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ETA: This all started as an introduction to my Patreon page; which I have since modified. I feel really uncomfortable pushing my wares in the "Dead Celebrity Thread", so I'll edit this page to start posting what art and prints I have, here. Because, this seems more suitable. 

 

I hope y'all agree!


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I apologize, first, if this seems like its spamming - but I'll do my damndest to make it as relevant and interesting to you folks, as I possibly can. 

 

I began working on what has now, become an ongoing series of portraits. Portraits with the primary focus being a horror icon. And the icon being female. For now, its being called, "Beguiling Beauties of Horror".  Future portraits will be some gender bending of popular characters such as Leatherface and the Phantom of the Opera. I've already created a list and more will be added - that's something I'll be working directly with Patrons.  Already working on the next three.

 

Here is the first three:

 


Here is the Patreon banner with the link:

 

 

patreon.com/studiosmugbug

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and if anything, please pass this info onto anyone who might be interested in some fine horror art. 


Edited by smugbug - 4/28/16 at 9:09am
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Beautiful!

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Thank you!

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No one captures the beauty and horror of my ex-gfs better than you, smugbug!
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God damn I'm getting so tired of other Chewers reminding me of what an untalented buffoon I am.
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No one captures the beauty and horror of my ex-gfs better than you, smugbug!


That, right there, is high praise! Thanks!

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God damn I'm getting so tired of other Chewers reminding me of what an untalented buffoon I am.


You can spell and formulate your frustrations into sentences.  That takes talent!

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FYI:  I'm tweaking the page tonight.  Also, I'll be adding other perks/rewards for backers like tshirts and am thinking of doing a coloring book.

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Good stuff - I put a link to the page on my tumblr.

 

http://ghoulsnghosts.tumblr.com/post/116228546829/support-studio-smugbug-creating-beguiling


OMG, you're my hero.  Thank you!

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I was informed the other day that my "Beguiling Beauties of Horror" may make for a fun and possibly, amazing, coloring book.  Working on B&W line versions of the first three right now.

 

Just because I love you all, I'm posting those here as I complete them.  If these do turn out, I'm going to create a new "coloring book" goal on my Patreon. 

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The process of drawing up a B&W line version is taking a bit longer than I had anticipated.  And since I very very rarely (anymore) start with a line drawing (I'm more of a painter now, I create paint sketches), I don't have that option. It has to be created from scratch. 

 

Here's a screen shot of what I've gotten, so far. I created a layer for different sections I'm drawing. And it has to be sort of tracing; which I hate and am horrible at. But I'm treating this as a search for shapes within the painting, so that's helping.

 

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Ah, found ya on Twitter.  

 

Great work!  I posted a link to your Patreon page and I re-tweeted your blogspot.  Hope you don't mind!

 

When my finances are in better order (damn this house!) I will talk with my wife about supporting your work!  At minimum, I can try to help with promotion in the interim!

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Ah, found ya on Twitter.  

 

Great work!  I posted a link to your Patreon page and I re-tweeted your blogspot.  Hope you don't mind!

 

When my finances are in better order (damn this house!) I will talk with my wife about supporting your work!  At minimum, I can try to help with promotion in the interim!


OMGosh, thank you! Really, that's the most I can ask for, that the link is passed on, about.  I know what its like to have a mortgage and house "stuff", so I understand and don't want anyone to put more debt on themselves for me. 

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Changed/updated my Patreon link.  Eliminated my studio name and working with my own name. I'm thinking of doing a sci fi art centric Patreon (my second favorite genre) and that will use the studio name.  Until then:

 


https://www.patreon.com/patriciasmith

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I was informed the other day that my "Beguiling Beauties of Horror" may make for a fun and possibly, amazing, coloring book.  Working on B&W line versions of the first three right now.

 

Just because I love you all, I'm posting those here as I complete them.  If these do turn out, I'm going to create a new "coloring book" goal on my Patreon. 

That is awesome. I know my daughter would love it.

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I use the trace bitmap tool in Inkscape to have the computer do a lot of the work with tracing.  You can export the SVG/Inkscape data in Inskape as a PNG file under export bitmap, then overlay the black lines on your Photoshop as a new layer.  The trick is to blast your levels until you see line you want and then use Inkscape or Illustrator to clean the line automatically.  Another trick I use is to magic wand a color field or line and then use expand or contract in the select menu to grow or shrink a few pixels - you can delete a lot of junk quickly this way or use the darken brush to blend out your line.

 

You probably know most of these tricks - but I'm just throwing them out there.  Here's some line clean up I just finished using Inkscape to do a lot of the line work:

 

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That is awesome. I know my daughter would love it.


Cool!  I really believe a lot young gals would like it.  But you saying your daughter might, has lit a fire under my ass to get this done even sooner. 

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I use the trace bitmap tool in Inkscape to have the computer do a lot of the work with tracing.  You can export the SVG/Inkscape data in Inskape as a PNG file under export bitmap, then overlay the black lines on your Photoshop as a new layer.  The trick is to blast your levels until you see line you want and then use Inkscape or Illustrator to clean the line automatically.  Another trick I use is to magic wand a color field or line and then use expand or contract in the select menu to grow or shrink a few pixels - you can delete a lot of junk quickly this way or use the darken brush to blend out your line.

