moonvoice: (calm - dog in the dark)
1. I am happy for people to subscribe, especially for artwork and stuff. All other content these days goes under filter. You're welcome to join! If you grant access and I like the cut of your jib, chances are I'll grant access too. :)

2. I feel strongly about trigger warnings and cutting things for sensitive content. I will try and catch a lot of things here under cuts (or filters). I have endeavoured to make this a safe space. However this is first and foremost a safe space for me, which means sometimes I am posting when I'm not in the right frame of mind to trigger warn or place things under cuts.

8 things you should know about me if you are considering reading/adding this journal. )
moonvoice: (calm - cute quoll)
These were all inked during Inktober last year.
So much fun colouring them.
I livestreamed the colouring of all of these over at Instagram,
and had really great crowds join me throughout the day.
Also honestly how have I never drawn a Mandarin Duck before,
they're so awesome. :D


Mandarin Duck as Totem
Original available at Etsy

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'Love can be such a bright, brilliant emotion. I teach about eternal love. I don't teach lessons about love that fades, but instead, love that remains, stays steady, flames bright no matter what. I champion fealty and loyalty to one's loved one, will show you why opposites attract, or why two people can fit together like a perfect puzzle even when they're already whole. I also teach about the beauty of the liminal, how to find wisdom in the dawn and dusk, in the mist and fog. I will guide you through confusing places, and you can follow my bright plumage, or, if you get along better with my female counterpart (or myself when I'm in eclipse plumage), you can follow the flashes of green-blue upon her wings. See me at the surface, and I will teach you about the beauty of love, but I am a duck, and we are made to delve deeper, friend. Come with me, learn what lies beyond.'

More under the cut. )

Mediterranean Gull as Totem
Original available at Etsy

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'You might think, to look at me, that I am a bird that whispers the secrets of the sea, or squawks them, but I'm the Mediterranean Gull, and you'd best get to know *me!* I cry the secrets of the coast, the shoreline, the cliffs, but especially the reeds, the marshes, the swampy wet places where sea meets land. I'm not about those huge open seas, nor am I about endless land, I love the meeting places. Perhaps you'll not be surprised then, to learn that I also teach about meeting places! How to socialise, interacting with others, loving others and hating them, walking through a social life of literal pecking orders and subtler nuanced association. I am not as brazen as some of my gull counterparts, but I'm not quiet either! I will be near you, and I will talk happily. Do you want someone to walk along the beach with you? To forage through the reeds? To find gems of wisdom in the places other people neglect? Look at how we can become so successful, commanding the places that people put second, to their detriment. I am joyful, determined and outspoken, but respectful and understanding too. I might look like so many of the others, but you will learn that I am only ever myself - as you are too.'

More under the cut. )

Mountain Hare as Totem
Original available at Etsy

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'I am integrated into my ecosystem, to the point where the way I live from place to place is variable, as it should be for you as well, if you are hopping from ecosystem to ecosystem. I am aware of my place, I respect it, we have a relationship of mutuality. On the surface, you may think me silly and hilarious, with my hopping antics, my wild racing across the fields or meadows or forests. I am happy in the higher places, I'll never be all that content at sea level, and you may find yourself drawn to the wisdom of hills and mountains and rises. Whether gentle or steep, we know how to appreciate a good hike to see the view beneath us, don't we? It's not always an easy life, I feel you know this well. I am hunted, and I am prey. But there are those who look out for me, and I look out for myself, too. I'm watchful, wary, made to inhabit my environment as perfectly as possible, whether white as new-fallen snow, or as grey-brown as a stone in a grassy field. Look for my moon and goddess wisdom too, if you wish, look deeper, into how I am anchored with the legends of the land and fertility. Oh, we can go so far together, you and I, across the fields or meadows or forests.'

More under the cut. )
moonvoice: (wczuciki - red kangaroo)
We were there at feeding time,
which was why we caught a lot of active animals,
that are often sleeping or not visible.
I usually go to the Zoo really early in the morning,
but since taking Endep and Valdoxan I can't do that anymore.
Unexpected benefits - arriving at a Zoo at feeding time. :)

Tiger

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I took a few of that tiger. And giraffes, because giraffes! )
moonvoice: (calm - cephalopod past)
Perfume Genius has a new album out.
I want to like it more than I do.
Spent some time with the Gorillas.
We don't have them at Perth Zoo.
Of all the primates,
I think they're my favourite.

