moonvoice: (wildspeak - teczejazi)
2017-07-29 06:48 pm

[Art] Three parrots. :D

Sometimes I feel like drawing a bunch of animals in a cluster.
A whole lot of foxes.
Or in this case.
Bunches of parrots.

They all feel quite different, despite being family.

For the first time in a while, I've started including keyword meanings again.


Orange-Bellied Parrot as Totem // (Neophema chrysogaster) // Critically Endangered
Original available at Etsy.

‘Don’t expect to see me in the wild. You’re probably going to miss me for two reasons – I’m exceedingly rare, and I love to look like my environment. There’s wisdom in not always standing out, isn’t there? Except that I’m such a rare gem, some people go to great lengths to see me and meet me. What I teach over time has shifted, and now I invite you to seek what is rare and hidden in yourself, and decide if it’s something you want to gift to others, or keep as a private gift for yourself. I also share the wisdom of moving regularly from place to place to find nourishment. You’ll always have a firm sense of where your home is, but that doesn’t mean you can’t roam, does it? I can share with you the wisdom of the coast and grasses – like me, they may seem easy to overlook – but a lifetime’s worth of esoteria hides in the places you least expect.’

Keywords:

Blending into the background. Coastal wisdom and magic. Connecting with grass and grass-seed energy. Camouflage. Migration. A life less ordinary. Sound the alarm. Requiring concessions. Connection to flame and burned places. Offerings of fire. Calling the sacred flame. Sensitivity to climate change. Being choosy over partners. The wisdom of Air and Fire while staying strongly connected to the Earth. Balance. Connection to the sacral chakra. Everyday beauty.




Photos under the cut. )


Pale Headed Rosella as Totem // (Platycercus adscitus)
Original available at Etsy.

‘What a bold friend I can be, if you wish to get to know me. You may not always like my abrupt or aggressive way of handling situations, but I know how to share my wisdom and I’ll know how to share it with you. I teach the nourishment found in eucalyptus energy, and what it is to find wisdom and growth in the dark. I enjoy a balance between the light and the dark and I eschew a black and white way of looking at the world. I hope you’re ready to have your opinions challenged! I’m not as friendly as other parrots, and I won’t pretend to be your best friend as a teacher, but I’ll certainly love you fiercely, and you’ll never forget your time with me.’

Keywords:

Working with aggression. What lurks in the trees. Tree magic and wisdom. Unusual displays of affection. Connection to Air and Fire, balanced well by Water. Colour therapy. Reaching goals with ease. Flying over obstacles. Connection to the throat chakra. Eucalyptus magic and wisdom. Challenging dichotomies. Choosing to rest and find healing in the dark. Woodland magic. Everyday beauty.




Photos under the cut. )


Pesquet's Parrot as Totem // (Psittrichas fulgidus)
Original available at Etsy.

‘People look at me and usually see two things – first, they see my glorious red plumage and I suppose this is why some people only wish to hunt me. Second, they see my bald head and hooked beak and wonder if I am a fierce hunter. In fact, I carry the secret of fruit in my blood and bones, I eat almost only figs, and I know what it is to live off what the trees provide! I am so much more than first impressions, and so are you, I suspect. Learn why people misunderstand you, or why you misunderstand yourself! I can show you the joy of being with many of your own kin, or being with only one or two loved ones. Let me teach you about the nourishment to be found in the bountiful rainforests, without and within. Come let life be about joy and brightness!’

Keywords:

Fig wisdom and symbolism. Misunderstandings. Brightness. To find joy with many and a few. Ambivert. First impressions are sometimes wrong. Beauty. Colour. The wisdom of Air and Fire. Connection to the root chakra. Following sources of nourishment and nutrition. Moving to where the action is. Everyday beauty. Friendship. Rainforest wisdom. Mountain wisdom.




Photos under the cut. )
moonvoice: (o - games - eleven of pokemon?)
2017-07-15 09:15 pm
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[Art] A Fox. A Grouse.

It's always weird to draw a grouse while thinking of how,
in Australia,
'grouse' means 'awesome'
like: 'that's so grouse man.'
But I'm glad it's fallen out of colloquial vernacular in Perth.
I was never a fan.


Darwin's Fox as Totem // Available

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Photos under the cut. )

Red Grouse as Totem // Available

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Photos under the cut. )
moonvoice: (calm - cradle mountain)
2017-07-04 12:25 am
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[Art] A Fox. An Ibis.

So I have two totems.
I usually work in batches of three, and I do have a third, but it's a hold-back.
I don't think I'll be able to show that one until November.
In the meantime, have these two.
One a gift for the woman who betas all my fanfiction,
and the other, already sold.

African Sacred Ibis as Totem // SOLD

'What a legacy I create. I have been invoked to banish winged serpents and great evil, I have stood in the stead of the great, diligent and wise Djehuty, also known as Thoth, and the stories say I have rid the world of pestilence by my sacrifice, more than once. Stories are those narratives by which we make our world, and I am here to teach how to tell those stories responsibly. A story can do great harm, but it can also be an act of great transformative healing. Some stories do all things, and some stories do only one thing. By my word and by my pen, or by your own, I invite you to find the sacredness within the importance of story. My gift is knowing how to look deeper into the stories, how to find wisdom and nourishment in the dark spaces where others only find murk and confusion. Allow me to walk or fly with you, as we illuminate the pages of your life together.'

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Photos under the cut. )

Silvia's Fox as Totem

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Photos under the cut. )
moonvoice: (calm - cute quoll)
2017-05-26 09:35 am

[Art] A Duck, A Gull, A Hare.

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: (t - rejected exam questions numbers...)
2016-11-23 11:06 am
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[Art] Grey Seal, Common Dormouse and Wild Boar

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)
2016-11-23 10:58 am
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[Art] Bilberry Goat, Atlantic Puffin, Striped Skunk.

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)
2016-06-23 11:19 pm

[Art] THINGS (all the things)

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)
2016-06-12 08:24 pm
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[Art] BW of Unicorn Moon-Sickle: Courtship, and Fiji Iguana and Dandelions.

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)
2016-06-12 08:20 pm
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[Art] Thought I'd put these up and actually hadn't, weird.

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. )
moonvoice: (t - key of awesome!!)
2016-03-18 02:26 am

[Art] The Wisdom of the Poppy.

I was so sure I'd put this up?
Like, whoops.
Anyway, I finished this a while back.
Watercolour + gold acrylic and some iridescence on the birbs.
Common Ravens instead of Australian Ravens for once.
Will eventually be listed for sale on Etsy if I ever get around to it.

*


The Wisdom of the Poppy





And another birb. This one an Australian Raven.
And Corymbia ficifolia.
A coloured part of the Inktober challenge.
Again, will be listed on Etsy eventually if I ever get around to it, lol.
I used to be so diligent about that kind of thing.


Australian Raven and Corymbia ficiolia