Monday Evening Post

Hey guys! Bea here! The hiatus is officially over, and I bring you the return of the Monday Evening post!

As with any long extended break, it’s a bit difficult getting back into the flow of things, so while I do have new arts in the works, like some of the commissions I’ve shared that are in progress and Illustration’s I’m doing through clients, I don’t have anything particularly new to share, for this post.

Instead, until I’m ready to share some of those arts, I decided to dedicate these posts to old ideas, that I do intend to “re-imagine”

So lets start with the first illustration of a series I’ve been wanting to do for years– Greed, of the 7 deadly sins.

Jamesedit low ResThe idea behind this illustration has always kind of spoken for itself. A corporate minded man, devouring the earth, and loving it, even though his greed is the destruction of it.  If this concept looks familiar to you, it’s because I painted this image twice. This was the earlier version, painted two years prior to the one above.

GreedyHiveThe reason why there are two versions, is because the earlier version was stolen on several occasions and used without my permission, so when an old client of mine, James Goldberg came to me requesting to use my illustration on his book cover, I thought it would be best to just re-do it to his specifications with a mix of photography and painting, so that it would be unique to his book.

As for the 7 deadly sins, it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for ages, to illustrate the sins in real life settings– in ways that we can recognize and identify with them. I can’t say for sure how I intend to officially approach this series, but if you care to see some of the earliest concepts of lust and glutton from years ago, take a look!


Glutton copy

It is my hope, that sometime next year, I can begin progress on this series, and of course, you guys will be the first to know 😀

Well that’s it for today! Check back on Thursday for another post as I’ll have more classic arts of mine to share 😀 Till next time, Enjoy!

Monday Evening Post

No matter how hard I try….how much I try to fight it– I cannot, for the life of me, avoid bursting into tears during sad/dramatic scenes in movies… so why the heck did I watch Fried Green Tomatoes?
Stock by Yopinco

I remember, a few years back I was just channel surfing and I landed on one of the Pokemon movies playing on Cartoon Network. I had never seen the movie, nor was I really invested in the show, but I happened to land on the channel during an emotional scene. Ash was turned to stone– and all the Pokemon started crying….and so did I…. I wasn’t even on the channel for five minutes– didn’t even know why I was crying– I just burst into tears and continued my channel surf- wondering what the heck just happened!

Anyway, I like to watch movies, shows, documentaries, Ted Talks and YouTube while I draw to help pass the time, so I figured, why not watch Fried Green Tomatoes– it’s a good movie! I love it– and I figured that because I had seen it before, I wouldn’t cry this time around. Wrong! It got to that point in the movie where I just knew it was coming. My whole body tensed, I pressed my lips but I couldn’t fight the quiver– my face turned red just trying to stop my eyes from welling up with tears, but before the scene was over, I was bawling my eyes out, and there’s something about crying that just makes you want to go to sleep right after…so I did.

Woke up the next morning, and one of my eyes was just in pain. Apparently my tears dried and got in my eye. I spent like half a day just trying to stop the irritation– and…I did….only to leave my house for pizza on a windy day and get dust kicked up and blown into my OTHER eye. By this point I was so exhausted, I just went to sleep to ease the irritation in the hopes that I’d wake up in relief. So that’s how my Sunday went, which would explain why there’s no art for me to show for my Monday Evening post. Couldn’t draw because I couldn’t see >_<.

Fortunately I’m all better now! the irritation did subside, though my eyes are still a bit tired. I will give you guys a heads up though for what I had in store to show. Cats! I’m drawing lots of Cats!

Some of you may know Marc-Andre– I drew Oliver and Nubia for him during my 30 day Sketch Challenge. He liked my work and asked if I could do some official artwork for his blog, and I agreed! He also gave me permission to share the works in progress here with you guys! I do have some progress on it, but not enough to show, because of Fried Green Tomatoes, but you can look forward to an update featuring a work in progress of the cats from Katzenworld for Thursday’s Evening Post!

Thanks for reading, till next time, Enjoy!

Monday Evening Post

Pillar of Light

Commissioned by: Catherine

Kath3Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Katherdante!

The making of Pillar of Light

There wasn’t a ton of problem solving with this illustration, but there were a few things I had to focus quite a bit on– like finding the right inspiration, making her face more appealing, and figuring out the color.

When Catherine came to me, requesting this commission, I knew right away what direction I wanted to go with it after going over what she wanted. Beautiful woman, goddess of light and life– who better to take inspiration from, than the great Alfonse Mucha? I’ve been a fan of Mucha’s work for many years now, and when it comes to painting beautiful women, I often look to his work for direction, and after getting to know  a bit more about who Katherdante is, this image became my soul source of inspiration.

Alphonse Mucha
Alphonse Mucha

I loved the flowers, I loved the colors, gold and white and the contrast it created, and it just felt right. Catherine and I kept in close contact, going over the illustration in it’s various stages, so I was excited when she approved the colors, esp when it turned out that gold and silver were Kath’s signature colors 😀

The most time consuming part of this illustration was painting the flowers– which consist of, Baby’s breath, White Orchids, and White Lily’s and some other flowers I made up >_<; I managed it by collecting some stock of the different flowers, and I arranged it like a bouquet, around her, before painting them.

Lastly, because I’ve been in the practice of improving my faces– I went back and forth quite a bit between 321 Pinup and Katherdante, apply what I learned to both while it was all very fresh. Much like in 321 Pinup, this animation shows how the illustration evolved during my learning streak.

KathAnimateAs always, Enjoy!