January 2013

Ok. I promised you some pretties. Here is the first.

never really lived here inks

never really lived here

You really have to look at the full size image to see the details, so go ahead: click on it!

These are just the inks for a piece inspired by an offhand comment about unicorns made by Toby in the paranormal gumshoe series Spare Keys for Strange Doors. At some point, I will get around to painting it, in my copious spare time. You know me. I was actually really pleased with how little time this took – from conception* to inks, it was under 4hrs.

*by “conception” I mean staring at a blank pad thinking “I wanna draw some unicorns. Durrr.” The more I learn, the more of my vocabulary is replaced by “durrr.”


I know I’m impersonating a broken record, but between school, clinic, and teaching, there hasn’t been much time for me to come up with coherent posts. Not that that’s going to change, but I will try to get some pretties up for you soon.Here are some sneak peeks at things to come.

Holiday Train Show

Holiday Train Show

Sneak Peek Sam

Sneak peek at Sam I Am
for Lucy Lyall


Here’s take II. I’ll post more as I encounter socially acceptable ones (not that many of these :/).

Two Zebras Bit My Cookies – Your head is a complicated place. All nerves lead to the brain, just as all roads lead to Rome. Here, however, it looks more like traffic in New York City Boston. Among the zigzaggy roads is the facial nerve, which is responsible for all the muscles of facial expression. Although it also has some funky side-roads, there are 5 main branches fanning out across the face from somewhere just south of each ear: Temporal, Zygomatic, Buccal, Mandibular, and Cervical.

C3,4,5 Keeps the Diaphragm Alive – As amazing a place as the head is, it wouldn’t be much without the lungs. And the lungs, well, they kinda need the diaphragm to do their job. The diaphragm is the big trampoline of muscle under your ribcage that pulls air in (and pushes it back out, if you’re panting). It’s innervated by the phrenic nerve, which comes from cervical (neck) vertebrae C3, C4, and C5. This is right above where the nerves to your arms come out, which is why some quadriplegics can still breathe on their own. It’s also why neck injuries are so dangerous; cut this puppy and you stop breathing.