Monday, April 23, 2012

WIP of "Lost in the Woods"

This is a gift/art trade for a dear friend of mine on dA.  She's one of the handful of first people who became friends with me when I was a total newbie.

Anyhow, just getting started with the colors, but experimenting a little bit this time.  I've been thinking about branching out a little more, trying different things.   It's fun.  Having to visit my old Sketchbook Project 2011 duo for the subject of this illustration gave me an opportunity.  It might also be because it's spring and everything is back to life and bursting with renewed energy and I'm feeling it. :D

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dream A Little Dream

I was cleaning my folders and sorting files (mostly deleting old, unused files from who knows when...) this morning and came across an alternate color version of my "Wisteria" piece.  I think I did this after I had finished the purple and green version.  Anyhow, the colors I used are pinks and browns and very high-key.  I never did anything with it till today.   I thought it would make a pretty tag with the original fairy.  This was very quickly put together (Thank goodness for masks!  I love them. ^^).  Basically only two layers of images with a very simple text overlay (Plus a few layers of sparkles from the "Over the Rainbow" Collab Kit from March 2012 because I just LOVE sparkles.).  The mask I used in the background was a freebie from a wonderful blog by Mistress V (Signature Collections).

I'm using the full-size version on my official site's welcome page.   It goes well with the floral background -- I like it. :D

The tube used here is, of course, my "Wisteria", and you can get it at PSP Tube Stop.  It's perfect for spring and delightfully feminine. ^^

Here are two tags I received recently, both featuring the "Wisteria" tube.  I just love them both!!

This one is by Sarah WickedCupcake, called Porcelain in Lavender.

And this one is by Lisa Cree.  You can get the free-to-use wisteria frame you see on this tag on PSP Tube Stop's blog.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Signed Prints Giveaway

New Facebook Fan Page Giveaway Announcement

Prizes  (3 winners)
1 -- 5" x 7" photo print of "A Dark Undercurrent" and 8.5" x 11" promotional poster of "Santa Muerte"
2 -- 8.5" x 11" promotional posters of "Santa Muerte"
All signed by the artist.

How to Enter
* Go to and find this photo post.
* Click on the "Share" button to share the post with your friends.  You can share as many times as you'd like and each share will be counted as a separate entry into the giveaway.
* Share the post now through May 4, 2012, 10 pm MDT.
* Random drawing will be held on Saturday, May 5th, 2012 and winners will be announced on my page and will be notified via message as well.

Good luck! ^^

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Show and Tell

Just as I was feeling much better and stronger,  I seemed to have caught another nasty bug -- unbelievable.  I'm coughing and achy all over.  Hopefully, this will pass as quickly as the last one a couple of weeks ago. :(

When I don't feel productive, I like to keep myself occupied with easy activities that are not physically demanding.  This isn't to say that I got this tag-making thing down now and have gotten super quick at it.  I'm still pretty slow... laughably so, in fact.

My good friend and a fellow artist, Lisa Cree, who is the owner of the PSP Tube Stop, where my tubes are sold, has released this wonderful steampunk-theme art titled, "Steamface Pirate".  I think I have a thing for violet eyes and platinum hair, so this one really caught my attention.  Got my hands on the tube and went to play. ^^

As I said, I'm super slow at this still and do a whole lot of trial and error (all the while forgetting to save the file btw), so this is definitely not a tutorial.  I'm just showing it here.  But that's not all!  There is a fun contest going on at PSP Tube Stop group page on Facebook.  You're asked to write a caption of what this Steamface Pirate is saying in her pirate-talk. ^^  The contest ends tomorrow, and the winner with the most votes will receive this tube.

But if you're like me and are pirate-talk impaired/challenged, then you might want to just head on over to the shop and get one for yourself. ^^  It's available here.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Coloring Book Giveaway

Happy Easter!!  I'd like to invite you all to hop on over to my Facebook page Fantasy Art of Mitzi and enter the coloring book giveaway.  Even if you're not interested in winning the coloring book for your coloring fun (The book is rated above 'advanced' as 'color at your own risk' because it contains line works with lots of detail.), it might be of your interest to know that one of the pages is hand colored by me, making it a one-of-a-kind collectible.  All you have to do is leave a comment (You can just say "Hi!") on the contest info post.  Limit one comment per person, please.  Each name will be assigned a number and a random drawing will be held on Wednesday, the 11th.  The giveaway will stop accepting entries at 11:59 PM MDT on Tuesday, the 10th.  Thank you!! ^^

