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Are you #novembernaughty or #novembernice?

Are you looking for that perfect gift? I am obsessed with finding perfect gifts. Honestly, I think Santa Claus has the best job in the world. There is nothing like the feeling of watching someone’s face when they open that perfect gift; they start crying, then I start crying, there is hugging, and laughing, and… Well, it’s what happiness feels like. Now, a perfect gift does not have to be purchased. It can be made.

My favorite present I ever received from my sister was a home-made card where she miss-spelled Happy (“Hapy” — we are immigrants, but really? 🤨.) and told me how much she loved me. Just as she got all the athletic genes, I got all the creative ones — my sister cannot draw a stickman. Art critic would sneer so hard at that card, they would likely dislocate their noses. However, for me it is the thought that counts. (I’m tearing up just thinking about that card, FYI!) I was 18, and I still have that card hanging on my wall. And I would not part with it for all the money in the world… Well, maybe if someone offered enough money for me to purchase my sister a clinic. That would totally be worth it!

Mili Fay's favorite gift.

My sister gave me this card for my 18th birthday. It’s my favorite gift to this day.

My other favorite gift she gave me for New Year’s Day the year I got into Sheridan Animation. It was a cell reproduction of The Little Mermaid singing on the rock. As children, my sister and I reenacted that scene daily for years! The drawing is not a copy of the actual cell used, which made me feel cheated. Glen Keane drew that scene.

Ariel singing on the rock limited edition animation cell.

My sister spent $600 on this present at the time. All her savings!

Part of your world reprise movie still.

The actual cell used in the movie (from Glen Keane’s original animation) has way more movement and is so much better.

I do not know why Disney felt someone else’s drawing would look better, because it does not. In fact, at this stage I think I could draw Ariel better, but the memories that image brings is priceless. Though, at the time the framed cell did have a substantial price: $600 for a fake reproduction (all my sister’s savings). Really, Disney?!!!

The point I’m trying to make is that I really appreciate perfect gifts. However, being an independent artist, these days I do not have the time to make, or cash to purchase perfect gifts for my family and friends. Working independently, all the money I earn goes back to resuscitating my flailing business, and I spend all my free time: working!

“So, this is Christmas, and what have you done?”

Every time I hear these words (and yes, the stores are playing Christmas songs even though it is not yet November!), I feel a stab to my heart. I feel as if I could be better, and as if I could have done more.

I also feel the pain of not being able to conjure up that perfect gift. Am I alone? I think not.

Therefore, with great trepidation, I’ve decided to try something I have not done before. I’ve decided to at least create perfect gifts for my fans. This pre-Holiday season, I will be #novembernice. For those of you who don’t know what it is, #novembernice is the movement by artists (and others) to help exhausted holiday shoppers find that perfect gift for less. For everyone else, it is a chance to remind themselves to be kinder and nicer to others. In return we all get to rack up last minute candy cane points to please Santa (or star, or candle points for whatever supernatural being watches over your personality during the year).

I’m offering 30 (Are 30 too many?) Gift Certificates for 11 x 14 original artwork commission for 80% off (maybe even more than 80% off). In the past, I sold these for $500+, depending on the medium and content. Now, I’m offering an original painting, drawing, etc. for $100. I know artists who sell unlimited, reproduction art prints for more. Am I being crazy, to commit myself for that tiny wage? I will basically be working for a wage that is well below minimum wage, maybe even below sweatshop wage. 🤯

However, if I can make at least one person happy with their gift-giving, I think it will be worth it. Imagine if everyone just helped one person in their life… Maybe my dream of living on the Star Trek TNG Earth (where there are no wars and people get along and are free to pursue their lives as they see fit) might come around in my lifetime.

Click the button for details, and if you would like me to create the artwork before this Holiday Season, contact me ASAP.

Are you #novembernice or #novembernaughty? Let me now in the comments how you intend to brighten someone’s life this Holiday Season. If you are an artist, or a shop owner, slashing your prices like crazy: share! I’m still searching for perfect gifts. 😇

Happy pre-Holiday season and good luck!

Cheers!

