Small Press Expo this weekend was a blast.
It's the best place to discover high-quality work, hunt for amazing books, meet their creators and connect to amazing artists.
We had the change to showcase our work to a lot of diverse and interesting people. We were humbled and inspired by their stories, their passion and their goals.
We thank those who showed interest and passion for our books and took a piece of our story home.
As a husband and wife duo, it was fun and an honor to present Heir of Scars. The epic fantasy novel project by Jacob Falling (my husband's pen name for this project) that started all. American author in search of art for his cover hires Portuguese artist girl!
389.. 390... webcomic episodes later, I am proud to present my first NotFromBrazil.com paperback that covers the first year of our relationship with tips on how to survive a long distance relationship and travel alone without stress. Also... the debut of volume IV of Polly and the Black Ink. This volume speaks so much to me. Only one left to finish the first Arc of Polly and the Black Ink series.
You can find all our books and kindle editions here.
Only one more book to finish the first arc of Polly and the Black Ink graphic novel! What then?
The next project will be a Children's Novel that the adults will truly appreciate.
Are you afraid of spiders? I am.
This project was born from my fear of spiders. I molded my fear into words and an created a new land. A world where insects fear spiders too... They fear their dark and evil.
I've been working on the manuscript for a year and a half already to come up with my perfect version of Beyond the Cliff & Courage. An epic fantasy novel of little bugs with giant courage. A fight between good and evil.
I don't want it to be one more book that entertains and gets consumed quickly.
I want the reader to remember it for ever. I want this story to survive the ages and to make readers come back to it and reread it every year.
The same for the illustrations. I want each one to stand out as a work of art.
Can't wait to share more of my process and the book.
The epic quest will have almost 50 chapters filled with black and white illustrations. Here is one of the pages, starring Aion the main character.
I'm fighting my camera shyness! First step, voice. I wish to become brave enough to make a live event or streaming one day!
For now, baby steps. I uploaded an introduction video. Hello subscribers, if you're not already... don't forget to subscribe!
After the introduction video I made my first NFB wip video with voice over. Here it is:
Let me know what you think about it and ... YAY! One step closer to fight shyness.
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You can get your paperback copy of Polly and the Black Ink Volume IV - Into the Darkness from amazon online stores, soon available all around the world.
Time is up! They can choose to fight... or watch their world crumble. Polly is ready and no matter what happens, she's not alone.
It's time to open doors and reveal all secrets.
Paperback 7 x 10 full -color -104 pages
Lots of news and work since our the last comic convention. Here are some updates on the different projects of Violet West Entertainment:
NEXT EVENTS : Alexandria, VA September More HERE
My husband arrived home with a new sketchbook yesterday. What a wonderful surprise. An empty book to fill with many worlds of possibilities. I will dedicate this sketchbook to portraits.
I will DRAW your DOOR in POLLY AND THE BLACK INK graphic novel.
Thank you so much, Logan Public Library (Iowa) students and staff for making my day. The reviews not only elevate Polly but also inspire me to want to make better and more.
I had such a great time Skyping with you the last time and talking about Polly, my process of creation and answering your questions. I will look forward to getting the drawings of your doors (representing your personality, interests and worlds) so I can draw them on Polly and the Black Ink volume V coming out next December.
This is valid for any of my readers.
ATTENTION: This means you can send me the drawings until the end of October. I'm really excited to see them.
I will draw the best imaginary doors as part of the story.
Give your best shot!
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.
Stay close don't miss out the news.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
To get an email reminder every Friday with the direct links to the newest episodes, please subscribe to this site or to www.notfrombrazil.com
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.
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