Monday Morning Post: Close to Home

Hey Guys, Bea here!

Since last month was pretty much dedicated to showing some of the work I’ve done in the area of comics/sketch cards, for the next few weeks I’ll be sharing work that I’ve done locally, not only for the authors I’ve done work for, but also little things I did for friends and family! So, with this batch of posts, you can expect a lot of children’s book art and things of the sort.

That said, let’s get into it!

One thing I like to do when promoting my work is to also give credit to those who hire me– if they’re up to it of course!  Fortunately, many of them are, and this is just one of the ways I show my support.

Starting off, I’d like to share some of the work I’ve done for Ms. Latashia Perry.

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This is actually an interior illustration from her book “Skin Like Mine” that I illustrated and put her title on– again to her credit.

Little backstory, I’ve worked in the area of books and children’s books since my days in high school. Through a friend’s parent, I had my first book deal, if I can even call it that now >_<. She happened to be working with a local publisher, whom I refer to as Ms. Hunter, and the rest has been history.

I was very rusty when I started out, or rather, I didn’t have any experience at all, but Ms. Hunter took me under her wing, gave me an opportunity, opened many doors, and challenged me to be better. In many ways, she and I see our relationship as that of mother and daughter. She pretty much raised me into the artist I am today, instilling many of the values I have, and she’s not afraid to scold me when I make mistakes, and I respect her for it!

Even as my career has expanded past the work that Ms. Hunter channels to me, much of it to her credit, I still work with her, lending my services to local authors, many of them who are just starting out, and making their way.

Ms. Latashia Perry is one of those creative individuals, and I take great pride in working with her because I enjoy the message in her content, which has larger been about self-acceptance.

So these next two weeks are going to be dedicated to you Ms. Perry, as I’m sure you’ll be reading this. I want to share the impact your books have had on me as an artist, and the message I’ve gathered behind each one.

Thank you guys for reading! I hope you Liked this post, the story shall continue, and as always, till next time, enjoy!

 

 

 

A Wise Man Once Told Me…

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A few years back, I was introduced to Yullie, through my publisher. I can honestly say he’s a man with a wealth of wisdom, but unlike some, he has the experience to back it up. I only met with him a few times, for the purpose of creating a book of his quotes, but unfortunately, in the midsts of his travels, and me moving, we lost contact.

It just so happened that as I was browsing through my work, I stumbled upon 3 rough drawings I did for him, illustrating some of his quotes. I didn’t know what happened to Yullie, but the original quote he reserved for this illustration– about being thankful for the people who enter your life,  ironically illustrates how things have gone between us.

I learned a lot from Yullie in our brief exchange and was very relieved to find out that he’s okay, after locating his old contact information and getting in touch.  I don’t know if we’ll get to finish the book,  but I certainly hope so. In the meantime, I look forward to sharing the other two illustrations with you all.

So yeah! a very brief, and random post from yours truly! I hope you liked it, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

What to Expect In February

So it’s February….now what? Some people had the impression that once January was over, and I was done with my challenge that  I would stop posting. Totally not true! In fact, I have planned to dedicate each month to a specific theme or challenge to help me grow as an artist, and reach my goals.

January was a warm up– an exercise in building confidence in my art, expressing creative thought, and showing commitment. February, is all about structure and study. What that means is, finding a drawing and posting schedule I can commit to long term, and focusing on studies designed to develop my skills in areas I’ve struggled with.

Because I want to focus more time on learning what I’m studying, and also because I want to publish finished works to add to my gallery, I’ll no longer be posting daily drawings. Instead, I’ll be publishing new content, every Monday and Thursday, starting Feb 9th. In the meantime, between posts,  I’ll  also be publishing process files, much like this, but of course, more detailed, so that you can follow the process of my work, start to finish.

Stars-ProgressMy process posts will including notes, and sometimes shares of things, people, and or articles that serve as inspiration to the process.  Overall though, I hope to make it more interesting for you! And as always, enjoy!

Touch the Stars

January 1st, I took a challenge– to draw every day for 30 days. I was not prepared to do it, I just know I wanted to do it, to kick start the new year. It wasn’t a major accomplishment, I’m comparison to other challenges, but for me, it was.

The truth is, I don’t draw much…I always wished I did…I wish I had more time to draw freely, to learn and grow and become a better artist. But Life and obligations typically get in the way. So when I was given a month to relax, I decided I’d take that time and be productive and do the thing I always wished I could. I’d draw.

It was rough at first. I was so out of practice I didn’t even know where to begin. I had my doubts. But after about day 5, all that passed. It’s as if someone got the wheels turning my head and the ideas were flowing through my pen as I wrote them down, one after the other.  I felt alive– inspired– this is what it meant to draw! The joy of bringing those ideas to life!

It wasn’t all fine and dandy though. My arm hurt something awful because i wasn’t used to it all… but I kept pushing a sketch each day because I knew that some of you were watching, and I didn’t want to conk out, after I’d already committed…even when I hit a low and began thinking of my future as an artist. I have dreams and goals, but some of them seem so far out of reach…

I halfway wanted to quit, after that thought…but then another one came to mind.  If the endgame of your goals seem so far off you cant touch them, reach for the ones nearest to you that you can. Creating my blog, and completing this challenge, was one of my goals. and those small accomplishments, gave me the confidence that I can reach others.

So to follow up with my challenge, I combined everything I learned in thirty days, into a finished painting that gives life to the idea that we all can reach our goals– and with each one, we can touch the stars of our dreams.

BannerBlog1Thank you, everyone for helping me kickstart the new year, and for inspiring me, to keep goin! Stay tuned for more updates, and Enjoy!