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!

 

 

Cowboys, and Westerns

Seems to be the theme of this month- oh and werewolves!

Hey guys! Bea here! Hope you’re ready to see some arts!

Since much of my time is spent doing commission work, I’ve learned that no matter how busy I am, it’s important to take some time to simply draw whatever random thing that comes to mind that I want to do.

Well, that moment came last night when I went out and saw Hateful Eight with Zygona.  I’ve always been a fan of Quintin Tarantino’s work, since Kill Bill–  and became interested in titles like Pulp Fiction too. I mean, what Tarantino is able to do with his movies, visually, has always charged and inspired me in creative ways. I

n his most recent movie, the Hateful Eight, my favorite character, played by Samuel L Jackson is Major Warren.  I loved his design, and his character is so well written that I couldn’t resist drawing him…Only, as a woman o.o.

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There wasn’t any reason to draw him as a woman, other than the fact that I loved his outfit and wish I could cosplay as him every day >_<. I mean his jacket is, omgaah! Love it!

This sketch isn’t done though– I certainly want to fully render it, but I’ll save that for a time when I have more leisure. What’s great though about doing this sketch is that it also helped me to set up for my next set of commissions that are in progress.

 

Gothic Dust

A few months ago, I was contacted by a nice guy who I’ll refer to as Ray, who commissioned me to do 4 character illustrations, plus an ad illustration, and the name of his story is Gothic Dust.

From what I can say about it, it has a western/cowboy style with some rather interesting characters I hope you all get to learn more about as I go through designing each one.

So far, we are in phase 1- thumbnail silhouettes

Poses are important, when designing non-static characters because it tells you a bit more about them through their body language,  and thumbnail silhouettes help me get a feel for that, and the energy each character has, prior to adding all the details.

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Much like the last set of character designs I did, I’ll be saving each phase to show you the steps, so that when I’m done I can animate them.  But unlike my previous character designs, because these will all be complete renderings, there will be more steps to record.

I have a few more concepts I have to start sketches for, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I hope you liked this post, and as always, Enjoy!

 

 

 

Busy Bea

Hey Guys! Bea here! Hope all is well on your end 🙂

As the title suggests, I am a very very busy Bea, considering I have quite the list of commissions that I’m working through at the moment, on top of my regular work. While it may be a while before some of these illustrations are complete since I’m still in the draft phase,  I’m glad to say that I’ve been given the go-ahead to share the process work 🙂

Also, at least one of the photos shared today is coming directly from my Instagram account, which I’ve recently joined at https://www.instagram.com/jackson.bea/  . I’ve been making a habit of posting works in progress there before anywhere else, so if you care to see what I’m up to in my downtime,  feel free to follow 😀

First up, the second draft of a book cover, featuring a female werewolf

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For the most part, I’m still roughing this one out– though the colors are pretty solid as it is since it’s supposed to be very muted, with highlights of gold. Because this book will be the first in a series, I believe, it was decided that we’d take a more straightforward approach with the design, by treating it like an introduction to her character. The idea was to communicate who she is, what she looks like, and to tell a little bit about her–specifically the fact that she’s a werewolf/huntress.

Since the eyes are the windows to the soul, I figured that’s the best place to start. Therefore, what you see here is as the full moon approaches, and she’s on the brink of turning,  her eyes glow a golden color, giving insight to the wolf in her, and foreshadowing her becoming the wolf, as seen in the wolf eyes peering through the darker part of the sky.

I’m not sure on her pose just yet, and there’s a lot of room for improvements, so I’ll be doing quite a bit of experimenting with this one until I’m satisfied with the concept before I begin to work towards a final piece. So far tho, it’s a good start!

The second image is an update from an earlier work in progress that ended up on hold due to the demand of the holidays-

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This one is not that far off from being done. In fact, it’s only about two days left of work in it.  The concept behind it, is she’s like a superhero/ empowered woman. To help me get an idea of what he was looking for, the client posed himself,  and had his own professional photography done, similar to this, which I drew my color pallet from. Mostly, it’s the face and the flames that need work, and her body needs to be rendered smoother all around, before it will be complete!

Over the next week, I’ll likely have more works to share, since there are other projects that I’ve been committed to, outside of my regular work, so, that’s something to look forward too 😀

Well that’s all for today! I’m tired, need sleep x_x. In the meantime,  I hope you liked this post, and what I had to share, and as always, till next time,  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Monday Evening Post

Hey guys! Bea here! Hope everyone had a good weekend 🙂

So, last time I posted I intended to share the last character sketch on Thursday, but then I realized,Thursday was the holiday…and somehow in a mix of eating food and cake and downloading games like Goat Simulator, iiiit just didn’t happen >_<.  So I’m doubling up in this post, which means two arts will be shared!

Starting first with one of my Inktober drawings, this one being of me, Bea, all gussied up for Halloween!

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As some of you may know, it wasn’t an official costume, but I did my hair to make it look like I had kitty ears, wore dark eyeliner and lipstick, painted my nails, wore extra jewelry and went out in a gray dress and boots with mah pea coat!  An unofficial costume that turned out well, if I do say so myself 🙂

I have to be honest though– this is not my exact likeness. Like the other Inktober sketch, it’s small so my pen doesn’t allow me to get all the detail I wanted. More or less, it looks like a cartoon version of me.

