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Slumbering Nightmares
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2019-12-06T21:33:49+00:00
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Let me guide you through the Weald, where many slumber and others dwell. Be mindful and watch your step, as there are some watching and waiting to feed upon the weak and the lost.


My insomnia is back and heavy, this little fox keeps greeting me in the night. I’m not sure why.


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User #960248 - 7 Dec 19 00:13
These are lovely!
Prints of Winter Solstice now up!
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2019-09-18T20:02:38+00:00
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They're only limited to 30 silver foil prints - so make sure you grab one before they disappear!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/737771747/pre-order-winter-solstice-silver-foiled?ref=shop_home_active_1


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User #877454 - 18 Sep 19 20:11
Insta bought <3
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User #243310 - 18 Sep 19 22:36
Same ^_^
Shattered Fairytales
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2019-08-30T18:14:40+00:00
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Revamped an old piece in some spare time. I finish retail for a whole day before going back in Monday, but tomorrow night and tonight I am prepping rewards, commissions and everything else I am severely behind on.

I'm sorry, i'll get it sorted, I promise.


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User #243310 - 30 Aug 19 19:34
This is cool, if Grimm ;)
Topic Tuesday: Losing your Hand
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2019-08-27T10:04:27+00:00
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I realised yesterday that's it's been an entire year since I sustained a severe injury in my hand, now that it's healed and I am back on track, I figured it would be a good subject to talk about, how I dealt with it and things you can do to help yourself if things like this happen.

In August last year, I was involved in an incident that resulted in breaking my dominant right wrist in three places. Circumstances aren't important, shit happens and it's how you cope with what's thrown at you that's crucial.

Obviously, I was pretty devastated after getting the x-ray, they initially wanted to try and snap my bones back into place as they were misaligned and we weren't sure it'd heal properly. I refused [one because the needle to numb the pain mortified me and two because it didn't feel right - and I was, snapping it back like that could have caused some permanent damage!].

I went home with a temporary cast and came back and had more tests to see if I needed a metal plate to fix the misalignment. They gave it a bit of time and put my hand in a sturdier cast with my wrist at an angle in hopes to try and see if it fixes itself.

As drawing is my livelihood [and just about the only thing that keeps me sane in life], I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to pick up a pencil and draw again. Life became a little more difficult, not to mention I was literally in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign for my sketchbook at the time. I couldn't use the computer properly, even hobbies such as gaming was out of the window. I had to do something, as everything I loved doing was off the table.

I didn't want to stop drawing, but doctors orders were to not use the wrist at all, so I began to draw with my left hand instead.
I began with sketches, simple creatures I knew how to draw with ease to make the process a little less painful for my brain. Left hand sketching is weird, your brain can see what you want to draw, and normally your hand does as it's told - but when it's your weaker hand, it has a mind of it's own and it quickly became a frustrating sensation to have to deal with.

Wobbly lines, inaccuracies and messy sketches were all I could muster with my left hand initially. But I was still really proud of them. They were good practice, and actually a lot of fun to create in the end if I could successfully communicate what I was trying to sketch, and most importantly, it meant I could draw.

I wanted more, though. Which isn't unusual for me - so I thought about how I could keep drawing but in a style I was happier with. I hadn't done digital for a while, and luckily I had a Cintiq sitting around that I used to digitally colour and touch up my traditional works. You could put it up in a position that suited you, so I could draw at an angle without and strain on my body, as opposed to sitting over a table with a pencil and paper.
I began drawing slowly, mostly with my left, sometimes naughtily with my right, so long as I didn't strain it, it was okay. The greatest thing with going digital during this time was the zero pressure of things going wrong. Undoing lines and trying again made everything go so much easier, it was a relief for me, as I could draw again!

Two months passed and my wrist was healing well, my bones had healed successfully and the cast was finally off. The thing was, the wrist being in a stationary position for two months straight meant it was extremely weak and stiff. It's a good thing I do something that can be gentle on the wrist and help build it's strength back up!

Not even 5 minutes arriving home from the hospital, I immediately picked up a pencil and began sketching with my right hand. I had missed it so much, but I also knew I still needed to be careful as overdoing it could still cause permanent damage. I took my time, doing a lot of loose drawings, 5-10 minutes at a time. Baby steps was my best bet at keeping my wrist safe with minimum damage but still being able to do the thing I love.

