Alternative and Gothic artists

Anne Stokes Anne Stokes logo circular logo for Anne Stokes gothic artist in red and grey

Anne Stokes is a highly acclaimed fantasy artist whose art covers a broad range of themes from magic and enchantment to gothic and steampunk.

Anne has a fascinating career history and has designed tour merchandise for some of the biggest bands in the world including Queen and the Rolling Stones. Working as a sculptor, Anne has created jewellery for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld whilst her work as a freelance illustrator has led her to develop art for books, records and even concept art for Dungeons and Dragons.

Today Anne’s sought after designs are available on a wide variety of products including those we exclusively develop here at Something Different. Thanks to her impressive talent Anne has a huge worldwide following of fans, many of whom see her products as collectors’ items.

If you’re interested in buying our Anne Stokes products, explore some of our current collections using this link here. 

Nene Thomas Nene Thomas logo the Gothic and fantasy artist from the USA

Based in Oklahoma, Nene Thomas’s career began to take off in 1994 when she was asked to contribute to a popular collectible card game called ‘Magic: The Gathering’. Nene continued working on projects such as this as a contract artist for many years before deciding to become a print artist, giving her the freedom to hone her skills and develop the kind of art she was most interested in. 

During the first decade of her career, Nene painted almost exclusively in watercolours with a touch of acrylic here or there, however in 2004 she developed a passion for digital art.

Currently Nene’s work is licensed for many different products, including our exclusive canvas wall plaques. In addition to her licensed work, Nene is also collaborating with her husband on a fantasy novel series which will feature her breathtaking art and illustrations.

Nene’s beautiful art is purchased by her fans and other fantasy enthusiasts all around the world. Known in particular for her depictions of faeries, Nene’s work is striking, ethereal and instantly recognisable. 

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Lisa Parker Lisa Parker logo the Gothic and fantasy artist

Lisa Parker has been drawing ever since she could first hold a pencil. Drawing and nature have always been her main passions in life.

Originally beginning to work with pastels, Lisa eventually moved into using the medium of watercolours before meeting the late Mick Cawston who suggested her style would be better suited to using oils.

Whilst Lisa has continued to surround herself with animals, her interest was piqued by magic and witchcraft and the true meaning behind it. Through her paintings, Lisa aims to bring a little magic and mystery to all of our lives and her spellbinding designs have developed a large and loyal legion of fans making many of her products collectibles.

Much of Lisa’s work is still inspired by animals and you’ll find cats, unicorns, owls and wolves featured in many of her paintings.

If you’re interested in seeing our growing range of Lisa Parker products you can visit our dedicated Lisa Parker page here. 

James Ryman James Ryman logo the fantasy and gothic artist

UK based artist James Ryman creates amazing Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction themed artwork and illustrations. James Ryman has been a professional artist for over 20 years and his work has been featured and used in video games, as movie concept art and of course in fantasy themed magazines, comics and books. Clients and projects James Ryman has worked for and on include Blizzard Entertainment, Warcraft TCG, Warhammer Online, and Sony Online Entertainment. We love the mixture of ultra realistic and beautifully drawn figures combined with stunning fantasy, sci-fi and horror elements. 

Nemesis Now Nemesis Now logo gothic giftware and artist manufacturer and wholesale

Nemesis Now have been supplying licensed collectables, Gothic and Fantasy giftware, and Heritage gifts to retailers throughout the United Kingdom and Europe for over 15 years.

Their colossal collection of alternative giftware features gothic, fantasy, historic and bizarre products from the world’s finest fantasy artists and is home to the most in-demand licensed television, film and music merchandise.

Based in Stoke-on-Trent, England, their head office is the centre of everything that they do. Their team of over 40 employees work tirelessly to bring the best new products to the market as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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Layering clothes for winter: how to do it

Many women are afraid to layer their clothes for fear of looking bigger than they actually are. While logic would lead one to believe that this claim is true. If you’ve mastered the art of layering this couldn’t be further from the truth. A perfectly layered look will compliment your curves and create the illusion of a more proportional silhouette. If your Goth, layering is pretty simple because you won’t need to worry about colours too much. The accessories are the part for you, but layering is still important, especially if you want to stay warm and not look thrumpy. Alternative clothing is great for layering, it’s a chance to try out so many different options. With the 5 steps to layering clothes for winter, you’ll be able to keep warm but still look good.