UPDATE:  A random drawing was held on the morning of April 11, 2012 and the lucky winner has been announced on the Facebook page.  Next giveaway item is the Wall Peel of your choice.  Stay tuned for the announcement of the giveaway in the near future!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Fun with Colored Pencil

Finished coloring the first page of my coloring book "Gardens & Goddesses" to be given away in a random drawing soon (= when my facebook fan page reaches 500 likes).  She ended up looking older than the original green-eyed blonde version of "Pansy" -- maybe it's the makeup on the eyes... a bit more sultry, maybe? ^^ (Her eyes look HUGE now... o_0)

I'll announce the official post when it's time and all you have to do will be to comment on my facebook page to be entered in the the drawing.  I'll leave the post up for a week with the information on the designated time of the drawing.  The book will be signed to the winner on the page where I colored (first page just inside the cover).  If you haven't clicked 'like' on my page, you can check out the page here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Walk-through of "Unless"

I haven't done one of these in a really long time.  So here it is -- a progressive view of the WIPs I saved while I worked on "Unless" during the digital color phase.

The scanned line art is first cleaned (Scanner picks up stray pencil lines left from erasing and all the dust and cat hair I have in my work space.).  The lines are lightened and tinted sepia, then the whole thing is adjusted to give the light brown tint so it feels like I have a colored/tinted paper to start my project with.

I worked on this piece differently compared to my other pieces.  Usually, I give an amorphous background wash in the dominant color first.  This time though, my first layer was simply a shading foundation.  I used 'diffuse water' tip/tool with a shade of dark brown set at low opacity (7 - 12%)  Then on a separate layer placed on top, I started giving local colors on different items -- the flower on hat, goggles, etc.

Also unlike my usual procedure, I didn't paint a quick color test version for this, so I'm kind of figuring out the color design of her outfit as I go.  Still more local colors being painted on the top layer.  Started a highlight layer in 'soft charcoal' for the eyes (This was also different from my usual approach.  I always save the face, especially the eyes, for the last.) At this point, the total number of layers is 4 (canvas layer, which is the scan of the line art; shading layer; item color layer; highlights).

Wanted to experiment with a view beyond the window, so I made another layer placed between the shading layer and the item color layer.  I wanted a sunset colors shown through smoggy sky with blimps.  This was yet another different thing -- I usually leave a vague background behind a figure with nothing really going on. ^^; But the window view detail was actually quite fun to do.

Working on the highlights some more to suggest textural difference between her dress's main fabric and satin trims -- namely ribbons.  This was also when I decided to change the colors of the ribbons on the dresses of the girl and the doll from pink to black.  I didn't want pale pink to detract from the lower part of the image.  Starting another layer for the background's item colors -- namely for the pillows and the kitties.

Decided to fill the whole room with the light of the sunset.  Also working on multiple layers adding more color and or detail to each as I go.

Working on the skin shading and highlights and adding finishing touch.  'Diffuse water' tip/tool for the shading and 'soft charcoal' set at high opacity for the highlights, on separate layers.  Another layer was added to give 'soft highlights' which gives the illusion of the glow, which I softly paint on some spots on her hair with 'soft charcoal' set at low opacity (around 15 - 18%) to give just a hint of the blurred glow.  I adjust the overall tone a bit to warm up with the sunset's orange glow filling the entire room.  Total number of layers used in this project was 8.

Monday, April 2, 2012

"Unless" Finished

This one took me a while, but I love the gold and brown color scheme, so it was not 'painful' to go through. ^^  My "Unless" for the Enchanted Visions Project's March 2012 theme/prompt.  I saw some members taking inspiration from "The Lorax" movie and its message, and I originally contemplated something along the line, but the sketch didn't happen and I changed my angle completely and I like the result.   I just took the word, 'unless', and developed the scene of the image from scratch.    I had the 'girl with a doll that looks and is dressed just like her' idea.  Next came the idea of the doll's missing eye to incorporate the 'unless' concept -- "You will never look exactly like me unless we can fix that left eye of yours, ... but maybe I like you better this way."

Putting the steampunk touch was further inspired when I was looking at my previous steampunk piece "Steampunk Dark Angel".  The cats were added to the scene so that the girl and the scene aren't devoid of some warmth. ^^;  I had fun with the details like the 'cat with the aviator goggles', which was in the original pencil sketch.  I gave the doll's hat to one of the kitties as well to suggest that the goggles on the kitty were also the doll's.  The doll is being made to look less and less identical to the girl.

It could be just me, but I think the colored version looks less 'creepy', compared to the line art version.  I do like the overall mysterious mood and the story that seems to be in the process of unfolding.  I hope the viewers of this piece can have fun coming up with their own versions of the story. ^^