Monthly Archives: October 2015

Warrors of Virtue Concept Sketches

For the past couple of weeks I have been working on editing my fantasy series Warriors of Virtue. The first couple of chapters have been edited often since I first wrote this story when I was sixteen. Therefore, they did not take as much work. However, now I find myself working through text that makes me cringe (please note: I am a recovering perfectionist). The progress is slower and since I am my own boss I have to find a way to keep myself motivated. I came up with this brilliant plan where I am not allowed to do any drawing until I have at least 10 pages of text edited. You may think that 10 pages of text is not much. This would be true if I could only work on my story. However, the last few days I have been interrupted almost every hour with unplanned tasks and by unplanned visitors. As a result, I barely got through eight pages in two days!

Where is a private island when a writer needs it?!

Today, I’m barricading myself in my room, and I am not coming out until I get at least 20 pages done!

I did manage to get through my quota last week and on Monday, so here are some concept sketches for Warriors of Virtue. I’m trying to combine this illustration task with my Schoolism lessons, and so far the two have meshed well.

© MILI FAY ART | Warriors of Virtue Concept Sketches

© 2015 MILI FAY ART | Warriors of Virtue Concept Sketches

I work very roughly while sketching out ideas. Starting top left to right what you can see here is a thumbnail of: a transformation scene, when a character becomes a Warrior of Virtue by joining her soul with an enlemental spirit (I’m currently editing this section of the story); cover art concept sketch, the first is for a regular book format, the second is for a Kindle Series; Sky Kingdom garden–this scene takes place near the end of what would be a second book if I decide to print the series; the first four on the bottom are of our heroes in the Hall of Mirrors; at the bottom right we see Lauraliee leaning her head against a mirror–the mirror in question is not ordinary and that is why we do not see her reflected face.

© MILI FAY ART | Warriors of Virtue Concept Sketches

© 2015 MILI FAY ART | Warriors of Virtue Concept Sketches

Our main characters are three royal teenagers. However, because they have led such a sheltered life, at the beginning of the story they are very childish. Prince Vladimir plays a trick on a maid, and our heroes are summoned by the Queen. In the above sketches we see Princess Lauraliee arguing with her mother, because she had nothing to do with the trick. The blue sketch will be developed further. If you are wondering what the bottom blue squiggles are, it is a down-shot of the chandelier in the Empyreal Ballroom, facing the entrance door and showing the way up to the mid-level gallery.

© MILI FAY ART | Warriors of Virtue Concept Sketches

© 2015 MILI FAY ART | Warriors of Virtue Concept Sketches

From left to right top row: perspective guide that did not work out; Lauraliee arguing with the Queen; Lauraliee discovering Vladimir and Nikolina in her closet; a copy of a pose from a painting.

From left to right middle row: Lauraliee discovering Vladimir and Nikolina in her closet, a wider angle shot; the next two are of Lauraliee holding a squirming lamb.

From left to right bottom row: Vert (in dragon form) making his presence known to our heroes at the Emerald Lake; couple of sketches of Lauraliee holding the squirming lamb while Nikolina claps in joy.

© MILI FAY ART | Warriors of Virtue Concept Sketches

© 2015 MILI FAY ART | Warriors of Virtue Concept Sketches

From left to right top row: our heroes leaving Empyreal Castle to begin their journey; our heroes being attacked by a herd of wild centaurs; a rough sketch of the main centaur (I’m trying to figure out the pose).

From left to right bottom row: Storm Rock, home of the dragon people; Legolas (The Lord of the Rings, a sketch for the upcoming FANtasy Character Design) standing on top of a tree; playing with the perspective of the Empyreal Ballroom.

Legolas has made it in this sketch, because I’m currently trying to find the time to complete his design.

© 2015 MILI FAY ART | Warriors of Virtue Concept Sketch: Lauraliee and Diamond

© 2015 MILI FAY ART | Warriors of Virtue Concept Sketch: Lauraliee and Diamond

Could this sketch be a beginning of a love story? Well, you’ll have to read the series to find that out. 😉

I hope I’ll have more sketches for you soon. Until then…

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Cheers!

Mili
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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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10 Things I Learned In Italy

St. Peter's Square

St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Italy, September 2015

I loved Italy; there are so many things to see, the food is great, and people are friendly (most of them). I have so many things I wish to share with you that I’ve decided to write a book about them, but for now here is a list of 10 Things I Learned In Italy:

1. Gelato can be supplemented for every meal. It can and should be consumed in vast quantities, but it tastes even better when you share it with someone you love.

2. Italians are awesome! (There was an exception in Venice and during a busy day at Giolitti, Rome). Even though my sister and I spoke no language at all, they never made us feel stupid. (Unlike the citizens of a certain European country that shall remain nameless.) My impression is of warm, passionate, and friendly people I would not mind knowing better.

