Character Sketches- The Cen

Hey Guys! Bea here,

with another character sketch from Seth’s Commission! Lets see– who on the spread shall it be?

sketchosSpread1The Cen!

sketchos1A little bit about the Cen, they are an amphibious/merfolk– Humanoid with thin fins which allow it to swim easier, and a skin similar to a trout or bass. They are also about 5ft tall

Seth was very good about describing how he wanted the Cen to look, down to every feature of his face, which is a plus because it makes designing a character so much easier!

Unlike all the other characters that were sketched out– The Cen is the only one that’s nude– and that’s only because he is an aquatic creature and clothes aren’t really practical.

As before, here’s a little animation showing the process, though his is shorter due to lack of clothes 🙂

sketchos1-animationStay tuned tomorrow to see who we reveal next 😀

Till next time, Enjoy!

Bea’s Features

Quite often I’ll find myself scouring the net in search of art. In fact, I spend almost as much time looking at other people’s artwork as I do making my own. So today, I’ll sharing with you five artists along with three of their works that I adore! Also, feel free to click their names to be directed to their individual websites.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the Feature 😀

Medders– I usually look for artists whose work inspires, and motivates me, and each of them do so in their own distinct ways. What I love most about Medder’s style  is the loose, sketchiness of his paintings. It’s my belief that a sketch is the soul of your work, and often times has more character than the final piece does. In his own way, from what I can see, Medder’s has a style that maintains the essence of his sketch, which I believe enhances the beauty of his work.


GDBee– Not only does she have a very charming style, but GDbee Is amazing when it comes to composing colors–My favorite of hers being the 2nd one, of the beautiful young girl with Vitiligo. Overall, I can’t felt but feel uplifted and joy, upon seeing the vivid colors at play in GDbee’s work!


Yoann-Lossel– Words cannot describe just how enchanted I am by Yoann’s art. That ghostly dark image with shimmering hints of gold just gives me chills. Even with such a simple color pallet he brings everything together so well. What I wouldn’t do to see his work in person. I would just get lost in it for hours!


Saimain– I met Saimain through a challenge I was hosting from my Journal on Deviant Art. She won, and got a free sketch out of my 30 day challenge, and I drew one of her characters. What’s so cool about her is that she has all these stories, that she creates art for. She’s such a creative individual, a wonderful storyteller, and I can’t help but admire just how driven she is, so to support her, I recently became one of her Patreons on Patreon.com.


Skirtzzz– Has a way of drawing that is whimsical and sexy, and I love every bit of it! Not to mention her line quality is beautiful, and not only does she draw– but she does amaaaazing cosplay. I saw her Princess Peach cosplay a long time ago, and later ran into her work on Deviantart, and was like “Why am I not following this woman >_<!” So glad I found her work again so I can stalk her, lol! I also became her Patreon recently as well, as I want to support the artists I admire.


Honorable Mentions

I really really really…Really REALLY wanted to show Little Bird, an illustrated poem by Moosekleenex– however it was too large to feature in this format. So, as an honorable mention, I encourage you to check it out, and experience the epic feels!


 Since this is a post about features, I’d also like to introduce what I will now refer to as my

A-Team

And noooo I dont mean the show, so I wont be running around rocking a fro-hawk with gold chains dripping down my neck. To be honest I would have said B Team, but….I like A, so,  it is what it is. I regret nothing!

So what is the A Team? Well often times you’ll hear me mention Justin or Zygona on my blog. Just like me, they are both aspiring artists, we all went to school together, and Justin has literally become my right hand man, and Zygona my right hand woman… which just puts me on the left, I guess >_

Hope you enjoyed the Feature, and likewise found new artists to follow– till next time, Enjoy!

Monday Evening Post

What is it Like to be an Artist?

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This was a question that came up earlier in the week when Justin and I went to the gym to check out a membership and ran into someone he knows. As It turned out, this simple question lead to a rather broad discussion about what it means to us, why we do it, what our goals are, and the reality of those goals– annnd it seemed like a great conversation to bring here.

I can’t speak for every artist- so most of what I say comes from my own experience and the experiences of others I know personally, but I’m fairly certain that artists may find some commonality here as I address each question. So, lets get started!

1. So when did you start drawing?

Every artist has an origin story, but….I’ve always been kinda weirded out by this question. Sure I can say, since forever, but it doesn’t probe any deeper than that. The better question is– What was the spark that started you off because it brings you back to a point and time in your life when everything kinda…changed. The answer that follows is much richer and truer to how an artist got started. It could have been their love and admiration for something that inspired them, be it games, anime, comics, movies, fashion, books, or even a particular franchise. Maybe it runs in the family and the artist was next in line to pick it up. For others it may be a form of self expression, their voice in the world…or even a quiet escape from hurt and pain… Whatever their spark, much like a signature, you can almost always see a hint of it, in their work.

