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Rowkey @rowkey@mastodon.art

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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. 👍

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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 ☀️

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!

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the Evernote Web Clipper extension is the greatest thingy there ever was 🎶

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 this...is 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. 🐦

Tonight, a gray fox snoozin' in a tree. Putting this and the otter from yesterday onto paper very soon!

I've lived my entire life in regions haunted by these little guys, but I've yet to lay eyes on one. These, and pileated woodpeckers: my white whales. 😠

Braggart!

Otters never, ever crop kindly, nope. Gotta put this on paper and finish it up over the next week.

The one with Jadzia and Worf got all ~ambitious~ at one point, but I chickened out.

For most of 2016 I only wanted to draw fanart. That well dried up so suddenly I hardly know what happened, but it was fun while it lasted. 😂 Here are a few of my favorites from that, er, era:

Son of a- I'll never remember my hashtags. 😂 Good excuse to post the other set, I suppose. See my original post above for accompanying text about this process!