Friday Feature – CosmicCrayons

This weeks Friday Feature is from CosmicCrayons


Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images


1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

I first started drawing because I had all these ideas for characters and cartoons but I needed a way to visualize them, and since I was just a kid I couldn’t Commission people, so I just decided to draw them myself!

2. Do you have any future plans for your artwork?

Well I’m hoping to make a comic in the future! That’s all I’ll say for now~

3. What sort of media do you use to create your artwork? How long does it take you to complete a piece of artwork?

I use a Monoprice 10.25 x 6 Graphics Tablet, Paint Tool SAI, and FireAlpaca. It can take me anywhere from 2 hours to a few days.

4. What inspired you to draw? Do you admire any other artists?

My inspiration comes from a vast variety sources. People like Roman Dirge, Jhonen Vasquez, Maxwell Atoms, and Tim Burton are probably my biggest sources of inspiration.

5. Do you have any tips for any aspiring artists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? (These tips don’t have to be art creation related.)

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your art. Getting out of your comfort zone can lead to improvement.

6. What is your fondest artist memory? (eg – An art trade you were really proud of/pleased with, your first commission, etc)

In 2016 I made a drawing of Ren Hoek from Ren & Stimpy. I posted it on Tumblr and it actually got liked by Nickelodeon’s official “The-Splat” page. It was pretty cool!

7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

I would like to thank all my friends and supporters. I honestly never thought I’d come this far with my art and I only have because my friends stuck by my side.

Many thanks to CosmicCrayons for taking the time to answer these questions for the Friday Feature and if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.


Guest Post – Favourites on the Children’s Channel: The Crimebusters of the Sea I

A Guest Post by The Psychedelic Scrapbookin’ Bubblegum Mama

Sharky & George (Sharky et Georges in French)


Broadcast every morning at 7am on the Childrens Channel, this became a firm childhood favourite. This was the reason to wake up in the morning, and then wait patiently until the school day was over to watch it over teatime with the family. I missed it when it took breaks in between airings.

This show, originally French but broadcast in Canada and many European countries, followed the adventures of two detectives, a pink fat shark with a big round nose and his associate, a small blue and yellow fish-maybe a tropical fish, similar to Flounder? This show wasn’t always entirely accurate in its depiction of fish, but I loved that pink fat shark either way – and still do. His antics and his short temper at times made him all the more lovable. ❤  Each episode was them fighting crime in the underwater city of Seacago, where they would be hot on the ‘tails’ of villains such as the 3 thugs (one being a piranha, the other being eel-oid and the third unidentified); a dictator lobster who spoke with a German accent (yes really); or trying to stop evil mad scientist Dr Jelly, who was obsessed with taking over the [underwater] world. In between they would enjoy trips to the circus or Submarinia, which had a whole Arabian nights theme, complete with sultan, Princess and evil adviser.

Like I said, this became a firm favourite for me and my brother, but unfortunately the number of people who knew about it at school was in the minority, with only my brother’s BFF and one of my friends from the class below me. I believe the reason was that it wasn’t perhaps so well known here as in Canada or other European countries, and the fact that at that time it could only be viewed on the children’s channel (a cable channel) which not everyone was in possession of. Later, it was moved to channel 4. I remember when I showed my classmates pictures of it, we had this whole argument over whether Dr Jelly was a Jellyfish or an octopus- my mum, brother and friend a few classes below being the only ones who knew he was a jelly fish (how does someone with the name Jelly sound anything other than a jellyfish though?) Something else, fan tributes. Yes, even back then I would make up my own AUs which revolved around my favourite characters, where I would sometimes make my own crossovers, in addition to throwing in a few ocs (though these were never drawn/written down, they were all in my head.) So i would be skipping around the school playground, while my mind worked over time to create stories of Sharky and George being joined by Huey, Louie, Dewey and Webby from Ducktales, plus my own fish oc Max and his sister and younger brother. The very first origins of my fanart, fics and AUs- even though I wasn’t aware of doing them.

The last episode of Sharky & George had them performing a singing number with all the other characters, which made me sad. But then, it is a French cartoon, meaning that not all the episodes were broadcast in the UK because looking at the episode list in French, there were more episodes after that. Not to mention, their adventures carry on in my AU, I’m fact…..the new adventures of Shark and George anyone?

Blogging Branding – Guest Blogging

I must admit, I am struggling with this one!
I don’t know why, but I am a bit in the dark when it comes to guest blogging – I think it’s because I don’t have many blogger friends on WordPress yet that I can go slinking too, to ask.

So, I guess this post is a ‘call to action’ to see if anyone would like to either Guest Post on my blog or want me to Guest Post on theirs – I’d be more than happy to do some artwork to share on your blog or write something up regarding a topic we discuss.

I have had some Guest Posts on here before, but it’s not something I pursued since.

Guest Post: “Mr. Tall Dark and Brooding.”

An Innocent Man: Guest Post

Guest Post: Lucreace

These Guest Posts, don’t have to be relating to Fangirling – but are more than welcome in that area – I am also more than happy to feature other artists on the blog, I think that would be really neat. Posts about hobby/Warhammer related stuff would be great too!

If you’d like to be featured on here and/or work together on something, that would be wonderful! I think the best way to get in touch is to leave a comment here and I’ll reply to you.

Just a thought and something brought to my attention in the Blogging Branding University Course~

The Best… Worst idea. — toystark


The Antics of Toy Stark and Friends… Perhaps one of the dumbest ideas I’ve had for a while. It has come to my attention that I own a few collectables/action figures/toys/whatever. None of them are boxed and they live on the mantelpiece at my house. Sometimes, I move them around and make up stories about […]

via The Best… Worst idea. — toystark

Just doing a little sharing out for a new blog. I was asked by the author if they should go ahead with this crazy little venture, and me being supportive of all things creative, fun and nerdy, I said a very big yes!

Initially the author was on about starting a tumblr for the idea, but I thought that the wordpress community would be a better place for it. Seeing as things can be found easier with the reader and well…wordpress isn’t tumblr!

Also in the discussion of this idea I managed to get roped into it. I have a bit of an action figure collection to my name and just decided it would be fun to get in on the action too. I am adding a Thor to my selection and will take photographs to introduce my crew as soon as he arrives. But I am very pleased to have been invited as a co-writer.

(I also have a Spock, but it’s older Spock, so I can imagine them doing the science and discussing logic together.)

Until then, enjoy and please follow, the antics of Toy Stark and friends.