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.

@Curator Thank you so much for the warm welcome and the boost! I'm just slowly figuring out how to use Mastodon, but this instance has very cute emojis! :artpaw:

@naturesketchbook We do :D :D And a lot of them are made by our own artists \o/ :bob_ross:

There are a few posts pinned at the top of my profile that might help you find your way around, but yell if you need anything!

@Curator I will be sure to check all of these links (and emojis) out, very much appreciated! Right now I can't complain that this is a quiet place (thank you for introducing me to the community!)

And lol, there's a kittypotato!

@JubalBarca Thank you so much! It's really a raven, but without the croak one can really not tell them apart. 😀

@naturesketchbook Oh right - I do see that now you point it out, I'm not as familiar with ravens as we don't get many here and you don't get the size difference on an illustration ofc - but I do see the heavier beak shape etc :)

@JubalBarca They are hard to tell apart, as you say, it's mainly the size and the beak shape. We have a few in out local forests here I mostly go by the sounds they make. :)

@preist Yes, almost all are right. 2. is a raven, 3. is a European wren, 4. indeed a woodpecker (great spotted). :)

@naturesketchbook Wow!! these look so much like the drawings that would be in old bird / animal books we'd ave.

@maloki Thank you very much! Yes I love those books with scientific illustrations!

@naturesketchbook I grew up reading them when I was bored as a kid because we had a summer house without electricity out in the middle of nowhere. :D

@naturesketchbook I grew up reading them when I was bored as a kid because we had a summer house without electricity out in the middle of nowhere. :D

and it was great to actually look up birds and stuff you saw around you

@maloki Oh that sounds so nice in a weird way, very relaxing. :)

@naturesketchbook these are very lovely birds. Do you work from references, or take your own photos?

@Liveotherwise Both actually. I try to draw from live as much as I can, but often references are very helpful for details.

@Liveotherwise Thank you! :artpaw: I do use photo references for these illustrations, otherwise I wouldn't be able to get in the details. But I try to do a lot of sketching from life, too.

@naturesketchbook yeah figuring out how to balance a feed of interesting things with the rest of life is really tricky. Mastodon has been a quieter and slower paced feed for me, but with the influx of new folks (who I have excitedly followed, as well who have swelled the local timeline) I have to work on building some better habits (which will likely include unfollowing some and checking the local less frequently).

@danwchan I really hope that Mastodon will keep at least that feeling of being a cog in surveillance capitalism away. I agree that one still has to manage their scrolling habits, but this seems at least a halfway sane alternative. :)

@naturesketchbook For sure! There are wonderful community members here. I moved away from twitter and google (although got pulled back into gmail recently through the community lab 🤦) because I didn't like the nagging knowledge that my interactions were being tracked and optimized in a profit-driven (inconsiderate) way by companies with powerful computational tools. There is a piece of mind that I found here that I didn't have on Twitter; that I didn't know was possible on social media.

@danwchan I know, it's hard to completely evade those companies, they do have some very practical tools (I also still have some ties to Google).
I still remember how the internet felt back in the late 90s, I'd love to get that back. As you say - peace of mind. Maybe this place can mimic that a bit.

@naturesketchbook I love it, they are beautiful. I hope you'll find a good place in this place!

@licuspis Thank you so much! I hope so too, right now it feel like a very warm welcome. :)

@naturesketchbook I think I remember your art from Twitter. In any case it's beautiful and I am glad you give this here a try.

@naturesketchbook herzlich willkommen im entspannten Teil des Netzes 😉

@naturesketchbook@mastodon.As far as I can see great body of work, Julia! Your illustrations remind me of a classification/guide book for birders named "Pareys Vogelbuch" - love it since I was a boy! Would like to see more of your work.

@kaychristianheine Thank you so much Kay-Christian! I actually have that book, it's wonderful - I hope someday I will be able to paint that well.

I'll definitely post more of my work soon. :)

Welcome to Mastodon. Beautiful work. I used to be a bird zookeeper. Greatly appreciate birds and their independence.

@Iquitoz Thank you very much. :) That must have been a very interesting job!

@naturesketchbook Yes. Eleven years in birds and five with primates. Preferred the birds.😊

@naturesketchbook Thank you for the beautiful birds! I especially like the woodpecker - I have a pair of (tiny) Downey Woodpeckers nesting in my yard right now, so that one has a special place in my heart.

Sign in to participate in the conversation

Mastodon.ART — Your friendly creative home on the Fediverse! Interact with friends and discover new ones, all on a platform that is community-owned and ad-free. Admin: @Curator. Currently active moderators: @ScribbleAddict, @TapiocaPearl, @Otherbuttons, @Eyeling, @ljwrites