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Brittany Jackson
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
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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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2016- Dreams by BeaGifted
2016- Dreams
Original Post- wp.me/p5lGGb-pJ

Hey Guys, Bea here! And a Happy New Year to you all!

This post will be dedicated mostly to my plans for 2016 and how I'll be running my blog going forward, but before that, I'd just like to take a a brief moment to reflect on the past year, and how it's changed me, as an artist :)

Prior to January 1st 2015, I was really struggling as an artist, just trying to find the right inspiration to get off the ground. Most of my time was spent working my day jobs, greatly dividing my attention. So, my art suffered, simply because I couldn't find the time to invest in my ideas and the betterment of my skills.

But something clicked on that day, Jan 1st 2015, and I decided I'd stop making excuses for myself and just go for it. And to keep me motivated, I started this blog to not only share my work with the world and those who care to see it, but to document my process. From the start, I knew that this was going to be a challenge, because of how easy it is to start something and not finish it, and how tempting it is to give up when things get hard, and believe me, I had my moments lol. But looking back on that day, and at how much I accomplished by the end of 2015, by simply simply sticking with it, I would have never guessed that it would take me so far, as an artist, and as a person, or that it would bring me one step closer to my dreams...

That said, I have arts to share!

Despite all the hardships 2015 brought, it did not come without its rewards, and turned out to be a year of many firsts for me!

  • I went from producing maybe 3-5 pieces of art per year, to the over 50+ Illustrations and Sketches that make up my portfolio, as of today.
  • From those pieces, I created my first portfolio book, which also turns out to be my first full portfolio of new and original work since I left college over 5 years ago.
  •  I flew out to San Diego and experienced SDCC for the first time, and had the opportunity to sit down with major companies, like Blizzard, and Nickelodeon, among others, and received my first set of portfolio reviews, outside of school.
  • And, as of Nov 22nd, I decided to stop working my day job, and be a full-time artist-- which is the news I've been waiting for the right time to share.

So, November 23, 2015 was the day I began working as a full-time artist. Ironically, this did not happen by me quitting. Instead, the company I was working for simply decided to close the division I was working in, and though they offered me a position working elsewhere, I figured instead that I would take this opportunity to give my dreams a try instead.

I had considered leaving on my own many a times, but this was a company that I had been with for almost 8 years. I knew the work, I did it well, I had been promoted, and I didn't want to leave, for fear that if I did, I'd have to start back at square one... so I stayed. But when they told me they were closing out, It was like a door had opened just as that one was closing, urging me to...take the next step. To go for it, even harder.

Since then, I've had a lot of time to think about how I'm going to spend the extra time I have-- and how this is all going to work out. To be honest, it's a bit scary to think about. But like many of my friends, and people who I've met who reached the same fork in the road and made the same choice, I'm confident that if I play my cards right, and put in the work,  I'll experience success like they have.

This brings me to the main topic of this post-- My blog and my plans for 2016.

Posting Schedule:

After giving it much thought, I've decided to just scrap the Monday Evening Posts entirely, and for good reason. As much as I like the idea of having a regiment, I've found that in trying to stick with it, I'm more concerned with showing work for the sake of keeping time, than taking time to put more quality into my work, and the posts themselves. Instead, I think it's best I post casually, when I have something to share, especially since it allows me to put more soul into my work, and my writing.

Goals and Expectations:

If I may, I'd like you take a moment to talk about the art shared in this post. I started this illustration back when I decided to let my job go, in November, and it began with me drawing myself in a wedding dress, holding my sketchbook, and art supplies as part of my bouquet. When my friends asked what it meant,  I simply told them, I love art, that I'm married to it,  and committed to my dream of being a "successful" full-time artist, so that someday, I will be able to tackle the ideas, stories and concepts that I've been stockpiling for years, to share them and be recognized in the big world of art.

Of course, like the girl in the constellations, Estelle reminds me that my dreams are like stars- some farther off, but all are within sight, and some even branch off into others. Though touching the stars of your dreams may seem impossible at times, the goal is to aim high anyways, and see where it takes you. I've learned that chances are, you just might hit your mark :)

The mark for this year? I want to focus on creating art that is driven more by narrative. Most of 2015, my work consisted of character designs.  Instead, I want to strengthen my ability to tell a story, and Illustrate. In addition, to keep my focus where it needs to be, I will be less concerned about how polished these illustrations are-- and more about how well I communicate my ideas, so you can expect that most of my personal works will be either sketches, rough concepts or speed paintings. I'll also be experimenting with various different mediums, like watercolor, pen and Ink.

So that's what the art shared today is all about. Experimenting with different art mediums, my sketchbook spilling it's pages of rough concepts, my ideas finding new life, and my dreams my goals-- which embody and all the things I hope to share with you this year!

