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!

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10 Things I ♥ in September

10 Things I ♥ in September 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.com

  1. Dungeons and Doggos. It’s a comic about DnD and enthusiastic dogs, I mean, what’s not to love?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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…).
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. Animal Studies by oxboxer on deviantArt. Of course the otter stole my heart first, but the iguana and jackrabbit are so, so lovely, too.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).

Finished Things Saturday: Pink Lancer Dice Bag

Finished Things Saturday (or FTS for short) is the (usually) bi-weekly counterpart to my UFO Fridays. While there I show you what I’m working on FTS is about small finished projects that I didn’t think worthy of a separate post for some time but now just put in this feature. They deserve it! For more FTSs, look here.
Pink Lancer Dice Bag | HedgefairyOne of the things I do when it’s not my turn during Pathfinder sessions is crafting. I usually just work on bigger projects that happen to be up at the moment but that one partictular week I had the urge to do something about the scrap box.
Pink Lancer Dice Bag | HedgefairyMy old dice bag had long been inactive: At my old place I just kept my dice in a bowl because I think they are pretty. I also keep my D20 (for all my non-gaming readers: ikosaeder or 20-sided die) in an extra tie-string bag (that I had since childhood and didn’t make myself) for better organisation (Pathfinder works on a D20 basis). This was just too much for my tiny old bag to hold so I decided that I needed a new one.
Pink Lancer Dice Bag | HedgefairyThis one has ample space for all my dice, a small pencil, map markers… all the little things that are definitely necessary. It’s made out of the leftovers of Noio’s dress, the lining of my Mother Quilt and some bias tape from a dismanteled place mat – and all fabrics were thrifted in the first place.
I have taken up a jousting lance as a personal symbol lately, and I think I should do more embroidery again – I really like it.

What scrap busters have you sewn lately? Or did you manage to reduce you stash somehow else? Let me know in the comments!

10 Things I ♥ in May

10 Things I love in May 2017

  1. Lost in Austen. My historical dancing club is having a costume-if-you-want-to dance to commemorate Jane Austen’s 200th death’s anniversary and I needed some inspiration which is why I finally got around watching this Pride and Prejudice, eh, adaption. It’s an adorable four-part miniseries, with unexpected depth for all characters and my much-beloved “fish out of temporal water” trope. Now I want a George Wickham spin-off (because he’s the best character in the whole thing). And I also decided that Regency garb just isn’t my cup of tea.
  2. Azalea Doll’s Pretty Pixie dress-up. I mean, look at those adorable outfit options!
  3. Yuri on Ice. I’m not exactly on the hype train, but I just don’t get hypes, anyway. I however found it cute enough to watch and include in this list here! The anime makes me regret not going skating this winter! Although I was always more of an ice hockey person I loved watching figure skating with my grandparents when I was little and this reminded me of those days, too.
  4. Leyla Acaroglu’s Paper beats Plastic? TED talk. She’s witty, she’s funny and she’s so right with her design rant. I still prefer paper to plastic, though, just for the feeling and look (and also the renewable resources, although cutting down forests isn’t really necessary…).
  5. Grüne Soße, a traditional dish made of a defined set of herbs and greens mixed with dairy products, mustard and boiled eggs. A must-eat around eastertide in Germany (and so yummy).
  6. Playing at the Wunderkammer Chronicles. It feels so good to GM again even if it’s “only” via forum. Watching a self-spun world come alive is such a magical feeling.
  7. We finally have potted herbs for sale at work. They’re so pretty and smell so nice and I always hope they thrive and grow in their new homes when I sell them.
  8. Our new Pathfinder campaign. So far it’s a lovely slice of live adventure with some supernatural occurrences thrown in but I’m sure it’ll go wild soon enough. I love the character dynamics, too. Grohm is a no-nonsense medic from humble origins who hates it when people sing or hum and is suddenly confronted with the reality of having hidden magical powers while Allouèt is an extremely genki bard and history nerd with a crush on a long-dead revolutionary and basically a Disney princess (complete with a tame thrush and random singing, much to Grohm’s chagrin), always going out of her way to brighten someone’s life. Throw in Scoundrel’s diverse and partially adorable cast of NPCs and plot-writing obsession. Done.
  9. Magpieb0nes on DeviantArt. They make the most beautiful animal masks, and they do it especially for LARP purposes, too. I’m especially enamoured with the hare (left), of course but this taur is really impressive, too (there are so few well-done partly animal characters at LARP) and I love the treeface masks!
  10. This Sweather-Wearing Ferret pin in white | brown by Oh Jessica Jessica on Etsy. It’s just so vintagely adorable.

A short Changeling PSA

Remember the Wunderkammer Chronicles I wrote about here?
It’s alive. And kicking. And sprinkling fairy dust. Badass fairy dust.

What I want it to become is a lifestyle community for like-minded individuals, not only roleplayers.
You identify with the whole Changeling concept, feeling like half of you belongs to this world and the other half to another? Come join us.
You like faeries, fairy tales, urban fantasy or dressing like a storybook character (Dolly, Strega, Lolita, Neo-Victorian, Punk, Steampunk, all alternatives are welcome! You’re also welcome if you don’t dress weirdly.)? Come join us.
You love making do, crafting, reviving traditions, witchcraft and a picturesque, mori-ish lifestyle? Come join us.
You’re into pastels, magical girls, over-sugared cupcakes and glitter? Come join us.
You want to play Changeling: The Dreaming in a forum with others who enjoy it? Come f*cking join us.

I want this to be a place for us who are always in another world with at least one foot, I want this to be a place where we can be ourselves and play pretend. I want this to be a balefire that keeps banality at bay.

Come join us. We’re there, and we’re waiting for you.
Bring your friends.

The Wunderkammer Chronicles.