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Princess2nbI wanted to do more book covers, and challenge myself. The  main part of the challenge was to do a book cover from only from creative common images. And everything is in fact from creative common images.  I also wanted to have a good cache of book covers to sell this summer. I also wanted to practice on making original covers.  Also, I really wanted to use the model, because it’s very rare to find affordable stock images with people of color.



Emerald & Diamond Tiara by Ed Uthman

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Desert-SandsSo this piece was very much inspired by the model. I have been doing simple pieces lately to get back into the swing of doing art, and then I saw this stock art and just knew that I had to use it. I really didn’t have problems other than getting the blending just right. I also used the noise reduction technique to give it that digital painting feel. All in all, I’m pretty proud of what I’ve done with this piece.


STORMY by jl-modelstock

Desert 3 by B-SquaredStock

The Desert by LostSoulsArt

Desert by orangeapple29


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Dream A Little Dream So I’m sorry about the mini hiatus. Life has been crazy lately, and then my attention was taken up by the new blog I have called WTF The Mortal Instruments. It’s a relativity new a thing, and new blogs always take a lot of TLC to start up.   Then the add that all my motivation just dried up, and I had to push myself to complete this piece here. So anyway back to the piece itself, However, I’m back with a new technique, which is a faux digital painting style. I been meaning to ask how other artist achieved the effect, because I just love the end results. I found a video tutorial that taught me how to do it.


Window Tube by frozenstocks

Beds PACK 1 by BrokenFeline-Stock

Woods premade BG II by StarsColdNight

curtain Brushes 2by farmerstochter

Empty Room by hellonlegs

Dreaming Wide Awake II by Eirian-stock

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Poseidon's -BrideThis piece took forever to finish and to get things just right. I found myself just tweaking and retweaking everything until I finally had to just make self get up and leave my computer.  I actually really like the blur and the almost ethereal feeling it gets the best. Also the model was perfect. :)


Greek Goddess 9 by Lisajen-stock

Ensenada’s Pacific Ocean View by rifka1


Wikipedia Creative Commons Images

Flickr Creative Commons Images




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“I’m not good enough, and I’ll never will be,” are the words that have gone through every artist’s brain at least once in their life. And if someone says they haven’t, they are lying liars that lies.  I think sometimes when we see a master’s work, someone for example like Leonardo Divinici,  Neil Gaiman, or even the late David Bowe’s works and especially as a new artist, you suddenly get a sinking feeling comes in that your work is child’s play, and that you will never get to that level.

I recently had that moment.  I was looking through deviantart, and I found this piece by Whendell and I had that moment where I was like I’m done. I was like, ‘I will never get to this point, and everything I done is just crap.’  I was honestly thinking about walking away for a moment.

So this post is for all those artist who is currently at this point in their careers, and here are three things that personally made me go back to my art and try that much harder.


1. Getting to that Level Of Skill Takes Time

You have to remember that to master anything takes about 10,000 hours.  No, you didn’t misread that.  It takes that at least that long or even longer to master anything.  The artist you currently comparing yourself has probably MANY YEARS of experience. No one comes straight out of the box at their best.

2.  Never Getting to that Level is Perfectly Okay

No, I’m not saying to stop challenging yourself as artist, but even after years of practice you may never be as good as the artist you’re comparing yourself to; and that’s perfectly okay! For example, you can be a musician and practice for years and years and never be as good as Beethoven, but that doesn’t make your own art and your experiences doesn’t mean anything.

3. Everyone is Different

Yes, every artist is different. As we develop our craft, we each have our own styles and your little quirks that goes into every piece.  So stop comparing yourself, because even you copy all the steps the artist you’re comparing yourself use, your art will still be different. So be true to yourself, and embrace your differences. Your art (and your life) will be better for it!

So this my own personal way to overcome my own artistic fears and self doubt, so how do you deal with your own fears?

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