During those two months in the cast, I began to value other things - I went outside a lot more and experienced social events, with new people and old friends. I valued taking a break a little as I had to, I am known to not take breaks and work stupidly [and I will cover this subject another time]. I most importantly valued my own body. I think I forgot I wasn't immortal and unbreakable. I never broke anything previously and breaking a bone that I need in my everyday life shifted the importance of what I do and how I treat myself - this doesn't mean I don't do things that have zero risk: I motorbike and am starting Motocross sometime soon, I also play airsoft which has actually caused a fracture in my same wrist earlier this year after I tripped and fell. Breaking or hurting yourself shouldn't stop you from doing the hobbies and things you love, it just means you need to be more careful with what you do.

Those two months made a major shift in my art, too. Most of my art is now 100% digital, like the three foxes above I created with my left hand. My line work has become more fluid but my sketches now remain scribbly and loose in order to create better communication.

Even a year after my injury, my wrist will never be as strong as it was before, and I am still very careful with it. I take a splint with me to work and airsoft in case my wrist starts to strain and I try not to lift anything too heavy.
Although what happened wasn't fun, I don't regret it either. It was a pinnacle for how I approach my art, how I take care of myself physically. It try to think of it as a positive experience than a negative, it's pushed my art further because I value it a lot more now, made me more social as I was forced to go outside if I wanted to keep any sanity, and that makes me happy.


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User #12242917 - 27 Aug 19 21:49
An amazing tale of never giving up. It was amazing how beautiful your left handed sketches were, it was as though you hadn't lost a hand at all. Very impressive and a valuable story for anyone who thinks that they can't continue XX Thank you for sharing.
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User #2731248 - 27 Aug 19 23:44
I'm glad you came away with silver linings from your injury. It can certainly be a hard road.
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User #575795 - 27 Aug 19 13:56
I've been going through something similar after the accident due to a whiplash injury, it's pretty amazing that you found a way to adapt to a new way of drawing and found a silver lining <3
Oil and Water
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2019-08-26T16:16:34+00:00
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Quick re-vamp of an older piece on my day off, just to get some art in. <3


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Lost in Lines [Potential Cover Sketch]
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2019-08-25T00:30:35+00:00
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Might develop this later on, it's been a really long week - i've been doing almost 14 hour back to back days and retail this week has taken the absolute piss. Here's a quick doodle, I am taking a day off tomorrow with the boyfriend and I will be updating everything I have done for you lovely lot on Monday or Tuesday.

G'night all. <3


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User #243310 - 25 Aug 19 06:25
This is ossum :)
"The Frayed" - Lineart
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2019-08-01T20:28:58+00:00
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Managed to finish up the line work for my fourth piece in the series.


I was talking to a friend last night and the term "getting lost in the lines" came up..

So the series will now be called "Lost in Lines." I think it's fitting, as they've been so therapeutic for me recently and they've been such wonderful pieces of work to just sink into, beat out emotions into and clear my head into. Depression sucks, but these kinds of things really do help make everything easier to handle, for me especially.

I'll be colouring her and the fox at some point when I have a little more time.

Also I have a time lapse of the stream I did a couple of days ago here, if you missed out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itmvXc3hAmU&feature=youtu.be


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User #960248 - 3 Aug 19 22:48
Love this! Love the name too!
Delicate Decay #3
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2019-07-30T12:44:09+00:00
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I have no titles for these pieces yet - but the linework for the third one in the series is done and I wanted to share it with you all.

I'm getting more in depth and confident with line art - I want to keep going but I know there's a point where you can kill it, so for now this is the stopping point for this piece, I will assume that later in the series the line work will get more and more complex and that's good and exciting!

Colours are going to be dark again, same as the other two, I just need to find a good complimentary colour combination. I'll be experimenting on that but first I have a few commissions to complete before I begin this one in full swing.

Post & Stream Schedules - What to Expect
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2019-07-30T11:21:19+00:00
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Okay, so to get me back into the groove I have been watching my work rotas closely and calculating which days I don't work and which days I do in retail. With this in mind I have decided to create a post schedule on what to expect, including content and rewards to keep me in a better routine here-on-in:

Tips/Topic Tuesday
This is when I will upload diary posts, tips on art stuff, art-hacks and what-not if I have that sort of content around. If nothing is relevant that week, the post will be a [what am I working on] or [process of] post.

WIP Wednesday
This is when all WIPs will be uploaded over the course of the week [Wed-Wed], you'll see all the current works in progress, as well as any completed works made for that week. I notice I used to post far too often and crunching it down into one big post a week would most likely be better for your inboxes!

Sketch Sunday
This is my day off, so this will be a doodle, what to expect in the new week stuff, shit-posting day.

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Posting three days a week will give you an idea of what to expect on those days in terms of content and your inboxes being invaded, and it will also give me a routine of getting content out and meeting expectations for work ethics.

Rewards for the new month will be released on the 10th of the month. This is so you know when you are getting your content, as well as giving me a deadline to get everything done for you guys.

