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Mili Fay Art 2017 Projects Update

There are so many things I wish to do, but I wonder if I could possibly find the time to do them all.

Since you’ve heard from me last, I’ve decided on my projects for 2017:

Warriors of Virtue Epic YA Fantasy Series

Warriors of Virtue Epic YA Fantasy Series will remain the number one priority. Saying this, I’m sorry to inform you that I’m not sure when Episode 5 (the episode that should have been available on March 1st 2017) will be published. After receiving edits from my editor, I’ve decided to rewrite quite a bit of Chapter 13. Currently, that rewrite is being edited. I’m also waiting for the final pair of eyes to check the remaining two chapters.

Meanwhile, I hope you like the new and improved cover art:

Warriors of Virtue Epic YA Fantasy Series Episode 3 Cover Art

Almost Famous Artist’s Interviews

Last month, I’ve stumbled upon the “Occupy Facebook with Art” movement for the second time. I love the idea, but most people feature artists that are already famous. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice to feature artists who are just as skilled, but as yet have no huge following?” Personally, I know a lot of amazing artists, and I discovered others on DeviantArt. It would be a shame if you did not discover them, too. To help promote their work (and my own) I’ve decided to create Almost Famous Artist’s Interviews. I will be publishing these as soon as I get an adequate number of responses. I thought to feature them every Monday — to beat the Monday Blues. What do you think?

To qualify, the artist needs to be out of school (or in school but with two professional projects in their portfolio) and trying to make (or making) a living as an artist.

If you would like to be featured, contact me with a link to your website. If I feel you qualify, I’ll contact you back with the interview questions.

Fast Book Reviews

For years, I have been reviewing books on Amazon and Goodreads. I have finally decided to create a blog featuring these reviews. These reviews are for busy people like me, people who do not have a lot of time to spend reading detailed, professional book reviews. I’ve created a format to help you determine if you would like a book at a glance, followed by a few paragraphs expressing my personal feelings about the work. Be sure to check out the FAQ Page for more information.

Mili Fay Art Princesses

Belle/Beauty from Beauty and the Beast

One of the concept sketches for the first painting — Beauty from Beauty and the Beast.

One of the chief reasons I created Mili Fay Art is to use my talents to help the world, by raising money for altruistic organizations. For years, I wanted to create something for I’m a Girl campaign. I have finally decided upon the project: Mili Fay Art Princesses. In between working on Warriors of Virtue, I’ll create traditional paintings featuring princesses. Because of the upcoming move, the first to be featured is Belle/Beauty from Beauty and the Beast. The scene: Belle attacked by wolves. (Decided via social media.)

Fallow my progress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you wish to get a postcard of the final art for FREE join Mili Fay Art Fan Club.

In accordance with Mili Fay Art rules, 30% of all the profits form the project will be donated to I’m a Girl campaign. You do not need to purchase items to help out. If you like what I’m doing: spread the word!

Animals In My Hair Update

"Animals In My Hair" Front Cover

Animals In My Hair was the first book I published. It was created in part to raise funds for wildlife conservation via the Toronto Zoo by donating 30% of the profits. The trouble is that I invested heavily in printing the book and local fairs. As such, I have yet to see any profits. However, I feel horrible for not raising anything for the conservation of animals. Therefore, I’ve made the executive decision to donate 30% of all the profits from each sale from now on. After purchasing the book (or books) I will take away the cost of printing the book (growing constantly due to the interest rate), Gumroad fee, shipping, and packaging, HST (or Amazon fees for the digital book) then from the leftover amount I will take 30% and add that to a donation pot. Once the pot reaches $250 I’ll make the donation to the Toronto Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation and Breeding Program.

Animals In My Hair has received nothing but 5 star reviews since its publication from parents, teacher, reviewers, and children. If you know a child or have a child of your own, you should introduce him/her to this book. If you cannot afford it, you can borrow it from the Toronto Public Library, Brampton Public Library, and Huntsville Public Library. If you would like the book to become available in your local library let me know, and I’ll see if I can make that happen.

I need your help. If you like what I’m doing, follow me on Social Media and spread the word of my existence. I firmly believe art can change the world for the better. Mili Fay Art’s vision statement is: “Together we support the world one artwork at a time.” I cannot do it alone.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Mili

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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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Free YA Fantasy Books Online And Epic Hero’s Journey

Before getting into this week’s post…

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WARRIORS OF VIRTUE
Review Crew

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

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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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Warriors of Virtue Episodes 1-9 YA Fantasy Rough Cover Art

I’m currently seeking fans of fantasy who would like to read Warriors of Virtue in exchange for an honest review. If you liked The Lord of the Rings, Sailor Moon, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and love mythology and fairytales, join here.

