Monday Evening Post

Hey guys! Bea here!

About a week ago, I made myself available for commissions, while working on some old ones that I finally had time to finish, so, my fingers have been busy!ย  Unfortunately I can’t post all my progress, at least not without the okay from my commissioners, since I always consider their privacy before going gungho and posting everything I draw, but while that process is going, I’m finally able to share at least one of the older ones ๐Ÿ˜€

Mary

MaryPorcelain2This was actually an unpaid-commission that I offered as a prize in this trick or treat game I orchestrated for the Halloween Party Zygona and I hosted last year. The winner was a nice guy named Jon that I met, and it was his request that I do an illustration of the Virgin Mary.

I started this illustration very promptly, once he gave me the details. In fact, my early draft for this illustration was literally the first thing I posted on my blog- Go figure ๐Ÿ˜€

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Some of you may also recall, a study I did, to help me figure out her pose, called Marble.

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Lot’s changed since then lol! But, because I had to make plans for SDCC, I spoke with Jon, and he gave me the okay to focus on finishing the illustration after my return, which I think was to his benefit because my style improved a lot in that time span.

I have a few commissions on the roster that are coming due very soon, that I hope to get approval to post this week, and one of them, might even be a little racy lol, so, stay tuned!

Till next time, Enjoy!

Monday Evening Post

Hey guys! Bea here, bringing you more exclusive arts from deep within my old sketch gallery of stuff i never never showed ๐Ÿ˜€

You may have seen it in cartoons, especially in Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove–ย  the two sides of the consciousness- of good and evil in a personified form.ย  Well, that’s sort of the concept here!

BIRTHThis was actually a rough/experimental illustration for a story I never fully developed, but what I can say is that it’s about a girl who inherits this antique box– and inside of it, there is a two toned pearl like stone. She doesn’t know what it is, but upon handling it, she awakens two small and ancient…creatures who have been sleeping inside of it. I hadn’t figured out what purpose they would serve in the story, if they would simply influence the girl, and try to use her in their own ways, oooor if their awakening is the birth of something more grand, but they are, in essence like Yin and Yang ๐Ÿ™‚

A brief post, but one of many this week, including some of the sketch commissions requested from last week ๐Ÿ˜€ Also, I’m apparently in this phase where I’m drawing a lot of night sky and stars and sparkly stuff, so expect a lot of that!

Stay tuned! Till next time, enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

Sketchbook Exclusive: Recovery

Hey Guys! Bea here, bringing you a forgotten classic from my gallery!

Forgiveness

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This is another old one, from as far back as 2008, and was one of the three Illustrations I did for the first stage of L Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest, and was one of my first best digital paintings at that time, right along with the other two.

The story behind this one can be pieced together by the various clues left behind, but, it’s about a young man who lost his little sister due to a drunk driving accident, and even though he wasn’t responsible for her death, he always blamed himself for not being able to prevent it. What he doesn’tย  know, is that her spirit is there, trying to let him know it’s okay, even though she knows he can’t see her.

One thing I’d like to point out, which is funny to me when I look through some of my old stuff, is that I happen to notice trends. In any work I’ve done that has an association with life and death, I always include either a little blue butterfly or in Mori’s case, a blue bird. So when I was looking at this, and I noticed the little butterfly that I forgot I painted, it just made me step back and say– wow, what’s up with me and butterflies and death >_<;

Speaking of which, here is another illustration I did– featuring a familiar butterfly blue

MybuttetflybigMy Butterfly

This is aย  bit different, in that it shows a familiar butterfly that a girl notices– the big one towards the right. She follows it with her gaze– chases it, and runs into a boy who catches it. He opens his palm and they both admire it’s beauty–and in that moment, their love blossoms. They grow up, get married, love each other, and have a children of their own– all as this strange butterfly appears throughout their lives. Then her husband grows ill, and she’s left a widow, with 3 loving children at her side…further down the line, she’s an old woman, carrying along, when the familiar butterfly comes to greet her once again.

