Tag Archives: Tyson Vick

Updates and New Patreon

12 Mar

What’s happening in the world of Tyson Vick art and photography? Well, I’ve been busily finishing my book, A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters — all of its photos and layout — so that I can release the final half of the book chapter by chapter in a timely manner! I fell a little behind, and now am catching up. I am also trying to prepare print volumes! Which brings me to the next topic:

Have you heard of Patreon?

There’s this relatively new website called Patreon where fans of creator made content can offer their support. The site works very much like a tip jar. If you like what you see, you can donate a little money, and receive some benefits for your support!

If you already follow me on my social media sites, then you know that I share a lot of my work for free! But making art can cost money, and my art can take months and years to put together while I save. I believe that a site like Patreon can help me create art for you wonderful readers and subscribers while still providing it for free. ūüôā

Your patronage will help me create! You can come and go whenever you please, and your pledge will only go through when a volume of one of my works is finished. A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters will have four volumes where I combine the chapters into books which will become available for print. Patreon will give you early access to these volumes, as well as all my future projects, and will also give you the first look at the creation of my art, before anyone else sees it. You will also be able to interact with me more directly. I can post my works in progress for feedback!

You may be interested in my upcoming project which will be fairy tale fashion. I will be blogging about the creation of the costumes here, but if you want to be the first to see everything, I’ll be posting all my progress on Patreon first.

I hope you will continue to enjoy my work, whether you become a patron or just subscribe to my blogs! Can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on!

A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters – Chapter 4. The Journey of the Genie

28 Nov

My free online book A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters continues, and you can read Chapter 4. The Journey of the Genie for free online by clicking on the link or picture below.

Read Chapter four, The Journey of the Genie.

Read Chapter four, The Journey of the Genie.

 

The Hunt is On!

While in Turkey, Philomena Dashwood witnesses the theft of the only known Genie in captivity from its display. She is caught up in a wild adventure when the handsome thief starts making frivolous wishes and causes an entire palace to be ripped from the ground and carried through the clouds. The cruel Genie plots to throw the castle from the sky and kill everyone within. Will Philomena get a cup of tea before being expected to stop the carnage awaiting her at the end of the Journey of the Genie?

Philomena chases the thief who steals the genie.

Philomena chases the thief who steals the genie.

If you travel over to my steampunk site you can read about how I made the costumes and see behind the scenes photos. There are all sorts of costumes and steampunk props and devices in the pages of the book.

Brin Merkley and Jeremy Fornier Hanlon portray the heroes of A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

Brin Merkley and Jeremy Fornier Hanlon portray the heroes of A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

View all the beautiful images and read the hilarious text here.

The Genie steals the castle in A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

The Genie steals the castle in A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

Spoiler alert, the following photo. ūüôā

Lizzie plays Brunhilde Bamfield in A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

Lizzie plays Brunhilde Bamfield in A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters – Chapter 3. A Mechanical Mummy

27 Nov

My free online book A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters continues, and you can read Chapter 3. A Mechanical Mummy for free online by clicking on the link or picture below.

Read Chapter Three online.

Read Chapter Three online.

The Hunt is On!

During her trip to Egypt, Philomena Dashwood thinks she may have found a handsome suitor worthy of her attentions, but his attentions are obsessively directed toward reviving a cursed mummy. When the ancient monster is ressurected, it will stop at nothing to replace its own vital organs with the body parts of living humans! Can Philomena balance her burgeoning attraction to Lord Hargrave while also battling A Mechanical Mummy?

Brin Merkley portrays Philomena Dashwood in A Steampupnk guide to hunting monsters.

Brin Merkley portrays Philomena Dashwood in A Steampupnk guide to hunting monsters.

If you travel over to my steampunk site you can read about how I made the costumes and see behind the scenes photos. There are all sorts of costumes and steampunk props and devices in the pages of the book.

Mark Austin portrays Hargrave in A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

Mark Austin portrays Hargrave in A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

Read the chapter for free online here!

The heroes of A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters fight a mummy!

