Monday Morning Post: Winning , Even When you Don’t

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)dr__pepperland_by_liol-d3dh3vn

Square Soft’s Fantasy Earth Zero (1st Place)fez__flame_sorceress_by_liol

Scott Pilgrim: 8th Evil Ex (Finalist)billly_herbit__8th_evil_ex_by_liol-d2xw8x0

 

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.

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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!

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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 !

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Post: The Early Days

Hey guys! Bea here!

Since much of the work I’ll be sharing over the next couple of months is commission-based, I figure, what better way to start off the Monday Morning Post, than by going into how I got started as an artist, the choices I made, good and bad, that led me to some of the people I work with today. And of course, there will be the added exposition on the artwork itself 😀

Now, I’m not that old, but I remember the early days of the internet, when you had to use dial up. There was no google, no major search engines– no blogs. But for what it did have, it opened my eyes to a world of wonder and information, beyond anything I had known before.

As I explored the world wide web, I found a wealth of artwork in various styles and forms. I was fascinated! I wanted to know where the art came from, the titles they were attached to– how I could find more of it! My searches lead me to titles like Gen 13, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Witchblade, Danger girl, and many others. But there was one comic that I grew to love so much that it made me want to become an artist myself…

I love Turner’s art– his composition, choice of colors–everything! We had no comic stores near us, and google maps was non-existent, as far as I knew, but somehow my mom managed to find a comic store almost a 30 minute drive away from home, and after my first visit, I was hooked!

I collected anything that had Turner’s name on it, but my fascination did not end there.  I had to find out how they did it– specifically, how comics were colored, so I could do it too. That’s when I discovered Photoshop!

Early middle school, I’d say, I began using Photoshop to experiment with digital art. At that time, it was not a very common art form. In fact, I was nearly disqualified in some of the art contests I entered, because I was the only one using the medium, and the judges couldn’t decide if it could be considered”real” art, if there was no hard original. Far cry from today, where digital art is practically a staple in the art community, lol.

I came to rely on digital art a lot. Considering art stores were few and far between, and supplies were expensive, being able to explore different styles digitally worked well for me, and helped me to make my first steps into the world of comic book art.

That brings us to the Illustration of the day!
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Grimm Fairy Tales: Mad Hatter

This is a traditional piece: One of five sketch cards that I’ll be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks from Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales (Medium- Watercolor, Marker, and Color Pencil)

Steven L Frank, purveyor of premium sketch cards, as well as comic books, art books, and gig posters, who also works with Zenescope, is one of the first people to really give me a shot as an artist in comics- bringing me one step closer to an age old dream of mine, to be like the late, great, Michael Turner.

Because I want to keep things short and sweet with these posts, next Monday, Ill not only be sharing another sketch card from the collection, and but I’ll also go into how Steve and I met, and some of the moves I made, which benefited me in the long run.

Anyway, thank you for reading– I hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy !

Torrid Girl

Hey Guys! Bea here!

This post is obviously off my Monday schedule, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit down and draw something random of interest, and since I just finished it, I want to share it!

Briefly though, I’d like to mention that there are moments when I run into someone I find interesting when I’m out and about. Maybe I liked their hair, their clothes, their face or  their style. Whatever it is, something about them just makes me want to draw them.

Torrid Girl just so happens to be one of those unique individuals I came across one day, while shopping at Torrid (hence the name, lol!)

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I’m a shy person. It takes a lot for me to muster up the courage to ask someone I don’t know if I can take their picture to draw them. Ironically, she seemed to be just as shy to be approached! But she was a very sweet girl– the type of person who I felt that if I had the chance to get to know her, we could be friends.

Unfortunately I never got her name– but I did give her one of my cards, so hopefully she stumbles across this some day, wherever she may be 🙂

Please forgive my sucky camera– it doesn’t take the best photos, but this is the shot she allowed me to take, that I used as reference for my painting.

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The painting itself was created using my new Surface Pro 4– which is awesome for artists btw. I purchased it for myself for Christmas this year so that I could get more in the swing of drawing traditionally, but digitally. It’s a great tool that I’m considering doing a review on, but it takes some getting used to. Painting Torrid Girl was excellent practice, however, I’m still trying to get to understand my brushes better.

Again, a kind thanks to Torrid Girl, for allowing me to draw you, and I hope that somehow this post finds you.

To all those reading, I hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy !

Back in Beasness!

