Artist Spotlights- Bad Carrot Studios and Day Light Full

Along with my undying love for books, I happen to love art. All kinds of art, from acting and dancing to painting and drawing. So I decided to shine whatever spotlight I have on some wonderful artists that combine my love of books to my love of art.

What art form does this? Fan art.

After looking through pages and pages of fan art on Etsy (which is pretty much my favorite online store at this point) I found two incredibly talented artists who agreed to do some art for me! For the purpose of this post, I sent the artists identical descriptions of some of the characters from my current work in progress (Candy Wrappers  ) to see what they came up with.


The first artist is Brittany from Bad Carrot Studios . Here is a little bit about her:

Brittany is an actor with a youthful and energetic voice. She has a background in singing and a Masters in Fine Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She majored in Sequential Art, and after graduating in 2008, she became the primary artist for the first eight chapters of the webcomic Snow by Night. Since then, she’s been working as a freelance artist through Etsy as Bad Carrot Studios.

Along with a talent for art, Brittany has had a passion for Acting and Voice Acting since she was young and has been working in the industry since 2012. She completed the full training course from Voice Coaches and continues to further her education at Nick Conti’s Professional Actor’s Studio for acting and with Deborah Richards Studio for voiceover.

Brittany is currently working as an actor in various productions around Atlanta, GA and doing commercial voice overs nationwide.

Brittany did two sketches for me: one of Malia Reed, who is my female main character, and one of Warren “Ren” Hartman, who is my male lead.

Brittany was able to draw the characters with only a brief description of them, and her full blown fandom art is unbelievable.

It was very interesting to watch the sketches go from first draft to finished. Each draft had a little bit more of the characters in them, and she worked tirelessly until they were perfect.

I love Brittany’s style of art because of how well proportioned they are. They look like they could walk right off the computer screen and flop down in the chair next to me.


 

The second artist I worked with is Whitney from DayLightFull. Here is a little on her:

I’m 21 years old and I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon. I’ve drawn all my life but only in the last 4-5 years have I been able to draw exactly what I see in my head. I have a tremors in my hands and an very dyslexic which make my two favorite things in life (art and writing) a challenge. The tremors in my hands make it very hard to draw smooth and precise lines but I never let that stop me! Even though the tremors get worse as I get older, I’ve worked hard and long enough to where you can hardly tell I have the disability in my art! So I’m always encouraging people to never give up on their passions because of a diagnosis. Art is my passion and I love making people smile with it!

Whitney’s art style is much different than Brittany’s, but unbelievably beautiful. She drew Malia and Ren, as well as a few other important characters in the plot line. Here is what she came up with:

I love Whitney’s art because of how much I can feel that characters personalities coming off the page. She did a wonderful job of capturing their attitudes and expressions.


I want to say a huge thank you to both of these talented artists for making these beautiful pieces of art for me. I encourage all the readers of this post to go look at their other work; you will be amazed!

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Giveaway- Custom Book Cover Canvas Painting

Hey everybody! These past few weeks have been kind of crazy for me! I am visiting my best friend for a month, so we have had a lot of catching up to do (and we also kind of went on an impromptu cross-country road trip…. hehe). But it’s been great so far.

I also have been working behind the scenes for about two months now to line up giveaways for you amazing readers, one of which is going live today!

The wonderful Rachel over at REArtByRachel on Etsy (and Instagram) has teamed up with me to give you guys a chance to win a 16″x20″ canvas painting of your favorite book cover!! (which by the way would normal cost you $65!)

Rachel was nice enough to make me a 9″x12″ painting of one of my favorite book covers (and I say “one of my” because lets be honest here: picking between my favorite books would be like a mother picking her favorite child). Because I had just finished reading The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett (read my review here) I decided to pick that cover.

As you can see, the painting is stunning! It looks just like the cover! I love it so much!

And now you have a chance to win one of your very own! All you have to do is click the rafflecopter link below and follow the giveaway instructions. Good luck!

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Book Locket Giveaway

Hey guys! So I was lucky enough to be able to team up with Dino Stories on Etsy to bring you this wonderful giveaway! If you win this giveaway you will receive a custom cover book locket!

Dino Stories was kind enough to send me a sample necklace, and I chose the Standard Book of Spells: Grade One by Miranda Goshawk (which is one of the text books Harry Potter uses, for those of you who don’t know).

The necklace took about two weeks to arrive, mostly due to the fact that Dino Stories is based out of Australia. When it got here and I opened the package, the locket was wrapped 1in an adorable little package! It felt like Christmas in July!

I opened up the little pouch and the locket inside was wrapped nicely with a piece of plastic so it wouldn’t get tangled or damaged on it’s long trek around the world.

4When you order a locket, you can choose between a 16″, 18″, and 20″ chain. I got the 20″ chain, and the chain that came was a true 20″. It feels like a sturdy material, so I feel comfortable wearing it around without fearing that it will tangle or break.

The cover on the necklace is absolutely beautiful! It looks 5exactly like the picture that is advertised on Dino Stories Etsy store, and I could not be more happy with it! The color is stunning, and the title is very easy to read.

8The locket opens up fairly easily (but don’t worry, there’s no way it would open on its own) and there are places to put pictures on both sides of the locket. Now I just need to print some small pictures!

So now for the exciting part! You have a chance to win one of your very own lockets, and you can have any cover you want on the front! All you have to do to enter is comment what book cover you want on the front of your locket in the comment section below! And ta da! You are entered!

Please share this giveaway with anyone you think would be interested! I’m looking forward to seeing what book covers you choose!

*UPDATE* winner has been chosen and contacted. Thank you to everyone who participated!!