Drawing Time Lapse: Jeniveve Joneit

I really like filming my drawing progress and looking back on it in a time-lapse video. It makes me see what I actually do, that it’s not just throwing paint and lead on paper and then suddenly something comes out that resembles a drawing. I don’t forget how hard drawing can be, I just forget that it’s actually an aquired skill, something that I can be proud of, that I’m able to do fairly well and that helps me make a living, somehow. Sometimes we need reminders for things like this and I found my reminder to be, partially, my camera.

JeniveveJeniveve Joneit, the subject of this drawing, is a character for a Lovecraftian horror LARP, played by Mo Mo O’Brien. She (Jeniveve, not Mo Mo, who is a singer, coffee shop princess and YouTuber) is a blind psychic working for the Department Of Occult Research. Mo Mo made a Q&A starring her character and I had the sudden urge to draw her with a cup of Scarebugs to-go where they spelled her name wrong. Again

On a different note I’m sorry the Amsterdam posts are taking so long (but a week isn’t long!, the kinda normal part of my conscience exclaims but is soon cut off by my disoriented need for proving that I exist that yells, it feels like f*ing agessss!!!) but they’re coming. I just took so many pictures that I have no idea where to start. ^^

Have a wonderful start into next week!

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10 Things I ♥ in March

March Favourites

  1. Cognitive Surplus’ Research pocket note book series. All covers are science-themed, with beautiful graphics and illustrations. I think my favourite set is the Natural Science one. They also carry other formats, by the way.
  2. Angels in Heaven by Abby the Spoon Lady & Chris Rodrigues makes me want to learn how to play spoons (not for the first time, though, and instruments are always a valuable skill). I’m a huge sucker for the “backwater mountain ghost town” aesthetic, anyway, and this is just SO GOOD. More on Abbey here (I’ll have to feature her as an NPC in Changeling some day).
  3. I’ve noticed more ruffles and lacey bits at the usual-suspect high-street retailers. My plea to the gods of fashion for more romantic mainstream stuff (especially for basics) has been heard!
  4. Amanda Parer’s Giant Invading Rabbits. Do I have to say I’d totally be okay with living under huge fluffy glowing overlords? There’s an article summing up the most beautiful of her Intrude work, too.
  5. It’s lovely to see trees starting to blossom again, getting new leaves that hesitatingly peek out of their buds. I just hope the apple bloom doesn’t freeze to death in a freak Winter comeback like last year. Anyway, the spring sunshine is marvellous.
  6. This post on Dress Restoration. I must admit that I’m a bit relieved that these beetle wings are shed naturally… and that I also absolutely need this dress in my wardrobe.
  7. A lovely piece on comparing yourself to others. I might have to print this one out and hang it somewhere I can see it.
  8. The Organic Quince Tea from Fredsted The is my current breakfast favourite. I’m not such a big fan of black brews in general but I absolutely love a good quince aroma – one of my favourite beer mixes is quince-flavoured, too (it also reminds me of the Midsummer Night’s Dream).
  9. I usually get this tea from our local branch of Søstrene Grene, a shop that is always a delight to visit. I think one of my favourite features is that they always have soft classical pieces playing in the background rather than pop or mall music so it’s a great stop for me during a stressful day in the city when I don’t know where else to go to calm down (is that weird?). And of course I like their pastel product palette immensely.
  10. Getting a grasp on how to describe my aesthetic. This has been a point of irritation for me for years. It seems trivial but just like a diagnosis (even though this comparison seems a bit dramatic) it really helps to have at least a fuzzy term for things like these – and it makes it far more easier to explain to others!

Time Lapse Drawing: Chey & Neville

Ever since my trip to IKEA with Erica and Cheyenne I wanted to draw the latter with her newly-acquired tree familiar Neville. I think I’ll be filming more of these drawing videos, I really like them, and they’re fun to watch even after editing them and thus staring at them for far too long.

Chey & Neville

Don’t worry, a post about Berlin will follow in a few days. I’m alive, just weirdly busy and tired and figuring things out. But all is well, and I love you for still checking in here to see if there’s new stuff.

