Haha good news I got into the University of Leicester bad news I’m paranoid about not getting my visa in times and my botanical portfolio is due September 5th and like only one piece is done hahaha screaming
I’m going to play some video games to calm down honestly I haven’t played in like a week or two and I need some relaxation time

Haha good news I got into the University of Leicester bad news I’m paranoid about not getting my visa in times and my botanical portfolio is due September 5th and like only one piece is done hahaha screaming

I’m going to play some video games to calm down honestly I haven’t played in like a week or two and I need some relaxation time

18
Aug
I got some paint and brushes and started making up my Mini Trikky. I had designed her with a dress and I was going to do some molding on her but I decided instead that I’d sew all her clothes so that I could switch up her outfits, haha such tiny amounts of fabric why did I decide this
Anyway I also discovered the wonders of acrylic varnish so she has the first coat of a satin finish on her (my Micro Trikky is getting the second coat of satin finish this morning) and it’s great because now they’re no longer tacky to the touch! They still might tacky (I think they’re cute)
Need to work on portfolio but the varnish needs at least 3 hours between coats so I wanted to get those out of the way this morning.

I got some paint and brushes and started making up my Mini Trikky. I had designed her with a dress and I was going to do some molding on her but I decided instead that I’d sew all her clothes so that I could switch up her outfits, haha such tiny amounts of fabric why did I decide this

Anyway I also discovered the wonders of acrylic varnish so she has the first coat of a satin finish on her (my Micro Trikky is getting the second coat of satin finish this morning) and it’s great because now they’re no longer tacky to the touch! They still might tacky (I think they’re cute)

Need to work on portfolio but the varnish needs at least 3 hours between coats so I wanted to get those out of the way this morning.

18
Aug
Yesterday I drew my cactus again at work (from a photo I took) and maybe I will finally be able to get somewhere with this portfolio piece

Yesterday I drew my cactus again at work (from a photo I took) and maybe I will finally be able to get somewhere with this portfolio piece

17
Aug
I’ve been playing with the official shiny free D&D Basic Rules while waiting for the Player’s Handbook to come out and yeah to finish/polish off these folks I want the handbook but they’re mostly done
Hill Dwarf Cleric, Human Wizard, High Elf (Moon) Rogue, Stout Halfling Fighter
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Hill Dwarf Cleric is unwilling magical girl that is whichever god I get around to choosing for her went “HEY CHOSEN ONE HAVE SOME DIVINE POWERS” and she went “wait what no I’m fine being a blacksmith” and basically her god likes her a bunch and she wants to not deal with this shit but hey at least she’s pretty good at hitting things with her warhammer. There’s a town where she’s a well-regarded (possibly even a folk hero now) due to this whole “HEY CHOSEN ONE” thing but she doesn’t like to talk about it. Boots are basically valenki in my mind
Human Wizard is getting on in years and is determined to live forever and has been studying magic for years now. She’s pretty terse and sarcastic and keeps to herself and due to a misunderstanding there’s a crappy town where’s a hero and she hates it, she hates it so much. Outfit kinda a mish-mash of Mongolian folk outfits and stuff I just dig the look of in my mind
High Elf (Moon) Rogue believes that everyone has a spark of good in them somewhere. He stuck to petty crime for the most part, did some grifting, and I’m still working out details of his past haha. Dude is lanky and on the weaker side, though. He met our Stout Halfling Fighter at a party in his honor and let’s go to him
Stout Halfling Fighter may be small but he is mighty! And also naïve as fuck. A like… second or third son of nobility he ended up being sent off to a monastery to learn at a young age. He realized that he’s no good at being an acolyte, but he’s immensely strong for his size and wants to protect the innocent and weak and those who cannot, etc. He was going to stay at the monastery until at the party being held by his parents congratulating him on moving up through the monastery’s ranks he met an elf who spoke of his desire to travel and his beliefs, and showed him how to read the stars like a map and who offered him “the time of his life” and “companionship, if you’d like” if’d just meet him at the tavern the next night.
Let me put it this way I rolled some good rolls for my Halfling but I also rolled a 4 and I wanted him to be a Fighter of some sort but not an idiot so I put the 4 in WIS the boy is naïve as fuck and didn’t get the hints and so he basically hired the High Elf Rogue to be his guide and companion for the time of his life
The rest of the part joins up eeehhh working on details still need to do spells and gods and equipment and stuff but later I have to sleep now goodnight

I’ve been playing with the official shiny free D&D Basic Rules while waiting for the Player’s Handbook to come out and yeah to finish/polish off these folks I want the handbook but they’re mostly done

