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!

 

 

 

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-

supplies

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!