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Twitch Streaming Days

I will be aiming to have streams on [Twitch] Tuesdays and [Stream] Sundays at 7:30PM BST. They will be one-two hour sessions each day and will focus on whatever I am working on at the time - though for fun I may open up prompts a few hours prior to the streams and I will also be planning to stream with others and having a bit of fun on some days, too!

If you want to tune in and follow me on Twitch, you're welcome to head on over here and click the follow - you'll get a notification of when I go live!

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That's all for this post, July's rewards are being completed tonight and will be uploaded tomorrow, it's been mad as fuck getting everything together which is why after this, things will be in a more solid routine!

Have a great week everyone <3

Let's Have A...
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2019-07-27T23:37:40+00:00
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Rave in the Grave!

Just faffing and having a bit of fun with the line work. I'm going Airsoft in the morning and in work for a few hours on Monday but then I am off until Friday where I will be posting rewards and stuffs.

Have a great Sunday all. <3

New stuff available!
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2019-07-26T18:58:53+00:00
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I spent a few good hours sorting my stock out and updating my Etsy today.

Pre-orders for the Delicate Decay prints are now up, along with two new prints and mystery packs!

There's also a big 25% sale on originals as well as some new stuff. Pre-orders close on the 31st so if you want one, snag one quick!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheArtofSarahMason

Delicate Decay
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2019-07-22T16:42:08+00:00
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Finally finished my snake piece. I had a lot of fun with this one but it was also nice to conclude the illustration as it's been a while since I started her.

I'm thinking about doing some gold foil limited edition prints of both Delicate Decay pieces as a very limited edition run:

I like both so I am torn, but if you had to choose one, which would you go with as a limited gold print?

The Last Vicar.
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2019-07-14T21:34:13+00:00
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"Were it not for fear, death would go unlamented."


Bloodborne fan art. I'm going to be updating everything this week, and I have a backlog of shit to upload. I'll loop you all in with what's been going on soon I promise.

Wither
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2019-06-26T03:00:44+00:00
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Vent art. Trying to get through yet another tough patch. Life doesn't like to give me breaks.

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User #243310 - 26 Jun 19 10:49
::sending love::: <3
Sketchin'
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2019-06-16T14:18:18+00:00
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I'm gonna try and make a better attempt at recording the full process of creating this big guy for Patrons. Rathalos is a cool dude.

Y'Naarll The Unbroken
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2019-06-13T18:38:53+00:00
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I finished him.

I'm gonna continue packing shit and sleep now. <3

Scribbly Gribbly
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2019-06-12T15:18:43+00:00
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It's been a long time since I did a rough doodly sketch. I'm limited on what I have right now, so have a small scribbly gribbly whilst I destroy my office.

I move next weekend, hopefully, bear with me on here whilst I sort stuff out.

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User #6631676 - 12 Jun 19 16:05
Wow!
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SarahMason - 12 Jun 19 16:05
Thank you!
Trying something new
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2019-05-24T17:13:56+00:00
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Or old - basically trying to get back to my older digital style of being able to paint and shade shit. We'll see how it goes.

Big fat Patron-Only update coming tomorrow, my room is a state for reasons i'll get into tomorrow and finally got the scanner fixed just now so I will be scanning and uploading those shamefully overdue commissions. :|

Here's a Pumpkinsaur, too.


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User #8434260 - 10 Sep 19 17:58
Love the Pumpkinsaur
Ded
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2019-05-04T17:00:31+00:00
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I will do a big post later once I have transferred all my files. I just can't right now.

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User #960248 - 4 May 19 21:23
{{{hug}}}
Medusa
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2019-04-13T23:39:36+00:00
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Commission piece - the Gorgons are popular recently!

Tuttle
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2019-04-13T15:33:51+00:00
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I don't even know what's going on, anymore.

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User #13192624 - 13 Apr 19 16:04
love it.
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User #570740 - 13 Apr 19 15:35
I like it though!
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User #243310 - 13 Apr 19 16:44
Lol! Thats's rad! xD
KICKSTARTER IS LIVE
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2019-03-29T18:44:45+00:00
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Help me make these pins real - go back it here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1820385553/ophidian-the-serpent-pin-and-print-set?ref=project_build

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User #3910986 - 29 Mar 19 18:50
Am I blind or is the early bird for pin and print not up yet?
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SarahMason - 29 Mar 19 18:51
There was an error, it should be up now!
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User #3910986 - 29 Mar 19 18:52
Oh! Okay great :D Thanks!
Emergency Commission Slots
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2019-03-22T14:48:02+00:00
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I am a bit on the short side due to issues with payments and client work, and it means coming towards the end of the month I am seriously struggling.

