- 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!
- Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Bun ice cream. Oh nom. Good thing I could never eat a whole pint of the stuff in one sitting…
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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…
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).
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!
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.
For me this is how the sound of a dentist’s drill looks: Greenish, with tendril-like ends that ripple weirdly.
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! ♥
- Dungeons and Doggos. It’s a comic about DnD and enthusiastic dogs, I mean, what’s not to love?
- The Pinup Companion on YouTube. She is just so gosh darn adorable and makes me want to wear vintage clothes although I know I would feel terrible in them and probably look incredibly stuck-up and unlike myself but she’s just too pretty in them (then again I think she would look gorgeous in practically everything)! Her instagram‘s awfully pretty, too.
- Moana. I finally got around watching it and oh, it’s so beautiful. I love how it’s definitely not a girl’s film, it’s completely gender neutral, the protagonist just happens to be a girl (which, in our society, probably puts it into chick flick ghetto, but I digress), and how it’s set in one of the most fascinating cultures that practically didn’t get any screen time at all so far. The tunes weren’t quite as catchy as some of Disney’s others but after a few days of You’re Welcome and Shiny (I loved that scene) stuck with me How Far I’ll Go finally arrived in my head and won’t go away, either.
- This awesome Sea Dragon Shawl pattern on Ravelry. I still can’t really knit well but every time I see something like this I’d really like to practise (just to forget about it a few hours later…).
- Julia Sarda’s Illustrations. I found her when I was searching for pictures for this post and I just love her style. Explore her old blog or current website to see her wonderful work!
- The fact that a Little Girl pulled out a Sword from the Excalibur Lake. It might be “just a prop” but that doesn’t make it any less magical!
- Animal Studies by oxboxer on deviantArt. Of course the otter stole my heart first, but the iguana and jackrabbit are so, so lovely, too.
- The food instagram prodigy that is J o s e aka. naturally.Jo. Not only do his creations sound good, his knack for presentation and aesthetics in general is so very impressive and makes me want to spend more time in the kitchen to have more pastel-coloured food.
- Riverdale on Netflix. I’ll sing its praise again once season two comes around but let me just say that the overall aesthetic of the series was exactly what I needed at the moment. I know there is a lot of debate going on about Jughead and his not being asexual like his current comic incarnation but between the fact I never actually read Archie comics and the idea that the show runners could have used his original-by-first-appearance stance on women – being a fist-rate misogynist – I think I’m fairly okay with how it is so far. And who knows what happens next, anyway.
- Yet another instagram love of mine, Rivuletpaper aka. Lili Seika Jones. Her illustrations are amazing, and besides her beautiful originals she also works with two of my favourite fandoms, Harry Potter and Brian Froud (via Labyrinth).
- The Best Time I Rejected Minimalism, an essay by Isabel Slone on why it’s okay not to have a capsule wardrobe and a kondo-d life.
- Avocado Stone Faces. What a marvelous idea! I really admire Jan Campbell’s skill, all of her creations look so wonderfully tranquil. Take a look at her Instagram for a gallery of her work or head over to the official website and shop here.
- Rowans. I have one right outside my window and now is the time where the berries are at their peak.
- I’m kindasorta getting back into binge-watching Teen Wolf. I’m not even sure why I stopped the first time I tried. Still a big fan of Lydia, still completely devoted to Stiles! I also find myself liking Peter Hale more and more these days, he’s just so snarky (notice a trend in my favourite characters here?).
- CONQUEST!!! It’s the highlight of my year, every year, so of course it deserves a spot in the list. And multiple exclamation marks. Look out for my yearly ConQuest posts sometime soon!
- Dragon Caps is such a cute font! It’s by no means perfect but I love the hand-made look and the dragons are epicdorable. Adepic. I can’t make up a good portmanteau word for epic and adorable.
