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Pencils for color study of the fifth in the Nightshade Seed Co. series.

Pencils for the color studies of a new series I'm painting for entering a science-fiction convention art show. Hoping that when I apply watercolor it'll give a better idea of what's going on, but for now these are just the compositions. (There's a fifth, which will be coming soon.)

@Cakechoz Funny how we find different parts easier! The vanishing points I can get through with brute force, but making organic structures look randomly distributed is something I have a hard time getting a handle on, because there’s so much of it and no overall structure I can use as a guideline.

@Cakechoz Noisy, busy scenery is very hard for me. I can break it down to the architectural elements, but then I have to add the random, more organic parts, and that's where I mess up.

My decade-old Mustek large-format scanner refused to work yesterday. Don't know if it was the heat, as it was OK this morning.

However, I think I should be prepared in case it's giving signs it's about to croak for good. Any recommendations? The current platen size is 11.75"x17", although the actual maximum scanning dimensions are more like 11.5"x16.75".

@Algot @Support That does seem to be a counterintuitive interface.🤔

I just posted on my Tumblr my review of _Victorian Occultism and the Making of Modern Magic_ (2011) by Alison Butler: ejbarnes.tumblr.com/post/17557

@Sapphaos Did you deliberately avoid adding any shadows in the midsection of the mantis? That's what I think makes it harder to "read" as a mantis.

I admit to not yet looking deeply into what I, as a small-volume online vendor, would have to do to conform to this standard of interstate sales tax collection.

So far only about half the states in the US have joined this agreement. The question is, do small online vendors still need to be concerned, or can we simply expect, once our own businesses follow these principles, that we'll be covered?

Thanks to a tax-lawyer friend, I have been made aware that the SCOTUS decision would only apply to states whose sales tax laws followed principles espoused by this group: streamlinedsalestax.org/

I was concerned that, even though South Dakota (the state bringing the suit) had passed laws making this only applicable to businesses that did thousands of dollars' worth of business in South Dakota, not all states that passed laws levying sales tax on out-of-state vendors would apply such limitations.

In late June, I posted here about the Supreme Court decision allowing states to collect sales taxes on online/mail order transactions even if the seller was not in the state levying the sales tax.

Fortunately, I'm already licensed to collect sales tax in 6 states, and PayPal allows me to set up a table for the sales tax to add. However, will this force me to get sales tax licenses in the other 44 states -- even the states that currently have none, such as New Hampshire? washingtonpost.com/politics/co

Rummaging in my studio closet last night, looking for old sketchbooks to reference in taking up the continuation of an old project, I found the ACME-compatible animation hole punch that my late friend Luisa Felix had sent me years ago. I'd forgotten I had it.

@sololoso Try working on something you don't "feel like", and see how that feels. See what you're getting hung up on and why. Sometimes, for me, it's a matter of getting the seat of the pants in the seat of the chair. Other times I quickly butt heads with a specific problem that requires that I change course, or sleep on it and see if the next day I have the solution in mind. But in the latter case, unless you face it head on you don't know where the problem lies.