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Finished up this little guy for ArtOrder's Tiny Dragons call for art. Tried hard to keep the value structure strong and intact this time around. 8x8", created with my usual mess of colored pencil, ink, watercolor, and a little bit of gouache on hotpress watercolor paper

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And WOW HELLO, loads of new folks here since the last time I checked in! I'm Katie/Rowkey, hopping around the US and trying to find my place in the illustration world- currently doing a mixed bag of freelance work and convention dealing. Around here you'll probably see me yelling about mushrooms, cemeteries, orcs, and fountain pen inks. ๐Ÿ‘

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@rowkey made such an amazing dragon with bottle caps, that I wanted to draw some too. And I have a few more sketches, that I probably finish later.

There's nothing special about my arrangement of paints here (these are all of my old tubes from years ago, plus three Daniel Smiths I just received), but mixing charts are always fun to look at... 'u' I've somehow only just now discovered GREP (within InDesign, anyway) and I feel both dumb-as-a-rock and also like I'm in the midst of some kind of religious experience.

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Some of the 4x6" fungi field studies scanned all fancy! Weather's warming up and it's all damp out, so more of these will definitely be happening soon.

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General life update: I've been quiet all over the internet these days. Just too much grief in the world/in general weighing on me, and art isn't flowing too well, to boot...stuck playing catch-up on a few old projects and most of what I -am- making can't be shared yet. I've also taken on a job at a coffeeshop to help with bills/etc and to get out of my own head a bit; on the one hand it feels good to be working, but on the other I...didn't want to go back to food work.

But I feel like I'm crawling over some kind of hill...? Maybe I can be REBORN WITH THE SPRING or something โ˜€๏ธ

screams at a hockey puck

As for other new discoveries, I'd been wanting to find a coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) for YEARS and managed to stumble upon this seedpod on a trail I've walked many times before- funny how that works. I was taken aback by the fact that these pods are hard as a ROCK compared to honeylocust pods, not at all what I was expecting.

Made it outside again, finally, for some life drawing/painting. Cold hands, but 100% worth it. Haven't found puffballs in the yard before, so that was a nice surprise!

the Evernote Web Clipper extension is the greatest thingy there ever was ๐ŸŽถ

Everything else in life right now is goin' slooooow, BUT: a local leopard gecko breeder friend of mine finally convinced me to take a friend home. All of her herps are named after cheeses, so Pecorino

Completely and utterly farting around with pin design ideas for the future...

Some photos from life since returning to Missouri. A little marsh, some kitschy stuff in my room, and good ol' KC Union Station looking festive!

OH. LORD. Hello Masto! I got overwhelmed by everything again, but I'm back. Hope you've all been okay? How was your week?

Mastodon! I come bearing ink tests!

Ordered a bunch of little samples to play around with, and my personal taste in ink is incredibly...muddy. These are on different papers, applied with a dip nib rather than a fountain pen.
Please pardon my goofy/inconsistent handwriting!

I opened my suitcase and shoved beef jerkey into my mouth like an animal while I waited for the blue line

crawls blearily toward Rosemont

Ooo hi Mastodon. Just drove to Massachusetts, next week is a big fuzzy con in Illinois and then I move back to Missouri on the 8th and-

Nov/Dec, why are you always a bag o' chaos

Tell me about the wildlife you've bonded with or given names!

- Cap'n: A big thug of a one-eyed toad who lived in my parents' garden for a few years. Tried to bite me many times, I don't blame 'im.
- The squirrel with half a tail who lives outside my current apartment. Roommate and I watched it go from a tiny little thing to a...still tiny, but very fat adult.
- Cardinal Family: in 2015 a pair of cardinals in the yard raised 9 babies to adulthood and I'm still SO PROUD OF THEM. ๐Ÿฆ