Hey guys! Bea here
Odd title I’m sure, but I’m going somewhere with it.
I’ve entered many contests. Some I had low expectation of winning because the odds seemed too high, only to win first place– and some I fully expected to win, only to lose, ironically, lol. Regardless of who wins or loses in a contest, I firmly believe that anyone who works hard, deserves a chance to shine, even if that person isn’t me.
The true reward, as I’ve always seen it, has been the lessons learned by taking the challenge, and giving it my all, and the exposure that comes with it, no matter where I place. It’s this type of mentality, that I believe encourages healthy winning, and healthy losing– because you can celebrate, no matter if things ended in your favor or someone elses.
But what does that have to do with the sketch cards I’ll be sharing over the next couple of weeks? Well, some of my best clients, came through the contests I’ve entered– including the ones I lost, specifically the ones from Deviantart.
Deviantart, is a great resource for artists, especially the contests that they host themselves. Not only are they challenging, and typically have good judges– but the rewards are some of the best that I’ve seen, AND, the greatest part about it is that they’re public! That means you can see every entry as soon as it’s entered– ALL of them, however many thousands there may be. The ones with the highest views and favorites, populate at the top of the feed, which works well for anyone who enters because you have constant exposure, throughout the duration of the contest. If you just so happen to become a finalist– you get even more exposure, and if you become a winner– consider the flood of people visiting your page to be part of the reward, because you’re going to be featured not just with the list of winners, but often times, on different parts of the website itself.
Now it’s not hard to imagine, that with all that exposure, regardless of if you win, there may still be a handful of people, or more, who decide they’d like to work with you. Steven L Frank, the commissioner of the sketch cards, just so happened to be one of those people.
Before I go into the sketch card of the day, I’d like to share a few of my entries from Deviantart contests, that helped me get discovered.
Dr. Pepper Land (Finalist)
Square Soft’s Fantasy Earth Zero (1st Place)
Scott Pilgrim: 8th Evil Ex (Finalist)
Steven noticed my work, when I was listed as the winner of the Fantasy Earth Zero contest. Though I hadn’t had prior experience doing comic covers– he liked my work, and very kindly gave me a shot.
In order, this is a collection of all the covers, and sketch cards I’ve done, for Steven, prior to the current set.
I do intent to briefly go into more detail about these covers, and the learning process I went through, but it’s time to share the sketch card of the day!
Grimm Fairy Tales: Teacher Sela
Bear in mind that sketch cards are small– roughly just a bit bigger than business cards– so the quality isn’t as sharp, considering all the cards were hand painted .
Sela was one of the more difficult cards to do as well. For some reason, when I got to her, the markers I was using were partially dried out, and others had bled. That’s the sucky thing about traditional art though– sometimes it can be so unforgiving and you just have to roll with what you have or start over, annnd I wasn’t starting over lol!
As we go forward, into the next Monday Morning Post, I’ll be featuring the third Sketch Card in the lineup, and going into detail about some of the covers I did for Steven, and the struggles, strides, and lessons I learned in the process. So, Stay tuned!
thank you for reading, I hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy !