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October is one crazy month for me! 

With New York Comic Con, FACTS in Belgium and London Comic Con all head to toe with each other, it leaves little time to sleep (or more importantly draw)

Can I say a hearty and heartfelt thanks for everyones international support at both NYCC and FACTS, while I'm far from home you guys were so welcoming. It's amazing a little independent artist like me can feel so at home :heart:

For London I am in the 'Comic Village' as usual, though this year I have a booth rather than one of the tables! Head right to the back wall where the artists are and walk along and you should find me :) Number 791, I'm listed in the dealers section of the conbook if you're having trouble finding me :heart:

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Super quick-splat map, but you get the idea ;) (Gosh, isn't my handwriting terrible for an artist? XD)

~So who's coming?! *does an excited little seat dance*

I'm in Barcelona next weekend for Salon Del Manga, bet lets get London out the way first ;))
Shop will open again after Barcelona, mid November (Sorry any inconvenience, I'm sure you can understand why ^-^;)


Just to warn you, I won't have a chance to reply to messages for a while.

Much love, peace and sanctuary to you all,
Blue x:heart:x
Just to let everyone know that my Print Store in open again: destinyblue.storenvy.com/

However it will only be open for a week, as I'm off to quite a few international conventions in October. Do check out my profile page for where I'll be :)

I'm going to try and work on a solution which means I can keep the store open when I'm away. As I do everything myself, it can be hard balancing everything, and sometimes things have to be put on pause, especially as the drawing is the most important part to me, I don't want them taking a back foot to the admin site of things. I'll work something out for you guys, as I know random shop opening times can be inconvenient. Thanks for being patient with me! :heart:

Cheers everyone, your continued support allows me to keep me creating! :)

Much love,
Your Blue xx


Closed for a bit now, thanks! <3
Just updating this journal with a little map of now to find me at MCM Glasgow this weekend!

Mcmglasgow by DestinyBlue


I'm D5&6, but since they don't mark table numbers your better off remembering to walk down the middle of the Comic Village and you'll find me! :D

Phew, I got of the plane from Canada yesterday, and am on a 6 hour train ride right now, so please excuse me if I appear slightly jet-lagged over the weekend XD  MCM Glasgow is going to be a blast, can't wait to see what the two days will bring, really glad they have expanded this year, means more time to chill with people. I'll be manning the two tables on my own, so sorry if there is a queue or if I take a while to get prints out and whatnot, I'll try my best, and you guys know I love to chat :)

~See you soooooon! :heart:


Much love and peace and hope to everyone :heart:


I write this from out in sunny Toronto Canada!
I've had a few days to explore but the real work stars tomorrow - FanExpo! :heart: 
I have a Premium Artists Alley space this year, booth P128, just head to the back wall where all the artists are and walk down that row you'll eventually find me. I made a little map for those inclined to get lost ;)



Have to say I'm so excited to do this even again! Last year I had a little booth and didn't know what to expect, this time I feel much more prepared -and most importantly I have enough prints! I sold out of lots of the ones people wanted last time so sorry about that ^-^ 
Looking forward especially to see all the cool cosplays Toronto has to offer! :D

So who's going to be there? :)




Thanks to everyone in Toronto! I had a blast, felt like a bit of a holiday for once ;) heh
Thank everyone, back to drawing for me now, the store is now closed :)

-DevianARTs submissions have been playing up recently, seems not everyone is getting notifications of new uploads in their Message Center, and deviations are not showing up properly for everyone. Really sorry I've tried uploading something multiple times, I've taken it down for now as I'd like everyone to be able to see it. I'll try again when the bugs fixed. Thanks for your patience everyone :)
Hello all! :D

Just a quick message to let you know I'll be at MCM Manchester Comic Com this weekend and then back down for London's Hyper Japan the weekend after. I have a stall at both :)

Its been an really intense few months for me, lots of traveling and highs and lows. After I've finished these two events I'm really looking forward to some rest time, well some -draw- time really ;) Sorry I haven't finished anything new in a while, but don't worry, your patients will be rewarded soon! 

If you want more updates from me head over to www.facebook.com\destinyblue for what I'm up to and sketches and things :) 

So, who's coming to Manchester Comic Con and Hyper Japan?! :dance:

Much love everyone,
~Blue xx
I'm mostly not jet lagged after 30 hours travelling to Australia, but I am entirely excited however for Supanova Sydney convention! (AKA Upsidedown Con :D)

It starts tomorrow and I'll be there all the days...  :)

Here's how to find me:Supanovasyd14map by DestinyBlue



I'm through the Dome into the next hall (hoping people know there's a next hall) in an area called 'The Alley' classy I know ;) Table A034

Please do come early if there is a specific print you are after as my stock is limited to what I can carry on a plane! Things will sell out and I don't want anyone disappointed ~:heart:

I went into the city to collect some things I needed for the convention today, but haven't done much exploring yet (Though I did get very excited on finding some beautiful plastic wallets and a HUGE bag of rubber bands XD) I will after though :)

I'm at Perth Supanova next weekend as well! I'll post details once the crazyness that is Sydney is over ^-^

I'll be keeping you guys updated as much as I can via my facebook: www.facebook.com/DestinyBlue

~~Okay I'll sign off, because I actually am more jetlagged than I though judging by the amount of spelling errors I made on this! XD

Love to all over the planet :heart:
Blue xx
First off thanks SO much for all your kind birthday messages, it really brightened my day, especially as I had to spend most of it getting ready for this weekend :)

....and this weekend is none other the one of the biggest events of my year. ~~MCM London Comic Con!

I will be there as usual with my table of glowy joy, selling prints and canvasses, and generally being happy to see everyone :D

I made a handy map so you have no excuse to not find me ;) :

Fbmcmmap by DestinyBlue

I'm really excited and can't wait to see so many amazing people again, and what with it being so close to my birthday I really do feel like I celebrate it at the event :D

~So who's going to be there? ^-^

Sorry there's been a bit of radio silence from me recently, been having a bit of a rough mental time recently, and went a bit reclusive for a while. Trying to get myself back on track now though, and my schedule is pretty packed for the next few months so I wont have any time to mull. Doing things will do me good :)

I'll be keeping everyone up to date on facebook about things happening this weekend on my page: www.facebook.com/DestinyBlue so head there is you're interested, even if you can't make it ^-^

So much love to you all. Can't wait to hug so many of you this weekend :heart: :heart: :heart:
Busy packaging store orders ^-^

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Tubes fill of joy! :D

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They love/hate me at the post office! XD You should have seen their face when I said I'd be back tomorrow with more ;)

Heads up to anyone who's ordered a canvas, the one's I've had in stock gave been shipped, but most have to be ordered and produced specially, this does take time, and as I've had many more orders than planned so production is taking longer than planned. I'm now away for the weekend to exhibit at London Super Comic Con, so canvases should be sent out early next week :) Thanks!

Congratulations to Matthew Murphy, who was my 100th order! He gets his WARPAINT print upgraded to a limited edition canvas for free! :D Lucky him :heart:

Thanks so much for all your support! The response has been overwhelming, it's you guy who really do allow me to keep doing what I love, and producing and sharing original artwork. My heartfelt thanks goes out to you all :heart:

Right, I'll be at London Super Comic Convention this weekend, and then Birmingham MCM Comic Con the weekend after! :DLscc13map by DestinyBlue
You may already know (or already ordered XD) but to celebrate reaching 1 million pageviews I'm offering a very special discount in my shop~!

50% off everything with code 'TeamBlue' 

Go to: destinyblue.storenvy.com to order



Offer closes on Wednesday March 12th. It applies to everything, print and limited edition canvases, lucky you! :heart:

I've been really overwhelmed by all the orders so far, you guys are keeping my busy XD Please note if you order a canvas it may take up a week to dispatch it to you, this is because I order canvases from my supplier, and they take a while to get made and delivered to me :)

Most print orders are going in the post this Monday. I had to order a lot more postal tubes :P 

I'm honoured so many people want my art on their walls, and it's so sweet to see people buying for their friends.
Please do spread the work on this as I wouldn't want anyone missing out ^-^

1 millon, thanks so much guys,

Lots of love,
~Blue xx
So excited to announce my new store...... ~open~!
 
And it's Black *ahem* Blue Friday so I'm offering 24 hours (from posting this) of  15% off everything! Just use code TeamBlue at checkout! How exciting ^0^

Thanks so much to those people who ordered though my journal last time, glad people are really happy with their prints! I had a lot of inquiries about Christmas ordering, and wanted to streamline the ordering process for both you and me, so I've made a little store for us!

Discover it here: DestinyBlue.storenvy.com/

There's lush Prints and Limited Edition Canvasses for you to enjoy ^-^
Who doesn't want prettier walls for Christmas? :dance:
Prices are in USA (thought I'm from England) Please go to www.xe.com to currency convert :)

~Last order date for Christmas delivery~

Australia: 4th December
EU & Canada: 8th December
USA: 10th December
UK: 16th December
(+4 days earlier for canvas orders)

I'll try my best to get your order to you before Christmas and ship it as soon as possible! But please note I cannot guarantee any delivery times. If you order before the dates above there should be no problems :) I will ship after these dates but you might not receive your package before Crimbo, which would be a shame, as my prints would love to see your house on Christmas day! :D

Twentyfourhoursalestartsnow! Enjoy! :)

Visit my store on Storenvy

~
I know I always gush about my supporters, but I do have really amazing ones, thanks so much for supporting an independent original artist, you guys let me keep on creating and sharing what I love! Thank you! The merriest of Christmases to you all :heart: :heart: :heart:

Much Love,

~Blue x

Update:: Sorry my store is closed for the beginning of January as I'm not around to post prints out. Should be open again in not tooo long, keep an eye here! :heart: :heart:




www.facebook.com/DestinyBlue for more up to date updates ^-^

www.facebook.com/DestinyBlue


Its that time again!

I'll be attending MCM London Comic Con! I'll have my usual little booth in the Comic Village :D

Don't have much time as I'm busy preparing yummy goodies so I made the crappiest little map:
MCM London 2013 by DestinyBlue

But I do hope it'll serve its purpose and you'll be able to find me!

Comic Village Table F13

F for Freddo (that frog chocolate) and 13 for unlucky! If you would like to bring me a Freddo I'll show you just how unlucky it can be ;) hehe
I have 2 tables so number 14 is also mine, but 14s harder to remember... if you find 13 you'll find me! XD

I can't express how excited I am to be back on home soil in my hometown rounding off an amazing month with an MCM. I'd ramble about it here, but why when you can just find me there and see how elated I am ^-^

I have some really exciting new stuff. New prints, and super limited edition canvasses. You'll have to come along to find out :heart:

love love



Prints by DestinyBlue

Sorry if you came to this through my text being a link. dAs acting strangely, I've sent a bug report about it :)


The point of this journal was to let people know I'm currently selling prints through my online shop: destinyblue.storenvy.com/
Oh Canada! With your exciting conventions and interesting cities it didn't take much to persuade me to come over!

I get on a plane tomorrow, so it's not like I'm leaving it late to write an update about this or anything ;)

I will be exhibiting at:

-Otakuthon-

Montreal 16th-18th August

Premium Artists Table 213

Otakuthonmap by DestinyBlue
(Thanks to :devtarahm: for the map)

-Toronto Fan Expo-

Toronto 22nd-25th August

Small Press Table A132

fanexpoMAP by DestinyBlue

Are you going to be there? :D

I can't wait to meet Canadian supporters and make some new friends :D Please be aware that prints are in strictly limited supply, sorry guys blame the baggage allowance, so if you have a favourite of mine you know you want, come early to not be disappointed, especially at Fan Expo!

I'm going to find it hard to get to sleep tonight! I have never been to Canada before, though it's always intrigued me, I swapped some Canadian dollars in preparation, and spotted the queen on a $20, so I'm sure I'll feel right at home there ;)
Will have to brush up on my French as well, as the first convention is in French Canada, I'm hoping a decent amount speak English, as while I can do the passable basics in french I can't chit chat well, except to tell you what I have in my pencil case, and anyone who's met me knows I love to chit chat XD Toronto I'm really looking forward to exploring, though I can't say I know exactly what I'll do, please do feel free to tell me anywhere I shouldn't miss! Insider tips please guys! :D I think I will see less Moose than I'm hoping ;) Gonna get myself the customary most ugly fridge magnet I can find in each city, I have quite a collection now :)


Managed to reply to almost all my notes (sending love to loads of you guys) though if you haven't got a reply it's almost certainly because I want to send you something thoughtfully written in return :) Making headway into my normal comments as well, though I still have so many of you amazing people to personally reply to. I'll get there! Where did all the time go? Britain got some sunshine so I tried to make the most of that ;)

Stay cool and see you in Canadaaaaaaa~~!

Little update: Would just like to tell everyone to steer well clear of the meetup group 'Toronto Artists and Art Lovers' I turned up for one of their 'workshops' hoping to meet other artists and do a bit of painting with some of my spare time in Toronto, but no organisers showed up, then when we politely voice our disappointment on the event page our comments were deleted and we were accused of being liars and staging a 'malicious attack' After these guys wasted our time and money it's pretty sad they would accuse the innocent people who turned up for their failed meetup. Most experiences I've had though meetup have been great, the night before I met up with some people to play boardgames at 401 games in town. So much fun! But yeah, not all groups have good intentions, so be careful guys! <3
First off can I say wow, what a warm response the Aussies game me! Supanova was so much fun, as was exploring in and around Sydney, my apologies for bringing the weather with me though ;)

Last weekend at Q-con was a much quieter affair, it was appreciated after all the traveling, Northern Ireland was chilled and my panels went down a treat I'm glad to say. At the airport I found the most hideous fridge magnet to add to my collection of hideous fridge magnets from cities I've done conventions in. When she checkout girl told me it was "Only £2.59" as it had no price on it, I said in my head, and accidentally out loud an amused "what a bargain" to which she looked at this hideous thing and then gave me the most bizarre expression. I laughed, then tried really hard to stop laughing as she handed me my change. It was brilliant and I will think of it each time I look at my magnets wonky beauty.

So onto the important stuff: This weekend!





Japan Expo Paris!
I'm in a 'Young Designers Booth' this year, rather than the 'amateur' artists alley area, mostly because last year it was in such a bad location, our row had a collum blocking the entrance, and to top it all off the incessant rain produced a localised power cut over our area! Decided to try and have another go this year but am nervous about it, and it takes a lot to make me nervous Please do come find me and say hello, here's how:


Japan Expo - Find me :) by DestinyBlue

Young Designers

BC36

They have maps at the entrance so pick one up, and you can find me under D for um, DestinyBlue ;) BC36 BC for Bread Crumbs because you might need it to find me, and 36 for magic number three, then magic number three doubled XD
If your struggling, find the Square Enix stand with the huge poster of Lightning, then instead of following the orange carpet left, turn off it and go right. You can tell I want you to find me, right? ;)
I'll be sharing the booth with Emily from Tanabata who have the most adorable jewelry :heart:


As for London Film and Comic Con, I won't personally be there this weekend (if you're unsure why please see above) but you will find a little stand selling my artwork and manned by my lovely boyfriend, please be nice to him :D
We are going to see what happens at each event this year and then focus on one next time around.

I'm forever grateful for all your support, sorry to everyone waiting on replies from me, I hope you understand why it hasn't been possible for a while :heart:

So, I'm sitting on the other side of the world, wondering about my sanity. Did I really book a table at a convention in Australia and travel all the way from England? Mm yes... yes, it looks like I did. 

The upshot of it is if you're from Oz you can come say hi at Sydney's Supanova convention, Olympic Park: www.supanova.com.au/ 21st -23rd June
Come find me at: 

Artists Alley

Table B

 for Bonza mate!
Please do come and say hello and keep my company, as I'm pretty far from home. Prints will be available from my table, which I am very happy to sign for you :D 
The suitcase weight limit on the flight was really tight, and so such prints are limited in quantity as I could only carry so many, so you might want to come early if you have a specific artwork you would like; and your support will help me come back next year~ hopefully more prepared! XD
I am seriously excited for my first Australian convention though, can't wait to see what it's like! :heart:

Who's coming? :D 

Really enjoyed exploring Oz, mostly Sydney so far, though tomorrow I go into the Hunter Valley vineyard region and do some wine tasting!

For those curious, this is my second time in Australia, the first was 6 years ago on my 'gap year' (Well 6 months) I just wanted to see all of it and as such traveled round like a maniac. It meant I didn't stop for long and I wasn't with the same people for very long, so didn't make many close friends. Then I fell in love for the first time and had my heart broken, it was a tough experience going through that on your own. So Australia for me comes with mixed emotions. My first time there really did make me realise what was important to me, and how much I value my friends, kind strangers, and companionship. The big rock in the middle is just a big rock if you don't have anyone to share it with. This time round I have taken time to hang out with some really awesome people, got well into my first real DnD game, and tonight I've been invited to an Star Wars miniatures game, which I have little idea about but should be a laugh. Many thanks to the guys from The Nerd Cave and Good Game Town Hall for making me feel really welcome despite my slurred jetlagged-ness XD 

Went back to the retro future today and rode the monorail before it's destroyed at the end of the month!

Sorry if you are waiting on a reply from me and I have not got back to you yet, I've been... busy, if you couldn't tell :D I fly back next Monday but don't arrive till Wednesday :O

~Much love as always :heart: :heart:
Today is indeed my birthday!

My inbox has been flooded with messages of joy and love ~Thanks for that guys! *group hug*

Real life still must go on and I have spent the day preparing and printing for the MCM London Comic Con which is this coming weekend! So much to do! Not time to eat cake yet ;) I'll view the convention as my birthday celebrations, when I can actually interact with real people and not just work hard in my pajamas (Though if you are going to work hard this is often the best attire) ;)

Come say hello and give me birthday high fives in the:

Comic Village


E13 + E14


E for Emu and 13 for unlucky. So think of an Emu who can't come to MCM, that's a pretty unlucky Emu ;-;
Check in the convention guide for a floor plan of the location.

Which awesome people will I have the pleasure of seeing there this weekend? :D

I am currently printing and hand stretching 10x14" canvases myself. These are a very limited edition of only 50 in selected designs. As such they wont be cheap, but they are great quality and prefect if your looking for something a little more exclusive. What doesn't sell out will be available in my web shop (when it's up)
As usual prints will be available as well, look out for my 'business card' banner above the stall. :)


I'm excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and I can use as much punctuation as I like today, on account of it being my birthday) :D @[[]'#.'#!!!!!!!!##.#,<..@::@p!!!!!!!!!!

update: stressed.
I get asked many questions and it can be hard for me to answer them all, so I have compiled a list of questions which I'm often asked in the hope it is of interest to some of you :)


--Making Art--


   

Where did you learn?

I've taught myself. My Secondary (High) School art teacher told me 'cartoon are not art' and so I had no interest in perusing 'art' classes any further. At about 13 I began to draw every day, less studying, more drawing what came to mind, creating characters and worlds and getting my thoughts and feeling onto paper. 
I joined deviantART at 15, and the feedback and critique I've gained through sharing my art online has helped a lot in my improvementI wasn't born with any 'gift', unless you count functioning hands, I learned through practice. My early drawings are just as bad as everyone elses (I keep them as proof) I am nowhere near finished my learning, and now I actively study more and look to develop my skills further.

What are your influences?

I've always enjoyed creation; to draw something into existence from imagination is intoxicating. 
When I first started to draw I was certainly intrigued by the the anime style, with those big emotionful eyes and expressive features, the simplicity and boldness captured me as soon as I saw it, and still I think the style holds much wonder. As I progressed I began to work more form life, and try other things, though my roots are in the cartoon side, and I love combining the two. Growing up I always enjoyed artists like Mucha, and the whole art nouveau movement. Check out my favourties on deviantART to get a taste of my tastes :)


How long does each drawing take?

For a fully painted and coloured piece it takes anywhere between 10 and 40 hours. Generally I have little pressure on me when I draw, so am not particularly fast. I'm not great at doing things right first time, and often make a lot of revisions to try and stop things looking wrong.

What program do you use?

Mostly I use Paint Tool SAI and a little Photoshop. Almost all the art I post online is done digitally from scratch now.
This is by far the question I get asked the most, so I urge you to remember a program will only draw what you tell it to! Practice will get your further than any expensive program can.
I use a good old mechanical pencil and cheap sketchpad for my doodles and practicing, I take it everywhere I can and draw as much as possible.

Where do you get your ideas/ creativity from?

I have an overactive imagination~! I also take time to explore things I find interesting from the world around me and my internal thoughts and emotions.
Creativity is an active thing, to get better at it you have it exercise it! Sketching, Doodling, writing; for creativity to happen you need to create. Keep it in your mind you want to make something more unique than 'pretty girl standing there' and you will. 
My inspirations come from all over, a lot of my drawings relate to my life in some way, and my experiences and observations.


How come you art is so emotive?

I think an artist often speaks about themselves and their life through their art. Like most people, certain aspects of life has been pretty rough, when I started drawing both dark and light things I experienced crept into my drawings. When a particularly tough situation developed in recent years, while I was trying to stay strong I developed clinical depression. It's hard to explain what that felt like... to have hell come inside your own head. But I came through it, and am through the worst of it now. It's developed me much as a person, and as such has had a influence on my artwork.
Don't let some of my darker work fool you; I have an optimistic outlook and I enjoy so much of life. During the hard times I used drawing as an escape, a way to vent and put my story on paper, to be constructive with the destructive thoughts. It helped so much.
Through the hard experiences I can truly appreciate happiness and how many blessings I genuinely have. I don't dwell on the painful, but I do let it influence me to create.


