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Taral Wayne
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SF FANS, HUGO VOTERS, & OTHER ALIENS

Why do I belong to DeviantArt? On Monday, Apr 7, 2008, 2:36 AM I was advised in strong terms to create a website where I could show my art to SF fans. Of course, even with free webspace available, I have no idea how to create a website, anyway, so I joined DeviantArt instead. I already belonged to FurAffinity, but the material posted there is oriented to furry and erotic art. What I needed was a place to show art to the “straights,” viewers who are not entirely comfortable with fur, fetishes, anime and semi-literacy…

Not that you won’t find a little of that in my DeviantArt presence. But the emphasis here is on fanzine covers, science fiction, fantasy and humour.

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THE HUGO AND I

Let me start something like 40 years ago... I've been deeply involved with Science Fiction fandom since the early 1970's, and after that much time it would be surprising if I hadn’t left some sort of impression. For one thing, I was the Fan Guest of Honour at the worldcon in Montreal, in 2009. As of this year, I've also been nominated 11 times for the Hugo award as Best Fanartist. I haven’t won yet, but they say that miracles happen. I was awarded the Rotsler prize for fanart in 2008, which at least comes with cash.

The key to winning is probably reaching outside of the small fanzine community, which while not strictly closed, isn't well known to SF fandom as a whole. Most of the winners in recent years seem to have had presences in spin-off fandoms such as Trek or gaming or costuming. More recently, on-line activity seems to have been pushing aside traditional media. The winners were also able to attend conventions where they could display their work in the art show. I don't really have those options, but there was one way I could match other artists. An on-line presence. Let my work speak for itself. Of course, I’m not naïve enough to think that good work will win out over networking and popularity, but I can always dream.

The problem with my page on FurAffinity is as I’ve said. It’s a pretty mixed bag, with a heavy emphasis on furry art, and much of it is too erotic or too kinky for a general audience. Friends urged me to find a different site for a showcase.

After a little thought, Deviant Art seemed the best option. Here I am. Browse thoroughly. Don't miss any folders regardless what I called them. And vote often...

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MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOST-WRITING

If you don't mind, rather than rewrite the same boring old details about myself, I'll quite from FurAffinity.

Artist Profile:
I've been drawing almost before TV's were common, let alone computers and the internet. I was drawing furry characters before there was such a fandom. I might have been the first to use a computer to cut mimeograph stencils to publish an SF fanzine. But it's almost an entirely different world now, and I tend to be a bit slow keeping up. I don't carry a cell phone, own an iPod, known how to ICQ, use PayPal, or know how to operate my digital camera yet. But I try to hang in there.

What I have done (before middle age began to slow me down) includes some magazine and book illustration, a short and obscure career in b/w comics, private commissions, dealer at cons, and too many years as an active science fiction fan to care to number.

Because of the internet, making a living has become a lot trickier, it seems. It's multiplied the number of artists a hundredfold, but the audience is accustomed to 99% of the art being free. It's hard to know if there's a net gain. At the same time travel has gotten more expensive, and the border a paranoid free-fire zone. Cons are a memory. The final insult, a Canadian dollar is over par with the buck. If I take $100 US to the bank, it appears as a two figure entry in my bankbook now. Maybe I should just get a real job, like I had when I was 25. On the other hand, if I hold out another decade, I can 'retire' on welfare, and enjoy the first real prosperity I've ever known, and finally draw what I want!

Ambition is a cruel master.

Current Residence: Toronto
Favourite genre of music: Anything but rap, gospel, or country.
Operating System: Window XP Pro
Personal Quote: "Great men are rarely good men" -- Lord Acton
Interests
A while ago I was contacted by a man whose name I couldn't place, but who turned out to be working for a casting agency for the National Geographic Cable Channel.  I was a little skeptical at first, but after a little research on Google I believed him.  His current job was to find material for a program called "Taboo," and apparently he regarded "Pygmalionism" as a possible topic.  He had noticed my art on DeviantArt and wanted to talk to me about the topic.

We talked for about an hour on several subjects, actually, since "statuphilia" or "Pygmalionism" is only one of many interests I have.  In that time I tried my best to answer a number of questions.  

For instance, was there a community of statuphiles?  Well, I said, yes and no.  I know of perhaps a dozen active artists who have reputations, and a larger number of others who are relatively unskilled amateurs.  I added that most artists are manipulating photos or using software similar to Poser to create their art -- not many artists of note were drawing in the old fashioned way (as I did).  There was, in fact, to my knowledge not a great deal of traditional statuephile art being done.

Were Pygmalionists a community?  I had to say, no.  Almost without exception the members are only known by online pseudonyms and there didn't seem to be much networking going on.  People posted stories or art and for the most part didn't discuss it beyond posting anonymous comments.  I doubted many had met other's in the statuphile community, or knew them beyond what was seen on-line.  Perhaps I'm all wet about this, but that's my impression.  I've only communicated with, perhaps a half dozen individuals, one or two of them quite superficially.  I assume this is typical, and infer from it that  members of the statuephile community prefer to be anonymous, and don't wish to announce their taste in art to the world.  I'm not sure you can blame them.  Would you like to explain to strangers why you fantasize about making love to a marble sculpture or plaster manikin?  Or about  becoming one?

Well, you see, its something like bondage, but also like dominance/submission, with a little exhibitionism thrown in, and ... oh, hell, mind your own business!

I suspect that at this point, the agent's enthusiasm began to cool.  I wasn't feeding him what he needed to hear to work up a story.  We began to talk more about me, instead -- my other art, my long involvement in science fiction fandom, my professional work, and so forth  I promised to send him additional images and text that he could take to the next producers' conference ... that was about two weeks ago.  I'm waiting to hear back, and think I may wait a long time.

Most likely I've talked him *out* of doing an episode on statuephilia, having convinced him that there's nothing of interest there for the TV viewer.  But, as one of my friends put it, did I really want to be known nationally as the father of Pygmalionism?  Hey yes!  Even infamy is better than no fame at all!
  • Listening to: Televison likely, Tom Waits, Yes, or Blondie.
  • Reading: "Julian Comstock", Robert Charles Wilson
  • Watching: ...the little words moving across the screen
  • Playing: With little toy cars (1l18 scale).
  • Eating: Yes, but trying to watch my weight.
  • Drinking: Are you paying the tab? I'll have a Dramboui

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:iconsrednivashtar:
Srednivashtar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
I absolutely love your Fraggle art!
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:icontaralwayne:
TaralWayne Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
More to come.
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DARKZADARPRIME Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your illustrations are wonderful ! 
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OttonandPooky Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Welcome in :iconnhf-neverhood-fans: :hug:
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russetwolf13 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ah hell, why not?
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:icontaralwayne:
TaralWayne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Why not what?
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:iconrussetwolf13:
russetwolf13 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Why not watch.
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TaralWayne Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Why not watch what?  Words don't cost money, and if you don't explain more fully I have no idea what you're talking about.
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auron7777 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Excuse me Taral, but I wanted to see your pictures of p-synd but the web is no longer available since more or les a week. 

Do you know something about it?
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TaralWayne Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
I don't know anything about p-synd.  I see the name around from time to time, and suppose it to be a website, but that's all I know.  Whoever it is, they have never asked for my permission to post anything of mine there. Rather than open a can of worms by seeing for msyelf, and being obliged to assert my right to control my own work, I avert my sight.
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