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If you are new to this blog, I have been writing and sketching a fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, since I was sixteen years old. Currently the text is with my editor, and I’ve been illustrating the entire series while I wait. However, after speaking with several fans who cannot wait for the illustrated edition, I’ve decided to release a limited text-only edition. This edition will feature more realistic cover art appropriate for a YA audience. Each episode features one of the main characters.

Episode 1: Featuring Cornelian and Artemis

Warriors of Virtue Episode 1 Rough Cover Design showing Cornelian and Artemis at the cauldron.

Rough sketch showing Cornelian and Artemis looking inside The Cauldron. I was inspired by some Arabian designs for the cauldron. This moment is the catalyst for the entire series.

Cornelian the Great is great because he helped defeat the Dragon Lord Malachite approximately 150 years ago. He is the greatest wizard in Ardan (the land where the story takes place), and a catalyst for Warriors of Virtue. When writing Cornelian I was inspired by Gandalf the Gray and Merlin from Disney’s The Sword in the Stone. Cornelian has a quite complicated story of his own that I may write in the future, in this series he serves as our heroes’ teacher and guide.

Artemis is a descendant of Athena’s Little Owl. He’s lived for millennia, is immortal, arrogant, and brilliant. He did something terrible to anger the gods and has been sent to serve Cornelian as punishment. However, by the time this story takes place, Cornelian and Artemis are friends, colleagues, and companions, not master and servant. Artemis loves tea and manicures.

Episode 2: Featuring Lauraliee as Nenya

Warriors of Virtue Episode 2 rough cover art featuring Lauraliee as Nenya, the Water Warrior.

Lauraliee as the Water Warrior, Nenya. Lauraliee at sixteen has a freakish talent with a sword. She has not been defeated in a swordfight since she was fourteen.

Lauraliee Elizabeth Vickomtessa Lumijer (I have included her full name but am excluding all the exalted titles) is the sixteen-year old main character of the story.


Warriors of Virtue is written in the third person omniscient point of view, follows the point of view of many characters, but if Lauraliee is in the scene the reader is focused on her experiences.


Lauraliee is a reluctant princess, who knows that one day she will become Queen, longing for an ordinary life. However, she has also been raised well by her mother, the reigning Queen Dragana, and takes responsibilities of her stations seriously. She is the eldest child in her family, and strives to set a good example for her sister and cousins. Lauraliee loves to read and paint, and has an unusual talent with the sword. She has not been defeated in combat since she was fourteen.

As the story progresses, she becomes Nenya, the Water Warrior.


Warriors of Virtue (originally there were five: Nenya/Water, Narya/Fire, Viliya/Air, Terrya/Earth, and Mettya/Metal) were created by Mistress Nature (creator of Ardan) in the Great War to stand against Lord Malachite. Malachite killed the Earth and Metal warriors and managed to capture the spirits. As our story begins, there are only three Elemental Spirits free: Water, Fire, and Air.


Episode 3: Featuring Vladimir as Narya

Warriors of Virtue Episode 3 Rough Cover Design featuring Narya, the Fire Warrior.

Vladimir at fifteen is the Fire Warrior, Narya. Even though he does not use the bow and arrow (in the first volume he only uses darts), he is superior in archery.

Vladimir Nicholas Alexander DePompier is Lauraliee’s fifteen-year-old cousin. His mother is Queen Dragana’s sister. His father’s family is famous for breeding fire-steeds, horses of brimstone and living flame. Vladimir is a quick-tempered, charming prankster. He’s been living at the Empyreal Castle most of his life, and is more like a brother to his two cousins. He’s in love with Anuck, the only child of chief Muhawaka. Vladimir loves Mushwaki and often argues with Nikolina over games. He is also a talented archer.


Mushwaki is a sport played in Ardan similar to soccer but at a certain point before scoring a player must continue the game keeping the ball of the ground (without using his hands). The ball is smaller, and the goalie must prevent its entrance by using a racquet-like instrument.


He becomes Narya, the Fire Warrior.

