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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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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).

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The Phantom of the Opera Inktober 2016 Sketchbook Book Launch Party!

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Welcome!

I hope you’ll have a lot of fun, and feel free to invite your friends throughout the day.

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Thank you again to everyone who helped me decide on what mood to use for my cover. The download links have expired on February 9, 2017.

Create Your Own Sketchbook

For those of you wishing to create your own sketchbook, I have created a brief tutorial article here.

A challenge!

I was challenged to sing a bit of The Phantom of the Opera, the musical. Ha-ha. I knew that saying I was a singer was going to come back and bite me in the… However, I did ask if there was something I could do to make this event more fun. Thank you so much to the person who suggested this. For those of you who do not know me, I’m not a trained singer, but I did sing in a choir for a few years. I also prefer being behind the camera, rather than being in front of one. However, I promise that once I get 100+ honest reviews on Amazon (something I sincerely doubt will happen any time soon), I will record myself singing “The Phantom of the Opera” song as requested, squeaky high-notes and all. Thus, I challenge my Challenger (and anyone visiting this page) to pick up the gauntlet. For now, you will just have to be content with this brief recording of “Think of Me”:

The Sketchbook is 50% off on Amazon

You can purchase the sketchbook from Amazon at its 50% of introductory price today and tomorrow. Or you can try your hand at the The Phantom of the Opera Trivia and win the book. For more detailed information on what’s happening today, see my earlier post here.

I will be present throughout the day, so if you have any questions about the sketchbook, Mili Fay Art, or anything you think I may be able to help you with, you can ask them in the comments below. I promise to answer every single question I receive today ASAP.

Event Schedule:

10:00 — Trivia Question 1
10:15 — Live Sketching 02 Request
11:00 — Trivia Question 2/I’ll share pictures of Live Sketches 01
11:15 — Live Sketching 03 Request
12:00 — Trivia Question 3/I’ll share pictures of Live Sketches 02
12:15 — Live Sketching 04 Request
13:00 — Trivia Question 4
13:00 – 14:00—Lunch Break
14:00 — Trivia Question 5/I’ll share pictures of Live Sketching 03
14:15 — Live Sketching 05 Request
15:00 — Trivia Question 6/I’ll share pictures of Live Sketching 04
15:15 — Live Sketching 06 Request
16:00 — Trivia Question 7/I’ll share pictures of Live Sketching 05
16:15 — Live Sketching 07 Request
17:00 — Trivia Question 8/I’ll share pictures of Live Sketching 06
17:15 — Live Sketching 08 Request
18:00 — Trivia Question 9/I’ll share Pictures of Live Sketching 07
19:00 — Trivia Question 10/I’ll share Pictures of Live Sketching 08
20:00 — Good-bye

If you encounter any technical difficulties, contact me.

Good Luck!

Mili

P.S. If you purchase the Sketchbook or win one, please share your honest Review on Amazon. It will help me reach other Phans.


LIVE SKETCHING REQUESTS

Request 01

Since no one submitted a request, and I’ve misplaced my The Phantom of the Opera book, I decided to sketch the project I’m currently working on, Beauty and the Beas“. Do you think that Gaston Leroux may have been inspired by the fairy tale?

Live Sketching Request 01

I’m working on a “Beauty and the Beast” illustration. Here are some concept sketches and studies.

Request 02

Once again, no one submitted their request so I’ve continued with my studies.

Live Sketching Request 02_01

I’m trying to find basic shapes for the wolf’s head.

Live Sketching Request 02_02

Wolf studies for Beauty and the Beast illustration.

Request 03

Since Bea made her request for Request 04, I needed to do some research, so I took the time for Request 03 and figured out some poses.

Glamorous Lady Phantom 01

Figuring out poses for glamorous gender-bent (a.ka. Lady) Phantom.

Request 04

Glamorous Lady Phantom 02

A quick colour sketch of Phantom as a Lady for Bea.

