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Herbal Alphabet Challenge: A-G

Herbal Alphabet Challenge: A-G

My goals for this daily challenge include deepening my knowledge of medicinal plants, further establishing myself as a botanical/herbal illustrator, and to create content that can be used in multiple applications in service of these previous goals.

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Black Friday Shop Update

I usually protest Black Friday, refusing to participate in such a blatant display of capitalism. This time of year tends to be particularly difficult for me already, but something about the gross monetization of a sacred festival (yule, the winter solstice) sits weird with me.

So, instead of running some kind of crazy deep discount Black Friday sale, I’ve just released several new drawings in the shop and new designs on Threadless. The “Black” in Black Friday in this case does not refer to the dread experienced by retail workers, but instead references the nature of my drawings — that is, blackwork.

Lots of snakes with this update, and lots of thinking about pagan festivals. I don’t relate to Christmas time from a Christian perspective, but I do relate to the tradition of honoring the darkest time of the year, and the return of longer days. Especially here in Minnesota where the sun is now setting around 4:50pm, it feels appropriate to rejoice in the sun’s return.

Now is a time for reflection, for turning inward as the sun seems to be doing. We can take a look at our harvest — the literal fruits of our labor, our corn and wheat and squash, as well as the fruits of our mental and emotional labor, the energy we’ve invested in relationships and ourselves — and determine our steps moving forward. What will we plant next Spring? What new frontiers will we explore when the golden light expands across the valley?

In addition to original drawings, I’ve also released a holiday collection to Threadless — some of these designs are available for a limited time only.

Solstice Pig Skull

All these designs are now live!
The originals can be found in the shop and the other designs can be found on Threadless.

RIP Inktober

RIP Inktober

How did Inktober go for y’all? I always start out strong and then fizzle out as I lose momentum/realize how much I’ve taken on for the month. That’s exactly what happened this time but I’m still celebrating the work that I did manage to get done. Some of those drawings even became products like stickers and t-shirts.

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Inktober Week Two Recap

Inktober Week Two Recap

These prompts have been fun to think about, but I can pretty clearly pinpoint where I went off the rails. Day 10 was Fairies and Goblins and immediately, the thought of having to draw a human and share it paralyzed me.

Does this ever happen with you? You want so badly to just do something the right way and make it come out like it is in your head that you never really start because you don’t trust yourself enough?

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