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



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!


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


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

Red Death Reference 01Red Death Reference 02Red Death Reference 03Red Death Reference 04



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.



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


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!


*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


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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