Spotlight On:

Welcome Welcome to this week’s Spotlight On Art

Today we are talking with the wonderful illustrator Louise Boulter, of Louise Boulter Illustration.

  • How did you get started in illustrations?

When I think about it,  I was illustrating to text when I was at school, creating stories and illustrating them.  My first job was for a lovely lady who owns fashion label Brat and Suzie. She got me going by asking me to come up with some illustrations for her t-shirts.

That sounds like a lot of fun!

  • Has art been a lifelong passion of yours?

I grew up with my mum who was an artist and Studied fine art at Wimbledon school of art. So I grew up in that environment.  It felt unnatural and intimidating studying fine art, but drawing and illustrating has always been something I’ve done, like sitting down to a good book.

My mom is also an artist, and my illustrator, but I could never draw well enough to suit myself so I stuck with writing. I think it is always amazing when someone can draw and create like that!

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  • How do you want people to feel when they see what you’ve created?

 

Most of the time the work I produce is commissioned by a client.  So I want them to like it.  I do family portraits so I would like the client to feel I’ve captured the nature of their family in one way or another.

Understandable! You want to make sure you capture what they want…which would drive me crazy. In my opinion, that is probably much more difficult than creating what pops into your own head and then hoping people in general enjoy it!

 

  • What media do you prefer to draw/create in, and why?

I love drawing with a scratchy fountain pen and quink ink when its all scratchy and unpredictable.

I enjoy writing with a fountain pen as well, mostly because the ink flows in funny ways and the scratch is very ‘old world’ and satisfying. 

 

  • What is your creative space/working environment like?

A complete and utter mess.  I am currently surrounded by receipts for tax, scraps of paper, pens rolling around the desk top and as it stands 4 empty teacups.  I try and tidy it once a week.

I don’t believe in completely clean work spaces! I always feel like if the work area is clean (while you’re in a project anyway) that you are probably having issues with the job at hand. 

 

  • What is something new that you’ve either learned or noticed recently?

These wonderfull GIFs that have been floating around.  Ive seen so many beautiful moving images recently.

I love those! 

 

  • What illustration related projects would you love to be able to do in the future?

A childrens book.  I am currently going though a process with a writer.

Wonderful! Children’s books are so much fun!

  • What inspires you?

People and nature.  I find I don’t really need to walk far at all until I see someone interesting.  The sensations of walking by the sea or in a forest or clifftops is almost like my fuel to keep me inspired and happy.

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Nature is so amazing, ever changing and ever solid. I find a lot of inspiration there as well. 

Thank you Louise for joining us today! It has been a lot of fun getting to know you and I look forward to seeing that children’s book soon.

You can find Louise Boulter at:

http://www.louiseboulter.co.uk/

and on Twitter: @123lop

Remember, if you, or someone you know, would like to be featured on a Tuesday Spotlight or on an Author Interview Friday please leave me a comment letting me know!

As always, I look forward to hearing from you so start up a conversation in the comment section and I’ll hop on in! Until we meet again, may your week be full of blessings and inspiration!

Spotlight On…Maggie Stiefvater

Welcome to another semi-new and hopefully weekly post for Here There Be Dragons…The Spotlight On Art segment is meant to do the same for illustrators, musicians, and artists as my Author Interview Fridays do for us writers. However, I don’t have as many artist connections and, as such, have had the Tuesday Interviews kind of fall by the wayside. Therefore…I am going to start spotlighting a mixture of the famed, infamous, unknown, etc etc etc in the rest of the art world.

This week the spotlight lands on Young Adult author Maggie Stiefvater. Many of you may know her as the author of such books as The Raven Cycle Series and The Shiver Trilogy, among others. However, were you aware that Maggie is also an accomplished musician and artist?

WELL SHE IS! I just finished listening to The Raven Boys on audio book this past week. At the end of the final chapter a haunting Celtic melody flows behind and between the last words, tugging at the sleeping bits of your brain and prodding at your creative heart until the final notes die away and you think…”WAIT WHAT?? THAT’S IT?? NO NO NO…WHERE’S THE REST? WHAT HAPPENS? ACK!” (Or I did anyway). Turns out…that would  a Maggie Stiefvater song. Check out the making of video HERE, or just look at her YouTube Channel and plotz because she’s bloody well amazing. There are videos of drawing, music making, talking, and many other wonderful things I can’t begin to describe well enough for you (Like the video below!).

