Monday Morning Post- Old vs New pt 1

Hey Guys! Bea here!

This post was actually intended for Monday, but I’m apparently still having some issues with WordPress, as my original draft of this didn’t save. So! Here’s for round two! (man it sucks trying to rethink what you already wrote >_<! Just the ultimate brain fart is  what I’m left with right now.)

Anyway, originally this post was going to be completely about all the books I’ve done with Ms. Perry, but since this is coming late, I decided to do something a bit more interesting. Now I’ve been working with Ms. Hunter, doing Children’s books for well over ten years now, and naturally, my style has changed a bit with each title as I’ve sought to find ways to more effectively put my ideas onto paper, and improve my process.

So, I decided to do a little experiment, by comparing the old with the new. Not just the shifts in my style between the work I’ve done for Ms. Perry, but to go back and reflect on my earliest work, which I myself haven’t seen in over ten years. Now if imma be honest, some of it is pretty cringeworthy for me, lol, so, here goes!

My first children’s book ever was called Tim the Cat, by Roland Hansen, which was done back in 2007.

 

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A somewhat sad, but cute story about a kitten that was abandoned at a junk yard because of the white patch on his nose, that distinguished him from the rest of his litter. It is while Tim is at the junkyard, that he ends up meeting a crew of junkyard rats, who are surprised to find a cat that doesn’t hate them.

So in a strange twist of fate, little Tim is taken in and raised by the rats, until finally he left and found a  home in the company of a kind woman and her husband who found him on the street.

There’s a lot more to Tim’s story– how has to adjust to life as an actual cat, while living with other cats, and how in a weird way, his time with the rat’s taught him bravery against seemingly unbeatable odds.

There’s a lot that I can appreciate about this book. A story about being the odd one out, but using it to your advantage.  Reflecting on my work, there’s a lot I like about my old style, and obviously areas I see that I’ve improved. I mean this was back in the day when I did more traditional artwork. I like the roughness it had, which is something I try to keep in my digital work.

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I burst out laughing when I saw this again! Because I’m like, whoa, wait, what the hell happened to Timmy! When you go years without following up on a story you’ve read and come back to it, it’s like looking at it with fresh eyes, and boy did I! I had to friggen re-read the story because I had completely forgotten what it was about.

Basically, to make a long story short, Timmy became a gansta! From the words of Timmy himself:

“Hello, my name is Tim the Cat. Maybe you read my story about how I became a hero and everyone loved me. Well, I have a different kind of tale to tell today.

I went from not having any friends to everyone wanting to be my friend. That was extra special to me because of some things that happened to me when I was a kitten. First, I didn’t have a dad, I only had a mom. Then a very mean man took me far, far away and dropped me off at the dump. I grew up very sad and sometimes mad about what had happened to me.

As time went by, the other cats still liked me but didn’t treat me like the big hero. I missed that feeling. Since there weren’t any more dogs coming into our yard to scare, I decided to try something else. I decided to cause trouble!

That’s right, I thought that if I did that everyone would look at me and talk about me again.
I became very good at being bad!”

I’m just kidding about the gangsta part, but, he got into some mess!

But of course, Timmy couldn’t’ be gangsta forever.  Like most kids, sometimes being a bit too playful has some humbling consequences, when the game goes to far, and someone gets hurt.

As I mentioned earlier, my style tends to shift between books. In this case,  I do miss some aspects of the first one– the watercolory- crosshatching of the traditional mediums. In this case, I experimented with digital and traditional. Not only that, I went for more dynamic angles and was able to show more depth in my work. The main downside to it is, working this way was still very new to me, and it feels rough, not so much in a way that I like.

There’s still a few more books to share before I get back to Ms. Perry, but  I think I’ll call it a day for now, to keep this post from going on for too long.

I do hope you liked this post though, even though it’s a  break from my norm 🙂 And as always, till next time, Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Post: Close to Home

Hey Guys, Bea here!

Since last month was pretty much dedicated to showing some of the work I’ve done in the area of comics/sketch cards, for the next few weeks I’ll be sharing work that I’ve done locally, not only for the authors I’ve done work for, but also little things I did for friends and family! So, with this batch of posts, you can expect a lot of children’s book art and things of the sort.

That said, let’s get into it!

One thing I like to do when promoting my work is to also give credit to those who hire me– if they’re up to it of course!  Fortunately, many of them are, and this is just one of the ways I show my support.

Starting off, I’d like to share some of the work I’ve done for Ms. Latashia Perry.

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This is actually an interior illustration from her book “Skin Like Mine” that I illustrated and put her title on– again to her credit.

Little backstory, I’ve worked in the area of books and children’s books since my days in high school. Through a friend’s parent, I had my first book deal, if I can even call it that now >_<. She happened to be working with a local publisher, whom I refer to as Ms. Hunter, and the rest has been history.