Mili

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#InktoberContest 2017 on Instagram

#InktoberContest 2017 RULES

Wonder Woman: Mili Fay Art Instagram Contest Poster

The hashtag for this event is #InktoberContest please use it when you are commenting about the artwork. #InktoberContest is part of #inktober, a global even where artists are encouraged to create artwork using traditional ink-based tools during the month of October.

My idea is to create ink line-art and color the final image digitally, blending both the traditional and digital mediums, as I have done in the Wonder Woman poster above.

This year I’ve hosted #MerMay and #MuthoJuly contests on Instagram. The rules for this event are similar. THE FIRST PERSON TO COMMENT ON MY INSTAGRAM POST WINS! Though I will try to post daily, my other obligations may prevent me, but I will try to post artwork either at 16:00 h or 19:00 h EDT. What I can promise is that this event will continue until there are 31 Contest Winners.

How it works:

Beginning with the artwork above, I will post an image on Instagram with Information beginning: “🗲 BE THE FIRST to comment, letting me know your favorite superhero/villain, and WIN an illustration of yourself as that character. 🗲”

The first Instagram Follower to comment wins!

The winner needs to send me a head shot, full body with head shot, and a photo of a handwritten note: “I, (full name), give Mili Fay of Mili Fay Art permission to use my image to create a (superhero/supervillain character of your choice). Date and Sign.” This information needs to be sent by 9:00 EDT the following day. The winner can do this via Instagram Direct Message (do not send me images that expire), or by adding images to a Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. folder and sending me a link to that folder via direct message. The clearer the image, the better I can capture you. I also need to see your hair and eye color. KEEP IT RATED G. Leave your clothes on. Do not make this contest creepy, or you will be disqualified.

Additional Rules:

NO DUPLICATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. If someone has already chosen the character of your choice, choose another one — I will not draw 2 Storms. Exception: One of you can choose Wonder Woman.

Please choose world acknowledged superheroes/villains. I think real life superheroes/villains surround us, but for this contest I’m drawing fantasy, made up superheroes/villains.

🌟 This contest is offered at my sole discretion and for fun. I’m under no legal obligations whatsoever. 🌟

The winner will receive: a low-resolution digitally perfected image they can share online, a high-resolution image of the drawing for printing, a Mili Fay Art Copyright License, and a free Kindle Sketchbook of all the art. The winner will also be given an option to purchase the original ink line-art at a significant discount, US$70 (free shipping to Canada and US), prior to its being offered to the public.

Note: I am the sole copyright owner of my creation and can do with it what I will.

If the winner does not send the images by the time indicated above, and the runner up cannot be contacted, I will draw a superhero/supervillain character of my choice.

THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO EVERYONE INCLUDING THE MERMAY2017 and MYTHOJULY2017 CONTEST WINNERS. If you are under the legal age, by entering this contest you agree that you have your parent’s or guardian’s consent to do so. You also need your parent/guardian to sign your image release note. I will not share your images with anybody and will delete them in due time.

By entering the contest you acknowledge that you have read all the rules and that you will abide by them.

Thank you for reading and thank you for following.

Mili Fay
Toronto
October 1st, 2017

IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST

Why should I have all the fun? Join me in creating an #inktober sketch per day if you are up to the challenge.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY 2017!!!

Valentine 2017

To first glances, butterflies, blushes, hugs & kisses.

To laughing late into the night and crying in each other’s arms.

To friendship, family, and love.

To tiny moments that lead to Forever and make Forever worthwhile.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, an award winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.

Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee, who learns to become a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon-people (people who turn into dragons).

Mili Fay Art Published Books Book CoversMili Fay Art Fan Cub
“Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”Shop Mili Fay Art
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Thank You For A Successful Launch!

Thank you to everyone who attended The Phantom of the Opera Inktober 2016 Sketchbook Launch. Without you there, the even would not have been nearly as fun, now would the book have reached #2 in Kindle Store’s Conceptual Category and #9 in Kindle Store’s Animation Category.

The Phantom of the Opera Inktober 2016 Sketchbook February 4, 2017 Amazon Launch Results.

Phantom Amazon Bestseller Conceptual

Phantom Amazon Animation

Congratulations to the winners of the Phantom Trivia Game: Kathleen, Kay, and Kei!

You can still see the answers to the questions and the Live-Sketching Request Results on the Launch Welcome Page, but you are no longer able to download the 4 Moods of the original cover art.