I am offering five discounted commissions at £50 for a simple A4 ink. Ink commissions include a prompt of one animal and flower type, perhaps you want an original of your beloved pet, or if you want to own a custom original of mine at a serious discount (these usually go for £165+), now is your chance.

These won't be here forever. Ideally I need these filled today or over the weekend at the latest. If you're interested, comment below or email me at sarahjbmason@gmail.com.

*Shipping is not included. If you would like the original shipped to you - please let me know and I will give you a quote.

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User #5855954 - 22 Mar 19 16:31
Have all the slots been filled?
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SarahMason - 22 Mar 19 18:15
I have sent you a DM :)
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User #8854497 - 22 Mar 19 14:52
I'd love one of my kitty who passed with some poppies :) Shipped to the US as well. I'm heading to work but I'll email you when I get home, so you can send an invoice
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User #8854497 - 22 Mar 19 14:54
(If we can get more than 1, I'd also like a second of my sister's cat with calla lillies. Let me know if that's okay?)
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SarahMason - 22 Mar 19 14:57
That's perfectly fine! I'll pop you down for two slots ^^
Chompers!
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2019-03-13T05:12:31+00:00
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I'll be doing a big post later with rewards and stuff, I am sorry it[s so late this month. Battling my mental health hasn't been easy at all, but I won't go into that right now.

Here's a chomp-boi for you! As part of my "Pretty Phobias" project. I started inking this on Twitch last night and managed to get it scanned and coloured today.

Ink is available to purchase, just let me know if you're interested!

I was also given an interesting fact with regards to crocs and that they like marshmallows.. needless to say I was mindblown, so made a doodle for that, too:

I am going to bed for a few hours now, as promised I will update a little later! G'night all! <3

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User #960248 - 13 Mar 19 21:40
OMG I love that one with the marshmallow! Too cute!
The Flower Maiden
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2019-03-05T01:59:40+00:00
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"..So when the world is reborn, and Paradise opens, we will meet again. This one will be waiting for you. Find this one.."

By far, one of the best anime series I have ever watched. I'm a big anime fan and some of the best films/stories that have touched my heart have come from these (studio Ghibli, for example.) This series in particular is called "Wolf's Rain", and I highly recommend you watch it.. it's so fucking good.

I have been working on this for a couple of days. But tonight I finally finished her, I ended up double checking the values and realised something I didn't really think of previously, and have only really come to realise during the last two pieces (this one, and my "San" piece), and that's that my work is really freaking flat. Like, barely any values. I noticed this when I nailed the piece with San, the values on that were pretty perfect and it's something I never thought to check previously.

Here's a prime example. The left is what I would usually consider "finished" for my work, but after messing with it in black and white, the values were all the same and it looked so flat and unreadable. On the right, you can see I improved it a lot by pushing the lighting and values a lot harder, and it also gives the coloured version a nice ambiance as well as a less "neon" look!

Here's the black and white version for this piece. There's still a long way to go but now that I am aware of this, it's going to be so much easier to check it and push it to make that piece a little more perfect!

Here's a comparison to San, which is still much better in values, but practice makes perfect!

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User #8434260 - 16 Apr 19 20:02
I so love anime. I wach it here https://www.crunchyroll.com/videos/anime/alpha?group=a A membership is very cheap. But your last two anime are not in the anime list.
San
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2019-02-23T02:45:15+00:00
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I finished her. Oh my lord.

First human of the year, I hate drawing humans.. but I thought a challenge would prove useful, and it certainly did. I watched Princess Mononoke Thursday evening when I began drawing this, and instead of drawing the wolves or the boars which would usually be my go to, I decided to give drawing San a go.

Inking her was a big task for me. I intended to film this one, but instead I decided against it as I really wanted to get up close and personal to inking that hair, which would have meant you'd be seeing my head for the entire time. Next piece I ink however, I will film for sure!

Here's the final line art. I had a great time inking, even if it did take a long ass time. After inking, I decided to colour her.

Colouring was an even bigger task, but after spending all afternoon and some of my evening on her, I gave myself a break and came back to it about two hours ago. I just finished her up now, and I couldn't be happier.

The black and white version is just as nice, too! I am so happy with the values on this piece, it really works.

I might create prints of this, we will see, if there is enough interest I will put up a pre-order.

The original ink is also available, it's slightly smaller than A4 and I am selling San for £125 + P&P. Comment or DM to claim her.

Right, I am going to bed. G'night everyone! <3

Goodnight, "Little Brown Rat"
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2019-02-21T21:05:36+00:00
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So just over a day ago, Climate Change officially claimed the first mammal, and the Bramble Cay Melomy is now officially extinct.

