I’m an artist who loves painting whimsical and fantastical things. I love making people smile. I have dabbled in every medium from oil paints to digital. I don’t feel like one should be constrained by medium—I enjoy experimenting with all of them. I’ll use whatever medium I feel best suits the project I am working on. Right now, it is dragons in watercolor. I chose watercolor because I wanted to capture the feeling of the old-fashioned scientific illustrations that I love. After I feel like I have made enough dragons, I plan on gathering the paintings into a book.
Painting and drawing is something I have always done, but I never imagined that people would want to buy my art. My husband saw the potential for me to turn art into my job, and now he sells my artwork out of our little pop-up gallery. I have to admit, he had to drag me kicking and screaming into giving selling my art a chance, and I am glad he did. #2
Being a freelance artist is the perfect job for me because I have a serious illness, schizophrenia, and I never know when I will be able to work. So, I just need to be my own boss. I’m not going to lie, being schizophrenic and just surviving what it does to you day after day is a full-time job. #4
I am lucky enough to have a lovely art studio in my home and a great studio partner―a quaker parrot named Chibi. Chibi is always there to make sure my pencils and brushes are on the ground and that my papers have nibbles on their corners. His most important job is to put a smile on my face, and he does that well.#6
Your dragons display such warmth and tenderness in their eyes! They seem to be able to reconcile the toughness and roughness of being a dragon with the demands of a beautiful soul.1ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14
If you haven’t been living under a rock and have been on the internet for a while, you probably know this artist who has been sharing his whimsical and dark ideas in the form of comics for a decade now. If it looks new, you will definitely be converted to the fellowship after reading this post. Nicholas Gurewitch, the mastermind behind the Perry Bible Fellowship comics, isn’t afraid to tackle serious and controversial topics and taboo material wrapped in grim comedy.
Dark humor is a brilliant way to talk about all the obscure and sometimes ridiculous aspects of the world we live in. Thinking out of the box results in witty comics with unexpected twisted endings that might leave you feeling guilty for laughing in the end.
Scroll down to see new comics from the legendary Perry Bible Fellowship, and check out our previous post for a dark dessert!
Not only are the endings of these comics unexpected, but so are the style and characters. Versatility and uniqueness of artwork is one of the reasons The Perry Bible Fellowship stands out. The talented artist has drawn all that the idea requires: from minimalist human figures that barely have any facial features and complexity to beautiful watercolor scenes, colorful cartoons, and detailed multi-panel stories. Gurewitch uses people, animals, fantastical and fairy-tale characters, nature, food, and everyday household and other inanimate objects as subjects of his comics, which leaves us intrigued for every new strip.
The Perry Bible Fellowship developed from Syracuse University student newspaper The Daily Orange, which was the first newspaper to have comics. Besides the early artwork of Gurewitch, it consisted of comics by many renowned cartoonists such as Vaughn Bode, Brad Anderson, and Robb Armstrong.
“I started the comics for my student newspaper in college, after a brief period trying to be a journalist for the same newspaper. I just like making people think differently about things. It’s a fetish of mind to share confusion. Because wonder grows there,” Gurewitch told Bored Panda.
Over the years, The Perry Bible Fellowship has gained a cult following of 307k dark humor lovers on Instagram and over 141k followers on Facebook.
Gurewitch has received multiple prestigious awards for The Perry Bible Fellowship, such as the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Online Comic in 2005 and 2006. The Perry Bible Fellowship has also won the Web Cartoonist’s Choice Award for outstanding comic two years in a row: in 2006 and 2007. The famous webcomic has also received eight Web Cartoonist’s Choice Awards in various categories and the 2007 Harvey Award for “Best Online Comics Work.” In July 2008, the collection of hilarious cartoons “The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories” won an Eisner Award.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Perry Bible Fellowship, earlier this year, Dark Horse released a special comprehensive Almanack collection of Nicholas’s comics. It features every comic strip released between 2004 and 2007 and tons of exclusive comics and sketches that can’t be found online. Check out 256 pages of pure twisted entertainment that never gets old here!
