This has been a really great couple of months and ready to close another year.
This is what I've been doing...
Finished #inktober challenge
Finished #folktale challenge
Finished #huevember challange
Finished #childhooweek challenge
Hosted my own challenge with two artists and friends on instagram : #christmas_nostalgia
(from December 8 to 14)
Started to add Youtube videos twice a week, sketchbook tours, funny art challenges and process.
But the most important part of it, is that the daily challenges allow me to gain muscle to work a lot of hours each day and because of that I was able to finish my book Beyond the Cliff & Courage. 42 chapters of epic adventure with more than 350 black and white illustrations.
To celebrate I recorder the first chapter that you can hear on my Youtube Channel. I never done this before so please be kind.
The proof copy of Beyond the Cliff and Courage will arrive this Thursday or Friday and I'll be able to check and approve it. The goal is to have it available on Amazon worldwide day 11.
And now painting and hosting a challenge for everyone to participate.
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Never Give UP! is a How To... book about 150 pages to be released at the end of this years, with lots of tips and activities to help you start, continue or finish a project, have more ideas, keep you productive and organized.
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I would like to share my experience in fighting my ups and downs, and how I got to a method that keeps me creating daily.
I hope this will reduce your time of research and trial and error to search for valuable tips by giving you a sum of actions and activities that I've gathered over the years.
As my students would say: "Warning comes with homework and positive results from it."
This is what I've been working so hard the past weeks. It's finally live. One site, all the books. The epic fantasy series catalog from the author Jacob Falling and author and illustrator Vanessa Bettencourt on a single site. Follow THE VIOLET WEST for updates on upcoming projects and events.
Books arrived and are perfect. I can finally start making my shipping preparations! Yay!
Drawing inside my "pizza-boxes-slice-of-life-favorite-pizza" to deliver soon to those who pre-ordered Notfrombrazil Volume II.
The book is available worldwide on Amazon online stores .
Today we celebrate more than the beginning of a new chapter. I am blown away by your kindness and generosity. Everyone has been so lovely.
It's been three years in a new country and new city, but I already carry so many friends ( close and virtual) with me to my new location. It only makes me grow as a person an artist even more.
Thank you so much to those who donated and in a few hours made my goal possible.
To those who donated $20 or more, I will mail a personalized copy of NFB volume II ( first copies and edition).
We met the goal, but you can still use this app to make pre-orders of Notfrombrazil Volume II ($20)
I will be publishing it July and shipping your books in August.
I can't wait to make more and share more with you.
Thank you for the Holy pony moment today between the coughing, the medicine, the packing, the checklists, the dust, the running away from spiders, the packing of all cutely before time ( we still need for the next six days...) making this goal was a great start!
So... Yeah! Thank you! ! You know who! Yes you!
Heir of Scars, Polly and the Black Ink Volume I volume II sold out! It was three Awesome days!
My heart raced with joy when parents and new fans came back the next days to buy the entire collection.
To see how kids and adults' eyes shone while speaking of Polly and Paws made my day. Three days of fun! More photos and news with the newsletter special edition at the end of this week.
Polly and the Black Ink falls into the All-Ages category graphic novel (+7) with lots of mystery, adventure and superpowers.
Studio Ghibli and animation fans understand that it is not only for kids. They get it so well that they saved me from trying to convince them to get the books. Thank you!
P.S: Reviews are very important to us. If you can review the books on Amazon it will help us a lot.
I am setting up a gallery for Fanart. If you have art from Polly and the Black Ink that you would like to see in the gallery contact me.
When I am not making cartoons for Notfrombrazil, I create funny flyers and posters for individuals or companies advertise their events.
The next one is for the Cinco de Mayo Party event hosted by the theater.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do you design the flyers?
A: I gather all the clients information and list of needs for the event.
Usually they already know my Notfrombrazil cartoon style and humor and they trust me to come up with a composition that expresses all their needs. Then, I send them the draft and they suggest changes if needed. It's a team work and my goal is to make the best end product.
The more information I get from the client the easier it is to come up with something that pleases everyone.
Any other questions contact me: email@example.com
We had a great time talking about our process of construction worlds and characters for novels and graphic novels.
Thank you so much for coming to see us and for all your input. And Alexandria Library for having us. (Some of you made into the funny pages - click cartoon)
Next event will be at Awesome con - check the event section for more detail.