An Honorable mention for the butterfly theme– Chasma (property of Bea Jackson)

Some of you may recall me mentioning that I’m in the process of working on a short illustrated Story called Mori–hash1

Which is a story dealing with the concept of- death and acceptance. Before Mori, there was Chasma, which followers a similar concept, but is more defined, and deals with people in a coma, caught in a limbo of sorts, between life and death.

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Ironically– and again this was by no planning of my own, The girl in this story is very similar to the one in Forgiveness, in that she too was caught in an accident, only instead of dying, she was severely injured which leaves her in a coma.

The simplest explanation I can give for this story, is that while in a coma, she’s carried into this strange world of limbo, by her Spirit butterfly.

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Char-Shy1She is then greeted by a guide, aka, a reaper, who deals specifically with souls that haven’t been able to move on, or visitors, aka, people in prolonged comas, like herself. Through him, she meets several other individuals in his troupe which consist of a fallen soul, a lost soul, a free spirit, and another visitor, like herself.

ChasmaReally basic sketches for me to remember the characters by ๐Ÿ˜€

If I do ever get to a point where I can bring Chasma into existence, it will likely be in the form of a graphic novel/comic since it’s story is far more expansive than Mori is, but it has definitely been on my mind for years.

On a side note, I’d like to take a moment to explain the erm, Title of this Post lol

I’ve had a really sucky month, as far as health is concerned. I spent weeks struggling with my bronchitis, and not long after recovery from that, thank goodness, something else happened. I’m not too keen on saying what it was, but my mom knew about it, I had her watching me to make sure I was okay especially since I was in a lot of pain and discomfort and was beginning to develop a fever.ย  So, drawing has been hard, which is also why I’m sharing a lot of older works, but I was going to ride it out, at least till Monday. I didn’t make it till Monday though lol, and my mom rushed me to urgent care after she heard me hollering in pain in my sleep. The visit to the doctor wasn’t fun, I had a minor surgery, I’m on some meds, andย  lets just say, I’m feeling waaaaay better than I did this morning lol.

I love to draw, you guys know that, so creating art isn’t just about posting here with you guys, it’s something i do that makes me happy, clears my head and is a very fun and enjoyable experience for me, and when I can’t do it, or at least as much, for reasons as mentioned above, it brings me down, but I’m excited now, because I’m confident I can get back into it, full force, very soon:D and it’s also exciting to know that I can share it with you guys, and go in deep with my posts, like this one, since I have the energy to do it now.

So, thank you guys, for all your support!ย  More new arts coming soon! Till next time, Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

Character Design- Moon

Hey Guys! Bea here, bringing you more arts to share!

bippidy1I wanted to show a higher resolution with, with animation– but adobe picked a fight with me, annnd I lost lol Or rather just got tired and gave up! Stupid updates– blame them!

So, about this one– well he is paired with sky as the male character design I sketched out.

Sky

He is a moon and water spirit, and Much like her, I took a lot of inspiration from Miyazaki, referencing Haku from Spirited Away, the Spirit of the Forrest in Princess Mononoke and Yue from Nickelodeon’s Avatar.

Designing Sky was easy.- he on the other hand, was not. I had a lot of trouble working out a concept for him that I felt worked, going through at least ten changes before coming across this one. Basically what I look for is balance,ย  in the the amount of skin that shows, the color, ect so it feels well weighted, and that’s what was hard to achieve.

Hopefully Adobe will be behaving well enough that i may share another piece of art with you later ๐Ÿ˜€ Also, I still have one slot open on my commission list, so hit me up if you’re interested!

Till next time, Enjoy!

Open for Commisions: Up to 3

Hey Guys! Bea here, bringing you good news! To those who are interested of course ๐Ÿ˜€

While I am preparing additional art-filled posts for your guys to enjoy, this one is about something different- Commissions!

I’ve gotten a few requests from different individuals interested in commissioning me, but because my schedule for the past couple of months was so tight, I just didn’t have the time. However, for the remainder of this week, on into next week,ย  I have a lot of time off for work, which makes me available!