Request 05

Venom Phantom

Phantom-Venom composing.

I’m getting a bit tired of non-stop drawing. I need a break. 🙂

Request 06

Live Sketching 06

Bea’s Request: Old Phantom, Ghost Christine, rose, at Christine’s grave. Ink and Pantone Markers.

Request 07

Phantom jammin' with a Keytar.

Phantom jammin’ with a Keytar.

Request 08

Red Death

Red Death


Thank You Google Images and Photographers!

Reference Photos: Lady Phantom

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Reference Photo: Keytar Phantom

Keytar Phantom Reference

Reference Photos: Red Death

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THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING

Amy
Bea
Kathleen
Kay
Kei
Lyca
Zygona

Without you, this event would not have been fun.


Last, but not least…

There are still some Trivia Questions to be answered. Deadline is Monday, February 6, 2017, 0:01 am EST.

If you have your own Phantom drawings, books,… feel free to add them to the comments.

I forgot to take progress pictures with my phone :-(, but I did screen capture all the digital progress. I’ll post those ASAP.

Thank you again for making this launch fun. I hope to see you all at a future event.

Cheers!

Mili

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The Phantom of the Opera Inktober 2016 Sketchbook Launch Party: Scheduled Events

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Free Art

The Phantom of the Opera Sketchbook Cover Color Moods

Each of these will be available for download during the day of the event.

To thank everyone who helped me choose a mood for the final cover art, on the day of the event I’m making the other cover art options available, so that everyone can download their favourite.

The Party Discount

The day before the event, the day of the event, and the day after the event both the Regular Edition and Artist’s Edition will be selling for 50% off on Amazon. (Note: Because of Amazon’s policy making the Countdown Deal available only in US and UK, I will manually be changing the prices of the book. For this reason, you may not realise that the book is discounted. The Regular Edition will be on sale from $5.99 to $2.99 US; Artist’s Edition* from $9.99 to $4.99 US.)

Phantom Trivia Game

At the top of each hour I will post a question from The Phantom of the Opera novel by Gaston Leroux to test your Phantom knowledge. The first person to answer this question, wins The Phantom of the Opera Inktober 2016 Sketchbook. If you are the first to answer 3 questions in succession, you’ll win The Phantom of the Opera Inktober 2016 Sketchbook: Artist’s Edition*. You have 10 chances to win. You cannot win more than one book. Answer by Replying to the Question written as a comment at the bottom of the page. I will email you a gift code from Amazon. If you do not claim your gift within the day, the code will be gifted to the next person on the list.

Live Sketching

I will post the Launch Party Page a day in advance. In the comments, I will write: “Live Sketching 01 Request.” If you are quick enough you can reply to this comment with a sketching request. On the day of the event beginning from 10:15 am to 11 am, I will take 45 min (or less) to sketch out your request (I need 15 minutes to check in with the party guests and share the artwork online). Each hour I will post a new Live Sketching Request comment, I will sketch what the first person to reply says. The theme of this event is The Phantom of the Opera. Requests relating to other subjects will be ignored. Though, if you come up with something I love, I may consider your offer if there are no other requests relating to the theme.

Phantom Sketchbook Sample

I’ll have 45 min to create a sketch of your choice. Vote on traditional or digital sketching in the comments.

Currently, we are voting on the Traditional or Digital option. If Traditional wins, I may not be able to record myself sketching live throughout the day, but I will be taking progress pictures that I will share online. If Digital wins, I will record my progress with Camtasia and will make it available online — raw, uncut and unedited. If the program dies on me (it happened before), I’ll post whatever has been saved. You can cast your vote in the comments by writing “traditional” or “digital”. If you are on the following platforms, you can also cast your vote on the Facebook Event Page and on my Deviant Art Poll.

Live Sketching Requests Timeline: This is the time you should be refreshing the webpage, so you can be the first to make your request the moment the comment is posted. You cannot make a request twice. If you do not reply to the comment “Live Sketching (01 – 08) Request” and just post a random comment, your request will be ignored.