Hey guys! Bea here!

It’s been a looong time since my last post, so I figured I’d open up with a fun and friendly pun!

A lot has happened on my end, resulting in a 5 month hiatus. Considering all the memes going around about how 2016 screwed so many people over, I doooont think I’m alone when I say it’s been a tough year!

This video sums it up perfectly lol! but in that time,which I spent getting things in order again,  I was able to produce a lot of art that I’m now ready to share with you all. Some of it has made it on my Instagram, which I use for quick-shares, but as far as my blog is concerned, I love to sit down and make things a bit more intimate and informative.

Anyway! I have enough work set aside to write about for the next couple of months, and I can’t wait to share it all with you as we go into this new year! That said, I’ll be resuming my Monday Evening Posts, so every Monday, I’ll share some new artwork with you, and tell you a bit about it!

To kick this thing off, I’d like to share a piece I did for a good of mine, Felipe Cagno, who commissioned me to Illustrate a postcard for his up and coming comic: Escolhas (in English: Choices) – launch in 2017

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Choices tells the story of John Humberto, friendly boy who grows with an impossible dream: to become the world’s first superhero. It is this pursuit of this dream that influences all the choices of his life, from the college course to his first job and his first love.

Felipe, who wrote this story, wrote it to inspire all of us to not give up our dreams, to work for them and always move forward! That said, I think it fitting to feature this one first– because like him, no matter how hard things get– it’s good to be reminded how important it is to keep going!

Anyway, it feels good to be back!  I hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy !

Club Tengu

Hey guys, Bea here, with more arts to share!

Some of you may have already seen this via my Instagram– since I typically update that first with a brief description for some of the work I do. But here we have Club Tengu!

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This Illustration was done for Gaiaonline.com, and was made to accompany the monthly collectable for April that I made.

For those who may not know, I am an artist with Gaiaonline, and  all of the sets I share, are original concepts designed and created by me, along with the descriptions that follow each character.  So- to tell you a bit more about them–

Vagrant Rider: (cat biker) Having heard of Club Tengu, a group of modern day Ronin that have banded together, she follows the lead of two of its most infamous figures, in hopes to see if she too can join its ranks.

Rushing Viper: Like her name suggests, Viper is quick on the draw, showing no hesitation when she strikes, and with her swift moves and sharp eyes, she’s never missed a target.

Silent Tiger: Among Club Tengu’s stealthiest, Tiger earned his name for his ability to move swiftly and silently. Calculating his every move, Tiger strikes with such precision, that not one of his targets had ever seen his blade, prior to being struck.

This set, was a challenge to make, particularly because of details that went into it, and the vibrant choice of colors. Color is something that I consistently struggle with, but lately, I’ve been a bit more daring with my choices. So far, I very much like the results in my most recent work, that you’ll be seeing over the next couple of days!

Anyway, I hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy !

 

Star Gazing

Hey Guys! Bea here 😀 Long time no see!

It’s been a while since I updated– a little over a month, which I didn’t plan for or expect, but  a few curve-balls got thrown my way and sitting down to write, just wasn’t on my mind.

But, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t still busy doing what I could manage. which means I have lots of arts to share with you guys!  So you can expect that for the next couple of days, there will be posts galore! Especially now that I’m back in good spirits 😀

What better way to kick off this Bea Bomb  than with a character sketch/paining of Estelle, the girl and the stars!

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Whenever I’m winding down from a grind that’s lasted a long time, I come to find that I enjoy drawing Estelle the most. I guess it’s because I created her as the embodiment of my goals, dreams, and inspirations, so when things get rough, working on her is a steady and pleasant reminder of what I’m doing everything for.

It’s weird because, even though most renderings of her are rough concepts that I don’t deliberately put a lot of thought into, the choice of colors I usually use, the body language and her facial expressions all seem to work together to calm and lighten my mood, and I guess it’s become a theme with her now.

a little more information about Estelle,  she is Japanese, and has very anime-ish features,  which tie into what my inspirations were, growing up. I loved anime, still do, and it was one of the first art styles I adopted in my early years, so it was only fitting that she be Japanese with an anime-ish flare. Also, her signature constellation freckles on her face, I decided to make glow like stars to make them more noticeable in this sketch.

Before I close– a little gallery featuring all my drawings of Estelle or with Estelle in it (the last one) to date-

 

As I mentioned tho, more arts to share over the next couple of days! Till then, I hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

 

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!