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please don’t use this. artists put captions on their art for a huge variety of reasons and their captions shouldn’t be deleted.

if you see an illustration, photo, video etc and you don’t like the secondary chain of comments/arguments, please click on the original post and reblog from there, original caption intact.

if you see an illustration, photo, video etc with no comments, please click on the source and see if the original post has comments and, if so, reblog from there instead.

A quick follow up to Australian!Shitty because I couldn’t get it out of my head. And yeah I changed their nicknames… these ones seemed more likely in Australia.

Jack: based on Alastair Cook (reference pic) is an opening batsman and (obviously) captain. He’s responsible, in for the long haul, and no one can ever get him out.

Bitty: based on Steve Smith (reference pic). Quick runner, much better at batting than anyone can really believe and absolutely terrified of being hit by the ball. (For non-Australian reference: the way you would say Bitsy is like “Bitssaaaaaaaaay”.) 

Ransom and Holster: (Mitchell Johnson as ref: 1, 2) Fast bowlers. They bowl from opposite ends and every single batsman dreads one or both of them.

Shitty: Spin bowler, middle order batsman, never seems like he’s trying but has a knack for saving the day. Always underrated by the media who seem to forget what an excellent fielder he is.

Chowder: Wicketkeeper. Nominated for KFC’s Classic Catches so often that everyone else complains he needs to give someone else a shot.

Dex and Nursey: send me your thoughts…  I kinda see them as 3rd and 4th batsmen who often end up batting together. Nurse just wants to go for the big shots and Dex wants to run a million singles.

I know I haven’t drawn the frogs, but that’s because I fully intend to draw them as AFL players.

Ah this is incredible! You should totally submit this piece to the fan art blog, omgfanplease 😀

Thanks! (I have all these headcanons about them as a cricket team now…)

omgfanplease I made some Check Please! fan art that people think you might like and you can find it here.

old art: part 2

After I finished my numerals project, mum kindly provided me with another project – to illustrate a story she’d written for SPELD SA (a non-proft organisation working with and for people with specific learning difficulties). 

I started it two years ago… and am only finishing it this week.

(NB: It’s called Sylvia from Sydney and yes that is my name but no she is not based on me and also I’m not from Sydney, it’s just a book that uses the letter Y a lot.)

I sketched myself out a plan.


I did some character design. This involved putting the project on hold for several months while I attempted to learn to draw consistent characters – something I still struggle with.


I then spent many many hours creating my first page:


I hated it. 

I redid my first page, drawing inspiration from Kali Ciesemier and (because my hands are shaky and I hadn’t discovered the stabilizer function or vectors) started using rough brushes.


I liked this and followed it up with these (over several months):


And eventually this (which I personally see as a marked improvement):


That was in March last year. I didn’t touch the project for over a year. I had other things to do and, more importantly, I didn’t feel the quality of the earlier pieces was good enough to match up with the work I was doing at the time. And the idea of redoing them was horrific. I worked on other things.

Then, in June this year, I was looking for a project and remembered that I’d never finished this one. My art has improved and changed style to a degree that I knew I would want to start over. So I did, and I gave myself from mid-June til the end of July to completely finish the project.

I kept a lot of my design of Sylvia. She still has a cat. But just about everything else is different.

And all this is just to say that I have nearly finished and you will get to see the completed product within a week or so.