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Brittany Jackson
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
You know that weird person that tends to stand around and stare into space? That's me! But I’m not just staring into nowhere– My thoughts are a wonderland, full of ideas, stories, and things that inspire me. I am an illustrator, after all. It’s my job to dream, and imagine and bring ideas to life, mine and those of others. I hope you enjoy my work!

Personal Quote: A sketch is a living thing. It has a start as fine as a point, and a pulse that carries it through the course of its life. What’s left behind when the line goes flat is up to you :)
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Art Hack- Portfolio Preview by BeaGifted
Art Hack- Portfolio Preview
I decided to show a little preview for my portfolio book, which is allllmost done and will be in print on Monday, and uploaded for your viewing pleasure. (I wont be selling the book, just printing a few copies to take to comic-con with me for portfolio reviews)

So, here is the back cover of that project (will change possitioning of words and stuff later, dont feel like it yet lol).

Since time is limited and I wanted enough pieces to fill my portfolio out to show my range of skill, I ended up digging into old works– aka, art that I did about 5 years ago. But instead of using them as they were, I hacked my work, combining two to three separate illustrations that I’ve done, into one, that I render into a clean piece.

In this case, I combined

Touch the Stars by BeaGifted 
SpeedPainting-Dream by BeaGifted 
Underground Library by BeaGifted 

ve had a lot of fun doing this sort of hack, because It’s allowed me to breath life into old ideas and make the better in ways.  I have two other works in my portfolio that are similar to this, which I’m excited to show when I’m done


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Hair Like Mine- SpeedPaints by BeaGifted
Hair Like Mine- SpeedPaints
Introducing-- Portrait speed paints of some of the kids from Hair Like Mine, a children's book I illustrated for LaTashia Perry. To tell you a bit about the book, it's about a little girl with big curly hair, in search of people with hair like hers-- instead she realizes that everyone is unique in their own way :D The book is in the process of being published!
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DiamondDancer by BeaGifted
DiamondDancer
Illustration for June  2015's Monthly Collectable-- featuring an assassin with one goal in mind-- to claim the throne from the selfish Platinum Prince
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Quite often I'll find myself scouring the net in search of art. In fact, I spend almost as much time looking at other people's artwork as I do making my own. So today, I'll sharing with you five artists along with three of their works that I adore! Also, feel free to click their names to be directed to their individual websites.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the Feature :D

Medders- I usually look for artists whose work inspires, and motivates me, and each of them do so in their own distinct ways. What I love most about Medder's style  is the loose, sketchiness of his paintings. It's my belief that a sketch is the soul of your work, and often times has more character than the final piece does. In his own way, from what I can see, Medder's has a style that maintains the essence of his sketch, which I believe enhances the beauty of his work.
Portrait by medders

Masq by medders

Birds by medders

 

GDBee- Not only does she have a very charming style, but GDbee Is amazing when it comes to composing colors--My favorite of hers being the 2nd one, of the beautiful young girl with Vitiligo. Overall, I can't felt but feel uplifted and joy, upon seeing the vivid colors at play in GDbee's work!
Shaman by GDBee

Thank You! by GDBee

Neon by GDBee

Yoann-Lossel- Words cannot describe just how enchanted I am by Yoann's art. That ghostly dark image with shimmering hints of gold just gives me chills. Even with such a simple color pallet he brings everything together so well. What I wouldn't do to see his work in person. I would just get lost in it for hours!
The Golden Age by Yoann-Lossel

The Flowers of Evil by Yoann-Lossel

La Morrigan - Deluxe Edition by Yoann-Lossel


Saimain- I met Saimain through a challenge I was hosting from my Journal on Deviant Art. She won, and got a free sketch out of my 30 day challenge, and I drew one of her characters. What's so cool about her is that she has all these stories, that she creates art for. She's such a creative individual, a wonderful storyteller, and I can't help but admire just how driven she is, so to support her, I recently became one of her Patreons on Patreon.com.
Octavia by Saimain

