Ferns are so gnarly! I just feel like I could spend all day on this.

Ferns are so gnarly! I just feel like I could spend all day on this.

Started this in botanical illustration class this week; continuing now.

Started this in botanical illustration class this week; continuing now.

I think this one’s done.

I think this one’s done.

Some bits of trees for my botanical illustration class.
#justnaturethings

Some bits of trees for my botanical illustration class.

#justnaturethings

WOW is all I have to say you guys. I have almost 900 followers and my self care comic has more than 122,000 notes. :O 

Classes have started back up after spring break, so I hope to be posting more art regularly. THANK YOU to all the folks messaging me about the comic; you are rad.

WOW is all I have to say you guys. I have almost 900 followers and my self care comic has more than 122,000 notes. :O

Classes have started back up after spring break, so I hope to be posting more art regularly. THANK YOU to all the folks messaging me about the comic; you are rad.

Here’s my final for Wildlife Illustration, painted from a photo I took in the Skagit Valley—three tundra swans. Watercolor and LOTS of colored pencil.

pierce-the-sleeping-romance asked: Hey I just have a quick question about the self help thing you did; does the last number cost money to text from England? Thank you x

I’m not sure, but here is a list of suicide crisis hotlines for several different countries.

a-box-of-cats asked: hi. i really like your "very brief guide to self-care" infographic, but i'm confused about the "purge" part. could you please explain what sort of purging you mean?

The idea was that those techniques and a quick-and-dirty way to ‘purge’ the shitty feelings out all at once. I used that word specifically because it is not a pleasant one; I don’t particularly want those options to look too good because they can be harmful. As the anon below pointed out, though, it’s a word that can be triggering or distressing for people who deal with eating disorders. I’ve tagged the comic in a way I hope is appropriate so people can avoid it.

Anonymous asked: i read your guide and really loved it, and thought it was super duper helpful, but using the word "purge" is sort of a bad idea for people with conditions like bulimia (which i deal with) and i just wasn't expecting to see it on a self-care sheet in a positive way. in the future, maybe would it be possible to tw that?

You are so right. I will put appropriate tags on that post right now. Thank you so much for letting me know, and so sorry if it affected you negatively.

Here’s my final for Vertebrate Illustration—a three-layer illustration of a cutting horse in action, and an informational poster about equine maneuverability in cattle cutting. The first piece, the whole horse with the cattle, is colored pencil on tinted illustration board; the skeleton, musculature, and hind leg diagram are all colored pencil on drafting film. For the full skeleton I painted the skeleton in on the wrong side of the film in white acrylic paint, so the pencil on the front would show up more strongly. Final poster in Photoshop.

les-peintures asked: i read you brief guide to self-care and i cried. it is really nice to know that someone, somewhere cares about me. even when i feel so alone. thank you. so much.

<3 You are not alone, friend. 

overlyattatchedsaoirse asked: Your self care thing is amazing and you will probably save many lives for doing it so well done you!

Thank you! It has been heart-wrenching and overwhelming and ultimately so wonderful to hear all of these responses. I can’t believe how many people it’s reached already.