Ode to the departed...
One of my grandmother's name was Anita she taught me to fight to the last breath. The other was Claudina she taught me to reach higher. My American grandma Libby taught me humor... ... and that we should print funny cartoons the size of posters and hang them on the bathroom wall.
Here is one of them as a doll. It's a hobby to help me take a break from work until I start fighting again.
I use scraps, rags and anything I find that I don't want to wast.
You can see more dolls here.
Ode aos que partiram...
Uma das minhas avos chamava-se Anita. Ela ensinou-me a lutar ate ao ultimo folego.
A outra chamava-se Claudina e ensinou-me a alcancar mais longe.
A minha avo americana Libby ensinou-me humor...
... e que devemos imprimir comics em tamanho poster e pendurar na parede da casa de banho.
Aqui esta uma delas em boneca. Um dos meus passatempos para descompressar and fazer uma pausa antes de comecar a lutar outra vez...
Podem ver mais bonecas aqui. Eu
tento usar retalhos e tudo o que eu poder apanhar para nao desperdicar nada.
This was going to be the book cover for my next novel Beyond the Cliff and Courage.
An epic novel of little insects with giant courage.
I decided to take a more modern approach and make this the first illustration people will see when they open the book.
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Happy Lollipop Day!
Aunt Sarah came up with new recipes for the most delicious and brand new Pollypops named after Polly!
Make your Pollypops with this template. Share your work with us.
Polly can't wait to see it!
DIY templates here.
Cover for Notfrombrazil first Paperback and Kindle Edition is ready. Volume I will be on Kickstarter soon. Thank you all for your support!!
Adding some extra pages to the book right now with tips about long distance relationship and flying alone for the first time!
NOTFROMBRAZIL Volume I is about to happen. After three years of nonstop episodes three times a week!
Holy Pony! I'm so excited... and a bit nervous. Am I revealing things I never published before? Of course! It's a totally new experience, even if you have binged our story more than once!
All comic pages are color now, featuring the same style - completely redrawn. I added some pages that never got published online before. Also, there's a lot of new characters and humor. Adding some long distance relationship and how to travel long distances tips.
The story flows as a graphic novel and tells how we met and how our relationship developed. If you were part of our long distance relationship first year, you are probably a character in this book! Others will appear in the next volumes as the story develops.
It's a great way to honor amazing people who were part of our lives, family and friends and those who have already departed.
We're aiming for a paperback and a Kindle version this September. Still considering the opportunity to do a Kickstarter for all of those who are interested in having a personalized signed copy of the book and extra .
Beyond the Cliff & Courage
This is the first chapter illustration of my next project (epic fantasy novel of little insects with giant courage).
They are fearful and they will finish their quest no matter what.
Working really hard on three projects at the same time.
Finishing formatting Notfrombrazil Volume I to print this next August with new characters and comic pages never published before. If you were part of our story in the first years of our relationship you will be a character in this book. Others will show in the next volumes.
Final edits on Polly and the Black Ink Volume IV and starting to illustrate the chapters of my next novel.
You will be able to get these books on amazon or grab them from me personalized signed copies with secret gifts.
Polly Mason Cross Stitch Art! What a delight!
Cross stitch is a very delicate work of great detail and perfection when creating an image stitch by stitch in aida canvas.
Carmen Simões owner of Retrosaria Pontos Cruzados executed this work with such perfection as she always does with all her commissions growing her business around the world.
I have been following her art for quite a long time and I'm so glad that she surprised me with this amazing gift.
A version of Polly and the Black Ink Cover Art embroidered.
Would you like to embroider your own Polly Mason? Now you can. Find the pattern here and the list of supplies.
I will be adding more poses and soon so don't miss out and stay close. Paws next?
Don't hesitate to share your work with me. It would mean the world to me.
You can send it directly to my email: email@example.com or post on the social media (Facebook and Instagram) and tag me (@vanessabettencourtart).
Polly is excited to see what you can do and so am I. I love all kinds of art and craftsmanship.
I wish to see my characters executed in all sorts of different medium.
: ( Don't you feel lost sometimes...?
School ends and a new life is about to start. So many choices... so many paths. The pressure of choosing the right one.
The desire to move forward and never look back.
Some worlds are the mirror of our feelings.
They are long confused mazes.
Polly found the door to one of the most confused world. Her friend is in danger of loosing her colors forever. Polly can't quit. She must find the core first. The race is on and the fight against the Black Ink continues.
To whom this world belongs to?
Will Polly Mason make it to the core and use her colors to save it?