Wake Up by Saimain

Into Light by Saimain


Skirtzzz- Has a way of drawing that is whimsical and sexy, and I love every bit of it! Not to mention her line quality is beautiful, and not only does she draw-- but she does amaaaazing cosplay. I saw her Princess Peach cosplay a long time ago, and later ran into her work on Deviantart, and was like "Why am I not following this woman >_<!" So glad I found her work again so I can stalk her, lol! I also became her Patreon recently as well, as I want to support the artists I admire.
Jinx x Katarina by Skirtzzz

Mother of the Northern West by Skirtzzz

Fantasy Princess Peach Toadstool by Skirtzzz


Honorable Mentions

I really really really...Really REALLY wanted to show Little Bird, an illustrated poem by Moosekleenex- however it was too large to feature in this format. So, as an honorable mention, I encourage you to check it out, and experience the epic feels!


 Since this is a post about features, I'd also like to introduce what I will now refer to as my

A-Team

And noooo I dont mean the show, so I wont be running around rocking a fro-hawk with gold chains dripping down my neck. To be honest I would have said B Team, but....I like A, so,  it is what it is. I regret nothing!

So what is the A Team? Well often times you'll hear me mention Justin or Zygona on my blog. Just like me, they are both aspiring artists, we all went to school together, and Justin has literally become my right hand man, and Zygona my right hand woman... which just puts me on the left, I guess >_<. Anywho! These two individuals not only review and often critique my work, but they challenge me, and have agreed to be the trampolines I bounce my ideas off of. They are such a huge part of everything I do, even down to some of the topics that land here on this blog . So, coming soon will be descriptions of them that will be joining mines on my About page, with links to their blogs, for your viewing pleasure!

Hope you enjoyed the Feature, and likewise found new artists to follow-- till next time, Enjoy!

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Originally from my blog's Monday Evening Post

What is it Like to be an Artist?

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This was a question that came up earlier in the week when Justin and I went to the gym to check out a membership and ran into someone he knows. As It turned out, this simple question lead to a rather broad discussion about what it means to us, why we do it, what our goals are, and the reality of those goals– annnd it seemed like a great conversation to bring here.

I can’t speak for every artist- so most of what I say comes from my own experience and the experiences of others I know personally, but I’m fairly certain that artists may find some commonality here as I address each question. So, lets get started!

1. So when did you start drawing?

Every artist has an origin story, but….I’ve always been kinda weirded out by this question. Sure I can say, since forever, but it doesn’t probe any deeper than that. The better question is– What was the spark that started you off because it brings you back to a point and time in your life when everything kinda…changed. The answer that follows is much richer and truer to how an artist got started. It could have been their love and admiration for something that inspired them, be it games, anime, comics, movies, fashion, books, or even a particular franchise. Maybe it runs in the family and the artist was next in line to pick it up. For others it may be a form of self expression, their voice in the world…or even a quiet escape from hurt and pain… Whatever their spark, much like a signature, you can almost always see a hint of it, in their work.

2. So why do you do it?

If the answer is– because I love to, it’s what I’m passionate about– a common question/statement that follows in my experience and in some of my friends experience is– “The Starving artist– all about the passion and not about the money”
Lets be real– Money is important– it puts a roof over our heads and food on the table. As much as we love to draw, we also have to make a living, and what better way to do it, than by doing something you love. Justin said it better though- “The term starving artist is kind of outdated. Although it’s a different and pretty difficult road to take, it’s very possible to make a good living as an artist. There are a lot of artists who made a lot of money throughout history. But the mainstream culture likes to romanticize the idea of artists sacrificing everything for the passion. The reality is much different than that. It’s similar to musicians and athletes except it’s a career that can last. I mean your not going to make millions off a single deal , in most cases, but you can make a good living off what you dreamed of when you were a kid, and when drawing was just a fun hobby.”

3. This isn’t a question I’ve run into, but I think it deserved a spot on this list- “Were your family/friends supportive of your dreams?”

