Constellation Girl

The girl who touched the stars finally has a name!

Introducing: Estelle

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It’s been such a long time since I’ve made mention of her, so in case it was forgotten, Estelle is the girl in my first banner illustration for this blog, which was a painting I did to test how much I’d learned after completing my 30 day sketch challenge back in January.

BannerBlog1a brief caption from that post “January 1st, I took a challenge– to draw every day for 30 days. I was not prepared to do it, I just know I wanted to do it, to kick start the new year. It wasn’t a major accomplishment in comparison to other challenges, but for me, it was. The truth is, I don’t draw much…I always wished I did…I wish I had more time to draw freely, to learn and grow and become a better artist. But Life and obligations typically get in the way. So when I was given a month to relax, I decided I’d take that time and be productive and do the thing I always wished I could. I’d draw. So to follow up with my challenge, I combined everything I learned in thirty days, into a finished painting that gives life to the idea that we all can reach our goals– and with each one, we can touch the stars of our dreams.”

This simple illustration sparked a lot of discussion between not only my friends and family, but also with some of the people who’ve been watching me through this whole process. I made friends, I gained motivation, I’m still going strong, and Estelle is a reminder of that.

So, a month after creating this illustration, I decided to test my skill again with a painting of Estelle to mark my growth,

Preview1but because of SDCC, and portfolio prep, she was one of many personal projects of mine that hit the back burner. that is until I stumbled upon a different sketch I did of her– the one at the beginning of this post.  Now I know it sounds weird– me stumbling across art I did, as if I forgot I ever drew them, but I juggle so much with my day job, and commission work, that many of the illustrations or sketches I start for myself, get lost in the mayhem.

Now as promised in my last post of Estelle, I’d tell you a bit more about her. Her name means Star, and she is technically the embodiment of many interests I have, and an homage to things that inspire and influence me, as an artist.  For example, Japanese animation is very near and dear to my heart. I love anime, especially the ones I grew up on, so I decided to draw Estelle in such a way that she resembles anime and a Japanese woman. Much like me when I was younger, Estelle has a very bubbly personality and an overactive imagination, aka she can literally get lost in the wonder of her dreams. Because of this, Estelle sees the world differently than most and imagines that her dreams and goals in life are stars, bound up in a sea of constellations waiting to be reached, and what she sees is so real to her, she could touch them. In terms of looks, she has a bouncy/playful hairstyle, big brown doe-like eyes, a quirky smile, and has 7 beauty marks/freckles– forming a mini constellation across her face, neck, and chest.

Estelle wont be attached to any particular narrative, but I will draw her from time to time, to mark my growth, so each time you see her, she may look  a bit different as my style improves!

That said, look forward to seeing more of Estelle! Till next time, Enjoy 😀

Sketchbook Exclusive: Forgotten Arts and Bea’s Day Out!

Hey guys! Bea here, ready to tell you about new stuffs, and to bring you arts of mine that never saw the light of day!

aka, old arts that never got finished and/or were deemed not good enough to share by my younger self >_<

I’ve been making conscious efforts to break that terrible habit of mine of always wanting my stuff to be of a certain standard before I consider it “presentable”, so I started Sketchbook Exclusives as a means to share my “less than polished” work, like doodles, rough sketches, speed paints, and old unfinished stuff.

In addition to that, I’ve also been trying to new ways to break out of my comfort zone, by spending less time in front of the screen, since most my work is digital, and more time in my sketchbook. This just so happened to result in me and Justin going out on the town where we engaged in a series of fun sketch challenges that I came up with on the spot. It was so fun in fact, we both agreed that we should do it again!

The challenges were simple, but difficult to execute as our “models” were people who were briskly walking by.

Anyway! we started with 30 second drawings where we’d pick our subject (who was usually moving), set the phone on the timer,  and try to draw them in 30 seconds flat.The results? Laughable, as we both quickly realized how rusty we are!

The second challenge was a fun 60 second game of I Spy, where instead of drawing moving subject, we’d pick something stationary, like a lamp post, a tree, or a building– draw it in 60 seconds, and then compare. Much easier than drawing fast moving people lol!

The third challenge was a tricky one, because it had all to do with Memory! The goal was to look around, find something that caught our eye, memorize it, and then draw it without looking again. When the 60 seconds were up, we’d compare our drawings and see how much we got right.  This one was really funny because we both ended up drawing things that we imagined were there, but wern’t, like windows on buildings that had none, or writing what we thought the name of things were, which, as it turned out, we were wrong. Very fun!

In fact, we loved it so much, we upped the ante in the 4th challenge by giving ourselves 1 minute to memorize our view from where we were sitting, and 4 minutes to draw it from memory. The results were hilarious!