It's only known home in Australia, this tiny rodent lived solely on a sand island in the Torres Strait, close to the coast of Papua New Guinea. They've not been seen since 2009, but due to the ocean inundation of the low-lying cay over the last decade, it's caused dramatic habitat loss and potential direct mortality of individuals and they have now been declared extinct.

It's certainly a loss, and it's not the only one - so many animals are now critically endangered and rapidly facing extinction due to the actions of humans - this is the first ink piece for my project "Extinction", and I really want to continue this project to bring to light just how many species we are hurting and what we are about to lose forever.

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User #243310 - 21 Feb 19 21:28 - revision 2
Its devastating every time i hear of a species going extinct, but especially when its one i’ve not even heard of... like... that creature could have enriched our lives but no.. instead it’s a poster-child for how humanity treats its neighbours :( ... thank you for working on this project hun... i’ve been wanting to do more myself around these themes and wanting to couple it w/maybe fund raising for conservation projects or something... i cant help feeling like there’s more we could all be doing than just watching these precious lives become extinguished. X.x <3
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User #243310 - 21 Feb 19 21:28
Its devastating every time i hear of a species going extinct, but especially when its one i’ve not even heard of... like... that creature could have enriched our lives but no.. instead it’s a poster-child for how humanity treats its neighbours :( ... thank you for working on this project hun... i’ve been wanting to do more myself around these themes and wanting to couple it w/maybe fund raising for conservation projects or something... i cant help feeling like there’s more we could all be doing than just watching these precious lives become extinguished. X.x <3
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SarahMason - 21 Feb 19 21:31
It's so sad to see these little guys leave us due to our own destructive actions. I cried when I heard about the last male Northern White Rhino dying, because we've hunted them to the brink. I think these pieces are going to be slightly harrowing, I want them to reflect how they became extinct, but that's the purpose of them, to cause conversation.
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User #5816683 - 22 Feb 19 03:53
Thank you for a thoughtful tribute Sarah. I agree that this collection may be harrowing, and also that causing conversation and putting a 'face' to the issue may be the only way to help people connect with the cause, of understanding what is really at stake. I know I can certainly do better
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SarahMason - 23 Feb 19 02:36
Thank you for the kind words, Natalie!
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2019-02-10T22:04:38+00:00
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" Oh, I hope someday I'll make it out of here
Even if it takes all night or a hundred years
Need a place to hide, but I can't find one near
Wanna feel alive, outside I can't fight my fear "

I have been really struggling these last few days. I don't know what's going on, I wish I could talk about it but I feel at a loss right now. Here's a fox, she's all I can muster at the moment.

Lyrics are "Lovely" by Billie Eilish

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User #3603620 - 10 Feb 19 22:09
I’m sorry to hear that 3: I’m wishing you the best! <3
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SarahMason - 10 Feb 19 22:12
Thank you, Jake. <3
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2019-02-03T21:38:51+00:00
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Managed to whip this one up today, the easiest things to get me back into the swing of drawing again are snakes and foxes - this will be a new piece for "Pretty Phobias".

Each section of the project will have a few illustrations of each creature, along with the scientific term for each known phobia (Ophidiophobia for snakes, for example). I am currently working on bats, but I think I need to do a few more studies before I can do an illustration of one for now. Besides, snakes are always fun to draw!

Here's the ink for anyone who is interested, along with a GIF:


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2019-01-29T07:24:30+00:00
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I think I did a mini level up on this one.. it was a doodle I got a bit carried away on tonight.

Here's an older one for comparison:

I think this one is only like.. 3 months old now?

Just gotta keep drawing!

I'mma raid the fridge and pass out now. Night all. <3

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2019-01-25T02:23:13+00:00
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Finished something - doodly skethingillo just for fun tonight. Trying to add a bit more colour/background and atmosphere into my pieces. Backgrounds have never really been my thing so this was a challenge.

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2019-01-23T02:32:16+00:00
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I'm waiting for my train which is in a few hours. Pushing through this art block by sketching what I know.. which is foxes. Slowly getting into the digital and I am really liking it so far!

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User #960248 - 23 Jan 19 02:34
OMg those toes! ^-^
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SarahMason - 23 Jan 19 02:35
Gotta love them toe-beans! :D
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2019-01-21T02:59:22+00:00
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I has the art block - soooo I just spent the last couple of hours messing about with lines, cell shading and singular tones. Just to keep it simple.

It's nothing amazing, but it's at least helping me push through the block. Need to find my groove again.

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2019-01-06T13:53:16+00:00
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I want to give something back to my patrons, and as it's coming up to running this page for 2 years now - I thought a pin badge would be the best way to do so!

