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Warriors of Virtue Episode 1: Digital Sketching

Buyer Beware:

Would you believe it after spending 3 weeks dealing with customer service and repair service for our refrigerator we ended up buying a new one? The first time we were charged $270 for the repair man to melt ice. He assured us that the fridge was working well, got us to give him a glowing review by mentioning that if we reviewed his service $20 will be given to charity. Within two days we contacted the company to report that the fridge would not stop working (refrigerators are suppose to stop working depending on the temperature regulator). We contacted the company, but they kept insisting there was a problem with the fan, even though we could hear the fan working non-stop. After a week and a half they sent the repair man again. When my dad explained to him that we have been trying to contact him and have the repair company send someone he prevaricated. He then told us we will need to replace the temperature regulator (probably the fan, too since it has been working overtime) and left. We waited a day or so, and then my mom called the repair man to see how much everything will cost in the end. He told her my dad made him feel uncomfortable and that he told him there was a problem with the fan. This is not true, since I was there the first time and he touched the iron thing-a-majig connected to the fan to show us how it was working well. Then he said the repair job would cost additional $400, $250 for his services (which initially I was assured would be $180) and the rest for the parts. So if we agreed our total cost would have been almost $700!!! The new fridge costs $1300! Such a scam. If we could have found someone who was not associated with that company they could have probably fixed the whole thing for about $100-$200.

Anyway, I just had to make you aware of the horrors we’ve been facing, in case your fridge ever breaks down. This was a repair service contacted by LG. I am appalled at the service.

Back to art…

Last week, I sketched four more illustrations for Warriors of Virtue. The scenes they represent are happening in chapters 1-3. I’m going to do a couple of more illustration sketches, so that I can give myself time for the images to settle, before I proceed to finishing them traditionally in ink.

Let me know what you think.

Queen Dragana is startled by a scream.

Queen Dragana is startled by a scream.

Cornelian decides his timing is perfect as usual.

Cornelian decides his timing is perfect as usual.

Lauraliee, Vladimir, and Nikolina hear that because of the prank they will miss the gala.

Lauraliee, Vladimir, and Nikolina hear that because of the prank they will miss the gala.

Moments after Vladimir punches Srdjan as Lauraliee and Nikolina look on with one of the guards present.

Moments after Vladimir punches Srdjan as Lauraliee and Nikolina look on with one of the guards present.

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Keep on smiling!

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, and author, 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.

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

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.

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We Will Do What We Must: Acrylic Illustration to Digital Art

This week I’ve been dealing with Customer Service again! Our fridge is not working well and we had to renegotiate our cable/phone/Internet deal. However, I did manage to get some work done, too.

I love my Tuesday evening Ryerson Digital Publishing and Design course. I’ve spent most of Thursday figuring out Assignment 2 and marking up text for Assignment 3. We have to create an eBook from The Vampyre by John William Polidori.

I also binge-read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, since my mom wants to see the movie, and as a weeper I wondered if I could accompany her to the theatre, or if I will just have to wait for the DVD. I wept, and I wept, but it was a great book. I usually do not read such books, because I cannot handle the sadness. I finished the book yesterday, and I’m still sad today. I’m upset over fictional character that have never existed! Being emphatic can be such a pain sometimes.

The weather in Toronto is finally bright and sunny, so my weekend was mainly spent out of doors, but I did update the illustration for Warriors of Virtue Chapter 01: We Will Do, What We Must. (If you have just come across this blog: initially every chapter would have had the cover that was a full-colour acrylic painting. Now, I’ve decided to create these full-colour illustrations digitally).

Instead of copying the original illustration I wanted to see if I could make it more dramatic. Once again, I added light using Nathan Fowkes’ method I’ve learned from Schoolism’s Pictorial Composition. (I love adding light in this way to my paintings.)

This is the illustration I painted near the end of 2014:

Warriors of Virtue Chapter 01 Cover Art

Warriors of Virtue: Chapter 01 | Cover Art – Cornelian and Artemis on their way to the empyreal castle.

This is the updated illustration I finished today:

Warriors of Virtue Chapter 01 Cover Art

Warriors of Virtue: Chapter 01 | Cover Art – Cornelian and Artemis on their way to the empyreal castle.

The idea was to insure that the viewer would focus on the Empyreal Castle first, Cornelian second, and fairies third. The atmosphere is more stormy and dramatic. I’m thinking of the post/pre-storm skies with light fighting through certain areas causing that spot-lighting effect that looks somewhat unreal. Initially, I was going to add some beams of light, but I felt this illustration had enough texture and detail that beams of light would be a bit much.

Let me know what you think.

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Keep on smiling!

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, and author, 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.

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

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.

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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A Tough Week For This Artist!

Hello! Hello!

It has been a tough week, mostly because I spent half of it dealing with Customer Service.

