Sketchbook Exclusive: Forgotten Arts and Bea’s Day Out!

Hey guys! Bea here, ready to tell you about new stuffs, and to bring you arts of mine that never saw the light of day!

aka, old arts that never got finished and/or were deemed not good enough to share by my younger self >_<

I’ve been making conscious efforts to break that terrible habit of mine of always wanting my stuff to be of a certain standard before I consider it “presentable”, so I started Sketchbook Exclusives as a means to share my “less than polished” work, like doodles, rough sketches, speed paints, and old unfinished stuff.

In addition to that, I’ve also been trying to new ways to break out of my comfort zone, by spending less time in front of the screen, since most my work is digital, and more time in my sketchbook. This just so happened to result in me and Justin going out on the town where we engaged in a series of fun sketch challenges that I came up with on the spot. It was so fun in fact, we both agreed that we should do it again!

The challenges were simple, but difficult to execute as our “models” were people who were briskly walking by.

Anyway! we started with 30 second drawings where we’d pick our subject (who was usually moving), set the phone on the timer,  and try to draw them in 30 seconds flat.The results? Laughable, as we both quickly realized how rusty we are!

The second challenge was a fun 60 second game of I Spy, where instead of drawing moving subject, we’d pick something stationary, like a lamp post, a tree, or a building– draw it in 60 seconds, and then compare. Much easier than drawing fast moving people lol!

The third challenge was a tricky one, because it had all to do with Memory! The goal was to look around, find something that caught our eye, memorize it, and then draw it without looking again. When the 60 seconds were up, we’d compare our drawings and see how much we got right.  This one was really funny because we both ended up drawing things that we imagined were there, but wern’t, like windows on buildings that had none, or writing what we thought the name of things were, which, as it turned out, we were wrong. Very fun!

In fact, we loved it so much, we upped the ante in the 4th challenge by giving ourselves 1 minute to memorize our view from where we were sitting, and 4 minutes to draw it from memory. The results were hilarious!

Even though the drawings we made  in each of these challenges were not our finest work, I really wanted to share them, but my my pencil lines were so faint, they just didn’t translate in the photos I took. We didn’t exactly go out with the intention of drawing , so we were using things we found to draw with instead of nice set of art supplies.

No matter though! There will be a next time, and I will be prepared with sketches, AND photos for comparison, in a category of posts I’d like to call Bea’s Day Out! Coming soon to a blog near you…I’m talking about this one…This blog. Mines.

Now about those arts, ehh??

Nothing new, in fact, both of these are old, one in particular by at least 4 years, so lets start with that one!

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Maybe you recognize her, maybe you don’t,  but she’s the lovely songstress from the very bloody and gory tale of Repo! The Genetic Opera. She is know as  “Blind Mag”, and is my favorite character from the movie.

If you’re not familiar with Repo, it’s a story about a world where organ failure has become an epidemic, kind of like a dystopian future, where people must rely on GeneCo for organ transplants which are “loaned” to them. In the event someone fails to make their payments, a Repo Man in sent to collect, usually resulting in said person’s demise. I’m not a huge fan of gore, which there is a lot of, but the story was very entertaining in my opinion. Defiantly something out of the norm!

as an added note– the performance that inspired the fan art that never got finished

That brings us to our second piece of forgotten arts, which is actually the original concept sketch for my May Monthly Collectible Illustration featuring the Selkie Siren.

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I really enjoyed this one, but I was running such a tight schedule at that time, preparing for SDCC, that I only drew enough to get an idea of what I needed.

In the meantime, I’m currently working on finishing a painting that was commissioned of the Mother Mary, which will be done in a few days, as I get back on track with my Monday Evening Post, so, look out!

Been fun sharing these with you all, thank you for reading!  till next time, Enjoy!

Introducing- Sketchbook Exclusives

Hey guys! It’s been a while, but I’m back and I bring arts!

But before that, I’d like to tell you a bit more about it. The last time I had a month long break, I spent it by getting this blog off the ground with my 30 day sketch challenge. Now that things have settled down on my end, and I I’m starting another break, I decided to commit my free time to create sketches exploring some of the ideas I wish to turn into print-worthy illustrations.  I don’t have a set schedule for these, I’m pretty much taking my time to work out my ideas, but you can expect multiple posts a week featuring these exclusive sketches that I will only be posting here, on my blog, for you guys to enjoy!

Because this is a learning process and a challenge for me to exercise my creativity, and get out of my comfort zone,  I will be documenting each sketch/illustration closely through it’s different stages, while sharing what I’ve learned so you can follow along 🙂

To start things off, I decided that a fairly light-hearted illustration would be a good way to break the ice- as it were, and warm me up before tackling my more complicated ideas.

With that said, my first Sketchbook Exclusive iiiis–

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Concept:  When a Dove and Crow meet
Inspiration: JC Lyendecker
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I’m sure it’s obvious this is my primary reference, lol Jc Lyendecker is one of my favorite artists, right alongside Norman Rockwell, so I decided to make this illustration/sketch more of a tribute to his work.

