I second this very, very much, but I am having great trouble with finding any laws in my country! Google doesn’t help at all, it just comes up with rules for discrading bones if you have a mink farm … which I don’t.
It might help to find the environment officials / administration in your country and see if they have a website that holds information on nature conservation, hunting permits etc. Instead of looking for info on keeping bones, look for information on protected species and conservation as those laws can also outline what you can and can’t do to a protected species and possibly a list of species that aren’t protected.
As I’ve been showing off my collection of animal bones and other specimens and seen people become increasingly aware and fascinated by the hobby of bone collecting, I feel it necessary to say this:
Please, if you collect dead animal parts, make sure the specimens you own are legal to own! If they are not, please, DO NOT COLLECT THEM. Or at the very least, do take the necessary steps needed to get a legal permit for owning one.
Many people understand that endangered species’ are off limits but not everyone realizes that even animals that seem common and can be found dead along roads can be protected by laws that forbid owning and selling their parts.
For example, in Finland, all birds except for those classified as game or pests are protected meaning you need legal permits to keep or sell their bones, hides, feathers or other parts.
Please, oh please, do not break these laws, and if you introduce friends to your hobby, inform them as well! These laws are in place to protect the animals we love and respect so much. You don’t need to own a beautiful skull or hide so much that you need to take the illegal route. If you really want a certain specimen it is only respectful towards nature to own it legally and pay for a permit.
Many seasoned bone collectors know this already, but I’ve seen beginners just grabbing any bird or small critter they find dead to take their parts. This is not always acceptable, so familiarize yourself with the laws and obey them.
Finnish Alphabet & Pronunciation Part 1 of 2 —- Part 2
A bit out of the ordinary post here, but in the past people have asked me how to pronounce certain things in Finnish and just how Finnish works. Well, today I found these videos on YouTube and I think they can be quite enlightening to anyone wondering about Finnish pronunciation!
The person on the video is not a native speaker of Finnish so I think she’s able to explain this stuff so that other non-natives can get it. And more importantly, aside from having a bit of a funky accent here and there, she has a spot-on pronunciation.
Those times when you haven’t had enough sleep during the night, but can’t sleep it off during the day because that would just mess up your sleep pattern… I has them. Thank goodness it’ll only last a day. Doodled this to see if I can hold a pen to do some commission work anyway this evening. I think I can do some sketching…
Can I just say how awesome it is that you post two pages at once now? Is this going to continue? Oh, and personally I like your vampire designs because they actually look like half-dead and inhuman monsters instead of human fashion models with plastic teeth in their mouths. Really refreshing!
Thank you, I’m glad you like both my vampires and updating schedule! I must admit I very much prefer putting two pages up at a time instead of just one, as well.
With that said, the reason I haven’t “officially” stated that the new update schedule would be two pages a week is that I’m not sure how long I can pull it off. At the moment I have a big buffer of finished pages in store and an equal amount sketched, because I’ve had a lot of time to work on them. That may change if life suddenly happens (onslaught of freelance work, an art block, problems with script…) so if it starts to look like I’m updating more pages than I can finish and that buffer starts to dwindle, I have to go back to one page a week.
Sometimes I feel a bit baffled by how willingly people have accepted these weird, floppy-eared zombie-goblins of mine as vampires. People have strong opinions about the portrayal of mythical creatures after all.