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Guests of the Palatine by TaralWayne
Guests of the Palatine
I've wanted to draw this for some time -- a portrait of a real Roman emperor -- but I had no idea how long it would take me once started. The first challenge was the toga. I had a rough idea how one was worn, but not why it looked how it did on statuary or in paintings. There were illustrations online, but no two seemed to describe exactly the same technique of draping a simply sheet over the body. Very likely there *were* different different styles, because togas do look different from one Roman to another. After that, I tackled the likeness of Vespasian -- an emperor who is depicted on numerous coins, so that averaged together probably give a very accurate representation of the real man. He was also the Roman emperor who seemed most likeable as a man Finally, there was the background. Most Hollywood sets do no justice to Roman interior decor. Roman homes were dark and cramped, even well-to-do-ones. The colours and painted filigree would probably seem claustrophobic to our taste. In the end, I just sketched in something more or less inoffensive, but not highly accurate. 

So what is going on here? The emperor is Vespasian, who ruled the Roman world for about ten years, following the suicide of Nero and a series a small, sharp civil wars that Roman historians called "The Year of the Four Emperors." His father was a tax-collector rather than a noble, and this shaped Vespasian's reign. He was a pragmatic man, not given to airs or luxuries. He was apt to hld an audience in the palace garden, sitting on a bench in his slippers, the guards dismissed. This struck me as an emperor it was possible to relate to. So I've drawn a hypothetical visit of Saara Mar & Friend to Vespasians' palace on the Palatine Hill. It was Augustus' old palace, but the old man saw no reason not to use a perfectly good palace and build a new one. The visit is hypothetical because even in Saara's reality there is no such thing as time-travel in this sense. But I still had to draw it.
Mornings by TaralWayne
Just a dumb gag.  I'm not even sure people will get it.
Happy Fraggles by TaralWayne
Happy Fraggles
Just a quick reference sketch for someone, showing Kiki and Darl together.
Broken Toys 36 by TaralWayne
Broken Toys 36
Two issues in one month ... but don't get used to it. For the record, #35 covers January/February, and #36 is October/February. Yes, Broken Toys 36 is the long-awaited Halloween issue, with the 8,200 word short story, "All Fraggles, Then and Now" comprising the entire text.


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Taral Wayne
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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.



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...



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
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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KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I am pretty sure you had at least one birth day between now and the last time I looked at your page.

Happy late birth day.
TaralWayne Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
Possibly.  I had one about five months ago.
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uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
If you don't already know…
TaralWayne Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
I hadn't heard.  That's two down ... and the funny thing is that I'd been thinking of "Doc" lately, in connection with how something like this would affect his Fraggle friends.
uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
I somehow had the idea that he wasn’t that old, that he had always just looked much older than he was (the opposite of me) and had always played older characters. But I might have been thinking of someone else - I guess he was already moving into his 60's when he was in Fraggle Rock. I’m starting to outlive all my childhood icons! But I would like to see what your Fraggles have to say.
TaralWayne Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Doc tended to play characters who were older than in fact he was.  So when he was about 60 (my age) he was playing characters who seemed in their 70s.  Most actors try to do it the other way around -- like the 60-year-old Lucille Ball passing herself off as a desirable widow still in her 30s.
Srednivashtar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
I absolutely love your Fraggle art!
TaralWayne Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
More to come.
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