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I got tagged by ashleyrguillory to show off my desktop, so here we are. I stuffed everything that was cluttering up my view in a folder labeled “Desktop Stuff I Don’t Want Tumblr People to See” lol. But typically, my screen gets filled up to capacity super quickly, so this is shockingly empty. I usually cycle between cute animals and half-naked men, so thank Ashley that she tagged me now instead of when Zac Efron was “smizing” for the camera. Also note that I am an avid Sims player (as evident from my open game icon, ha).

Soooooo I guess it’s my turn to tag? So I pick zoologyillustration katefitzpatrick aaaaaand quinnidae. Kay, bye! 

Finished my synapsids and I really wanted to share, so here is a super low-res, horrendously watermarked version of it. This was a classic case of excitement, then frustration, then utter loathing, then cheering up, then excitement, so that dopey little meme thing that’s been cycling around with the artistic cycle is COMPLETELY TRUE. But if you’re an artist you probably already knew that. :P

Anyway, from left to right starting at the top left we have Archaeothyris, Ianthasaurus, Haptodus (middle), Edaphosaurus, Ophiacodon.

They started out looking all cute and happy in sketch form and then something happened and they suddenly became apathetic towards the world. Hah. Wonder how that happened…

Alright ladies and gents, here is the info packet for holiday portrait commissions! Here’s the quick and dirty:

Twelve (12) total slots are available; Single bust = $100; Single full body = $150; Additional individuals or complex background will be extra; 8”x10” fine art giclee print, all printing, packaging, and shipping is included in the price.

EVERYTHING is spelled out in the downloadable information packet I made here: Information Packet

If you have any questions or would like to place an order, send me a message or an email and I’d be more than happy to discuss details with you! :)

- M

You know that baby I was working on a little while ago? Well here he is in all his Christmassy glory. I’m putting together an information packet right now about holiday portrait paintings (doesn’t have to be holiday themed, of course). I’m going to be opening 12 slots for these so that I know I for sure have enough time to get them completed, printed, and shipped, so if you’re interested, drop me a line now either here or via email ( mary.persis.williams at gmail dot com ) and I’ll put you down on the “Reserved” list. You can always change your mind before any sort of transaction though, no worries! I’m open to babies, weddings, pets, passed relatives, whatever you want. :)

As a silly side note, one of my instructors from grad school is named Amadeo and Facebook really wanted me to tag this baby as him, so I had to pay tribute in the final piece haha.

Packet should be up by Monday! 

<3 M

Someone asked me a little while ago why I use a red pencil for my sketching. It doesn’t have to be red, but drawing with a colored pencil first makes me much more comfortable, because I’m rather heavy handed and it’s nice to know I’m not gonna be smearing graphite all over the place while I’m still trying to find shapes and composition. It’s a stress-reducing, cleanliness thing for me, but other people do it for other reasons (ask an animator and they’ll give you a totally different answer).

Also I wanted to post both of these pictures to show anyone who gets discouraged while drawing that all of my pieces look ugly in the beginning. So chin up and push through and once you’ve gotten through the ugly phase you’ll be happy with the results! :-)

It&#8217;s always a good feeling to meet a goal in a timely manner. Finished my first wave of synapsid sketches (not to scale with each other, obviously). Unfortunately, this is as far as you guys are gonna get to see because these are being used for a book proposal, so it wouldn&#8217;t feel right for me to post the final artwork until either the book is a go, or more likely until the book is published. 
Done spamming you all with mammal-like reptiles now.
Happy fall!
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It’s always a good feeling to meet a goal in a timely manner. Finished my first wave of synapsid sketches (not to scale with each other, obviously). Unfortunately, this is as far as you guys are gonna get to see because these are being used for a book proposal, so it wouldn’t feel right for me to post the final artwork until either the book is a go, or more likely until the book is published. 

Done spamming you all with mammal-like reptiles now.

Happy fall!

We got to take a little tour of the meteorite collection at the museum today! It was one of those existential moments where I realized I was surrounded by objects older than the earth, some even older than the solar system. And I got to TOUCH one of them (that baby is 4 billion years old right there). It was really neat getting the deets on pre-solar diamonds and what makes a differentiated meteor, etc. Plus I got to hold a Mars rock (in a plastic case, granted) that was worth $187,000! It would have fit easily in the palm of my hand, so definitely not that large.
Diamonds are great, but space rocks are literally forever.
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We got to take a little tour of the meteorite collection at the museum today! It was one of those existential moments where I realized I was surrounded by objects older than the earth, some even older than the solar system. And I got to TOUCH one of them (that baby is 4 billion years old right there). It was really neat getting the deets on pre-solar diamonds and what makes a differentiated meteor, etc. Plus I got to hold a Mars rock (in a plastic case, granted) that was worth $187,000! It would have fit easily in the palm of my hand, so definitely not that large.

Diamonds are great, but space rocks are literally forever.

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