Monday Evening Post- HellChild

Hey guys! Bea here

I battle quite often, with what I should say or what I should share in my blog posts. On one hand, I want to be raw, and honest about the things I go through and experience as a striving artist, while on the other, I don’t want to down the mood. I mean, it’s a lot easier to put on a front and pretend that making art is all rainbow and sunshine lol!

In my life, though, I’ve come to value honesty more than anything, and I wish to express that here by being unafraid to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. That said, the honest truth is this:  Being an artist is hard work. Not only can we be our own worst critics, but I’ve seen doubt cripple many young talents, so severely that it has swayed them from their passions.

Part of the reason I suffer from doubt is because I question sometimes if I’ll ever be as great as the artists I admire. I mean it’s so easy to look at someone who seems to be better off than you, and assume they’ve got the golden ticket! But it was only until recently that I’ve spoken with some of those artists, only to learn that we’re in the same boat– both trying to be better versions of ourselves while striving to be successful in what we do. In other words, I realized I wasn’t alone.

Sometimes, the difference between overcoming doubt is knowing that you’re not alone in your struggle– that those whom you look up to, had to fight through the same things to find their own success.

That bring us to today’s Sketch Card- Hellchild

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Grimm Fairy Tales: Angelica Blackstone

One of the things I love about doing sketch cards is that I get to pick who I want to draw from a pool of characters, and typically I always go for the characters I think would either be really fun to draw or those that I feel I can resonate with. In this case, I chose one that I resonate with.

“ANGELICA BLACKSTONE is half-Greek god, half-vampire, and she’s pissed! When she is brought back from the dead and given a new lease on life by monster hunter Liesel Van Helsing, Angelica joins a gang of Viking vampire junkies living in the underbelly of New York City. But she has a hell of an ax to grind with her absentee father, Hades, who she blames for her death. All hell is about to break loose! “

– Zenescope

First thing’s first, I like the greek god’s, I dig vampires, and I love strong female characters who can fight! I’m inspired when I draw them because I’m reminded that sometimes what it takes to succeed in what you love doing is to fight through the odds and win against your own inner demons, which is ironically what this character does.

Of all the cards, I think this one represents my passion, to not let doubt win, and to always be a better version of myself with each passing year, and I express that, not only in the character I chose but also in the choice of color and pose.

That’s it for today! That leaves us with 2 more sketch cards in the lineup. Anyway, I hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

 

 

 

Monday Morning Post: Winning , Even When you Don’t

Hey guys! Bea here

Odd title I’m sure, but I’m going somewhere with it.

I’ve entered many contests. Some I had low expectation of winning because the odds seemed too high, only to win first place– and some I fully expected to win, only to lose, ironically, lol. Regardless of who wins or loses in a contest, I firmly believe that anyone who works hard, deserves a chance to shine, even if that person isn’t me.

The true reward, as I’ve always seen it, has been the lessons learned by taking the challenge, and giving it my all, and the exposure that comes with it, no matter where I place. It’s this type of mentality, that I believe encourages healthy winning, and healthy losing– because you can celebrate, no matter if things ended in your favor or someone elses.

But what does that have to do with the sketch cards I’ll be sharing over the next couple of weeks? Well, some of my best clients, came through the contests I’ve entered– including the ones I lost, specifically the ones from Deviantart.

Deviantart, is a great resource for artists, especially the contests that they host themselves. Not only are they challenging,  and typically have good judges– but the rewards are some of the best that I’ve seen, AND, the greatest part about it is that they’re public! That means you can see every entry as soon as it’s entered– ALL of them, however many thousands there may be. The ones with the highest views and favorites, populate at the top of the feed, which works well for anyone who enters because you have constant exposure, throughout the duration of the contest. If you just so happen to become a finalist– you get even more exposure, and if you become a winner– consider the flood of people visiting your page to be part of the reward, because you’re going to be featured not just with the list of winners, but often times, on different parts of the website itself.

Now it’s not hard to imagine, that with all that exposure, regardless of if you win,  there may still be a handful of people, or more, who decide they’d like to work with you. Steven L Frank, the commissioner of the sketch cards, just so happened to be one of those people.

Before I go into the sketch card of the day, I’d like to share a few of my entries from Deviantart contests, that helped me get discovered.

Dr. Pepper Land (Finalist)dr__pepperland_by_liol-d3dh3vn

Square Soft’s Fantasy Earth Zero (1st Place)fez__flame_sorceress_by_liol

Scott Pilgrim: 8th Evil Ex (Finalist)billly_herbit__8th_evil_ex_by_liol-d2xw8x0

 

Steven noticed my work, when I was listed as the winner of the Fantasy Earth Zero contest. Though I hadn’t had prior experience doing comic covers– he liked my work, and very kindly gave me a shot.

In order, this is a collection of all the covers, and sketch cards I’ve done, for Steven, prior to the current set.

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I do intent to briefly go into more detail about these covers, and the learning process I went through, but it’s time to share the sketch card of the day!

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Grimm Fairy Tales: Teacher Sela

Bear in mind that sketch cards are small– roughly just a bit bigger than business cards– so the quality isn’t as sharp, considering all the cards were hand painted .

Sela was one of the more difficult cards to do as well. For some reason, when I got to her, the markers I was using were partially dried out, and others had bled. That’s the sucky thing about traditional art though– sometimes it can be so unforgiving and you just have to roll with what you have or start over, annnd I wasn’t starting over lol!

As we go forward, into the next Monday Morning Post,   I’ll be featuring the third Sketch Card in the lineup, and going into detail about some of the covers I did for Steven, and the struggles, strides, and lessons I learned in the process.  So, Stay tuned!

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