I was very rusty when I started out, or rather, I didn’t have any experience at all, but Ms. Hunter took me under her wing, gave me an opportunity, opened many doors, and challenged me to be better. In many ways, she and I see our relationship as that of mother and daughter. She pretty much raised me into the artist I am today, instilling many of the values I have, and she’s not afraid to scold me when I make mistakes, and I respect her for it!

Even as my career has expanded past the work that Ms. Hunter channels to me, much of it to her credit, I still work with her, lending my services to local authors, many of them who are just starting out, and making their way.

Ms. Latashia Perry is one of those creative individuals, and I take great pride in working with her because I enjoy the message in her content, which has larger been about self-acceptance.

So these next two weeks are going to be dedicated to you Ms. Perry, as I’m sure you’ll be reading this. I want to share the impact your books have had on me as an artist, and the message I’ve gathered behind each one.

Thank you guys for reading! I hope you Liked this post, the story shall continue, and as always, till next time, enjoy!

 

 

 

Troubles With WordPress

Hey Guys, Bea here,

Just wanted to write and let you guys know I’ve been having a hard time editing some of my pages. Unfortunatly, due to some error, my portfolio page and my media-file has been affected.

Basically, every peice I had under professional works just dissapeared, as well as some others. I attempted to restore everythign to an earlier date, but that does not resolve the issue. So, what I’ll be doing going forward is cleaning out my media-file, and re-doing my professional works section. Some of my old blog posts are likely to be affected from the cleanup, with images no longer showing with the text,  but all my artwork will be featured in my gallery once I’ve gotten everything back in order.

So, just a heads up! Will be fixed soon.

Monday Evening Post- Double Trouble

Hey Guys! Bea here!

Got a little behind with last week’s post, but that’s okay because this one is going to be doubly special as I’ll be sharing with you both of the remaining sketch cards from this set, and some bonus stuff for your viewing pleasure!

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Grimm Fairy Tales: Hellsing

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Grimm Fairy Tales: Dark Queen

This post is briefer than most, but one thing that I truly enjoy about doing these sketch cards is that it gave me the challenge of getting back to my roots. Before I had digital, the two mediums I used the most were marker and color pencil.

Overall, I’m very happy that I was able to return to using those same mediums without feeling that I’d lost the skill. In fact, I think digital may have helped me transition back, to traditional, in some ways.

As an added bonus, I decided to include a full spread of all the sketch cards, and the line art for them.

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Since I’ve been working on quite a few projects, I’ll be sharing those artworks over the next couple of weeks, in a form of mini series– So stay tuned!

Hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

Monday Evening Post- HellChild

Hey guys! Bea here

I battle quite often, with what I should say or what I should share in my blog posts. On one hand, I want to be raw, and honest about the things I go through and experience as a striving artist, while on the other, I don’t want to down the mood. I mean, it’s a lot easier to put on a front and pretend that making art is all rainbow and sunshine lol!

In my life, though, I’ve come to value honesty more than anything, and I wish to express that here by being unafraid to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. That said, the honest truth is this:  Being an artist is hard work. Not only can we be our own worst critics, but I’ve seen doubt cripple many young talents, so severely that it has swayed them from their passions.

Part of the reason I suffer from doubt is because I question sometimes if I’ll ever be as great as the artists I admire. I mean it’s so easy to look at someone who seems to be better off than you, and assume they’ve got the golden ticket! But it was only until recently that I’ve spoken with some of those artists, only to learn that we’re in the same boat– both trying to be better versions of ourselves while striving to be successful in what we do. In other words, I realized I wasn’t alone.

Sometimes, the difference between overcoming doubt is knowing that you’re not alone in your struggle– that those whom you look up to, had to fight through the same things to find their own success.

That bring us to today’s Sketch Card- Hellchild

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Grimm Fairy Tales: Angelica Blackstone

One of the things I love about doing sketch cards is that I get to pick who I want to draw from a pool of characters, and typically I always go for the characters I think would either be really fun to draw or those that I feel I can resonate with. In this case, I chose one that I resonate with.

“ANGELICA BLACKSTONE is half-Greek god, half-vampire, and she’s pissed! When she is brought back from the dead and given a new lease on life by monster hunter Liesel Van Helsing, Angelica joins a gang of Viking vampire junkies living in the underbelly of New York City. But she has a hell of an ax to grind with her absentee father, Hades, who she blames for her death. All hell is about to break loose! “

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First thing’s first, I like the greek god’s, I dig vampires, and I love strong female characters who can fight! I’m inspired when I draw them because I’m reminded that sometimes what it takes to succeed in what you love doing is to fight through the odds and win against your own inner demons, which is ironically what this character does.