Since I’m sharing this though, thought I might add some references photos of…well…, me >_<. I’m very camera shy so it’s hard to get any pics out of me. Like, I literally only do about one selfie session a year, and it’s usually because one of my friends edged me on lol. SO PREPARE TO SEE GOTHIC BEA!

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These were all taken last year, while my best friend and I were getting ready for the Halloween party Zy and I hosted on hallows eve.  Funny story, we got carried away– and covered ourselves in more makeup, with fake blood and everything. Ironically my mom decided to bring her guy-friend over and instead of just greeting her at the door looking utterly crazy, we greeted them both….and the guy was kinda freaked out lol.

As a bonus, even my dog dressed up in one of many costumes she owns–

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Anyway, it’s always weird drawing myself, trying to make sure it looks like me, and for some reason, drawing my hair is really hard for me. But, this ink drawing didn’t turn out too bad 🙂


 

Now for the second part of this post– The final character sketch in Seth’s Commission- the Skorrin

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The Skorrin is a ghoulish race– but, look more unfriendly than they actually are. Kind of a situation where you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. Of all of them, I think I like Skorrin the most because I feel like they’re the underdog.

In terms of his design, I intentionally left the sketch very sketchy, to make him look more ominous and rugged.

So there you have it!

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Now all that’s left to do is share the other Inktober sketches– in due time 😀 That said, hope you enjoyed this post, and till next time, Enjoy!

 

Commision Update

Hey Guys! Bea here, continuing the posts for Seth’s character sketch commission!

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And this time, in our lineup, we have the Human!

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The human, just like the Snow Leopard lady were among the only two I had the most flexibility with, in terms of design.

The goal was still to go with minimal clothing, or at the very least, form fitting clothing, which would have been an awesome excuse to make near-non existent armor that you usually find in most fantasy warrior women.  While I enjoy drawing women in provocative clothing from time to time, and the case can be argued that running around in an armored bikini with free flying lady humps is a calculated form of distraction, I can’t help but be practical when it comes to certain designs >_<;

I wasn’t thinking it then, but I guess you could say she is a more-clothed version of Xena. Xena is, after all, one of the few characters who can pull off fighting in a skirt and corset, really really well 😀

Of course, here’s a little animation showing the different layers!

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Two more characters in the lineup to go! Hope you liked this post,and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

 

 

Monday Evening Post

Hey guys! Bea here, and I’m excited because it’s the month of Halloween!! *Throws hands up in air and screams*

October has to be, by far, my favorite month of the year. Why? Well it’s fall, which means I can layer up, everything is pumpkin flavored, I can eat stew and drink lattes, and bundle up with my dog when it’s cold, and there are wonderful things to look forward too, like, Halloween masquerades, and parties with board games and weird looking food– ANNND lets not forget– Inktober, for all the artists out there!

Don’t know what Inktober is? Well, it’s a time when artists all across the interwebs, draw daily sketches/drawings with pen and ink! Yep, good old traditional arts :). Lets just say, I’ve really been looking forward to this, but, as fate would have it, since the incident which landed me in Urgent care, and the healing process that followed, I’m a bit behind on works, BUT, I am glad to say, that after two weeks, I am in good health, I feel good, pain is gone, and my hands are busy, which means, I has arts to share!

All of the pieces I will be sharing today are commissions that are works in progress, that I intend to complete somewhere between this month, and early November. The sooner the better of course, so I’ve been busy 🙂

The first WIP is a rough sketch for a book cover I’m Illustrating for Ms. Adrienne Rutherford, which is a story about a burlesque woman set in the 1920’s

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There will be some composition changes to make better use of how everything is spaced, but the general idea is there– as the woman gets ready for her show. A huge inspiration for a lot of art I do, especially if it’s burlesque, is Dita Von Teese who I can honestly say, is a true artist of seduction in a way that she can be sexy, but very classy. It’s not there yet, but when I move beyond the sketch phase, It is my hope that I can channel that in my work 🙂

The other Cover that I’ll be working on, is one that I showed before–

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The author has requested some changes with this, one, to the title that I haven’t updated yet. Besides that,  there’s not much I can say about the story since he’d rather it be more of a mystery for now.

As some of you may recall, not too long ago, I made myself available to take up to 3 commissions. I got a few emails, and among those, was Mr. Chiasson. His request, however, was a bit outside the specifications of the commissions, in that he requested 6 original character designs. I agreed to work with him, but with the understanding that it would take more than a week to complete. This commission is still in process, but with his permission, I’m able to share with you, what I have so far.

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A lot of planning goes into character design, so, to start I like to determine the pose and overall silhouette of the characters. Because each one specified was so different and unique, I created this spread to get an idea of the characters scale, in comparison to each other, in addition to the basic silhouette.

Once that phase was complete, I used the silhouettes to create nude-line arts of each of the characters.

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Right now, there’s only four because the other two are in progress, but these will all be clothed and colored, and as a bonus, since I’m documenting my steps, animated individual showing the progress from start to finish. Overall, I love character design and it’s been a really fun project so far, and challenging too!

Two other sketches, that are currently in progress are more drawings of kitty cats– one of them, being another kitty from Katzenworld

But as you all can see, I’ve got a full plate, and this isnt’ even including the work that’s under NDA at the moment. I don’t know if I’ll get to partake in inktober as much as I want, but I will try, even if it’s one ink drawing a week or something lol.

Thank you for all your support, it’s gonna be a busy month, but more arts coming soon!

Till next time, Enjoy 😀

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