Monday Morning Post: The Early Days

Hey guys! Bea here!

Since much of the work I’ll be sharing over the next couple of months is commission-based, I figure, what better way to start off the Monday Morning Post, than by going into how I got started as an artist, the choices I made, good and bad, that led me to some of the people I work with today. And of course, there will be the added exposition on the artwork itself 😀

Now, I’m not that old, but I remember the early days of the internet, when you had to use dial up. There was no google, no major search engines– no blogs. But for what it did have, it opened my eyes to a world of wonder and information, beyond anything I had known before.

As I explored the world wide web, I found a wealth of artwork in various styles and forms. I was fascinated! I wanted to know where the art came from, the titles they were attached to– how I could find more of it! My searches lead me to titles like Gen 13, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Witchblade, Danger girl, and many others. But there was one comic that I grew to love so much that it made me want to become an artist myself…

I love Turner’s art– his composition, choice of colors–everything! We had no comic stores near us, and google maps was non-existent, as far as I knew, but somehow my mom managed to find a comic store almost a 30 minute drive away from home, and after my first visit, I was hooked!

I collected anything that had Turner’s name on it, but my fascination did not end there.  I had to find out how they did it– specifically, how comics were colored, so I could do it too. That’s when I discovered Photoshop!

Early middle school, I’d say, I began using Photoshop to experiment with digital art. At that time, it was not a very common art form. In fact, I was nearly disqualified in some of the art contests I entered, because I was the only one using the medium, and the judges couldn’t decide if it could be considered”real” art, if there was no hard original. Far cry from today, where digital art is practically a staple in the art community, lol.

I came to rely on digital art a lot. Considering art stores were few and far between, and supplies were expensive, being able to explore different styles digitally worked well for me, and helped me to make my first steps into the world of comic book art.

That brings us to the Illustration of the day!
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Grimm Fairy Tales: Mad Hatter

This is a traditional piece: One of five sketch cards that I’ll be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks from Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales (Medium- Watercolor, Marker, and Color Pencil)

Steven L Frank, purveyor of premium sketch cards, as well as comic books, art books, and gig posters, who also works with Zenescope, is one of the first people to really give me a shot as an artist in comics- bringing me one step closer to an age old dream of mine, to be like the late, great, Michael Turner.

Because I want to keep things short and sweet with these posts, next Monday, Ill not only be sharing another sketch card from the collection, and but I’ll also go into how Steve and I met, and some of the moves I made, which benefited me in the long run.

Anyway, thank you for reading– I hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy !

Torrid Girl

Hey Guys! Bea here!

This post is obviously off my Monday schedule, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit down and draw something random of interest, and since I just finished it, I want to share it!

Briefly though, I’d like to mention that there are moments when I run into someone I find interesting when I’m out and about. Maybe I liked their hair, their clothes, their face or  their style. Whatever it is, something about them just makes me want to draw them.

Torrid Girl just so happens to be one of those unique individuals I came across one day, while shopping at Torrid (hence the name, lol!)

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I’m a shy person. It takes a lot for me to muster up the courage to ask someone I don’t know if I can take their picture to draw them. Ironically, she seemed to be just as shy to be approached! But she was a very sweet girl– the type of person who I felt that if I had the chance to get to know her, we could be friends.

Unfortunately I never got her name– but I did give her one of my cards, so hopefully she stumbles across this some day, wherever she may be 🙂

Please forgive my sucky camera– it doesn’t take the best photos, but this is the shot she allowed me to take, that I used as reference for my painting.

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The painting itself was created using my new Surface Pro 4– which is awesome for artists btw. I purchased it for myself for Christmas this year so that I could get more in the swing of drawing traditionally, but digitally. It’s a great tool that I’m considering doing a review on, but it takes some getting used to. Painting Torrid Girl was excellent practice, however, I’m still trying to get to understand my brushes better.

Again, a kind thanks to Torrid Girl, for allowing me to draw you, and I hope that somehow this post finds you.

To all those reading, I hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy !

Star Gazing

Hey Guys! Bea here 😀 Long time no see!