As promised, I will be posting time-lapse video of my digital live sketches as soon as I edit them. First up: Glamorous Gender-Bent (Lady) Phantom Requested by Bea:

If you have trouble seeing the embedded video find it on YouTube here.

Now that The Phantom of the Opera Inktober 2016 Sketchbook has had such a wonderful success, it’s time for me to move on to the next project. I will be creating Mili Fay Art Princesses, inspired by Disney Animation and Maria Pascual. The first up is Beauty and the Beast in honor of the upcoming movie.

Live Sketching Request 01

Belle attacked by wolves! One of the studies for the final painting.

Cheers!

Mili

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

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, an award winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.

Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee, who learns to become a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon-people (people who turn into dragons).

Mili Fay Art Published Books Book CoversMili Fay Art Fan Cub
“Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”Shop Mili Fay Art
Facebook: Mili Fay Art
Twitter: @MiliFay
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Strider: The Lord of the Rings Mini-ME

The Lord of the Rings Mini-ME: Strider

The Lord of the Rings Mini-ME: Strider

This week I’ve been to busy trying to create a .mobi file out of .epub for my Digital Publishing and Design final assignment. The .epub looks great, but .mobi’s formatting falls apart on iOS devices and some Kindles. I do not know why. I have contacted Amazon, but thus far have not received an answer. There is a new KF8 format that is replacing .mobi, so maybe I’ll use that to create Warriors of Virtue.

Sadly, I have also managed to accidentally pause the screen recorder so there is no Time-lapse video available this week.

My favourite moment with Strider is when he is hooded in Bree; the very first time we see him in the film. However, that moment hides his face so I chose the time when he defends the hobbits from Nazgul. I did take some liberties with his costume. Feel free to use this illustration as long as you give credit for the drawing to Mili Fay Art. Contact me for a higher resolution image.

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Which The Lord of the Rings character would you like to see me draw next? Let me know in the comments and if I choose your character you will win the full resolution poster.

Cheers!

Mili Fay

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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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Are Disney movies bad? Does Disney make fools of us all?

The past two weeks have been tough. I have not done much work, because I was paralyzed by fear. My dad is not well. We have been visiting hospitals to see if there is an operation that can be performed to make him feel better.

You may not know this about me, but I was an award winning student. Since we’ve moved to Canada, everything I wanted I was able to achieve through persistence and hard work. The world made sense during school. It is when I left school that my professional life fell apart.

Life is nothing like school. Nothing. No one ever bothered to tell me this when I was young. The real world makes little to no sense.

My dream is to work as an independent artist, create beautiful things, and make the world a little bit better through my work. I also want to take care of my family in comfort; especially my parents, who had nothing as immigrants and yet somehow still manage to give my sister and I everything we need and a lot of things we want.

I’ve realized after a few years of struggling with jobs, that to “make it” as an artist, I will have to put my name into the world. I cannot hide behind a studio. I will have to become famous. The funny thing is, I do not want to be famous. I would like my work to be famous, but I do not want to be in front of cameras, or to spend my life giving speeches.

Privacy is one sacrifice I made, and I accepted this the moment I created Mili Fay Art.

Now, I’m fighting for my dreams, and though I have achieved successes. I have not “made it” yet. With my dad being ill, I may have to contribute to my family more, which means that I will have to find a stable job and career, which means that Mili Fay Art may not survive after all.

With the horrors piling up around me, my mind has gone into its Thinking Mode, which almost always results in a Panic Mode. This can be put into a sentence: “What a %$#@ am I doing with my life?!”

I have this beautiful vision of what my life should be, but am I just delusional? Have I been fed too much Disney growing up? Is being an eternal optimist actually bad for my life and sanity?

Warriors of Virtue might be my last bid for creative freedom. I believe in this story so much, but I’m not sure if the rest of the world will care. Thus I am terrified, and when I’m terrified, I spend my days “thinking” and not “doing”; Paralyzed by Fear.

The only way to combat fear is with hope and faith. I have to believe that my life will work out in the end, because everything I’ve struggled with, and all the sacrifices I have made would have been pointless otherwise.

So, no. Watching Disney movies is not bad. Life often does not work out the way it does in a Disney movie. However, when it does… It is beautiful and it is a life worth living.

