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    Weekly update – Short Info

    Hello everyone! Last week I have been quite busy with building my new Portfolio. And I have done quite a lot. This week however is going to be completely different. I have a cold and havent been feeling well. So I hope I can be a little bit productive and get at least some work done. Last week I wrote and illustrated a magazine spread which I will be posting on friday. Also with a progress video on youtube if I manage to concentrate. I also worked a lot with ink and I really like the look of it. I think I will stick to illustrating with ink a little…

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    All ink – weekly update

    This week, I worked with ink only. And it was quite freeing. Having only one medium to work with helped me a lot with my illustrating progress. As much as I like colorful illustrations, I often struggle a lot with those. Reducing colors to maybe 3 or 4 in one illustration is probably better for me. (and my sanity 😀 ) I wanted to do a magazine spread with illustrations of mine and also an article written by myself. And because I am currently in knitting fever, I wrote about the benefits of knits. And there are a lot. If you have anxiety or depression, doing knit work helps you…

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    Autumn is here – weekly update

    Autumn has arrived, my favorite season. There is nothing more soothing, than rainy weather, working and having a coffee. Last week, I had time to illustrate. I worked with ink and aquarelle colors. And after not drawing for almost 4 month it felt a little bit rusty. My hands are shaky and it shows in the line art. So I have to work on a lot to get better. I also have to try out different papers and inks or maybe even colored liners. So I will be heading to the craft supply store soon. But first I have to do some research and try more combinations. On behalf of…

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    Finding your coloring technique – Art Talk

    When I started being interested in art in general, it was kind of an unspoken rule to stick to only one technique within an artwork. Wether its aquarelle, pastel or acrylic. I can’t even remember where it did came from but it just seemed to be the classic rule of ancient artists way back when. So I started of as one influenced by the classic artists. If i used aquarelle, I only used aquarelle, trying to achieve certain looks. But I was never really happy with the result. When I tried acrylics, I started missing the lightness that aquarelle had. When I painted with colored pencils, I missed the opaqueness…

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    Coloring „The last unicorn“ – Weekly update

    This week, I started coloring my previous sketch. The process is going slow and by Sunday I had half of the illustration colored. Hopefully I can finish the illustration this week. I feel like coloring is the hardest part of illustrating because I am super careful with this step. I very happy how the red bull turned out, also Kind Haggard. But Mammy Fortuna is giving me a hard time. I love the color palette but I also think she definitely needs more contrast. I hope the overall coloration will work out the way I want it to be. This is probably the hardest part. I maybe even put a…

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    The Last Unicorn Artwork – Weekly Update

    Last week, I made a Characterdesign of Schmedrick the magician from the Novel „The Last Unicorn“ by Peter S.Beagle. This week, I wanted to create a complete Artwork of all the main characters in the Novel. The reason was my eldest daughter, she wanted to know what the others looked like, because I am currently reading this book to her. So I thought a collage of all of them would be cool. I was able to document the whole progress of sketching and drawing the final lines on my IGTV Channel. If you’d like to watch the progress, feel free to watch it on my instagram. (monia.baillieu) The highlights of…

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    Weekly update – Last Prompt

    The last prompt of the #springawakeningmonth is finished. It is the last scene of the book „The secret Garden“ by Francis H. Burnett. Colin, Mary and Dickon are chasing each other in a race through the garden with Colin winning and almost landing in his Fathers arms. It is a beautiful scene in the book. (and Movie) It has been such fun to draw and paint these series for the secret garden. The proudest moment was when my eldest daughter recognized the paintings and said:“Mom, it’s Mary!“ I was reading the book to her in the last month, so she knew the book and the characters. Other than that my…

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    Weekly update – celebration

    This weeks prompt for #springawakeningmonth is celebration. As you know, I do the prompts with the book „the secret garden“ by Francis H. Burnett in mind.My celebration picture is not as intense as the word might give away. I drew Mary finding the key to the secret garden. It was a magical moment in the book and a true celebration in itself. Because this was the turning point in Marys life in Mistelthwaite. The illustration is painted with acrylic paint and polychromo colored pencil on paper. Other than that my week has been quite busy as ever. I am still taking care of my significant other and our two little…

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    Weekly Update – Spring is near

    What a week it has been. I have been a busy bee and I am happy to announce that I managed to finish the first prompt for the #springawakeningmonth on instagram. If you want to check it out click right here. I am drawing the spring themed prompts with the book „the secret garden“ from Frances H. Burnett in mind. Moorigan hasn’t been worked on this week and it does make me sad. So I hope I can work on her next week as well as finishing the next prompt.I have already finished the sketch and it is ready to be colored. My novel hasn’t been worked on as well.…

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    Weekly update

    This week was already not very productive and I was hopeful to start monday fresh and with more energy only to realize half week in, that it wasn’t gonna happen. Each little time I had was mostly spent with life as a mom. But I managed to finish my Nirvana illustration and I am very pleased with the result and that it is painted with acrylics and colored pencils on paper. (I rarely paint with bright colors – That’s why I am so proud 🙂 ) During march of 2021 I will be joining the #springawakeningmonth on instagram. Each week there is a prompt to illustrate for. I really want…

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