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A letter a day: G is for graveyard

It was kind of interesting to watch this one develop, so I thought I'd post the stages it went through: Stage 1, the pencil sketch:

G is for graveyard stage 1 sketch

Stage 2, the basic shapes and colors established in Illustrator:

Print

Stage 3, adding paint in ArtRage:

G is for graveyard stage 3 Artrage

Stage 4, adding texture and other finishing touches in Photoshop:

G is for graveyard stage 4 Photoshop

And finally back into Illustrator to drop it into my alphabet template:

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A letter a day: A is for apparition

On to the 2nd alphabet: Halloween and "A is for apparition." I have to confess, every day I'm mildly panicked at the prospect of actually coming up with a piece that I'm proud to share, and yet, so far, I've managed to pull it off every day for the last 27 days. Maybe I can really do this. When I started this daily challenge, it was just to challenge myself to make something every day and post it for the world (or at least my family) to see. I quickly realized it would be a great way to develop collections of art for licensing, and of course, holidays are huge in the world of art licensing. The monster alphabet was a great place to start; I feel like it was something of a warm-up, proof to myself that I could stick with a daily art-making plan, and I'm pretty excited to be starting on this Halloween collection.

As I go along, I'm going to write more about what I'm learning about art licensing; I've found some really great resources, and I'm going to start sharing those, as well as chronicling my journey toward building a licensing portfolio and becoming a licensed artist. Stayed tuned!

A-is-for-apparition-valerie-bean-illustration
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A letter a day: Z is for zombie

BRAINS!!! It was more challenging than I expected to make a zombie that was more comical than creepy; the first one I did really just looked liked a dead guy. Not cool. Anyway... I like this funny-looking zombie a lot and I have to say I'm quite proud of myself for doing the entire alphabet and not missing a single day. Tomorrow, the Halloween theme begins with A for apparition!

Z-is-for-zombie-valerie-bean-illustration

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A letter a day: U is for upside-down

Yep, that's upside-down alright. U-is-for-upside-down-valerie-bean-illustration

I also wanted to mention that I watched the live stream of Lisa Congdon's class, Become A Working Artist, over the last two days and it was really terrific. It was full of practical advice, much of which I was pleased to find out I've already started doing, and covers fine art, licensing, illustration, marketing, and more. If you didn't get to watch it live, consider purchasing the video. It's over 12 hours of instruction from someone who has lived what she teaches and it's totally worth the price.

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