Yesterday was the first full drawing day I had after the fiasco of our fridge not working, and it was one of those drawing days that makes me think I’m worthless as an artist. You see, I’ve tried to paint realistic humans from scratch (without photo reference). I have spent so much time drawing cartoon characters that I could not do it. No matter how hard I tried, the proportions were off. The heads and eyes were too big, the bodies had no muscles just shapes, …

I also made the discovery that I need to brush up on my anatomy. I know anatomy looking at the facing person, but I have no idea what’s happening when the person moves. When do I show the triceps? Should I add a line to indicate supination of the arm? What happens to the muscles and tendons around the knees?

I wanted to cry! I must have been drawing for four hours and everything looked wrong.

This is what happens when I spend more time on the business side of things rather than on creating. I’m rusty. However, all I need to do is find a good anatomy resource and add studying anatomy to my schedule. I will be fine.

I wanted to try illustrating my book with more realistic looking characters, but since my anatomy is rusty I gave up on the idea. Someone told me that teens like realistic looking characters, and though I believe I’ve written the book for teens, teens are so advanced these days, maybe my series is suited to 10-12 year olds? There are mature themes in the series: war, rape, torture, murder… However, I do not describe anything in detail. I do my best to keep it PG, and leave the horror to the reader’s imagination.

In the end, I’ve decided to keep the slightly cartoony illustration style for the Illustrated Edition, and I will release a Text-only Edition with the more realistic cover upon the completion of BOOK I (about 9 Episodes). I want to believe that everyone watches cartoons and loves illustrated books, but I may be mistaken. I wouldn’t know, because in my sphere everyone except my mom watches cartoons.

With this decision a weight came off my shoulders and I was able to enjoy completing the cover art for Chapter 03: The Punishment:

WofV CH03: Punishment Cover Art

The three of them reach the door that opens into the hallway and stick their ears to its surface to listen.

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P.S. I love my Digital Publishing Class at Ryerson so far. I have done some Markup in the past, but now I know why certain elements are called as they are, and why the documents are structured as they are. I have already learned enough to know what questions to ask. If you would like to see my notes for the class, let me know.

Cheers!

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, and author, 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.

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

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.

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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May The 4th Be With You!

Star Wars day! From the moment I first discovered it, I loved the idea of May the 4th (May the Force) belonging to the movie franchise celebration. As many people around the world, I too have watched the latest edition The Force Awakens. I love that the main character is a girl! Finally. I’ve always loved Princess Leah, too, but I have also felt the lack of other female characters in the series. With the ratio of women usually surpassing the ratio of men in the world, do you not agree that there should be a greater balance between male and female roles in the movies? Even in this film there is only Rey and Princess Leah.

So let this day be a call to sex equality (feminist movement for those of you who did not know): May the 4th be with you!

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens | Rey

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens | Rey

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Now that’s out of the way, I have an announcement to make: Yesterday, I went back to school.

I’m studying Digital Publishing and Production at Ryerson. The course is taught by David Ward and Shannon Culver. Most of my classmates are ladies, there is only one gentleman, and somehow I volunteered to be a Class Rep. After Sheridan College I said: “Never again!” But there you have it. It should not involve too much work, and I just could not NOT volunteer when the lady from the CESAR (Continuing Education students Association of Ryerson) was standing right in front of me.

Yesterday, the class mostly involved getting to know each other, getting to know the course and our instructors, and being tested on our computer abilities. I met my row of lovely ladies consisting of Carol and two Irenes.

I have already learned some things: most of the eBook customers are women between ages 35-55 (I never would have guessed this, I believed eBooks were read mostly by students); HTML programming is called “Markup” in the publishing industry (or is it called “Markup” in every industry); and there is a new classification for books–New Adult (YA with more risqué content).

Our diagnostic test was quite a challenge, and boy did I scribble all over it. I think I may have lost my touch for taking tests. I remember my papers were sickeningly neat in high school, but then again I do not think that I have taken a test since high school… In college we mostly submitted work for marking… Maybe in the Animation History class with Kai Pindal?

In the classroom we have MACs with enormous monitors–I think those monitors are way too large. I feel as if I need to move a row away to look at the entire screen at the same time.

Next week we begin studying “markup”. I can’t wait! It looks as if this class will teach me how to build eBooks from nothing, so that maybe I can program my own books with less code, resulting in a smaller file. Since I’m mostly a PC lady, I’ll need to download Notepad++. In class we will be using TextWrangler.

I’ll keep you updated regarding these lessons.

Regarding my Schoolism lessons, I have decided to skip Assignment number 6. I’m not inspired by it, and since I’m not getting marked by anyone, I may as well work on something I need to, rather than waste time on something I feel I know: rhythm and balance.

That’s it for this post. I feel as if I have been sending my words out into empty space, so if you are reading this type a quick comment to let me know you’re alive.

Until next time:

Sayonara!

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, and author, 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.

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

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.

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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