To tell you a little bit about these characters– Crow was a character I sketched back in January from a dream I had– where he was like a dark and mysterious spirit animal to me.

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Dove is new– actually she came from one of the designs I did for Gaia Online, who originated as Canary- but turned into Dove- when it came down to her final design when it was time to pixel her.

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For some reason, she made me think of Crow a lot, so I figured, what would it be like of these two characters just so happened to…meet? Thus the concept was born!

About the Characters:

Dove is a free spirit but also a caged bird, as referenced by the bars behind her, and the birdcage in the original concept.

Crow is physically free, but much more quiet and reserved– and in a sense, caged by his own inhibitions. They are total and complete opposites, and while Crow frees her from the bars imprisoning her, she frees him from the one inside him.

One thing I’d like to note about these exclusives is that I’m sharing my work in a less refined form, aka, these sketches are much looser than sketches you’ll find in my gallery. Basically my aim is to make sure the idea is there, and that it’s solid.

Anywho, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, there will be more in days to come as I share more ideas!

Also, for those designs that I have multiple sketches for, I may include a poll, so you can vote for your favorite concepts at your leisure 🙂

Till next time, Enjoy!

Moving Forward

In Bloom

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It’s a funny thing when you can look at something you’ve done years ago and find meaning in it, different from what it started from.

a lot of things come to mind when I think of this one, even now, five years later. It has always been a personal piece, though I couldn’t quite put into words why when I was painting it. But it dawned on me..It’s an expression of my love for art, and a bearing of my soul as I hope to blossom into the artist I’ve always aspired to be.

Trust me, lol I’m not there yet– I’ve got a ways to go! But after sifting through the dark for so many years, I’ve found me a spot of light, and likewise I’ve been given a chance to grow. What I mean when I say this is, I’m no longer confused about the type of artist I want to be, and I know this because of the opportunities given to me by those who saw potential in my work, and have given me a chance, or, in some cases a push in the right direction.

During portfolio reviews, I had the experience of sitting with professionals in positions I’ve dreamed of being in. To know that my hard work has paid off thus far, given their positive reviews, I have tremendous confidence, that if I keep pushing forward, challenging myself, and growing as an artist, I will no doubt accomplish everything I have set out to achieve.

To tell you the truth guys, I was a wreck these past couple of months.  I don’t like letting people see me struggle, so I wear a smile, laugh, joke, but I was falling to pieces inside- like, I broke down in tears at least three times because of the pressure I put on myself, and if it wern’t for my friends talking me down– and keeping me level, I would have broken down more times than that. It’s my fault, I pushed my own boundaries, and admittedly too far, but that’s just how much all of this means to me…so yah, having all thumbs up at my reviews, was like the icing on the cake.

So what does all this mean? Well, I figured I’d give you a heads up on my plans for the remainder of the year, and forward.  As much as I want to pursue some of the studies I had planned for myself,  sadly, many of them will be staying on the back-burner, or dropped completely. It was said to me more than once, by several individuals, in and out of reviews at SDCC, that I need to create print worthy material, get booths at cons, and sell.

This doesn’t mean I’m going to go all commercial on you guys, but I’ve had a stock of ideas– literally a list of them, that I’ve been compiling for years, of art I wanted to create when my skills were good enough to tackle them. In an effort to follow their advice, I’ve decided that it’s time to make them happen.

Many of the ideas I have consists of art books, illustrated short stories I’ve written synopsis’s for, and several series of art prints centered on themes like twisted fairytales, Nostalgia fan art, zodiacs, or the 7 deadly sins, among many others. In fact, I’ve decided that the first project I want to tackle is a 20 page illustrated book– which is a short story of a girl who deals with the 5 stages of grief after her encounter with death on her way to the afterlife. Originally this was something I wanted to do as a series of daily sketches for October, but figured it would work better as an art book with a narrative.

Because this, and many of my other ideas are a huge undertaking for someone like me who has very little free time, and limited resources, It’s been suggested by my friends to consider a Crowd Funding, or Patreon to help support me financially in the making and printing of these works. At least that way, I could support myself with my art, work less at my day job, and ultimately create something really special that people can enjoy, and maybe even relate too, and own for themselves.

I’m not sure how to do all that yet, but I know it’s going to be a lot of work! In the meantime though, you know what I’ll be up too, as my progress will be shared here– sketches, concept art, all that good stuff!

I’ve rambled on enough though! But thank you for reading, and for following along as I move forward– it means a lot, and I’m glad to have the support so many of you have given– again, thanks!

Till next time, Enjoy!!

Thursday Evening Post

First off I’d like to thank those who wished me well 🙂 I’m still under the weather, but thankfully I haven’t become bed ridden. I’ve been coasting between sick and not sick, for the past week. One day I feel great, the next day, I feel the symptoms coming on, but after taking my vitamins, drinking a lot of fresh teas, fruits and veggs, I’ve been well enough to stay on my feet. It’s the weather though– going from hot to cold and that weird in between place hat makes it hard for the body to adjust x_x. typical here in Michigan when the seasons are changing. Weather don’t know what it wants to do.

