The autumn sunset burned like the fire which blazed in the warrior's heart, mirroring the passion he had in his quest. He basked in the crimson light of the waning daylight, reflecting on the day's events, and longing for the feel of his true home. It wasn't a time, or place, but the sparkle in the eyes of the woman he loved. He had seen a thousand kingdoms yet even in the vastness of his journeys, he had seen nothing which compared to his Ivira. Even as he thought of her, the dusk burned, like the love he felt at the mere thought of his beloved...his heart beat with reckless anticipation, borderlining sheer excitement just at the notion of seeing her once more... and so he longed against the coming night for the time when he would feel her gentle embrace once more... I hope you enjoyed this little word salad that I whipped together. There's something magical about sunsets which brings out the sentimentality, the romantic, and the dreamer in me all at once. I long to bask in the dying rays of the day and see the various colors as my mind is swept away to my own true home, a land far away where friends new, old, young and ancient await my return. I cannot wait to stroll amidst the enchanted forests and see those who I have left behind save for in dreams and drawings. Take care, everyone... until next time... #wrfrady#wrfradyauthor#theblackestrose#thereissomuchmoretome#adventureawaits#ilovewhatido#thereismorebeautyintheworldthananyonewilleverknow#idreamoflandsfaraway#idontbelonginthisworld#ilovemyworld#worldsofimagination#realmsofwonder#realmsoffantasy#ballidor#worldofareth#thecontinentofloren#iamme#thisisme
It has been a long time since I drew these characters. The Big Grin, The Pig Grin, and The Frog Grin (not pictured ) were some of my whimsical characters from a time when I was drawing dark jester masks, theatre masks, a deliciously delightful pun on ice cream, and more. Some of you will recognize these characters as they were a trademark of my passing. I cannot count the yearbooks which I drew these characters in but they're there. I just wanted to toy and share.
Listed here are some of the top fictional characters that I admire most. These are my idols, my icons... the heroes I admire most.
Terry Bogard, Kenshin Himura, Drizzt Do'Urden, All Might, D, Dante, and Simon Belmont ...And amid these characters, you will find me. Each and every one has a connecting aspect that links one another and links them to me and my reason for looking to them as heroes. There are aspects which I share and see in them that draw me to their characters. This is much the same with anyone and their role models. A person's heroes tell much about the person themselves. It's why weight lifters associate with Superman or Hulk. Why martial artists associate with Bruce Lee, or Goku, or even Ryu, and so on... I will be honest, each of these characters are, heroes, have a distinctive moral code, fight for the weak, and refuse to let anyone be bullied by those who believe themselves to be superior. As Terry would say on that manner, "If you're really strong, you don't have to pick on weaker guys, now do you?" In my life, I have always wanted to be a hero, someone's hero... I guess maybe I should have added Deku to the pics as well, Lol.😁. I have dealt with bullies, even in a job that I left more than a year ago; I don't like bullies, of any kind. To feel like a hero, even one of these heroes pictured here, brings a peace to my soul. 😌 Maybe I am just a big kid, but I admire and aspire to be like the heroes I revere so much. If this makes me odd, then so be it. It is who I am, and I will never change to please anyone else ever again. ...so when you look at your heroes, think for a moment, why do you find yourself drawn to those characters and you may discover a little something about yourself. ☺
This week proposes the end of an era. With the completion of my first upgrade, I must also regretfully announce the retirement of this first Castlevania Cosplay Ensemble. This is not because of any other reason than the fact it has been well used, and shows a considerable amount of wear. I will keep this jacket and the wig as a remembrance of all the great times we have shared, and the amazing people who I have met in its guise. Becoming Simon Belmont has been a Castlevania lover's dream come true. Like all of my heroes, there is a personal connection that binds me to him, more than any other. For a taste of things to come, I have a new whip, gloves, wig, and masquerade mask coming. The last part is for the upcoming Carolina Fan Expo Masquerade-ball on Oct 5th. I look forward to these changes, but not without the bittersweet pang of that which has come before. I hope all will love the new look as much as the old. ☺
It has been awhile since my little familiar has joined me in a pic. So Shadow and I would like to express to those of you in my family and my family of friends, cosplayers, and writers/artists, that we hope that you will be safe in the impending approach of the hurricane. I myself am not worried, for fate will do with me what it will. Just as Shadow decided it was time to share my glass of water, Lol.😁 Anyway, In all due seriousness, if you're in the path of this natural monster which is raging toward the east coast with all the Fury of the elements at its command, do be safe. If you need a voice of comfort or just someone to reassure you that all will be fine, I am just a message away. Again, wherever you are, or wherever you go to escape this storm, please do be safe. I hope to hear from you in its aftermath. As for me, I will face it as I do life, like a warrior, not fearless, but resolute with acceptance of whatever may come. Until next time...
Several years ago, I was a part of a horror based photoshoot. If it wasn't obvious, I was the axe wielding maniac. Lol.😁 Well had a lot of fun, and this made for a great gig, coincidently the photographer and I were discussing a short horror film using such an idea. Thus the character Samuel Haynes was born. I designed and custom made the scarecrow mask for the look, as well as began penning down the script, but it was one of those efforts that never saw the light of what it could have been. Oh well, until next time... #wrfrady#theblackestrose#thereissomuchmoretome#cosplay#ilovewhatido#istandalone#iamstrangeiknow#horrorshoot#iamme#ilovebeingwierd #
I often state that I don't belong in this world. In truth, I don't. In my heart, my home is far away, in a different time and place. Home is not where I live, that is a simple residence, and often a prison for it serves as a place to lay my head. Allow me a moment to show you a glimpse of where my heart, my home is...
If one travels down the old woodland path beyond the babbling brook where the dryads and the nymphs frolic amid the gurgling foam of the ever so playful stream, and then follows the winding narrow path through the emeraldine canopy of ancient hardwoods, whence the birds enchant the air with their whimsical melody; one may find that he or she has arrived at the foot of a cottage where the scent of gingerbread can be traced amid the other fervent aromas of the deep wood. Here one will find a firepit, surrounded by seats of hewn wood, and a fine trail of smoke from the previous night's fire. Echoing among the shrubs and various underbrush, one might hear the voices of tales which had rung out the night before, whispered amid the creatures hidden therein. One might even spy a backpack and a simple longsword, standing against the trunk of a gnarled old willow tree. That very traveler may feel the serenity of my part of the woods, yet sense the call of adventure in the air. Yet the person who should be there, is not, for I am here, writing to you about that place in a land far, far away. Talk to you again soon. Until then...
For those of you who have only began seeing my stories and art within the last few months or so, allow me to introduce you to two characters which have been by my side since the early 2000s. The first is the ronin warrior, Demitrus Kane who wields the soul of the samurai, the daisho. His Niten style of weapon mastery, balance, and agility makes him a windmill of razor sharp destruction for those who stand between him and the protection of the innocent. Behind him, landing a leap from higher ground, is Jalumar Kassim, a desert warrior and corsair whose at much at home on the Sea as he is in the open sands. His companions are the sentient shamshirs Shielva and Shadar, which serve as both comrades in arms as well as faithful companions on the road. There will be more of my original characters to come and speaking of Demitrus, I will be posting a story of his combative exploits for everyone to read soon. So stay tuned. Well, gotta go. I will talk to you again soon, until then... take care and be safe. ☺