December is my favorite month of the year. 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... starting 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. I will challenge myself to daily showcase my characters and fantasy worlds according to the daily prompts.
Dreamuary will return in January 2019. Join me in sharing your characters and worlds.
Facebook Group: Dreamuary here
Here is 2018
Welcome to my Dreamuary where you'll find new worlds and creatures to discover.
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2 #My favorite_______.
My favorite... legendary creatures are dragons.
They have beautiful colors and sometimes they connect with the elements in nature. I love blue and silver dragons the most.
Some of my original characters are dragons, but that's spoilers for another time.
6 #Tell me something about yourself... (But that means I have to know myself!) #dreamuary2018
I was born in Lisbon, Portugal, but I live with my husband in the Washington D.C. area now. I love to create new words and creatures. In my daily routine, I pretend to be in action and fantasy scenarios while I do my chores. Going shopping becomes a quest for an epic item. Also, ordinary items become new shapes and creatures. I love to dream and I wish to share and hope you can visit my imaginary worlds too.
I also love to teach. So here is today's quick sketch that inspired the final image.
15 #Colors (What if I'm color blind?) #dreamuary2018
I never liked colors.
I liked to draw characters and object in black and white from a flat piece of paper and show it to no one. I would not go to fancy stores to get my supplies. There were no such stores where I lived. I used the coal from the fireplace or my grandmother's morning coffee to paint.
I created only for myself.
Years later I became a teacher for the first time. Only then, I learned the value of colors. I accepted the challenge this time armed with colors, art and hope. Hope to be amazed by the promise of greatness that some already showed, and to be able to fight horrible secrets that were already there to unveil in some of the children...
Always with the understanding that good work had to be done besides teaching: I am, You are, He is...
Titcher "how do you say banana in English?"
I dedicate Polly and the Black Ink to all my students.
14 # Jewels and Treasure... (My precious...) #dreamuary2018
Day 19 Old family recipe... (Ingredient number 1 Chocolate... number two... CHOCOLATE) #dreamuary2018
Day 21 #Villains
My villains are spiders. Meet General Lya and her black widow sisters.
Valia (original character from my upcoming project Beyond the Cliff & Courage)
Day 22 #Rebellion ... Rebellion is her middle name.
Day 23 #Sword
"... and the only thing standing after the battle were the bloodied swords..." Eilenar said.
From my upcoming epic fantasy novel.
Today's entry is GATE so I got carried away and went full color painting this. From my upcoming epic fantasy novel.
I love painting clouds and fantasy landscapes. This print will be available at the artist alleys.
Day 25 MAGIC
Magic with elements, magic with drawing, magic with world building...
...and fire fairies.
DAY 26 FABLE
Watercolor and Digital Painting of Henry the Hesitant Elk spread 6 of my upcoming picture book. I will leave this precious sneak peek with you.
Day 27 MYTH 🧚♀️🧚♂️🧝♂️🧙♂️🍃
"It's fine. Come out of there. These humans are silly. They think we don't exist..." he said.
"Are you sure?" the other one whispered. "The boy with the golden hair is staring at us... right now."
- The Silver Star Challenge Series
From my upcoming projects.
Day 28 Fantasy Races
I love to create new races, give them legends, write their History, come up with legendary heroes, describe their wars, their achievements and adventures.
Day 29 Muse ... Inspiration
I hear many times that people believe PAIN to be the muse of many artists.
What do you think?
What's your favorite painter?
Since the dawn of times... painters who devote themselves to paint fantasy worlds, creatures, myths, legends.