I am a December 2013 graduate of Tusculum College with a Bachelors of Art; Studio Art Concentration. I am twenty-three years old, and only just beginning the journey of being an artist. I am looking forward to finding out where this journey will take me and who I will meet along the way. I hope you enjoy my work, while I'm at it! Thank you for taking a look at my page.
sources: All images are created by Sarah Coultier (x), except for the second image in the second row, which was created by Kirgetova Tatiana (x). Cover designs were done by Jeff McDowall (x). Additional images by Sarah Coultier and the artist GreenSprite (x) appear in the series itself, but are not included here.
Literature Meme (2/10 Prose) - The Guild of the Cowry Catchers series by Abigail Hilton (Embers | Flames | Ashes | Out of the Ashes | Shore Beyond the World)
The Guild of the Cowry Catchers series is a dark nautical fantasy, created by Abigail Hilton. The novels focus on the adventures of an exiled prince Gerard Holovar. At the beginning of the series, Gerard is instated as the Captain of the Temple Police. He is encouraged to work alongside the Admiral of the Sea Watch, Silveo Lamire, to track down a resistance pirate. Over the course of the novels many shocking events occur. Twists, turns, and a ridiculous amount of cliffhangers await the duo.
The large majority of characters in this series are ‘shelts’ (their upper halves are human, their lower halves are animals). There are no humans, though there are both talking and non-talking animals present. There are a wide assortment of shelt species featured within the text.
The series is illustrated (though non-illustrated and audio versions of the texts are available), with a variety of lovely images because ‘adults deserve pretty pictures too.’ They can be sampled above. This series also contains highly triggering content.
Below is the full blurb for ‘Embers’, and mini-blurbs for the other four books (‘Flames’, ‘Ashes’, ‘Out of the Ashes’, and ‘Shores Beyond the World’) in the main series (there are additional short stories, and a young adult series in the Panamindorah Universe). The mini-blurbs do contain slight spoilers.
Embers | An honourable prince. A jaded assassin. Can they work together to catch a pirate?
Among the querulous island kingdoms of Wefrivain, the only unifying power is religion—a wyvern cult, ruled by an eccentric High Priestess. The wyverns are under attack by a gang of pirates, known as the Guild of the Cowry Catchers. The pirates are beginning to worry Priestess Morchella.
She thinks she’s found an answer in the person of Gerard Holovar, the new captain of her Temple Police. However, upon his promotion, Gerard strikes up a quarrel with Silveo, the Admiral of Morchella’s Temple ships. Silveo has a reputation for cruelty, cunning, and a biting wit. He’s a foxling—a minority species— and rumours say that he was once an assassin, who clawed his way to power from a childhood of poverty and abuse. He cultivates serial affairs with persons ranging from his own lieutenants to dock prostitutes. On the surface, Silveo could not be more different from Gerard—a member of the dominant species class, born to money and power, adhering to strict codes of honour, and devoted to his wife.
In spite of their differences, Morchella orders them to work together. She believes that they can catch the pirates. Their survival may depend upon it.
Flames | He caught the pirate. He did the right thing. He’ll regret it. Gerard has a rough start in his new job as Captain of the Temple Police, and he’s finding that he has more than a little sympathy for the pirates he’s been ordered to eliminate. Despite this, he and the wily Admiral of the Temple Sea Watch track down the charismatic pirate leader, Gwain. However, Gwain is hunting, too.
Ashes | They lost everything that defined them. Except each other. Gerard was only trying to do the right thing when he spared the life of a pirate. He gambled. And lost. He emerges from the slave deck of a ship a year later - free, but numb and scarred. While struggling to survive as an escaped slave in the wilderness, Gerard finds a friend in even more desperate straits.
Out of the Ashes | A forbidden book. A pirate prince. An idea whose time has come. Gerard and Silveo have made peace with their pasts…or so they think. They’ve joined the pirates they once hunted and are prepared to leave Wefrivain in quest for a new life. However, an unexpected cry for help brings them unwillingly back into home waters.
Shores Beyond the World | They did a terrible thing. They’ve returned to make it right. The price will be high. Chaos is sweeping the islands of Wefrivain—slave revolts, attack on temples, and questions about the true nature of the wyvern gods. The catalyst is a single book. The authors are a band of pirates. This is the fifth and final book in the Guild of the Cowry Catchers series.
Striking Portraits of Ancient Tribes Around the World- Jimmy Nelson
In 2009, photographer Jimmy Nelson set out on a journey to document the ‘world’s last indigenous cultures’. Using a 4×5 camera, Nelson took an amazing series of portraits, featuring 31 ancient tribes around the world.
The project, entitled Before They Pass Away, culminated with an elegant hardcover book (available in three versions) featuring stories of his encounters and nearly 500 photos.
Newly Discovered Deep Sea Worms Unknown to Science
Scientist and marine researcher Alexander Semenov, recently released a number of incredible new photographs of worms, several of which may be completely unknown to science.
Half of the photos were taken near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia during a 2-week conference on marine worms called polychaetes. Semenov photographed 222 different worm species which are now in the process of being studied and documented by scientists.
The other half of the photos were taken during Semenov’s normal course of work at the White Sea Biological Station in northern Russia where he’s head of the scientific divers team.
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I have nothing but respect and admiration for researchers and photographers like Alexander Semenov. His work is utterly mesmorising and a wealth of inspiration. For those interested you can find his site HERE, his behance gallery HERE, and Flickr HERE.