Inktober 2017 – week 2

Continuing from last week’s Inktober round-up, here are my drawings from week 2! Again, you can click on the images to go to the original tweet :)

 

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By special request, Mark O. Martian, the space-exploring tardigrade.

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Thwaitesia argentiopunctata

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Peacock spider mating dance

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Stem cell differentiation

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Juno

Steam locomotive

Rhinovirus

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Spidery Goodness

I’ve done a few fun things with spiders recently, and thought I’d share them with you. Over the last couple of years I’ve made friends with some spider nerds on Twitter, who have naturally only encouraged my existing fascination with these elegant critters.

One of these delightful humans is the excellent @Cataranea, who studies Latrodectus spiders – you’ll know the most famous member of this genus as the black widow. Catherine asked me to create a logo for a crowdfunding campaign last year. She was raising money for field experiments in BC, looking at mating habits in a wild Latrodectus population there. My design for that project needed to be friendly and accessible, but still capture the essential form of the male and female of the species:

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#TeamBlackWidow logo

Catherine is also responsible for a new jewellery design :)

It took a couple of tries to get the stamp sculpt right, and frankly these are a huge pain to glaze, but man, are they ever worth it!

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Black Widow stamp sculpt
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Stamped pendants-to-be
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Black Widow bracelet!
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Black Widow necklace

One more black widow design came out of a ridiculous Twitter conversation, and quickly because one of my favourite t-shirt designs to date:

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Brown recluse and black widow: “Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing”.

Finally, I turned my attention to one of the world’s most charming dancers, the vibrantly-coloured Peacock spider. I’me particularly delighted with how well these beauties came out, and hope to sell out of them soon so I have an excuse to paint some more!

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Peacock spider pendants