Monthly Archives: December 2015

HAPPY NEW 2016 YEAR!

Happy New Year

  • May you get all your year resolutions done;
  • Promise yourself to have more fun;
  • When the dark winter days find you–
  • From today on there will be more sun
  • (at least in the north hemisphere).
  • Happy New 2016. Year!

 

Love,

Mili

P.S. Sorry about the lack of video for the completion of this image, but my tablet driver stopped working and I could not figure out how to save the recording. ūüôĀ

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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.

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Happy New Year 2016! Greeting Card and Gifts: Part 01

Video 01: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/QBHbkJtzuGc

I may have left it too late, but let us hope not. ūüôā I’ve been working very hard on editing my fantasy novel “Warriors of Virtue” that I’ve decided not to continue painting the cover while the writing juices are flowing. However, I cannot leave my loyal fans empty handed on New Year’s Day! I’m preparing some special gifts, and I do hope I finish the package on time, but if not all the members of the Mili Fay Art Fan Club will get my special “gift basket” sometime in January 2016. Just keep an eye on your email account.

The contents will be a surprise, but I’ll give you a hint: if you like fantasy, if you like to travel, and if you would like the greeting card I’m currently creating, you will like this gift.

Thank you again for sticking with me and encouraging me to become an even better writer and artist.

With love,

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 Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 09

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 09: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/1MvTazxVvyw

I only had about an hour to work on this next video. In it I’m trying to flesh out Nikolina. I want to give her form, but I’m still not lighting the character, because I’m not sure how I want her lit. In the book, there is a white light cast on these characters from above. The elements they are wielding also have their own glow and colour.

For now I’m concentrating on just creating these characters out of nothing.

Until next time…

>>HUGGS<<

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.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 07 & 08

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 07: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/jxMZbuSOAuc

Video 08: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/ILqs3z5w21w

In these videos I continue to paint.¬†I’m trying to figure out how to flesh out and round the character,¬†while maintaining brushstrokes. I find it rather difficult, because digital paint does not¬†behave like¬†actual paint. If I want to add a shadow, it comes on too strong, and I cannot suddenly feather my brush to blend the line into the paint. Instead, I pick up the near colour with the¬†Eye Dropper Tool (by pressing Alt while I’m still¬†using the paintbrush) then I hope that by keeping my strokes on the¬†Cintiq¬†light and feathery the colours would somehow blend.

I find that the brush I’m using has too hard edges. However, when I select a soft brush, it has too soft edges. I can’t seem to find a happy medium, but if I can figure out how to paint the main character’s face, everything else should be easy. ūüôā

I think I’ll devote the next two days to editing the book, so that maybe I can come at the painting with fresh eyes and a rested brain.

Until then…

Love,

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 Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 05 & 06

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 05: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/oaSwa4uze0Y

Video 06: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/fZzxYcbypbY

Last night just before I went to seep I had an epiphany: I should paint digitally the way I would paint on a canvas!

This may seem obvious to you, but I am a trained 2D animator and the only digital painting I have ever done was underneath strong line art. Yesterday, that is how I begun this work as well. Then the epiphany struck.

When painting on a canvas, I always paint over my artwork. I work in translucent layers so that I can see my sketch, and when necessary I go back and redraw bits an pieces of my sketch with a pencil crayon. I do not toss confident brushstrokes, but instead I explore the persons or characters I paint as I slowly build them up from nothing.

I chose a textured brush and kept the opacity pressure sensitive. I would get strange lines in my work, but that’s alright. I find that sketchiness and imperfections in an artwork somehow make it feel more real. My favourite artist are Monet and Drew Struzan¬†after all. My favourite digital artist who is responsible for me wanting to attempt digital art at all is Selenada. I work by building up layers of paint. I find in this way that the translucency and the different paints under the painting also make the work feel more real than if I was trying for photographic accuracy. There is movement in brushstrokes and liveliness that cannot be achieved with smooth blending. I am a painter not a photographer, why should I aim for photographic accuracy?

The challenge is also figuring out how “real” I want this work to feel. The proportions are that of a cartoon and the inside of the book is illustrated with ink line art. Should I bring in the ink line back to the work?