Books available on Amazon (several countries). Please leave a review after you read it on Amazon and Goodreads. I would love to know what your thoughts about it.
Summer might be one of the times that I work the most during the year. Planning and executing all the new projects for next September and keep old projects going.
Here's a W.I.P of what's to come. Redrawing, coloring and adding extra new (never published before) cartoons to NotFromBrazil that will be available as a First Volume next September.
If you were part of our life in the beginning of our story, you will be definitely a character in the first volume or next.
Stay close! Don't miss a thing!
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Polly Mason has a secret. She can see people turning grey and the world crumbling as the Black Ink takes over.
Her superpower it to find our door on The Other Side and enter our imaginary worlds. She visits our personality, finds the core and protects it from the Black Ink with magic crayons, explosive marbles and glowing gems.
To open the door she needs a key. Something that she can borrow. What is your key? Your favorite plushie? A game piece? A cookie? And what does your door look like? Covered with flowers? Covered in chocolate? Made out of foam or shells?
Make your own door and share it with us. Polly can't wait to visit your world.
Polly Mason fights the Black Ink with colors, explosive colorful marbles, rainbow arrows and rare
Edward Waldo Forbes might have been her ancestor. From 1910 to 1940 he collected pigments and colors of the world, more than 2500, and stored them in what today is the best and unique museum of rarest pigments and colors Forbes Art Museum located in Harvard University, USA.
Each color has its amazing story and history. Lapis Lazuli, one of my favorites, was used on Tutankhamon's mask and became more expensive than gold.
Artigo sobre o colecionador de cores.
Gloomy Sunday Nigh...
A week has passed since the excitement of Awesome Con Dc 2017.
Don't you just hate the days after?
Wait... I'm I turning grey? Polly!!! (I hope she finds my door soon.)
For now... The only way I can fight the emptiness is to start preparing the next event.
Awesome Con 2017 Artist Alley had many important guests this year. Starting with Stan Lee and David Tennant... and ending with the presence of old friends from previous events.
Special thanks to those who visited our booth and supported us by getting new art and new books or simply to say hi and take some photos. We enjoyed every moment.
The event was extremely family friendly, and the result was a fun Sunday with new young fans.
We talked about Polly and our love to draw. We exchanged ideas about upcoming animations, games and summer graphic novels. I'm glad to have a few more fans from whom I hope to see fan art and drawings soon has they have promised me.
They had fun and that makes me extremely pleased, moreover because Polly Mason and Paws had an important part in their smiles.
Polly and the Black Ink is an all ages graphic novel, drawing adults too who immediately realize the potential of the story. They categorize it as a great and interesting concept altogether with very original artwork and style.
Prints available here.
Books available on Amazon.
The story becomes more complex. We find ourselves following Polly Mason into mysterious and parallel worlds full of fantasy and populated with people's ideas, dreams and personalities.
Who or what is the Black Ink? How can it be stopped? Can it be stopped at all?
Heir of Scars epic fantasy novel book I by Jacob Falling was equally a success. Many are right now following Adria Idonea. The princess who refused to stay in her tower. Adria rebellions against the king, her father, and joins her uncle in the forest to become one of the Aesidhe.
The indigenous tribe welcomed her, and she becomes a Hunter... a Healer... until a promise must be kept and she must decide if her place is with the Aesidhe, fighting her father's knights or back home...
The new art includes the collection series of The Whispers and The Watchers. Prints available here.
Books available on Amazon.
Next events here.
And of course it wouldn't be a truly comic con convention without the best cosplayers.
A celebrar o dia de hoje com todo os meus fans portugueses que tanto sofreram... sofrem... ou ainda irão sofrer com o estudo d' Os Lusíadas, mas que para sempre lhes ficará na alma o orgulho. Feliz Dia de Camões e Feliz Dia de Portugal.
Celebrating Portugal Day and Luís de Camões - author of the epic poem Os Lusíadas - Day.
Holy Pony! Polly and the Black Ink Volume III is out!
Like I announced on the past interview (see last blog post), Volume III paperback Heroes or Villains is now available.
You can get your copy here.
Polly and the Black Ink graphic novel and I returned to the local independent bookstore Hooray for Books.
Special thanks to Ellen for having me in her fantastic and always updated store again. (They always have events happening all the time - check their schedule.) I will be returning there next September with new Polly volumes.
Polly and the Black Ink Volume III: Heroes and Villains book III is coming out soon. What a better way to celebrate it than a free workshop, teaching the audience to draw their hero or villain from scratch.
