Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Deadline Looms

As much fun as it is to be able to draw whatever I feel like and list them at the shop, I always enjoy the push and challenge of working for some projects that offer opportunity to produce something for a theme.  I'm currently pushing deadline for the submissions for multi-artist collaborative coloring books.  These books will be published by the same publisher, Ellen Million Graphics, that has brought my coloring book "Gardens & Goddesses", so I know the quality will be wonderful.  Besides that, I'd be working with many of my close friends from Sketch Fest and Enchanted Visions Project, and it's fun!

Currently on the list of call for submissions are: Dark Fantasy, Mermaids, Arabian Nights, Fairy Tales, and Zombies.  I've already submitted a piece to the Zombies book, and the first two titles may contain some images I've previously submitted for my own coloring book projects, so what's left for me are the Arabian Nights and Fairy Tales.

Though I originally wanted to work on a flying mechanical horse story (with a steampunk spin), but I've ran out of time and had to settle for a belly dancer image.  It was something I've always wanted to do, along with Irish dancer, geisha, Hula dancer, among many other dances of the world, so I'm not bummed that I didn't get to work on the mechanical horse bits.  Some day... I will get to it!

"Desert Rose" cropped view

I'm only showing the cropped view above, but this one actually has a simple arched window with desert landscape with a crescent moon beyond.  The belly dancer had to strike a pose on her knees in order to fit without losing details in a blur within the 8.5 x 11 inch format.  I find it rather interesting that she ended up looking peculiarly like Mila Kunis.  I never use a reference for my characters' faces, so that was a coincidence.  It was fun to draw the ornate costume.  It's always fun to draw the costumes because I get to play the designer. :D  Something I've always found fun ever since my childhood.

Next, in the next two days, I'm going to try to get a piece done for the Fairy Tales book.  Keeping my fingers crossed as I have multiple errands (kid-related) to run and choppy days like that tends to be quite unproductive for me. ^^;

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