Why don't you upload things more frequently?

I have always wanted to produce quality rather than quantity, I prefer drawing one thing which has a clear message and is created to the best of my ability, than two which are unclear and rushed. Please never think I have quit drawing or left dA, I won't, this is my online home and drawings in my soul, you just have to wait a little for the next creation. I put a lot effort and detail into each piece, and that takes time, I only hope you stick around if you think new drawings from me are worth the wait :) 


Do you do animation or have you got a comic?

I never studied animation, have tried it a few times, but I have the same issues with it as I do with comics - Drawing the same characters and things again and again! It doesn't vibe with me, and I like colouring in too much. I prefer making single artistic pieces, so while I do have many stories, please don't expect a comic from me anytime soon ;) I love watching 2D animations, and own a ton of comics though XD

--Drawing Techniques--


Can you teach me how to draw?

I wish I could personally teach everyone, but alas that is not possible! What I'll do below is outline my process and techniques, so hopefully that should serve as some insight and guidance that you may use now you wish :)


How do you plan out drawing?

It starts with the idea, sometimes it's fully formed, sometimes just a seed. 
To know if it's going to work and how to best convey my message I draw thumbnails, tiny canvases where I block out the main elements of the drawing. I do quite a few variations to see which translates the best. When I'm happy with overall layout I do a quick rough sketch keeping in mind composition and flow. 

What size canvass do you work with?

3000 pixels or there abouts, that should be big enough for most print media, you should work large as you can always scale down for web later, but it's harder to scale up as you lose detail.

How do you make your lineart?

Carefully! I zoom right in and using a hard brush carefully draw in the lines. I recently discovered SAIs 'smoothing' tool, where the cursor drags behind your stroke a little and gives a really nice wobble-free line. The trick to getting clean lines generally is taking your time.

How do you choose colours?

In case you haven't guessed I love colours! Choosing the colours of my piece is often my favourite part.
I play around a lot, I start by splashing colour all over the canvass leaving no white patches, then build up from there, I often zoom out and look at how the piece works as a whole. Coloures are relative to each other, so always think about how they work together. Remember to critically asses your colour choices, just because she has a red top and blue jeans doesn't mean you can pick any red and blue and it'll look good, see how they work together and with the background and lighting. 
Colour is very important for establishing mood. Do you want a light airy and pastally piece, or darker and grungier theme? Think about what your colour choice says. I use the 'Adjustments' sliders in photoshop to edit colours at this stage, see how it might look if I added a blue hue and what not. Establish where the light is coming from early on, then play around!

How do you make things glow like that?

I really enjoy adding glowing elements and interesting lighting to my work. To have a successful glow you probably want a darker background so the light stands out, have a bright center of the glowing thing; it's light gradually fading to the darkness as the light emanates. To make it convincing you need to have your glow interacting with other elements, say it's a girl holding a glowing flower, it's important to not only make the flower glow but to have the light emitting hit her face, subtly casting its colour over her features, and stronger glows may even create shadows.

How many layers do you use?

Depends. With my drawings where linearts involved I always keep that on a separate layer and generally have a new layer for each different part 'hair' 'skit' 'shirt' ect
For drawing where it's more painted I usually use two layers, one with the main painting and one as a 'working layer' which I paint onto, then I merge that layer onto the main canvass when I'm happy with whatever I'm developing at the time.

Do you use references?

Think of an ant. I mean, really imagine an ant, what it looks like. Close your eyes. If you've got a pen draw one, go on :)
Now look at a picture of an ant: core-company.com/wp-content/up… How similar was it to the one you imagined? You probably got that it had a body and 6 legs and antenna, but did you remember it has three parts to its body, with the legs coming from the middle, an the shape the're angled at, and its pincers? 
But you know what an ant look like right?! Recognition is a basic thing we are all pre-programmed with, however recreation isn't, what with it not being an essential skill, back in the day it was important to recognise an ant so you didn't sleep on a nest, it wasn't so important to be able to draw them. I digress...
This is why references help, often you think you know how something looks when you don't, this is especially true for the human body. I recommend doing some life drawing studies, there are tools like this: artists.pixelovely.com/practic… and Posemaniacs which give you people posing and a set time to draw them in, they can really help!
I spent my first years in art never drawing from life, I found it boring and probably would have dismissed my older selfs advice, but that's cool. Draw what you enjoy!
As for specific drawings of mine, if I'm struggling with a pose I get my boyfriend to take a photo of me in theat pose and have a look at how by body works. 

How did you get your 'style'?

'Finding your style' seems to be a common worry among new artists. I urge you all to experiment as much as possible, don't worry about settling on something as you naturally will. And then probably once your there and have done a few drawings in that style you will want to move on as you've plateaued and want a challenge. 
You work will probably be identifiable as yours even when you don't consciously 'style' you art. 

What Brushes do you use?

None mostly! The 'pen' aka 'brush' tool in SAI for almost everything...

Which drawing tablet do you use?

I use an Wacom Intuos3 A5 size, bought refurbished of ebay. Nothing very fancy. There is becoming a wider range of choice in the tablet market recently, but for beginners I usually recommend Wacoms range the 'Bamboo'


--Learning--


Do you have any tutorials you learned from?

I did look round the net for tutorials as I was learning, though often the quality of them was not great.