2. So why do you do it?

If the answer is– because I love to, it’s what I’m passionate about– a common question/statement that follows in my experience and in some of my friends experience is– “The Starving artist– all about the passion and not about the money”
Lets be real– Money is important– it puts a roof over our heads and food on the table. As much as we love to draw, we also have to make a living, and what better way to do it, than by doing something you love. Justin said it better though- “The term starving artist is kind of outdated. Although it’s a different and pretty difficult road to take, it’s very possible to make a good living as an artist. There are a lot of artists who made a lot of money throughout history. But the mainstream culture likes to romanticize the idea of artists sacrificing everything for the passion. The reality is much different than that. It’s similar to musicians and athletes except it’s a career that can last. I mean your not going to make millions off a single deal , in most cases, but you can make a good living off what you dreamed of when you were a kid, and when drawing was just a fun hobby.”

3. This isn’t a question I’ve run into, but I think it deserved a spot on this list- “Were your family/friends supportive of your dreams?”

The answers for this one can go annnny which way, to be honest, but it brings us back to the concept of the starving artist. Because being an artist has this stigma, and because it’s not a profession you go into to become rich, a lot of times, an artist finds themselves without support, or being steered in the direction of careers that are more “promising”. Friends’ I’ve found to be the most supportive, because they’re with you no matter what you choose to do with your life. Parents, on the other hand, have more concern for your well-being in the long term because they want you to succeed and be prosperous– while their hearts are in the right place, an unsupportive parent or authoritative figure can easily crush a dream by shooting it down, because of the stigma. I personally have had a lot of support, but in a weird way, some of my friends have been a problem in the past because they see what I do as more of a hobby, aka, something I do for fun that doesn’t require a lot of effort. The problem with this is, they end up holding me back, because they don’t see what I do as being important. What it comes down to is, the people in your life need to understand your passion. They need to understand what it means to you, especially if it’s more than just a hobby, but also a means by which you earn a living, and in doing so they can choose to either respect it, support it, or get out the way. Sounds a bit aggressive, lol, but that’s how much it means to some of us.

4. So what are your goals?

Hey, I wanna be the next Norman Rockwell! Go big or go home right! Right? Ever heard the term “You see the glory but don’t know the story?” I’m guilty of fantasizing, and I’m confident enough to say that most of us are, lol! But the reality is, we can’t all be superstars. Does that make this a hopeless cause? Not in the least.
We had this thing at the college I attended, where at the end of the year we’d have portfolio reviews. You’d bring in all your best work for the year and be privately critiqued and graded on your progress by the lead instructors of your major. The last time I was critiqued, which was years ago, I was given a high score and told that I have a lot of potential. But then the instructor took me aside and quietly said “There are a lot of artists out there, who have just as much potential– and who can do what you do, and better. But that’s not what you want to think about. Instead, focus on what makes YOUR art special. What can you bring to the market, that makes you stand out?
I had an idea– but finding out what it was truly was, and honing it, that was the goal, because it doesn’t matter as much what type of style you choose to work in, or how refined your skill, what matters most is what makes you stand out.

5. lastly, what sort of art do you do, what goes into making it, and what do you hope to receive from it?

Okay, lol I’m going to get all artsy fartsy and say something cool, because I want to, and be all poetic about it n stuff! Ready? Here goes!
When you look at a person’s work, like a coin, there’s two sides. There’s one you see, and one not so much. Most people see the head– aka, the end result, the pretty picture on the wall in all it’s glamor! Unless that’s just not the artists style, but you get the idea. The other side of the coin, the tail, is the labor…the long hours, and often sleepless nights, money spent, and mounting frustrations of problems that had to be overcome… in addition to a combination of thought, and emotion, aka, blood, sweat and tears. So to answer the question, an artists work can take many forms, be it illustration, animation, ect, but at it’s core, an artists work is the fruit of their passions, and inspirations, whatever they may be, and the fruit of their labor.
A lot goes into an artist’s work, before they bring it center stage, and it doesn’t always come easy, even if it looks like it does. Likewise, for all the effort we put forth, to express our ideas, having our work be seen, acknowledged, appreciated and/or supported means a lot, and that’s what we hope to receive.

Again, with all that I’ve said, I don’t speak for everyone; this is simply a reflection of my own experiences and observations and talks I’ve had with fellow artists. In a addition though, reflecting on questions like these have given me a lot to think about, like my desire to support other artists, either through Patreon or Feature posts, and about finding ways that I can personally give back to the art community.

One step at a time though 🙂 I haven’t decided on a solid schedule yet, but after giving this much thought, Thursday I will be my first attempt at a feature post, Where I’ve chosen five artists I wish to showcase on my blog. Not only do I intend to feature there work, but I hope to share in what way their art has influenced me, or inspired me, with the hopes that you too may be inspired by their works. In the meantime, if you have some advice, suggestions, send me a word!

Took me longer to write this post than I thought, but, I hope you got something from it– Till next time, Enjoy!

Thursday Evening Post

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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.