Even though the drawings we made  in each of these challenges were not our finest work, I really wanted to share them, but my my pencil lines were so faint, they just didn’t translate in the photos I took. We didn’t exactly go out with the intention of drawing , so we were using things we found to draw with instead of nice set of art supplies.

No matter though! There will be a next time, and I will be prepared with sketches, AND photos for comparison, in a category of posts I’d like to call Bea’s Day Out! Coming soon to a blog near you…I’m talking about this one…This blog. Mines.

Now about those arts, ehh??

Nothing new, in fact, both of these are old, one in particular by at least 4 years, so lets start with that one!

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Maybe you recognize her, maybe you don’t,  but she’s the lovely songstress from the very bloody and gory tale of Repo! The Genetic Opera. She is know as  “Blind Mag”, and is my favorite character from the movie.

If you’re not familiar with Repo, it’s a story about a world where organ failure has become an epidemic, kind of like a dystopian future, where people must rely on GeneCo for organ transplants which are “loaned” to them. In the event someone fails to make their payments, a Repo Man in sent to collect, usually resulting in said person’s demise. I’m not a huge fan of gore, which there is a lot of, but the story was very entertaining in my opinion. Defiantly something out of the norm!

as an added note– the performance that inspired the fan art that never got finished

That brings us to our second piece of forgotten arts, which is actually the original concept sketch for my May Monthly Collectible Illustration featuring the Selkie Siren.

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I really enjoyed this one, but I was running such a tight schedule at that time, preparing for SDCC, that I only drew enough to get an idea of what I needed.

In the meantime, I’m currently working on finishing a painting that was commissioned of the Mother Mary, which will be done in a few days, as I get back on track with my Monday Evening Post, so, look out!

Been fun sharing these with you all, thank you for reading!  till next time, Enjoy!

Sketchbook Exclusive- Siamese Swan Lake

Hey guys! Bea here! Bringing you another Sketchbook Exclusive!

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Concept:  Character Concept Art for Facebook’s Character Design Challenge

Theme: The Traveling Circus/ Siamese twins performing Swan Lake

Inspirational Music:

It’s highly likely that with the time I have left, I wont be able to complete this character concept art for the challenge, but even so I’d like to share it here as it is a piece I intend to finish at a later date 🙂

Originally when I started to piece this design together, I tried to think of a circus show I’d pay to see– and I thought, Siamese twins, that would be cool! Oh and maybe they should be doing something acrobatic or some kind of dance that requires precision and balance. Mirrors. Think mirrors– as if the sisters are mirroring each other *sketchity sketch sketch*   Okay, now costumes, what should they wear? Hrm….Tutu…ballet shoes…..*sketch sketch*…What if— What if made one look sad and the other confident? What if….one is the black swan and the other the white swan from Swan Lake? That would totes make sense because they are like two half’s of one whole kinda *Sketchity sketch*

And there you have it! A brief window into my brain!

I’ve never seen Swan Lake in person, but I’ve always been fascinated by it, since I was introduce to the story by….Princess Tutu

A gem of an anime I stumbled upon some years back, which, believe it or not is one of my all time favorite animes now. Black Swan with Natalie Portman was also a huge inspiration in the thought process  as that movie captured the idea very well, in how mirrors were used to reflects the different swans.

Another thing that drew me to this idea is my love of comparing blacks and whites in my art. I love seeing the two clash in some way or form  so it gave me another excuse to do it.  Pretty soon I’ll enough pieces like these that I can make a series out of them lol!

I do hope I can finish it on time, I have quite a few things that come before it, but even if I can’t it was fun to get started and certainly something I look forward to finishing.

Anywho, Hope you liked this sketchbook exclusive, and maybe even found something nice to look into. As for me, I think I’ll go binge watch Princess Tutu again for the millionth time >_<

Till next time, Enjoy!

Catz Galore!

Hey guys! Bea here!

Been a while since my last post, given that I’ve been enjoying my little Hiatus, but I’m back, with arts to share! Finished arts 😀

CatA while back, as some of you may recall, Marc Andre of Katzenworld requested I draw two of his kitties.  He enjoyed them, and as it turned out, he commissioned me to do illustrations of all the Katzenworld cats!  Because I was working to prepare my portfolio for SDCC, I wasn’t able to complete these illustrations until now, but here they are!

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Though I’ve been kind of quiet for the past week, mostly because I’ve been catching up on some muuuuch needed sleep, I do have quite a few things in the works that I’m super excited about, that I intend to introduce before the month is out– but for now I’m just trying to get back into the groove of things. Sleeping all day makes me kinda lazy so I’ve been really “meh” about drawing to be honest lol.  But, I do hope you liked this post, and the cats! More art to come this week as well as I finish off another commission that’s been in the works!

