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Life Update for 24/04/2018 — Apr 24, 2018

Life Update for 24/04/2018

Just updating you all on what’s been going on in my life lately.

I accidentally broke my iPad’s screen by dropping it onto some barbells, and tried to get it fixed. Unfortunately, it’s now become a brick, so for now I’ve gotten hold of a spare (non-Apple) tablet to keep me entertained on the go.

To help me raise some money for a new iPad, I’ve been thinking about opening commissions. This is the potential price list, though my prices may change as I think over it more (all prices are in British pounds):

Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Simple pencil/pen sketch: £2
Dot Bullet (Red) - F2U! Coloured pencil/pen sketch: £3
Orange Dot Bullet - F2U! Simple digital sketch: £3
Dot Bullet (Orange) - F2U! Coloured digital sketch: £4
Yellow Dot Bullet - F2U! A4-sized coloured traditional artwork: £10
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! A4-sized coloured digital artwork: £30

(The weekly exhibition will be postponed to next week to help me recover.)

UPDATE (26/04/2018):

I’ve now got a new iPad, free from my art class! I’ll still keep my commission info up, and the weekly exhibition is still postponed, however.

📚🌹Happy World Book and Copyright Day 2018!📚🌹 — Apr 23, 2018

📚🌹Happy World Book and Copyright Day 2018!📚🌹

By Hook Or By Book


Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.

~ Hazel Rochman ~


In honor of this year’s World Book Day, Amazon is offering nine Kindle books from around the world for free! This offer is good through Tuesday. Check them out here:

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Westville in the April Showers (2018) — Apr 17, 2018

Westville in the April Showers (2018)

Westville Cowan

Given recent weather conditions, I had to draw a rain-themed artwork sooner rather than later. But rather than just grey skies, I decided to add a bit of colour with a character who I’ve drawn in many of these conditions before – Westville from A Nova Scotian Way of Life.

Westville dances in a field of lush green grass, helped by the rain, while carrying an umbrella in all seven hues of the rainbow. There’s more than just rain falling here, however – small flowers of cherry blossom add a touch of spring hope for warmer, sunnier climes.

To make the raindrops stand out against the bluish-grey sky, I drew each one in using a blue glitter pen. I used a gold glitter pen to colour in Westville’s belt buckle, and a silver glitter pen to colour in the top of his umbrella. The cherry blossoms at the very top of the drawing were coloured in with a Copic Ciao marker in Pinkish White (colour code R00), which closely resembles the colour of real-life cherry blossoms (or ‘sakura’ in Japan).



In a rather ironic twist, I drew this artwork on a relatively sunny day. Isn’t weather unpredictable? 😆

Alphablocks: P in Markers (2016) — Apr 9, 2018

Alphablocks: P in Markers (2016)

Alphablocks P Marker Sketch

In 2017, I made a dramatic change to my art style that I hadn’t made for the good part of a decade and a half: I switched my colouring tools from coloured pencils to markers. I had been attempting to make my art look more realistic with shading, but I decided to go back to a more ‘cartoony’ look and use brighter colours that stand out amongst black ink outlines. I’ve now started a serious collection of markers from both the Winsor & Newton and Copic brands.

To celebrate, I tried out some of the markers in a few drawings. As my collection wasn’t very big at the time, I used the art store as a kind of library where I could ‘borrow’ the colours I needed for a specific drawing, then simply return them once I’d finished.

As it’s been some time since I last posted anything about them, I’ve started with an Alphablocks artwork, or more specifically P/Petunia. Her design made it perfect for trying out blending colours into a gradient, for which I used several shades of green, blue and purple. (I didn’t know about the metallic markers at this time, so the stars all over her are coloured in a very pale grey to look silvery.)

As I kept trying out the markers, I grew my collection to fit my needs and cover the whole spectrum. As there are several hundred colours in each range, it might take quite a long time – and a lot of money and searching – before I can call them complete:




Why Autistic People Generally Dislike Autism Speaks — Apr 2, 2018

Why Autistic People Generally Dislike Autism Speaks

I don’t usually reblog posts from other people as I always strive to create my own content, but this is a special post for World Autism Awareness Day (today) and why Autism Speaks, one of the world’s leading autism charities, is generally reviled by autistic people themselves.

Instead of mere awareness, we also need acceptance. That’s why, from now on, I will call April ‘Autism Acceptance Month’ rather than just ‘Autism Awareness Month’.

Neurodivergent Rebel

Why Autistic People Generally Dislike Autism Speaks – A few thoughts and a little history on Autism Speaks. #actuallyautistic #neurodiversity

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