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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.'


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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.'


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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.'


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Date: 2017-05-26 02:08 am (UTC)
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
All lovely! The colour work is stunning.

Date: 2017-05-26 03:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Gorgeous!

I love the way the realistic detail of the animals plays off against the abstract detail of the backgrounds.

Date: 2017-05-26 04:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
So beautiful!!!

Wow!

Date: 2017-05-26 06:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
These are gorgeous. I love the color contrasts.

Date: 2017-05-26 01:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bunny_m
<3 <3 <3

Date: 2017-05-27 03:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverjackal
I really love the colours (and the gradation in the eye) of the hare. It's my favourite of these three, though I keep going back to the subtle mottling on the gull as well. You've also managed to capture the "expression" (for want of a better word) that Mandarin ducks have in their eyes. It's not really an expression but a function of eye shape because it doesn't change in response to emotion, but you hopefully grasp what I mean. The eyes! You've got them down. ;D Have you ever done a Harlequin duck? They're a gentler, more genial bird than the Mandarin duck.

Date: 2017-05-27 04:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] transcendancing
So gorgeous <3

Date: 2017-05-28 03:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wendelah1
Your work is beautiful.

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