sketchy moments

jillianremes:

jillianremes:

I know there are tons of these posts going around all the time, especially recently since dashcon raised all that money so quickly. But I really need your help, and I hope you give me a chance.

This is Mica. She is a 10 week old kitten that was born a polydactyl, meaning she has more than the normal four toes on each foot. There are a lot of cats born like this, and it usually doesn’t have a negative affect on their life, or much affect at all. I adopted her two weeks ago when she was a bouncing, happy kitten like her siblings. My mother bought her for me to help me with my anxiety, and to get over the death of the first cat I bought myself several years ago, who died of kidney failure two months ago.

When I first got Mica she was a little strange; her foster mother said she was shy and a bit skittish because she came from a hoarding case that ended badly. We had adopted from a rescue shelter before, and this was nothing new; we had gotten through it before and kittens tend to be very adaptable. She played, purred and took naps like any normal kitten, but she was constantly licking her paws and laying down in the middle of playing for no reason.  

Then she started to waddle around like her feet were hurting her. I was concerned and took her to my local vet. He told me that, after some examination and an x-ray, her extra toe on three of her feet had become ingrown. I don’t know if any of you have ever had an ingrown nail, but just a little ingrown hair hurts; imagine it on your foot, times three. I was completely shocked and horrified to learn this, because the rescue group we had gotten her from never said anything.

I contacted them about this, and in short they didn’t bother to check it out because her brother and sister were both polydactyls and were fine. I couldn’t believe this was their excuse; I knew that some rescues didn’t keep track of their rescues after they were adopted (that’s what happened with our previous adoptions) but ignoring their physical needs to save some money was ridiculous.

I contacted them, and unfortunately since the problems started showing physical signs after the adoption, there’s nothing they can do, and nothing I can make them. My veterinarian has estimated that each foot will cost around $150 to sedate Mica and remove the nail. Already that’s up to $450, then there will be more for pain and anti-infection meds, which I have found to be around $50 or $60 from previous experience. That’s $500 at least, on top the $80 for the general check-up plus the x-ray. I am completely opposed to de-clawing cats, but this is causing her pain everyday and will get infected if left untreated, which could kill her. She’s only 10 weeks old and far more delicate than an adult cat.

This cat is the world to me; I just lost my first cat that I bought myself and though it’s only been a two weeks since I got Mica, she has made a huge difference. Since she is my cat, I have to pay for her with little to no help from my parents. My bills for food, gas, and my prescription for migraines has whittled me down to hardly $200. I can’t start my new job until the second week of August because I will be out of town for two weeks before for personal reasons. Even if I do a payment plan, I am literally down to my last penny if I want to get this done while sustaining my self as well.

Please. I hate asking for money, I hate depending on people who have their own problems. My family believes that once you’re 18, you’re an adult. I’m on my own with this, and the best I can do is give it my all and hope for some sympathy from you guys. I don’t want to give her up to that rescue group who neglected her, or give her to a humane society where nobody would want her because of medical bills no one wants to pay. Every single penny counts, and it appreciated beyond measure.

Even if you cannot donate (the donate button is on my blog), please reblog to spread the word. I don’t want to lose my cat. I can’t take another loss like this. 

Thank you to all who have reblogged and donated! I appreciate every sentiment and penny. So far I’ve raised about $80 which is outstanding, but my vet won’t operate until I have 1/4 of the payment, so I can start the payment plan. That’s about $138, $58 more than what I have now.

Her feet are going to be getting worse and worse the longer they make us wait to bring her in, and if they get infected the cost will only go up. So please, if you can donate even a dollar, it would be amazingly helpful and forever appreciated. 

I like this simplistic style, but it took me about 1 hour of trying out those zentagle/doodle patterns out there on the internet to get into the headspace to create this XD what helped was that I always wanted to draw that, so got it out of my system ;)

I like this simplistic style, but it took me about 1 hour of trying out those zentagle/doodle patterns out there on the internet to get into the headspace to create this XD what helped was that I always wanted to draw that, so got it out of my system ;)

rock slide I 
scanned again, but this time there is little blue used aaand I scanned it with higher resolution… °3°

rock slide I

scanned again, but this time there is little blue used aaand I scanned it with higher resolution… °3°

some documented processing of my latest picture-excercise… Color is a beautiful thing, but horrible if you want to transmit it from traditional to digital.. in RL it’s difficult enough lol

many thanks to fruitscake for suggesting the program options for PS *hugs* I tried emulating them to GIMP.. but well.. need to try harder or be satisfied with photographed versions

Reminders to myself (and any other artsy people who follow me i guess)

stardustmote:

-You don’t get better at drawing by avoiding drawing until you are better at drawing.