Hill Dwarf Cleric, Human Wizard, High Elf (Moon) Rogue, Stout Halfling Fighter

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16
Aug

Zoo drawings, basically all done with Kuretake brushpens

Uuuuhhhh yeah it started to rain so you can see a couple water spots, I love the Kuretake no. 33 but it is not at all waterproof

14
Aug
I didn’t know what to draw so asofterbucky said Tyr and Fenrir and I discovered that somehow I never had designed Tyr way back in the day of my Norse mythos obsession or if I did I cannot locate the design haha so anyway this explanation gets very long because I still love Norse Mythology BUT you also get the best illustration of an artifact I’ve seen (and early on) so you should click the Read More (also it explains designs)
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When reacquainting myself with the mythos and stuff behind Tyr and Fenrir because it’s been a few years I’ve read stuff (I know the basics), I discovered that an early depiction of Tyr comes from a bracteate found in Trollhätten, Sweden (and we know it’s Tyr because it’s the Binding of Fenrir, which this picture is showing the prelude to), and I managed to find an illustration of it:

It is my new favorite thing because Tyr’s expression is QLQ and Fenrir’s is like QC and it’s just the best look at it LOOK AT IT anyway I found it in this collection of papers (I am pretty sure it’s a collection of papers) on page 284 (uh it’s called Kontinuaitäten und Brüche in der Religionsgeschichte and I do not speak/read/pronounce German) and I decided to yoink my design for Tyr from it.
Fenrir is a giant wolf so uh… I tried to draw a wolf. Wolves are hard. I looked up dentition for this sketch I HOPE THAT SHOWS.
Anyway in the Binding of Fenrir, the Aesir decide that Fenrir, one of the children of Loki, is like… growing larger every day and since, hey, there’s all these prophecies about Fenrir and Ragnarok and hey his father is kinda a terror at times and shit maaaaaybe we should take care of this. However Tyr is the only god brave enough to approach Fenrir, and also he feeds him. So the Aesir tried to build the strongest fetters they could, Leyding then Dromi, but Fenrir broke though both. Odin sends Skirnir to Svartalfaheimr who then enlists the help of some dwarves to forge Gleipnir, which is a chain made of six impossible things to bind Fenrir, and looks like a silk ribbon but is impossibly strong. So Fenrir and the Aesir head out to the isle of Lyngvi in Lake Amsvartnir and said “Hey we’ve got one last chain we want you to try and break” and Fenrir isn’t an idiot, like it looks like silk, so he responds “Yeah no if it’s a normal ribbon what’s the deal and if it’s not I’m not putting that on” so the Aesir respond “Haha nah c’mon we totes promise we’ll take it off if for some crazy reason you can’t break it” and Fenrir thinks it over and responds “Eeeehhhhh I don’t really want to but I’m not a coward. ALSO one of you has to put their hand in my mouth as a show of good faith.” And the Aesir are doing this as a pre-emptive measure right because they’re pretty much all scared of Fenrir so they look at each other like “oh shit this was not part of the plan what the fuck” but Tyr steps forwards because in addition to being the god of courage Tyr is the god of justice. Haha WELP you can see where this is going and if you can’t the answer is Fenrir is bound, Tyr loses his right hand, and then once things settled down, Fenrir is leashed into place and like the leash and the stones all have names listen I’m tired of transcribing names a sword is forced into Fenrir’s mouth to keep it open so that he can no longer bite people, and he begins to salivate because of this and his saliva makes the river Ván (one of Fenrir’s alternate names is Vánagandr or “the monster of the river Ván” so) and yeah this is the end of the Binding of Fenrir
At any rate like… so in a lot of Norse stories there’s just things that are fated to be but like… generally and broadly speaking unlike Greek tales of fate the people involved are sort of complicit in their own downfall…? Like in Greek tales there’s a lot of “Oh shit the oracle said this so I am going to try to stop it and oh shit I’ve gone and caused all my problems and my fate happened because I tried to stop it” but in Norse stories there’s more “Well the volva said this and yeah I’d like to stop it but we all know that’s not going to happen” or hell, depending on the tale, “Hey you know that if you do this you’ll be fucked over in Ragnarok” “Eh, them’s the breaks.” The Binding of Fenrir as described in the Gylfaginning chapter 34 in The Prose Edda when asked why they don’t kill Fenrir after he’s bound the answer is to preserve the holiness of where they chose to bind him even though they’re all aware that Fenrir will kill Odin. It’s interesting. (My other favorite example of this is in the Wooing of Gerda but I just love that story and that’s just a different story for a different time)
So I guess this picture is sort of about that, the moment before fate just sort of… happens. Engulfs Tyr and Fenrir. Almost a boy and his dog hahahhhhaaaaaaa I’m so dumb about fucking Norse mythology I really am

