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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.

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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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BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS AND OTHER NEWS

Before getting into this week’s post…

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Read Warriors of Virtue for free in exchange for honest reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and the Web. If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, Sailor Moon, Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Chronicles of Narnia, fairytales and mythology I believe you will enjoy this new fantasy series. Review Crew spots are limited.




 


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As a Trekkie, this image always brings tears of laughter to my eyes. The person who did this is a genius!

This year school starts September 6th for the students in Toronto, and though most of the students starting first grade or preschool have no idea what Star Trek is, it is important to make them laugh, too. For this reason, I’ve decided to create some deals for my book Animals In My Hair.

Note: The Countdown Deal price range is CAD$0.99 to CAD$4.99

Note: The Countdown Deal price range is CAD$0.99 to CAD$4.99

I created this picture book to be the greatest picture book on the planet, but if you don’t believe me, or the 5 star reviews, maybe you’d believe the pirates.

That’s right, my book was pirated last week by a really sketchy site most likely full of all sorts of viruses. I’m not going to say where you can find it, but if you find it on your own, I hope you are smart enough not to risk your computer for the usual price of CAD$9.99. If you are fast you can get the book for $0.99 during the Countdown Deal.

Today is Monday, and though you have come to expect Mini-MEs on Mondays, the Mini-MEs are postponed until I finish illustrating the YA covers for Warriors of Virtue.

As I paint these covers, I’m becoming more and more aware of the differences between traditional and digital painting. If I was painting the covers traditionally, I would have several brushes in my hand to achieve the textured or smooth look I need. However, painting digitally, there is a lot of trial an error, playing with different brushes and opacity, levels, layers, textures… I’m really grateful to the Schoolism students and DeviantArt artists who have helped me improve Episode 1 Cover Art.

Here you can see the version before their input:

WofV Episode 1 Cornelian

Thank you to Sarah Gaudette, Ella Ben Yacov, Rajen Ramkallawan, and especially to Evan Winston and Wildweasel339 for taking the time to pain over my work.

And here is the version after:

WofV Episode 1 Cover Art

I added more light contrast compared to the previous image. The awesome font I’m using is Immortal by Apostrophic Labs.

I’ve decided to add the extra background element to show more about each featured character. For Episode 1 you can see Cornelian and Artemis in the alcove of their cottage (a scene from the first chapter), and Cornelian’s cottage in line art in the background.

Episode 2 features Lauraliee Lumijer as Nenya the water warrior. The wave showcases her powers, while the background is a scene of the Empyreal Castle, her home, and the seat of power in Ardan.

Warriors of Virtue Episode 2 Cover Art

I’ve made several minor changes to this artwork in the last few days. The final was changing the position of the eye highlights. At one point I forgot that the inside of the cloak needs to be iridescent and I WROTE THE BOOK! 🙂

I’m currently working on Episode 3 featuring Vladimir DePompier as Narya the fire warrior. I’m not sure what to include in his background. His family is famous for raising fire steeds, so maybe I’ll create a sketchy version of a fire horse…

WofV Episode 3 Cover in Progress

Thus far I’ve painted the background flames and blocked in basic character colours.

In other news… Mili Fay Art finally has an Instagram account: mili.fay.art

If you see Mili.Fay note that this is not me. Someone opened an account with my name, and thus far has kept it blank. Since I’m new to Instagram, I’ve been posting my progress there rather than on another social media account. Does anyone know how I can post an image in a rectangular format rather than a square?

However, I’ll be posting on Facebook and Twitter, too.

I cannot believe the summer is almost over! I’ve been working to have Warriors of Virtue out by mid-September, and have unfortunately spent most of my summer indoors!

I weep for the passing sunshine. Maybe, I’ll just forget about everything for a while, and go to the zoo and other places while the weather is still nice. If you don’t hear from me, you know that’s what I’m up to.

Until next time…

Keep smiling!

Mili

P.S. My favourite Star Trek team is of course The Next Generation. However, I really like the new movies (I managed to see Star Trek Beyond this past Friday in 3D—wish I could have seen it in IMAX—it is soooooo worth it for the flying scenes), and currently I’m watching Voyager on Netflix. The last couple of episodes in Season 4 were really funny.

OK. This geek is out of here! Live long and prosper.


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

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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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Free YA Fantasy Books Online And Epic Hero’s Journey

Before getting into this week’s post…

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WARRIORS OF VIRTUE
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Read Warriors of Virtue for free in exchange for honest reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and the Web. If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, Sailor Moon, Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Chronicles of Narnia, fairytales and mythology I believe you will enjoy this new fantasy series. Review Crew spots are limited.




 


This week’s Mini-ME:

Merry and Pippin from The Lord of the Rings surrounded by stolen food.

