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!

Sabina's birthday

Painting of Sabina from my webcomic.

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It's Sabina's (HWA) birthday today!

A collage of two side-by-side images. The left image shows an inked drawing of an original character looking somewhat surprised while holding a an open notebook with her left hand. The character has wavy hair and is wearing a hooded coat and backpack. The right image is the same as the left, but coloured in with grey watercolour tones.

I often chat with Benjamin Rivers who is a comic artist and game maker! He has a new comic continuation of one of his games, Worse Than Death.

We got into the topic of real g-nibs and art supplies, which led to us talking about how hearing the feedback of a real nib on paper can be a form of ASMR. I got fountain pens so I didn't have to constantly re-dip into ink. A video of the drawing and inking portion (not the painting portion haha) is below.

Materials:

  • Paper - not sure, probably Canson or Strathmore watercolour paper
  • Mechanical pencil - Kurutoga 0.5mm
  • Fountain pen - Platinum carbon black desk pen (with Platinum carbon black ink)
  • Brush pen - Pentel pocket brush
  • Eraser - Unknown...
  • Watercolour - some mystery mix of brown and blues...

Today's music post: Agua De Rosa - Rooftop Mix by Angelica Garcia & Sinego

Tamagoctober 2020

Lovingly revisit 1 tamagotchi a day in October

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Here's a compilation of all 31 of my Tamagotchi ON generations I drew for #tamagoctober.

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The full ones are on masto for now!

Today's music post: Kuyaw (Hala Ka) by Han Han. From the bandcamp website:

Filipino-Canadian rapper HanHan, an operating nurse by day and an MC by night, released her eponymous EP in 2014. It’s an album pulls no punches, unflinchingly tackling HanHan’s identity as a woman of color, her experience as an immigrant (she moved to Toronto from the Philippines in 2006), and the politics she sees playing out both at home and abroad.