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Of course there's more under the cut )
moonvoice: (calm - cephalopod come to me)
I was pretty stressed over in Melbourne,
mostly because of tumours.
I'm sure I'll be far happier to go back once they're out via surgery.
And in the meantime,
Melbourne Zoo is a captivating place.
I always leave any zoo or wildlife centre
wanting to draw.

Red Panda

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Read more... )
moonvoice: (wczuciki - solo raven)
Working with Kilometrico black.
(A super stubborn one actually omg. So unpredictable.)
Inside an unlined Paperblanks Ultra.
And mostly, in honour of the scientific expedition
to the Cape York Peninsula
due to credible sightings.

It turns out I love that term.
'Credible sightings.'


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moonvoice: (calm - cradle mountain)
So we've had fairly miserable weather here lately. And by miserable I mean hot and muggy. (I know it's cold in most other places in the world, but here you could - literally - cook eggs on the road if the air wasn't so wet).

But wet hot air makes for wonderful cloudscapes, and a lot of the time, very beautiful sunsets.

And so here we are. :)


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And so clouds. )
moonvoice: (calm - cumulus)
So while the Eastern States has been sweltering,
Perth has been having its coldest and wettest February day/s on record.
We've been having an extremely aberrant summer.

Which is lovely, except for my chronic illnesses, which don't find it so lovely.

But today was a rarity. Going to Hillarys on a Saturday afternoon to watch the sunset and grab some gelato, and it wasn't absolutely packed to the gills. What a lovely day though:


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A fair few more under the cut lol )
moonvoice: (tv - kuro - ciel looks left)
So on a whim, during Inktober 2016, I decided to take on some fish. They're an unfamiliar subject matter for me (I think I've done like...maybe 2 or 3 bony fish as totems? Maybe?)

Illustrated in ink on illustration board, and coloured in watercolours, which are a medium I've been trying out a bit lately and am still getting the hang of.

Anyway:


Gillaroo (Trout) - Salmo stomachicus // Available at Etsy

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Photos )
moonvoice: (o - Winter Syndicate - photophores)
At a time when things are more chaotic and awful than ever,
when there is so much to be mad at, outraged at, horrified at, grief-struck at,
I need these things more than ever.

I need to look at the sky for 20 minutes and marvel at the clouds.
I need to touch the leaves of the Corymbia ficifolia in my garden and whisper soothing words to its tired branches.
I need the hardiness of my Acacias and Grevilleas, and the song of the winds around me.


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The sky sings, and it says... )
moonvoice: (wczuciki - raven is family)
So we've just come to the end of a fairly intense heatwave.
In Ellenbrook, because we don't get the seabreeze, and heat swelters against the Darling Scarp, it's always about 2-4C more than it is in the Perth metro area.
So we've mostly been dealing with average temps of 41C for four days in a row. (A range of about 105-110F for USians).
Complete with high humidity.
Last night, the weather broke down as a degrading tropical cyclone system approached.
And now today, we have rain.

But here were the clouds from last night's sunset, which was glorious.

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More under the cut. )
moonvoice: (calm - antarctica sun)
This was part of Inktober 2016 (specifically day 8).

Now watercoloured and accented in metallic acrylic / gel pen.

In other news, it's been horridly hot today.
I don't wish Australian summers on anyone.

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella), available at Etsy

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Two more under the cut. )
moonvoice: (t - exercise with dinosaurs)
Ballpoint pen on acid-free sustainable forest paper (courtesy of Paperblanks).
This corvid has already been spoken for,
and couldn't be going to a more awesome person.
It actually started out as a doodle,
and I didn't expect anything to come of it at all.

But it's left me thinking I should sketch/illustrate in cheapie ballpoint more often...


A Corvid's Growth

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moonvoice: (calm - misty path)
The Barred Owl is unavailable for sale, and oh, her feathers were an interesting journey, heh.

These were all a great deal of fun to illustrate. Great Skua had one of the harder energies I've worked with for a while, but I'm not entirely surprised given what a canny predator they are.

Roe Deer was not as 'soft' (not really at all soft) compared to White-Tailed Deer (who I've illustrated twice). Obviously everyone's mileage with totems on a personal level varies, but that's my read on things.