My goodness though– May already. Hard to believe we’re five months into the year. Makes me wish I was younger because time seemed to move much slower! Ah well– it’s a good time to step back and reflect, like what’s happened since I kick started my blog– and what I expect going forward.

Even though my blog isn’t anything huge, it’s been a pretty big challenge for me– and has impacted my life in many ways I didn’t expect. like, for years I was in a slump artistically, not learning, not growing, barely creating anything personal or new. It had been on my mind for a long time to start a blog but I didn’t have the drive or the confidence to go ahead and do it…But then, January rolled around– January 1st, and I had a “today is the day” moment, and even though I wasn’t ready for it, I kick started my blog with a 30 day sketch challenge, and took the Blogging 101 course to learn the ins and outs.

It was during this time, I met many of you who follow me today, and it’s because of you guys– inspiring me, inspiring my work, and supporting my blog that I have the drive to keep this thing going, especially now when I have so much weight on my shoulders that committing to these posts is hard.

It’s not a matter of having the right material to share, because I certainty have a lot of it! The issue is time. I’ve been on a race against the clock since securing my trip to California, and it’s been a constant struggle maintaining a balance between how I spend my time and energy to meet different obligations. Unfortunately some projects had to hit the back-burner until I’m in the clear. Even more unfortunate, so much of my energy is spent on other things, that I’ve been unable to give my blog that extra attention and care I’d like to.

Overall it’s going to be a rough couple of months, until this trip is over. I may slip up with my posts sometimes, but I’m determined to keep pushing forward, to keep growing, keep learning, keep posting and building this blog, even if it’s at a slower pace than I would like.

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Aside from all the friends I’ve made since kick starting this blog, and all the wonderful people I’ve met, I realized that I created more art in five months than I ever have in my life, and instead of the 5 images I started with, I now have 33+ being featured– all of them new. That in itself, is an accomplishment for me lol!

As for the kitties I’ve been drawing for Katzenworld, I tried, but couldn’t muster up the energy to make it happen today lol! So I’m shooting for Monday to have those sketches complete 🙂

Again, thank you all for your continued support, and as always, 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

So it isn’t the evening, as I’m posting this– I don’t care, I breaks the rules!

Anyway, I want you to meet Tom from Catsatthebar! He’s a writer, photographer, and cat aficionado!

Portrait StudyNot to long ago, I published an article requesting help from my followers by asking them to allow me to paint a portrait of them, for  practice. As I mentioned- one of the goals I have, for this blog is to be able to engage with my followers and watchers– and what better way to do that, then to allow you the opportunity to take part in some of my studies as I learn and grow as an artist! I only had a few slots open and Tom was the first to join in!

I was really excited when I got his photo– he’s a handsome guy with an interesting personality and it shows!  This photo in particular is one that he said he was known for taking– where he just kind of stops and stares off into the distance at whatever happens to catch his eye.

About this painting– it’s not photo accurate. I never intended for it to be. These are simply excises; speed paintings done in a short amount of time, designed to try different techniques, broaden my understanding of using different brushes for different effects, playing with my imagination to enhance the lighting and ambiance, and to have a general understanding of facial structure and shapes. It’s important to me that I keep these paintings loose and avoid being a perfectionist. As the old saying goes– only practice makes perfect– and perfectness is simply a byproduct of practice. Overall, when doing these types of studies, the objective is to learn, embrace imperfection,relaxed and have fun while doing it.

Thank you again Tom for lending your handsome face!

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Help me learn to paint faces better by allowing me to paint yours!

One of the goals I have, for this blog is to be able to engage with my followers and watchers– and what better way to do that, than to allow you the opportunity to take part in some of my studies as I learn and grow as an artist!

The challenge for February was to focus on portraiture– because if there’s one thing I struggle with the most as an artist, it is drawing faces….aaaaand I want to change that by being better at it. Normally I’ll scour the internet or the stock websites I’m a member of for portraits to use as references, but instead of relying solely on the images I’ve purchased and collected, I’m also coming to you!

So if you’d like to be painted by me, as one of my facial studies, here’s what you need to know, and also what I’m looking for.

1. I’m looking for 5-10 participants to individually supply one photo of one individual that I may use as a reference to paint from. Depending on how many people participate, if any, I’ll pull the best images from the lot.

2. My paintings will be stylized, not photo realistic, meaning, I’ll be painting them in my own style.

3. No selfies please. Also, photo must be high quality, or at least good enough that I can make out the details of the facial features.

4. A photo that tells a story about your personality is encouraged. Fun, quirky, sexy, natural or emotional facial expressions are a huge plus. the more emotion you have, the better.

5.You may link me to your photo through my comments , or use my contact page to send an email.

Just a note– Once I’ve completed the two commissions I’m currently working on, I intend to move into my study of faces and portraits. I don’t make these offers often. It is only because I’m trying to grow in certain areas that I’ve taken on this challenge, and have left these slots open. These paintings will also be done in my leisure, so any commission work I may receive will be treated as priority. Participants will be notified however, when their painting is published. Overall I hope some of you are willing to participate. It would be much appreciated :D.