- The beautiful sculptures of Patrick Haines. His work is kind of morbid, a bit of a “memento mori”. Take this beetle, for example, or this bird. I was also quite taken with the “Citadel” and this raven. Thanks to Polly for leading me there!’
- Cécile Corbel’s Vagabonde album. I know I put her on one of my lists before but at the moment I’m having a phase of her albums rotating as my personal background soundtrack.
- Our new hammock in the backyard.
- This Mori Kei beginner’s guide by Baaikha on tumblr.
- My tablet. I got an unused Fire (so it’s technically not a tablet, it’s a kindle, but DILLIGAF?) from a friend and it is so much more handy for bingeing on blog posts on the sofa than my laptop! I still need a good cover for it but I can’t wait to have more packing space on my next travels because I don’t need to take the notebook anymore just to update a blog post or read my Changeling rule books (putting them on there was pretty much the first thing I did when I got it).
- This Dormouse Pin from Monica L. Knighton’s Etsy shop. All of her pieces are wonderful (and some were already featured in this list), but this is definitely a new favourite, together with the Fluttering Bat and the Hanging Bats.
- The music of Josh Woodward. I’m always on the hunt for good royalty-free music to use in videos and it was on such a hunt that I stumbled over Josh’s work on the Free Music Archive. Someone who puts songs for people who like things as their tag line on their website can’t be a bad person, right? He makes a feel-good, soft, pop-folky kind of music that just makes me smile (and serves as a great soundtrack for some of my videos, too. He puts up an instrumental version for each song, this is so wonderful!).
- psych. I know I’m late with this one but my friend Rus is a big fan and finally introduced me to the series. I’m always a friend of Sherlock scans and I love how it’s more of a sitcom than your usual crime show.
- Mangetouts. We have them at work and on Thursdays and Saturdays I seem to live only on them and fresh strawberries at the moment. Sooo yummy!
- Adriene is hosting a Find What Feels Good retreat, and there’s a home version on YouTube, too. It starts tomorrow (as far as I can see), is laid out for a week and the schedule looks really good, including journal prompts and of course yoga flows. I’ve been a bit lazy with my yoga practise lately so this is a great opportunity for me to start over and get used to daily sessions again.
I know, October’s long gone by now. But when my Dad complained about my lack of art tumblr updates during his visit with us I remembered that I hadn’t even shown the last few Inktober drawings here!
The juggling dragon above was actually a commission I did during Inktober (with ink) so I didn’t add the date. I don’t know whether it’s the 21st or something towards the very end of the month but it made for a nice intro picture, anyway.
During Inktober I didn’t only find out that I adore and actually prefer traditional pen-and-ink inking but also that I like working with patterns.
I think I did this one as a trying-to-draw-a-dragon piece for the commission above so it might actually be earlier…
This one is actually a friend’s silly pun – but it only works in German. Sorry. It’s a unihog, and I think it looks pretty cool and badass.
I think this raven is one of my favourite drawings from this specific Inktober. I’m considering adding some colour or texture and making it into a postcard design.
And last but not least I felt like doing something along the Strega/occult tumblr aesthetic. Here, have a fantasy moth with goat’s eyes on its wings.
Overall Inktober taught me so much. I can’t wait for this year’s!
- Celestine and the Hare, who, together with King Norty’s weasels and badgers and mice and may other critters and stories hail from a shack in Wales. Look around on their website and take your time to explore.
- My new red socks. They were a hand-me-down from the Demon Dog’s owner who moved recently and sorted them out, and they make a great match with my favourite leggings.
- Pit People, a turn-based co-op hex adventure by The Behemoth. It’s still in early-access alpha but essentially it feels like Adventure Time but as a sillied-up game. Lots of weird scenery, moronic (often food-based) names, frosting-shooting cupcakes, hairy trolls and magnificently stupid hats. Oh, and a great soundtrack. The best thing about it though is the battle princess with the great mace.
- Gallica, the French national library, has Le Livre des Tournois, the book of tourneys, by René d’Anjou (aka. Good King René, who held among other things the throne of Naples, oh, you know what, have a Wikipedia page) from ca. 1460 as a complete scan. This is so amazing! I stumbled over it during a bit of research for our LARP background and the illustrations are so great! My French is bad, though (although not as abysmal as my Latin) so it might take a while or some translation until I’m actually curious enough about the tournament rules described in the book (but I’m positive this will happen sooner or later).
- Regency Slang. This just made me smile (and want to incorporate these things into my daily use) so I’m sharing it.
- Jackie Morris, one of my favourite contemporary artists. I fell in love with her triple hare painting quite a while ago and this way discovered her beautiful style. The way I draw hares by now has been greatly influenced by her, and the banner of my LARP group showing one gives me ample opportunity. Sadly she doesn’t seem to do postcards or any other small prints, but maybe, someday…
- This Arthurian Kickstarter.
- And this short essay on Vulture Culture, strangely drawing the reader in, making them want to go and look for bones in the wild themselves.
- Ninth but not least, my blog is EIGHT YEARS old this month! In blog years that’s pretty ancient, so thanks to everyone who stuck with me and thanks to all of you who came over time (and will hopefully come in the future). Here’s to a magical, glamour-filled year 9!
- The calory tracking app of my choice, Fat Secret. It’s far easier than doing all the counting and calculating on my laptop all the time and I can use it on the go. I’m also really pleased that they ask you if you want to lose, gain or keep weight at the beginning instead of just assuming that you want to lose it. And it lets you add exercise. I’m off to do some yoga now. See you!
