Possy and plant

Painting of Possy, hanging around with some plants.

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Emptied diamine meadow ink out of my ranga sugarcane eyedropper pen, so tried to use it up for painting, while listening to Brené Brown's Power of Vulnerability audio book (TED talk version here).

Photo collage of several work-in-progress paintings, showing progression of painting of a possum sitting amongst leaves, rocks, and flowers.

A photo of a painting of a possum sitting amongst leaves, rocks, and flowers.

In hindsight I may have been influenced by Wai's bear washi tape that I see very often.

I did 2 other paintings at the same time, which I'll post next time!

Today's music post: Been listening to Duckwrth's SUPERGOOD album!

Goby and shrimp

Painting of a gobi and a shrimp

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On Sunday June 13, 2021 I went to a watercolour workshop led by Rurupoi! She went through a bit of theory before doing a demo for us. I learned new terms for things I was doing haphazardly (I have never formally studied watercolour). This is what drew and painted (in less than, 1.5h?). It was interesting to try to have some shape to the shrimp yet still maintain its camouflaging pattern!

Photo collage of 3 images, showing progressive progress of the goby and shrimp painting---from sketch, then from background to midground to foreground colours/shading.

Photo of a postcard sized painting of a goby and shrimp on a pebbled ground, surrounded by various aquatic flora and fauna.

If I could turn back time I would've made the foreground more vertically asymetrical, and properly account for the fins that a goby actually has (ha!).

The goby is likely a Steinitz' prawn goby, while the shrimp would be from the Alpheus genus (snapping shrimp).

The image is based off a photo I took when I visited Wilhelma (zoological and botanical garden) in Stuttgart. They had a display of many aquarium ecosystems. I already knew about their symbiotic relationship, but I spent extra long time staring at the goby and shrimp and took many photos and videos of them.

From Practical Fishkeeping:

Several pistol or 'snapping' shrimps of the genus Alpheus associate with gobies, primarily in the Indo-Pacific in areas of sand and rubble in relatively shallow water of the coral reef.

The shrimp has notoriously poor eyesight, but is good at constructing and maintaining a burrow. In fact, it may be obsessed with it, constantly shifting rubble and debris from which it is made to keep the entrance clear.

The goby, meanwhile, has particularly good vision, but is less adept at creating burrows which, of course, offer valuable protection on the reef. In an evolutionary masterstroke, both shrimp and goby have evolved an alliance which utilises the strengths of each — or makes each one’s weaknesses less of a hindrance, depending how you look at it.

I have a goby and shrimp-inspired short story for HWA, written purely so that I can draw...more goby and shrimp...but not sure if that will be drawn any time soon, hahahaha.

Today's music post: Isn't this a Lovely Day (cover) by Shirley Crabbe.

Bendy galaxy

Watercolour painting of Pinkey, King Kat, and many other bendies.

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I drew this before the quaking aspen picture, but since there were way more colours involved, I didn't get around to finishing the painting until after. Originally I was going to leave the bg a pale colour, but then I used masking fluid for fun and the bg became darker and darker and more and more galaxy-like...

Photo collage of various stages of a watercolour painting.

Features:

  • Pinkey
  • Pinkey's mom
  • Arc
  • King Kat
  • Honey Dewie
  • Honey Hammie
  • Pako
  • Tako
  • Coffee
  • Mystery fishes...

Photo collage of 2 views of the same completed watercolour painting. The painting features various animals, snacks, and objects floating on a galaxy-esque background.

I also painted a card for a friend who just had a baby (year of the cow)!

Photo of painting/illustration of a family of highland cows.


Today's music post: Enough is Enough by Soul Clap from album WTF (World Transformation Force). There's a knocky instrument that I find especially charming in this track...I'm sure there's a real name for the instrument, but I have no idea what it is!

Populus tremuloides

Watercolour painting of an original character in a quaking aspen forest.

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Populus tremuloides, or quaking aspen, or trembling poplar, or...many other names.

I don't think it really comes out in the comic (?) but Austin's last name is Poplar. He is a forestry grad and a tree nerd, so at some point I did a bunch of research about trees that were native to where the story takes place: fake Alberta! A lot of poplars are found in Alberta (like Populus balsamifera, but I've always been enamoured by the super bright yellow leaves of trembling poplars and the white trunks with black knots/markings! One of many things I appreciate about Alberta is how you get to experience all 4 seasons distinctly.

Recently, rurupoi, wai, and co. encouraged me to try out 100% cotton paper (Arches 300gsm hot press). I didn't really know what to do with my paper; I'm not much of an illustrator! Long time ago I put down a thumbnail of Austin doing field work in the forest in my notebook.

photo close-up of a rough thumbnail of a painting, focusing on pose and composition

So this thumbnail turned into the basis for a not particularly well planned (as usual) painting. Drawn directly onto the paper with red col-erase pencil.

photo of a sketch of poplar trees, with a small figure in the bottom left corner. There is green painter tape around the paper periphery.

I ended up changing the pose and scale a little bit. Maybe I regret changing the pose, but I don't regret changing the placement/scale.

photo of a sketch of poplar trees, with an even small figure in the bottom left corner. There is green painter tape around the paper periphery.

Originally it was meant to be a rainy picture, but I really wanted a super blue sky against yellow colour scheme. I also bought masking fluid and wasn't ready to use it yet, haha.

photo of a partially painted sketch of poplar trees, with a small figure in the bottom left corner. Colours used are primarily yellow and orange for the leaves, and blue for the sky/background. There is green painter tape around the paper periphery.

I have a tendency to overwork drawings/paintings, so I tried my hardest to not do that here!!

photo of a painted sketch of poplar trees, with a small figure in the bottom left corner. Colours used are primarily yellow and orange for the leaves, and blue for the sky/background. There is green painter tape around the paper periphery.

In natural light.

photo of a painted sketch of poplar trees, with a small figure in the bottom left corner. Colours used are primarily yellow and orange for the leaves, and blue for the sky/background.

I wasn't really sure what to expect with this paper, but I can tell it's better than the scrappy stuff I used before.

OH speaking of Austin, Fluffyfied drew a very sweet pic of Austin and Jake together!

Today's music post: RAIN(비) - 나로 바꾸자 Switch to me (duet with JYP). What a good 80s/90s pop vibe!