Amongst all the madness of grad school (e.g. taking three classes, teaching three classes, preparing one paper for publication while starting the proposal for another, and volunteering on weekends), I’ve had little time to appreciate art - never mind create it! So a week or so back when @stratasfan mentioned that they had a something to send my way, knowing her artsy skills, I had the suspicion that I was going to be getting a much needed dose of creative energy. But nothing could have prepared me for this little one! Look at how fantastic she is! And it’s done in graphite, which in my opinion is a super difficult medium to create full illustrations out of. Piper, from the Pixar short Piper, is my favorite Disney bird (in part due to that I worked as a shorebird wildlife technician this past summer, in part due to how stinkin’ cute she is.) I’m completely flabbergasted and very much in awe at how fantastic she looks, and can’t wait to find time to get a frame for her!