It’s been a while since I updated– a little over a month, which I didn’t plan for or expect, but  a few curve-balls got thrown my way and sitting down to write, just wasn’t on my mind.

But, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t still busy doing what I could manage. which means I have lots of arts to share with you guys!  So you can expect that for the next couple of days, there will be posts galore! Especially now that I’m back in good spirits 😀

What better way to kick off this Bea Bomb  than with a character sketch/paining of Estelle, the girl and the stars!

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Whenever I’m winding down from a grind that’s lasted a long time, I come to find that I enjoy drawing Estelle the most. I guess it’s because I created her as the embodiment of my goals, dreams, and inspirations, so when things get rough, working on her is a steady and pleasant reminder of what I’m doing everything for.

It’s weird because, even though most renderings of her are rough concepts that I don’t deliberately put a lot of thought into, the choice of colors I usually use, the body language and her facial expressions all seem to work together to calm and lighten my mood, and I guess it’s become a theme with her now.

a little more information about Estelle,  she is Japanese, and has very anime-ish features,  which tie into what my inspirations were, growing up. I loved anime, still do, and it was one of the first art styles I adopted in my early years, so it was only fitting that she be Japanese with an anime-ish flare. Also, her signature constellation freckles on her face, I decided to make glow like stars to make them more noticeable in this sketch.

Before I close– a little gallery featuring all my drawings of Estelle or with Estelle in it (the last one) to date-

 

As I mentioned tho, more arts to share over the next couple of days! Till then, I hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

 

Revisit and Revise

Hey Guys! Bea here!

Since I don’t get much time to work on my own projects, sometimes it takes me months to produce an original finished product.  Well, this week I spent every day of it working on designs, and concepts, and commissions from sun up to sun down, so today, I decided to have a little me-time before getting back to it all.

Looking through a gallery of my sketches and concepts, I decided to give my Starbucks sketch a little love today!

starbucks1.jpgSo what changed? Well, quite a bit actually! In fact, here’s a little animation detailing the revisions, from the first stage, to the current one–

Starbucks.gifAt first, I was pretty satisfied with the second draft of my Starbucks sketch, until a friend of mine brought it to my attention that since she’s a twin tailed mermaid, I need to bring more emphasis to it…and quite simply, the 2nd draft doesn’t cut it. Yes, it shows the twin tails, but all of it is so squeezed into the circle that the concept looks both cramped and anatomically, there’s no way her twin tails would fold that way, considering the way she’s sitting.

So, I decided to give it another shot– only this time, I would pull the view back, to give emphasis to the twin tails, and show a little landscape of ships sailing–to match with what Starbucks quoted on their website about the origins of the logo.

Of the three concepts, I must say that the third one is closest to what I had in mind, from day one. It’s just not always easy, though I have been consciously practicing, to translate what I see in my mind, onto paper– and there are reasons for that. A mix of being satisfied with what I have so far, aaand not wanting to put in the work to try harder to get a concept to where I actually want it to be.

Because of this, I am all the more grateful to have friends who critique my work , especially since they’re not afraid to question my laziness  or even logic!  They make me think, encourage me to do better, and because of them, I’m able to flesh out my ideas more to get the best versions of them.

There are still some kinks that need to be worked out, here and there with this concept, but the next time you see this, it will be finished– though I don’t have a date on when that will be.

Well guys, that’s it for today, but more coming soon! And you can expect to see concepts involving wolves, and cowboys, and burlesque dancers, and fairies, reapers, and mythical beasts cuz that’s what I’ve been working on!   Hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Feelin’ Guud!

Hey guys! Bea here!

So my friends were like, “Hey, you haven’t posted to your blog in a while.”

And I was like “Yeah, I  know >_<”

So a lot has happened! And of course I’ll be sharing arts with you guys,  but I guess I should say what’s been up 🙂

My health has been an issue for a long time, especially this past year– so as much as I would have loved to pour my energy into some of the projects I’ve had planned, the struggles I was having have set me back by months. Good news is, I’ve sought help, I’m finally on medication, and as the title suggests, I am FEELIN GUUUD, lol

So what was the issue? Well, I’ve struggled with very severe bronchitis for most of my life. I have been hospitalized for it, and have been housebound for weeks because of it. I’ve lived with this condition for so long though, I had kind of just gotten used to it, that is until a few months ago, after I stressed myself out and became extra sensitive to my triggers. And most recently, a visit to my friends house, who has cats,which I love, but are a trigger of mine, caused me to have a really bad attack while I was driving home. I didn’t have medication at the time, and the attack was so bad that it took me three weeks to recover from it to the point where I could at least walk around again without getting severely winded.

