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!

 

 

 

Adventurous

Hey Guys! Bea here!

Another day, with more arts to share!

This time, we have, well, a peter-pan inspired character.- at least that was the general theme I was working with.

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This was a quick painting, and aligns more to my anime-style of painting. Depending on what I’m working on, or who I’m doing work for, my style tends to shift between semi-realism, and this style.

This one in particular, accompanied  the work I did for Gaiaonline.com for February’s Monthly collectibles, and these are the items I pixeled, and my illustration that tells a little bit about each character’s set of items!

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Welp, that’s it for this post!  But more coming soon 😀 Hope you liked it, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

The Lineup

Hey guys! Bea here!

In my effort to get better at poses, I decided to take a different approach to the commissions, and take the featured characters of individual mocks that I’ve made, and put them on a separate sheet and paint them all at one time, so, that’s what these are!

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Little late on the warning, but yes, these contain nudity– but nothing explicit,so I hope these don’t offend anyone.

It’s a common practice of mine to draw/paint my figures nude, prior to clothing them, because I want to make sure that the figures and poses are believable and as accurate as can be underneath it all. The cool thing is, these make for great figure and lighting studies too!

How did I come upon these poses? Well, I sketched them out first, looked for references, and found the best ones I could, then I loaded up my 3D software with realistic models, posed them according to my references/sketches, got the angles I wanted, and drew them! It’s a lengthy process yes, but it allows me the benefit of studying life and applying my imagination to it, in the best way possible.

To tell you a bit about each study,  the first girl is going to be featured in an illustration I’m working on called Cicada, and is a water nymph. The second girl is for a commission on a book about Irish werewolves, and she’s the lead girl. The male is an African American slave, that I’m painting for the cover of a book series called Hebrews to Negroes about the history and lineage of Africans,  and the final figure is for the FANGIRL illustration I’m working.

I do have another lineup of four characters coming in the next few days which I’ve been working on as well, but yeah, just a quick show of what I’ve been up to! More arts coming soon!

Hope you liked these studies– and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

 

 

Flames

Hey guys! Bea here! And I have arts to share!

Kelly- Commissioned by Rebellious

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This is one that I actually finished about a month ago– I just never got around to posting it.

As simple as this illustration is, it did pose it’s own set of challenges. I personally would have preferred to work from a direct model in a controlled setting so I could get the lighting I wanted in the most accurate way, and more accurate anatomy, but instead I had to rely heavily on my imagination for this one.

Because of this, there were quite a few transitions between the final version and the first draft. Attached a little animation for you guys, so you can see the comparison.

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As always, it’s cool seeing how my style progresses with these transitions, especially when I’m dealing with an early draft that was conceived many months prior to the completion of the image.

Unfortunately it was among a few commissions I was in the process of doing around the time I got sick, so the delay was long. I think it worked out for the better in the long run though, since the quality turned out much better with the skills I gained in that stretch of time. And I’m happy to say that my client is very pleased!

Well, this post is a brief one, but I’m glad to say that I’ve made some significant progress on some of my other commissions which I will be sharing throughout the week! So, new arts coming soon!

Hope you liked this post, and as always, Enjoy!