So as a huge thank you, I am offering this hard enamel "Star Gazer" pin badge to anyone who signs up to the $10+ tiers. The offer ends February 2nd, of which any spares will be available to the $35+ tiers. I want these to be for you to wear proudly as part of my little art community.

I still also have some slots left for the $35 tier, where you can get an original sketch like this each month. Slots are limited, so make sure you sign up if you would like an original from me every month! I also have some slots left for my inky $50 tier, too!

Again, you all have my sincere gratitude, without your support, I certainly wouldn't be able to do the amount of art I create, or be able to pursue my art career full time. <3

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User #14889568 - 18 Jan 19 18:47
Ok
Store sale and pins!
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2019-01-05T14:13:00+00:00
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I've re-opened my Etsy store, and to celebrate that, all of my original pieces are 15% off!

Also, my chinchilla pins are now up and available on there, too! So if you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can still grab one here.

There's only a certain amount available, and once they're gone I won't be remaking them. So if you would like a little chinchilla pin to greet your jacket, make sure you grab one soon before they disappear!

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2018-12-30T15:47:40+00:00
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Firstly, would this be something you're interested in purchasing? I had a couple of people who said they are but I am always skeptical of placing orders so if I get enough interest, I will put up a pre-order system.

So question, would you prefer design A or design B?

Would you consider purchasing a sweater?

Would you prefer the design to be on a tee?

Let me know your feedback!

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User #877454 - 30 Dec 18 16:24
A ! :D I would prefer it on a tee !
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User #5792567 - 30 Dec 18 20:55
Yes yes yes yes!!! I like design A better. I'd prefer a sweater, but it depends on the price and shipping.
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User #600095 - 30 Dec 18 15:54
I slightly prefer design A, but I like them both. I really like long-sleeve t-shirts, so that would be my preference. A lot of the decision to get one would depend on the shipping... International shipping can be prohibitive.
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2018-12-28T17:04:37+00:00
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More inky skulls and stuff. I'm actually away and at the boyfriend's until after New Year but I'll be working on Sunday, I'll be doing a big post then as I have some juicy stuff to show my patrons!

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User #109572 - 28 Dec 18 22:17
Oh man I love it! Also... boyfriend! (I know I know she said it first but yay!)
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User #109572 - 28 Dec 18 22:17
Also this would make a KILLER shirt!!!
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SarahMason - 28 Dec 18 22:29
Thank you! And yay for boyfriend haha! :D I'm tempted to make a nice shirt design or two..
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User #109572 - 28 Dec 18 22:30
Oh man if you made a tank or sweatshirt with this design I would be all over it...
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User #570740 - 28 Dec 18 17:20
Always a fan of skulls!
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User #570740 - 28 Dec 18 17:21
Also... boyfriend! :D
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SarahMason - 28 Dec 18 20:23
Skulls make everything more awesome. And also yes! :D I'll need to tell you more when we have a catch up!
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2018-12-27T12:09:23+00:00
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Had loads of fun colouring this one last night. Finished him when I surfaced a few hours later this morning!

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2018-12-26T22:04:22+00:00
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Hoping you all had a wonderful day, yesterday. I am currently doped up on pain killers trying to shift whatever I have so I can celebrate the New Year in peace, but I had a a great day myself!

I will do a big update towards the New Year when I feel a little better! For now, here's a inky Ram skull study I quickly whipped up after receiving a beautiful big ram skull as one of my gifts yesterday.

I may colour him if I feel better and have time!

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2018-12-24T22:57:29+00:00
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Hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow, whatever you may be doing. Here's a quick ink I managed to whip up with the spare time I had today. <3

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2018-12-23T16:29:37+00:00
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This is going to be a long and important post, so apologies and thank you in advance for any of you who read this!

I wanted to spend a little time summarising my 2018 as well as discuss the plans for 2019 on this platform.

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2018 Summary

It's been a very busy year for me, both in my personal life as well as with my art.
For my art, it's been the best year so far. I made it into two magazines I look up to, ImagineFX and 3DTotal's GRAPHITE (twice!), I developed a consistent style that I am now known for, and my art has improved on a huge scale.

Art from the beginning of the year vs end of the year.

I feel a lot more confident with the mediums I am using, and I can feel my art improve with every piece I create. I learnt to grow my confidence with inks, which terrified me previously due to their permanence, now I have grown to love them. My watercolours have greatly improved, I noticed my pieces are becoming more vivid as I grow more confident with colour theory and no longer being afraid to use bold colours.

I am so happy with how far I have come this year with my art, even if it has been the worst for my emotional well-being and mental health. I find it a very strange contrast, and I think because of how hard I have had it this year, I chose to inject all of my time, effort and emotion into my work - and I think that shows.