I am currently working on preparing posts for about 3 commissions that have been in progress that you’ll be seeing soon, but while I have this downtime, I’m available to do 3 more, for anyone whose interested.

Now if you’ve seen my gallery it’s clear that I work in various different styles, so I feel the need to specify what type of Commissions I’m available to do in this down time, which are “sketch/speed painting” commissions.

Here are some examples ๐Ÿ™‚

Color:

BW:

Basically I included work that I can I do within a day’s time, which was the case for many of the examples you see here, since I only have a small window of time, which also means, fast delivery!

So, if you’re interested, here’s what I’m available to do– and for how much ๐Ÿ™‚

*single character* minor background elements optional

Portrait sketch: $30.00 USD

Half Body: $50.00 USD

Full body: $70.00ย  USD

Additional characters: +$15.00 USD per additional character, up to 3

To add color: + $25.00 USD

On a special note, if you happen to be more interested in a pet sketch, like some of the kitties you see there, they are based at $30.00 USD per character, in bw, or +25 for color and +15 for any additional characters.

Guidelines–

If you’re interested in Pinup art, or something a bit racy, that’s fine, however I don’t’ draw things that are too explicit, which would include drawings of sexual acts or anything pornographic. If you’re interested in something along these lines and you’re not sure if it falls in the category of things I don’t do– feel free to write me in private and we can discuss your request.ย  Also, keep in mind that these are digital sketches, which means they will be delivered digitally, but of a high enough quality to make prints, if you so choose.

How to request a commission and how the process works–

feel free to write me, via the contact tab up top. Your request will go directly to my email, and I’ll provide you all the information you need, and keep you up to date with my progress so you can direct me as I work, providing any corrections or feedback prior to the completion.

Again, I’m only able to take up to 3 commissions, and the turnover will be sometime next week, unless there are delays with progress, due to corrections, changes, ect– so, feel free to contact me, if you’d like to be one of the three ๐Ÿ™‚

That said, stay tuned tomorrow for more updates :D!

Character Designs- Sky

Hey Guys! Bea here! Sorry to have missed the Monday evening post, but I wasn’t feeling quite well so I chose to stay in bed that day. But, today is a new day, and I has arts to share– and will be sharing arts all throughout the week! So, lets get started!

Sky

This was a quick character sketch, loose enough to get the idea down, but the theme I was working with was Native American, and Fantasy.

As some of you know, I’m a huge fan of Hayo Miyazaki’s work, so I decided to do a Native American version of Princess Mononoke, crossed over with the goddess Artemis- Thus, Sky was born!

Another thing to note about these character sketches is that I draw most elements of the clothing on separate layers, so I can swap out and change the pieces individually until I come across a design I like enough to run with. In case you’re curious, I added a little animation to show my process starting from my original sketch from my sketchbook, to the one you see above ๐Ÿ™‚

Sky

On a side note, lately things have been a bit tough for me. I suffer from chronic bronchitis and recently I’ve been having a series of attacks, off and on. It’s a condition I’m used to, but for some reason it just got really bad to the point where I’ve spent many days just struggling to breath. It could be the weather, dander, of certain bug bites, which are common triggers for me, but it makes functioning very difficult, and leaves me exhausted. Fortunately I found some stuff that works for me, that I’ve begun to take consistently, so I’m glad to say that I’m in a state of recovery. I’m still just a bit tired, thus, I’m short for words today >_<

Stay tuned though! More arts coming soon ๐Ÿ˜€ till next time, Enjoy!

Sketchbook Exclusive- Fairy Tales

Hey guys! Bea here, ready to share more arts with you– and in this case, more old sketches for Illustrations I hope to make very soon!

Introducing– the Twisted Fairy Tales sketches!