Volume III: Heroes and Villains
We had a great time.
I'm grateful my audience included children from 5-years-old up to adults. I'm happy that in the end, the parents joined the fun as well.
I started by introducing Polly, telling her story.
Polly moves to Sanctuary. From a big city to a small island that shows in no map in the world. Everyone who lives there has a secret and... Polly discovers that something evil followed her to the island.
My audience quickly pointed out the Black Ink as the great mysterious Evil. They learned the Black Ink was responsible for turning people grey.
One of the kids in the audience had a grey hoodie, and her reaction was great. Without wasting time, I reassured Kassie that Polly was going to save her from becoming grey too because Polly is the only one who can see it happen and she will open a door into Kassie's world and save her core.
We broke the ice it was time to start drawing.
Basic shapes make different characters.
I use a lot of round and oval shapes to make them look cute. With squares and straight lines I can create more heroic and stronger characters, and for villains, I reserve harsh and sharp shapes.
I had to make sure we could see all of these personality traits just by looking at her. Also, Polly inherited a stone with special powers from her aunt. Thus I named their family Mason.
At the bookstore, I drew Polly in a large pad for everyone to see, explaining my choices for having large black eyes and balance that creepy feeling by drawing no nose. Having no nose makes her look cute and younger, while other characters have large or long noses, giving them different personalities.
I gave Polly wild bright red hair and a flowing-fairy-rainbow skirt so she can freely move while she rescues her friends.
When Polly visits the parallel, fantasy worlds called The Other Side her clothes change.
To balance the heavy boots ( I love boots) and her weapons ( colorful crayons and exploding rainbow marbles) I added some puffy shoulders more like a princess, and a turquoise hair scarf to crown her head that she uses all the time.
In the real world she wears a plush backpack cat, but on The Other Side, the cat (Paws) is alive and her sidekick in the fight against the black ink.
I wish we could stay there all day and talk about the other characters. Some are not even human like Paws, Jay, Walfie, Manny, Mr. Grey, Allyson, David, Jax, Owen, Claire... How different their shapes and color scheme make them different from each other.
Thank you, Parents ,for all the good humor and input. Everyone shared their favorite books, animations, movies and characters. Thank you for getting copies of my books.
Somehow I ended up sketching Pokemon, dragons and Star Wars characters in the end and offering them to my awesome audience.
But that's what drawing is about: starting with the best references, learning and sharing.
I hope we can do this again soon. Stay close, don't miss out.
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Also thanks, Michael Rhode for your time and for getting both volumes.
You should check his blog ComicsDC
"Psst! Pss! Are there dragons... in Polly and the Black Ink books?"
Well... shhhhh... maybe? : )
FREE DRAWING WORKSHOP:
Do you live near Alexandria, in Virginia or DC Area? Meet me and Polly and the Black Ink.
Come draw with me and create your own character in this all-ages, family workshop.
Bring your parents or your grandparents.
Next Saturday, May 20th, I will be at the Hooray For Books bookshop in Alexandria, 1555 King Street with Polly and the Black Ink Volume II and III. I will make a demonstration on how I create a character for a comic book (hero or villain, your choice).
Drop by, say hi! Don't miss out.
Finally proof for book III is here. This is my last chance to catch typos and make some changes before approving it to print. I was really excited to have this volume out. Can't wait to share it with you.
Stay close don't miss out!
Project: Polly and the Black Ink Graphic Novel
Polly's new attic room.
She doodled on the wall and she's getting ready to paint it.
This will be one of the 4x6 prints available at the next artist alley.
Stay close. Don't miss out!
Project: Polly and the Black Ink graphic novel
Character: Sarah Mason. Polly's aunt. She has her own baking store and she's very creative with her recipes.
I bet the candies are also amazing!
Project: SAVE THE FROGS DAY!
My friends, there are frogs in danger right now. Today we remember our amphibian little friends and how important they are to the ecosystem and we do something about it! Help or donate.
They have a list of things on the website (click volunteers) with ideas on how we can help, like sharing or printing their posters to show at school... and educating people about it.You can make a difference.
Character: Allyson from Polly and the Black Ink
Project: Tell a Story Day!
It's National Tell a Story Day! Read or share a life story with friends or family!
I remember when I was very young my mom read a bedtime story from this book every night before going to bed. Here you can see the story for the 27th April.
A boy sees the animals and the rain outside. Life goes on. It rains all day and he is the only one warm and dry. I would be out there with the birds and the other animals. I love rain.
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