If you are really serious about studying and want to learn, I suggest picking up a published book. My learning shelf looks like this:
'Perspective made Easy' Norling (You will need to know perspective to draw pretty much anything successfully)
'Imaginative Realism' Gurney (drawing things that don't exist, but making them look real, great resource)
'Complete Guide to Life Drawing' Bammes (life and figure drawing, even if you work in cartoons, is good root being able to stylise the body)
'Drawing from Life' Bridgeman
'Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist' Peck (Good for finer anatomical details, but best used after you've digested the two previous books, or else your figures could look stiff)
'Colour and Light' Gurney (can't recommend highly enough for learning how light works and use of colour in a scene)
Everything by Andrew Loomis. He is one of the go to guys for instructional drawing, a warm encouraging manor, and more helpful instructions than you can shake a stick at) try him first if you're wondering where to start.
I have yet to find a really good 'How to draw Manga' type book, though the original Japanese ones were the best I've found. 

It's only relatively recently in my artistic journey I've begin properly studying and learning from references like these. For about 10 years I had no interest as I just didn't enjoy it. I would almost certainly be a technically a better artist if I used them earlier, but I was worried my stuff would lose my stamp and heart if I was learning fundamentals from others. I think it probably wouldn't have. But now I have the drive to improve as it's my career, not just my hobby.

I'm not sure weather to study art, would you recommend I go to college/uni to learn?

I have never formally studied art, so am not the best source of information on art schools!
What art schools will give you is time to focus on drawing, and guidance. Now these two things are key to an artistic career. But time to focus on drawing, and guidance, are things which can be achieved without art school. It depends of your drive and situation. One good thing about school is the resources; paints, brushes, tools, teachers, it's a great source of stuff. Also the contacts you might make, as you are all artists together, and have shows and gallerys put on for you. But your success is never guaranteed whatever path your choose. Ultimately a client will select you based on your portfolio, that you went to art school is inconsequential if your drawings aren't good enough for them. I don't think anyone would decide not to buy a print of mine they liked because I didn't go to art school. I am proud of the fact I'm self taught, and think it shows my genuine love of drawing. You just have to decide what works for you.

--Online--


How did you get your art known online?

I've been on deviantART for 10 years now and being active in the community helped, especially in my early days, commenting, chatting, critiquing and being generally involved led people to my page and then perhaps they liked the art they saw there. Their feedback then helped me improve. 
In truth, I don't really know why just so many people enjoy my art, I'm just glad they do, so sorry but I have no secret formula to share! XD 
If you want to get feedback on your art you can do things like swapping critiques, post in thumbshare forum, or join a critiquing group.
I think its important to remember not to judge yourself or your art by the amount of favourties or comments it gets online. Foremost you should enjoy creating, that way once you've finished a drawing it's already a success :)

You get a lot of comments on your art, do you read them all?

Every single one! :heart: (I love so many of you guys more than you'll ever know)

I comment on your drawing but didn't get a reply, why not?

The main sadnesses I have with my art getting so much love and support is that I can't thank or answer everyone individually. I read every comment and adore so many of you for you kindness and taking the time to write. I write this FAQ in hope it will answer the many questions I'm asked, and be like me talking to you directly, which it is :)
I don't reply to some questions because the answer is here in the FAQ, so I don't have to repeat myself many times.

Do you post your art on any other sites?

These are my other official sites:
www.facebook.com/DestinyBlue (I blog things here)
www.DestinyBlue.tumblr.com

Any other page posting my art is an unofficial 'fan' page -even if they claim to be me! (which they sometimes do)

I don't like your art.

I am humbled by all the support my art gets online, and not by a long way arrogant enough to think everyone who drops by my pages likes what they see. Art is highly subjective, and I know I draw things not everyone enjoys looking at, and I know am lacking in skills in certain (large) areas; I am trying to improve and everyone has different tastes :) I am very open to critiques and love to hear honest opinions. 



--Requests--

Do you sell prints online?

Please go here: www.destinyblue.storenvy.com I have prints and limited edition canvases available


Do you do requests?

Sorry, I don't.

Do you do Commissions?

I do not. I create art for the love of it and to communicate, if someone else is controlling my pen with their wallet I just don't enjoy drawing.

Can I use for your art for a school project? Will you answer some questions for me?

Of course you can! :heart: You are more than welcome to use my art for your school project! My heart is warmed that you would want to do that :)
Though I am sorry that I do not have time to answer each persons questions individually. But please do make use of this FAQ, as I hope it answers many of the things you want to know.

Will you review my art?

I wish you all the best with your artistic journey. But I can't review everyones art who asks, or I would never get any drawing done myself XD I do enjoy browsing a commenting on dA just like everyone else, so I might stumble across your work that way :nod:

Do you have any tutorials?

There should be some tutorials on the way! 


Can I draw something inspired by you?

One of the things I love most about sharing my art with you is that people want to draw things inspired by me. yes you are very welcome to! Feel free to be inspired, re-imagine an idea of mine, re-create in a photo any artwork, draw it again, be influenced by my colours. I request if you post your inspired piece online you credit me for the inspiration :)
I created a folder where I save artwork which has been created with inspiration from me: destinyblue.deviantart.com/fav… It's one of my favourite things to look at when I need cheering up :D


--Work--


Is this your job?

I am an Artist with a capital A now :D
That really means I spend a lot of my time looking for my pencil.
Heh, well really it means I travel all over Britain (and the world now) to events and conventions where I sell prints of my artwork and meet fantastic people. Like I said, I don't do commissions, so it's harder making a living, but I never every wanted this to be about money. It really is the best job ever :)

Are you coming to X/Y/Z convention?