Episode 4: Featuring Nikolina as Viliya

Warriors of Virtue Episode 4 rough cover design showcaseing Viliya, the Wind Warrior.

Nikolina (fourteen years old) is the Wind Warrior, Viliya. She has the ability to speak with animals.

Nikolina Katherine Marissa Lumijer is Lauraliee’s fourteen-year-old sister. She is extraordinarily beautiful, sweet, and kind. However, she is not afraid to get in a skirmish with her cousin. She is a tomboy, who loves exploring nature and can speak to animals. She adores her sister and cousin, but just because she’s the youngest does not mean she will let them get away with anything.

Nikolina becomes Viliya, the Wind Warrior.

Episode 5: Featuring Srdjan

Warriors of Virtue Episode 5 Rough Cover featuring Srdjan.

Srdjan knows how to use a wooden staff. He also has more Earth than he should and becomes Cornelian’s Apprentice.

Srdjan Jović’s parents are court ambassadors. When he and Lauraliee were seven they met, got into a fight, and became best friends. He moved into the Children’s Tower and has been tutored by Cornelian with his new friends. He has a talent for wielding a staff, and has more Earth in him than any human should, eventually becoming Cornelian’s apprentice.

Episode 6: Featuring Vert

Warriors of Virtue Episode 6 rough cover art featuring Vert Swiftwing.

Vert Swiftwing is Prince Diamond’s best friend and Captain of the Guard. He can transform into a green dragon of Swift class.

Vert Swiftwing is Prince Diamond’s Captain of the Guard and best friend. He is about 200 years old but appears to be twenty. This is because dragon-people age slower than humans. Vert can transform into a green dragon of the Swift class. He has no issues with humans, but must follow Lord Malachite’s orders. Unlike Diamond who never ventured far beyond Storm Rock, Vert has spent his life exploring Ardan. He is witty and charming. His weapon of choice: throwing daggers.

Episode 7: Featuring Diamond

Warriors of Virtue Episode 7 rough cover art featuring Diamond Pendragon.

Prince Diamond Pendragon was a ruler of the dragon people for hundred and fifty years. He does not know whether to believe his father when he says that humans are evil.

Diamond Pendragon has ruled his people in a hermit kingdom at Storm Rock after the defeat of his father, Lord Malachite, since he was five (or should I say fifty) years old. He witnessed his father’s imprisonment (and—he thought—death) at the hands of the Warriors of Virtue. In the hundred and fifty years of his rule, he never returned to the council of Ardan, keeping his people to themselves. After his father’s miraculous escape, he argues with him against a war on humans. However, what if his father is right and humans are a plague that will destroy Ardan in the end? Diamond wishes he had bothered to find out more about humans when he had the chance.

Episode 8: Featuring Lady Avalon

Warriors of Virtue Episode 8 cover art featuring Lady Avalon Starshine.

Lady Avalon is an accomplished witch and in the author’s opinion a total nutcase.

Lady Avalon Starshine is Diamond’s Aunt, twin-sister of his mother, Elonway. Daughter of a dragon nobleman and a star, she’s extraordinarily beautiful and well-versed in magic. She practices all kinds of magic, including Dark Magic, but she is not as powerful as Malachite, Cornelian, or Mistress Nature. She loves Malachite Pendragon, but is not particularly fond of her nephew.

Episode 9: Featuring Lord Malachite

Warriors of Virtue Episode 9 cover art featuring Lord Malachite.

Lord Malachite has a very good reason for hating humans to the point where he wants to exterminate them.

Lord Malachite Pendragon, a.k.a. the Dragon Lord, is the ruler of the dragon-people and Diamond’s father. He learned to hate humans and has spent the last portion of his life trying to exterminate them from Ardan. He hates humans so much that he tried to get rid of his own human side with Dark Magic, but instead managed to get stuck in a form neither human nor dragon. Malachite is the most powerful sorcerer in Ardan, only Mistress Nature can match his magic and she’s a goddess. His goal in life is to destroy every human in Ardan, thus saving all the non-human residents, and rule as his people have ruled for generations.

Well, there you have it: the first nine YA covers. Let me know what you think in the comments, and if you are interested in reading the first 9 episodes in exchange for an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads, please contact me.

All 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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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.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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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.

If you would like to watch Time-lapse videos of my work with written commentary, 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.