- You don’t have to make a new masterpiece every day it’s okay if all you drew is a doodle of a bug. You are now +1 bug doodle better at doodling bugs. 

- Also it’s okay if the thing you drew didn’t turn out very good. Everything you draw makes you one step closer to being able to draw good. You are still +1 step better at drawing whatever you drew no take backsies.

- You are the only person who knows if your art didn’t turn out as good as you wanted it to. You are the only person who can see the things in your art that weren’t what you imagined in your head. No one else will know unless you tell them.

- Comparing yourself to other artists just isn’t fair. You get to see all of your art, the best stuff and the worst stuff. You usually only get to see the best stuff other artists make. You don’t get to see that half drawn badly propotioned face they drew at 2 am and immediately scrapped. So don’t compare your badly drawn 2 am face to their best work.

- Just keep making art. The only way you can really fail is if you give up. 

I guess everybody needs that reminder once in a while :)

on to the dream (castle)
… or somehting… just a bit excercise for watercolors.
I’m not really satisfied with the scanned colors :/ cause I got more cyan in the scan than is really in the real picture.. and it occurs a lot so that I’m better of with my crappy point-and-shoot camera. (and this up there is a color-correction attempt in gimp..)
has anybody a solution to this cyan-ness-mess or it’s rectification? I’d even be glad to be forwarded to a tutorial or something :D or at least something simple ;)

on to the dream (castle)

… or somehting… just a bit excercise for watercolors.

I’m not really satisfied with the scanned colors :/ cause I got more cyan in the scan than is really in the real picture.. and it occurs a lot so that I’m better of with my crappy point-and-shoot camera. (and this up there is a color-correction attempt in gimp..)

has anybody a solution to this cyan-ness-mess or it’s rectification?
I’d even be glad to be forwarded to a tutorial or something :D or at least something simple ;)

swim or sink
I drew this before the last entry, just caught up in coloring the other one XD..

swim or sink

I drew this before the last entry, just caught up in coloring the other one XD..

two alike
computer coloration of a pencil sketch I finished yesterday. I was surprised that the result was a shark-lady lol was intended to be less agressive, just had the mind to add shark attributes..

two alike

computer coloration of a pencil sketch I finished yesterday. I was surprised that the result was a shark-lady lol was intended to be less agressive, just had the mind to add shark attributes..

what do you think?
I tried a different technique for coloring, didn’t really like the last attempt. Now it reminds me of the silk painting I did ages ago where you first put down the white lines and then color the spaces inbetween.. here I just colored without lines (of which I’m a bit proud of ;P)I could see myself trying out different animals in that style..
this sketch is pretty small, roughly 5 x 4,5 cm .. maybe I try it bigger next time :)

what do you think?

I tried a different technique for coloring, didn’t really like the last attempt. Now it reminds me of the silk painting I did ages ago where you first put down the white lines and then color the spaces inbetween.. here I just colored without lines (of which I’m a bit proud of ;P)
I could see myself trying out different animals in that style..

this sketch is pretty small, roughly 5 x 4,5 cm .. maybe I try it bigger next time :)

I should probably label this as fanart XD
I have the feeling it looks neater in the sketchbook
blue ink

I should probably label this as fanart XD

I have the feeling it looks neater in the sketchbook

blue ink

for a change I tried for something simple with basic shapes, but it was just plain ugly XD so I tried and tried again. Didn’t use any refernce, but would have in the end if I hadn’t figured out how best to draw a mouse. however, it seems there were many mouse-imprints in my head already ;) still have to try out frontal view though.
I post this for all who struggle with their drawings: it is possible to improve your skill - make conscious changes of the forms you draw and decide if it’s to your liking :) (and measure the relations of the thing so you can redraw it.. XD)

for a change I tried for something simple with basic shapes, but it was just plain ugly XD so I tried and tried again. Didn’t use any refernce, but would have in the end if I hadn’t figured out how best to draw a mouse. however, it seems there were many mouse-imprints in my head already ;) still have to try out frontal view though.

I post this for all who struggle with their drawings: it is possible to improve your skill - make conscious changes of the forms you draw and decide if it’s to your liking :)
(and measure the relations of the thing so you can redraw it.. XD)