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!

 

 

 

Evolution of a Concept

Sometimes it’s good to push an idea a bit further, beyond the point you would usually stop– just to see if you can make it a little bit better.

Here’s a simple follow up, of the process to making my 2016 self-portrait: Dreams.

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I started this sketch back in November, with a simple idea in mind- to draw myself with a vibrant bouquet made up of art supplies, and my sketchbook. At the time, I was very confident  that I had everything figured out, and this was the final draft. I even took the time to do a clean pencil line-art in my sketchbook for inking.

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But because I simply wasn’t ready to finish it at the time, I stepped away from it, didn’t look at it or touch it, until New Year’s Eve.  After giving it some thought, It needed a little bit more…

Sometimes you have to take a step back, to see the better picture

It’s easy to run the risk of being too intimate with your own work. You could become so obsessed with the details, that you lose sight of what the bigger picture is all about.

In my experience during figure study classes,  the instructors always encouraged their students to step back, or away from their canvases every once and a while, because when working in such a large format, the artist is only able to focus on whats in their direct line of sight. When the artist fails to do this, very often when they look at the final piece, they find various problems.  For example, the eyes may not line up, the face may be out of proportion, different parts of the body may be disproportionate, or out of scale– All, which could easily be fixed by simply looking at the work as a whole instead of focusing on the finer details.

This isn’t a concept that’s exclusive to working in large formats either. The same can be said by simply stepping away from your work for a period of time, so that when you come back to it, you have fresh ideas on how to make it better, and it’s a trick used by writers, musicians and artists of all kinds.

So, when it came to working on Dreams, I certainly saw room for improvement.

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Laziness is not a Virtue: The importance of having your very own support group

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Bea: im really debating if I should color this
Zygona:  i think you should
Bea: I know I want it to have like, a watercolor look…
Zygona: that would be cool
Bea: i dunno if I just find line-art more appealing or if I’m just being lazy lol
Zygona: well, save the line and try coloring it, and if you still like the line better then you can say you do like the line better and its not laziness
Bea:  aka no being lazy lol

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Bea: lol I’m glad you made me not be lazy and actually color it
Zygona: indeed. i like it colored

Zygona– Always the voice of reason in my every-day life >_<. Justin and my friend D’andre are also two individuals who have a lot of say in my work, and their input has been essential to my growth. After-all, how do you know where to improve if you don’t have anyone there that you trust to critique you?  Thanks guys ^_~.

Conclusion

One thing that I’m happy about, after finishing this piece, is being able to see my growth in comparison to my first Constellations/Dreams illustration from last year, that featured Estelle, a character I created for the sake of marking my own progress as an artist.

As far as this illustration is concerned, I’ve always wanted to work with more vibrant colors, and play with collage like concepts, especially since both have always been very difficult for me to do. But I took the time to reflect on what I’ve learned this year, allowed myself to exercise new ideas and try new things, and challenged myself to work outside my own comfort zones with the encouragement of my friends, and it lead to a piece that I am very proud of. Going into 2016, I intend to do much of the same, with the hope that by the New Year of 2017, I’ll have another illustration to share, that not only marks my progress for the year, and my growth as an artist, but sets a new standard for the years that follow.

And with that, I leave you with a little animation showing my process to the final piece 🙂

 

 

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Hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

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 >_<;

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Monday Evening Post

Hey Guys! Bea here, without the second to last character sketch from Seth’s Commission 😀

The Kron

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This one was pretty simple, in that Seth had a clear vision of what the Kron was to look like. 10 ft tall, which is why he’s towering over most everyone else in the spread, stronger lower jaw with tusk like teeth, longer arms which they use to walk in a gorilla like fashion, and a flat head.

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I’ve never done a body type like this before, so it required a few tries and some study of references before settling upon a final sketch. Again, minimal clothing. I figure a guy this big, it would be hard to dress anyway lol.

Another key feature about the Kron is that they have skin that has a stony appearance, and mossy like fur on it’s back. Seth gave me the choice of doing male or female with this one, and I decided to stick with male 🙂

Now there’s just one character sketch left to share before I get into sharing the Inktober sketches, so, stay tuned!

And as always, 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!

 

 

Sketchbook Exclusives- Inktober Concepts

Hey guys! Bea here, and this time, we have Inktober concepts!

Just a little note– The sketches I’m showing are a cross between traditional and digital– which came about when I moved pencil drawings in my sketch book to my computer to play around with layout, and ideas (mostly because I value my paper, and I’ve already scribbled through a enough pages fleshing things out)– So all the sketches you’ll be seeing today are not my final ink drawings, but instead, references that I printed out for myself after I finished toying with them on the computer.

By the way, my camera kinda sucks so they aren’t the sharpest shots, and I took them all a bit slanted to hide some details, but, lets get started!

inPrin3The concept here is, instead of leading mice away from the city, this pied piper leads a slew of monsters/demons into your dreams. I drew this at least 4 times before I came to my final composition, mostly because I couldn’t figure out what angle I wanted to show the piper in. And due to the amount of detail I anticipate will be in it, I’ve had to do quite a bit of research. By far though, He’s my favorite 😀

I know a lot of different people come to my blog, so, I like to give warnings if, and when I’m posting something a bit NSFW. That said, this next one is a bit racy, so, avert your eyes if you feel the need too. Just know, you’ve been warned!

inPrin2Like all of these, I took the photo in a way that it hides some of the details,but, just think Vampire! Like Piper, this one went through quite a few revisions. The poses are very difficult to draw, for one, but originally this started as a phantom of the opera concept that just seemed better suited as you see it now…for practical reasons o.o. I actually drew this entirely in pencil and was ready to ink too, but then I realized that the perspective the girl on top made nooooo sense lol. Only after making some extra muddy sketches and pulling out my 3d software to pose some figures for to get a reference, was I able to get the concept right. So far– this one has been the hardest one to do.

And last– but, not intended to be least, we have Me, Bea! dressed up for Halloween 😀

inPrin1Looking back on my life, I’ve come to the sad realization that I have never had– or owned a Halloween costume….nope– not ever. I’ve dressed up for Halloween in random sheets, at the most, but never had a real costume. This year is no different. Didn’t have one– so when Zygona asked me what I’d be, I said I’d be Bea!

We had a few events that we were going too, so after getting dressed, I looked in the mirror– then at the mascara on the counter, then in the mirror– and then I started drawing on mah face!

Long story short, I put on a little makeup, did my hair up in two little buns atop my head to look like cat ears, painted my finger nails black, wore my stones and several necklaces, a long dress, leather boots, a black coat– and showed up and was like “Hey guys! I’m a black cat- witch, thing, person!!”

Overall, I really liked my get up, I thought it was cool, so I decided to draw myself wearing it for Inktober!

Before I close out this post, there is another drawing I started for inktober, which features yours truly *bats eyelashes* , however I’m saving for a later post, once I have time to complete it the way I envision it.

inkpen1That’s it for today folks! Some of my final Inktober sketches might come a bit late, but Just wanted to share what’s goin’ on in my humble sketchbook!

More posts featuring Seth’s Character Designs coming soon! Till next time, Enjoy 😀