Wednesday, November 19, 2014

deviant friends part 2 - patriartis


One of my favorite new acquaintances at Deviant Art is Patriartis, a digital artist from Finland. While Patrik's art is uniquely attractive in many ways, what has made him a delight for me to follow is his Journey series wherein we get to accompany the twin aliens, Linus and Linnéa, on their adventure of discovery around an equally alien world. The written exploits are compelling and just mysterious enough to keep the story moving. If you look closely at the pictures you can (occasionally) just about see the brightly attentive eyes of the two protagonists. Next you can read the paragraph describing the opening picture with two more samples to follow.

They had walked the main street countless times before, although never so confident and proud as on this day. Every event in their young lives had built up to this moment, and at the end of the path awaited a new chapter in their lives; a small but magnificent spacecraft that would take them away from the planet and into history. They were proud to be twins. Proud to be chosen.

This is a prequel to the Journey series. A rare opportunity to see Linus and Linnéa in spacesuits which aren't covered in dirt and/or scratches..


By now, the damp jungle was nothing more than a fresh memory as the trees and berry-bushes started to become replaced by even stranger plants. These plants, however, seemed more watchful than the others, even to the point of Linus convincing his travel companion that leaving them alone without further examination would probably be the best course of action. Not only did the plants look largely suspicious, argued Linus, but angering or saddening them would be especially unfortunate considering their excellent shelter-properties in case of a nasty bit of hard rain, sour rain, or whatever-kind-of-rain this world was accustomed to. However, the travellers' curiosity was quickly redirected as they noticed purple egg-shaped things sticking out of the grass...



Much to their delight, the dreaded rain was postponed. However, Linus knew quite well that these twists were simply temporary; nature was probably far to busy elsewhere to suddenly change its mind in such small matters. Needless to say there was only a matter of time, and so they had to produce some food before the rain made it impossible later on. Although they had procured plenty of nutrients from their crashed vessel to store in their spacebags, Linus seconded his travel companion's suggestion that they should be kept for a rainy day, quite literally. Being the masterprocurer of fish, as Linus convincingly illustrated through eager arm-movements, he explained how they would find excellent food without much effort in a nearby lake. His companion tried to oppose on account of the lake seeming a bit cryptic, even for this world. Nevertheless, resistance was futile as Linus had already found highly motivated baitworms for the task at hand. What could possibly go wrong?

The story so far can be viewed by going to The Journey gallery and opening the pictures in order from bottom right to top left. Along with a number of others at dA I'm always looking forward to the next episode of this fine adventure. Patrik doesn't have a web page but can also be reached at his Facebook page under pbjorkstromillustration

12 comments:

Rob-bear said...

Ah, yes; more characters with charm and goodness. Like Crow, in a way.

Blessings and Bear hugs!

Should Fish More said...

May I say that while I find his art interesting, it does not speak to me in the way that your art does. Having said that, it must be gratifying to be in their company.
I'm heading to Seattle in the morning, hope you and yours have a good thanksgiving.

Lindsay Byrnes said...

Hi Susan,
It just goes to show what a wonderful addition to stories such lovely pictures as these make. I thought the digital art was splendid and very clever and concur wholeheartedly with your sentiments. No doubt if we ever encounter aliens I would love them to appear as beautiful as this, although in reality that seems rather unlikely. Congratulations on getting involved with this talented group who will bring much joy in their enhanced imaginative landscape to the world. The journey story is fantastic !!
Best wishes

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Very interesting

susan said...

They are, aren't they? That must be why I like them, Rob.

All best wishes to you too.

susan said...

I appreciate you saying that more than I can tell you. I'm trying to take a break from drawing new blog post pictures while I wrestle with some different characters for an old fashioned children's story written by a friend.

I hope your journey to Seattle brings you enjoyment and good news. Have a good Thanksgiving.

susan said...

Hi Lindsay,
Yes, Patrik is very good at his work. I really haven't the first clue about how digital art is made but he has the sensibilities of a fine storyteller. The good thing about aliens is that we can make them look any way we please. I'm glad you enjoyed what you've seen and read.
Best wishes.

susan said...

I thought so too, Andrew.

marja-leena said...

Finnish, eh? How could I resist :-) His work is well done though rather pretty to my taste. Great as a children's story book! One quibble I have is the navigation - why no next button or link? There is always link to the previous page.

Glad to hear you are keeping busy with your book illustration project, Susan!

susan said...

As well as being Finnish (and therefor, bound to be interesting), he does seem to be a very nice guy, Marja-Leena. The prettiness of these pictures I thought works well with the emerging storyline. Unfortunately, the whole dA setup doesn't allow for easy navigation. I asked Patrik to put the Journey pictures in one folder and was happy he did so as it made it possible for me to link.

Yes, I am working away on that new story and waiting (and hoping) for the breakthrough drawing that will lead the rest. Many thanks for the good wishes :)

okjimm said...

a bit off topic.....I encouraged a friend to invesitgate 'deviant art'.....she said my ability to lick my eye brows was very skillfull.....but hardly qualified as art. She did encourge the endeavour....though.....said, with time....it could advance from amusing and interesting to artful......I think she may just be leading me on.

susan said...

I have a feeling I already know where this is leading..