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The Cold

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 17, 2014, 1:55 PM


oday, I woke to the sound of rain.

In the loft where we sleep, there is a series of six windows encircling one corner, creating a large, panoramic view of the suburban street corner on which we live.  Normally, we are assaulted by the light of a clear blue sky, sunlight pouring in happily and obliviously turning the loft into a giant oven which, coupled with the fact it’s halfway through October and we feel it should no longer be so warm out as to cause an uncomfortable amount of sweating while indoors in an unheated room, usually is not terribly pleasing to us.

Alternatively, we can leave the windows open.  The temperature of mornings in the loft is improved, but in place of that slowly growing discomfort that ever so gradually lurches through morning bleariness until you’re filled with a horrible alarmed awareness that, if you don’t get up now, you may very well bake to death, there is traffic.  Never-ending, constant traffic.  Honking horns, screeching brakes, emergency sirens, and the aggressive roar of overzealous drivers with their muscle cars and motorcycles and presumably tiny genitalia.  Suffice it to say, this is also not terribly pleasing to us.

 But today, I woke to the sound of rain.

The light was soft, diffuse, rendering the world a gentle, muted grey.  The sky was overcast, and it was raining; the traffic outside was turned instead to gently undulating waves of white noise as the sounds of tires over wet pavement pass by.  This is clearly not what one would call a nice day, but in my estimation, it’s pretty much the best I could hope for.

I’m done with it being summer.  Casey likes to describe winter as a necessary recovery period, the season that recharges and rejuvenates him like a splash of cold water to the face, allowing him the ability to enjoy the sweltering heat of summer when it inevitably comes again.  He likes being cold, though.  I don’t like being cold, but I do like the cold.  Don’t get me wrong; summer can be nice, lazing about in the heat until you’re driven to seek refuge in the closest body of water, but it’s a lot less nice when you aren’t able to be lazy, and when you don’t have a lake, river, or ocean conveniently nearby to refresh you.  You can be warm, and that’s nice, but it’s forced upon you.  It's not a luxury - it's not even a choice.

It’s when it’s cold out that warmth becomes something special.  It is, after all, the whole point of winter festivities: to seek light and warmth together, and to revel in your refuge of vitality and comfort you’ve forged for yourself, creating a little sphere of goodness in a world of darkness and cold.  In the summer, there’s nothing particularly special about warmth, but when it’s cold, all of a sudden, mundane things become magical, if only because they are warm.  Holding a cup of hot tea in your hands and letting the steam wash over your face; cuddling up beneath a blanket, and feeling the warmth of your loved one next to you, and listening to the sound of rain together; sitting before a fire, its warmth inexorably drawing people to its heat and light and vitality.  Suddenly, these ordinary things become special; they become cozy, a kind of warmth that can only exist in the face of cold.

I know most people don’t like the cold, but especially since we have the luxury of so easily being able to find warmth in our world, maybe, just maybe, we shouldn’t be so hard on it.

Art Status

Commissions - CLOSED

Last updated Oct 19th

  • Q: Endless Realms (block 4 advance paid)
  • Henry: phoenix/dragon series/lizard girl - 1%/15% (paid in full)
  • BladeMcCloud: Flind - 0% (not paid)
  • Caleb: map - 0% (not paid)
  • benymol: ?? - 0% (not paid)
  • Jon: ?? - 0% (paid, awaiting response)


Jen Elliott (Jen Philpot)
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
I'm 29 years old, happily married, with a B.Sc in animal biology. I'm an illustrator who prefers work with animal and/or fantasy elements - I use primarily digital media but also some traditional, and focus on realistic and semi-realistic paintings as well as a few varieties of lineart-based art. I largely worked freelance, but now am the lead artist for Endless Realms, a D&D-like pen and paper RPG currently in development.

As for hobbies, I am a huge music enthusiast. I am a classically trained pianist and aspiring teacher, although recent and not-so-recent life events have caused me to fall tragically out of practice. I love listening to music and almost always enjoy finding new and unusual instruments, songs, genres and artists - I collect music not just of my own tastes, but also work that I find noteworthy, unique or extraordinarily different, and I'd like to think I have at least one or two examples of any major musical genre represented in my collection.

I also love food - trying new things and appreciating the foods I like is a simple undeniable pleasure for me. I never really cooked much when I was young, but have since really grown to enjoy it. Like my musical tastes, I potentially like just about anything - it all depends on how it's done.

I'm also pretty clearly a nerd. Besides generally enjoying things like science and philosophy (and being a huge music nerd, as previously mentioned), I love good science fiction, fantasy, and character/world-building, and enthusiastically but infrequently get the chance to practice archery and poi. I also enjoy a number of games, from video games to tabletop to cards to PnP RPGs, but I grew up primarily with video games - favourites include the old X-Wing/TIE Fighter series, RPGs like Suikoden, ChronoTrigger and Super Mario RPG, stealth games like Metal Gear Solid, and music games like DDR, Guitar Hero, Osu and Audiosurf.

I also theoretically enjoy writing, although I have much more of a love/hate relationship with it. While I've never quite gotten the hang of creating good narrative flow, I do enjoy world building and have created an extensive universe called The Tripartitus - I use a Wiki as a way to organize all the information I have for it.


All inquiries regarding commissions may be made through notes, or email me at - see also… - please don't delete previous messages from notes, as I need those to help keep track of people! Thank you :)

I am presently CLOSED for commissions! Please see my journal for more information.


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hsoj95 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for joining Canines-Unite! :)
jocarra Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!  Thank you for the invite :)
hsoj95 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are quite welcome! We are honored to have you in our group! :)
MissDarlin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Your artwork is amazing. I hope to commission someday for a portrait of my fursona to put up in my living room :) 
jocarra Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly :thanks:  Unfortunately, I'm not open for commissions, but I may open later in the winter season - keep an eye on announcement in my journal if you're interested in getting a spot :)
BLITZFenix Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Many thanks for the map tutorial, Jocarra. Much appreciated! I managed make my first digital world map not look like crap thanks to you. :)
jocarra Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks a lot and best of luck to you in your future maps!
RaveInsatiable Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Hi Jocarra, I was just wondering when you might be opening up for commissions? =o
And also was wondering on a price quote, if you'd have the time for one right now.
I'd be willing to fill out all of the information in your journal that you posted about it.
jocarra Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there!  Chances are, I won't be able to open for commissions for at least a few months, as I have an existing waitlist, and very limited time for freelance work now that I'm doing contract work for Endless Realms.  However, I can give you a rough price quote, if you'd like - just send me a note or email :)
MaxK-W Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the favourite! ^_^

Make sure to watch my page for more photography that you may enjoy :dummy:
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