Lina Loves Drawing

Art blog of Chelsea 'Linaeve' Beiler, Illustration student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Currently working through senior thesis work, updates might be slow until May!

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Hanging out with a friend and we decided to draw our favorite ACNL villagers. Forever in love with this adorable anteater.

Made a drawing for my lovely friend teetonka between commissions because she’s fantastic and her character is a heck of a lot of fun to draw haha

I have a lot of feelings about this movie- as the first person in my immediate family who didn’t end up going into the medical field, I often have a hard time relating to my parents, so hearing my mom tell me that she was proud of me at graduation was a hell of a feeling. I made this piece before that happened, when I was hoping to hear something like that.

Rumor has it the next movie is going to have more heart-wrenching parental feelings :’) Going to see it tonight, so I guess I get to find out.

Hey followers!

Quick update on how things are going over here-

I graduated from MIAD with a degree in Illustration and a minor in Natural Sciences on the 10th, and life so far has been busy and exciting as I say goodbye to friends and work on piecing together where to go next. I’m really thrilled to start some new projects that have been sitting on the back burner and make some things that aren’t for class, haha.

I’m also really excited to put up work from Senior Thesis and all of the Critter Cards together as a set, but unfortunately my computer died and is in for repairs, I’m hoping to get it fixed soon. Being without my digital art powerhouse is really upsetting, I’ve been fidgety for a chance to draw some stuff in Photoshop for a while now. 

After it returns I’ll also be putting up products and opening commissions to pay for the repair, if you’re interested keep an eye out! 

-Lina

"Wrapping" up the critter card project with my final set of creatures, these lovely arachnids!  Spiders are probably some of the creepiest and most misunderstood of the critters in this project for most people, but I wanted to show them as unique, fascinating, and beautiful as they really are. Trust me, it took me a long time to be comfortable with looking at my reference photos for some of these animals, so I completely understand the creep factor! This was as much an exercise for me in facing my own discomfort with certain species as it was a way to inform other people about them.

The Texas Brown Tarantula is big, but mostly harmless. Its main defense is bristles (more correctly, urticating hairs) on its abdomen which it will throw at any potential threats. 

The Brown Recluse Spider has often been unjustly blamed for bites that develop into necrotizing lesions where the flesh basically continues to die until it is treated by a healthcare professional (don’t look that up on google images unless you have a really strong stomach, by the way). However, this spider very rarely actually causes the reaction - more often than not, bacteria such as staphylococcus or streptococcus is the culprit. Always remember to practice good hygiene and visit a doctor whenever a wound doesn’t seem to be healing well!

Last but definitely not least is the deadly Black Widow, infamous for eating her own mates. This is a pretty blown up claim too, though- black widows will typically only eat their mates when they are confined in a space where the male can’t escape, and black widow bites are very rarely lethal, usually only to very young or very old people or those with compromised immune systems.

Remember that even if a spider is venomous it still has an important place in the ecosystem and should be respected like any other animal! Don’t kill or otherwise disturb animals that you find in their natural habitat, and remember that most spiders will leave you alone and peacefully dispose of things like the most dangerous animal in the world (mosquitos!) for you if you leave them be. 

I’ll be posting all the finished cards in a group when I return from a short vacation sometime next week!

The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is a beautiful species that’s facing a huge problem. Every year these snakes are hunted in massive numbers for “festivals” known as Rattlesnake Roundups in the southern United States. These events are touted as ways to keep people and livestock safe, however, more experts are speaking up against the practice of taking mass quantities of snakes from the wild and culling them, not only because the negative effect they have on humans and livestock is relatively small, but also because hunting these animals down results in more bites as a result of deliberately coming into closer contact with the animal. These roundups are also notorious for animal cruelty, lack of respect for animals living or dead, and misrepresentation of the species they claim to be educating the public about. 

Orry Martin has made a video that details the problems with rattlesnake roundups much better than I ever could, and I suggest watching it if you’re interested in learning more about the issue (warning - video has some graphic scenes of animal cruelty and death), it’s a good introduction to a pretty complex animal welfare issue. 

The Rosy Boa is a handsome snake that comes in a wide variety of different colors. It is very docile and will curl into a ball with its head at the center if i feels threatened. The rosy boa is a burrowing species that spends most of its time in crevices and under rocks, away from the extreme temperatures of its habitat.

Today’s critter is an Eastern Indigo Snake! These gorgeous glossy animals are the largest snakes in North America and can be found in a variety of different habitats in Florida and some parts of Georgia. Due to their size, they will take down larger prey, including other snakes, eggs, birds, and even small alligators. They’re resistant against venom to help them deal with potentially dangerous meals.

This species is in peril due to the fact that it takes 3-5 years to reach sexual maturity and each individual needs a lot of habitat to survive, most of which is declining along with other species which it depends on for food and shelter. For more information on how you can help this animal avoid extinction, visit The Orianne Society’s webpage.

Taking a short break from posting critter card material to bring you an exciting update on a different project!

Some of you who have been following my work for a longer period of time may remember this post, where I left some cryptic hints and progress pictures of my work on this. I’m proud to announce that after a morning out on the archery range with my bowmaking professor, I can officially say that I have successfully made two functional Native American style wooden bows and a handful of arrows from scratch, primarily by hand with only a few power tools along the way to help the process along. 

This undertaking was an amazing experience and I can’t even begin to describe what it means to me not only as an artist, but also as the granddaughter of a bowhunter who unfortunately passed away long before he was able to teach me archery or how to hunt. Being able to revive this family passion in a new way is something incredibly special to me, and I know my grandfather would be proud. 

The sinew-backed bow is a tribute to my Grandpa Beiler, the skull and branch motif symbolizes death and rebirth, and the beginning of the Nunc Dimittis written underneath is a liturgical phrase that is basically a song of peace and final rest. The turkey feather-backed bow is more simply decorative, it was inspired by this design. Basically I caught wind of the fact that it was possible to put feathers on my bow and I refused to go any other direction.

Both bows are made from elm staves which were cut by the professor and prepped for tillering by yours truly. The handles are wrapped with leather and the bowstrings were made with an artificial string. All arrows are painted and fletched by hand, and the display arrows’ nocks were carved by hand and had trade points cut out by machine by the professor for me and then sharpened by hand. Long story short, this is as close as I, personally, could get to making the bows by hand in the timeframe I had. I can only imagine the amount of work and dedication it would take to make one from scratch from start to finish, not to mention the arrows and arrowheads! I have nothing but newfound admiration and deep respect for the people who survived off of these tools for thousands of years before modern machinery. 

As I mentioned earlier, the bows are both functional, they shoot wonderfully and the sinew-backed bow shoots far (much to my dismay this morning as I kept having to wander much farther than anyone else to retrieve my arrow during one of the exercises), but unfortunately I’m a terrible shot since I’m brand new to this c: I’ve already broken one arrow thanks to my poor aim, though fixing it should be easy enough. I’m hoping to get pictures of the bows in action up later on in the summer, I need plenty of practice after all, and I will definitely be making more of them in the future!

This shark looks and acts less like a shark and more like a whale, which is how it earned its name. Whale sharks are gentle giants that usually move at a nice steady pace of around 3mph but have been tracked making migrations of 4,800 miles and may travel even farther. They are filter feeders that use filter pads in their mouths to separate plankton, tiny aquatic creatures, from the water.