Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It's been a little while, but I've got another little something.  This was inspired by the Scott Pilgrim art, although my background is pretty crap.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Accepted into SCAD

Got my email of acceptance this afternoon.  I guess I'll be riding the wave of being good enough for a few weeks, so hopefully I can channel that good energy into productivity and update more often.

JoRoCo and ReTaHi

It's been a pretty slow week for me, art-wise, so as of right now, this's all I've got for this post.  I've got some things here and there that need my more immediate attention (blog banner, ect).  Joseph (the significant other) suggested that I talk about my process when posting new material, and I thought that might be a good idea.

For this piece, I started off with a sketch in graphite.  This was drawn before I started using non-photo blue and blue leads for layout, so there was probably a lot of erasing involved.  For styles like this, I tend to work fast, and I drew a lot of inspiration from the Zelda Wind Waker art.  I then scanned it, and months later, brought it into Photoshop to ink.  I work with an Intuos 4 X6 tablet (I've almost always used 4 x 6, and since I do most of my work sitting on a bed with my laptop on my legs and my tablet squeezed in between, 4 x6 is all I really need), and am currently using Photoshop CS 4.  If there's any interest, I can do some in-process screenshots while working on my next piece, but otherwise my method is pretty straightforward.  I change the hue of the pencil lines to a light blue, and begin inking over on a new layer, often making several passes.

The concept behind this is pretty simple:  one of Joseph's nicknames is JoRoCo, which sounds to me like an epic videogame character.  I figured he needed a shortcut, so I shortened my name down to the basics too.  Currently, I'm pretty terrible at talking about this art-stuff, but hopefully in the lifetime of this blog, I'll improve.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Nattosoup in the Wood

This particular illustration feels like it took forever, and it did.  Sure, I haven't dumped many hours in it, but it's been worked on, bit by bit, over the span of several weeks.  I'm currently trying to get a feel for how fast I can work, so I'll attempt to complete several more pieces this week. 

The little girl isn't Little Red, she's my avatar, Nattosoup.  This particular Nattosoup is a revamp of my old Livejournal Icon, which will soon be replaced.  I'm not too happy with her smile (it's a bit creepy to me), but I'm not going to be too nitpicky, otherwise I'll never finish anything.  I don't know if it's blatantly obvious now, but I'm pretty obsessed with 3/4 length sleeves, fairytale outfits, and big puffy dresses.

Already I've made several sketch tweets, you should go check them out over on my Twitter of the same name.  I'd love it if you added me, and I promise to tweet back.

In other news, I finished doing rough layouts for Ready Set Go Chapter 2 yesterday, so sometime this week I'll be doing the thumbnails, and then I can REALLY get the ball rolling.  I'm waiting for an order of colored leads to get delivered from JetPens before I embark on anything really detailed or exciting.

I'd like to do a post with all of the prints I've done, but I need to get some good photos or scans of them, so that'll have to wait.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Hello World.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  Instead of straining my brain trying to come up with something witty and attention grabbing, I thought I'd introduce myself and post all of my finished digital work that I have on hand.  This blog isn't about my personal life or about in-progress or studies (those are regulated to my Livejournal) or day to day sketches (my Twitter), just my finished stuff.  I hope to have two or three pieces a week, and when I have my website set up, I'll post links and previews to comic updates.  I may occasionally talk about things that inspire me, post tutorials and crafts, and hopefully post about my progress in pursuing a career in art.

An Artist's Representation of the Artist

My name is Becca, I'm 24 years old, and I graduated from the University of New Orleans last fall.  I have a BA in Hypermedia and a minor in Environmental Science, and have spent enough time in the print lab to qualify for a minor.  My favorite media are good old fashioned graphite and paper, intaglio, watercolor, and screenprint, and I'm setting up an Etsy to sell my prints.  I've recently applied to SCAD for an MFA in Sequential Art and have yet to hear back from them, so my life is currently in limbo.  The majority of my finished pieces are either digital or print and I spend most of my time practicing with the aim of improving.  I'm interested in making friends with other artists, but am horrifically shy.
Remi, the main character of Ready Set Go!

Apparently, I have way less recently completed digital work than I thought.  The first chapter of Ready Set Go is available to download through MegaUpload  (here), my one page comic Branching Out is available here, and turnarounds for Ready Set Go are available (here).  I have three children's books completed, Cloud's Tale is available here, Little Red is available here, and the Bedtime Princess is available here.  Besides printwork, that about catches me up.