I didn’t know what to draw so asofterbucky said Tyr and Fenrir and I discovered that somehow I never had designed Tyr way back in the day of my Norse mythos obsession or if I did I cannot locate the design haha so anyway this explanation gets very long because I still love Norse Mythology BUT you also get the best illustration of an artifact I’ve seen (and early on) so you should click the Read More (also it explains designs)

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8
Aug
I was in a kind of Portal-y mood and like… whenever I poke about with human Portal stuff I really just design stuff as costumes or potential cosplay whatever, in this case I was playing around with a more theatrical sort of outfit, sort of weirdly inspired by like… Mother Gingerbread from The Nutcracker, somehow. Not sure how. Just elaborate costumes I guess. Or maybe because it’s multiple people?
But I was thinking about how to portray what we learned about the cores from Portal 2, the machinery attached to GLaDOS in an attempt to control her, and sort of combining it with what was seen at the end of Portal, the bits of her (or we had assumed were her at the time) that were falling off and Chell destroyed, and then like trying to show this via cosplay contest or something, meant to be for the stage, using my old GLaDOS design (and half-remembered core designs I never showed anyone haha, but like… pre-Portal 2 core designs) and sort of this tether who is attached to whom thing and as each core was removed the line would be attached somewhere on stage until GLaDOS could no longer move freely (though even with like the four cores she has a hard time moving but that’s the point right?)
Haha it’s dumb which is why this is just a fast sketch and all but it’s something I’ve done, so…

I was in a kind of Portal-y mood and like… whenever I poke about with human Portal stuff I really just design stuff as costumes or potential cosplay whatever, in this case I was playing around with a more theatrical sort of outfit, sort of weirdly inspired by like… Mother Gingerbread from The Nutcracker, somehow. Not sure how. Just elaborate costumes I guess. Or maybe because it’s multiple people?

But I was thinking about how to portray what we learned about the cores from Portal 2, the machinery attached to GLaDOS in an attempt to control her, and sort of combining it with what was seen at the end of Portal, the bits of her (or we had assumed were her at the time) that were falling off and Chell destroyed, and then like trying to show this via cosplay contest or something, meant to be for the stage, using my old GLaDOS design (and half-remembered core designs I never showed anyone haha, but like… pre-Portal 2 core designs) and sort of this tether who is attached to whom thing and as each core was removed the line would be attached somewhere on stage until GLaDOS could no longer move freely (though even with like the four cores she has a hard time moving but that’s the point right?)

Haha it’s dumb which is why this is just a fast sketch and all but it’s something I’ve done, so…

7
Aug
At the Denver Botanic Gardens there’s a Chihuly exhibit right now, so I took my watercolors and tried my hand at some landscape painting which I haven’t done in a while
I don’t think my little watercolor does the piece justice, but the people who came over and looked at it seemed to like it (one man said “better than a photo” though I think he was being kind– still, I do like how this turned out)
I might go back to the Gardens and do some more later, but for now this is all I had time to do because the Gardens closed early yesterday

At the Denver Botanic Gardens there’s a Chihuly exhibit right now, so I took my watercolors and tried my hand at some landscape painting which I haven’t done in a while

I don’t think my little watercolor does the piece justice, but the people who came over and looked at it seemed to like it (one man said “better than a photo” though I think he was being kind– still, I do like how this turned out)

I might go back to the Gardens and do some more later, but for now this is all I had time to do because the Gardens closed early yesterday

2
Aug
I wasn’t having any luck with my essay that I need to do, so I decided to just work on my portfolio piece I started before vacation since my botanical illustration portfolio also needs doing
I think this is mostly done, I want to see how i feel about it overall tomorrow with fresh eyes, and also do the detail work on the spines specifically. I can already see a couple spots that need tweaking but for now I’ve put it away and I’ll be going to sleep after this episode of Night Vale finished (and I’ll finally be caught up haha I don’t know why I let that lapse for so long haha my bad)

I wasn’t having any luck with my essay that I need to do, so I decided to just work on my portfolio piece I started before vacation since my botanical illustration portfolio also needs doing

I think this is mostly done, I want to see how i feel about it overall tomorrow with fresh eyes, and also do the detail work on the spines specifically. I can already see a couple spots that need tweaking but for now I’ve put it away and I’ll be going to sleep after this episode of Night Vale finished (and I’ll finally be caught up haha I don’t know why I let that lapse for so long haha my bad)

1
Aug
Here’s my Micro Trikky, a little painter kitty
Maybe I’ll find some time to customize my other ones… though I need to modify those and not just paint them and all…
I might look into different paints I’ll have to ask my dad about modeling paints since he’s had a lot more experience with this sort of thing

Here’s my Micro Trikky, a little painter kitty

Maybe I’ll find some time to customize my other ones… though I need to modify those and not just paint them and all…

I might look into different paints I’ll have to ask my dad about modeling paints since he’s had a lot more experience with this sort of thing

28
Jul
"Hey SEM, whatcha thinkin’ ‘bout?"

"IDK not about how Newcastle hasn’t replied to the two e-mails I sent with a correction to my reference’s e-mail and my reference can’t respond if that’s not corrected and my acceptance kinda hinges on this or how Leicester hasn’t fully accepted me I now have to write an essay for them that would’ve been nice to know a while back and I can’t apply for my student visa until I get acceptance or rejection for sure ahahaHAHAHAHA NOPE NOT THINKING ABOUT ANY OF THAT"

"Hey SEM, whatcha thinkin’ ‘bout?"