01 the day before
02 at 10:15 am
03 at 11:15 am
04 at 12:15 pm
1 pm to 2 pm Lunch
05 at 2:15 pm (this is when I begin sketching request 04)
06 at 3:15 pm
07 at 4:15 pm
08 at 5:15 pm

On the day of the event the guests have one hour to make a request. If no one posts a response by the time I post the following request. I will flip through my copy of The Phantom of the Opera novel and will sketch a random scene.

Q and A

I will be at my computer from 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 8 pm. During that time, feel free to ask me any questions you like. If I’m not busy sketching I will respond immediately. If I am busy, I will respond to your question ASAP.

Special Requests

How can I make my own Kindle Sketchbook for sale?

I’ll answer this question.

Can you sing something from “The Phantom of the Opera” the Musical?

I knew that writing I was a singer in my biography will come to bite me in the…

I’m not a trained singer, but yes, I can sing. However, my voice has not returned since my last bout of flu in December 2016. The high-high notes are just gone. I have been losing my voice to colds and flus so frequently in the past few years that I’ve quit the choir practice.

I did manage to record myself singing a phrase from the musical, and I will share it on the day of the event, then I’ll remove it never to be heard again.

If you have any other questions or special requests, you can post them in the comments, and I’ll try to answer them to the best of my ability.

Looking forward to seeing you at the event!

Mili


*The Artist’s Edition allows you to download all the artwork from the book in a high enough resolution you can print at home.

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 Covers

Mili 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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2016. New Year Gifts!

Every new year’s eve and night in Serbia Grandfather Frost (who looks suspiciously like Santa Claus) comes to deliver presents under a pine tree (looks a lot like Christmas tree, but it has nothing to do with any kind of religion). The gifts are given to good children (and adults) and represent hope for a prosperous and happy new year.

I think Grandfather Frost and Santa Clause have the best job in the world. Not only do they work one night a year, but they also bring joy to the world.

I love giving gifts.

Those of you who know me personally can remember me making hand-made cards and little presents to give away on any special occasion. These days I do not have the time to create such personal gifts, but I still love giving away presents.

2016 New Year Gifts

Download 2016 New Year Gifts until January 15, 2016

For New 2016. Year I’m gifting:

  • Travelling Tips for Economy Class Travelers. The beginning chapters of Italy Via Rome talk about getting ready for a trip; what to pack, what to prepare, what to do at the airport… If you’ve never travelled before, or are in a panic whenever you have to go away, I hope these tips would help you enjoy your travels more.
  • Happy New Year full resolution image from the previous post that you can share with friends.
  • Episode 1 of Warriors of Virtue. Be the first to read Warriors of Virtue. I hope to release Episode 1 in March of 2016. It includes: Mistress Nature Our Great Saviour excerpt, Prologue, and Chapter 1 to Chapter 3. The gift is a BETA of the Illustrated Edition (if you’ve just come upon this blog, I intend to publish Warriors of Virtue as a Time Limited Text Only Edition, Illustrated Edition, and Artist’s Edition). There are still some illustrations I need to create before officially publishing, and my editor needs to go through a final check, but you can enjoy reading the beginning of the fantasy series. I think that anyone who likes The Lord of the Rings, Sailor Moon, Mythology, Arabian Nights, Fairytales,… will like Warriors of Virtue. If it was a movie, I would rate it PG, because there are some dark themes that may not be suitable for children.
Chapter 01 Warriors of Virtue

Download Episode 01 of Warriors of Virtue until January 15, 2016

These gifts will be available until January 15th, so make sure check your email (if you are a Mili Fay Art Fan Club Member) and download them before they are gone.

If you are not a Mili Fay Art Fan Club Member you can join for free below. The gifts are currently part of the Welcome package.

Happy New Year!

Wishing you only the best!

Mili

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and I will never share your email address.

 

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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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