The heroes of A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters fight a mummy!

A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters – Chapter 2. A Witch in the Wilderness

15 Nov

My free online book A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters continues, and you can read Chapter 2. A Witch in the Wilderness for free online by clicking on the link or picture below.

read_chapter_02

The Hunt is On!

The tour has landed. After discovering that some local children have been abducted, Philomena Dashwood sets off to uncover a mysterious witch. Philomena must not, under any circumstances, ask the woman a question, but this may prove harder than expected when she is joined by the overly inquisitive Percy Longville. Can Philomena maintain her manners while also maintaining her pursuit of A Witch in the Wilderness?

Brin Merkley portrays Philomena Dashwood in this costume I made.

Brin Merkley portrays Philomena Dashwood in this costume I made.

If you travel over to my steampunk site you can read about how I made the costumes and see behind the scenes photos. There are all sorts of costumes and steampunk props and devices in the pages of the book.

The witch is a Baba Yaga style villain with a walking house!

The witch is a Baba Yaga style villain with a walking house!

A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters (Free online book) – Chapter One

1 Nov

My next photography/costuming book is now starting it’s launch. It is called A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters and you can read the first chapter here. This is a steampunk fashion book that accompanies a full length novel about an over-dressed, oblivious and gung-ho heroine as she goes on a monster hunting tour around the world.

Read the first chapter online for free!

Read the first chapter online for free!

The book will be released as a free online serial novel, chapter by chapter. Every chapter has numerous photographic illustrations and the book will feature hundreds of costumes. Here on One Delightful Day I will be sharing the links, but if you want all the behind-the-scenes details, head on over to steampunkmonsters.com.

Join our young heroine, Philomena Dashwood, as she sneaks out of the house to attend a séance. When a vengeance driven spectre is summoned, Philomena sets out on her first Monster Hunting adventure to try to save an innocent woman from certain death, but her exploits keep getting interrupted by a misguided but well-meaning gentleman.  Can Philomena maintain her manners while also maintaining her pursuit of The Ghost of Esme Gorey?

Philomena Dashwood, heroine of A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

Brin Merkley as Philomena Dashwood, heroine of A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

There will be so many dresses, monsters and hot guys every chapter. So, if that’s your thing, be sure to follow along!

Domenico Cianciotto as The Mayor of Venice in A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

Domenico Cianciotto as The Mayor of Venice in A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

 

Gods of Egypt Review

2 Mar

I love “Gods of Egypt”. It is everything 10 year old me ever wanted in a movie.

I spent my youth reading every single book that was available on Egypt in the libraries. I spent hours drawing pictures, making board games and inventing stories based in that lore. My stories were not dissimilar from Gods of Egypt, except my adventurers went on the road WITH the Sphinx, but I admit it was used appropriately in the film.

Unlike many of these action movies set in an ancient world, the film is pretty accurately respectful to the lore. Look at the new Clash of the Titans and its sequel that don’t seem to care about mythology, or The Immortals which has a creepy weird relationship with it. Gods of Egypt takes its source material and the only real changes that are made to¬†mythology are a.) the aesthetic and b.) the need to be an action movie.

There's Brenton, relegated to the background for a moment.

There’s Brenton, relegated to the background for a moment.

If you know early Egyptian mythology, you know the story. Set comes and kills Osiris, rips him into 14 pieces. Isis takes her mortal life to follow him to the underworld (which is where the movie leaves it, but honestly I’m certain that might have been a better story to tell altogether, as she collects all his pieces, puts them back together and invents mummification, then, as in the film, balance is restored to the underworld as she and Osiris justly watch over the souls of the dead). Next Set steals the eyes of Horus, and then Horus goes on an adventure to defeat Set and they battle for the rest of the movie.¬†Granted, there’s none of the hot gay sex stuff that Horus and Set spent a large portion of their real mythology battle getting into — but adapted accurately, that stuff would raise some extremely uncomfortable questions between children and their parents. Look it up on Wikipedia. It’s extremely odd. It involves ejaculation and lettuce.