Notfrombrazil climbing the ranks!
It's an official best seller graphic novel in Humor & Entertainment Category!
Looking at this past weekend's reports. This feels awesome. Thank you so much! Got your copy? Free with Amazon Prime.
Não do Brasil a escalar os tops!
Ao olhar para os relatórios deste ultimo fim-de-semana. Muito obrigado a todos!
Ja tens a tua cópia? Leitura grátis para quem tem amazon prime.
Collect and Organize. What do you collect for your work? Are you keeping those favorite recipes organized?
Build your library to quick access and get inspired.
I have lots of notebooks and sketchbooks with relevant information that saves me time from searching online for the right and appropriate term.
Today I am updating my onomatopoeia collection so I can use it while I create my graphic novels and comics.
Visual sounds are always funny and give a lot of motion and action to the graphic novel panels and pages.
For those who are not creating art, keep a journal of your memories and thoughts.
What are you working on?
What a perfect St. Valentine's Day. A very funny and relatable Long Distance Relationship Graphic novel book with extra tips on how to survive a long distance relationship and how to travel without stress. All in comics format. 70 Pages full color comic book. On Sale.
With my eyes on the future!
As an artist I have to live in the past when I'm learning and studying old masters, in the present when I'm creating, failing and creating more and in the future, when I'm setting goals, planning new projects and sharing them with you.
December is my favorite month of the year, and it's full of joy, inspiration, creativity, happiness and hope... but then January comes.
What do you think when you see January on your calendar?
If you're like me... you dread it! But January doesn't have to be such a scary monster!
So... for 2018 I decided to create #dreamuary and turn my January into a month full of art of magical creatures and imaginary worlds - not where dreams come true but made of dreams.
Up to a challenge?
You can be part of #dreamuary. How? Follow each daily theme and post whatever it inspires you... a photo, or a drawing, a gif, video or music, a quote... anything you want to share, a thought or an emoticon. (no sex, violence of any kind, keep it kid friendly)
Pressure free. You don't have to submit every day just when the daily theme inspires you or you feel like it.
Post to the Facebook Event (here) or add the hashtag #dreamuary #dreamuary2018 on Instagram (if you prefer to participate there). This will happen every January for the following years and soon I will be excited to see January arrive as I am always excited about Halloween and the following holidays.
Let this be a great way to start the new year! See first theme here.
Newsletter subscribers will have access to exclusive videos of my drawing process.
Polly and the Black Ink, the last Volume - 140 pages long is finally out, closing the first arc of Polly Mason story.
Get it on amazon online store or personalized signed copies from me.
The Last door...
Polly Mason has collected the doors of everyone she knows. Friends and family, enemies and foes, heroes and villains.
These doors, which have kept their secrets safe, have also taken her into magical worlds, allowing her to know people better for who they truly are.
Although Polly Mason can visit any of their worlds, she cannot enter her own. It's up to her friends to save her core now, and no one thought her world could be so challenging and full of wonder.
It's been a long journey since chapter I.
The editing, formatting and illustrating process of each chapter took more time than writing and imagining the story but it will worth the wait.
Every project and book becomes a path of wonderful discoveries and creation of fantastic unusual characters and their worlds. I can't wait to share the final project with you, but for now here is a bit more of my work in progress.
For Beyond the Cliff & Courage epic fantasy, I've decided to design my own font and header to make each chapter more special. Besides the headers, each chapter will include at least four black and white illustrations ( I got carried away with some sections and drew about eight to ten illustrations).
I have about 50 chapters, which means... a lot of drawings per chapter. It's a long and slow project, but the finished book will be worth it. The illustration that won't make into the book will be turned into color prints or an extra booklet - I still have to think about it. The priority is to finish this project with as much quality as I can muster.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Don't be shy and leave a comment. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
And so it ends. The last volume of Polly and the Black Ink will be soon be available to you.
I always have a rough time saying goodbye to projects. On the other hand, the journey just began for many. Now it's time to share this story that carries so much of my soul with the rest of the world.
Polly Mason accepted the responsibility of her abilities knowing the price. She has no regrets.
Join her and open one last door.
