Ink in my sketchbook

Some silly liney nonsense today. Dinosaurs being greeted by their new firey space friend!

❤ R

Hydraulic press in a big ol fat pen I’m still learning to use!

Inktober has been so fun – seeing everyone’s take on the theme for the day, trying to mess around with new materials and learn how to use them.

October is the best month.
– Inktober
– Horror movie season (plz drop me any suggestions)
– Halloween and generally darkness and spook-ery
– Mental health awareness month heyooo!
– Costumes
– Football
– Candy corn
– People being like “ah yes, let’s go observe the beautiful romance of living leaves dying before our eyes and falling to the ground where they shall rot into the earth. The colors of their demise are nice.”
– I WAS BORN THIS MONTH Y’ALL
– Flannel and cozy blankets, baby.

Anywho, love y’all and hope you’re well ❤
R

lino print by rachel admas

Another round of messing around with different colors of paper and ink, and cleaning up my carvings.

Here she is rockin out in a dope crown of stars, a lovely dress, voluminous-as-all-hell hair, a big ol belly, and a pomegranate in her hand. She has all the potential in the world and is ready to burst into creativity. She’s got a baby growing inside of her, ready to greet the world and learn and grow. She holds a fruit that’s filled with seeds, just waiting to be sown and recreate in abundance. She’s a symbol of grace, beauty, fertility, nurturing, and creation. Her neck seems to blend into the hills surrounding her because she’s very attuned with nature.

She’s got big things on the horizon that are gonna come to fruition before she knows it.

Cheers and hope you’re having an excellent day.

-R

(Message me if you’d like a print!)

lino print by rachel admas

Another (re-learning how to do this) lino block print of one of my favorite tarot cards. Here she is rockin out in a dope crown of stars, a lovely dress, voluminous-as-all-hell hair, a big ol belly, and a pomegranate in her hand. She has all the potential in the world and is ready to burst into creativity. She’s got a baby growing inside of her, ready to greet the world and learn and grow. She holds a fruit that’s filled with seeds, just waiting to be sown and create in abundance. She’s a symbol of grace, beauty, fertility, nurturing, and creation. Her neck seems to blend into the hills surrounding her because she’s very attuned with nature.

She’s got big things on the horizon that are gonna come to fruition before she knows it.

Or at least that’s what I like to think. Hope you’re doing well, friends.

Cheers, R

More playing with block printing and tarot. Only feels right during snowstorms and a pandemic and quarantining to carve The Hermit.

The hermit lives high in the mountains where the stars shine brightly, symbolizing his heightened awareness of his own spirituality. He holds a staff in one hand to steady himself as he walks in solitude, and carries a lamp in the other to light his way. The light doesn’t illuminate anything at a distance, but keeps him aware of his near surroundings and reminds him that the journey itself is part of the wonder of life.

Or so I say. I dunno. Hope you’re having an excellent day.

❤ R

lino print by rachel admas

I’ve been trying my hand at linoleum printing, starting off with my favorite tarot cards. This one, The Fool, is my favorite. Like lino printing, I’m also new at tarot, so better educated folks: please correct me if I’m interpreting this incorrectly.

The Fool is stepping off a cliff into the great unknown, but he’s quite jolly about whatever may come next. He’s got his small knapsack with the few things he needs for his journeys. He’s looking up to the sky and is pleasantly oblivious to the fact that he’s walking off a cliff. He’s got his trusty dog friend at his heels maybe holding him back from walking off a cliff, or maybe just being a bud along for whatever’s ahead. He’s got a neat lil flower that represents his love of beautiful and humble things. There are mountains in the background that will be hard for him to maneuver at some point in the future, but he’s not concerned about that just yet. He’s just happy to be here.

I love this card because I think carrying few belongings on an unknown journey with naïve joy and a trusty canine pal is absolutely wonderful. And I’m just happy to be here.

18 x 24 inch – charcoal and ink

Hello friends, I drew a thing again! It’s been too long! And it’s another small round bird: a warbler. He is very, very pleased to meetcha.

The male Chestnut-sided Warbler sings two song types; one is accented at the end, the other is not. The first is used before the arrival of the females and in the early nesting cycle. The second is used mostly in territory defense while the birds are raising young.
Males that only sing one song type appear to be less successful at attracting mates than males that sing both songs. The early-season song has a musical quality with an emphatic ending, sometimes interpreted as “very very pleased to meet cha!”

American Bird Conservancy

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Devil’s Hole Pupfish in ink from my sketchbook

The Devil’s Hole Pupfish is a uniquely spectacular specimen. Considered the rarest fish on Earth, the entire species lives in a 2m x 4m pool in the middle of the desert near Death Valley National Park in California. It’s a one-inch endangered fish that lives in the middle of the desert. In a pool called The Devil’s Hole. In Death Valley. What a bold little species. You’re truly noble beasts, small friends. We wish you the best.

$3 stickers of little friend / Prints n stuff

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Quick ink sketch

Huge thanks to Shaun Jex, who has some great insights about Pigeon Milk. I tried to capture your description. Please let me know if I got anything wrong. Going to submit this drawing to the bird encyclopedia to make sure the udders are accurately represented in the scientific literature.

Bird are hard to draw. Someone teach me how to draw a bird.

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Pen + ink sketch and found midterm exam

Another from my sketchbook. Pen and pencil sketch on the left. On the right is a midterm exam from an old notebook I found. If anyone could please “Define, explain, or comment briefly but adequately” on Pigeon’s milk (number 30) for me that would be amazing. I really need to know more about Pigeon’s milk. Please advise. For science.

Y’ALL FOR REAL WHAT’S UP WITH PIGEON MILK.

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Handmade holiday cards

I know it’s September, but here’s a merry reindeer for you. On the left is the final design for the front of the cards. On the right is some inspiration for it. Hand-drew a few of these cards to give to folks for the holidays. And had a lot of fun messing around with the lettering.

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