Musician, writer, artist, gardener, Jane-of-all-trades.

I keep astonishingly busy with a wide variety of things and this blog may seem random in consequence. Expect Mass Effect fanfic (including the ongoing saga of pilot-lovin' Rhi Shepard), thoughts on disability, politics, and a liberal helping of goats. Especially baby goats.

 

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha subsp CH-47. Male, freshwater phase.The tandem rotors of this subspecies allow easier travel to shallow stream beds for spawning. With this advantage CH47 would be expected to out-breed the straight species under natural conditions, but this seems to be cancelled out by increased avian predation — osprey can often be seen waiting by waterfalls during the spring run. In addition, lab experimentation and careful observation in situ suggest that most female Chinook actually prefer the bruised and battered males which had to swim up the falls, perhaps for their more macho appearance.Note that the adipose fin has been replaced by the hind rotor housing. With the adipose unavailable, dorsal fin clips are used to mark hatchery fish.

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha subsp CH-47
Male, freshwater phase.

The tandem rotors of this subspecies allow easier travel to shallow stream beds for spawning. With this advantage CH47 would be expected to out-breed the straight species under natural conditions, but this seems to be cancelled out by increased avian predation — osprey can often be seen waiting by waterfalls during the spring run. In addition, lab experimentation and careful observation in situ suggest that most female Chinook actually prefer the bruised and battered males which had to swim up the falls, perhaps for their more macho appearance.

Note that the adipose fin has been replaced by the hind rotor housing. With the adipose unavailable, dorsal fin clips are used to mark hatchery fish.

I’ve been playing too much Dwarf Fortress, so I drew a dorf. With a snobby sheep.

I’ve been playing too much Dwarf Fortress, so I drew a dorf. With a snobby sheep.

shadesofmauve:

Ladies, Gentlemen, and all other Honored Readers, I give you:

GHOST RIDER!

…as defined by wikipedia for a few hours last Monday.

(If anyone wants to play with this, redraw it, or color it, please do! I’ll even send a bigger file if you like).

Reblogging for the morning crowd! 

(Actually I just want to inflict it on as many people as possible).

*unicycles away into the sunrise*

Ladies, Gentlemen, and all other Honored Readers, I give you:

GHOST RIDER!

…as defined by wikipedia for a few hours last Monday.

one of several “Fictional horse/cat unicorns that eat dogs while riding a unicycle.”

(btw, if anyone wants to play with this, redraw it, or color it, please do! I’ll even send a bigger file if you like. I’d love to see other people join the silliness).

Tardigrade Megafauna

When I saw that tardigrade post goin’ around my first thought was “My sci-fi novel needs megafauna based on this microfauna.” I knew I wanted to make them big!

What I’m still not sure about…

…is how big.

Prompt: Character with their favorite food (from Rhiannon42)
Character: Ness, OC from A Star to Steer Her By and Sunset and Evening Star.
Ness’s favorite food isn’t really donuts, exactly, but they do hold a special place in her heart, and have ever since Rhi used to steal ‘em for her when she was a kid. And as a grad student, they’re probably her favorite food that she can actually afford.
(She always wanted the ones with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, because they were fancy, but she picked the sprinkles off because they were gross).
(In case you think that’s really creative, it’s not. It’s what I did when I was five.)
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Prompt: Character with their favorite food (from Rhiannon42)

Character: Ness, OC from A Star to Steer Her By and Sunset and Evening Star.

Ness’s favorite food isn’t really donuts, exactly, but they do hold a special place in her heart, and have ever since Rhi used to steal ‘em for her when she was a kid. And as a grad student, they’re probably her favorite food that she can actually afford.

(She always wanted the ones with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, because they were fancy, but she picked the sprinkles off because they were gross).

(In case you think that’s really creative, it’s not. It’s what I did when I was five.)

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thepalebride asked
Art prompt: [character] in what I’m currently wearing!

Thank you so much for giving me a prompt!

It seemed silly to draw Rhi (she has her OWN leather jacket!) so I drew Viva, cheerful and gregarious gnome sorceress from our pathfinder game:

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I’ve never drawn Viva without a smile before, but with my jacket and her hair, she had to be a bit punk. Granted, the fleece underneath rather takes away from the punk feel. I was actually wearing a hat, too, but Viva + hat = HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

SPOILER ALERT: if anyone gives me this prompt again before the weather gets up towards 65, I will be wearing basically the same thing.

PLEASE: Drop me drawing prompts! I’m trying for roughly a thing-a-day, but I’ll be happy if I achieve every/other. Use the thirty-day-OTP prompt list, or an OC prompt list, or anything else you think up! Iz helpin me practice!

A half hour ‘class’ session with Pixelovely's new hands tool. I like the 'class' version that works you up from 30 second gestures for figure drawing, so I went with that and 'hands' only… and then it got to the long pose and said 'F you draw a foot anyway.'
Y’know what, ‘hands only’ tool? I DID. I DID DRAW THAT FOOT. HA.

A half hour ‘class’ session with Pixelovely's new hands tool. I like the 'class' version that works you up from 30 second gestures for figure drawing, so I went with that and 'hands' only… and then it got to the long pose and said 'F you draw a foot anyway.'

Y’know what, ‘hands only’ tool? I DID. I DID DRAW THAT FOOT. HA.