This woman draws, writes novels and music, plays several instruments, works on her own vehicles, and is just the kind of super cool that makes you a little bit afraid, a lot in awe, and even more a fan. Kudos to you Maggie Stiefvater…I wish to be like you when I grow up.

Here are a couple of other places you can find her snazzy wit and great work:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mstiefvater

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaggieStiefvaterAuthorPage/?fref=ts

Blog: http://maggiestiefvater.com/blog/the-future-belongs-to-those-who-read/

Website: http://maggiestiefvater.com/

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/maggie_stiefvater/tracks

If you have a favorite artistic type person you’d love to see featured, or if you or someone you know would make a good time dancing in the spotlight…LET ME KNOW!

Until next time…have a Blessed and Artsy inspiring week!

Artistic Tuesday – Christina Fehring

Welcome to Artistic Tuesdays! Today’s guest hails from Germany, where she has been a lifelong lover of art. Beginning her career with her maiden name, “Böhnke”, Christina Fehring hasn’t let marriage and a child slow down her artwork. In fact, she uses her life to inspire even more! IMG_20150908_184208

Let’s see what she has to say:

1) How did you get started in illustrations?

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember but I put more effort in it
since my art and german studies at Paderborn University in Germany.

2) Has art been a lifelong passion of yours?

Definitely. Since I can hold a pencil actually!

3) How do you want people to feel when they see what you’ve created?

This depends. My art is either surreal, unusual, having the quality of a dream…or ‘happy’, such as funny or cute looking character design. Thus, want people either get a surreal feeling or simply put a smile on their face.

4) What media do you prefer to draw/create in, and why?

For traditional art I use graphite/coal, ink pens and brushes, watercolors and pastels, mostly of the german brand “Faber Castell”. For digital art I work with Adobe Photoshop.

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5) What is your creative space/working environment like?

I often work in the living room. Truth is, I like being surrounded by my family when being creative. I also like painting in the garden.

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I love to work outside in a garden setting. Such inspiration for many forms or creativity. 

6) What is something new that you’ve either learned or noticed recently?

I learned that it is sometimes more important to actually finish an illustration or painting than to generate more and more ideas without being able to carry out all the projects in my mind due to time limit.

That is a fine line to have to try to walk! I know a lot of artists and authors with scattered lines and remnants of ideas they’ve never finished but LOVED when they started.

7) Tell us about your two all-time favorite pictures: Please include 1 thing that you have drawn or created, and 1 someone else did.

My favourite work of myself is a portrait of my son because it makes me smile whenever I look at his charming ‘baby smile’.
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My favourite picture of another artist is ” La petite Irène” from the French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir because when I discovered this wonderful painting as a child on an art book it awakened my wish to become an artist myself. It gives me the most nostalgic feeling.
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8) What illustration related projects would you love to be able to do in the future?

I would love to Illustrate a children’s book.

I wonder if anyone reading this blog might need some help with a children’s book?? Her contact information is at the bottom of the post!

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9) What inspires you?

Nature and classical music.

10) Who is your favorite artist/illustrator? Why?

Pierre-Auguste Renoir because he draws like he has an angel in his heart and inspired me to become an artist.

11) Finally, tell us where to go to find you/who you illustrate for if you don’t have your own pages yet. (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Pinterest, Online Bookstores, Physical Stores, Etc. List them all for us please!)

Instagram: M_Christina_Art

Twitter: @_Chris_Ti_Na_

Website: www.art-is-life-gallery.jimdo.com (german)

Thank you Christina for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us!

Remember, if you are an artistic soul who would like to do an interview, just give me a shout!

Artistic Tuesdays – Illustrator Becky Tyree

Welcome to this week’s beautiful edition of Artistic Tuesday! My guest today is my own illustrator (and mother) Becky Tyree. A lover of lighthouses, Christmas, and crazy deep and detailed art, Becky is a seamstress, an artist, a teacher, and much much more! Let’s see what she has to say about her art!

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               Showing her sass!

  • How did you get started in illustrations?

I studied art with a mail order art class. I really enjoyed the lessons and found mixed media enthralling.

I remember that class, she was studying that when I was about 6 or 7. My bedroom wall got a gorgeous mural of a swan on a lake. When we moved I begged until she painted it on a canvas for me!

