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.

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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