Great Skua as Totem

Available at Etsy

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More under the cut. )


Barred Owl as Totem

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More under the cut. )


Roe Deer as Totem

Available at Etsy

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More under the cut. )
moonvoice: (t - rejected exam questions numbers...)
I enjoyed colouring these a great deal, even though seal did its best to thwart me a couple of times (and I still can't get the flat scan to capture the gradations of colour properly, you'll need to look at the photo for that).

I didn't expect to end up loving the Dormouse as much as I do. :)


Grey Seal as Totem (Halichoerus grypus AVAILABLE at ETSY

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Had to mix a new colour of metallic paint for this one. )

Common Dormouse as Totem (Muscardinus avellanarius) AVAILABLE at ETSY

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Shiny. )

Wild Boar as Totem (Sus scrofa) - On hold for client.

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This one is so flashy in person. )
moonvoice: (i am - velociraptor girl)
I thought I'd be rusty with the whole colouring thing, but actually, since adopting watercolours into my process, going back to watercolour pencils actually felt a lot more fun. Consequently colouring took longer, but I don't begrudge it at all.

Here's some of my most recent completed pieces.


Bilberry Goat - ON HOLD

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Ze photo. )


Atlantic Puffin - ON HOLD

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Another photo. )


Striped Skunk - AVAILABLE

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Such pretty iridescence. )
moonvoice: (calm - bronze forest wallabies)
Star Wolf sold within a couple of hours of being listed on Etsy, before I had a chance to advertise her anywhere else. And Rainbow Wolf sold within a couple of hours of being listed on Facebook.

In other news, the She Walks In Shadows anthology by Innsmouth Free Press - a Kickstarted Lovecraftian woman-only (in terms of writers/artists/editors etc.) anthology that I have a piece of artwork in, has been nominated for a 2016 World Fantasy Award. Which is pretty nifty.

All artwork is traditional art on illustration board, using ink, watercolour pencils, pencils and some metallic/iridescent/pearlescent paint for accents. :)


Rainbow Wolf
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Star Wolf and Honey Wolf under the cut. )
moonvoice: (tv - qaf - brian kinney)
Uncoloured woofs.

These will all be made available for sale.

But in the meantime I love this part, where they're black and white, and still taking form.


Star Wolf

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Honey and Rainbow Wolf under the cut! )
moonvoice: (calm - bronze forest wallabies)
There's like a whole bunch I haven't posted here, and managed to put everywhere else (after Facebook/Instagram/DeviantArt/Etsy/Tumblr...sometimes I get lax about Dreamwidth. Social media is exhausting).

All of these are watercolour pencil / pencil / ink on illustration board. With some metallic and/or iridescent acrylic as highlights. Some are available for sale.


Unicorn Moon Sickle - Courtship Available

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Under a cut you will also find a bilby with some Celtic knotwork, a Fiji Iguana and Dandelions, a Midnight Owl, a Dragon and a Hamerkop. Don't know what a Hamerkop is? I didn't either, until quite recently... If you already knew, that's awesome )
moonvoice: (wczuciki - australian raven watchful)
Here are some larger pieces that are yet to be coloured. One is a commission (I'm not officially taking on commissions at all, esp. not re: domesticated animals/pets/figurative stuff, but she is a long-time client and very patient with me, and she always gives me the most interesting subjects that ping me hard, in this case, a Fiji Iguana - and dandelions, heh. The dandelions are sentimental, she is a zookeeper/zoologist, and the Fiji Iguana she cared for used to love them). The other is a return to an old subject that I first/last drew in 2008. The Unicorn Moon-Sickle Bird of Paradise. I'd always loved the colour scheme and wanted to return to the faux birds of paradise again. So...I just did.

All done with 0.1 and 0.5 fineliner on illustration board.

You can also see a time-lapse video of some of the process here.


The Unicorn Moon-Sickle Bird of Paradise: Courtship

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Fiji Iguana and Dandelions

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moonvoice: (t - bring money for me to steal off you)
So I have been arting a bit more than usual this year (still less than I used to, but I've been really enjoying it, which I think is the main thing).

Here's some from a little while back. The Red Dragon was a birthday gift, the bilby was because I really don't think the Australian bilby gets nearly enough love - strange rabbit-like marsupial that it is. And the eagle owl because I just really like owls? I find them easy subjects, and they always look so fierce. :D (When they don't look derpy).

As always, all in fineliner on illustration board, with watercolour / watercolour pencil / coloured pencil / and some metallic paint highlights.


Midnight Eagle Owl

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A bilby and a dragon under the cut. )

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