Hello, hello! Quick update on all the goings on going on.
• I had an artist interview by the awesome curator Hana Kim over at Supahcute.com! I talk a bit about my Daily Drawing process and bookbinding and such! You can check it out here:
• February 19th marked the 5th year anniversary of my Daily Drawing project. Over the last year or so I had morphed it about from traditional one panel, marker and pen stories to full watercolor to a couple of mini webcomics! I decided though that I would bring the project to a close. I have not missed a single day of posting, 7 days a week, so I have 1,828 posts (I would say drawings, but I had multiple in each post by the time I started doing the webcomics!) and gained so much from the experience, including a style I love, a stronger sense of storytelling, and, of course, a huge sense of accomplishment and pride for sticking to it for so long! However, I wanted to be able to take more time on the current running project, The Evil Overlord, rather than running to keep up or only posting "throwaway" panels and turning a fun project more and more mundane. So, I see this far more as an upgrade and potential for more fun future posts, including fun progress posts and videos that I'll showcase on my Patreon page, both for Patrons and the public! I plan on writing a public post on Patreon talking more about The Evil Overlord project soon as well, so stay tuned! :)
•Other than that, I'm working on some new paintings, I have a new little series of books that I'm creating called "Daily Drawing Minis" that will showcase my favorite daily drawings from all 5 years. Considering how many illustrations I've done, there will be QUITE a few books coming out. Vol 1. is available now in my Etsy shop here:
I created a sneak peek flip through the book for you guys to check out on YouTube which I am linking at the bottom of the post, so be sure to check it out!
And with that, I'm off to paint! Thanks for stopping by. :)
Just posted a big website update, with more to come! Here are the changes:
• Redid the Porftolio page (now called Illustrations) and added some new pieces!
• There's now a new page called "Stories" in the navigation. This is where I will compile together the story projects I've been working on and share them with you guys! I'm very excited to have that section as it steers far more towards the work I enjoy the most: creating stories to share. :) Working on the Hansel and Gretel page now (it'll probably go live later tonight, in fact) so stay tuned!
• I also added a link to my YouTube page in the navigation. I created the YouTube page so I can post timelapses of paintings and such, and to possibly create some video stories to share! So be sure to head over there to like and subscribe! I'll post a little sample here for you guys to enjoy!
• And to round off, expect some more updates and new products for the Etsy shop soon! Been spending the first week of January reorganizing my files and my thoughts for what I'd like to achieve this year with my work. (Spoilers: it's all about Story). Now it's time to get some new work done for you guys!
That's all for now! Gotta get back on it, so stay tuned and thanks for stopping by! Gonna get something spicy to eat, mmm... :)
Hello, I'm an update. =_= I've been SO busy and am going to be scrambling about for the next month or so as well! An upcoming art show, a possible large commission, and my new webcomic that I've started and am committed to keeping up with as much as possible (not to mention Basil's Cart!). As soon as life stops whirling about and settles a little I will do a nice, calm, much more informative post on what's going on and fun stuff. Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Saturday! I wanted to announce that I now have a Patreon page for my upcoming project: Basil's Cart!
Patreon is like an ongoing monthly Kickstarter for creatives to bring their ideas and projects to life with the help of their audience! I decided to join to up my storytelling game – I've had so many story ideas I keep on the back burner because of jobs, bills, and just life. You keep thinking you'll get started "someday", but then time passes and it's still just there... stewing and looking at you like, "uhm...yeah, still here."
In any case, I felt like committing to Patreon will help me prioritize the things I want to do most, which is to create stories to share with the world.
There are also fun rewards for joining along with my crusade! I have a monthly raffle where Patrons can win a watercolor sketch that I mail out, behind the scenes and early access to the story before I post the pages publicly, and other fun goodies. The story is already in the works and I already have updates and images on my Patreon page, some public and some exclusive posts for my Patrons only. :)
So be sure to come check out details and all the fun at www.patreon.com/angelasongart! And feel free to spread the word – it helps so much more than you'd think and I'd be eternally grateful. :)
Have a lovely weekend, and I hope to have some more updates and posts soon!
Hey guys! I have a new Lynette piece to post today with some progress pictures and thought processes I had working on the piece. I've been trying to make time to do a new Lynette illustration so I don't fall off the wagon for this project, but I do have several new announcements and fun things coming up that I have been busy planning and will be posting about on my social media pages (which you can choose from here) at the end of the week, so stay tuned!
