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So a friend of mine posts a link on Facebook to this children's book illustration contest in Belgium, hosted by Clavis - who appear to be quite a substantial publisher of children's picture books.

So I send in my book about the hares, mainly just for the heck of it and because I needed a deadline.

I'm one of the finalists.

Now I'm scared.

Harestory: first finished plate! by Starsong-Studio  Hares in the morning ... by Starsong-Studio

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Astrid Nielsch aka Asni
Artist | Professional | Varied
New Zealand
I am a professional artist working with both traditional and digital media. My special interest is illustration. Favourite topics are science fiction and fantasy related themes, imaginary worlds and characters which I find in books, songs, or in my own brain.

I am available for commissioned work - please contact me through my website,

I also enjoy life drawing and painting still lives, and currently have some works on display and for sale in a couple of local galleries in the Wairarapa. Limited edition prints of some of my work are for sale on my website:

I am dedicated visual arts blogger on the Science Fiction&fantasy fandom website, Amazing Stories (heir to the venerable paper magazine). My blog:…
I randomly feature Deviants every two weeks!

As a day job, I run a web and multimedia design business specializing in developing websites for artists, musicians, and other creative people. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are in need of a quality website! I am most happy to work with artists in any part of the world. More information about web design:

In a former life, I was a professional musician, and I enjoy playing around with sound software and creating my own music tracks once in a while. More info:

Qualifications: Diploma of Multimedia, Natcoll Design Technology Wellington
Certificate in Science Fiction and Fantasy Art (with distinction) London Art College

Traditional media: oils, watercolours, pencils, pen & ink.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, AfterEffects, Lightwave 3D, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, Soundtrack Pro.
Coding & programming skills: HTML, CSS, PHP, some Flash Actionscript.


Hare story: party time
From my upcoming children's book Why the Hare has a Split Upper Lip.
Adobe Illustrator.
Hare story: family meeting
From my upcoming children's book "Why the Hare has a Split Upper Lip"
New Zealand fantail. Digital print done for the "Art at Pukaha" exhibition running from Easter weekend until 25 June 2016. Featuring nature themed art by a selection of Wairarapa artists.…

Pukaha Mt Bruce is a national wildlife sanctuary not too far from where I live, and well worth a visit in any case!

Done in Adobe Illustrator.
Lady of the Lake - YA fantasy ebook cover
Paid commission, but the author decided not to use the cover. She requested something in the style of my Farewell song piece but then felt it was "too flat", I think she was after something more generically fantasy-y photorealistic. Shame, I think the cover turned out well. And it would have "stood out" as being a different style than most of these books.

Still, she paid me, and that's her problem. :D

Adobe illustrator




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Flane-Erenaeoth Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers for the fave on Gateway to the Glacier :)
annewipf Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Happy birthday! :hug:
Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
thanks! :flowerpot:
annewipf Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
You're welcome :)
RenOokami Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking at your paintings while listening to your music brings a feel of peace, like if the time stopped for a second. Also, thanks for sharing your blog, I didn't knew most of the pepole you feature. ^^
annewipf Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Happy birthday! :hug:
MariaAragon64 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the little batch o' faves.
laurengary Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Sorry this has taken so long, but thanks for the fave on Passages. :)
MADCLARE Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the favs! :)
Status-At Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Thanks for faving Intrusive thoughts. Love your work so Im watching.
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