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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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