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Hello Mastodon art people! I’m Julia, an illustrator and naturalist from Germany. I’ve quit all social media a few years ago because addictive algorithms, ads, infinite scrolling and tracking surveillance were killing my creativity.
Mastodon is likely the last social media experiment I’ll try. Here are some birds for you, because although I’ve left Twitter, I love drawing birds.

roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

Just a fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) for your Friday.
I haven't explored Mastodon as much as I planned, because unfortunately some of the negative aspects of Twitter remain here too. I guess we're all just humans here trying to communicate in short sentences and I'm very tired of that.

But thanks for all the nice feedback about my art, folks! I think I will not make this platform a daily habit, but drop by when I feel like it. :artpaw:

I understand the temptation to put a trending tag on your work, but please only use this tag if you're participating in the daily prompts.

There are loads of other art-related tags you can use, and I promise you, just using # MastoArt on your work will get it in front of many, many eyes. It's not like IG or birdsite here, there's no algorithm that will boost you for using trending tags, and you don't need put loads of tags on your posts like on IG to get them seen. <3

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Since some of you asked: my illustrations are mostly done in watercolor and colored pencil, and for these detailed scientific paintings I often use references like photos.

I also love to keep a sketchbook and field sketching, I find it is so valuable to explore nature directly, and record my everyday observations in one place. This in turn helps me again with scientific details.

Below are a few sketchbook outtakes.

Yesterday I saw the first swallows this year. They're back! Swee, swee. 😍

It's the weekend! I hope everyone's having a good one so far.

If you're inspired to make something creative, yay! If you're not, don't worry. It's okay to take time to let your brain 'cool down', and you shouldn't feel guilty for not 'being productive'. Self-care sometimes involves doing nothing at all, and that's totally fine and a very valid use of your time <3 You don't have to be productive *all* of the time. Don't wear yourself out.

🦉 American ornithology; or, The natural history of the birds of the United States,.
London, Cassell, Petter & Galpin[187-].
biodiversitylibrary.org/page/4

Thank you all so much for the warm welcome!
I’m a still a bit overwhelmed and figuring out how to do things here, but so far I love the different atmosphere on this platform. Many nice and interesting people, and all of that without ads, tracking or algorithms. I'm almost back in the 90s!

Hello Mastodon art people! I’m Julia, an illustrator and naturalist from Germany. I’ve quit all social media a few years ago because addictive algorithms, ads, infinite scrolling and tracking surveillance were killing my creativity.
Mastodon is likely the last social media experiment I’ll try. Here are some birds for you, because although I’ve left Twitter, I love drawing birds.

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