The mythological aspects are well handled. The Sphinx has a riddle, gods can steal each other’s body parts and use them (yeah ancient Egypt!) There is also a scene which made child me jump for joy where we literally see Ra, the sun god, sailing his boat across the sky, descending into the night and fighting the night monster, Apophis, to protect mankind. I am absolutely in love with the idea of a god who spends every night fighting off monsters to keep humans safe from the darkness and evil. Just a beautiful idea lifted straight from mythology and put into the context of an action movie. This is the sort of thing Gods of Egypt does well.

The non-mythology story is about a teenage boy who steals the eye of Horus to enlist the god’s help. Brenton Thwaites is the lead actor of the film, or quite possibly the secondary lead, as he is often relegated to the background (often quite literally) but then the gods get to squabbling and he bursts forth to save the day and get the action going. Brenton Thwaites is spectacular, just in general. I have loved him in everything he has done. Strangely, he may be¬†my ideal actor. He’s as likable as Tom Hanks and as handsome as young Brad Pitt. I didn’t expect to like him when I first saw him, because most young good-looking boys are terrible, but he encompasses everything my inner child wanted in a hero and proves again and again (The Giver, The Signal) that at least somebody has my inner child in mind.

Brenton Thwaites is basically my favorite actor these days. Edged out Michael Angarano just because Michael hasn't made a costume/action movie. for a while

Brenton Thwaites is basically my favorite actor these days. He edged out Michael Angarano just because Michael hasn’t made a costume/action movie for a while.

The only other performance that stood out to me was Chadwick Boseman who played the god of knowledge, Thoth. When first introduced I thought, “Hmm, he seems a bit¬†effete for the god of knowledge.” But when his big scenes come up in the second half with all the pontificating and yammering, he was delightful. The twee accent was a perfect choice, and just captures intellect without actually having to always show it. Great choice, Chadwick Boseman. Just perfect.

I know that it is not well received by critics. Here are some Pros and Cons about this film:

Cons:

  • There are no Middle Eastern Actors in a movie that takes place almost entirely in Egypt (The rest of it takes place in the sky). I get that this is an Egypt before that night monster, Apophis, altered the landscape (there’s lots of shrubs and waterfalls that are not native to Northern Africa in the movie, so obviously night monster ate those things at the end), but it’s getting ridiculous. This film follows Prince of Persia, Exodus and a few other films that populate the country entirely with extremely white people. I can’t say it’s “whitewashing” like all the critics though, because there are black and asian leads, just no Middle-Easterners. It’s actually kind of surreal.
  • Everyone has a British Accent. The only reasons I’m letting this slide is because its good they chose a single accent, wayward accents tend to distract, and that Thoth owns it.
  • In mythology the gods of Ancient Egypt have animal heads. While the characters in the film do turn into robot animals (like Silverhawks!), they mostly look like normal humans until they decide to lay the smack down. I feel somewhere in my inner child that I wouldn’t have minded animal headed characters. I guess the sexy times and the romance wouldn’t have played well between a cow headed woman and a falcon headed man, but if your screen romance can’t work between a cow head and a bird head, maybe your romance isn’t strong enough to begin with? I don’t know. I get the logistical need to have actors who can sell the movie — but, that plan doesn’t seem to be working anyway, soooooo…. (As an aside, remember how awesome the animal heads in Stargate were?)
  • The Egyptians considered the brain useless. When Set steals another character’s brain, it makes sense to us, because we totally love brains! But the Egyptians did not. So that was one instance of them outright defying Egyptian mythology.
Chadwick Boseman and his fantastic accent appear in Gods of Egypt. Can't wait for Black Panther!

Chadwick Boseman and his fantastic accent appear in Gods of Egypt. Can’t wait for Black Panther!

