Best way to get through hard times is to smile ;)

Best way to get through hard times is to smile ;)

Card I did for my Mum’s birthday :)
I used my water based markers on handmade paper from Nepal :)

Card I did for my Mum’s birthday :)

I used my water based markers on handmade paper from Nepal :)

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markscherz:

the-oaken-greenman:

Tsingy National park in Madagascar is protected by a massive natural barrier of razor sharp limestone peaks. They used to be coral millions of years ago, and now are protecting a large are full of unique wildlife. The park is extremely difficult for people to enter, so the wildlife is pretty safe… for now.

This is a Madagascar-endemic rock formation.

Yeah, you read that right.

Not only are 80% of the animals and plants endemic, but the island has it’s own freaking rock-types as well.

Also, it’s actually not true to say the wildlife is safe. Although, yes, the karst does isolate the deep insides quite well, there are channels which can allow you to walk among many of the rocks, and these protected areas are actually being quite heavily deforested. It’s a big problem.

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(commission I did for a friend :) )
mechanical pencil, markers

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(commission I did for a friend :) )

mechanical pencil, markers

rfmmsd:

Artist & Illustrator:

DZO Olivier

Part of the "Stones & Bones" Series

"I always varied pens but rarely drawing surfaces.
Out of paper for a short time, I turned to the two inert materials: stone and bone.
These inert materials seemed so ordinary!
This is not the case. They are still “living” materials: rough, bold, smooth, cracked, absorbent ….
Taming the variety of surfaces on a volume is a real adventure!

So I put aside the paper and canvas fabric to experiment with new drawing sensations.
Hand fits. The fingers feel every bumps. The spirit leaves guided by reliefs. The tip of the pen folds and unfolds. I even had the feeling that this matter thank me for taking care of.

Today, I look differently. I understand them differently.
This experience has enriched my own drawing skills.
The “inert and dead” matter, gave me some lessons.
The following images are the result.”