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Her older pictures are signed ‘Teeto’ (a family nickname) but her new artwork and illustrations are signed with her full name, “Becky Tyree.”

  • Has art been a lifelong passion of yours?

I really only began art sometime in my early twenties. My husband encouraged me a lot when I was learning.

  • How do you want people to feel when they see what you’ve created? I want them to make a connection with the work. If they don’t, it is not for them.

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  • What media do you prefer to draw/create in, and why?

I love pencil work, mixed media (for me that would be pencil, ink, and then watercolor, acrylic, or even colored pencil), and wet on wet oil.

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Karl the Koi

  • What is your creative space/working environment like?

Our residence is an old Church building. My art studio is on one side of the ‘stage’ and the other side is my sewing room. The auditorium is undergoing it’s transformation into our family room and my art gallery. We hope it will be finished this year, but…..you never know.

They have been working a little every day on the great room. With the original plain colored glass windows (they are not pictures, just gorgeous glass) mostly intact, the walls getting painted, and a few pews and chairs being fixed up and painted, the space will be a bright and beautiful place to display her artwork!

  • What is something new that you’ve either learned or noticed recently?

I am always picking up anything to help me with my artwork. Recently, my granddaughter has been teaching me how to listen to what she says and translate it into a picture.

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LITTLE MONSTER!!

She has been watching videos and scanning Pinterest etc. for new ideas on how to make the perfect illustrations. She invariably decides she likes her way better because she can’t figure out why people are making things so hard on themselves! I’m sure they would think the same about her methods..I hear artists are slightly tempermental about their works. Of course, the Monkey has been giving her direct instructions for Little Monster as to the color composition, items and their placements, and so on.

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite pictures: Please include 1 thing that you have drawn or created, and 1 someone else did.

Okay, Here I will first include my favorite picture…..Thomas Kincaid’s paintings that include lighthouses!

This is Thomas Kinkade’s “Courage” lighthouse. To see more fabulous works and get the stories behind them, check out the official site at: http://thomaskinkade.com/art-genre/lighthouses/

My favorite from my work….The wet on wet oil painting I did of a stream drifting though autumn tree’s and fields.

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She has a collection of lighthouses. Not just one or two here and there…the woman has a collection of over 100, maybe over 200 at this point, that includes miniatures, nick-knacks, paintings, blankets, coasters, table cloths, etc etc etc.

 

  • What illustration related projects would you love to be able to do in the future?

I am looking forward to drawing more dragons and fairy’s. I have the start of a wall mural going up to my daughters writing loft featuring one of her dragons. The mural is going to spread up both sides of the stairs right off the mentioned family room.

The dragon in question – pictured below – is Lavinia. Some of you have read the books and/or the short stories I post on here occasionally and are thinking “who is that?” Well, Lavinia hasn’t been in the books just yet. You see, she is a very special ‘keeper’ dragon, the Guardian of the Garden. Lavinia is posted to protect and observe a portal between Realta and Earth. This portal just so happens to reside inside the walls going up the stairs to my writer’s loft. And yes, we pat her nose and tell her hello or goodbye and goodnight every time.

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  • What inspires you?

Writers who are able to describe in such a way that I can see their story. It really encourages me to draw. God’s grace to have given me such a wonderful gift, and my loving family of writers. I am not a good writer, but I figure, hey, they aren’t the best illustrators either, but together we make a great team.

Go Team! She’s right you know, there’s a reason I’m not drawing my own stuff! Stick figures come out with weird bumps when I try to draw.

 

  • Who is your favorite artist/illustrator? Why?

Norman Rockwall With a simple picture he could tell a whole story. People connected to his work, and his work was realistic while at the same time interesting to us all.

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you/who you illustrate for if you don’t have your own pages yet:

So far I have kept my drawings in our family. I am finishing up the drawings for my granddaughter on her first Little Monster book; – Little Monster is set to go on preorder September 20th and release on October 1st. I did a teaser post with the illustrations recently. If you want to check that out, I’ve linked it for you HERE.

Then I will be working with Elizabeth S. Tyree and an animal wildlife preserve in Kansas to complete both a color book about the animals at the park there and a series of stories about animals in the park and their cousins in the wild. Ask Elizabeth Tyree about those details. – I have spoken a little about Leonard the Lemur and more details will be coming shortly. If you would like to know more about the park we’ve talked into being Leonard’s home, check out www.tanganyikawildlife.org

After that, and probably some during, I will complete a set of pictures for the Stone Dragon Saga’s updates, as I have agreed to draw those this year. For myself I will be painting four wet on wet nature scenes and fifteen different floral studies to place on our family room/gallery walls. For Dr. W. Jay Tyree, I will be drawing updates for his children’s books at the beginning of next year. After that ….who knows…someone else want some drawings????

The rose from Dr. Tyree's original version of Monsoon McKreel...which  didn't even have an eel in it!

The rose from Dr. Tyree’s original version of Monsoon McKreel…which didn’t even have an eel in it!

I will be setting up an illustrator’s profile for her sometime soon, once we have a site we agree on to host it.

Thank you for sharing with us today Becky! We look forward to seeing your work in the books, and updates on your gallery walls!

Remember, if you are an artist and would like to be interviewed for the blog just let me know! Have a great day everyone!

Artistic Tuesday Featuring Turtleberry

Hello everyone and thank you for joining us o the first ever Artistic Tuesday! This week I am featuring an #STQWRITERSCHAT twitter friend, The ever talented and vivacious “Turtleberry!” Let’s get started and see what she has to say.

1) What made you decide to pick up a camera and begin taking pictures?

I honestly can’t even remember. I have been taking pictures since fourth or fifth grade. I went to a summer program that taught us techniques and how to develop film.

2) What is your favorite type of subject?

I love taking pictures of nature. I also like taking photos of people when they aren’t posing for pictures. Posing seems cheesy to me. I went through a period of being obsessed with taking pictures of the sky.

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3) What kind of camera/gear do you use…and could you explain a little about it for us please?

I use a Nikon D5100. I honestly don’t know a lot about my camera except it is a DSLR. I also like to take pictures with my cell phone.

I don’t know how you do what you do with a cell phone…I can’t make pictures like that on my little digital camera, much less the phone! (Not for lack of trying though, honestly.)

4) When you travel, what equipment do you take with you?

I take my camera and two lenses with me.

5) Is there a piece of your gear that you wish you hadn’t purchased, or that you just never really use?

Nope. I don’t have much. Stuff is expensive. I have to pine for it for a while before I invest.

6) Among your works, which is your favorite, and why?

Oh. Well. I have a picture of a snow-covered tree that I absolutely love for reasons I can only explain as it is very pretty. I also loved working on the More Than Words Project (www.facebook.com/MoreThanWordsProject). Taking fun pictures of my friends was awesome.
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7) Whose work has most influenced your own?

I love photography. I haven’t really studied other photographer’s work much. I love Gordon Parks and Annie Lebowitz. Most times I pay more attention to the image rather than who took it.

8) What advice would you give to budding photographers?

Keep snapping pictures. Also, try out different editing software. Practice is key. I sometimes take three hundred pictures to get ten that I love. Other times I get it right on the first shot.

it seems as though the same basic advice can span over pretty much any profession or hobby. You want to do it? get started and keep going. You want to learn? Practice…Great advice we often forget while searching for the ‘magic’ key to everything clicking into place. 

9) You are also an author, among several other things. Would you care to give us a little insight into that portion of your world and how it interacts with your photography?

It is all about creativity and having creative outlets. I see pictures as stories. I see stories as a series of pictures. Both forms are extensions of who my creative being is.
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10) Finally: Where can we find your work? 

Twitter: @turtleberry @TurtleberryPRS
SnapChat: msturtleberry
Thank you Ms. Turtleberry, for taking time out of your creatively busy schedule to answer these questions for us! You photographs are gorgeous and I love that you don’t weigh yourself down with things the most ‘on trend’ equipment or staying inside your own ‘box’ (lane? Whatever!)
If you enjoyed this, leave a little love for Turtleberry in the comment section! Don’t forget to go check her other pages, photographs, and projects out. She’s everywhere..
If you think you might like your own feature on Artistic Tuesdays, drop me a comment and let me know what it is you do! We’ll probably be able to find somewhere to put your interview…like maybe even featured on a Tuesday! (imagine that..hmmm,)
 Keep that head up, you don’t often find inspiration while staring at your toes. Until next time, I hope you all have a fantastic week!