Now onto the piece. I mentioned before that I tend to lean towards a limited palette with my work. I enjoy simplified colors and I love constantly discovering how much variety you can get from a cool and warm color and the neutrals you get in between.
Since I'm letting myself experiment with this project I once again let loose with the background rather than having a set composition planned out. With watercolors that can be risky since there's no do-overs, and most of the time you can't lift a color the instant you put it down, but it's okay since that's what experimentation is all about. For me the best part is that I might just learn something new.
I once again hemmed and hawed over whether I wanted a bold line art for the image or to leave the line art light, but my desire for order in the loosey-goosey-ness of the piece took over and I went for the darker lines – at least for Lynette and the closest background elements.
I also in the end decided to darken the white trees that were in the background since I wanted the light elements on Lynette's outfit to pop more.
And the final piece!
That's all for this post, I will be having some fun announcements coming up on my social media pages at the end of the week, along with a new blog post so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by. :)
Happy Sunday! I have a new Lynette & Glenn piece for you guys, this time of them wandering lightly through the woods. :) My Lynette series paintings are now available in my Storenvy shop: www.angelasongart.storenvy.com I will continue to put any new illustrations and art pieces from this series in that shop, so be sure to keep an eye out!
As for this post, I thought I'd include some of my work in progress images.
I don't try to have a set rule for process for my pieces, though I usually will do a rough sketch, ink it, and then paint over it as it's just how I'm used to working. I went about this piece with only a few variations: I did a light ink of the character and then went in with washes here and there and let them settle where they wanted to rather than with a specific background outlined.
From there I started finding shapes and darkening them and let myself have some fun. The thing about watercolors is that you usually get the best results from letting it do what it wants to. I am guilty of shoving my face up close and micromanaging every aspect of the color – a result of trying to do lots of detailed inking first and wanting to keep the colors in the lines– but I'm always willing to experiment which is what this piece was all about.
After lots of brow-furrowing and running away nervously from the piece a few times as layers dried the painting started to take shape. I allowed myself to ink the characters a bit more boldly and add some vegetation details that I discovered in the washes. The vague concept I had at the beginning, with a bit more color towards the bottom of the illustration and a bit more greyed out near the top, changed as well and I decided to add a few pops of color.
And the final result:
I hope that showed a bit of insight into this piece! I may go more into watercolor process at some point in the future in a separate post, we shall see.
Also in a bit of other news, for those of you following my social media Daily Drawings: my Daily Drawing Book Vol. 2 is now available in my Etsy shop: www.angelasongart.etsy.com. They're limited edition and include an exclusive print, so be sure to check it out and support! :)
And that's all for today! I'd also love some feedback from you guys, so be sure to leave a comment here or on social media (links here) and let me know what you think about these posts so far! Thanks, and have a lovely rest of the weekend. :)
Welcome to my new blog! I'll try to have the odd update here and there while I get used to the blogging thing, but I currently plan to use this space for my experimental project "Lynette & Glenn". I will be posting paintings, comic strips, and whatever other creative outlets that strike me to show their wanderings and adventures.
To start I'll talk about the characters themselves. Lynette was created from pure whimsy while experimenting with watercolors. I find most of the characters I create come about that way. Their stories start to emerge the moment I see them and I am instantly drawn to them. I've realized that when I try too hard to come up with a character design they'll tend to be bland, but when I'm just daydreaming and doodling the most interesting characters emerge. I've come to the conclusion that my mind works in mysterious ways, but I've learned to roll with it.
I enjoy working with minimal colors with maybe some pops of color here and there, so when I thought of a little companion for Lynette to make her journey a bit less solitary and lonely I thought of a bright little fox. Foxes are pretty mischievous and mysterious so I thought that it would be a perfect companion for the more quiet, but just as mysterious, Lynette.
I tend to delve into a character's backstory once I've invested some time designing them, however with Lynette I felt I wanted to have her be a mystery even to myself. I know myself enough to know if I go too in-depth about a character and who they are, where they're from, how they like their coffee, etc, I stick them in a box (creatively speaking) and it's hard to take them out of the set world I make for them. I already had the concept of how I wanted the project to go – in an open-ended fantasy world where the rules of reality need not apply – so I'm not planning to start winding it up with my own mental red tape and bore-ify it (That's not a real word but reality need not apply!). I['ll leave Lynette be and I plan to have a lot of fun.
And there you go! I may have some posts with musings on them, some with just illustrations, no real set guidelines for now. Regardless, I hope that these posts will be entertaining and interesting as we follow Lynette & Glenn on some fantastical adventures.