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Hi all!

I'm Squid (they/them), a Canadian artist specializing in watercolour and india ink. I paint mostly pet portraits and wildlife art in a rainbow style. I run a sticker and print shop on Etsy and love noodling new, cartoony designs. Cats and reptiles are my jam!

Ginkgo's finally beat the super bug from his old home after 10 months of treatment. He's been in his big boy enclosure for a month now and no new symptoms! He's having a great time being buried 24/7.

I painted this little Scuzzy cat I think late last month? Just after the rosy maple moth painting. I really enjoyed painting a more detailed subject in this style! Plus you know I'm all about painting cats. This little guy is available as a sticker on my Etsy shop.

Something kinda different; here's the piece I painted for my husband for our 10th marriage anniversary last week. I was expecting this to be pretty quick since both characters have simple designs, but it actually took forever. I guess I'm still learning this style, and it's taking a lot more layers than I anticipated.

It's been soooo long since I've painted on wood. I forgot how much fun it is! I tried a few different things with this one. I used a white ground instead of the transparent one I normally use, and I learned a ton working on this little guy.


Here's my sticker pack for July as voted for by my Patrons on Patreon! Snake species listed in the image descriptions.

Please remember to sign up on Patreon for the $5 tier or above any time this month if you'd like to get a jumbo or holofoil version of one of these slithery friends. They're also available at the normal 2.5" size on my Etsy shop.

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This gorgeous girl is Lemon. Her person gave me a very free hand when painting her, and I have to say, I absolutely love how she turned out! A print of this painting will be displayed at Klub Khrome here in Fredericton as part of a Downtown Fredericton instillation of local artists.

Here's the final installment in the orange tabby commission series. This one came together really easily, and I really love how it feels so soft.

Here's the third of four portraits of this lovely boy. I tried to keep more pastel tones on his body so as not to overwhelm the naturally lighter, warm tones on his face. I think it turned out pretty well, though the scan really doesn't portray the oranges very nicely.

You all know how much I LOVE rosy maple moths. Besides having the absolute best colour scheme, they're also super fuzzy AND are native here in NB. Alas, they're not fans of urban areas, so I haven't encountered any in person. Some day!
This piece was a style experiment. I wanted to try painting my sticker style with watercolour and really maximize the soft look. This experiment was inspired by Vena Carr's work.

Sorry for the late post this week. We've been having a heatwave. Not great for someone who can't thermoregulate. :P
Here's the second portrait of this lovely, tabby boy! I'm especially pleased with this one. It took quite a while to get the shadows dark enough, but it was worth the struggle.

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I just found another resource for drawing pose references. It also includes a timer for quick sketches.

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This is the first of four portraits of this absolutely stunning orange tabby cat! As you can imagine, he's extremely well loved. I absolutely adored working on each piece in this little series, and I hope you all enjoy seeing them over the next few weeks.

#covid, #vaccine 

Got my first covid vaccine today. No one was really sure how my autoimmune diseases would react, but nothing too bad so far. Arm is a little swollen and sore, nausea, mild tiredness, dizziness, and increased thirst. Was honestly expecting to be bed bound for a week or more, but it's looking pretty good right now.

This Portuguese water dog is a commission for a friend. They specifically asked this pup have natural colours, so it was quite the challenge for me. I really, really struggled with the fur texture, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Here's a black lab puppy I painted recently for a private client. I absolutely loved painting this little guy. The pose was super fun, and working with the client was a dream.

Here are the final two stickers from my rainbow dog heads sticker pack: Poodle and border collie! The bc is based off my beautiful boy, Maulkin. I just had to adjust his blaze to make him look more traditional border collie.

Here are two more pups for the dog heads sticker pack: A lab and Aussie! I'm trying to go with more simple colour palettes for each dog, and these pooches got the blue treatment.
I'm really feeling the time crunch lately, but I'm glad to be making progress!

Here are our stickers for May, nudibranches/sea slugs as voted for by my patrons over on Patreon! I had soooo much fun researching nudibraches and choosing which ones to draw. I'd really love to do another set or two of these guys some time. (Eventually, when free time exists again. :P)

Please be sure to sign up on Patreon any time this month if you'd like jumbo or holofoil versions of these stickers.

Here are the first two of six dog designs for my newest watercolour style sticker pack! I'm hoping to get the other four designs done in the next couple weeks.

Here's a very snuggly Scuzzy cat clinging to my partner. He has the warmest lap.

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