Revisit and Revise

Hey Guys! Bea here!

Since I don’t get much time to work on my own projects, sometimes it takes me months to produce an original finished product.  Well, this week I spent every day of it working on designs, and concepts, and commissions from sun up to sun down, so today, I decided to have a little me-time before getting back to it all.

Looking through a gallery of my sketches and concepts, I decided to give my Starbucks sketch a little love today!

starbucks1.jpgSo what changed? Well, quite a bit actually! In fact, here’s a little animation detailing the revisions, from the first stage, to the current one–

Starbucks.gifAt first, I was pretty satisfied with the second draft of my Starbucks sketch, until a friend of mine brought it to my attention that since she’s a twin tailed mermaid, I need to bring more emphasis to it…and quite simply, the 2nd draft doesn’t cut it. Yes, it shows the twin tails, but all of it is so squeezed into the circle that the concept looks both cramped and anatomically, there’s no way her twin tails would fold that way, considering the way she’s sitting.

So, I decided to give it another shot– only this time, I would pull the view back, to give emphasis to the twin tails, and show a little landscape of ships sailing–to match with what Starbucks quoted on their website about the origins of the logo.

Of the three concepts, I must say that the third one is closest to what I had in mind, from day one. It’s just not always easy, though I have been consciously practicing, to translate what I see in my mind, onto paper– and there are reasons for that. A mix of being satisfied with what I have so far, aaand not wanting to put in the work to try harder to get a concept to where I actually want it to be.

Because of this, I am all the more grateful to have friends who critique my work , especially since they’re not afraid to question my laziness  or even logic!  They make me think, encourage me to do better, and because of them, I’m able to flesh out my ideas more to get the best versions of them.

There are still some kinks that need to be worked out, here and there with this concept, but the next time you see this, it will be finished– though I don’t have a date on when that will be.

Well guys, that’s it for today, but more coming soon! And you can expect to see concepts involving wolves, and cowboys, and burlesque dancers, and fairies, reapers, and mythical beasts cuz that’s what I’ve been working on!   Hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

 

 

 

Adventurous

Hey Guys! Bea here!

Another day, with more arts to share!

This time, we have, well, a peter-pan inspired character.- at least that was the general theme I was working with.

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This was a quick painting, and aligns more to my anime-style of painting. Depending on what I’m working on, or who I’m doing work for, my style tends to shift between semi-realism, and this style.

This one in particular, accompanied  the work I did for Gaiaonline.com for February’s Monthly collectibles, and these are the items I pixeled, and my illustration that tells a little bit about each character’s set of items!

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Welp, that’s it for this post!  But more coming soon 😀 Hope you liked it, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

The Lineup

Hey guys! Bea here!

In my effort to get better at poses, I decided to take a different approach to the commissions, and take the featured characters of individual mocks that I’ve made, and put them on a separate sheet and paint them all at one time, so, that’s what these are!

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Little late on the warning, but yes, these contain nudity– but nothing explicit,so I hope these don’t offend anyone.

It’s a common practice of mine to draw/paint my figures nude, prior to clothing them, because I want to make sure that the figures and poses are believable and as accurate as can be underneath it all. The cool thing is, these make for great figure and lighting studies too!

How did I come upon these poses? Well, I sketched them out first, looked for references, and found the best ones I could, then I loaded up my 3D software with realistic models, posed them according to my references/sketches, got the angles I wanted, and drew them! It’s a lengthy process yes, but it allows me the benefit of studying life and applying my imagination to it, in the best way possible.

To tell you a bit about each study,  the first girl is going to be featured in an illustration I’m working on called Cicada, and is a water nymph. The second girl is for a commission on a book about Irish werewolves, and she’s the lead girl. The male is an African American slave, that I’m painting for the cover of a book series called Hebrews to Negroes about the history and lineage of Africans,  and the final figure is for the FANGIRL illustration I’m working.

I do have another lineup of four characters coming in the next few days which I’ve been working on as well, but yeah, just a quick show of what I’ve been up to! More arts coming soon!

Hope you liked these studies– and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

 

 

Flames

Hey guys! Bea here! And I have arts to share!

Kelly- Commissioned by Rebellious

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This is one that I actually finished about a month ago– I just never got around to posting it.

As simple as this illustration is, it did pose it’s own set of challenges. I personally would have preferred to work from a direct model in a controlled setting so I could get the lighting I wanted in the most accurate way, and more accurate anatomy, but instead I had to rely heavily on my imagination for this one.

Because of this, there were quite a few transitions between the final version and the first draft. Attached a little animation for you guys, so you can see the comparison.

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As always, it’s cool seeing how my style progresses with these transitions, especially when I’m dealing with an early draft that was conceived many months prior to the completion of the image.

Unfortunately it was among a few commissions I was in the process of doing around the time I got sick, so the delay was long. I think it worked out for the better in the long run though, since the quality turned out much better with the skills I gained in that stretch of time. And I’m happy to say that my client is very pleased!

