Music Inside

Dancing in my head - 2018 - PS v1-finished

Short version: I present to you, the feeling of being swept away by music.

The longer version is: this is what I feel when I hear certain music, regardless of where I am or what I’m doing. It picks me up and carries me away, and I’m usually dancing up a storm inside my head.
(In this case, it’s me sitting quietly in the cafeteria at work, doing my best to just eat in peace, rather than put on a show.)

In case it was a mystery to anyone: this is one reason I love dancing so much. Dance lets me give some form to this feeling and ride that high for real. (Who needs drugs when I can farm my own endorphins with some good music and a decent floor? :D)

Good music and good dancing… nothing on earth quite like it.


Release of Anxiety


This one wasn’t so much planned as just kind of shoved its way out of my skull onto the page and then decided when it was done.

Take from it whatever you like (other than the obvious – don’t steal my art :p), but this one was cathartic for me.


I’m sorry to do this, but I have to put the blog back on hiatus for a few months. My day job doubled in February (I am totally not kidding about this) and left me with no time to do art at work and no energy to art with when I get home. I had hoped things would have quieted down before now, but they haven’t and I don’t want to leave you all hanging wondering wtf happened to me.
Things should settle down around May/June, but until then, I don’t have much to post and February and March already ate the buffer of posts I was using to stay ahead.

I will be back as soon as I can. Better. Stronger. Hopefully more financially stable.
Your patience is appreciated while I deal with this crazy mess. ๐Ÿ™‚

Inktober Witches 10 – Wicked Witch


Because taking prompts literally is incredibly boring ๐Ÿ˜€
Some of these prompts are obviously steering you towards such uninteresting results ย Why draw a normal pointy-hatted cackling witch when you can draw a kick-ass rollar-derby witch instead?

This lovely lady is definitely going to see some Photoshop love later, but for now, here she is ๐Ÿ™‚

Her derby name is Wicked Witch, and yes, her real name is Glenda. Because I’m a dork ๐Ÿ˜€

Inktober Witches 9 – Lolita


As background: While I’m passingly familiar with lolita fasion, I had to do a lot of research to get the look down, and while I was looking I noticed a pattern. Most of the poses I found were bland ‘kick up one foot and try to look adorable’ poses (aka: cheesecake). Frankly, I didn’t want to do anything that boring and just draw someone in a fluffy dress posing and trying to be cute.(Honestly, what would be the point? You can find about 100000000 photos and at least as many deviant-art posts of that exact thing all over the internet.)
SO, instead this pose is based off an American Ninja Warrior contestant scaling a wall… because I can. ๐Ÿ˜€

This is Tiffany. Tiffany REALLY likes to stay in shape and push her body to its limits – and she really really likes getting dressed up in floofy, lacy, cutesy outfits. She really gets a kick out of doing things like this while in full lolita dress, just to blow tourists’ minds. Tiffany has an entire Pintrist board that is nothing but photos of her doing insane stunts in her outfits, posted by people who happened to be nearby at the time.
She also dresses up her raven familiar, Mimi, because if there’s anything Tiffany’s more passionate about than absurd feats of human fitness, it’s fashion and proper accessorizing.


And, since I promised my FB followers that I’d put up some in-progress images from this one, here you go!

Here’s the original sketch of the pose, just getting the walls and the braced position right:


This is the more refined version with the raven added in, a basic poster layout, and roughed in clothes:inktober-witches-lolita-sketch-scan

The finished linework, before shading/touch-ups were added:inktober-witches-lolita-scan1

And then the finished piece:


Tiffany here will definitely be getting full-color photoshop treatment later, as will most of my ladies.


Inktober Witches 8 – Blood Witch


(The prompt just said ‘blood witch’. It didn’t specify what she was -doing- with the blood.)

Yasmine donates regularly, and since she’s a blood-witch, (here meaning she has blood-based magical abilities) she can change her blood-type to pretty much whatever she wants, so she can always give what hospitals need the most. All the nurses in her city now know her on sight and send her handwritten cards for every holiday.

Cool Chick from History – Zipporah Potter Atkins


This charming lady will be appearing on Cool Chicks from History‘s page on Tumblr soon, but for now, here she is: the first black woman to own property in Boston, and one of the first in the US. Her Wikipedia page is here, if you’d like to look more into her story.

If you liked this image:
I’m always up to draw awesome ladies from history, so if you like this image and you have suggestions for more excellent ladies that need more love, please send them my way. I’d love to add more awesome historical ladies to this blog.

Inktober Witches 6 – Oracle

I admit it, I had too much fun with this one once I got going. There are three of these ladies.

# 1 is a pretty straight-forward oracle reading the future. Not that interesting, but fun to draw.
#2 is a tech oracle. She’s a robot that pulls data from the world-wide-web and analyzes it to tell the future with surprising accuracy. She looks a little like a Norse shaman, because I was all set to draw one as my response to this prompt when my friend suggested the tech angle and I loved it too much not to do it. Thenย I decided to blend the two together.
This one came from another delightful suggestion to do a ‘soccer mom’ oracle, reading a soccer-ball.ย