Of all the cards, I think this one represents my passion, to not let doubt win, and to always be a better version of myself with each passing year, and I express that, not only in the character I chose but also in the choice of color and pose.

That’s it for today! That leaves us with 2 more sketch cards in the lineup. Anyway, I hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

 

 

 

Monday Morning Post: Confidence in the Face of Doubt

Hey guys! Bea here!

One of the most terrifying games for me, as a child, was Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, because there was never a game that had made me feel so utterly helpless against the oncoming threat, Nemesis himself.

For those of you who never played Resident Evil 3, the Nemesis is this monstrous creature, that throughout most of the game, whenever he appeared, the best option was always to run, or slow him down so you could. You could try to fight the monster, buuuuut

The chances of it ending in your favor were zero >_<.

Nemesis was an unstoppable force– and when he was coming after you, nothing could stand in his way. No doors and no windows could stop him. The only way out was to run and make it to the next checkpoint, losing him, before he could catch up to you.

Though the Nemesis in the game is a fictional character, I firmly believe that the concept is real in most people’s lives. He may come in the form of a bad habit, depression,  or even doubt- hunting you down and crippling you in the most inopportune times. Naturally, when most people encounter their Nemesis, they feel helpless… It seems easier to run than to fight because the odds are more likely in your favor… right?

Despite the odds that the main character of the game was up against… even as every encounter with the nemesis became more frightening than the last, she never just gave up. **Spoiler alert** At the end of the last boss fight against the Nemesis, you’re left with two choices:  Exterminate the Monster, or Ignore it and Evacuate **End of Spoiler**

My nemesis is Doubt. If I don’t keep it in check, or stomp it out, it can convince me that I’m not good enough. That I’m not experienced enough, or qualified enough. That I’m broken because of all the abuses I’ve suffered and that I shouldn’t even try. Some of my closest friends battle with doubt too. If we’re not careful, and we allow doubt to win, we can close the same doors that others have opened for us- shooting down opportunities, in favor of our excuses.

Choosing to fight the monster, in this case, doubt–or ignore it, can literally be the difference between success or failure BEFORE you’ve even given yourself a chance at either.

So when Steven came to me and asked me to illustrate the covers of comics I shared in the previous post,  there was a moment when I doubted myself and wanted to say no, because I was afraid that I wasn’t good enough, even though it’s obvious he believed that I was. Otherwise, why ask me?

Looking back, I’m glad I chose to fight my Nemesis that day. If I hadn’t, I would have shut the door on myself, and would have never eliminated the lack of experience as an excuse…

And I would not be sharing one of these with you today!

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Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood

Though I believe it works to my credit, I’m one of those people who has a haaard time being simple, when it comes to my work. That, and I’m a borderline perfectionist. Taking those two things into consideration, even though the space on the sketch cards is limited– It’s difficult for me to simply do an artistic portraiture. Instead, I want to create a card-sized comic book cover, in full detail =_=.

I am annoyed somewhat, by my own incessant need to get crazy with the details, while being a perfectionist about it.  But I have to say, of all the cards this one turned out to be my favorite in terms of composition, which I put a lot of thought into.

Many don’t know this about my work, but I do a lot of planning and research prior to putting pen to paper. Even with simple sketch cards, a great deal of time is spent trying to find the right pose, the right angle, the right reference images, the right colors, ETC. Though I’ve gotten pretty good at finding what I need, sometimes the process can be very daunting or frustrating when I can’t get things to look the way I want them to. It’s at these times, that my old Nemesis “Mr. Doubt” comes to pay me a visit…

want to find out what happens next? Stay tuned for the next episode of The Young and the Restless Bea: Doubt’s Return!

lol Anyway, I’d like to thank you for reading, and I hope you look forward to the next Monday Morning Post. As always, till next time, enjoy!

 

 

 

 

A Wise Man Once Told Me…

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A few years back, I was introduced to Yullie, through my publisher. I can honestly say he’s a man with a wealth of wisdom, but unlike some, he has the experience to back it up. I only met with him a few times, for the purpose of creating a book of his quotes, but unfortunately, in the midsts of his travels, and me moving, we lost contact.

It just so happened that as I was browsing through my work, I stumbled upon 3 rough drawings I did for him, illustrating some of his quotes. I didn’t know what happened to Yullie, but the original quote he reserved for this illustration– about being thankful for the people who enter your life,  ironically illustrates how things have gone between us.

I learned a lot from Yullie in our brief exchange and was very relieved to find out that he’s okay, after locating his old contact information and getting in touch.  I don’t know if we’ll get to finish the book,  but I certainly hope so. In the meantime, I look forward to sharing the other two illustrations with you all.

So yeah! a very brief, and random post from yours truly! I hope you liked it, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!