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quick wit β€’ big heart β€’ steady hand

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

πŸ¦‰πŸ–€πŸŒ the embroidered night owl patch - a forever favourite.

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

#100inkanimalscountdown β€’ the red panda β€’ This cutie talks mostly with whistles, one of which is known as a "huff-quack" (a warning sound). But more often than not, red pandas communicate without any sound: they mark their territory with different bodily secretions and a simple tail arch or bobbing of the head is usually enough to get their message across to others. β€’
The red panda reminds us that actions speak louder than words. The way you carry yourself and the gestures you make will always say more than any well-worded speech. β€’
I am finally publishing the #100inkanimals project. In 59 days, the book will be available for purchase. The launch will include other goodies like prints, pins & tote bags, so there will be many ways to help support this project. I am so excited to see this volume about animal magic finally come to life in 2018! I hope you enjoy revisiting my 100 illustrations & short writings while we count down to the release date.

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

only 4 of these iron on beauties left 🌝🐺 find them in my shop before they are gone πŸ–€ #howlingwolf #fullmoon #wolfpatch

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

#100inkanimalcountdown β€’ the honey badgerΒ β€’ Their name is derived from the French term becheur ("digger"). These striped beauties are endlessly persistent in their pursuits, especially when it comes to mealtime. Their powerful sense of smell helps locate their prey (often hiding underground) and using their steel like claws, they dig quickly and vigorously to reach their reward. β€’
Badgers are symbols of both eagerness and strength. If you're having difficulty finishing a project, channel your inner badger; a stubborn strong-willed nature can give you the focus you need to dig deep and reach your goal.
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I am finally publishing the #100inkanimals project. In 62 days, the book will be available for purchase. The launch will include other goodies like prints, pins & tote bags, so there will be many ways to help support this project. I am so excited to see this volume about animal magic finally come to life in 2018! I hope you enjoy revisiting some of my illustrations & short writings while we count down 100 days to the release date!

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

Thanks to those who tuned into my live story this afternoon πŸ€— it's so nice to feel like friends are visiting the studio! Many of you seem to enjoy seeing behind the scenes, so let me know in the comments what else you'd like to see in a live story! Planning to get these beauties in the shop soon & I'm excited for them to find forever homes 😘✨ #artvideo #artworkinprogress #goldleaf

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

#100inkanimalcountdown β€’ the skunk β€’ we all know this creature for its smelly defence mechanism, but did you know that the liquid they spray is a limited resource? It takes an entire week to produce enough rancid liquid for only 3 stinky sprays. Because of this, the skunk is a natural pacifist who tries to avoid fights as much as possible.
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Adopt this creature's peaceful ways, to obtain a more carefree and calm demeanour, even when you're facing potential dangers. Be sure to choose your battles wisely, and more often than not, do your best to walk away from them. β€’
I am finally publishing the #100inkanimals project. In 64 days, the book will be available for purchase. The launch will include other goodies like prints, pins & tote bags, so there will be many ways to help support this project. I am so excited to see this volume about animal magic finally come to life in 2018! I hope you enjoy revisiting some of my illustrations & short writings while we count down 100 days to the release date!

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

did you know that my beautiful barn owl pin is available in both silver AND gold? πŸ¦‰βœ¨ shop link is in my profile; these cuties are ready to fly off to their forever homes πŸ–€

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

#100inkanimalscountdownβ€’ the hare β€’ this animal is often associated with springtime, seen playing in freshly grown grass with their new offspring. The hare is a symbol of life, new beginnings and growth throughout more than just the spring: not only do they give birth to 3 litters each year but their fur also changes with the temperature of the seasons from bright white to brown. β€’
The new year brings renewed energy to most who are seeking change. However, know that if you channel the hare, you can leap forward or start something new any time you desire; there is no need to wait for another trip around the sun if you are seeking a fresh start. β€’
I am finally publishing the #100inkanimals project. In 70 days, the book will be available for purchase. The launch will include other goodies like prints, pins & tote bags, so there will be many ways to help support this project. I am so excited to see this volume about animal magic finally come to life in 2018! I hope you enjoy revisiting my 100 illustrations & short writings while we count down to the release date!
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#hare #haretotem #bunnyrabbit

