Ack, so many interesting cards! Wish I had more time to go through and comment on them individually...
In the meantime, feast your eyes on these beauties La Chapa sent me for February! Meant to post them much more promptly. Feels quite greedy not having shared them yet!
These are both worked in pastel and I'm amazed at those tiny precise lines: in Pudgie Budgie's marking's; around his watchful eye and defining his beak and cere and the detailing on Goldie's fins and her round little mouth and her spaced out eye highlights! When I'm working with pastels I can sometimes get a quasi-fine line but it's never anywhere near where I intended it to be...
It's funny how the textured grain of the paper works so well for both feathers and scales too... I guess the direction of the grain makes all the difference?
Pudgie Budgie has something of that look on his face which my birds tend to assume when my mother comes into the room where they live. For some reason they seem to think it's quite important that she doesn't realise that they're in there and they stop whatever activity they're up to so that they can sit entirely immobile and waaaatch her.
Meanwhile with the Goldie card La Chapa's managed to perfectly capture the way that goldfish (fantails like all the ones we've kept at least - how did you know?) often don't swim so much as just sort of drift ever-so-slowly upwards and give a vague shrug of their side fins when they think they've moved just a little too much. They have this way of almost just 'looming' in the water, which Goldie definitely seems to be doing on the card.
And I love the colours on both too!* *Looking at my preview it seems like the scans picked up the details pretty well but washed the colours out a little. May try and get better colours later.
(Og. That paddling tiger is genius, bluepaisan)