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Neep II by Fhaolan
Neep II
Last year, I carved a turnip for Halloween, to recreate the experience my Father had in England. fhaolan.deviantart.com/art/Nee… However, when I showed it to him he went "That's not a turnip." This set me back a bit, as it was very definitely a turnip. What I discovered is that in Northern England and Scotland, when they say 'turnip', they might mean a 'Swedish turnip' or what in America/Canada is called a rutabaga.

So, this time I did a rutabaga. Not much different from a turnip, really. It's a bit bigger, seems to have more surface texture, and is a touch softer I found. It's still awfully small and hard relative to pumpkins. I remember seeing rutabagas about 6" round in Ontario, but the biggest one we could find in the grocery store over here was about 4" round. This time I broke down and used a solid spoon to help hollow it out. I wanted to use a melon spoon, but that turned out to be too flimsy and just bent. If I do this again, I'm going to have to get a smaller knife as even a paring knife had too wide a blade to be particularly useful at this scale.

And just for reference; sometimes jicama is called 'turnip' too, in Malaysia. Maybe next year.
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Fleur de Lis by Fhaolan
Fleur de Lis
Just a quick headshot of Fleur de Lis. I normally don't do all-digital drawings like this one, as I have difficulty drawing with the mouse (and my attempts at using a tablet were disastrous). I tried something a bit different though, doing a rough pencil sketch to get the proportions right, used Inkscape beziers to trace the lines, and then off to GIMP to do the coloring. I wasted a lot of time redoing things as I should have used different color lines for the beziers to keep them straight, though. I probably could have used GIMP paths instead of Inkscape, but I find Inkscape's UI a bit easier to deal with for that kind of thing for some reason. 

That, and the expression came out... odd. I was going for mischievous flirt, and that's what the people I checked it with say I hit, but for some reason I'm seeing a hint of something tired and sad in those eyes. Not sure why.
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Gyrharte by Fhaolan
Gyrharte
Ink and pencil crayon. A cartoonish gryphon character I've made up relatively recently. Not entirely sure what I'm going to do with him. Probably draw him in a couple of other costumes, as I am wont to do.
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Allan Kemp
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