 

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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Warriors of Virtue Chapter 02 Cover Art Illustration

After illustrating the Warriors of Virtue cover digitally with Cintiq Companion and Photoshop CS 5, I’ve decided to illustrate all the colour illustrations with Cintiq rather than traditionally in acrylic as I’ve initially planned.

I have two reasons for changing my mind:

  1. I feel that having a digital cover, acrylic chapter covers, and ink illustrations may be too much diverse media for a single story.
  2. I’m trying to learn to paint digitally and I feel these illustrations will be excellent practice.

I will have to repaint my illustration of the wizard Cornelian walking to the Empyreal Castle. I wonder what it will look like as a digital painting. For now, let me share with you my step-by-step process for painting Chapter 02 Cover Art.

Warriors of Virtue Chapter 01 Cover Art

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

Please note: The following blog post will be the last blog post to include the recorded step-by-step videos. I will continue to record my illustration process, but I will share them only with the Mili Fay Art Club Members, so if you wish to continue watching these videos for free join the club below.

Warriors Of Virtue Chapter 02 Cover Illustration

I begin every illustration by rereading the whole chapter or section of the book I’m illustrating. As I read sometimes images will stand out in my head. These are the images I will turn into illustrations.

I write down the text that describes each illustration. Usually, the text leaves a lot to the imagination. I do a lot of work inside my head, but once I have a rough layout in mind, I begin to create quick illustration sketches known as Thumbnails…

Let’s try something different.

Rather than writing about my illustration process, this time I have included little notes within the videos themselves. If you would like me to continue describing my process in the blog post instead, let me know in the comments.

In this video series I show you how I work my way from a sketch, to a tonal study, and two painting — two paintings, because I did not like the result of the first.

If you are having trouble viewing this playlist you can find it here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLVFkpVv04ZbqCunT59tuCpaqozMzkG2O

WofV CH02 Cover Art

Warriors of Virtue: Chapter 02 | Cover Art – Sugarplum asleep within the sowing basket.

 

If you have any question, do not hesitate to contact me.

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, 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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Warriors of Virtue Fantasy Series Cover Art and Back Cover Blurb

Warriors of Virtue Episode 1 Cover Art

I’m working on the back blub for the fantasy series. It is difficult to choose just what to write. If you read the following, would you read the book or put it back on the shelf? What is good about this back blurb and what is bad?

Introducing Mili Fay’s first ever fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue

After a hundred and fifty years Cornelian believed Dragon Lord Malachite was dead in his granite prison, but miraculously the King of the Dragon-people escapes. It is up to Cornelian to reawaken the Warriors of Virtue, but has Malachite escaped too soon? Can three sheltered teenagers stop a madman who has demolished armies and nearly destroyed the Land of Ardan in his quest for vengeance?

All Lauraliee Lumijer ever wanted was an ordinary life. At sixteen she accepted that Fates decided she will serve better as a Princess, and not just any princes at that, but the future Queen of Ardan! Now, Cornelian tells her that she, her cousin, and sister have been chosen by Mistress Nature to become Warriors of Virtue? Each will be granted power over one of the elements, then sent on a mission to retrieve Dragon Lord Malachite’s Blood Ruby from the Lonely Ice Mountain to prevent war. All they need do is avoid dragon-people, a score of other dangers, stay alive, and–oh yes–keep the mission a secret from her overprotective mother.

Diamond Pendragon is thrilled his father is alive, but he is not convinced a war to remove all humans from Ardan is in everyone’s best interest. Admittedly, since his father’s imprisonment, Diamond ruled the people in his kingdom far away from humans. He ignored Queen Dragana’s kind invitations, and those of her predecessors that attempted to welcome his people back into Ardanian society. Nevertheless, humans could not possibly be as bad as his father declares? If only he knew more about them…

Warriors of Virtue is for all who love an adventure-filled journey, but be advised: Warriors of Virtue contains some disturbing content and may not be appropriate for children under 13.

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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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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 16

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 16: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/zVpSDdl3AJU

You can find out more about the Warriors of Virtue fantasy series by clicking on the link.

Iridescent Capes

On DeviantArt I found this wonderful tutorial by Chrishanhah on creating iridescence. After painting the iridescence as suggested, I decided to use the Magic Wand tool to select the inside of the capes that are to be made iridescent. Then I reversed the Selection, and erased the iridescent layer so that only the inside of the capes would be covered with paint. At the beginning of Video 16 I follow the steps suggested in the tutorial, but I got stuck in Part II. After applying different Blending Modes to the image, there were 4 I liked.