- The Dice Shop. Not only have they a gemstone dice collection (I want Amethyst and Rainbow Fluorite, badly…) but also quite the range of dice towers (a tool used in Roman times already to make sure nobody used special throwing techniques or cheat otherwise). I think my favourites are the Elven Tower and the Ruined Castle. Here’s the webshop, click on your own (bank account’s) risk…
- What We Do In The Shadows. Yes, Halloween is over but that doesn’t keep me from recommending the best vampire movie ever made to you. It’s hilarious and doesn’t take its low-budget self seriously for the slightest bit, but still manages to tell a good story. I can’t wait for the werewolf sequel, We’re Wolves.
- Dellamorte & Co on Etsy. Based in New Jersey they make the most beautiful resin pieces of the morbid and dark romantic sort. I’m especially taken with this wall lantern (deep-sea creature plus Victorian-esque lantern? I’m sold), the Krampus nutcracker (for the upcoming season) and this Abigail Larson wraith.
- The art of Chie Hitotsuyama. She makes beautiful creatures from old newspaper, the strands almost reminding the viewer of muscles and sinew and veins.
- Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? Season 2. I gushed about this anime last year already and season two of café hijinks and rabbits is just as adorable as season one.
- Studio Farò’s Pattern Puzzles. Studio Farò is a sewing and fashion studio situated in New South Wales, Australia. On their blog they post free patterns now and then, from simple to more complicated ones, and I’m really smitten with they asymmetrical double-tucked top and tunic at the moment. I just found that there is not only a great thrift shop next to my Saturday market but also a fabric/sewing supply shop so I hope I’ll be making these two items rather sooner than later!
- Having a guest room! Well, it’s our living room/crafting room with a big sofa bed but it’s so nice to have an actual place where people can stay for a while (without having to sleep on the floor)! We hang out in the kitchen most of the time anyway so handing over the reign over the living room for a few days doesn’t hurt at all. My Mum was the first to stay there and then Verdinium visited for a week (because she basically lives at the other end of the country) and there are more visits planned already for the end of the month. I love having guests and I love it even more when everyone involved is able to close a door for a little time on their own when needed.
- Hogsmeade Concept Art for the Harry Potter theme parks via Theme Park University. I’m a sucker for concept art – it’s a good thing concept art books tend to be rather expensive, I only have so much book shelf space. Of course Harry Potter concept art ranks high among my favourites! I think my favourite here would be the Spintwitches Quidditch display, closely followed by Honeydukes.
- My new hiking boots. They remind me of Yama No Susume and Kokona’s new shoes because they have a bit of purple in their colour scheme!
- Méas Vintage, a blog about a realm of mirrors and wings and Provençe-inspired interior design by a woman I as a Changeling addict would instantly put in the Sidhe box. The blog is in German only but there is a translator in the side bar and the pictures are beautiful even if you wouldn’t understand the words.
The second third of Inktober was when it finally clicked, I think. I started experimenting more and became more comfortable with ink.
Day 11: This is the last drawing I made while visiting Marburg, some rather random hanging talisman. Note that I ran out of ink, too…
Day 12: Nothing much spectacular, but tea is one of my recurring motives overall, I think.
Day 13: I revisited the idea of botany and architecture I already worked with in week one, this time with a tower and the rowans I can see from my window.
Days 14 & 16: I had to put these two together for obvious reasons. I love pumpkins outside October, too, and drawing jack-o-lanterns for a more seasonal motif was great fun.
Day 15: Dreamspoke is one of the chronicles over at The Wunderkammer Chronicles, my Changeling RPG forum (go, sign up!). Maybe it will start after Kingworm Tales at some point, we do not know, but just in case I made a cover for it. I’m highly impatient when it comes to drawing but after this one I managed to let the ink dry most of the time.
Day 17: A portrait of Mai Magi of tumblr. I realised I hadn’t done anything for Inktober that day when I watched a video of hers so this portrait happened while I watched on.
Day 18: What can I say, I like feathers and something quill-like just seemed appropriate for Inktober. :)
Day 19: This is a ram’s horn I actually own and I think it might be one of my favourite Inktober pieces this year, especially with the pencil sketch still visible.
Day 20: All October I had a flyer with the picture of a lucky cat on my sill and had the idea to draw it more than once but after a few sketches I realised that what I actually wanted to draw was a cat in a ruff.
If you are curious, Part 1 is here.
What, it’s already the 17th? I’ve been quiet lately, I know, but I was on the road, visiting my Mum and Marburg and other family and there was not always an internet connection readily available.
Anyway, I kept up with Inktober and I wanted to show you the first 10 drawings – good and not-so-good.
Day 1: A picture of me with my hedgehog patronus, including my Hufflepuff scarf.
Day 2: Verdinium gave me the prompt “Ivy”.
Day 3: Witchsona, in this case a witch from rugged shores who knots storms into tows, flies a harpoon instead of a broom and hunts whale hunters and people who leave their garbage on beaches.
Day 4: A wooly pig, probably the witch’s familiar, probably named Woolypig.
Day 5: Beardrops. I started buying my jellies at the packaging-free supermarket and wanted a nice label for the glass I use there.
Day 6: Frankensteiny dachshund plushie. One of the drawings I still want to colour once Inktober’s over (or just when I have the time and inspiration).
Day 7: A header design sketch for my new RPG project, The Wunderkammer Chronicles. (hat tip to Verdinium for “Wunderkammer” as part of the name!)
Days 8 & 9: Things that were done quickly while I was on trains and busses. It’s the thought that counts.
Day 10: A cigar-smoking goblin Baroness. I’ll colour her eventually, too, and she was drawn outside in a beer garden during the fresher’s week pub crawl in Marburg.
I love how Inktober makes me draw daily as well as pushes me to use ink and quill (well, nib) more. Are you taking part and how is it going for you? I’d love to read your thought in the comments.