICERATOPSSSSS

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A pregnant stringray. Pretty stunning, if you ask me.

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A short-faced bear that looks like it’s reciting Shakespeare. “To be, or not to be? That is the question…”

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Mammoth!!!

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We also visited the traveling Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit. This is the Cryolophosaurus. (Fingers crossed that I spelled that right…)

DAY 3:

We spent the third day at the Art Institute of Chicago. And yes, I did zoom in on that one space in that one painting in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (I can’t remember the painting’s name) a la Cameron.

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The view from outside the institute.

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Roy Lichtenstein in the Contemporart Art exhibit.

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Miró. I believe this one is called “Circus Horse”.

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After visiting the Dalí museum in Florida, it was really exciting to see some Dalí that I’d never seen before.

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Van Gogh. Sweet ‘stache, bro.

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It was pretty amazing to see “The Old Guitarist” after studying Picasso in Spanish class so much last year.

DAY 4:

On the morning of day 4, we took a river architecture tour. It was all really intersting and beautiful, and I loved seeing all of the different buildings.

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This was probably the highlight of the morning. “Yankee…hotel…foxtrot…”

That afternoon, we saw the live recording of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me in Millenium Park. I don’t have any pictures of this, but it was HYSTERICAL. (I swear, every single word that came out of Bobcat Goldthwait’s mouth made me die laughing…)

DAY 5:

Our last full day in Chicago consisted of a visit to the campus of the University of Chicago. Or, in other words, we visited Hogwarts. Absolutely beautiful.

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Don’t tell me this isn’t Hogwarts. Don’t you dare.

 

We visited Powell’s books, and then spent the afternoon relaxing in the hotel room. The next morning, we flew out of Chicago and back into Denver.

 

So, all in all, a SPECTACULAR vacation! I hope you enjoyed all of the pictures. I’m excited to get to next week’s Book Review Tuesday, as I read a certain book in Chicago that might just be my favorite…

See you soon!

Yer a Fan Art, Harry…

I’m glad to say that I’ve had a lot of time to draw this summer, and I feel that I’ve been improving. Though I don’t have any HP related fan arts for today (sorry), I’ve got lots to show to you guys. Enjoy the fan arts!

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Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner) (X-Men-Apocalypse)

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Alright, sorry, this is out of order, but about a month after finishing Nightcrawler, I decided to touch him up a little bit. The marker dried out as I was coloring in the streaks in his hair, which was slowly starting to bother me (a lot), so I filled those in, and filled in a little more of his face and lips. Nightcrawler’s definitely my favorite of the X-Men.

 

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Loki, God of Mischief! (Marvel)

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K-2SO (Rogue One)

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The Darkling (the Grisha Trilogy)

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Alina Starkov, Sun Summoner (the Grisha Trilogy)

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This poor little porg, who is permanently traumatized because his brethren were roasted and eaten by Chewbacca. (Hello, darkness, my old friend…) (The Last Jedi)

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Annie Clark (St. Vincent). I recently re-listened to Marry Me and St. Vincent (Deluxe Edition), and rediscovered how much I liked her older music. Let’s not mention MASSEDUCTION. 

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Santigold!

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Viv, daughter of the Vision (Vision)

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed the *onslaught* of fan arts! I’ll try to get in some HP fan arts soon for this glorious occasion. Until next time, everyone!

Again, I’m out of clever ways to say that I’ve got a bunch more fan arts

Ah! I forgot to mention in my last post…

Despite my lack of a Book Review Tuesday this week, I do have LOADS of fan arts for you guys! I’m so happy to share them all with you, and I hope you enjoy…as well as survive the tidal wave of nerdiness, of course.

Without further ado, behold…fan arts.

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Sally Hawkins. I was inspired to draw this after a wonderful dream I had about meeting her in a bookstore.

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Will Toledo. I apologize for my inability to draw guitars.

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The Vision, my personal favorite Avenger. 😭 (Avengers: Infinity War)

 

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Batgirl of Burnside.

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Will Toledo(s?). The quote is a line from “Bodys”.

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Enfys Nest (Solo: A Star Wars Story)

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Courtney Crumrin. I almost cosplayed her at Comic Con last Friday, but I didn’t have time to throw together a good cosplay, much less dye my hair blonde.

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David Bowie (from the 1973 “Life On Mars?” music video).

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Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon)

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Lindsey Jordan (Snail Mail).

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Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

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Johann Krauss (B.P.R.D.). I barely managed to draw him from memory. He’s really fun to doodle.

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Baz Grimm-Pitch (Carry On). I drew this last night after re-reading “Carry On”.

 

Well, that’s it for this batch of fan arts! This summer holds endless possibilities, and I hope to fill my sketchbook up with more and more art! Until next time!

 

“What have we here?” (Solo: A Star Wars Story review)

I was skeptical of trailer one. Trailer two got me fairly pumped. The CoS and a friend’s description of an NPR review got me even more pumped. My brother saw it two days before me, and he ultimately convinced me.