TinkerbellPeterpanLike many young girls, I was introduced to fairytales through Disney– with some of my favorite films being The LIttle Mermaid, Beauty and the Beastย  and Peter pan.ย  But, when I got older, the neat little happy endings in movies stopped working for me as much, so you can imagine how fascinated I was when I realized that the original tale to many of these stories were a lot darker than the Disney versions. So– about five years ago, I decided I wanted to do a series of illustrations focusing on the dark side of some of these fairytales, by either reinventing them in my own way, or paying homage to the originals.

That said, lets take a look at the first sketch! Tinkerbell and Peterpan.This sketch is very old, so I don’t know exactly what was going on in my head when I drew it lol, but I can say it’s a concept I want to finish and what comes to mind now when I see it. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to be “forever young”. The young want to stay beautiful and the old long for the days of their youth, as it were. But, life can be tragic in the real world, and eventually the “fairy dust” looses its effect. At least that’s what happened to Pan here.

Speaking of staying beautiful–Snow White

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This sketch doesn’t follow the same format as many of the others you’ll see, but one thing that is highly emphasized in Disney princess movies is, well… beauty. But, what happens when those princesses start to lose their good looks? In a weird way, I always thought of the wicked queen and Snow white herself as kinda the same person. Of course we never get to see the evil queen in her young days, but, the mirror suggests that she was fairest at one point, right? Like, maybe once upon a time she was beautiful–ย  sweet and innocent too, and if that were the case, I bet she got a lot of attention for it, much like Snow White does. But, she couldn’t stay young forever, so she kind of sold her soul to find ways to get back what she lost, and became wicked and bitter in the process. Whose to say, The even queen isn’t a…reflection of what Snow White could become? And if so, what measures would Snow White take in a modern day to keep her youthful looks?

Taking a step back, after seeing Snow White and the Huntsman, I tried to see Snow White from a different angle.

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Some of you may know it, but in this version of the story, Snow White fights the queen and wins…but all the same, I still see the two as kinda one person– at least in spirit.ย  Wouldn’t killing the queen, in essence, make her un-pure? What if, in shedding the queen’s blood, that darkness passes on to her…what if all of this is some game on the mirror’s part? Either way, Snow White is an interesting one because I can entertain so many ideas with it!

The last one I’ll share with you today is the sketches I did for Little Mermaid– 3 in total, which kinda tells the story of the different approaches I was going at it from. You’ll have to forgive the roughness of the first one cuz i was experimenting with a different medium lol

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This was my first little mermaid sketch, whichย  i decided to be as traditional as possible with it, showing that mermaids, though beautiful, weren’t as innocent as Ariel, so, instead of loving a man, she preyed upon one. This concept was a bit too straight forward, so I took another approach–

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If you’re not familiar with the original story of the Little Mermaid, when the Prince falls in love and marries the other woman, the mermaid is given a choice. She could either stab the prince, and let his blood fall on her feet or fin, breaking her bond to the witch, allowing her to return to the sea with her sisters, oooooooor, turn to sea foam and basically die. In the original verson, The mermaid chooses to spare the Prince’s life, because she loves him too much to shed his blood. In this one, the mermaid makes the opposite choice and her sisters are all there rooting for. Why Did I do this? Well, mermaid are sirens– and I wanted to combine their true nature with the love story. So in essence, instead of dying, The mermaid becomes what she was born to be. She becomes like her sisters.

goldfish23Ironically the two sketches kinda tell a story. In this version,the little mermaid, whose heart has been blackened, sits in the sunken ruins of the creatures she once loved, which could, quite possibly be the ruins of a ship that fell due to her and her sisters luring songs.

I know it seems a trend, considering the princesses all seem to get black hearts, but I can’t help it. I find the dark side interesting >_< Besides, I heard they have cookies!

Anyway, these were just early sketches of my 3 strongest concepts from the series. I do intend to tackle Red Riding Hood, and Alice in Wonderland, among others, when the ideas come for them.

Either way, I hope you liked this post, as you got to see some of the sketches I’ve kept hidden away for the most part!ย  More to come soon ๐Ÿ˜€ Till next time, Enjoy!