It is at this point that I reached out to the Social Community. I asked everyone who saw the post to tell me which blending mode they preferred.

(A Blending Mode allows the user of Photoshop to change the “blending” of the active layer. It can be found in the Layer’s Palette. I do not really understand the terms, but I think they have to do something with photography. In general, I just experiment with the effects and see which one I like.)

Blending Mode Question

Which Blending Mode do you like?

A friend of mine suggested I should use Colour Burn blending mode, but add some bright lights from the Hard Light mode. She was right. It ended my qualms about the work, and it made it look much better than I thought it would.

After finishing the iridescence of the capes, I had to fix the shadow. Then I move on to adding lighting to Lord Malachite’s eyes, using the same approach I used with the warriors.

Painting Stars

A while back, because I did not like the provided Photoshop brushes, I created my own star brush. I found several images of the Universe on Google, and I used these images as reference for adding stars around the warriors. In the story, when the chosen humans become Warriors of Virtue by merging their spirits with those of the elemental spirits, they are in a chamber which is flooded with the “illusion” of them standing in the middle of the Universe as they take their vows. I have chosen this scene for the main cover, because I feel that it introduces the characters and gives the audience a glimpse of what the book is about better than any other individual scene. However, looking at my cover up to this point, I wondered if adding stars may make the work too busy. In the end, I decided to add the stars, because I find it irritating when the cover art does not represent the scene from the book truthfully. Recently, I read a book where a girl wore a red dress in the story, but they made the dress purple on the cover. Artistically, I get that the Art Director wanted to keep the book visually separate from the first book in the series, but I don’t think the action was necessary. I would have bought the book even if she wore the red dress.

If you are reading this, I’m curious to see your thoughts: Do you find the discrepancies between the artwork and the story irritating, or do you not care?

An interesting thing about stars is that they are not all the same colour, so I decided to add colours from the elemental powers in the image. I added each star manually. I did not use a pattern brush, because I find patterns jarring. Then for the bigger stars I went back in and gave them a brighter center.

Adding The Title

Oy vay! I do not like adding titles.

I would not mind so much if I knew how to keep the letters neat to design my own font in Photoshop, but whenever I try to do this, they look absolutely dreadful. Designing fonts is an art in itself, and though I did have one assignment in school where I was required to design a font, that was one assignment in years of study. I did design a Warriors of Virtue font. As the video continues, I tried to use the provided font, but then I spent quite a bit of time sketching in the Warriors of Virtue font (most of this video is sped up to 8000% original speed. The part when I sketch the Warriors of Virute font I’ve sped up 16000%.)

I sketched it in, was playing around with its placement, when my sister walks through the door and tells me to use a simple font, because the rest of the image is busy.

Bwoom! My mind is blown.

Originally, I was going to have a graphic image of the tree (the one in the center of Warriors of Virtue’s uniforms) on a black background as the cover (a very boring cover), so fancy font would stand out. However, after looking at the image I painted, I agreed with my sister: a simple font will work better.

Not too simple. When I added the plain Arial font (my favourite font—maybe because I am a Libra and Arial speaks to my sense of simplicity and balance), it did not belong to the rest of the image. In spite of my sister protesting all the way, I decided to change the size of the letters at the beginning and end, to create more visual interest. I tried to do the same with my name, but on second thought I decided to keep the name simple. I want the reader to see the image, then the title, then my name.

To make the font fit the image better, I decided to make it look golden, to echo the embroidery of the Warriors of Virtue’s tunic. I did this by adding a layer of gradation above my font layer, then from the top menu I chose Layer > Create Clipping Mask. Afterwards I used the Dodge and Burn tools to make the font look shiny.

I went into Layer options and added Stroke of middling opacity and dark-blue colour I used for shading around the font to make it stand out better from the image. After considering the image, I decided to push back Malachite’s eyes by changing the opacity, so it looks as if they are emerging from shadows. I also made my name less shiny. As I said, I want the reader to see the image, read the title, then my name.

The font works, the image works, but there is still something not quite right with the image. Can you tell me what?

Warriors of Virtue Cover 01

There is something not right with this cover. Can you think of a way to make it better?

I think I figured it out, but I forgot to record the last edit. You can see the final cover image in the following post.

Until then, I hope you enjoyed seeing me create my first digital painting ever from scratch. Thank you for watching and thank you for reading.

Love,

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, 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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