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The 5 Secrets to layering clothes for winter

#1 the foundation

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Start with a basic, lightweight top. I suggest a solid, something neutral, or striped.

Tip: Keep the under-layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim.

#2 the warmth

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Add another layer such as a soft cardigan or sweater. If you’re into colour, this can be a great opportunity to mix in a bold pullover to give your outfit more intrigue and depth.

Tip: If you’re concerned about your waistline, try to top off your look with something belted.

#3 The coat

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Then add a jacket or coat. Again, I suggest a basic color. Camel, black, navy, or even olive green.

Tip: Length and proportion is key when layering. A good trench coat is allways a safe option.

#4 The winter warmers

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Next, add a scarf. It’s like the frosting on a cupcake. A must!

Tip: Play with texture. It’s best to incorporate a mix of materials when layering clothes for winter. If you use all of the same fabrics, you’re look will come off as heavy and dowdy (which can add the appearance of unwanted weight as well).

#5 The accessories

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Sprinkle on your accessories (bracelets, rings, watches, necklaces).

Tip: if they can’t be seen what’s the point in wearing them, try a Choker or Layered necklace.

Things to remember when layering clothes for winter

  • Layering is best achieved when you keep your look to one or two colour families.
  • A nice mix of texture is essential for layering.
  • Proportion is everything when it comes to layering.
  • Any more than one big item and you’re venturing into unflattering territory.
  • Mastering the art of layering takes time and practice. play around with different layered looks all the time until you find something that works.

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20 Easy ways to save money on Gothic clothing

Updated Jan 25th 2020. Buying clothes, we all need to do it but it can get expensive. Especially if you or your fashion sense is of the alternative or gothic nature. The most obvious way to save money on Gothic clothing, is to go for the cheapest items. That does work, but is it the best way to make your money stretch as far as it can? I’m going to share some tips for buying quality alternative clothing on a budget. Some you may already know of but others you may not. Either way this article will put more money in your pocket and get you wearing the clothes you want. Yes that includes the expensive boots you’ve had your eye on for a while. Or the coat, that’s just out of your price range. Buying alternative clothing on a budget, does not mean you need to buy cheap. Let’s find out how this can be done. 

What is alternative fashion? Do you really know

What is Alternative fashion? The short answer is, fashion that, at least at one time, stood apart from mainstream commercial fashion. Alternative fashion includes the fashions of specific subcultures. Such as emo, scene, goth subculture. Hip hop, heavy metal fashion, cyberpunk, and Lolita fashion.

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However, it is not limited to these. In general, alternative, or ‘alt’, fashion does not conform to widely popular style trends. Of the times that have widespread popularity. It may exhibit itself as a fringe style. Extremely attention-grabbing and more artistic than practical. But it can also develop from anti-fashion sentiments that focus on simplistic utilitarian drives. (e.g.: grunge fashion, which was largely based around comfort and availability).

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IIt’s not new

Alternative fashion is often considered a modern concept. However the concept of subculture it is often related to, have existed for centuries. Many forms of alternative fashion gain attention. And even notoriety, through their relationship to individuals or groups that are seen as socially undesirable. Even though these types of behaviors may not be common among those involved in alternative fashion.

For instance, greasers of the 1950s were associated with street gangs and random acts of juvenile violence. Hippies of the 1960s (along with ravers of the 1980–90s) with promiscuity, anti-establishment agendas and, especially, drug use. Those sporting hip hop style in the 1980s-now are known for the selling of drugs and other criminal behavior.

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The most headline-grabbing event in recent years related to alternative fashion. was the wave of anti-Gothic policies and commentary that flooded through common culture in the wake of the Columbine High School massacre.

The crime, perpetrated by two young men dressed in black trench coats. Who were known to be fans of heavy, dark themed music. Was immediately associated with the Gothic subculture in the media. Despite the teens’ lack of any concrete affiliation with the dress or musical style usually given to this label.

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Policies were passed in schools across the country. Banning dress styles and items associated with the Gothic subculture. Many individuals who dressed in any way related to Gothic style. Whether or not they associated with this subculture, were targets of fear, anger and suspicion. 

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The subculture as a whole, though extremely diverse in religious and social beliefs. Was pigeonholed by the media as a dangerous influence on children.

