"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."

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That time of year is fast approaching again. I’m just so… argh! I love it.


Ever stop to wonder why we put so much importance on age? There’s an age to drive, age to drink, age to vote, age of consent, age to join the military which at any time means you can be sent out to kill or be killed by total strangers, age of retirement, etc etc. So many things based on age. But…

I’ve often thought about how strange this is too. Ultimately we need a way to measure the length of our lives and the ‘year’, a long-time human invention, was the solution. However, it doesn’t mean that we should all be (and allow ourselves to be) defined by a number. In some of those situations it’s more a judgement based on the level of maturity and sense of responsibility you should have by a certain age and it’s this that allows you to do those things.

Having said that, on the other end of the scale I personally hate it when people try to make you feel over the hill before your time in this manner. The simple fact of the matter is, you could be scaling mountains well into your 90’s, so how does that factor?

Life is unpredictable, don’t let hypothetical numbers imply limitations.

Aaand here’s my last post of the day (tackle tumblr in bouts, right?)
A 'Melanistic' European Barn Owl, or Dark-Breasted Barn Owl (Tyto Alba Guttata) photographed by Mark Whittaker. These birds are incredibly rare as well as breathtakingly beautiful. 
Here’s my soft-spot for owls showing through once again. :-)

Aaand here’s my last post of the day (tackle tumblr in bouts, right?)

A 'Melanistic' European Barn Owl, or Dark-Breasted Barn Owl (Tyto Alba Guttata) photographed by Mark Whittaker. These birds are incredibly rare as well as breathtakingly beautiful.

Here’s my soft-spot for owls showing through once again. :-)


Today’s Classic: Alchemists

1. By Adriaen van Ostade (1661)

2. By David Teniers (c. 1640)

3. By Mattheus van Hellemont (c. 1650)

4. By Cornelis Vega (1663)

5. By Dutch School (17th. Century)


Today’s Classic: Characters of Charles Perrault’s (1628-1703) Fairy Tales illustrated by Gustave Doré (1832-1883)

1. Pussy in Boots

2. Bluebeard

3. Cinderella

4-5-6. Little Red Riding Hood




While I don’t want to be the voice of reason that buzzkills your art dreams, the fact is few people can make a full- time living in this business. Fewer still can sustain a long term career in the creative arts.

It’s hard to know when to let something go. Or when to keep pushing through.


A full time art job is hard, scary and can be completely fucking heartbreaking at times. For all the people who want to do this for a living and make it their end-all, be-all ultimate goal- it is probably not the fantasy you are envisioning in your head.
I could go on forever on the harsh, terrifying realities of earning an actual sustainable living doing this but i really don’t feel like reminding myself of how tired, isolated and stressed I am most of the time in order to make it work. I love what i do but…. I’m very, very lucky i got this to be a thing.

A day job is not an art crime, guys.

Important for recent grads, and not so recent grads.

And this leads on from my last post in which I said I went for a career in design because it seemed preordained since I was a child and the drawing ability decided to stick around. Stick to what you’re good at if you can make it, but having a job that isn’t creative and moonlighting isn’t going to hurt you either.


People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.

I’ve noticed this discrepancy too, especially in the design industry, which still seems to be dominated by males who made up the majority of the numbers on BA and BSc courses (one thing I remember starkly from my university days and even now in employment).

Personally, I don’t think calling your daughter ‘pretty’ is going to harm her at all (in fact it’d be sad if parents didn’t), but I do agree that more girls should be encouraged to follow their interests in scientific and mathematical subjects. 

I myself have always been encouraged to take an interest in anything and everything and my following has always been purely academic. I remember numerous times when my Dad would take me to places of natural and historical beauty and getting muddy, finding flints, picking up frogs and newts, climbing trees and drawing sticklebacks that we caught in the stream were common activities. Regardless of having studied a creative subject (because stick to what you’re good at, if you can manage), that love of biology, history, anthropology and a number of related specialist fields still permeates my work. In fact, in another life and if no creative urges had been present, my second career choice would definitely have been one of these specifically.

So how come so many girls give up becoming scientists, doctors, mathematicians, biologists etc… perhaps it’s the wrong kind of encouragement, a conservative upbringing, or perhaps it’s just peer pressure and the expectations of society. What I do know is that you have to believe in yourself and have the motivation to make it so.

Nervous? Take a deep, slow breath


Those are not butterflies in your stomach when you are nervous, black heart, they are ghostfires. Wisps as old and wise as Time itself.

Ease your mind and know the light you need to find your path comes from within.

Take a long, steady breath so your ghostfires may sense your location and direct you properly.

Ugh, I need an extension to the weekend!

Ugh, I need an extension to the weekend!

Okay, I've never done one of these before, but here goes... Can you sketch a pair of Velociraptors wearing fancy hats while drinking tea and eating biscuits? :D


Last of the five draw sketches! Huzzah! I can’t believe how slow I’ve been with these… god. Just a huge misjudgement of free time. Sorry all.

Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that I really should study dinosaur anatomy, because the mistakes are horrifying here. Still, these two are having a good time regardless. :-)