10 Things I ♥ in February

February Favourites

  1. Israeli Artist Ronit Baranga makes such beautiful and unsettling sculptures. They look like Guillermo del Toro suddenly found a love for all things pastel and went on to make a soft aesthetic Hellboy spinoff about dark fae (which I of course would totally watch). I’m especially fond of the crawling tea sets.
  2. All About Better Wonderland, a mash-up of Meghan Trainor, Daft Punk and the 90s. Nils, the German guy who mad this also made a great Rick Astley-Avicii mash-up (plus surprise elements). Hat tip to my tattoo artist for showing me these works of art (and making me notice that singing along to stuff is a great way to deal with pain). And the videos are on point, too.
  3. Fat Kingdom animal paintings by Mike Mitchell. I’m always a fan of fat animal pictures (sorry, not sorry) but his technique is perfect as well so I’m completely smitten. He also did Fat Birds (this one is for Verdinium!).
  4. Last Week Lolita News. While I’m not really part of the Lolita fashion and subculture anymore this sarcastic, over-the-top news show is hilarious. From what I’ve gathered from the comments Tyler is an incredibly sweet person but her snarky news anchor videos are a form of mean and dedicated (all the time and research!) and well-done vindictiveness that I willingly subject to.
  5. I absolutely love this make-up tutorial on natural freckles by Cheyenne of LarpHouse. So far I always used eyebrow pencils for my freckle make-ups but this one is a game changer for more natural looking spots.
  6. The stunningly beautiful underwater photography of Cheryl Walsh. Her work is so amazing, definitely check out the Mermaids and Heroines galleries on her website (my favourites, but the others are great as well) and her Instagram for more pictures. Lots of art this week. I’m not even sorry.
  7. #28DaysOfBlogging. Honestly my biggest problem with this challenge is that I don’t seem to have the time to read all other participants’ great content. Apart from that I love pushing myself and my creativity this way!
  8. I’m getting back into old-school Lolita fashion. When I think about the things that I love the most about this style it’s always the really old stuff I come back to (and prints with food, to be honest). For inspiration I’ve been reading F Yeah Lolita’s old-school tag and scrolling through this themed Tumblr.
  9. Aunt Dimity. I found six of the cozy mystery books at the open book shelf while I was hunting for Pokémon and decided to grab them on a whim (everything with a pink stuffed bunny and the word “mystery” gets my attention). Getting them home while still trying to throw virtual balls at virtual beasts and with freezing hands wasn’t really that comfortable but definitely worth it. I’ll have to see if my library has the 18 volumes that I don’t have!
  10. Winter Sunshine. While we’re still comfortably in the minusses (°C, of course, and the forecast claims it’s going to stay like this for a while) it’s been clear for almost a week now and the bright light gives the city a look no instagram filter could ever achieve. Now if I’d remember to put on gloves when I go outside before it gets warmer again, that’d be great…

10 Things I ♥ in October

Monthly favourites: October 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.com

  1. Fresh vintage linens. I haven’t bought new bedsheets for ages – I just thrift ones made from linen and add all the small print floral hand-me-downs and striped second-hand IKEA covers. They make my bed look so much more storybook-ish!
  2. Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Bun ice cream. Oh nom. Good thing I could never eat a whole pint of the stuff in one sitting…
  3. Inktober is just as much of a revelation as it was last year, I’m learning so much about my style, working with nib pen and ink and drawing in general again!
  4. Derrick Castle’s amazing Block Prints and art in general – take a look at his portfolio to see the ship print I fell in love with or at his Etsy for more awesome vintage-y designs (those cocktails! The Moonshiner shirt!). I love wild hogs so naturally I’m smitten by this print here, too. I might have to get it even though I have no idea where to hang it.
  5. Storybook Cosmetics’ Secret Garden Brushes. I barely use make-up and even less brushes for it but if I did I’d consider investing in these beauties. I love the idea of the flowers in the handles never being the same in different runs.
  6. Pokémon Go. Yes, yes, I know, I’m late to the party but now that I finally have a phone on which it works I’m all about those pokéstops. I was just in time for the Halloween event, too (but Furret is currently my favourite! The super cute artwork of one above is by Rock-Bomber on deviantArt).
  7. Bells and Thistles, a wonderful shop full of leather and crystals and antler tips. I’m a bit in love with this necklace, I love the effect of the long straps that can be worn choker-like with the collier-style crystals.
  8. The Tick on Amazon Prime. The eponymous superhero is so delightfully unaware of social norms, it’s really refreshing (I need to see the old adaptions, too, and read the original comic). Sure, he can accomplish almost everything (“near-invulnerable”, he says) but at the same time he’s not super-savvy, not socially accomplished, not cynical, not dark and surely not cool, and that makes him adorable, heartwarming and – in my eyes – so superior to all the superheroes that have been thrown at us during the last ten years by the media who aren’t a silly deconstruction of the genre. Because the universe owes us all a hug.
  9. I still don’t knit but will probably keep recommending beautiful knitting patterns nevertheless. Illuminated Knits is a whole book of those. Lucy Hague’s designs are inspired by illuminations in insular manuscripts with marvellous Celtic knots in deep jewel tones.
  10. Szorakatenusz, a font by one of my favourite script-forges, Bumbayo Font Fabrik. It’s apparently named after a Hungarian children’s TV show from the 70s and 80s. By no means is it perfectly balanced but I don’t really think it’s supposed to be and I love it’s eccentricity.