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Goth on a budget: 4 easy ways to do it

So if you like to dress Goth, you’ll of noticed it can be very expensive. Especially the big items like a decent pair of boots, or a coat that matches your dark desires. Now we all know you don’t necessarily need to dress to the nines to be Goth. But it’s nice to have a little bit of a spend on some decent gear every now and then. But that can’t be done consistently unless your Richard branson or any other millionaire. However, if you’re still waiting for your Lotto numbers to come up. Don’t get all Cinderella about it. There’s plenty of ways to Goth on a budget, by shopping outside of the box, and making some simple customisations to everyday pieces of clothing.

In This article I’m going to give you four tips I’ve learnt about how to get Goth on a budget, with these four tips, you can save serious money.

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Goth on a budget with these four tips.

#1 Look out for freebies

Firstly allways do this, who doesn’t like free stuff? Also many online retailers offer sale items on the cheap, and sometimes run special offers for signing up to their mailing lists or back-linking to their site from your own website or blog.

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#2 High street shopping

If you’ve never been to a charity shop, why? The places are everywhere and they’re cheap. You can get some good quality stuff in those little treasure troves. Deffinetly worth checking out.

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Look out for big items such as boots and coats particularly, and also, look at military surplus stores for the same. Particularly for long woollen coats and army-style boots. 

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#3 Customise!

There is an absolute fucktonne of different ways to customise items of clothing to Goth them up a bit. such as by investing in some black clothes dye to revive or re-colour worn out jeans, or simply ripping up your old jeans that are already starting to fall apart at the knees.

Badges, large safety pins and iron-on patches can all help to cover flaws in clothes and add a bit of depth and interest to your look. As can fabric pens and decals that will allow you to design your own one of a kind items for just a few quid too. 

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Use old clothes as patches, like an old and tired tartan shirt, rip it up and sow it on to some jeans. 

Lace borders can be hand-sewn onto even the plainest of tops or skirts with ease, turning a plain black shirt into a Victoriana-style delight.

#4 Market Barter

Market stalls, small independent shops and the like will be no stranger to people bartering for their wares. So it’s worth a try, even if you get knocked back. Larger stores and big brands are unlikely to give you anything, but smaller shops may well knock a couple of quid off or throw in the odd freebie now and then. So don’t be afraid to ask.

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How to save money and Goth up your winter wardrobe

It’s starting to get cold, which is cause for celebration among those of us who greatly prefer layering up and leaving our leg hair to do what comes naturally. Rather than rocking the most minimalist of summer frocks. If your winter wardrobe is looking a bit patchy. Or you’re looking for an excuse to drop some cash on a new look. check out these simple tips on how to goth up your winter wardrobe on a budget with the coolest and most wearable Goth fashion. for this winter season.

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How to Goth up your winter wardrobe.

Most importantly, Invest in a few good quality pieces such as boots and a coat to keep you going for a few winters to come and then accessorise. With some basics and fun pieces that you can mix and match. Layering never goes out of fashion in Goth circles, and a few basic scarves, pairs of stockings and leggings can give you infinite variety over the colder months. without breaking the bank!


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High-waisted a-line flared trench coats are both timeless, on trend and also warm. These fitted black coats fit neatly into both Goth and alternative styling.

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For the boys, check out your local army surplus stores. Market stalls and second hand shops. Hook yourself up with a heavy barathea. Or serge wool coat with plenty of room underneath for all of your jumpers!


You can never have too many pairs of shit-kickers. But if you’re on the lookout to get boots for everyday wear during the winter that aren’t doc’s. You’ll probably want them to be comfortable. Waterproof and have the kind of sole that at least has a fighting chance of keeping you upright when walking on slush and ice.

Go for a platform rather than a heel, and something with a deep tread and flex in the ankle. such as military-style knee length leather boots. Or gorgeous glossy ankle length lace-ups. Shiny!

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Leggings and stockings

Don’t piss about with sheer nylon when the weather is cold. Rock out those stripy tights and businesslike leggings to keep you warm and comfortable.

Go homemade

It is well worth investing some money in the big basics that will keep you going for several seasons without falling apart. But when it comes to accessories and smaller pieces, it’s a great idea to buy or make cheap statement pieces and customise them to suit your look.

Basic plain scarves, t shirts and shawls can be picked up on the cheap from a whole range of retailers. With just some basic blinging up with badges, brooches and fabric pens. you can transform the simplest item and make a real feature.

have a look at this Gothic Lock Pendant necklace.

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