Check out my main page for a list of conventions I'll be making an appearance at. If you would like me to come to one not listed let me know, or better yet let the organisers of that convention know, if enough people request it I might be able to be at the event and do talks and workshops :)

I'm a convention organiser, would you like to come to our Convention as a guest/ speaker?

I'd probably love to! I do talks and workshops on many aspects of art and creation.


I'm selling in an Artists Alley, do you have any general convention tips?

Selling at conventions is very different from being behind a computer uploading your art onto the web. People want to meet you.So be friendly and smile, even if you are nervous (which you will be) remember people are probably nervous to meet you to, sitting behind your big table ;) 
Best advice I can really give though is to make friends with your artist table buddies, if you go on a tea or lunch run, ask if they want something picking up (I love it when people do this) Remember the artists around you arn't your competition, they are your friends and colleges, they are in the same position you are. The artist community is very small, so don't be silly enough to bad mouth another artist behind their backs, you wouldn't want anyone doing this about you, so extend the same courtesy. 
I adore the atmosphere on the British Convention Scene, there is so much support between artists and I really want to harbor that. You can help build a strong community by helping people out and showing support and caring. It feels really nice :)
Oh and don't under price yourself, you art and time is worth something.

Can you help me with this specific convention issue? Can you recommend a convention to me? How do you get into conventions? What should I bring to an Artists Alley to sell?

I get asked a lot about a lot of different conventions!
Each conventions is different. I'd just go onto google and look at the convention your interested in going to XD I had no insider knowledge when I started. Most of it is about research, which you just have to get on and do yourself. There are some really excellent Artists Alley 'tutorials' on dA, like this fav.me/d50z3qu or just search, they'll help you more than I can :) 


Your prints are really nice quality, where do you get them done?

Thank you!
I invested in some great quality equipment, a large format Epson printer, archival inks, heavyweight premium paper. I do the printing myself, so I can be sure of the quality and in full control of the colour output.
I would recommend when your start to find your local independent printers and get your first batch done there, as they already have the equipment and knowledge, and will be very happy to help you print what you need. Only invest in equipment when you know it'll be worth it.

How do I become a professional artist?

There are many factor involved with being able to make a living off your art, where you live, what kind of thing you draw, do you want to freelance or have an employer etc. I wish I had the answer for everyone, but you have to figure out what works for you. I have little insight into the so-called 'real' art world.
The dream to become an artist often starts long before the skills for that goal are anywhere near ready. Be prepared to work for your goal, it will probably take years, but don't let that put you off. Ask yourself where you would want to be and then make small steps to achieving that. Drawing well will be at the heart of your success, if you are serious about a career you should practice as much as possible so you art stands out.

I want to be an artist, do you have any tips for the future?

Heh I've got a few random tips:
Enjoy the drawing process, as you will always find mistakes in the finished result.
Have a positive attitude, if you see mistakes, note them and work out how to not make them in the next drawing.
Drawing is very sedentary, so getting an exercise routine going helps stay fit, it will also help stop back and arm ache. 
You don't have to do fanart
Try and conduct yourself in a professional manner, there will be times when annoying or illegal things happen to your art, deal with them in a calm and private manner where possible.
One of the most important last: Don't do work for free. You de-value yourself and the industry you want to get into. 

--Permission--


Can I use your work for tubes?

No sorry.

Can I use your art for my avatars or icons?

If you use my work for your avatar, signature or icon on dA or elsewhere please say in your signature 'Artwork by DestinyBlue' and include a link back to my gallery.


Can I Share your art online?

I love my art being shared! Please always remember to credit me and link people back to my page. You may only share my work if you provide credit. 
Please don't edit or crop my work, especially never remove the watermark. Please re-blog from me rather than re-post where you can.

Can I use your art for something personal?

Yes~! You are very welcome to print off small copies of my art for your wall/scrapbook, or save files to your computer, perhaps put it on a card and give it to a friend. I'm happy for you to use it in a class project, or have it as your phone or computer wallpaper. I put my art out there for you to enjoy :) Pretty much anything so long as you are not making money from it.

Can I use your art for something commercial?

No, never. My art may not be used by you for your financial gain. You may not use my art on a product you are selling or advertising. You may not offer digitally my art for sale. This includes selling 'adoptables' of my work or lineart, or traced/copied versions of my drawings. Never offer my work for sale in any printed or physical medium.
I can, and will, peruse legal action against anyone who infringes my intellectual property for their financial gain.

Can I feature your art?

How very kind of you, please feel free to on your journal, website or wherever :heart:

Can I get a tattoo of your art?

Wow, what an honor you would want my art on your body, yes, you are welcome to. I get asked if tattooists may alter the my designs a bit so it better works with the body, that is perfectly fine, and is probably better :)
Only condition is you must send me a photo when it's done :excited:

I found your work posted on another site without credit, what should I do?

Unfortunately this is not uncommon, there are various versions of my work with the watermark edited out and no credit being given circulating the web. I do need you guys help with this :) Please could you comment on the drawing to tell the user and viewers that the work is by DestinyBlue and link them to my gallery. Simple really! Why people don't credit in the first place I'll never know! XD

--Lineart--


Can I colour your lineart?

That's why I put them up! I learned a lot from colouring others line art, and so hope to pass on that to you.
You don't have to ask to colour your have my permission. Find my lines here: destinyblue.deviantart.com/gal…

Do you have rules for colouring your lines?

In the description there are the rules of colouring. They are fair for us both, so please be aware if you don't follow them I will ask for it to be removed.
The most important ones are to always provide credit for the lines, and never remove my text.


Will you review my finished colouring?

