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Old 1st October 2010, 08:58 PM   #106 (permalink)
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Re: Jen wants to paint fantastical things!

Bahaha I'd forgotten about some of those self portraits.

Been very busy this past week, so very little forum lurkage.

Here's a commission I'm currently working on:



Yes. Someone caught on to the fact I like painting belly dancers and wanted one Hrrrn.
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Old 1st October 2010, 09:02 PM   #107 (permalink)
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Re: Jen wants to paint fantastical things!

Good to see your efforts are not going to waist....



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Old 1st October 2010, 09:56 PM   #108 (permalink)
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Very nice, Jen! And congrats on the commission!

And Ursa, groan!!
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Old 2nd October 2010, 12:06 AM   #109 (permalink)
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Where does he come up with all these puns

And yes congrats on the commission and another great belly dancer!
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Old 25th October 2010, 06:08 PM   #110 (permalink)
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Fantastic stuff. I like the combination of seriousness and caricature in your pictures, especially the two thieves. The tone does indeed seem right for Pratchett.

Someone once emailed me to ask if a character I'd written was based on a dancer called Rachel Brice. I'd never heard of her before, but your pictures remind me of her.
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Old 20th May 2011, 12:12 PM   #111 (permalink)
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Re: Jen wants to paint fantastical things!

*hops in*
Hello!

Oh yes, Rachel Brice is where it's at. She is the most gorgeous of tribal fusion dancers. I suggest everyone just youtube her immediately. Her costumes are to die for. As an illustrator, it's pretty much like watching porn.

Whew! I've been super busy these past few months. Lots and lots has happened (and am about to move house soon). I've been commissioned by people to paint various stuff, like the Japanese lady!



She's originally A3 in size and done all with watercolour and inklines. Up until this commission I'd been a bit allergic to black inklines after getting spanked for using them at Uni. But have fallen in love with them again now.

Also done some portraits. Here's a burlesque lady in her favourite gown and wig:


(All watercolour. Original was A3 size as well)

Oh yes, and the most terrifying job I've had to date. An larger than A2 size painting (so basically a poster size). All watercolour. I had never been asked to paint that large before, so I didn't even have a painting-board large enough to tape it to. In the end I had to tape it straight onto my drawing board.
When you go this big, you really, really don't want to screw up.



Oh yeah, and I've just come home from the BristolExpo (Comic convention in Bristol). Has anyone been there before? It's a lovely atmosphere in the small-press venue. If you're into comics, I highly recommend it. I had an exhibitors table for the very first time together with my writer Corey (who also was a table-virgin)



Actually selling your stuff is very scary at first because you see the instant reaction of people looking at the art in front of you. But I loved it so much I'm definitely going to more conventions to exhibit. I'll make sure to post the con's on the forum here. The UK is really waking up to the comic-cons now. We've got tons of little ones scattered around the country!

And finally, I've managed to get some of my prints into an actual shop in Bath (after a lot of legwork with a portfolio). This is one of them:

Steampunk Lady:


Hope you're all well!
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Old 20th May 2011, 01:18 PM   #112 (permalink)
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wow - excellent!
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Old 20th May 2011, 02:07 PM   #113 (permalink)
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I should pay more attention to events happening in Bristol. I only ever find out about them after they've happened when people talk about them on here :-)
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Old 20th May 2011, 02:14 PM   #114 (permalink)
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Oh yeah, and I've just come home from the BristolExpo (Comic convention in Bristol). Has anyone been there before? It's a lovely atmosphere in the small-press venue. If you're into comics, I highly recommend it. I had an exhibitors table for the very first time together with my writer Corey (who also was a table-virgin)
Indeedy! I've been twice and had tables both times. Couldn't make it this time, but my friend was there selling his comics... Not sure if you'd have seen him Jen. Wayne Hughes is his name and his comic's called 'Sabre.' He would've been sharing a table with a guy who does some sort of panda comic (possibly)... that I can't remember the name of.

edit: it's called Pwanda, and the artist is Huy Truong. Not sure if he was there, but Wayne definitely was!

Awesome pictures too, by the way.
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Old 20th May 2011, 03:50 PM   #115 (permalink)
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Indeed Gen, Awesome pictures!! Glad to hear things are going so well. I love your picture at the table. It ought to be in a dictionary describing the word "happy."
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Old 20th May 2011, 10:53 PM   #116 (permalink)
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Beautiful artwork JenJen
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Old 21st May 2011, 08:09 AM   #117 (permalink)
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The Birdie on the Steampunker's shoulder is a nice touch.
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Old 21st May 2011, 01:59 PM   #118 (permalink)
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Those are all very cool. I have seen Rachel Brice on youtube now, and yes, she makes for interesting viewing.

Are you going to the MCM Expo at Excel next week, by the way? It's a big comics do. I have been given a place on the steampunk table, and from what I gather it should be pretty good fun.
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Old 21st May 2011, 05:20 PM   #119 (permalink)
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Re: Jen wants to paint fantastical things!

I can't decide which I like more, the Japanese woman, or the steampunk one.

Although steampunk woman has made me want to write a film script with her in it. She looks brilliant. Especially liking all the tea-relatedness!

You have an amazing eye for the detail!
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Old 21st May 2011, 05:30 PM   #120 (permalink)
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I love the Japanese one, so much movement going on in there!
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