Mermaid (or something): Late night drawings and biological analysis (sort of)

(Well that  was one heck of a weird title…)

So last night, after watching the first two Hunger Games movies (which were awesome), I had a little time before I had to go to bed. So I decided to draw. Normally, I draw fictional characters about 75% of the time, but I couldn’t think of anyone to draw. But eventually, this squirmed its way out of my head and onto the page of my sketchbook:

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I still have no idea what prompted it, but I love it anyway.

As I said on my Instagram post, I knew that this wouldn’t end with just one drawing. I mean, HOW COULD IT? I mean, LOOK AT THAT MERMAID THING!

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And then this happened…

BEHOLD!

THE MERMAID (OR SOMETHING)!!!

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I had a lot of fun drawing and designing this mermaid. There were a few points I definitely wanted to discuss (here comes the “biological analysis” part), so here goes!

DISCLAIMER: Though I have been a total zoology nerd basically since I could read, I am not completely knowledgeable on this topic. Some of this information might not be completely true, just to let you know. 

In general, I wanted this mermaid to look more fishlike than human, so there are a lot of things that I took from various fish species to piece her together. For example:

-The ears. Most fish do have ears, but they are very small and different from ours. They use not only their ears but their lateral lines to sense sounds in the water.

 

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-The stripes. When I initially drew the mermaid the first time, she was very colorful, with horizontal stripes. I based her off this general image I had in my mind of a tropical fish of similar color and pattern, but when I googled such a fish, it didn’t exist. (**** you, imagination…) But, I did find a fish similar to my vision, albeit with horizontal stripes as opposed to vertical ones.

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-The mouth. Realistically, if I were to steer in the far fishier direction, the mouth would probably be bigger, and the lips wider. The teeth were a rather confusing point, because when I googled “fish teeth”…

…well…

Let’s just say that you should never google such things. *shivers*

So I just went with small teeth.

-As far as the nose goes, I just put little slits.

-The head fin and tail, I discovered, are not only similar to each other, but similar to leaves of kelp (which the mermaid’s leg band things and dress are made of). I suppose this could possibly be a form of camoflauge. Maybe this mermaid lives in a kelp forest.

-Lastly, I’ve been kind of in self-debate about this for a little while, but I can’t decide whether my version of mermaids would lay eggs (I imagined them like shark or dogfish eggs-HEY, PEOPLE SOMETIMES CALL THOSE MERMAID’S PURSES! MAYBE I’M ONTO SOMETHING!) or if they would give birth to live young, like mammals. Either way, this mermaid has no visible breasts, which would be a mammalian trait. I’m still unsure about that. I suppose either one would work, but…hmm… *strokes imaginary goatee in thought*

 

Well, that just about wraps it up. Thank you for reading!

EDIT: The mermaid now has a name (or nickname), thanks to my dad: Abigail Sapien (like Abe Sapien) 😉

 

 

 

 

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Cat Photography Tips (with Hobbes the cat)

Hey everyone! I’ve been meaning to do this post for months, and I’m only now getting to it (wow, self).

Since late October, when my family adopted Hobbes, I’ve learned a lot of little tips and tricks for taking pictures of cats. I just thought I might share a few with you!

 

1. Don’t use the flash (unless you absolutely need to)

Cat eyes are very unique-they have a layer of tissue on their pupils called the tapedum, which increases the amount of light that the eye absorbs, making their night vision outstanding. This is why cat’s eyes appear to glow in the dark. That being said, if you use the flash, the tapedum kicks in, causing your cat’s eyes to glow, and therefore make them look like they’re possessed by a demon.

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Terrifying, isn’t it?

 

2. Take lots of rapid-fire pictures

Cats, especially kittens (like Hobbes, who is now almost a year old), are very active, and will not stand still for long. So, when taking pictures of your cat running around, hold the camera button down (for iPhones and other devices like that) or push the button down really quickly a bunch of times (for regular cameras). You’ll get a lot of blurry shots out of this, but some results are hilarious. 

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3. Use a toy to get their attention

Cats are not exactly the most photogenic creatures (Hobbes, I’m talking about you), and they, kittens especially, have kind of a short attention span. So, one way to get and temporarily keep their attention is to wave or shake a toy behind the camera. It works, and they’ll usually look really funny because their pupils tend to dilate.

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4. Capture every moment you can

Cats pretty much look cute no matter what. Most of what they do is ADORABLE, so take lots of pictures to capture the personality of your friend. Sleeping cats look SO SWEET, cats in their “you may worship me now” pose are always hilarious, and meowing shots are always good for a laugh. So take advantage of this time with your cat, and take as many pictures…as your iPhone storage will allow.

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Thank you so much for reading, and have a great summer!

GRAND CANYON!!!!

I’m back, everyone! I hope you’re having a great spring break so far! I had SUCH and amazing time at the Grand Canyon. Absolutely breathtaking. The pictures don’t do it justice. BEAUTY!!!