Sorry but I get so many I can't comment on them all, if you are looking to improve ask your friends to help you.
I do enjoy looking at people colourings and try and collect them into a folder: destinyblue.deviantart.com/fav…


Will you make X/Y/Z a lineart?

Some work lends itself better to line work. Generally the more realistic pieces will never have a lineart to them as they were not created with one. I will post more lines, but as and when I get time to, so you'll just have to wait and see :)





-Personal-


Where are you from?

England. All of it. I loves it. My roots are in the capital and my heart is in the countryside.


Is your hair really blue?

Yes :D All over bright aqua blue. I did semi-permanent blue streaks in it when I was 12, and at 15 dyed my hair permanently blue. I'm a natural bluenette. People sometimes think my aim is to stand out, but really I do it to fit in, that is, with myself. I've had blue hair in my mind from since whenever I thought about hair, and now I have blue hair. It may seem weird to you, but it really is one of the most natural things for me.


Is that why your called DestinyBlue?

Well the blue thing has always been a fascination of mine, as has the idea of destiny. 'Destiny' means the outcome of life events once they have all worked themselves out, like 'destination' for your life path. It's turned out a more apt name that even I could have guessed. Where as 'fate' means a predetermined outcome, 'destiny' gives control to the participant. You shape and make you own destiny, I've always been a strong advocate of this; you can't choose where you can from, but you can choose where you're going to. Chose the name at 12 years of age. 
Also there is no space between Destiny and Blue DestinyBlue is all one word :)

What would you be if you weren't an artist?

Physicist or Stand Up Comedian. Go figure ;)

Any random facts about you?

Hehe, um, well... I go half red. Like when I exercise or get really really hot, the left hand side of my face all the blood goes there and makes it all red, the right hand side says pale. There's perfect line separation right though the middle of my forehead nose and chin. With my blue hair and bright red half face I look quite a spectacle when I go for a run! XD

Whats 'Team Blue'?

I was at a convention and a girl I was chatting with kept calling herself a 'fan' of mine. Truth be told, I've never really liked the word fan, and find it slightly uncomfortable when used toward me, though her sentiments were very heartfelt, I told her this and she said "Well I'm on Team Blue, whatever it's called"
 
Team Blue! I loved it!

So I invite everyone who is a supporter of mine (especially if you've just read the whole FAQ) to join me on Team Blue! There's enough tea and biscuits for everyone, oh and glowey art. Welcome :)
The season is starting again! I love 'em, you love 'em ~conventions!

Here's what I'll be up to from now until May:




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~ MCM Mildands Expo ~
Februrary 16th  - Telford

~  London Super Comic Con  ~
Februrary 23rd - 24th  - London

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~ Cardiff Comic Expo ~
March 3rd - 4th - Cardiff, Wales

~ MCM Expo ~
March 16th - 17th - Birmingham

~ Sunnycon ~
March 23th - 24th - Sunderland

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~ Doj-con ~
April 13th - Dundee

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~ Bristol Comic Expo ~
May 11th - 12th - Bristol

~ MCM Expo ~
May 24th - 25th - London

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I'll be in person at all these events, please do come and say hi, I love a good chat XD, If you are looking to pretty up your walls with art then you're in luck because prints of mine available to buy there, which I can sign for you and everything ^0^

I met so many amazing people last year, and I really wouldn't and couldn't do these events without your support. I am eternally grateful, and in real life love to give appreciating hugs :dance:

Recently I have had quite a few requests asking about a web shop, and as you can see my schedule is pretty full. as it's just me who deals with everything, being around to post stuff out can be tricky, but the plan is to have a place you can permanently buy online soon enough! (I suck so bad at HTML though) For those who can't make it to the cons of course ;)

Sending love out to everyone, especially today ~:iconblueheartplz:

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It's upon us again!

My 'home' convention :D

MCM Expo, London

  This weekend :happybounce:

So many awesome people I get to see again, re-uniting with lots of friends...

Will have some limited edition canvasses too :heart:

I feel like this event tops off an amazing, almost overwhelming month for me. Moved house twice, exhibited in 3 countries 2 continents, awarded a DD, met loads of supportive people. Haven't had a day off! XD Haven't seen my boyfriend for the month either and he's coming to help, can't wait to be scooped in his arms tomorrow evening ^-^

I'm in the Artists Alley (AKA Comic Village) My table number is E2 Like E for Eel and 2 for a pair. Think of those Eels from The Little Mermaid ;) Look for my 'business card' print as a big banner over the stall. Saturday will be super busy so sorry if I don't get a chance to casually chat. If the tables overcrowded please just wait and it'll soon clear :) I'm there all three days, including tomorrow, with still a lot to finish now XD

Edit: if you see this guy selling small canvases: ubermidget.tumblr.com/post/279… DO NOT BUY FROM HIM. He's the worst kind of art thief who makes a living stealing images from the internet, printing them out and selling them for his profit. Tell others they are stolen if you can as well, and pass this on.

Right.

Who's going to be there?!?
Oh wow, a DD, what a nice thing to get back to England to find :happybounce: Superness!

On: LOVE struck by DestinyBlue

Thank you to SwordKnight131 for the suggestion and Infinite705 for the feature! Much appreciation to both :huggle:

Not sure it's on my finest art to date... in fact I'm sure it's not even one of my betters ones XD But hey if DA wanna showcase it I'll happily let them :dance:


Anywhoo, I'm really loving the new piece I'm working on, so as a distraction here a snippit of the WIP:
[SNIP]
Should be done soon :)
It's up: Lose Yourself in Me by DestinyBlue

Thanks again! :dance: