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!

 

Thursday Evening Post

Hey Guys! Bea here, and this time, I has new arts!

OctLoResFinally, something finished! Feels like it’s been forever since I’ve been able to do a full painting, considering I wasn’t feeling well enough to do it, but I’m so happy to be back on track, and I’m exciting about returning to some of the projects I started with my sketchbook exclusives too.

So, to tell you a bit about this illustration, the theme is burlesque, both are dancers, (for both sexes to enjoy because thats how it should be!) and it goes with the items I created for the month of October, for Gaiaonline.com.

— an odd coincidence because a lot of the art I’ve been doing lately  has been burlesque themed. I love it though, gave me an excuse to watch Moulin Rouge for the 100th time!That movie is friggen beautiful, guys!

#MoulinRougeforLife

On another note, a fun update from the 6 character commission that’s been in progress!

SethCharsloI am happy to announce that the lineup is complete for these character sketches, though, still a work in progress because everyone is naked right now :D. This commission is a challenging one though, in that I usually don’t get the opportunity to work with such unique body types, so a lot of research was needed to try and understand the anatomy of these characters while I worked. All in all, Im happy with how it’s turning out and even more happy that my client is happy :). annnd, in other news, I’ve just realized that I gave the men nipples and not the women o.o; hrm.

Anywho, I hope you liked this post– and I cant wait to bring you more as I’ve already started sketching with my fancy new art supplies 😀 So as always, enjoy!

Open for Commisions: Up to 3

Hey Guys! Bea here, bringing you good news! To those who are interested of course 😀

While I am preparing additional art-filled posts for your guys to enjoy, this one is about something different- Commissions!

I’ve gotten a few requests from different individuals interested in commissioning me, but because my schedule for the past couple of months was so tight, I just didn’t have the time. However, for the remainder of this week, on into next week,  I have a lot of time off for work, which makes me available!

I am currently working on preparing posts for about 3 commissions that have been in progress that you’ll be seeing soon, but while I have this downtime, I’m available to do 3 more, for anyone whose interested.

Now if you’ve seen my gallery it’s clear that I work in various different styles, so I feel the need to specify what type of Commissions I’m available to do in this down time, which are “sketch/speed painting” commissions.

Here are some examples 🙂

Color:

BW:

Basically I included work that I can I do within a day’s time, which was the case for many of the examples you see here, since I only have a small window of time, which also means, fast delivery!

So, if you’re interested, here’s what I’m available to do– and for how much 🙂

*single character* minor background elements optional

Portrait sketch: $30.00 USD

Half Body: $50.00 USD

Full body: $70.00  USD

Additional characters: +$15.00 USD per additional character, up to 3

To add color: + $25.00 USD

On a special note, if you happen to be more interested in a pet sketch, like some of the kitties you see there, they are based at $30.00 USD per character, in bw, or +25 for color and +15 for any additional characters.

Guidelines–

If you’re interested in Pinup art, or something a bit racy, that’s fine, however I don’t’ draw things that are too explicit, which would include drawings of sexual acts or anything pornographic. If you’re interested in something along these lines and you’re not sure if it falls in the category of things I don’t do– feel free to write me in private and we can discuss your request.  Also, keep in mind that these are digital sketches, which means they will be delivered digitally, but of a high enough quality to make prints, if you so choose.

How to request a commission and how the process works–

feel free to write me, via the contact tab up top. Your request will go directly to my email, and I’ll provide you all the information you need, and keep you up to date with my progress so you can direct me as I work, providing any corrections or feedback prior to the completion.

Again, I’m only able to take up to 3 commissions, and the turnover will be sometime next week, unless there are delays with progress, due to corrections, changes, ect– so, feel free to contact me, if you’d like to be one of the three 🙂

That said, stay tuned tomorrow for more updates :D!

Sketchbook Exclusive- Siamese Swan Lake

Hey guys! Bea here! Bringing you another Sketchbook Exclusive!

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Concept:  Character Concept Art for Facebook’s Character Design Challenge

Theme: The Traveling Circus/ Siamese twins performing Swan Lake

Inspirational Music:

It’s highly likely that with the time I have left, I wont be able to complete this character concept art for the challenge, but even so I’d like to share it here as it is a piece I intend to finish at a later date 🙂

Originally when I started to piece this design together, I tried to think of a circus show I’d pay to see– and I thought, Siamese twins, that would be cool! Oh and maybe they should be doing something acrobatic or some kind of dance that requires precision and balance. Mirrors. Think mirrors– as if the sisters are mirroring each other *sketchity sketch sketch*   Okay, now costumes, what should they wear? Hrm….Tutu…ballet shoes…..*sketch sketch*…What if— What if made one look sad and the other confident? What if….one is the black swan and the other the white swan from Swan Lake? That would totes make sense because they are like two half’s of one whole kinda *Sketchity sketch*

And there you have it! A brief window into my brain!

