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About Deviant Artist Core Member Don Simpson76/Male/United States Group :iconwalkingsticks: WalkingSticks
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~ I'm often asked how I do my carvings, so I've done an essay "Carving Skulls and Stuff" in the Information folder of my gallery:…

~ Items here that have not yet sold are in the Unsold Items folder of my gallery.… If you want to buy one, or commission a custom piece, send me a note.

~ The current Webcam selection shows Sunday Tea at a friend's home; I'm the one with white hair and a blue jacket. The jacket has a nice embroidered picture of the Star Trek Next Generation version of the Enterprise on the back, but my hair pretty much covers it.


~~~ My most popular song, Ship of Stone, has been nominated for a Pegasus Award, and is on the final ballot. The award site is at: it looks like voting ends around October 21.
~~~ The science fiction and fantasy community has a large and active musical tradition, with many  singers, musicians, and songwriters, and lots of local get-togethers and several annual music conventions, and a set of annual awards. In the SF&F community's habit of not taking itself too seriously, their music tradition is called Filk Music. And the award my song has been nominated for is Best Classic Filk Song.
~~~ Ship of Stone is about how people of a distant future, who have left Earth and traveled among the stars for a very long time, might think of the legendary world of their origin. It is on Leslie Fish's CD album, Avalon is Risen, which is available on iTunes, and on Kathy Mar's CD album, Plus ça Change... , and has also been recorded by Steve Savitzky and by Bill Mills, and is performed by various others.
~~~ In other news... Life has been its usual hectic and complex self, and my plan to spend a while working on various commissions and new works has not succeeded. I have hopes to change that soon, but life is uncertain. I should at least have more regular journals.
~~~ Drought continues, and smoke from the many huge fires to he north makes the air hazy and the setting moon orange. The days have become warm at last, and the record heat of the ocean is predicted to bring possible heavy rainfall in a few months, either here or in the arctic.
~~~ Be well, my friends, met and unmet, known and unknown....

  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Cool or warm wind and lack of rain
  • Reading: The Dragon Rises
  • Watching: the Internet
  • Playing: Oquonie
  • Eating: Food; most good, some excellent
  • Drinking: Water, very seriously


Don Simpson
United States
~~~ For several decades I made my living as a research and development technician (mostly electronic and mechanical, some computer gaming) while doing artwork when I could; now I get to be an artist. The art I used to do was mostly drawings and paintings done with India ink and colored inks, or strange creatures and machines made from various plastic materials. These days I mainly carve, what I mainly carve is jewelry, and what I mainly carve things from are natural materials of all sorts. I still do digital art, though, both vector and pixil based, including fonts for computer printing. What next? I'm mostly working on improving my carving, but I want to make some art using the machine tool and computer knowledge from my old "day job".

~~~ I do take commissions, and occasionally trade art. If you are interested, send me a note.

Current Residence: The Far West
Favourite genre of music: Filk (a tradition of the science-fiction community)
Operating System: OS X 10.4 & 10.10, iOS 8.2
Favourite cartoon character: Hobbes (as in Calvin and Hobbes)
Personal Quote: Be excellent to each other. And... Party on, dudes! (... Bill & Ted)


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Eldacur Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Thanks for watching me.
28crucis Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for the llama, one back at you! :)
Eeren Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the watch!! Wow, you have some really amazing works in your gallery!
DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015
Well, you have skills I doubt I will ever achieve.
Eeren Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Same goes for you!
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