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Now, let me get this straight. I wouldn’t say that Solo was the best Star Wars movie in existence. Choosing a favorite Star Wars movie would be on the same level as choosing a favorite child, but the title proooooobably goes to The Empire Strikes Back. But I loved it! A really fun, action-packed, and fast-paced ride. Sure, it had its flaws (Lookin’ at you, Rio), but in general, super fun.

 

We all had our doubts before this movie, didn’t we? Han Solo looked like he couldn’t act (looking back, they put some of his worse lines in the trailer), Donald Glover didn’t seem like a fitting Lando, and YOU CAN’T HAVE A HAN SOLO MOVIE WITHOUT HARRISON FORD et cetera. But both turned out to be completely untrue. Though nobody can replace Harrison Ford, Alden Ehrenreich was a great Han, and the same can be said for Lando. God, Lando was hilarious. Perfect. You old smoothie. Chewbacca, was as always, wonderfully Chewbacca, and the other main characters (Beckett, Qi’Ra, L3-37, Val, etc.) were great additions to the Star Wars universe. The only one of the main characters I wasn’t a huge fan of was Rio. He was kind of a necessary character, in a way, but fell flat as far as comic relief went. Pretty annoying.

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Now, on the subject of L3, DANG. I seriously wanna put her on a Women’s March sign next year. “REBELLION!!!!!” *slams fist on button* “Freedom.”

Before I transition into my next point, let me just say one thing…

VISION.

What.

Have.

You.

DONE?!?!?

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HOLD THE PHONE, VISION, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN TRANSPORTED TO A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY? Oh, and on that subject, where’d you get a fancy yacht? Got any paprika?

All of the villains in this movie were superb. Both Dryden Voss and Enfys Nest were just…for lack of better words, AWESOME. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME. I kinda want Dryden’s knives now. Oh, and Enfys Nest’s ENTIRE ****ING COSTUME. Hey, Comic-Con and Halloween are coming up soon…*rubs hands together maniacally*

 

So, Star Wars fans, I don’t think many of you will be disappointed. Even if you are, it’s still super fun.

 

 

Confessions of a Potterhead*

I have a confession and something of a theory rolled into one.

I’ll admit to this, and I’m sure a lot of you Potterheads out there can too, but…despite my Hufflepuff status, heck, I’ve owned tons of Gryffindor stuff since I’ve gotten into HP. To be exact, some socks, one of Hermione’s Gryffindor shirts from the movies, and a “Books Turn Muggles into Wizards” shirt with the Gryffindor colors. Honestly, I think a good portion of Potterheads, Gryffindor or not, have owned at least one piece of Gryffindor paraphernalia in their lifetime.

Think about it. Gryffindor really is, for lack of a better description, the “central house” of the Harry Potter series. It’s the one everyone remembers when people mention the books.  A good percentage of the characters, be it major or minor, are Gryffindors. And the common traits of your friendly neighborhood Gryffindor-courage, chivarly, daring, bravery-are what many of us aspire to be. And heck, loads of us wanted nothing more than to be Gryffindors, didn’t we? We all just ignored the fact the Peter Pettigrew was a dark wizard and that all Gryffindors were perfect Heroes™.

Plus, we’ve all got at least one or two characters we adore from Gryffindor. I’ve always had a preference for Hermione Granger. She’s been one of my favorite fictional characters since the beginning. Then there’s the Weasleys, the Marauders, Neville…the list goes on and on. A lot of my Potterhead friends were also sorted into Gryffindor.

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You know who you are, guys. I love you.

 

But, of course, I acknowledge the fact this doesn’t apply to all of you. Maybe you’re a hardcore Slytherin who wants nothing to do with Gryffindor. Anything. Maybe red and gold just isn’t your thing. (It isn’t mine, but I guess I can pull it off sometimes.) But either way, every Potterhead is different. And I love you all.

HARRY POTTER! Did you put your name in the Goblet of Fan Arts?!?!?

Yep, that’s right-I’ve got lots more fan arts!

Most of these are HP related, as I did them soon after my Pottermore sorting. I also got some new, more skin-tone color pens on Wednesday, so I’ve been testing those out a bit. Enjoy!

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Elisa Esposito (The Shape of Water)

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Lindsey Jordan, a.k.a. Snail Mail

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Hufflepuff, based off of a European badger (Harry Potter)

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Ravenclaw, based off of Golden eagle (Harry Potter)

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Gryffindor, based off of African lion (Harry Potter)

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Slytherin, based off of Black Rat snake (a bit too derpy and cute, perhaps?) (Harry Potter)

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Princess Nuala (Hellboy II)

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The Amphibian Man (The Shape of Water)

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Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

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Rey (The Force Awakens)

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Abe Sapien (Hellboy)

 

I hope you liked my fan arts! I’ll be back tomorrow with the first Book Review Tuesday of May 2018! See you later, and have a great rest of your day!