View from the Terravision Bus

View from the Terravision Bus as we are about to leave Fiumicino Airport.

3. Cheaper can be better! Terravision bus is a great commuting option to and from the Fiumicino airport and it only costs €4/person one way!—just make sure you find a bathroom before your bus is about to depart. Then you can spend the money you saved on travelling gorging on gelato.

4. You CAN take your luggage onto a busy subway train, just make sure you go to the front of the train where a space for handicapped persons is usually located.

5. Termini Station in Rome is HUGE! You can go anywhere and anyway from there. If travelling by a speed train, make sure you are on the right platform. Even if you are in a rush, do not board a train until you are 100% sure it is the right one. Wait for the conductor, one will eventually appear. To speak to the right person when you wish to purchase national train tickets, you will have to get a ticket with a number from a tiny booth near the lineup, then wait for your number to come up.

Mili Fay in the Vatican Museum.

At the Vatican City make sure you wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. This is a view from the Vatican Museum.

6. Vatican City is the most popular destination in Rome. Make sure you book your tours online in advance and have your tickets printed. Go as early as you possible can, because it gets suffocatingly hot in there. You cannot take water or food with you through the entrance scanners (though we managed to get pretzels through). However, bring empty bottles with you and fill them up in the bathroom. Make sure you use the bathroom before the tour, because they usually last 3h+!

7. It’s safe to drink water in Rome. Purchase a 1-2 litre water bottle and then fill it up at drinking fountains sprouting throughout the city, especially in parks. Trust me, you will need lots of water.

Zeus at 4 Fountain Square, Rome, Italy.

Fountain of Zeus at the Four-Fountain Square. One of the most beautiful surprises I’ve encountered in Rome.

8. Rome is packed with things to see. Get a map at your hotel and don’t bother purchasing transit tickets or passes in advance. Instead have the correct change ready if you get tired. Walking around, you will stumble on amazing sites—like the four fountain intersection, or even the Spanish Steps.

9. Italian food is great! Order a single plate, there is plenty for two people (also you do not want to overeat and then not be able to move). If you need more food order another plate of something else then split that, too.

Venice, Italy, September 2015

Venice, Italy, September 2015

10. Venice streets are tiny! Most of them are not written on a map. Bring several highlighters with you and trace routes to your destinations, then visually try to guess which is the right street. If you want to take a gondola ride, you need to prebook a tour—they take 4-6 people only (price is usually €30-40/person for ½ an hour). The romantic two-people only gondola can cost from €80-100 for ½ an hour!

Roman Forum, September 2015

Entrance is at the North-East side, across from the Colosseum. You will have to pay an entrance fee. Our guide from Atlas Tours was amazing! He’s from Baltimore, but I cannot recall his name for the life of me.

If you’d like to find out all about my adventures in Italy, as well as absorb some practical travelling advice, join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. Who knows, you may even get a BETA version of Italy Via Rome for free. 🙂

 

Cheers!

Mili
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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Legolas: Part 01

I’m considering the future design of Legolas. I would love to make him look like Orlando Bloom, because I cannot picture another’s face on Legolas, but would this be legal? I have seen many Orlando Bloom caricatures of Legolas selling all over Comic Con, so maybe it’s not? I have not made up my mind regarding this step yet.  Perhaps, I’ll make my Legolas look less like a human and more like an elf. Orlando Bloom is very much a human with elf’s ears. You’ll just have to wait and see.

I thought about different scenes where Legolas stands out in the movies. I LOVE the scene where he walks on snow. I like him surfing down the steps. I like his acrobatics in The Hobbit,…

Nevertheless, I have always seen Legolas as a character apart from the other members of The Fellowship. Elves of all the creatures of Middle Earth seem the least earthbound. They have an etherial quality to them. Therefore, even though Legolas develops a close friendship with Gimli, I always felt that he was kind of lonely, missing others of his kind. I feel that eventually Legolas became more earthy and a part of The Fellowship, but in the beginning, I fear he was very much alone.

When thinking of him, a design that was imprinted on my mind was Legolas standing atop of a giant tree, balancing on the slimmest of topmost branches, looking out at the horizon stretching before him. He carries his trusty bow at his side, while birds fly about him.

Legolas design rough sketches.

Designing Legolas Greenleaf from “The Lord of the Rings”

I did not want another character where all we see is the side view of the character’s face, but somehow this is how I see Legolas, and I’m no longer willing to fight with my psyche just so I could force out an image with a three-quarter view of the face. There comes a time an artist just has to accept the images flowing through his/her mind and put them on paper as they insist they should be.Have you created your own characters in the past? What kind of issues were you commonly facing? How did you overcome them?

I would love to see what you think, so feel free to comment at will. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

All the best!

Mili

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Go to Designing Legolas: Part 02
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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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