Judgment of the Heart
9x12” Watercolor

“We balance probabilities and choose the most likely. It is the scientific use of the imagination.”
-Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Portrait of the adorable ragdoll Sherloki (Sherlock + Loki) that has passed away. This has a lot of symbolism drawn up together. Sherloki was born in early October and would have been a Libra.

Ravens and crows are often portrayed as being tricksters and are associated with shape shifters in some Native American lore - like the Norse god Loki, who is a shape shifter and according to some scholars is a trickster god. As a nod to that, the feather. However, it is also in reference to the Feather of Truth, as Sherloki has passed on.

In that respect the scales also serve a dual purpose, as a reference towards Libra’s scales and Themis, but also to the Weighing of the Heart ceremony and the Feather of Truth in the afterlife. Themis’ Scales of Justice are Libra’s symbol but they also symbolize in this piece Sherlock Holmes’s pursuit of truth through his deductive reasoning in order to solve crimes.
RIP beautiful Sherloki.

© Parker (Styx) 2016

  • Me when I've practiced scales:Yes I am the embodiment of Mozart. My instrument is just an extension of my arm. Leaping 7 octaves perfectly in tune within a fraction of a second? No problem.
  • Me when I haven't practiced scales:What is a violon? I have not heard of this 440Hz. Why am I holding this stick in my hand? Help.


Done for one of my classes :) The prompt was to illustrate either a zodiac sign or constellation, but eh, I wanted to draw a dragon instead ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The zodiac sign being represented is Libra :D

Pangolins have scales made of keratin, the same protein that human nails or hairs are made of. Pangolin’s tongue can be almost as long as its body and the tongue’s sticky surface allows it to efficiently and firmly grab its food. Pangolins are insectivores and they each as much as 20,000 ants per day!  Interestingly, pangolins don’t have teeth so they crush their prey only after it is swallowed by using keratinous outgrowths in their stomachs as well as stones that they swallow to also facilitate the crushing process (actually, somewhat similar to birds).

Drawing from Zoologische Jahrbücher (1887)