The answers for this one can go annnny which way, to be honest, but it brings us back to the concept of the starving artist. Because being an artist has this stigma, and because it’s not a profession you go into to become rich, a lot of times, an artist finds themselves without support, or being steered in the direction of careers that are more “promising”. Friends’ I’ve found to be the most supportive, because they’re with you no matter what you choose to do with your life. Parents, on the other hand, have more concern for your well-being in the long term because they want you to succeed and be prosperous– while their hearts are in the right place, an unsupportive parent or authoritative figure can easily crush a dream by shooting it down, because of the stigma. I personally have had a lot of support, but in a weird way, some of my friends have been a problem in the past because they see what I do as more of a hobby, aka, something I do for fun that doesn’t require a lot of effort. The problem with this is, they end up holding me back, because they don’t see what I do as being important. What it comes down to is, the people in your life need to understand your passion. They need to understand what it means to you, especially if it’s more than just a hobby, but also a means by which you earn a living, and in doing so they can choose to either respect it, support it, or get out the way. Sounds a bit aggressive, lol, but that’s how much it means to some of us.

4. So what are your goals?

Hey, I wanna be the next Norman Rockwell! Go big or go home right! Right? Ever heard the term “You see the glory but don’t know the story?” I’m guilty of fantasizing, and I’m confident enough to say that most of us are, lol! But the reality is, we can’t all be superstars. Does that make this a hopeless cause? Not in the least.
We had this thing at the college I attended, where at the end of the year we’d have portfolio reviews. You’d bring in all your best work for the year and be privately critiqued and graded on your progress by the lead instructors of your major. The last time I was critiqued, which was years ago, I was given a high score and told that I have a lot of potential. But then the instructor took me aside and quietly said “There are a lot of artists out there, who have just as much potential– and who can do what you do, and better. But that’s not what you want to think about. Instead, focus on what makes YOUR art special. What can you bring to the market, that makes you stand out?
I had an idea– but finding out what it was truly was, and honing it, that was the goal, because it doesn’t matter as much what type of style you choose to work in, or how refined your skill, what matters most is what makes you stand out.

5. lastly, what sort of art do you do, what goes into making it, and what do you hope to receive from it?

Okay, lol I’m going to get all artsy fartsy and say something cool, because I want to, and be all poetic about it n stuff! Ready? Here goes!
When you look at a person’s work, like a coin, there’s two sides. There’s one you see, and one not so much. Most people see the head– aka, the end result, the pretty picture on the wall in all it’s glamor! Unless that’s just not the artists style, but you get the idea. The other side of the coin, the tail, is the labor…the long hours, and often sleepless nights, money spent, and mounting frustrations of problems that had to be overcome… in addition to a combination of thought, and emotion, aka, blood, sweat and tears. So to answer the question, an artists work can take many forms, be it illustration, animation, ect, but at it’s core, an artists work is the fruit of their passions, and inspirations, whatever they may be, and the fruit of their labor.
A lot goes into an artist’s work, before they bring it center stage, and it doesn’t always come easy, even if it looks like it does. Likewise, for all the effort we put forth, to express our ideas, having our work be seen, acknowledged, appreciated and/or supported means a lot, and that’s what we hope to receive.

Again, with all that I’ve said, I don’t speak for everyone; this is simply a reflection of my own experiences and observations and talks I’ve had with fellow artists. In a addition though, reflecting on questions like these have given me a lot to think about, like my desire to support other artists, either through Patreon or Feature posts, and about finding ways that I can personally give back to the art community.

One step at a time though :) I haven’t decided on a solid schedule yet, but after giving this much thought, Thursday I will be my first attempt at a feature post, Where I’ve chosen five artists I wish to showcase on my blog. Not only do I intend to feature there work, but I hope to share in what way their art has influenced me, or inspired me, with the hopes that you too may be inspired by their works. In the meantime, if you have some advice, suggestions, send me a word!

Took me longer to write this post than I thought, but, I hope you got something from it– Till next time, Enjoy!

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I'am watching you :snowflake:
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Following you for inspiration. Lovely gallery.
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A wonderful B-Day to you !!!
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A birthday cake for you!!! Cake 
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Happy Birthday! :cake:
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Happy birthday! :D
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...happy birthday to you miss...=3
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happy b day!!!
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Happy BirFday Ms.Jackson...I am 4reeeeeals...!!! :)
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