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Kotuku by Starsong-Studio Kotuku :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 4 0 Wairarapa back roads 1 by Starsong-Studio Wairarapa back roads 1 :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 1 0 Madame President (WIP) by Starsong-Studio Madame President (WIP) :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 1 0 Hare story: party time by Starsong-Studio Hare story: party time :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 2 0 Hare story: family meeting by Starsong-Studio Hare story: family meeting :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 1 0 Piwakawaka by Starsong-Studio Piwakawaka :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 3 1 Lady of the Lake - YA fantasy ebook cover by Starsong-Studio Lady of the Lake - YA fantasy ebook cover :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 1 0 Wild Things magazine: Harakeke harvest by Starsong-Studio Wild Things magazine: Harakeke harvest :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 2 0 Daffodil (july 2015) by Starsong-Studio Daffodil (july 2015) :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 2 0 Rose 'Lemon and Lime'  (july 2015) by Starsong-Studio Rose 'Lemon and Lime' (july 2015) :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 3 0 Cherry leaves (june 2015) by Starsong-Studio Cherry leaves (june 2015) :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 4 1 Peacock Prince by Starsong-Studio Peacock Prince :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 2 0 Titania by Starsong-Studio Titania :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 1 0 Marokopa: rock by Starsong-Studio Marokopa: rock :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 1 0 Marokopa - Old Pa Site by Starsong-Studio Marokopa - Old Pa Site :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 0 0 Waterlily Gloire du Temple-sur-Lot by Starsong-Studio Waterlily Gloire du Temple-sur-Lot :iconstarsong-studio:Starsong-Studio 1 0


Crone by sezmeralda Crone :iconsezmeralda:sezmeralda 16 27 Earthsea commission by eoghankerrigan Earthsea commission :iconeoghankerrigan:eoghankerrigan 385 31 Snow Lotus by fractist Snow Lotus :iconfractist:fractist 650 75 Gateway to the Glacier by Flane-Erenaeoth Gateway to the Glacier :iconflane-erenaeoth:Flane-Erenaeoth 6 4 Piwakawaka by PerlinoQHLova Piwakawaka :iconperlinoqhlova:PerlinoQHLova 2 1 Sarah by uaofwcat Sarah :iconuaofwcat:uaofwcat 1 2 Piwakawaka by Klystermeister Piwakawaka :iconklystermeister:Klystermeister 1 0 Piwakawaka by ivanstine Piwakawaka :iconivanstine:ivanstine 2 4 Sticky Beak by mrwinter Sticky Beak :iconmrwinter:mrwinter 2 2 Fantail Flight 2 by idyle Fantail Flight 2 :iconidyle:idyle 1 0 grey fantail stretching by Berldo grey fantail stretching :iconberldo:Berldo 2 0 Little Fantail by deJoschi Little Fantail :icondejoschi:deJoschi 1 0 OMG its a FANTAIL by PerlinoQHLova OMG its a FANTAIL :iconperlinoqhlova:PerlinoQHLova 2 6 Fantail by Raniformis Fantail :iconraniformis:Raniformis 1 0 Fantail by AndersonRhys Fantail :iconandersonrhys:AndersonRhys 2 0 Fantail by DaisyIfYouDare Fantail :icondaisyifyoudare:DaisyIfYouDare 2 0
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.





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pamlaisly232 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
happy b-day!Have your cake and eat it too 
annewipf Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Happy birthday! :hug:
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. :)
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