Well, this post is a brief one, but I’m glad to say that I’ve made some significant progress on some of my other commissions which I will be sharing throughout the week! So, new arts coming soon!

Hope you liked this post, and as always, Enjoy!

 

 

Feelin’ Guud!

Hey guys! Bea here!

So my friends were like, “Hey, you haven’t posted to your blog in a while.”

And I was like “Yeah, I  know >_<”

So a lot has happened! And of course I’ll be sharing arts with you guys,  but I guess I should say what’s been up 🙂

My health has been an issue for a long time, especially this past year– so as much as I would have loved to pour my energy into some of the projects I’ve had planned, the struggles I was having have set me back by months. Good news is, I’ve sought help, I’m finally on medication, and as the title suggests, I am FEELIN GUUUD, lol

So what was the issue? Well, I’ve struggled with very severe bronchitis for most of my life. I have been hospitalized for it, and have been housebound for weeks because of it. I’ve lived with this condition for so long though, I had kind of just gotten used to it, that is until a few months ago, after I stressed myself out and became extra sensitive to my triggers. And most recently, a visit to my friends house, who has cats,which I love, but are a trigger of mine, caused me to have a really bad attack while I was driving home. I didn’t have medication at the time, and the attack was so bad that it took me three weeks to recover from it to the point where I could at least walk around again without getting severely winded.

Naturally when you’re struggling to just get air into your lungs, 24 hours a day, it drains you– so, functioning was hard. I kept working on commissions but, that’s about all I could do. Anyway, I got a new doctor, and she informed me that my lungs and my sinuses were so irritated and inflamed that the smallest thing like taking a few breaths of chilled air was enough to set me off. Fortunately she sent me home with several medications designed to treat my condition entirely, and  after being on them for a few weeks, I feel ALIVE!

I never realized how good it feels to be able to simply take a long, deep breath, without having to struggle for it.  To be able to eat food without having to hold my breath first, and just enjoy the flavors, and to be able to sleep soundly and wake up energized instead of tired, among many other things that I had grown accustomed to.

Of course, the medications did come with their side effects. I was moody, and angry, and hungry, and angry, so, lol not fun times considering I found reasons to snap at all of my friends! Thankfully they understood that Bea was just trippin’ off side effects, and thankfully I’m done taking the ones that had Bea trippin’.

Up until that time though, I was drawing, just never got around to posting any of it. So, over the next few days I’ll be showing you some of the stuff I was working on!

Starting with FANGIRL!

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You may have seen this before if you see my Instagram posts , but this image compiles a collection of things that I’ve been interested in, and have influenced me since I was younger, AND there are a total of 17 easter eggs (references to a fandom) to be found.

I showed this concept to my friends and they all digged it super much and said it would be cool if I made a series of illustrations like these, dedicated to different fandoms. After giving it much thought, I figured it’s a cool and fun idea, so why not? One of my goals this year is to have some work in print, and to perhaps get a booth at a Comic-Con to sell my work. Perhaps the FANGIRL series would be a good segway into that.

This illustration is still in it’s roughest form, but since there’s so many references in this one in particular, this entry would be considered FANGIRL: nastalgia, while others would be centered entirely on Comics, Games, anime/Japanese Culture, Film, Literature, ect.

I’d also like to note that every entry into the FANGIRL series, would have a similar formula.  For example, All of them would feature a girl in Cosplay, and will contain at least 10 easter eggs to be found.

Since I want this to use very dynamic series with dynamic posing, and I need to get better at drawing poses in general, to the benefit of the commissions that I’ve taken, I also decided to try and dedicate a bit of time each day, to drawing poses, and or speed paint portraits.

These are the few that I was able to do so far,

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I need a new phone, with a better camera, coming soon, so bare with me, with these >_<;

For this set, I scoured through a few of the comic books I owned, particularly Spiderman, and Venom comics, and drew some of the poses I saw. This was my first take on drawing these poses so of the ones I did, these are the roughest.

Sports:

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All the poses that I do, are going to be done in my sketchbook, and from references. Basically with this set, I collected a bunch of references, and printed them out on one sheet of paper, and proceeded to draw the ones that interested me most from what I collected.  These poses were much harder to draw because clothes kinda get in the way– where as with the comics, most supers are wearing skin tight body suits.

Birds:

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These poses were inspired by one of my favorite games– Journey, by That Game Company.

Unfortunately there were no direct references to draw from with these, so instead, I whipped out my 3D programs, Daz Studio and Poser to pose a model before drawing it. Both are great tools to use if you want to draw difficult poses. Since I’m giving myself a time limit with these sketches- being like an hour a day, posing the models took up quite a bit of that time, so I could only draw two.

I haven’t drawn any poses after these, as of yet because I got called to do extra work, and had to work on some commissions, but I will be getting back to these very soon.

Anyway, sorry for the long delay! I certainly hope you liked this post and what I had to share :). there is more to show, but I’ll save it for a future post since this one is already so long.  So, As always, till next time, Enjoy!