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Patreon Overhaul: The Changes

There are going to be some very slight changes with regards to how Patreon is going to work from the New Year. I need a routine, and I need this platform to work easier for me so you all get the maximum amount of rewards out of it.

With that being said, here are the changes:

- $10 Print Tier. I noticed that over 50% of those pledging are international, and unfortunately I panicked when Patreon crunched down on the giveaways (previous reward) and made prints the next viable reward option. This means that the postage is quite expensive and after sending them out and having the prints made, I am not actually getting anything. So from next year, the rewards will go out bi-monthly as opposed to monthly. This means you'll be getting prints every two months instead of each month.

- Original Art Tiers. These are not changing much, but they are being improved to suit my work-flow and art work.
All original artwork will no longer be upon request. Instead I want to involve you all a little more, so all original tiers will have the ability to vote for a prompt each month. All patrons of the physical reward tier will then receive an original piece with the medium/size of the reward they pledge to based on that prompt. This saves me time as well as keeps things simple for everyone.

- $35: Original A4 pencil piece:

example A4 $35 tier piece.

-$50: Original A4 ink piece:

example A4 $50 tier piece.

-$100: Original A3 ink piece:

example A3 $100 tier piece.

The reason I no longer offer watercolour commissions is because the speed of them take up far too much time and in order to get them out, I would seriously struggle to keep up the quality. Instead I am offering inks as they are much easier to work with and the quality and standards remain as high as I can possibly have them.

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New Year, New Projects!

I have actually spent the last couple of weeks planning the New Year and how I want to approach it. I found that my art is very scattered and it doesn't actually have an end goal. I want to change that starting next year. So, in keeping with the Beautiful Beasts in Blossoms - I have two new projects I will be focusing on:

Pretty Phobias – Taking creatures that are considered common phobias (rats, pigs, flies, spiders etc.) and turning them into beautiful looking illustrations, keeping to the flora and fauna theme.

Extinction – Taking creatures that are heavily endangered/facing or have already faced extinction and creating a project of ethereal, skeletal flora and fauna illustrations.

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I have been thinking about both projects for some time now, and finally having them mapped out means I can announce them with confidence.

Patrons will be following the process of both projects, what they will evolve into. You will get early access to art, WIPS, videos/vlogs, have a voice in changes and what they would like to see as part of the project(s). I want you all to join me properly next year, I want you all to be involved in my projects and now I am super excited to announce these two which will be my sole focus next year.

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Also to celebrate the New Year and changes, I will be doing an enamel pin just for Patrons:

It's a work in progress at the moment and is subject to change, I want to add some flowers or something as it looks a bit plain. But I want to give you all a little something, so once I have the design all sorted out, I will be announcing that this pin will be available to those who sign up as a $5+ patron before the end of January.

I should have the design finished before the end of 2018. If you already pledge $5 or more, you don't have to do anything, you'll get one so long as you're still a patron when I send these out!

Okay I am going to shut up, now. But before I go, I want to ask you all: What would you like to see more of on my Patreon?
It's a very open question, but I would like to hear your input and feedback, whether you are a patron or follower, I appreciate anything you come back with!

On that note, thank you all so much for an amazing year, it's been a roller coaster but I wouldn't change a single thing. <3


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User #5792567 - 24 Dec 18 12:21
That's some good news, I'm happy to see how much you improved and I'm excited for your new projects!
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SarahMason - 27 Dec 18 22:37
Thank you so much!
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User #600095 - 26 Dec 18 02:44
Oooooh, I am excited about the change to the $10 tier. I haven't bumped up to that yet because 1) I don't have room for a ton of new physical art, and 2) I always feel bad about the international shipping (I have a few other Patreons I support that are international to me and I always wonder if they are actually making anything). But bi-monthly (or even once a quarter) would work out for both! I have always been very happy with your Patreon, but I just like seeing art I like, so I am pretty easy to please. :-)
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SarahMason - 27 Dec 18 22:38
I'm so happy that this is more useful to you! And thank you so much for all your support <3
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User #2342712 - 27 Dec 18 19:08
OMG that pin! <3 <3 <3
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SarahMason - 27 Dec 18 22:38
YAY! <3
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User #676127 - 23 Dec 18 18:33
It's been an incredible year with so many changes! Congratulations for coming through it all with strength and courage. The pin is very pretty (as is) BTW! I really like it. How are these changes going to affect the Save and Upgrade tiers? Just curious because I'll take a look at all the changes and go from there.
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SarahMason - 27 Dec 18 22:37
Thank you so much, Isa! And as always, thank you so much for your support, it means the world to me <3 As for the Save & Upgrade, I will need to review it again when I have a little more time after the New Year. I think watercolours may only be available in the $50+ tiers to stop confusion of saving for too many months, but I will take a proper look and get back to you on that! :D
Curl, Dodge and Float - Brush Pen fun!
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2018-12-11T18:59:47+00:00
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A more finished piece from one of my experimental brush pieces. The orange and texture was added digitally, but here's the ink on it's own:

Using just the brush pen was something I never really tried. I have a habit for precise line control and making sure everything is in it's place, as it should be.