This post has gone on long enough though!  Thank you for reading, I really hope you all had an awesome New Year celebration,  and here's to 2016! *Cheers*

As always, till next time, Enjoy!

Touch the Stars by BeaGifted The Constellation Girl by BeaGifted 

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Ice and Snow by BeaGifted
Ice and Snow

If only he knew, that a frozen heart is incapable of love...


Original post:  beagifted.com/2015/12/16/ice-a…

Hey guys, Bea here! And I come bearing arts to share! And this one is all about love and winter :P

To tell you a bit about the characters, the lovely lady is Purest Ice and her handsome companion is Blackest Snow

To her, nothing is more beautiful than a world frozen in snow and ice. If only her reign could last forever, she'd make the whole world her very own winter wonderland. He, on the other hand is enchanted by the beauty of winter, and gave his heart, unaware that in doing so, it would turn cold.

This illustration, like many I've done, was made for Gaiaonline.com for the December Monthly Collectible for 2015, to compliment the collection of items I created :).

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Bea-BlackCat by BeaGifted
Bea-BlackCat
Hey guys! One of several inktober sketches i'm only just now getting around to sharing--
From the original post- wp.me/p5lGGb-kP

As some of you may know, it wasn't an official costume, but I did my hair to make it look like I had kitty ears, wore dark eyeliner and lipstick, painted my nails, wore extra jewelry and went out in a gray dress and boots with mah pea coat!  An unofficial costume that turned out well, if I do say so myself :)

I have to be honest though-- this is not my exact likeness. Like the other Inktober sketch, it's small so my pen doesn't allow me to get all the detail I wanted. More or less, it looks like a cartoon version of me.

More arts to be added soon :)

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Character Design Sketch- The Cen by BeaGifted
Character Design Sketch- The Cen
Original Post- beagifted.com/2015/10/27/chara…

A little bit about the Cen, they are an amphibious/merfolk– Humanoid with thin fins which allow it to swim easier, and a skin similar to a trout or bass. They are also about 5ft tall

Seth was very good about describing how he wanted the Cen to look, down to every feature of his face, which is a plus because it makes designing a character so much easier!

Unlike all the other characters that were sketched out– The Cen is the only one that’s nude– and that’s only because he is an aquatic creature and clothes aren’t really practical.

As before, here’s a little animation showing the process, though his is shorter due to lack of clothes :)

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Character Design Sketch- The Lithik by BeaGifted
Character Design Sketch- The Lithik
Original Post- beagifted.com/2015/10/26/monda…

sketchosSpread by BeaGifted

So all of These character sketches/designs are finally complete! In fact, I finished them about a week ago, and intended it for an earlier post, but I was so busy running around I barely spent any solid time at home. Now that things have settled down, I’m able to share– but instead of revealing all the characters at once, I’ll focus on one a day– Starting with The Lithik!


Just as a reminder, all of these characters were requested by, and are the property of Seth Chiasson and were designed according to his specifications for his own use.

That said, the Lithik, as Seth explained is a race of giants that are about 9 feet tall, fair toned, and human-like in appearance. I was given some creative freedom, in that he allowed me to choose which sex the character design would be in. Since the majority of them are male, I went with female.

Also, Seth wanted the character designs to focus more on the shape and form of their bodies,so his request was that clothing was to be minimal or at the very least, form fitting. Nothing to big or bulky to the point of being a distraction,thus her simplistic design was born!

Since I kept Seth informed at all the stages of development in designing each character– I decided to take those and make little animations of the process to share with you guys!

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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:iconrubcheeksplz: Thank you so much for adding me to your watch! :squee: It really brings a smile to my face which is more than I could've asked for. :D I hope that I can continue to impress with my future pieces! :heart:
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love: Thank you for the favorites, it really means ever so much to me that you enjoy my artwork! I invite you to add me to your watch so that you can see all the future beaded and stitched pieces I have planned! :blowkiss: Just think of the sparkles... :squee:
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Furedo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Great pieces!
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Penstray Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for the :+devwatch: Bea, your vote of confidence means a lot to me :hug: Looking forward to more of your works and also to get inspired and motivated myself to work towards my dream. So thank you especially for being such an inspiration.
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anicentprophecies Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just found out you today :D your gallery is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I love your artstyle, makes me smile when I check out any one of your drawings. Keep up like this, I bet you'll become an incredible artist! :D
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Mdmzll91 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice gallery !!!!
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Blcknight285 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm inspired by all your artwork, espically your skecthes! Thank you for sharing your talent with the art community.
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NivvyArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful art! I hope to paint like you some day :aww:
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Ou-ren Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch! 

You're so talented! I love your stuff :D
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for watching me! I really appreciate that :)
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