Thursday Evening Post

Marble

Marble

This post is coming early, because Thursday is gonna be a busy one for me. So here goes!

I’m a little out of my element here, because I usually try to avoid drawing historical figures, especially those that are prominent to a particular faith. I feel this way because I want to portray people of historical significance accurately, and that’s not an easy thing when some figures have been idealized to look a certain way.

So when I was asked to draw the Virgin Mary, this was a dilemma I faced. Do I draw the idealized version of Mary, or do I take a more historical approach? I talked with the guy and he gave me the freedom to do what I think is best. That takes us back to one of my earliest blog posts–and my original sketch for the Virgin Mary who I drew as a traditional Hebrew Woman of that time, according to my understand after my research.

Now that I have time, I’m revisiting Mary, with the intent to finish this as an illustration, so I began by doing a figure study in the pose that I’ll be using. Just a heads up, I always draw figures in the nude before I clothe them. The reason I do this, and why most artists do this, is because it’s important to see the figure in order to accurately drape the clothes to the contours of the body. Just thought I’d add that tidbit so you guys know this is a standard practice for me.

Anywho! In doing this figure study, I also took the time to study women of Mary’s time, and their expected body types, and one point of reference I used were marble statues of women from ancient Rome and Greece. These woman were usually depicted as well rounded, and I thought it would make a good base for Mary’s body type.

Overall though, I’m trying to handle this drawing with care, out of respect for Mary’s historical significance. It may not be spot on, but, I’m trying my best with this one with the knowledge I have.
More updates on Mary soon! Till then, Enjoy!

Thursday Evening Post

Post Apocalyptic Sunrise

gaiaart2“I know you don’t talk much,” She began “But I wanna know, is this a world in ruin…or the perfect playground?”

The smirk could be heard in her voice when she spoke, leaving no question to what the answer was in her mind. To her disappointment, he felt no need to comment.

Ladies and Gentlemen– Meet our Post Apocalyptic Princess, and her companion– Dystopian Hero– two of three characters I designed for the items I created for Gaia’s March Monthly Collectable.  Feel free to check it out here!

So this illustration has two renditions. The first was originally done for Gaia in a different layout, for March’s Monthly Collectable, and the second I did for portfolio purposes.

It’s been an interesting learning experience for me, because I’m studying into concept art– and different methods artists use to reach a final product. One, in particular, involves doing character concepts, and then laying them out on a background. Hence, the purpose for these.

APConceptArt1This was my first time taking this approach, so naturally I had a rough time, but as per usual in my experience, the rough times usually leads to some valuable lessons learned.  The one I learned in particular this time around was that– if you think you can do better, go for it.

I say that because I went through two drafts of drawing these characters, before reaching the final version. This was the first.

APConceptArtI was actually really proud of this when I drew it 😀 but there were problems with it. Firstly, my female had some balance issues concerning her legs, and, I needed to draw them in a way that they could be arranged in a setting with background. These poses, quite simply were just too straight forward.  So, onto draft 2!

APConceptArt2I had to really think about the poses in this one, because I had the final illustration in mind. That, and I had to work out the issues with the girl’s standing position. One thing I learned from school, was that the feet should fall directly in line with the shoulders, if your characters are going to stand. Of course it’s okay to break the rule if you want to make something look awesome. Good exaggeration comes in handy, but I needed her to be more accurate for what I was going for.

Once I got the characters mostly drawn, I moved them over into another canvas, arranged and sized them, painted the background, then colored them.

Overall I love the process, and it’s something I’ll be doing going forward with these types of illustrations, all the while working to improve the process for myself.

As always, Enjoy!

Thursday Evening Post

“As much as we know and value art – as a society -we expect our best artists to starve.”

An excerpt in the Art Book Review  by Justin Perkins of: Make Art Make Money by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

A few of you may recall me mentioning Justin before in earlier posts. He and I went to college together and we’re both illustrators, and often times we collaborate and work through ideas. While I’m big on video games and movies, his thing is books. Unfortunately because I have a short attention span, sitting down to read anything more than articles is hard for me.  So the saying goes between us “You read the books, and then tell me about them.”

