Love & Starbucks

Hey guys! Bea here!

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season– and if not, as I know this time of year can be tough for many, may it turn around for you, that you find joy in it, to make up for whatever bad there may have been :).

So, Lets talk the holidays, coffee and sketches!

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There’s a reason for the intro– Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the holiday season…eeeeeeeeeever since the time I worked in retail. Why? Well, in my experience, it’s the one time of year when people can be their most materialistic , and when people can act the most ugly to others, while trying to do good by their families.

It’s a stressful time of year for some people, and often, stress can bring out the worst in a person, leading them to take their frustrations out on the people who are putting in, or ringing up their purchases, serving their food, or coffee, and even their fellow shoppers who simply want to give to their families too.

I’ve worked many holiday seasons,  and despite my efforts to make sure the customer experience is a good one, I know what it feels like to be verbally battered, threatened, called out my name, or flat out offended by people who are upset if they can’t get what they want, or if things aren’t going their way.

So to those who know this experience, my heart goes out to you- and for those who don’t, please be mindful and considerate of those you meet. It’s the holidays! Whether you celebrate or not, lets enjoy the season for it’s intended purpose– which is to bring people together, in peace, and joy, even if it’s just for a little while lol.

Phew! Now that, that is off my chest, I’m glad to share this sketch with you, while also announcing how much I loooove Starbucks. My friends know this– and understand that I am so passionate about my favorite lattes and frapps, that I have invested time and money into learning how to duplicate them at home. I’m also the type of person to go out of my way, to make frequent visits to Starbucks, just to try a specialty drink a day, whenever they have them. It’s that serious >_<;

!!!!!!STARBUCKS FO LYFE!!!!!!

So, while I was sitting in Starbucks recently with Justin, enjoying my drank, I decided to draw the lovely twin tailed Siren.

To tell you a bit about who she is, in case you’re interested, Here is a quote from Starbucks.com-

“In a search for a way to capture the seafaring history of coffee and Seattle’s strong seaport roots, there was a lot of poring over old marine books going on. Suddenly, there she was: a 16th century Norse woodcut of a twin-tailed mermaid, or Siren. There was something about her – a seductive mystery mixed with a nautical theme that was exactly what the founders were looking for. A logo was designed around her, and our long relationship with the Siren began.” Steve M., senior writer

Of course, there are theories that refute this claim, and even suggest that the twin tailed mermaid is a creature of a malicious, and sexual nature. If it’s true, I don’t mind one bit! I’ve been a fan of mermaids ever since Disney introduced them to me, but as I got older, and found out more about them, I was seduced by the idea of their true nature– of being beautiful, but evil creatures.

This is a sketch of course, so, not finished, but I have some ideas on how to go about it, and it starts with these-

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SUPPLIES!

I wasn’t expecting much of anything for Christmas this year. In fact, I usually don’t– but this year especially. I’ve had to take on a lot of responsibilities this year, and the financial burdens that come with them, while going through changes, and dealing with health issues, so I told my friends that I wont be shopping this year, because I had obligations to meet, which yay, I met them!  So unless it was something I could cook or make, I wasn’t going to be exchanging gifts. They know what’s been going on with me, and they all really surprised me.

Please be aware, I’m the easiest person to shop for. You can buy me a cup of coffee at Starbucks or give me a candy bar, and I will be as happy as can be, because honestly it’s the thought that counts. But among the many things my friends got for me– I received a set of Windsor Watercolor Markers, and a bigger set of brush tip Watercolor Markers imported from Japan, which I can tell you, neither one is cheap, a gift card for more art supplies, and Starbucks pen, which I will be rocking’ faithfully. All in all, my friends didn’t have to go all out, but they did. I’m so grateful, and I can’t wait to put these gifts into use.

So, I will be combining my love of coffee with my love of art– by finishing this sketch, among others, in watercolor, using the supplies that were gifted to me. I’m not used to them though, so it will require practice.

I’ve been having a ton of fun drawing this though, I like how it’s looking, and decided that once it’s done, I’ll have it printed on the back of a single custom made hoodie for myself, to show the world that I’m all about that coffee!

Well everyone, I hope you liked this post– more arts coming soon, and till next time, Enjoy! And Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Monday Evening Post

Seductress of the Deep

DeepSeductressOkay, this post is a biit NSFW >_<, so I’m setting it apart from the post Oliver the cat will be featured in, which will be published as a secondary Monday Evening Post, in the evening.

Basically I’ve been quite exhausted after getting slammed with a ton of work at one time, resulting in quite a few sleepless nights, and mis-timed posts that I’m still kinda recovering from via multiple naps throughout the day lol! But I’m well enough now that I’m able to draw, produce more works, and get back on track with more detailed posts involving my process. That’s what this one is about.

I’m constantly learning, trying new things to help me get my ideas out better, so this time around I decided to try a method I’ve seen a lot of artists using, to see if it would help me move faster. I don’t have the official name for it, but I’m going to refer to it as the block-out method, where you basically work off a silhouette and block in shapes using color, before applying details and really fleshing it all out. The purpose of this method? To keep your work loose and energetic, and also because it consumes less time.

And for me, it did :D. This is one of three illustrations that I did in a short time using this method, the other two will be featured in the this Thursday Evening Post. For those of you who are interested, I included a little animation detailing the steps!

MermaidGifYou may notice the image in the upper right hand corner. This is my reference, which I created. I don’t have models to pose for me, so most times when I have an idea that I’m having a hard time picturing in my head, I’ll use programs like Poser, DazStudio, and/or Google Sketchup, to create poses and compositions using the 3d models that are available to me. These programs aren’t perfect, as the models themselves are a bit stiff to me,  but they are very useful tools, that really help build accuracy in your work by at least allowing you to see you ideas in action.

Hope you enjoyed this post! In the meantime, check back later to see the new sketch for Oliver from Katzenworld!

and as always, Enjoy!