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Okay. I know what you’re thinking-HOW THE #$^& DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE GRAND CANYON? Well, we saw this on the drive to the Grand Canyon by a sketchy burrito place. Only in Arizona…

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👌

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The first time I saw the Grand Canyon, I literally froze in place, I was so astonished!

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Kinda-sorta-maybe panorama

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Cheesy name, incredible view.

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RESIST ✊

The next few pictures are..uh…a little weird, shall we say. Just a warning…

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😂🤢

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Why does death have to be SO ADORABLE AND FLUFFY?!?!?!?!?

I hope you enjoyed my GC pics, and have a great rest of your Spring break! I’ll be back on Tuesday with some more book reviews. Ciao!

FFFFAAAAAAAAAANNNNN AAAAAAARRRRRRRRTTTTTTSSSSSSS

SQUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWK

have some fan arts

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Ms. Marvel!!!

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SPIDER GWEN! (Both Ms. Marvel and Spider Gwen are great comics that you guys should really read 😊)

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Greta (from Ravenous)

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Kymera and Batu the dragon (from Monstrous)

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El and her beloved Eggo waffles (from Stranger Things, which you guys NEED TO WATCH)

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(from left to right) Dan, Genna, Cat, and Yarri (from The Ruby Key)

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Self-explanatory…(“Hedwig’s Theme” blaring)

And…

for the grand finale…

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This one has an interesting story behind it. The idea came to me in a dream-the dream was that I was scrolling through Instagram, and I saw that a friend of mine had drawn Frank (Madman) as a cat and with a turquoise costume (???). When I woke up, I was inspired to draw Frank (left) and Joe (right) as cats. 😻

(You guys seriously need to read Madman too-SUCH A GOOD COMIC OMG)

I hope you liked my fan arts, guys! Meow!

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why even

So today is…

I don’t even want to say it. Nevermind.

But anyway, to calm your Trump-related stress, I have compiled some cat memes that will cheer you up.

But before that, I GOT A HAIRCUT ON SATURDAY!

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And today, I did a bit of nonviolent protesting.

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Oh yeeeeeah.

So now, here are the memes.

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Have a somewhat happy rest of your day. We’re stronger together, peeps. ❤️

Florida! (Again)

Hi again, everyone! Happy 2017!

I have just returned from my annual family sojourn in Florida, and it was very fun. I have LOTS of pictures to show you!

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Yeah, that’s right…the soul-sucking doll is back. And this time, she was right…behind…my air mattress…

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My grandma’s neighbors own cows, and they often come close to her property. I spent some time feeding them Spanish moss and grapefruit on the first day. MOO!

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A monarch butterfly at Lithia Springs park.

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Coquina Beach!

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This is literally the saddest manatee ever. I would hardly be able that it was a manatee if it didn’t say “manatee” right next to it. Nice job…

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Back at the Dalí! There was a Frida Kahlo exhibit this time, and this was from it. This is “The Chick”, which is now probably my favorite Kahlo.

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“The Hallucinogenic Toreador”, my favorite Dalí painting.

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Another one of my favorites, “The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft which can also be used as a Table”. Man, what a great name. Where can I get one of these?

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I mustache you a question…but I’ll shave it for later.

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Melting Clock bench selfie!

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ARGH…THE PUNS!!!! Okay, maybe I’m being a bit of a hypocrite, but y’know.

So, I had a great time in Florida! I’ll be back on Tuesday with a book review! Ciao for now!

Happy Halloween!

Technically, it was yesterday, but I really wanted to wish my followers (and everyone else) a happy Halloween!

Last year, I was stupid and insane and I didn’t show you my Halloween costume. (*slaps past self in the face repeatedly*) So, here’s a (slightly awkward) picture of me in my Batgirl of Burnside costume.

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Minus my weird expression, it’s pretty cool, right?

Now, let’s go to my costume.

I dressed as…my hero…my idol…the best book character in the universe…you can probably guess who it is now….*drumroll*…

…EVA NINE!!!!

IT WAS SO FUN!!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Now, I have LOTS (meaning three) pictures!!

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Here’s a selfie I took. I chose the greenish filter to try to make it look like the illustrations in The Search for WondLa.

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The Omnipod I fashioned from a mini mirror, a popsicle stick, lots of duct tape, and some mini sticky pearl things. Too bad there’s no Gym Buddy…

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And finally, this is the whole costume, complete with sneakboats, patches, and a satchel (that later got stuffed with candy and coated with dust from a Pixi Stick with a broken wrapper). Isn’t it awesome?

And, I have one more thing to share before I go…

WE GOT A KITTEN ON SATURDAY!!!

She’s a 13-week old Ruddy Abyssinian, and we named her Hobbes! She’s super sweet, sassy,  and fierce (for a tiny kitten) (but hard to do your math homework around).

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*in Mr. Burgermeister voice* Isn’t she adorable?

Well, I hope you all had an awesome Halloween and ate lots of candy! Bye!

Did anyone else get the Frankenweenie reference I just made? If you did, ten (hypothetical)  points for awesomeness.