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

accurate depiction of my brain πŸ™ƒπŸ™‚ all the feels pins in both variations are ready to ship 😘 find them in my online shop πŸ–€βœ¨

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

#100inkanimalscountdown β€’ the magpie β€’ Magpie is often faulted for trickery, yet this is just because this bird's intelligence is usually misjudged. Her brilliance isn't just cerebral, for Magpie's plumage shines with iridescent rainbow hues in certain light. What is important to note is that this creature's plumage often looks black; a sign again that this beauty doesn't feel the need to always show off her assets. β€’
Magpie wants you to celebrate just how smart and beautiful you really are. They show us that self-love isn't equivalent to ego; there are ways to celebrate and show your greatness without being boastful.
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I am finally publishing the #100inkanimals project. In 71 days, the book will be available for purchase. The launch will include other goodies like prints, pins & tote bags, so there will be many ways to help support this project. I am so excited to see this volume about animal magic finally come to life in 2018! I hope you enjoy revisiting my 100 illustrations & short writings while we count down to the release date!
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#birdillustration #magpie #magpieillustration #magpiedrawing

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

coasters & over-size pocket mirrors, covered in animals, naturally πŸ˜πŸ¦‰πŸ»πŸ¦ŠπŸΊπŸ° all images are drawn by yours truly ✍🏻 each piece is lovingly hand-pressed in studio one by one πŸ’ͺ🏻 READY TO SHIP ✨ www.naturesmyfriend.com

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

#100inkanimalscountdown β€’ the gray rumped treeswift β€’ this bird's soft and dainty style of flight is mirrored in the nests it builds. A tiny little saucer shape is made of found natural materials like moss, tree bark and feathers, which are bound together with saliva; their spit also gingerly holds the nest to a single side of a tree branch. Incubating their single egg is also fragile work, because unlike most birds who sit on top of their eggs, this creature must sit next to their vulnerable nest and fluff out their feathers to shelter their unborn young. β€’
This winged beauty holds the power of delicate dedication. When you seriously dedicate yourself to something, and approach it with tenderness, care and concern, you will be rewarded for your selfless commitment.
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I am finally publishing the #100inkanimals project. In 72 days, the book will be available for purchase. The launch will include other goodies like prints, pins & tote bags, so there will be many ways to help support this project. I am so excited to see this volume about animal magic finally come to life in 2018! I hope you enjoy revisiting my 100 illustrations & short writings while we count down to the release date!
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#birdillustration #treeswift

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

Sharing one of my favourite process videos again πŸ–€βœ¨ graphite and gold leaf on BFK Reeves rag paper. White tail deer, american crow and sturgeon fish are the only creatures left still looking for their forever homes 🏑
I have made prints of a few of these images, but have yet to list them online - The prints would still be gold leafed by hand. Would any of you be interested in prints of these beauties? #processvideo #artvideo #drawingvideo

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

#100inkanimalscountdown β€’ the spotted house snake β€’ this beautiful reptile is capable of ecdysis (the fancy way of saying shedding or moulting). Snakes will usually shed their skin four times a year, while young snakes go through ecdysis as often as every two weeks when growing to their full size.
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The moulting process symbolizes rebirth, as it is a visible and physical representation of change. Channel the snake and leave behind things that no longer serve you as you grow and move forward. β€’
I am finally publishing the #100inkanimals project. In 74 days, the book will be available for purchase. The launch will include other goodies like prints, pins & tote bags, so there will be many ways to help support this project. I am so excited to see this volume about animal magic finally come to life in 2018! I hope you enjoy revisiting my 100 illustrations & short writings while we count down to the release date!
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#snakeillustration #snaketotem #snakedrawing #coldblooded

