Thursday, October 20, 2011

What a surprise to get!

Hey everyone! I got a very pleasant surprise on Sunday, I logged onto my my deviant art account , which I had not been able to get to in a few weeks, to find out that I got a Daily Deviation on one of my drawings! Which explains the 2000 plus messages that were in my inbox when I logged in. I nearly fainted.

Mine is the sepia coloured sketch in the middle there.

Here's the full drawing: Titled "Angelique"

A Daily Deviation is hard to get on a place as big as Deviant Art...there's about 12 million people on DA and someone else who likes your drawing enough to get it featured on the front page of the site, kinda has to make a sales pitch to a designated gallery moderator as to why the piece deserves to be on the front page in the first place.  So, I'm really happy and honored to get noticed!

And it helped me get two sales on my paper dolls...yayyy! I'm hoping it will bring in some more commissions as well.  Fingers are crossed.

Just wanted to share this with all of you here.  I have a tutorial all ready for my next post...get ready for lots of pictures.  I always love to share my process with others.

Happy creating everyone!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Two page comic preview: In Softness

I have started a short 12 page comic(manga in Japanese) story.  I have most of it inked and it's just a matter of getting it toned now.  Two pages are done, and I thought I'd give you lovies a little preview of it.  Since I seem to be failing at getting any publisher to even consider me or respond in that matter, I'll be self-publishing when this story is all finished. Yay!

Here's page one, the cover.... two....

The story is about a young woman trying to cope with the loss of a loved one and cherishing some fond memories.  Sounds a wee depressing, but I hope to make an emotional impact with this. Love to hear your thoughts on this. ^_^

If anyone is at all interested in seeing a small tutorial on how to use traditional screen tones(which are like a grey scale sticker similar to zip tones of olde), I will gladly put one up. *wink*

I've been really pushing at this publishing thing, I've been out of work for almost five months now, I used to arrange flowers...which offered me a perfect opportunity to get really creative with improving my art skills...but man, this marketing stuff and pushing to publishers is no easy matter like I thought. Ha!  

Again, I want to thank all of you for your wonderful comments here...they really mean the world to me. ^_^

Happy week all!

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Little French Rose: Etienne

So it's almost Halloween time and I thought I'd deviate from my commission to draw this fellow here.
This is Etienne.  He is one of my very first Original Characters from a vampire novel I wrote when I was 17.  Although I have since lost the original manuscript a long time ago, the characters within the book have never left me.  Etienne's voice just managed to get loud enough for me to get the urge to draw him.  When character or an idea for an illustration bangs on the inside of my head they make it impossible for me to finish whatever it is I am already working on.  Even if I tell them to be quiet, doesn't work...they just get louder.  Which probably sounds weird to most people I say this to, but that's what I love about being an artist, I can act crazy and totally get away with it by saying "I'm working". *giggles*

This piece seems rather rushed to me...not too happy with how the folds came out, but, I do love the way he looks posed like this.  My mum thought this was a girl for awhile...but I just can't help it, most of the men I draw come out looking, um, very feminine like.

So, what do you lovely people do during Halloween?  I don't celebrate, but I adore all the chocolates I can get my little hands on and the scary movies. Yay!

Have a great week all!