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💎 How To Identify A Crystal — Sep 9, 2019

💎 How To Identify A Crystal

If you’ve been looking through my Instagram feed lately, you’ll have noticed quite a few pictures of crystals. I recently got back into crystals – possibly thanks to Steven Universe – and I’ve now started my own collection. (I say “got back into” because I’d previously been interested in gems when I was 10.)

Seeing all the different shapes and colours of crystals can be confusing to first-timers, so I’ve reblogged this useful post from Tumblr identifying many of the popular crystals found in collections. (This doesn’t include the commonly cut and faceted gems, such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires.)

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Steven Universe: Even More Fusions (2019) — Aug 28, 2019

Steven Universe: Even More Fusions (2019)

(MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD!)

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Steven Universe: More Fusions (2018) — Aug 20, 2019

Steven Universe: More Fusions (2018)

In celebration of the release of Steven Universe: The Movie, I’m showing off all the fan art I’ve made for this amazing series! I actually drew these two last year, but the hype surrounding the movie means it’s a perfect time to revisit them.

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MerMay Summary of Art 2019 — May 31, 2019

MerMay Summary of Art 2019

With MerMay 2019 swimming off into the sunset, now’s a great time to look back at all the fun under the sea we’ve had over the last 31 days. There’ll be more at the same time next year! 🧜🏻‍♀️🧜🏼‍♂

MerMay 2019 Extravaganza! — May 21, 2019

MerMay 2019 Extravaganza!

The mermaid mania continues! This time, it’s a double feature under and above the sea.🧜

Under the Sea
Nova Scotian Merfolk Undersea Scene

It’s better down where it’s wetter, so sings Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, so that’s why I’m starting off under the sea. This was actually based on a sketch I did in my sketchbook during my latest travels in Colombia last Christmas, but obviously with some mermaids and mermen thrown in to connect it with MerMay. As expected, there’s also a great array of marine life, with fish, dolphins, starfish and even sharks (!) swimming happily alongside the mer-people. Resident pirate Oak Island even seems to have hit upon some treasure, his ultimate dream – though he may want to keep it a secret, as it may be cursed…

Nova Scotian Merfolk on the Beach
Nova Scotian Merfolk on the Beach

Even mermaids and mermen need to come up to land every now and then for some rest and relaxation. As underwater, some seaside friends have joined the mer-people above the waves, including dolphins and whales, and even a flying fish. I even cleverly threw in a Little Mermaid reference with Jollimore’s pose on the rock and the waves crashing behind him, as if he wants to be where the (ordinary) people are. Dartmouth doesn’t feel the same, however…

I now have an idea for another MerMay artwork – a parody of the scene in The Little Mermaid where Ariel famously climbs onto a rock with the ocean waves splashing behind, saying “I want to be where the people are”… but Dartmouth, being a teacher in the land world, instead says “I wanna be where those stupid kids aren’t.”

Jollimore’s reply? “Under the sea!” 🌊

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