I’ve never seen Swan Lake in person, but I’ve always been fascinated by it, since I was introduce to the story by….Princess Tutu

A gem of an anime I stumbled upon some years back, which, believe it or not is one of my all time favorite animes now. Black Swan with Natalie Portman was also a huge inspiration in the thought process  as that movie captured the idea very well, in how mirrors were used to reflects the different swans.

Another thing that drew me to this idea is my love of comparing blacks and whites in my art. I love seeing the two clash in some way or form  so it gave me another excuse to do it.  Pretty soon I’ll enough pieces like these that I can make a series out of them lol!

I do hope I can finish it on time, I have quite a few things that come before it, but even if I can’t it was fun to get started and certainly something I look forward to finishing.

Anywho, Hope you liked this sketchbook exclusive, and maybe even found something nice to look into. As for me, I think I’ll go binge watch Princess Tutu again for the millionth time >_<

Till next time, Enjoy!

Thursday Evening Post

I’ve been introducing you guys to quite a few kitties over the past couple of weeks. Well, today, I’d like to introduce you to a special someone of mine– Please meet Brook, aka, Boodah!

Brook1My chihwuwu, in human form :D!

brookersand uh… in dog form :D!

Contrary to popular belief, my chiwuwu is anything but loud. In fact– she’s a very quiet, an incredibly timid doggie, that’s easily frightened, especially by thunder and rain, which would explain why her ears were back in this photo >_<. She is however vocal when she’s excited, greeting you with doggie whimpers and squeelz that make you ponder if she’s trying to conjure up human words.

I love her! She’s mah baby, and a proud member of the household, so as a challenge to myself, I wanted to draw her portrait, but with her as a human!

This is something I actually wanted to do for quite some time, but only until recently was I able to commit to it, and I went through quite a few drafts, like these, to flesh out her design.

This draft being one I did about two years ago, featuring Brook getting into toilet paper, which she does, and begging for attention, which she also does, a lot >_<.

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and this one, in preparation for final version

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There were a few things that I knew for sure I wanted to do when I drew Brook. I wanted to show her personality and I wanted her eyes to be big. Brooks eyes are truly her best feature– big and brown and full of emotion. all things considered, it was only natural I drew her like an anime character, lol!

As mentioned in the Monday Evening Post, I was practicing a method I call the Blockout Method, with my painting. These drafts were done in a similar fashion, and I have a little animation following my process :D!

BrookanimateI usually work off quite a few references– some I make, and some I gather from stock or other sources. The 3rd ref is actually a stock image I purchased earlier in the year that I finally decided to use, for it’s color pallet. The background I painted is also based off the stock image.

Overall, I had fun painting Brook! and I look forward to doing similar portraits to other furry beasts that are near and dear to my heart 😀

Check back tomorrow for another update on the sketches for Katzenworld! Till next time, Enjoy!

Monday Evening Post

Hey guys and gals, It’ Monday! And I’m here with another update on our Mystery Girl!

A Familiar Face

Preview1Still don’t recognize her? This might help!

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Since February I’ve been studying and practicing painting faces, and many of you got to see my progress in the last two illustrations I posted. Since it was the end of the month, I decided to take my continued studies to who I will for now refer to as the Constellation Girl. This is again just a sample of the full illustration, and because I’m actively trying to learn as a paint, I’m taking my time.

Basically I wanted to see how my skills had improved in a month’s time after my studies, and our lady of the constellations seemed to be the best candidate for comparison. Overall, my lines got tighter, cleaner, and I understand the contours of the face a bit better and how light hits it. There’s still much to learn about her– who she is, her personality– all that good stuff, so expect to see more of her!

On a side note– because the earlier parts of the month is a time where I have to generate ideas for future projects and meet obligations with my clients, it’s difficult finding time to draw at my leisure. It’s only around the latter time of the month that my schedule frees up enough that I can truly commit to my studies. Because of this, between the 1-15 of every month, I’m going to dedicate my Monday and Thursday Evening posts to other artists and articles geared towards helping artists.  I am still kinda finding my footing with this blogging thing, and I thank everyone for their patience as I figure out how mines is going to flow.  Till next time, Enjoy!

321- Pinup Released!

