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!

Sketch2

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.

Sketch3

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!

Monday Evening Post

So it isn’t the evening, as I’m posting this– I don’t care, I breaks the rules!

Anyway, I want you to meet Tom from Catsatthebar! He’s a writer, photographer, and cat aficionado!

Portrait StudyNot to long ago, I published an article requesting help from my followers by asking them to allow me to paint a portrait of them, for  practice. As I mentioned- one of the goals I have, for this blog is to be able to engage with my followers and watchers– and what better way to do that, then to allow you the opportunity to take part in some of my studies as I learn and grow as an artist! I only had a few slots open and Tom was the first to join in!

I was really excited when I got his photo– he’s a handsome guy with an interesting personality and it shows!  This photo in particular is one that he said he was known for taking– where he just kind of stops and stares off into the distance at whatever happens to catch his eye.

About this painting– it’s not photo accurate. I never intended for it to be. These are simply excises; speed paintings done in a short amount of time, designed to try different techniques, broaden my understanding of using different brushes for different effects, playing with my imagination to enhance the lighting and ambiance, and to have a general understanding of facial structure and shapes. It’s important to me that I keep these paintings loose and avoid being a perfectionist. As the old saying goes– only practice makes perfect– and perfectness is simply a byproduct of practice. Overall, when doing these types of studies, the objective is to learn, embrace imperfection,relaxed and have fun while doing it.

Thank you again Tom for lending your handsome face!

TomfaceAs always, Enjoy!

Help me learn to paint faces better by allowing me to paint yours!

One of the goals I have, for this blog is to be able to engage with my followers and watchers– and what better way to do that, than to allow you the opportunity to take part in some of my studies as I learn and grow as an artist!

The challenge for February was to focus on portraiture– because if there’s one thing I struggle with the most as an artist, it is drawing faces….aaaaand I want to change that by being better at it. Normally I’ll scour the internet or the stock websites I’m a member of for portraits to use as references, but instead of relying solely on the images I’ve purchased and collected, I’m also coming to you!

So if you’d like to be painted by me, as one of my facial studies, here’s what you need to know, and also what I’m looking for.

1. I’m looking for 5-10 participants to individually supply one photo of one individual that I may use as a reference to paint from. Depending on how many people participate, if any, I’ll pull the best images from the lot.

2. My paintings will be stylized, not photo realistic, meaning, I’ll be painting them in my own style.

3. No selfies please. Also, photo must be high quality, or at least good enough that I can make out the details of the facial features.

4. A photo that tells a story about your personality is encouraged. Fun, quirky, sexy, natural or emotional facial expressions are a huge plus. the more emotion you have, the better.

5.You may link me to your photo through my comments , or use my contact page to send an email.

Just a note– Once I’ve completed the two commissions I’m currently working on, I intend to move into my study of faces and portraits. I don’t make these offers often. It is only because I’m trying to grow in certain areas that I’ve taken on this challenge, and have left these slots open. These paintings will also be done in my leisure, so any commission work I may receive will be treated as priority. Participants will be notified however, when their painting is published. Overall I hope some of you are willing to participate. It would be much appreciated :D.