If a little darkness can brighten up your day, you should also check out our most recent post with comics with unexpected twists by Dogs On The 4th, dark humor-infused War and Peas, or funny comics that will make you go “wait… what?” by Tony esp. They all prove that humor you don’t see coming is the best kind of humor!
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We’re starting to get awfully suspicious whether this photographer really doesn’t pay animals in advance to show up during her photoshoots. First, it was deer, now—a butterfly… It almost seems that Laurenda Marie, a wedding photographer based in West Michigan, has an ethereal, Disney princess-like quality about her that attracts creatures of forests and meadows.
Almost exactly a year ago, Laurenda went viral for an unorthodox wedding photoshoot with a deer. No, the deer did not sign a modeling contract—he rather joined the photoshoot on his own terms. The adorable pictures featuring an oblivious deer were shared numerous times on various social media platforms. This time, a monarch butterfly decided it was time for him to make the rounds on social media, too.
“What a beautiful day yesterday celebrating Brooke & Drew!” photographer Laurenda Marie wrote on her Facebook page upon sharing the pictures of the couple’s magical day. “Before getting to a larger preview, I had to share this sweet visit from Brooke’s late grandmother in the form of a monarch butterfly,” Laurenda continued. “She passed just before their engagement, and LOVED monarchs. She hung around for about an hour while we were out doing portraits, and was very adamant about getting in all of our shots! My heart!”
The whimsical moments were captured by wedding and lifestyle photographer Laurenda Marie
Photographer Laurenda told Bored Panda all about the fabulous photoshoot with bride Brooke Naumcheff and groom Drew Parker at Grand Ravines Park in Jenison, Michigan. The shoot on August 14 was the third time Laurenda worked together with Brooke and Drew! “I photographed their proposal, engagement session, and now, their wedding.”
The photographer believes that the butterfly was the bride’s late grandmother
“The anticipation of their elaborate celebration quickly fizzled. In order to meet State guidelines, Brooke and Drew had to make the gut-wrenching decision of slashing their guest list, turning their dream wedding into a small, intimate affair with immediate family and a few friends. They both handled this delicate situation with grace and ease, going into the day full of positivity and ready to celebrate their love,” Laurenda explained how the couple met the challenge head-on.
“She hung around for about an hour while we were out doing portraits”
Everything went smoothly except for one moment during the ceremony when a wasp landed on Brooke. “The monarch butterfly showed up about the same time we did, first taking a liking to the groom, landing on his pant leg, arm, hand, and diving into his face at one point during photos with his groomsmen,” the photographer detailed what happened with the gorgeous orange insect.
It is not the first time that Laurenda’s photoshoot has been interrupted by animals
“For about an hour, the butterfly would land, fly gracefully in circles around the couple before landing yet again, usually on an arm or a hand. Camera ready, I told them both to pose, which comes naturally to Brooke, being a signed model with Ford Models, among other agencies!”
Just last year, one couple’s wedding photoshoot got interrupted by a curious deer
She continued: “I waited patiently on many occasions for the monarch to spread its wings, wanting to capture all of its details and beauty. The butterfly was far from camera-shy, allowing me to get in close on several occasions. Never spooked, and seemingly enjoying its time with my couple. Brooke mentioned it must be her late Grandmother, who passed just before their engagement and had a love for monarchs. Whether one believes in this or not, there is no denying this little creature took a unique liking to the newlyweds.”
Since then, the photographer’s work has gone viral
Laurenda admitted that she’s never seen butterflies acting like this, not even once. “I see butterflies in nature all the time, but I have always admired them in flight, never on humans, and posing for photos—for an hour! It was truly a magical moment.
There are people who believe that the photos were staged
The photographer also revealed a bit about how the pandemic has changed her profession this year. “With all the unexpected that’s come with 2020, I’ve had to adapt as a professional wedding and family lifestyle photographer to the ever-changing,” she told Bored Panda.
But Laurenda is quick to assure that it’s as accidental as it can get
“[I had to] adapt by becoming more flexible with scheduling, more understanding and compassionate as couples face wedding planning adversities, and less hard on myself as one who thrives on routine and structure, as there isn’t much of that right now. I adore what I do and I am just grateful to be able to provide beautiful images, like these, to my incredible clients.”
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