Merry and Pippin from The Lord of the Rings


I have been talking about Warriors of Virtue, my upcoming fantasy, since I first decided to publish the series in November of 2014.  It has been almost two years, and my first Episode still needs to make its debut online. People are beginning to ask me: “When will it be done?”

This is a difficult question to answer, because publishing Warriors of Virtue is just as great an epic story as the fantasy series. I am the hero of the epic, an artist/writer fighting for a dream, against vast competition and prejudice on a non-existent budget.

I believe it will be soon. Currently I’m seeking readers willing to read the series for free in exchange for honest reviews. This is the first time I will be publishing a book I will markup myself (this is why I took Ryerson’s Digital Publishing and Design course—my current average is 96.96%), adding illustrations to a format that is more suited to reflowable text. I need readers to let me know if the books work technically before I extend them to the general public.

As you may have realized, I am a perfectionist. If my stories are not good enough not only to compete with trade publications, but to surpass them, there is no point in my self-publishing work at all. I firmly believe that Warriors of Virtue is a great epic story that will survive long after I am gone, but I am also open to second opinion. I am Arthur, but I need Merlin to guide me. The Review Crew is to take that role, ensuring that the book produced is the greatest work of fiction to hit not only digital shelves, but world-wide trade publishing shelves. Are you willing to step forward and join the crew? Space is limited and perks go beyond getting the story for free. You can stimulate change, and be a part of a revolution that has not been seen since Harry Potter. Not only will this story entertain, but I hope it will inspire the readers to make a positive change for the entire world.

I believe this so much, that I challenge you to prove me wrong. 🙂

So, though I think I can have the first few episodes in the series done by mid-September/beginning of October 2016, I will not release Warriors of Virtue until I am 100% confident that the fantasy is the best YA fantasy not only since Harry Potter, but since The Lord of the Rings.

The Beginning or Why have I quit my job and have spent the last few years living at home trying to bring my vision to fruition?

After my grandfather’s surprising death in 2009, I have lost my will to live. Nothing mattered. I have never experienced such grief, and everything seemed pointless. It has been the lowest point in my life. So low in fact, that I found myself leaning outside of a seven-story window wondering if I should just let go.

But as in every story, as in mine, when a low point squashes the hero, the hero fights back. I pulled myself back into the apartment and decided that instead of ending my life, I need to change my life.

My grandfather’s death has been the catalyst, the “Call to Adventure”.

Prior to my grandfather’s death, I lived in the “Ordinary World” (If you have no idea what I’m referring to study the Hero’s Journey). Before his death, I was a people-pleaser, believing that if I was as good as a Disney Princess, life would reward me with my happily ever after.

After my grandfather’s death I realized that I have only one life to live, and that I should do everything in my power to make my own dreams come true. So, even though I never sought to be a leader, I decided to stop working for others and to bring the gifts I was given to the world. This was my “Call to Adventure”, “Refusal of the Call” (fears of failure if I strike out on my own), “Meeting the Mentor” (I was encouraged my teacher Mark Thurman, and inspired by Bobby Chiu.).

The way I use to believe in fairytales, now I know that art can change the world. My vision is simple: create fabulous art; sell fabulous art that will create a positive influence in the client’s life; use 30% of profits to help others.

I “Crossed the Threshold” when I decided to quit searching for further jobs, and created Mili Fay Art.

I am fortunate in that I have a very supportive family. When I told them I was quitting looking for further jobs and instead decided to work on my art, they said OK.

You see, I’m the only artist/writer in my family. My family members are all down-to-earth practical people who believe that happiness is found in a steady job and healthy family life. I on the other hand believe that I have been showered with gifts to change the world. It may be hubris, but as a very logical person, I cannot see what the point would be otherwise. If Forces That Be wanted me to find a steady job and a healthy family life of my own, instead of showering me with visions of other worlds and characters that appear more real than a lot of the living people around me, they would surely have presented me with job opportunists after college and would have made me feel more passion for the members of the opposite sex?

I have met my “Test, Allies, Enemies” as I was working on Animals In My Hair (the first book I self-published which thus far is enjoying unanimous praise). I continue to face Tests (new unfamiliar challenges, such as publishing a reflowable book), Allies (friends and fans), and Enemies (competition, lack of funds, etc.) as I continue my journey, and as I “Approach the Innermost Cave”. Most of the time, I am confident that Warriors of Virtue will be fabulous, but there are days when I wonder if maybe I’m just crazy.

You can continue to follow my journey, you can participate and become my Allies by joining the Review Crew, but until I face my “Ordeal” I also hope you will find entertainment in the fantasy Mini-MEs I’m creating to distress and find more Allies.

Lastly, I want you to remember that this is my Hero’s Journey, and though you are not the hero of my journey, you are the hero of your own, so when your “Call to Action” comes, when you reach that low point in your life, decide to be a Hero, too.

Wishing you only the best!

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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