>_<…Because of this arrangement we have, I consider myself fortunate to have insight on books I’m missing out on reading. Good news though, because of his love for books and study,  Justin has decided to include reviews of his reads.

This book in particular, gives a glimpse into the estranged relationship between creative people and the business world, particularly focusing on the life and work of Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets. It’s an interesting read, and I encourage you to check out his review, and the painting he did to accompany it!

And as always, Enjoy!

Justin Perkins

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I am a big reader, most of the time I’m reading something. So I decided to share what I read in the form of book reviews. I planning on reviewing mostly art books or things that deal with creativity in some way, but maybe in the future I will go into some of the other kinds of books I read.

Originally published in 2013, Make Art Make Money isn’t your typical book with 10 lessons that will set you on the path to greatness. I doesn’t give you a straight forward answer to the question “How do I make my art make me money?” Instead the book is more like a conversation with a wise grandparent. In this book Stevens uses the life and work of Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets) to illustrate how an artist may maintain balance between making art profitable and staying true to their vision.

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Thursday Evening Post

set and reach goal concept

What do I always tell myself when the going gets rough? A challenge aint a challenge unless it’s a challenge. This week, I’ve been having a lot of those days where I wake up, and all I want to do is go back to sleep…and then I do it, wake up again….annnnd back to sleep. So, my energy is pretty shot right about now, just being honest! Even so, I made a commitment to myself, and to this blog to post on Mondays and Thursdays.

I dont always know what I’m going to say, sometimes circumstances get in the way, but by golly this girl is gonna find something to post to share with you guys! Like Will Rogers said– “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” so lets get into this thing!

It’s always been a clear goal of mine when I made this blog to use it as a means to give back to other creative thinkers and artists, so I’ve been making an effort in siting my sources of inspiration, as of way of giving credit where it’s due. Not only that, I want to give back to other bloggers, and share their art, their poetry, writings, quotes– share what it means to me, how it inspired me, how it can inspire you, and just generally help them shine. Eeeeeasier said than done though. There’s a lot of background work to be considered– like finding the artists, and knowing HOW to feature them. Ultimately, I don’t want to “half-a$$” it. I love artists, I respect the work they do, so it’s worth the effort to do it right. So, again I’m taking my time to find the artist, study their work, what I like about it, and I’m building a structure that I can use to feature their work on.

Some of you who follow my blog, may be more experienced at it than me, so I welcome you to give me some tips, share your opinions on what you might like to see in the features. I’m more than happy to learn and grow from you :D.

With that said, it’s March, which means it’s time for another update of–
*dons game show voice*

What’s Bea Up To This Month!!

Got a few projects going on- working on a lot of art that you guys will be seeing later! But I got my lineup of poeple who were kind enough to lend their lovely portraits for my learning pleasure! That’s right, Imma about to start paintin yall’s faces!!

In other news, I was fortunate enough to get tickets to what will be my first journey to one of the biggest comic conventions out there….San Diego Comicon! And this girl, will be showing her art, which means that for the next couple of months, I will be building my portfolio. It’s a lot of work…yeeees the journey will be tough! But I’m in my grey sweats, and that rocky theme music is playin, and pretty soon Imma be like this!

Rockeh

only, not topless and not beat up… I’m a lady…You get the picture!
Anywho, it’s always a pleasure sharing the posts with you, so, till Monday, Enjoy!

– Stock images featured on this site were paid for by me.

Thursday Evening Post

Mystery Girl

Preview for another work in progress!

Preview

Not revealing what this one is yet– but there’s a narrative behind it that will be more apparent when the whole illustration is revealed. I’ll give you some hints though– it’s tied to a personal project of mine and is one in a series of many illustrations that will follow which will tell you more about who this girl is.

This is also me practicing faces from my imagination. Don’t be surprised if hers evolves a ton like the last few I did. 😀

For now, Enjoy!