Inktober 2017: Day 1-10

2017 is my second year of Inktober and I was really eager to start at the beginning of the month. I think I just missed drawing every single day just for the sake of it, not for a commission. I barely draw just for myself these days which I hope to find a way back to with this challenge, too!

I’m keeping to the official prompt list so far (find it by scrolling down at the page above), and I like how freely I can interpret them. But enough chatter, on with the pictures!

Inktober 2017, Day 1: Old School Swift | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 1: Swift

Funny enough, apus apus was the first thing to come to mind for this prompt. As swallows are regularly used in old-school tattoos I decided to try and experiment with that style for once (I still want to explore that further).

Inktober 2017, Day 2: Black & White Divided | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 2: Divided

Those two guys used to be the same timeless entity. Now they are separate and quarrel a lot, usually about who’s the bigger glutton and that it’s “fluffy, not fat!!!” and are companions to a magical girl who transforms using this fancy candle snuffer I found thrifting not too long ago.

Inktober 2017, Day 3: Poison | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 3: Poison

I always had a thing for Art Nouveau advertisement posters. My first idea was a mermaid alchemist’s laboratory, though, with puffer fish tied to the work bench. I’m glad I went with this idea, though! Angel’s trumpets are such beautiful and interesting flowers.

Inktober 2017, Day 3: Poison - Detail | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.com

Inktober 2017, Day 4: Mermaid Yoga | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 4: Underwater

It was glaringly obvious that I was going to draw a mermaid for this prompt. While I usually am a huge fan of sapphic depictions of mermaids together I went for another poster option again (mainly because I’m lazy and also was annoyed enough that I had to censor the poison lady for Facebook the day before…). The paper was horrific to work with, by the way, lots of bleeding. I went and dabbed over every bit of colouring ink as soon as I had applied it this time which made it so much more neat.

Inktober 2017, Day 4: Mermaid Yoga - Detail | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comHer tattoo says Sailor Girl’s Girlfriend, by the way, to come back to my thing for sapphic mermaids.

Inktober 2017, Day 5: Allouét | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 5: Long

My interpretation for this one might be a bit of a stretch but her hair is pretty long, so that counts, right? Right. This is my current Pathfinder character, Allouét Draskant, chaotic good bard from Galt with a crush on a dead poet and a tame thrush. She’s got a flair for the dramatic, too. I still want to colour her, although that might have to wait until Inktober is over…

Inktober 2017, Day 5: Allouét - Detail | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comInktober 2017, Day 6: Favoured Weapon | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 6: Sword

I must admit that I’m not exactly happy with this one. My weapon design skills are definitely lacking, which the boyfriend never ceases to tell me, too.
He’s right, though, I should practise that more! The things pictured are the favoured means of fighting of my Pathfinder characters so far: Allouét (see above): rapier; Ruut (TN barbarian): hurling stones (one of them the thumb of a cyclopean statue…); Obscura (CN fetchling rogue): daggers/short swords; Viorea (LG Desna paladin): bastard sword; Fenella (CG synthesist summoner): magic (in form of her eidolon, the Starbeast, tbh).

Inktober 2017, Day 7: Shy Spoonie Pangolin | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 7: Shy

Pangolins are highly susceptible to stress and curl up when they feel in danger. I relate to that a lot. Also, I was feeling low on spoons that day, so here you go, have a lovely little pangolin with some extra spoons!

Inktober 2017, Day 8: Crooked & Crowed | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 8: Crooked

This one is more than just probably the most boring one of the set. I had something entirely different in mind but it wouldn’t just come out as I had imagined it so I settled for something less interesting but also far less frustrating this time.

Inktober 2017, Day 9: Screeeeech | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 9: Screech

For me this is how the sound of a dentist’s drill looks: Greenish, with tendril-like ends that ripple weirdly.

Inktober 2017, Day 10: Giant Ink Caps | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 10: Gigantic

I love how the gradients on the smaller mushrooms turned out in this one! Size is probably always just a matter of the point of view, and I take any excuse I can get to draw fungi, anyway. These are relatives of ink caps, one of the most awesome and strange yet still not completely alien specimen in mycology. They just dissolve in this kind of black goo, it’s fantastic.

And that concludes my first ten days of Inktober! Which of these do you like best? Are you taking part, too? I can’t wait to show you the next set!