Pros:

  • Dem costumes. Hell yeah. As a costumer, I love costumes. And these costumes are made out of fabrics that I can’t even begin to explain. What on earth is Thoth wearing? Is it hammered beads sewn onto mesh? Who knows, but it’s awesome.
  • Dem hats, tho. You remember how Eiko Ishioka’s costumes for The Immortals had weird ass hats? And you were like, “Huh?” Well, this one has¬†hats that make you want to go home and become a warrior goddess yourself. You see the hats and you’re like, “Hell yeah!” Those ladies that ride those snakes have the best hats I’ve seen in years! The black lady in particular. Everything she’s wearing is the best thing. Great job, snake ladies!
  • Snake Ladies.
Snake Ladies Rule!

Snake Ladies Rule!

  • Set’s animal head is very well done. Historically speaking Set is somewhere between an anteater and an alligator. Many scholars suggest that Set’s head is so indistinct that it is actually a “monster head” where all the other gods are distinct animal heads. The film does this well, creating a head for his animal-silverhawk form that is an indistinct mash up that turns out monster-y. They put thought into it, at least, and based it off of mythology which I appreciate.
  • Brenton Thwaites.
  • Thoth’s accent.
  • Ra fighting the monster every night.
  • The greatest monster actor who ever lived, Bruce Spence shows up as the judge of the underworld. I am a Bruce Spence fanboy. Love you, Bruce! Keep on terrifying me in the way you do!
  • The stakes.

What are the stakes, you ask? You know how in normal, not over-the-top¬†drama, something is at stake? Like the lead’s girlfriend is kidnapped (Super Mario, Final Fight, most drama) or the world is going to be destroyed (Tranformers, Armageddon). Well, Gods of Egypt has ALL THE STAKES. And I don’t mean like Doctor Who style where everything is always on the verge of being destroyed always. Doctor Who will always re-kagigger time so that the stakes don’t matter. What I mean is every stake ever is at stake in Gods of Egypt. His girlfriend is in danger, his girlfriend’s soul is in danger, his soul is danger, all the world’s souls are in danger, the world itself is in danger of being devoured, the gods are in dangers, the humans are in danger, the gods love lives are in shambles and also in danger, the demons are coming for Hathor (best thing I’ve seen in a movie all year. I love when they just grab her), the people don’t have enough money, war is happening, the monster is coming! And what’s weird about it, is all you really care about is the simple idea that one man misses his love and the other realizes that’s all he needs to focus on, too. The main stake is simple and works, the rest is just bluster and giant serpents (of which there are at least three).

So, obviously, my inner child loved this movie. But did my adult me? Well, there are two scenes that actually made me get the feels. The one where Hathor yields her bracelet to save the girl and gets sucked into demon land. And the scene on the tower during the climax when Brenton returns the eye of Horus. Adult me also appreciated the adaptation of mythology to action film with little to no basterdization. Because I can hardly stand a single one of these fairy tale movies that take out the myth and legend, like Mirror Mirror, Red Riding Hood, or Into the Woods, so I applaud Gods of Egypt.

The hero, Horus, and the Villain, Set, are very mythological, and the two actors who play them are well liked, generally, but don’t really stand out. Like I said, it may have been possible to just do it with animal heads. But I guess we’ll never know. Enjoy the giant Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gerard Butler as they randomly turn into silverhawks.

I totally recommend this film to your children, and when it comes out on DVD I will do a big costume review.

 

I want to share my biggest sale of the year with you!

25 Nov

Mozart Reimagined is 30% OFF! Starting now through Cyber Monday!

Mozart Reimagined on Lulu.com!

Mozart Reimagined on Lulu.com!

So, I am having a big holiday sale on my book. You don’t want to miss the best sale of the year on my photo books!¬†Both the digital¬†and¬†print versions of Mozart Reimagined are 30% off now through Cyber Monday! These are the lowest prices of the year!

I am also starting a Product Mailing List. This list is different from the blog subscription, because instead of getting blog posts, you will receive information on new-releases, sales, coupons, costumes and more! If you like to buy my things, this will be a list to join, so sign up here!

  • Sale runs Nov. 25 – 30
  • Subscribe to my product mailing list! This list is different from the blog subscription list and will provide info on new-releases and sales of my books, costumes and more!