Inktober Day 8

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I’ve started connecting the last few Inktober drawing together into a single sheet, resembling tattoo flash. I also added some gold embellishments, to emphasize all the shining and illumination that are the focus of each of these designs (the fire of the grail, the shimmer of the crystal, the glowing lightbulb.) Working on smaller designs at any given time feels much less daunting than producing a full page image every day (plus, it looks pretty damn cool)! I may sell the finished page when I’m done!

Feeling Crafty

I turned my Stag Party fabric swatch into this cute hand sewn pouch with felt lining and a Velcro closure, and I can’t stop patting myself on the back about it. This project was fast, simple, frugal and useful – my favorite kind! 

A test swatch of this fabric is only $5 on my Spoonflower shop, and this pouch only needs one swatch – add the $1.50 felt for the lining, minimal thread, and whatever closure you have handy, and you’ve got a project you can make in a few hours for $10 or less. 

Symmetry Test


Here’s a series of art experiments I did just for fun, and possibly a moderate amount of insight into my own technique and limitations: the above image on the right is my Carabidae, Pincers Poised & Gleaming illustration, and on the left are both possible results of reflecting the image vertically for a perfectly symmetrical bug. I wanted to see how each reflection compared to the actual final image, and if I had a preference of either side when mirroring them. (Personally, I think I prefer the righthand side.) 

The header image for this post is what it looks like when I layer one mirrored, symmetrical version of the beetle over the other – I wanted to see how closely they aligned. As you can see, I have some practice to do, though a large part of me loves the current result for suggesting an insect’s scuttle.