Till next time, Enjoy!

Sketchbook Exclusive- Mori

hash1Hey guys! I’ve been hard at work for the past few days, getting several projects started, and among them is Mori, a short story of my very own that I am writing, designing and illustrating, and I’m here to share this small preview of a work in progress!

I wont be giving much away in terms of the story, at least not yet, but to be brief, the name itself means “To Die” In Latin, and it’s about the relationship a human shares with death- both in a literal sense, and in the way Death is personified throughout the story. While I’m currently in the early stages of creating the concept art, and overall look and feel of the story, I can say that it will be rich with lore, with a style that intermingles Victorian elegance, ancient Mexican traditions, and nature.

So who is the looming figure in the preview?  He is a prominent character, one of two Reapers– and is commonly referred to as “Black Death”. But believe me, his name and appearance makes him out to be more menacing than he is.

Because this is a very ambitious project for me, being my first go at making my own illustrated story, I will be taking my time, creating the concept art and building the story while learning to storyboard prior to making the interior illustrations. Overall though, my goal is to have a finished product, by sometime next year.  Of course, all my process work, leading up to it, will be shared here, so feel free to follow along 🙂

Also, since some of the work I do is a collaborative effort, I will be giving credit where it’s due. So, a big thank you to graphic designer Zygona for vectoring the title logo I designed, and for compositional guidance!

More concept arts coming soon! Till next time, Enjoy!


NOTE:

All art associated with Mori, by Beagifted is protected by copyright law– and is not to be used or sold except for by original artist: Bea Jackson.

Thank you.

SuperHuman

Okay, I’mma just come out and say it– You guys are going to be seeing me draw a looooot of ladies this month. As much as I want to draw more mens, a lot of things I have planned revolve around the ladies– so, curves ahoy!

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Concept: Young woman, nude and “sitting pretty”– a term generally used to describe her exact pose,  with fire for hair. Half her face– bruised and scruffed with a mean eye, the other half, clean and polished.

Inspiration: Janelle Monáe, high fashion, superpowers

Reference:  Client posed on spot as I sketched.

In addition to my own works, I decided to commit this month to catching up with/and finishing some commissions, and because the deadlines for some of these are so far off, there’s no pressure 😀 Yay!

So what we have here, is a rough concept for the cover art I’m doing for the literary works of a my good friend, Deshaun Summers. He and I went to high school together, and a few years ago we somehow got in touch again. As it turns out, he’s an author now, and I’m still drawing 😀 Go figure!

I’ll try to include a small synopsis of the story, or what Deshaun wants to say about it in his own words later, but in simplest terms, its about women being strong, overcoming abuse. More to come later!


On a side note, I’d like to feature an artist I met through Deviant Art named Karii

She wrote me not too long ago, and was kind enough to ask my permission to use the pose in my Marble Study for her illustration. It may not sound like a big deal, but I have been a victim of art theft before, and on more than one occasion with both small named companies and big named publishers, so it means a lot when someone is courteous enough to ask permission. Thank you Karii! you’re awesome!

other works of hers-warning, some may be NSFW

If you’d like to see more of her lovely work, click here!

Hope you liked this post, till next time, Enjoy!

Gardening Tips from your Friendly Reaper

ReaperSo, Zy and I were having an interesting conversation– Maybe you’ll enjoy it 😀

Bea: I miss you! *grabby handz* and I drew little reapers of you today…but they’re just incoherent scribbles >_<

Zygona: I wanna seeee

Bea: they are really crappy scribbles. It’s like, a square here and a circle there, and a few squiggly doodads– looks like spagetty but I know what’s there!!

Zygona: so *whines while making grabby hands *

Bea: fine ill show you my crappy drawings…

Zygona: YAY! I was ’bout to pull the sad puppy fayce on you

Bea: here! My squiggly doodads!! lets see if you can make out what’s going ondodads

Zygona:…watering a dead plant

Bea: yes, yes you are watering a dead plant…

Zygona: the ones on a swing outside with a house–

Bea: No, no swing.  that’s a tree!! can’t you tell how obvious it is that it’s a tree?!

Zygona: ttly looks like a swing there on the top right hand side– looks like a swing, and your roots are a seat

Bea: shushers you! there is a story behind these doodads!!

I wont lie, most of my actual sketchbook is made of squiggly doodads, but in this case, I decided to take it a little bit further, thus arts were born! Totally legible arts! By the way, there is a story behind this sketch– more to be revealed in time!

Just a simple lighthearted post 😀 Till next time, Enjoy!