...finishing new art to send to the printer and make some postcards this year. A sneak peek of what kind of art you will be seeing from me from now on as the next projects grow and take form.
It's finally time to get back to those old and complex fantasy worlds that I have been developing for so long. Can't wait to get to the part filled with magic, fantastical creatures including... Dragons!
Polly and the Black Ink 5 graphic novel volumes will keep you company. Each volume with 110 pages and the last one with 140 that will be available December 2017.
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Polly Mason has a secret.
Polly can see people turning grey and the world crumbling around her. At first, she believes she's the only one, but then she moves to an island that shows on no map... And... Evil follows her, and now the island and its people are in danger.
Polly discovers the islanders have secrets like her own. But first, she must find the key and the door into their worlds, visit their personalities, find their cores and save them from the Black Ink. The idea of the Black Ink as a villain came from my first sketches.
We can't erase ink as easily as we erase pencil. It can leave permanent marks. Join Polly in this epic fight against evil.
Read more about Polly and the Black Ink Graphic Novel books here.
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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?
Basic shapes help you to draw from general to detail.
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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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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.
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.
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.
I use a Masking Tape ( art tape) to protect the areas from my paint.
At this point I'm using acrylics. I applied a sheet of paper and masked the lineart with the tape.
Because it's such a complex shape I could use Masking Fluid at this stage. ( works perfectly with washes and watercolor) and it's so easy to apply, using a damaged brush (that can only be used with this in the future.)
More changes, and more ideas.
5- What do you do paint First?
The base, the roads, paths, bridges. The entire terrain: grass, sand, forest, fields, ocean...
6- What about the buildings?
I make different layers so I can move the buildings to another place on the base map, or even use the files on other animations, illustrations or prints.
Light is the most important part of your drawing or painting. You have to make enough sketches or studies to
figure the light source, the artificial light sourse and the reflected light. The light will set the mood of your painting and will tell you which colors to use ( sunset, clear
Next post will have a simple tutorial about light and portrait.
Thank you for your support.
Learn to LOVE your brushes.
It's important to have good quality brushes as much as good paper when painting with watercolor. Take
care of them and they'll last longer.
When it comes to acrylics and oils we must be extra carefully. Impantience makes us take a break
and leave the brushed with paint rest on the table to dry. Take a moment to nurture and love your brushes.
- Don't let the paint dry on the brush
- Avoid getting paint in the ferrule ( the metal part)
- Don't leave them in the water or turpentine, resting them down, specially bristles.
- Clean your brush in the water for acrylics, oils with turpentine ( I used cooking oil a lot instead, because of the smell of the
- Take the extra paint with a paper towel, clean again in water for acrylics and turpentine for
oil, then use soap to finish. ( the soap will make the brush keep it's shape)
If it's ruined? Used it as an unique tool to paint or make effects.
If your day is as gloomy as mine today, or you're about to set up your studio. This is the best choice for your lights.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs 5000K
5000K - good balance of whites ( color temperature)
6000K - will be more blue
3000K - will be more orange/yellow
Two bulbs make a better studio light if your ceiling is 8 to 10. If it's higher get a third one.
If you're using a shadow box for still lives, get a 20W compact fluorescent or higher if the shadow box is very big.
Compact Fluorescent bubls:
- have great range of temperature colors
- use less energy
- are brighter
- are eco-friendly
- last longer
When I paint with Acrylics I'm careful to start with the opaque. It takes a lot of layers to cover a surface with translucide paint such as Ultramarine Blue, Primary Yellow, Alizarin Crimson...
I use high saturated colors on purpose, but you should get used to using limited palettes.
Animal series : drawings
I love to draw bunnies
Many times we look back in time and think of the past as missed opportunities.
We remember being in a class or a workshop and learning nothing. Sometimes we blamed the teacher because our expectations were high, because we wanted a mentor to choose us and make us greater.
Sometimes we don’t realize how lucky we are.
What I could have done and didn’t, because I didn’t go, or didn’t enjoy it at the time makes us regret and think of what could have been accomplished or learnt.
For many, the time wasn’t right. We need more years, more maturity, and plenty of mistakes and bad decisions to become full. Not full of knowledge, but full of understanding and full of things to share and create. These things that become our secrets for so long will have to leave our mind at some point and become art.
With what I know today I could have done more in the past. This thought is wrong. With what I know today I CAN make so much more today. Today we can learn faster, have the will to search for more knowledge and be better at my art. It’s a matter of self-discipline and wanting to exist.
Do not give up. Make more. Make as many mistakes and bad decisions as you can. Create forever.
As long as you can say: “If I knew this back then…” as long as this sentence haunts you in future years… you’re in the right path.
#motivationartistblock #artblock #Insentivationartistblock #whytodraworpaint
It works for any kind of art.
Change your working space.
Go work in a completely different environment from the place that you’re used to feel frustrated and without inspiration.
Don’t build expectations or think what others will say.
Don’t settle for the first idea. Keep in mind the first ten are just ordinary.
Make a list of your favorite things.
Combine the second with the last or randomly.
Create something with those two things. Staircase and ice cream? It makes no sense? Keep going. Don’t give up. It will take you farther than you expect.
Do you like your final idea so far? What if… everything you created became the opposite?
Create. Keep going. What do you have to lose?
Too many lines? Do you use all your strenght on your pencil?
It's good to know how to sketch with soft lines and when to stop drawing.
Many times I keep going and going because it's was not what I wanted or expected. I kept searching for the perfect form, volume, pose... no matter what just draw as much as possible and avoid to
have an eraser at all.
There is no wrong, or right, just the will to practice and be better.
Your final art will be your point of view to share with the world.
People can always give their opinion to improve someone's work.
Constructive criticism is welcome, but sometimes people don't feel like sharing their art or their opinion. Sometimes you shouldn't listen to people at all.
Little things can make the difference.
So get started.