"IDK not about how Newcastle hasn’t replied to the two e-mails I sent with a correction to my reference’s e-mail and my reference can’t respond if that’s not corrected and my acceptance kinda hinges on this or how Leicester hasn’t fully accepted me I now have to write an essay for them that would’ve been nice to know a while back and I can’t apply for my student visa until I get acceptance or rejection for sure ahahaHAHAHAHA NOPE NOT THINKING ABOUT ANY OF THAT"

26
Jul
I started painting my Micro Trikky according to the design I whipped up a while ago, I’ll probably finish tomorrow after work
I don’t know how acrylics work haha help me

I started painting my Micro Trikky according to the design I whipped up a while ago, I’ll probably finish tomorrow after work

I don’t know how acrylics work haha help me

26
Jul
I finally finished my Myst-inspired Byzantine-bound journal, this one had a more intricate carving and I am kicking myself for not using my metallic inks on weirdcitysights' journal, I’ll just have to bring my gold ink with me so I can fill in the design and my signature on her journal as well
The spent a long time thinking of a four-word phrase using the Narayan symbols present (I came up with a lot of test designs and phrases), and I settled for “Survival Growth Spurs Questions” which means something personal to me but I suspect is somewhat cryptic or nonsensical to others. At least it looks lovely

I finally finished my Myst-inspired Byzantine-bound journal, this one had a more intricate carving and I am kicking myself for not using my metallic inks on weirdcitysights' journal, I’ll just have to bring my gold ink with me so I can fill in the design and my signature on her journal as well

The spent a long time thinking of a four-word phrase using the Narayan symbols present (I came up with a lot of test designs and phrases), and I settled for “Survival Growth Spurs Questions” which means something personal to me but I suspect is somewhat cryptic or nonsensical to others. At least it looks lovely

25
Jul

Here are the two watercolor postcards I did over vacation, I decided I wanted to try my hand at seaweeds (which I learned are like… algae and not plants WHAT A WOLRD WE LIVE IN I totally did not know that)

As best I can tell what these two are is Iridescent seaweed (probably) and Nori (I’m a lot surer about this one).

I’m sending off the Iridescent seaweed one to this bookstore in Pike Place Market so I figure I should just take pictures of these and then when I get around to making more I can take pictures and upload those later

25
Jul
thesem:

It was asofterbucky's birthday llllast week I want to say but I was on vacation and stuff anyway here's my excuse to draw weird hair things as kokoshniks and women in weird sarafan armor things holding swords Illyana Rasputina aka Magik
I discovered that at least according to my sources “Illyana” isn’t really a Russian name…? So I sort of just bastardized the Cyrillic form of Ilya to make Illyana (and then found out on like the Marvel wiki or something that apparently whoever looked up the Cyrillic for her name did the same hahaha yes fantastic). I’m putting my abandoned Russian minor to good use here, at least it’s getting some use other than rambling at people about things I learned, haha, that’s nice

[Speaking of putting my Russian minor to use I always put a bar on my lowercase т because in cursive they look like, well, m’s, and then I’ll also put the bar below my ш to help distinguish them because Russian has a lot of uh… up and down things in cursive…? Haha yeah]

thesem:

It was asofterbucky's birthday llllast week I want to say but I was on vacation and stuff anyway here's my excuse to draw weird hair things as kokoshniks and women in weird sarafan armor things holding swords Illyana Rasputina aka Magik

I discovered that at least according to my sources “Illyana” isn’t really a Russian name…? So I sort of just bastardized the Cyrillic form of Ilya to make Illyana (and then found out on like the Marvel wiki or something that apparently whoever looked up the Cyrillic for her name did the same hahaha yes fantastic). I’m putting my abandoned Russian minor to good use here, at least it’s getting some use other than rambling at people about things I learned, haha, that’s nice

[Speaking of putting my Russian minor to use I always put a bar on my lowercase т because in cursive they look like, well, m’s, and then I’ll also put the bar below my ш to help distinguish them because Russian has a lot of uh… up and down things in cursive…? Haha yeah]

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24
Jul