Naturally when you’re struggling to just get air into your lungs, 24 hours a day, it drains you– so, functioning was hard. I kept working on commissions but, that’s about all I could do. Anyway, I got a new doctor, and she informed me that my lungs and my sinuses were so irritated and inflamed that the smallest thing like taking a few breaths of chilled air was enough to set me off. Fortunately she sent me home with several medications designed to treat my condition entirely, and  after being on them for a few weeks, I feel ALIVE!

I never realized how good it feels to be able to simply take a long, deep breath, without having to struggle for it.  To be able to eat food without having to hold my breath first, and just enjoy the flavors, and to be able to sleep soundly and wake up energized instead of tired, among many other things that I had grown accustomed to.

Of course, the medications did come with their side effects. I was moody, and angry, and hungry, and angry, so, lol not fun times considering I found reasons to snap at all of my friends! Thankfully they understood that Bea was just trippin’ off side effects, and thankfully I’m done taking the ones that had Bea trippin’.

Up until that time though, I was drawing, just never got around to posting any of it. So, over the next few days I’ll be showing you some of the stuff I was working on!

Starting with FANGIRL!

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You may have seen this before if you see my Instagram posts , but this image compiles a collection of things that I’ve been interested in, and have influenced me since I was younger, AND there are a total of 17 easter eggs (references to a fandom) to be found.

I showed this concept to my friends and they all digged it super much and said it would be cool if I made a series of illustrations like these, dedicated to different fandoms. After giving it much thought, I figured it’s a cool and fun idea, so why not? One of my goals this year is to have some work in print, and to perhaps get a booth at a Comic-Con to sell my work. Perhaps the FANGIRL series would be a good segway into that.

This illustration is still in it’s roughest form, but since there’s so many references in this one in particular, this entry would be considered FANGIRL: nastalgia, while others would be centered entirely on Comics, Games, anime/Japanese Culture, Film, Literature, ect.

I’d also like to note that every entry into the FANGIRL series, would have a similar formula.  For example, All of them would feature a girl in Cosplay, and will contain at least 10 easter eggs to be found.

Since I want this to use very dynamic series with dynamic posing, and I need to get better at drawing poses in general, to the benefit of the commissions that I’ve taken, I also decided to try and dedicate a bit of time each day, to drawing poses, and or speed paint portraits.

These are the few that I was able to do so far,

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I need a new phone, with a better camera, coming soon, so bare with me, with these >_<;

For this set, I scoured through a few of the comic books I owned, particularly Spiderman, and Venom comics, and drew some of the poses I saw. This was my first take on drawing these poses so of the ones I did, these are the roughest.

Sports:

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All the poses that I do, are going to be done in my sketchbook, and from references. Basically with this set, I collected a bunch of references, and printed them out on one sheet of paper, and proceeded to draw the ones that interested me most from what I collected.  These poses were much harder to draw because clothes kinda get in the way– where as with the comics, most supers are wearing skin tight body suits.

Birds:

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These poses were inspired by one of my favorite games– Journey, by That Game Company.

Unfortunately there were no direct references to draw from with these, so instead, I whipped out my 3D programs, Daz Studio and Poser to pose a model before drawing it. Both are great tools to use if you want to draw difficult poses. Since I’m giving myself a time limit with these sketches- being like an hour a day, posing the models took up quite a bit of that time, so I could only draw two.

I haven’t drawn any poses after these, as of yet because I got called to do extra work, and had to work on some commissions, but I will be getting back to these very soon.

Anyway, sorry for the long delay! I certainly hope you liked this post and what I had to share :). there is more to show, but I’ll save it for a future post since this one is already so long.  So, As always, till next time, 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!