- Vindsvept. Providing the listener with royalty-free music this composer from the frozen northern wilderness writes beautiful fantasy-inspired, adventure-inspiring pieces. My favourites so far are this bluegrass piece (it reminds me a bit of Gravity Falls) and this energetic, folksy one. Scoundrel also uses some of their pieces for our Pathfinder campaign (which is how I found them in the first place).
- Yonder – The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. Another discovery made through Rusty’s PS4 this game had me at first glance. It’s so incredibly adorable that I couldn’t stop squealing once I got my own save. That being said I don’t think Yonder is for people who want to actually finish quests and proceed with a story somewhat quickly. It’s about exploration, crafting and standing in awe for the open world created by Australia-based Prideful Sloth. It’s also perfectly fit for gamers who enjoy serene scenes, cutesy design and pastel colours. Now please excuse me while I make my own groffle plushy.
- The Inn at the Crossroads, named after a place in the Song of Fire and Ice books, provides the reader with innumerable recipes inspired by Game of Thrones and World of Warcraft (plus a few other works of fiction). I’m currently searching for new things to cook at camp for my LARP group and I can’t wait to try my hand at some of these.
- It might be completely out of my budget and I usually bike without a helmet anyway because I’m a bad role model like that (don’t do that!) but the helmets from Bike Pretty are so adorable! I never thought of a straw hat cover-up for a helmet! Or this cute oil skin hat, which would probably go more with my everyday style. I’m also pretty smitten by their blog covering all things pretty & bike-related.
- 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.
- The beautiful Moss Embroidery by Emma Mattson. If you take a look at her portfolio
- Journey. I wanted to play this game ever since I first heard the calm and meditative soundtrack and now I finally did (thanks to Rus and his PS). It’s so beautiful and etheral. You can’t really lose, you can’t really win and co-operating with the other person you might meet during each level by chance and without verbal communication is encouraged but not necessary. I love the world thatgamecompany created there, full of floating strips of fabric and symbols and wonderous flights through ancient, sand-covered ruins. And dune surfing, because I love dune surfing.
- Erin Greenough’s Stickers on Etsy. While some of her her beautifully crafted drawings are slightly disturbing I really love this scissors print and these “Bag of Bones” stickers. You’ll aways get me with stickers (especially ones I can slap onto my various technical devices).
- Don’t ask me why but I can’t get Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights out of my head anymore. She’s so otherworldly, so completely out of the ordinary.
- This Apartment Tour of a small flat right under the roof. I couldn’t live so minimalistically but I sure admire it when people do. Look here for even more pictures!
- The Costume Designs of Dustin J. Panzino. They are so very froudian and fae!
- The Resin Masks created by Aisha Voya. Aren’t they amazing? I think I’m particularly in love with the owl skull mask because of those goggle-like bone structures around the eyes and the short beak.
- Lost Lust Supply‘s Enamel Pins. Yet another Etsy shop with wonderful little things, Lost Lust Supply mainly deals in enamel pins – a mainstream trend that I could actually get into. It’s really hard to play favourites here but while this slingshot is ingenious (I would never have thought of the chain part, that’s so clever!) it has to be between the Nightfall Fawn and the Whale Boat. Aren’t they delightful? I also had to think of Polly when I saw this mushroom lover’s pin.
- GLOW on Netflix. Glorious Ladies Of Wrestling is a show set in the 80s at their worst – big hair, aerobics classes, sleazy old guys with pornstaches. It starrs Allison Brie (of Mad Men and, much more important, Community fame) as an aspiring actress, and wow, I could never have imagined finding anyone played by this woman so very unpleasant and annoying. Why do I love the series anyway, you ask? Because the cast of secondary characters is amazing and fun, because the topic is feminist and weird enough to draw me in and because I feel inexplicably drawn to the 80s aesthetics lately (and I kind of crave Sheila’s strange wolf Goth outfits). If you happen to have a netflix account near you, go and give it a try!
- Writing and drawing with Gold on Dark. Gel pens had lost their lustre for me for the last ten years or so but the magic of shimmering colours on dark paper has come back lately. It might be a small thing, but it makes me happy.