For now, I’ll focus on painting, but I may need your input to answer those questions soon.

Until next time…

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.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 04

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/OxC8BlUHEkc

In this video I begin by designing a star brush. To save my brush I choose Edit > Save Brush Preset. The key to creating a brush in Photoshop is to remember that the brushes should be designed in Grayscale (or only using Black on a White background).  What is black will be 100% opaque. Gray is relatively opaque; the closer to the black the more opaque it becomes. White is transparent.

The greatest trouble I have when painting digitally is that I do not know how to reproduce the brushstrokes I can create with my physical brushes.¬†For now, I have selected a round brush. I’m also trying to keep the transparency of paint there by shrinking the opacity to about 86%. For my next round, I may try to keep the brush opacity also relative to pen pressure sensitivity.

In Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05 Lesson, Fowkes showed us several ways of painting digitally. I was debating whether to paint everything in Grayscale first then colour it, but in the end, I decided to try the Local Colour + Form + Light approach.

Let’s hope this experiment works out, otherwise I’ll have to start painting from scratch and maybe try the Grayscale + Colouring¬† + Light approach.

Until next time…

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.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 03

(A.K.A Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/9Bj-n9RDU-c

In this video I’m refining my sketch further, getting it ready for painting. I did not like the main character’s turtleneck collar. Instead I decided to give her a lace collar more suitable to the medieval outfit the character is wearing.

In the book, Warriors of Virtue wear black tunics with gold embroidery. The symbol in the center is an apple tree (inspired by the White Tree from The Lord of the Rings), surrounded by a pattern of full and crescent moons.

Warriors of Virtue Apple Tree Design

© 2015 MILI FAY ART | Warriors of Virtue apple tree design.

I have designed this pattern a few months ago, but I forgot what I did, so you can see me trying to figure it out on a separate layer. Each of the warriors also has a unique belt design, but I will bother with that detail during painting.

After I’ve completed the main character’s rough design, I moved on to her companions. I’ve realized that I’ve made them equally as big, so I decided to use the transform tool to shrink them a bit, to give the main character more prominence.

I’ve repositioned the three characters to center them, though now the main character is slightly off center. I actually think it looks better this way. What do you think?

I believe my next step would be to begin painting. I’ve never really painted digitally, so wish me luck!

Until next time…

>>HUGGS!<<

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 Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 02

(A.K.A. Schoolism: Pictorial Composition Week 05)

 

If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/sG1vtWhKzzE

 

In this second video I develop the sketches of the Fire and Wind Warriors, then I create another layer and begin working on my main character again. I’m thinking about her pose, clothes, hair, hair, hair, hair… It’s frustrating to figure out what kind of hair I should draw. Eventually, I went onto Google and entered “curly hair in the wind”. I found a picture that sort of looked like what I have in my head. I’m always amazed how what I can see in my head I cannot draw well without the aid of a visual reference. Why is that?After I did a decent job with the hair, I looked at the outfit and realized I need to find some reference for her clothing as well.¬†The characters are wearing tunics over hose. I think they have bishop sleeves, because I want them to feel comfortable to¬†swing a sword. Noting can be too tight. I also know they wear belts. However, I’m not sure what I should do with those belts. Should I add a sword? They do carry swords, but do they have to be in this picture, or should I make their swords appear as needed, so they do not have to lug them around–after all Ardan is full of magic. Then there are cloaks. These cloaks have hoods and are attached to the jewels on their chest. Should I be fancy with the jewel, or should I just let it be a plain stone in the oval setting? What does wearing a cloak actually look like? I do not want them covered by the cloaks. Should the cloak be folded back? But what would make it be folded back?

At this time, I really wish I knew more about clothing. I just hope that further research on Google will help me figure out how to draw what I need.

Until next time…

Love,

M

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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 Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 01

(A.K.A. Schoolism: Pictorial Composition Week 05)

 

And so it begins…

As some of you may know, I’ve been writing Warriors of Virtue since I was 16. The idea for the characters¬†struck me even earlier. It grew¬†out of some fan art I drew after reading The Lord of the Rings when I was 14. I wanted so much to be a part of that world, that I added myself, my cousin, and my sister to Frodo’s team.

