jumperdog:

Josephine Baker, later known as ‘Bronze Venus’, ‘Black Pearl’ and ‘Créole Goddess’ was born in America in 1906 and later moved to France to become a singer, dancer, and actress. She was the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture, and became famous worldwide.

Though she grew up as a maid in wealthy white households she eventually became an exotic dancer in France, famously appearing in next to no clothing, and became a French citizen in 1937. 

Ernest Hemingway referred to Baker as ‘the most sensational woman anyone ever saw’ and she received approximately 1500 marriage proposals in her life time. She became a muse for Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, and Christian Dior. She had a variety of exotic pets including a cheetah named Chiquita, a chimpanzee named Ethel, a pig named Albert, a snake named Kiki, a goat, a parrot, parakeets, fish, three cats, and seven dogs. 

When WWII broke out, Baker became a volunteer spy for France, and assisted the French Resistance by smuggling messages written in invisible ink on sheet music. She made great efforts to aid those in danger of enemy attack, sent Christmas presents to French soldiers, and smuggled information she gathered in Spain back to France by pinning notes containing the information on the inside of her underwear. She was awarded the Medal of Resistance with Rosette and later named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. 

Baker also aided many civil rights movements by refusing to perform to segregated audiences and storming out of a club in Manhattan with actress Grace Kelly after she was refused service. She worked with the NAACP and spoke at a Washington march alongside Martin Luther King Jr. as the only official female speaker. Baker was actually asked by Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow to take his place as leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, but Baker declined on the grounds her twelve adopted children ‘were too young to lose their mother’. 

Baker died in 1975, four days after her final show, attended by such names as Mick Jagger, Shirley Bassey, and Liza Minnelli. 

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sunbakerey:

today’s warm up drawing is BATMAN have u guys ever heard of him he’s pretty cool

sunbakerey:

today’s warm up drawing is BATMAN have u guys ever heard of him he’s pretty cool


stevencrewniverse:

From Storyboard Artist Katie Mitroff(with assist by Lauren Zuke!):

Megane universe. Lauren Zuke drew Amethyst!

stevencrewniverse:

From Storyboard Artist Katie Mitroff(with assist by Lauren Zuke!):

Megane universe. Lauren Zuke drew Amethyst!


overusage:

let’s just say I instantly liked Mirka the second I saw her design

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art-of-swords:

Moro Keris Sword

  • Dated: 18th century
  • Culture: Javanese
  • Medium: steel, silver, wood

Source: Copyright © 2014 Historical Arms and Armor


Two sketches I started this Easter weekend on a Dark Souls-esque monster idea I cooked up a while back.  The first is one of many “Forest Watchers”…which are actually the eyeballs of the “Forest Keeper” encasing themselves in the corpses of owls or other similar birds.  The first turned out alright, but…egh, I lost direction on the Keeper.  I liked adding the roots here and there and the paw/talon idea’s a keeper, but it’s too amphibian to me.  And the back legs are too scrawny—think I tried too hard to fit the thing on the page maybe.  The little pic below it shows that it’s mouth is on it’s stomach—the Keeper would leap and then land/chomp you up in one go.

The top-of-my-head story for this creature of earth and animal is that a druid died with vengeance in his heart against those who would harm his forest, and so his spirit merged with those of the woodland creatures slain by humanity’s hands.