321 Pinup!

As promised, to fill in the update days, I’ll show you guys and gals how I go about completing a painting!

Phase one was creating a sketch. Me, being self taught and ignorant in ways, I naturally try to skip this step and jump right in and hope the outcome is good lol. Not a good move, in my opinion. It is only recently after learning from many many mistakes that I’ve found it more beneficial and less time consuming to actually take the time to plot out your drawing, work out the kinks and have something solid to work from, before running with it.

Since I have the drawing figured out, I moved on to phase two– under painting and lighting.


If you look closely you’ll see a lot of grid lines throughout my sketch. These lines help me map out the contours of the figure, which gives me an idea of how the different light sources are going to affect it. In this case, there are two light sources– One is a back light because Felipe has requested there be a neon sign in there somewhere, and the other is the main light source. I use the lines shooting from the light sources to see what direction the light is going to fall, which also helps me figure out where the shadows will be.

I used a simular method in figuring out how the light would ping off the girl in my touch the stars illustration, which had a bunch of light sources. Overall though, this phase has helped me establish my values. Now Im good to go with phase 3– which will involve laying in my colors 🙂

Till that update, Enjoy! And, if you’d like to support the kickstarter here’s the link– I encourage you to check it out!


Happy Valentines Day!

From: Bea

To: You

I wanted to give a special thanks to all my followers, for the people who took the time out of their day to comment and encourage me, and a thank you also to all the friends I’ve made since I began blogging. I just want you to know that I appreciate you! So I drawed you this!


I really do mean it!

Also, sometime during my sketch challenge, I got a message from a nice guy who just recently started following my blog, and he asked if I could do something special for him and his lady.


He’s one lucky guy! Happy Valentines Day you two!

And Happy Valentines Day to all of you! I did get you chocolates, to celebrate the occasion but uh— I eated all the good pieces….I regret nothing…

As always, Enjoy!

Thursday Update

I’m eventually going to find better titles for these updates, but for now, please bear with me >_<; Even though my posts are spread out, I have been working constantly, meeting deadlines and preparing for future posts. Like, I’ve barely slept for the past week!  I’m an artist, so this sort of thing is pretty common lol.

Not too long ago I was commissioned by my friend Felipe, of 321: Fast Comics to do a promotional illustration for their kick starter page. He’s cool with letting me share my process works, since I do want to make an effort going forward in showing my work.

felipeThe idea was to do a pinup piece, preferably of a woman in a diner in Norman Rockwell’s style. After studying a few concepts, and reference images, I managed to work out this sketch. One thing about Rockwell is that his work, to me, always seemed like a photograph taken at a natural, not-posed moment. Pinup is quite the opposite, in that the women are typically highly posed. Figuring out how to combine Rockwell with pinup wasn’t easy, but I figured I’d draw a woman in a diner, as if she’s there greeting you to take your order. It’s somewhat posed, but has the a similar energy you’ll find in Rockwell’s work. We’ll see how the painting goes though! I don’t have much time to do this one so it’s going to be quite simple.

In the meantime, if you’re into comics, please check out the kickstarter! His comics has been getting great reviews online, and he’s an excellent client to work with!


30 Day Sketchbook Challenge

Interesting in following another artist on their 30 Day Sketch Challenge? For those of you who don’t know, I mentioned Mr. Justin Perkins before in an earlier post. He and I started this challenge together:D He’s a great artist– an Illustrator like me, Only his work is done with more traditional mediums. Overall, I encourage you to check out his blog– and take a look at his Home page to see his works! They’re definitely worth checking out. As always, Enjoy!

Touch the Stars

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, I’m 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.

It was rough at first. I was so out of practice I didn’t even know where to begin. I had my doubts. But after about day 5, all that passed. It’s as if someone got the wheels turning my head and the ideas were flowing through my pen as I wrote them down, one after the other.  I felt alive– inspired– this is what it meant to draw! The joy of bringing those ideas to life!

It wasn’t all fine and dandy though. My arm hurt something awful because i wasn’t used to it all… but I kept pushing a sketch each day because I knew that some of you were watching, and I didn’t want to conk out, after I’d already committed…even when I hit a low and began thinking of my future as an artist. I have dreams and goals, but some of them seem so far out of reach…

I halfway wanted to quit, after that thought…but then another one came to mind.  If the endgame of your goals seem so far off you cant touch them, reach for the ones nearest to you that you can. Creating my blog, and completing this challenge, was one of my goals. and those small accomplishments, gave me the confidence that I can reach others.

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.

BannerBlog1Thank you, everyone for helping me kickstart the new year, and for inspiring me, to keep goin! Stay tuned for more updates, and Enjoy!