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Yay it’s finally finished! The Article following the making of this Illustration is below


The Making of 321-PinUp — Studying Rockwell

I feel so old saying this, but I remember when the internet wasn’t a thing– at least not in my house! But when we got it– oh boy! I was already a fan of Japanese animation because I grew up watching Toonami which featured shows like Dragon Ball, Speed Racer… Sailormoon- TO WHICH I’M A HUGE FAN!– Sailor Jupiter foreva!!! *Clears Throat* So when we got the internet, those were the things I looked up. Naturally these searches introduced me to other anime like NGE, Tenchi Muyo– and also, Comics. I was fascinated by the photos of comic covers I would find, and in my search I discovered artists J Scott Campbell, and the late great Michael Turner of Fathom Comics. These two artists are the reasons I wanted to become one, and I begged mom to find me a comic store where I could purchase every title with their names on it just to have their art at my finger tips.

I studied Michael Turner’s work in particular, even learned how to draw like him at one point because I was soooo sure that if I became good enough, I’d get to meet him one day, and maybe even work at his side. Mind you I had no idea how comics worked, so that was my idea of things. I was heartbroken when he passed, but the dream was alive in me, and I was determined to figure out how to become an artist like him. The thing is, back then, it wasn’t easy to find tutorials or how toos on the net, so I developed a skill that allows me to pick art apart, by looking at it closely. This is how I learned how to draw, up until college.

Now we live in a day and age where many artist have how toos and tutorials, providing intimate details on the process they follow. What I’m doing here is much the same, only it’s going to be less about how to draw, but more about fleshing out an idea finding the right inspirations, and applying tips and tricks and problem solving. Overall, I’ll be siting sources, dropping names and links to the people and things that help me through the creative process and I hope what I have to share is helpful! With that said, lets get into the making of 321-Pinup, a Study of Rockwell.

Learning from Rockwell

Normally I would have taken a more dynamic approach with pinup, but since I was doing it in Rockwell’s style, and I had limited time, I made a conscious decision to keep this one simple. Fortunately for me, Rockwell has a relatively simple painting style. His compositions are usually straight forward and dead centered, his figures are a bit exaggerated and gestural, which breathes more life into them, and aside from the figures in his paintings, the backgrounds or surroundings have very limited shading– as if the flash from a camera washed out most the shadows and details.

Edge Control

One thing I had to pay attention to, when learning from Rockwell, is his Edge control– which is his ability to manipulate edges to create sharp contrasts between his figures and their backgrounds. Speaking of Edge control, it is an important tool an artist can use to create form, atmosphere and believability.
In general, edges are:
Harder in the light, softer in the shadow
Harder in the foreground, softer in the background
Harder on smooth forms, softer on textured forms
Harder on still forms, softer on forms in motion (on moving forms they are harder on the leading edge and softer on the trailing edge)
Harder at the center of interest, softer as you move away
Read more Here

In Rockwell’s work, you’ll mostly find his figures against a white background. Usually the strongest colors have the harder edges– and the brighter colors, like whites, creams, and grays have the softer edges– so soft in fact they almost blend into the white background. Putting this into practice actually helped me understand how to control my edges better making my work look cleaner. Definitely something I’ll continue to practice going forward.

The Feels!

How you display emotion in your work can be the difference between a nice drawing, and a nice drawing with soul. Faces, particularly the eyes are the most important feature, in my opinion, because of their ability to say so much. I’ve studied a many artists- SakimiChan, Kronprinz, Nebezial— all of which have one thing in common– they can draw some dang good faces full of personality. Body language is the second most important tell of emotion. When I was painting 321-Pinup, the leading lady went through at least 3 changes in her face and body. At first she was stiff, upright and smug, not a very welcoming character to meet coming into a diner. The second one was a bit more loose in her body language, but her face wasn’t quite right. Her stare seemed blank and void of emotion. Overall she was still pretty stiff. Third time’s a charm I guess. She loosened up more, leaning on the counter, and finally I could look at her face and hear her saying “Hey there!” Comparing the 1st draft to the final product, I’m glad I put in the extra work to give these characters some feels! After toiling away for almost a day on the lady’s face, I had learned so much that the guy’s face was a breeze. YAY! progress!!

Work through your Mistakes

I could have gone with a cleaner approach– smoothed everything out to make it look polished, but I deliberately left a sketchiness to it. I call it, showing strokes. In a way I think it adds to the personality of a painting, when you can see where the brush leaves its mark. A tip I learned from Cliff Neilson in one of his workshops, is to try to avoid using the eraser tool, in your digital paintings. Instead, treat it like real paint. If you make a mistake, paint over it, instead of erasing it. The residue it leaves after only adds to it.

There were some things I had to change. The background was altered to be more straightforward. After much consideration I decided the image would be stronger with one light source, and to keep the color pallet simple to mesh with Rockwell’s style. Overall, this was a wonderful experience. I honestly learned a bunch ! To close, I added a little gif, for your viewing pleasure! I’ll try to get better at making these

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