Stay Hopeful!

Love,

Mili Fay


Though I have not done much regarding Warriors of Virtue these past two weeks, I did create a couple of The Lord of the Rings Mini-MEs. Enjoy!

Gandalf the Grey Mini-ME

Gandalf the Grey Mini-ME

Legolas Greenleaf Mini-ME

Legolas Greenleaf Mini-ME

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Wishing you a wonderful week,

Mili Fay

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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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Frodo Baggins Mini-ME and WofV Progress

By now I’m used to working on the Cintiq. I’ve spent so much time painting digitally that I almost forgot what it feels like to hold traditional mediums. Now that the weather is beautiful, I only wish that the screen did not get too dark when I’m outside. You would think that with all the technological advancements, someone would have solved this problem by now. Sadly, I spend most days slaving away at the hot computer staring at sunshine and greenery through my bedroom window.

Not this week. This week, I went back to the traditional medium of ink and paper.

At first I was terrified. It’s permanent ink and there is no undo button!

After a few deep breaths and telling myself that if I made a mistake I could always start again (which I did a few times for the following drawings), I remembered how much I enjoy traditional medium. I traced my sketches onto paper, dug out the old drawing board I bought in college, and settled myself in the back yard. Listening to A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, I dipped my crow quill pen in a jar of acrylic ink and spent an enjoyable afternoon drawing.

Cornelian has perfect timing.

Cornelian has perfect timing.

Queen Dragana is startled by the scream.

Queen Dragana is startled by the scream.

Vladimir waving.

Lauraliee finds Vladimir and Nikolina have come through the secret passage in her closet.

I only hope that the gamble with Warriors of Virtue pays off and that I can spend the rest of my life working from wherever, doing what I love. I think other than finding true love, that is the greatest personal happiness we mortals can hope to aspire to: enjoying work, so it does not feel like work.

I’ve tried to record my traditional progress using iPhone 4S, but the video is not that great. So, to give you something to look forward to each week, I’m going to create a Mini-ME. This week, it’s Frodo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings.

The Lord of the Rings: Frodo Baggins Mini-ME

The Lord of the Rings: Frodo Baggins Mini-ME

Feel free to use this illustration as long as you give credit for the drawing to Mili Fay Art. Contact me for a higher resolution image.

If you would like to see the time-lapse video for free join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. I only write to keep you in the loop and to send gifts. I hate spam and will never share your e-mail address.

 

 

 

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Mili Fay

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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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Grown Up Cover Art: John Polidori’s The Vampyre

Updated June 12, 2016: I’ve updated the cover art, see below.

Thus far in my career, other than portraits or the few pieces I’ve done for National Geographic, I’ve never really had an opportunity to work on something that is more adult oriented. Until now. As you may know, I’m taking a Digital Publishing and Design course at Ryerson College. Assignment 3 is to create an eBook using the free text of John Polidori’s The Vampyre. I have finally read The Vampyre, and all I can say is, Mr. Polidori is the poster child for flowery language and run-on sentences. I did not like his misogynism and was baffled by the two letters at the beginning and the end of the story as well as the need for Introduction. The story itself was OK, though I’m sure in the hands of someone like Stephen King it could have been great.

Instead of just creating a plain cover, I’ve decided to use the opportunity this assignment presented to create a cover geered towards adults. The story is not that frightening, so instead of showing the horror, I’ve opted to show the allure of the villain.

What do you think?

The Vampyre Cover Art

The Vampyre by John Polidori – I tried to make him as compelling as he is in the story.

I’ve decided the cover would be more effective by brightening the font and the character’s eye, so I edited the original image. You can see it below:

The Vampyre Cover Adjustment

Can you see the difference?

If you are wondering why you have not received an email with a new Time-lapse video link, it is because I have had the stuffing kicked out of me by QuickFix Appliances, and did not have the time to work on the video as I hoped.

I posted the time-lapse video of The Vampyre, so check the Playlist Link. As promised Time-lapse videos are only free for Mili Fay Art Fan Club Members, so if you are not a member but would like to see the videos join below. I only write to keep you in the loop and to send gifts. I hate spam and will never share your e-mail address.

 

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, 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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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.

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