Illustria - This first started as a small scribble in my sketchbook. I was working on one of the drawing prompts for “Inktober” last year, and was having a bit of a difficult time figuring out what to make that represented “bottle” (that day’s drawing prompt). I was going through a mental list of all the things associated with a bottle in my mind, when the image of a ship in bottle passed through my mind’s eye. I was suddenly swept away with ideas, sailing a ship through a miniature world, or building a magical cruiser that could be carried easily in your pocket for storage. I started scribbling some quick ideas, and the ship started bursting from the bottle, escaping from it’s tiny world and into uncharted water. I loved it, it was so much fun thinking of all the things this flying ship could do. I decided to evolve that Inktober drawing into this pin. To me, Illustria embodies the spirit of breaking from conventions, setting out on your own path, and bravely exploring your mind and this world. The ship is named Illustria to celebrate a life painted with the colors of experience.