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

🐺✍🏻 Wolf face on grey paper β€’ Continuing with loose quick sketches and trying to let go of perfection when I am simply playing. I've been using unfamiliar materials with these small practice drawings and it is good to get out of my comfort zone. Although I will admit, I liked the piece more before I picked up the coloured chalk πŸ™ˆ but it makes sense- pencil has been in my wheel house for years, so I can't expect the same dexterity with a foreign medium. What little exercises do you guys do to keep your creative muscle strong? πŸ’ͺ🏻

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

#100inkanimalscountdown β€’ the marbled orb weaver spider β€’ the spider produces silk strands that are stronger than any known natural or synthetic fiber on Earth. With this magical material, it weaves a delicate web, strand by strand, perched gingerly atop its design. β€’
Spider's web symbolizes how one's life path should be: balanced, cohesive and in harmony with its surroundings. When there are gaps or snags, know that you have a great power within you to once again build those lines in order to re-create harmony and balance.
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I am finally publishing the #100inkanimals project. In 75 days, the book will be available for purchase. The launch will include other goodies like prints, pins & tote bags, so there will be many ways to help support this project. I am so excited to see this volume about animal magic finally come to life in 2018! I hope you enjoy revisiting my 100 illustrations & short writings while we count down to the release date!
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#spider #spidertotem #orbweaver

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

simple loose sketch from this evening playing with @derwentpencils green graphite stick. Unfortunately I only got about 5 minutes in & then the doorbell rang with my @ikeacanada order! πŸ˜‚ BUT I can finally build the bookshelves for the studio and unbox my bound beauties πŸ€“πŸ“š Books are one of my main sources of inspiration and so it will be like letting my muse out of hibernation since the move back in the summer πŸ™ŒπŸ»βœ¨ I'll share a longer, more detailed drawing video soon!

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

#100inkanimalscountdown β€’ the ladybug β€’ with her bright red shield and big black dots, she wears her playful spirit on her sleeve. She brings a smile to most who encounter her; a big feat considering most humans react to insects with disgust and fear. She is also a symbol of luck in many cultures!
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The ladybug shows us that good behaviour will in turn bring good rewards. Show your beauty and share the good, for if you spread your magic proudly like a ladybug, the universe will reward you with good fortune.
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I am finally publishing the #100inkanimals project. In 76 days, the book will be available for purchase. The launch will include other goodies like prints, pins & tote bags, so there will be many ways to help support this project. I am so excited to see this volume about animal magic finally come to life in 2018! I hope you enjoy revisiting my 100 illustrations & short writings while we count down to the release date!
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#animalillustration #inkdrawing #ladybug #insect

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

Mexico, come redo all of the neutral design choices I made in my new house πŸ™ƒ more gorgeous tile inspo from my trip to paradise ❀️ also I'm laughing at how my random travel photos of floors get more likes and comments than my drawings which take me hours to create πŸ˜‚ Instagram, you are such a strange beast πŸ™ƒ #dsfloors

Jessica Gowling 🌿 (@naturesmyfriend)

#100inkanimalscountdown β€’ the pudu β€’ As the smallest deer in the world, this cutie measures in at 13-17 inches tall. Pudu's small stature works well for its secretive and solitary nature, as they only spend time with another when mating. They each den in a solo space marked by dung piles, they use their great sense of smell for direction, and always travel in zig-zag patterns to further aid their secretive nature. β€’
The pudu reminds us that when you spend time alone you can tap into a warm, loving and very capable inner power. Know that it is okay to seek solitude in an attempt find comfort and purpose, even if it means you must put up some walls to do so. β€’
I am finally publishing the #100inkanimals project. In 77 days, the book will be available for purchase. The launch will include other goodies like prints, pins & tote bags, so there will be many ways to help support this project. I am so excited to see this volume about animal magic finally come to life in 2018! I hope you enjoy revisiting my 100 illustrations & short writings while we count down to the release date!
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#animalillustration #inkdrawing #animalsymbol #animaltotem #pudu #spiritanimal #animalknowledge #tinyanimal
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