Polly and the Black Ink is an all-ages graphic novel full of adventure, discovery, imagination, fantasy, friendship and a lot of teamwork (with the help of a lazy sidekick cat) on a journey to fight an epic villain.
540 pages - 5 volumes
Kindle Cover Reveal:
Hi, Vanessa here:
As you know, I've been remaking the cover for Heir of Scars I, Part I: Ghosts of Heiland. The very beginning of the story. The process took me a few weeks to sketch and paint.
I was almost at the end when I realized the cover didn't have the right feel. After painting such realistic Adria for the paperback cover, I established a new tone for the series.
I loved my new portrait of Adria, but the mood of the epic novels speaks louder.
I worked hard to keep up with the deadline and turned my inspiration from a more digital game cover approach to the Old Masters' color pallet such as the American painter Albert Bierstadt.
This is a story of those who come to a new land to conquer others.
A tale of knights who battle natives and the journey of a girl who must decide who she is and for whom she must fight.
The new cover shows you the shadow of a girl with a decision to make.
Kindle book: $0,99
Artists are probably the people who are less prepared to deal with social interaction and talk to the public. We're the ones that decided to stay indoors and create instead of going out. It's a lifestyle, but it means we don't build as many social skills as needed.
Times change and it's expected from the artist to show our process, our story, to be part of the art and make fans part of it too. We have to put ourselves out there and hope for the best.
It's our passion for our art and the respect that we have for our fans that lead us to fight these horrible monsters and deal with our social anxiety in loco.
We practice in front of the mirror and try to come up with better ways to present our work and ourselves, but there is just so much we can predict and practice after all.
I can say that my years working as a teacher improved my ability to communicate in public a lot.
My cute little students allowed me to be expressive and to be myself. They didn't judge me and as they were honest as children can be. They taught me a lot.
Talking to adults is a bit different.
In the wise words of Yoda... Do or Do Not...
I am the kind of girl that Goes Big or Goes Home. My first artist table was a huge event.
When we apply for a big comic convention as Awesome Con, we have to do it almost six months or more before to save a spot. You may think that it's good news.
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Today October 13th 2017 I sent with my newsletter the November 2017 Calendar page free to download and print.
I will be gifting a page each every month until December 2018.
For those who you subscribed after the October 13th and until October 31st.
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Heir of Scars book I part I (Kindle novella) Ghosts of Heiland gets a makeover.
Last October 7th was fun with the Alexandria Library at the Del Ray, Artist Demonstration area.
Warming up drawing before the crowd arrived.
I got to draw 65 children from 9 to 18h it was a non stopping blast. Thanks to all of those who came by the table to say hi! We had lot's of fun.
Kids are usually shy and they get nervous when I stare at them too much, so instead of being quite, we just talk about all of the fun things: their hobbies, their adventures, the things they love and want to accomplish. This helps me to infuse a lot of personality into their portraits and add extra background elements.
October 7th. It's this Saturday!! Art on the Avenue is going to be full of pencil portraits. I will be drawing cartoon portraits in my style of attendees at the ARTIST DEMONSTRATION tent 66-87 E Curtis Avenue and raising money for the library. It's a great cause. Please come to our tent : D
Drawing live is the only time that I have to be less extrovert and ignore my anxieties.
I have to look people in the eye and catch their personality with a few pencil lines. It helps when people talk to me, ask me about my trade and share their life stories and adventures too. It's a fun way to interact, fight my social anxieties and share what I love to do.
Here is the map with the exact location.
Drop by and say hi! :D
Great News!! Notfrombrazil reached top 40 on Amazon. Thank you, guys! Right next to Garfield... wait...
Aahahah! This is hilarious. It's just like page 65 of Notfrombrazil!!! What a coincidence!
Last week at the Fall Festival I had a lot of fun giving tips on how to draw cartoon portraits, starting with the basic shapes.
Ah hour later I had a line of amazing people of all ages ready to sit down in front of me and see their portrait quickly appear from simple lines to recognition.
It was an amazing experience, where I traded portraits for their stories. They asked me about my trade, and I got to know this community better.
The library is huge, well organized and with amazing staff.
Thank you all for having me.
Some of the kids where nice to draw me back. I think I'm a winner here, don't you think?
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.
Signing personalized copies to our new readers is fun!
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.
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:
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!
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.
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!