As I got older, I created my own world. Taking everything I loved about Sailor Moon, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Greek/Roman Mythology, Fairytales, etc. and mushing it into a fantasy realm called Ardan.

More time passed, and eventually the three main characters that were myself, my cousin, and sister had to change to fit the story. However, I still retain the names of my family members, though I have changed the main character’s name to Lauraliee.

I’ve been working on this story for nearly 20 years, and I feel I’m finally ready to share my work with the world. I wrote this story for me, to fix everything I felt needed fixing in the works of others that I loved. The story is also a way for me to work out the meaning of life. Most importantly, I wrote this story to have fun; when I’m writing or reading it I am there, in Ardan. It is my perfect place and somewhere I go to when I need to escape.

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Before the story becomes available I still need to edit the final draft, have my editor edit the final draft, and I need to illustrate the cover of course. In chapter illustrations will come later, but I cannot possibly publish something without a cover!

Designing a cover for Warriors of Virtue is not easy. My world is so rich with wonderful fantasy characters and fantasy species that I have invented and that I love dearly. I tried once to design a cover where I included many scenes ala Drew Struzan. However, my mentor and friend Mark Thurman said that the image would not work as a cover. He was right. It would make a wonderful poster–showing all the main characters and some of my favourite action packed scenes. However, for a tiny postage size image that appears on Kindle it was way too involved.

So, I asked myself: “Self, what should I include, and what should I leave out?”

From the busy extreme, I went minimalist. I wanted to create a cover from the design of Warriors of Virtue uniform emblems (an apple tree surrounded by full and crescent moons).

Then I looked at the sketch and I thought that I cannot really tell anything from the design. An apple tree usually signals a story about Adam and Eve, and my story has nothing to do with the Bible… Well, maybe not nothing, because it has its own creation myths, but no.

The chief conflict in the story is between humans who rule Ardan and the Dragon Lord Malachite who use to rule Ardan until he went crazy and decided to exterminate all the humans, because he thought they were evil pests to the magic community.

Warriors of Virtue are three human children (16, 15, and 14 at the start of the story) who join with elemental spirits (water, fire, and air) to prevent war in Ardan.

After much deliberation, I have finally decided to share the moment when they first use their powers as Warriors of Virtue, while the Dragon Lord looks at the reader with his menacing dragon eyes.

Warriors of Virtue Value Thumbnail

© 2015 MILI FAY ART | Value Thumbnail showing Warrios of Virtue rough cover design.

I like that the main character is also looking at the reader. The title divides the “good” and “evil”, as if asking the viewer which side he wishes to join. Unlike Sauron who is an all seeing evil eye, my “evil” side is not necessarily evil, though it has crazy individuals that do evil things.

If I can find enough¬†sill to pull of what’s inside my head, this will be one amazing image. The good news for all you artists is that I will record every bit of my work from the above thumbnail image to the final finished cover art.

The bad news is that I have no idea what I’m doing, so you’ll have to be patient with me as I figure it out. Well, maybe “no idea” is too strong. I know how to draw and paint. The trouble is that I’ll be drawing this from my head, with limited reference, with no knowledge of lighting a scene, and¬†digitally. Yes, this will be a fully digital image. The rest of the illustrations in the book will be pained with acrylic or drawn in ink, but the cover will be all digital…

I’ll be recording my progress and will post sped up video clips on You Tube. In the future I hope to edit those clips and write¬†a tutorial video¬†for each step of the creation: sketching, painting, lighting,…

However, that will be in the future. For now, I hope you enjoy my progress videos. As you will see, I begin working very rough. Some artists like to start with tone, I start with line. I also feel the need to have a face, a focus I can connect to. Then, I redraw the drawing changing bits and pieces until I feel ready to paint.

This first video is just the beginning of my sketching process. It took about 50 minutes which I sped up to about 2 min.

As I’m drawing, after I get past the initial warmup lines where I wonder if I’m an artist at all I start to think about the main character and what I need to have her do, the expression she needs, the elements of the drawing that will support her action,…

If you have trouble seeing the embedded video, here is a link: https://youtu.be/OWaNZok9BUE

I’ll post more videos as soon as I have something to share.

Until then…

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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