But being able to lose a little bit of that control, and adding more weighty accents I noticed gives my pieces a lot more character which is really nice.

Dodge, digitally coloured and ink versions.

I edited "Float" digitally and made the red darker and added the texture to match. They have been a lot of fun to do and it was great to loosen up a bit, especially considering the last few weeks have been super stressful, so trying something new was great!

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User #2342712 - 18 Dec 18 18:00
I love the brush pen - it makes things more human (even though these are animals lol)! How do you get your scans/photos so white? My attempts are always so inconsistent!
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User #85733 - 11 Dec 18 19:08 - revision 2
That’s awesome
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User #243310 - 13 Dec 18 09:03
These are great love :)
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User #85733 - 11 Dec 18 19:08
That’s awesome
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SarahMason - 11 Dec 18 19:19
Thanks Emily!
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User #85733 - 11 Dec 18 19:21
Love that tiger the most
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SarahMason - 11 Dec 18 19:24
Me too! He's so fluffy!
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2018-12-10T16:38:01+00:00
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Experimenting with gouache and brush pens, just for a bit of fun and to loosen up. I don't experiment enough, and I had a lot of fun with this very simple little rat doodle!

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2018-12-05T13:16:37+00:00
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I've been using the SO's cat as reference for a commission I currently cannot share.. my phone is full of photos and videos of her and she's so freaking cute.

Some pass-time doodles.

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User #877454 - 5 Dec 18 13:30
???
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SarahMason - 5 Dec 18 14:29
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User #8519007 - 5 Dec 18 19:02
Yay kitties :D
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2018-12-01T00:22:55+00:00
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Forgot to post this big inky dude!

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Sketching funky stuff!

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2018-11-26T13:34:37+00:00
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Sounds ominous but I am seriously running out of titles, I create far too much artwork!

Had an absolute blast painting this piece last night. It's a lot more colourful than my usual stuff and had a great time painting it live on Twitch.

I'm also happy to announce I am now an Affiliate on Twitch, it's not a huge deal for some, but it's one step closer to becoming a partnered streamer, which is exciting!

I apologise for the lack of posts, it's been a very odd weekend and this and next week are a bit all over the place as well. I will update you all more with what's going on later, but I am out of town a lot this week until most likely Wednesday, my tattoo is on Friday, and next week I will be heading to London to see Joji live on stage. After that I am hoping everything calms down, any days off I will be spending the hours working on getting the Kickstarter finished, packing Etsy orders and sorting out the patron rewards for you lovely people.

But really, it feels great to be getting out like this. I haven't felt this happy in so long. Let's hope it stays, haha!

Anyway, this piece is for sale. Just shy of A3, selling for £300 for patrons for £350 for everyone else. If you're interested, please get in touch!

Have a great week everyone!

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User #243310 - 26 Nov 18 15:12
nice XD
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SarahMason - 26 Nov 18 15:14
Thank you sweets!
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User #2342712 - 27 Nov 18 16:47
The color is gorgeous!
BLACK FRIDAY SALE!
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2018-11-23T12:31:53+00:00
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I'm having a big sale on my Etsy store right now. There's 15% off everything + free domestic shipping, including the recent original pieces "Undulance" and "Predatory".

The only thing excluded are my Giclee "Undulcance" prints as they're very new and under pre-order.

Go treat yourself!


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2018-11-21T20:39:30+00:00
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(I'll stop spamming your inboxes now i'm sorry!)

Yesterday's livestream piece was completed this afternoon. It's been a productive week and everything has been finished in time for tomorrow as I will be pretty much AFK until Sunday.

However, on Sunday I will be at MCM Birmingham meeting wonderful artists such as Emily Hare. So if you're around the NEC on Sunday, let me know and we can meet and say hello!

This piece is available to purchase - the size is just shy of A3 and is available for £375 for Patrons, or £415 for everyone else. Patrons $10 or above get free tracked shipping.

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User #8519007 - 24 Nov 18 16:29
This is so beautiful!
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2018-11-21T19:05:00+00:00
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Happy 20th Anniversary to my absolutely favourite game of all time, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

I was 4 when this came out on the Nintendo64. I felt like I needed to do a quick ink to celebrate the game hitting 20 years old.

Original is available for purchase - DM me for details. I will digitally colour this one, I think.

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