 

You probably know most of these tricks - but I'm just throwing them out there.  Here's some line clean up I just finished using Inkscape to do a lot of the line work:

 


Thank you!  There are filters available in Photoshop and some other tricks that can be used to get a B&W outline done, too.  Another option is to take it into Illustrator and convert it into vector. 

 

But I'm kind of old school and like to draw. 

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Meanwhile, in my Etsy shop, you can now purchase mini prints of the first three Beguiling Beauties:

 

 

Etsy shop | Studio Smugbug

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I've added mini prints (5.5x8.5) and now, 13x19 limited edition giclees. The mini prints are printed on cover stock with a pearl finish.  The giclees are on Hahnemühle Photo Rag BW (300gsm) with archival inks and are stunning. Oh my god, unwrapping the sample alone was an amazing moment! Props to Bellevue Fine Art Reproduction for doing such a fantastic job.

 

Mini Prints:

 

 


Giclee:

 

 

 

 

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Smugbug, you should be aware that colouring books have recently become a MASSIVELY popular trend here in Brazil. Your book could be a massive success down here.

Just last week I read an article stating colouring book sales went up 200% over the last 6 months.
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Smugbug, you should be aware that colouring books have recently become a MASSIVELY popular trend here in Brazil. Your book could be a massive success down here.

Just last week I read an article stating colouring book sales went up 200% over the last 6 months.


Hey, thanks!

 

Crazy whats going on with coloring books.  I'm going to Portland Monday to hang with my mentor and pick up a coloring book by a mutual friend from him (a horror themed coloring book).  And yes, we'll be discussing coloring books and I'll be showing him a few line drawings I have lined up for this.  

 

Timing is crucial - I don't want to wait too long to get one published and I don't want to rush it, either.  In any way, it'll be listed in the Patreon campaign. 

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Gimme a couple weeks, I'll donate the best I can.

And I'll absolutely do my best to gin up interest for it over here when it's up for sale.
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Thank you, Andre!

 

Later this week, I'll be updating/changing my rewards and adding the coloring book since I should have a couple of sample art ready by then. 

 

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Because of work and lots of work, haven't been able to update my Patreon. I'm hoping to be able to by this Wednesday.  As soon as I posted that last comment, I picked up not one, but three gigs and this past weekend, picked up another one.

 

Meanwhile, I've taken to my traditional table and have been painting (watercolors) whenever I can take a break. Been helping me rest my eyes from all the digital work.  And have been selling original paintings. 

 

 

^ SOLD this one this past weekend.

 

 

Still around.  These are all watercolors on 9x12 140lb watercolor (acid free/cold press) paper. I also use gold watercolor paint. 

 

 

 

Still available!

 

 

Available!

 

Doing a series of smaller pencil and ink work on 6x6 vellum bristol.

 

Another watercolor piece in progress.

 

 

Thanks for letting me share!

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All great work!  I love the first one.

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Thank you, wd! 

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 A few updates:

 

• I'm rebuilding my website/online portfolio. Using Squarespace. There, I'll be able to incorporate my Etsy shop (for now, until I get my own shop set up), Patreon and even, a mailing list. 

 

• Updating and modifying my Patreon. No longer about horror, but ALL the genres I love: science fiction, fantasy and horror. I want to be able to do more work like this one here, "Afternoon Coffee"; which has been garnering some attention and awards. I'm rather proud of this piece. Its everything why I wanted to become an artist (and why I made it).

 


And here's the home page of the soon-to-be new website:

 


So, that's about it. Thanks for letting me share!

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Hot damn that is aces! Beautiful work.
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Awesome!

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First of all, thanks, you guys for your support.  So appreciated!  Website is up and running. I am not a web pro of any sort, I'm using a template available on the site (squarespace) and someone has graciously cooked up a few custom css codes for me (thank the gods for good artsy friends).  But that's it.

 

Here it is:

 

studiosmugbug.com

 

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So good. My favourites are Afternoon Coffee, Devilene, Witchy Poo, Grimlight and Red. Really dig those sci-fi scapes from Gallery 2 also - Trade Center, Cosmic Gods and Ancient Civilisation.
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So good. My favourites are Afternoon Coffee, Devilene, Witchy Poo, Grimlight and Red. Really dig those sci-fi scapes from Gallery 2 also - Trade Center, Cosmic Gods and Ancient Civilisation.


OMGosh, thanks, man!  "Grim light" was a commission for a logo. That was a fun one.  The sci fi pieces in Gallery 2 are personal pieces and are part of my homage to all the awesome pulp sci fi art from artists like Chris Foss or John Berkey. There will be more of that, too. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to go through my site, too!

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Yeah, no worries, the site really works a treat. The layout is attractive and I love how when you scroll to the bottom of a gallery the menu is there for you, you don't have to scroll back up. It flows great and is super user-friendly.
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Hey! No longer just a thread about my Patreon page. Now, about what art I throw out of my head. 

 

 

Here is a visual list of the tribute portraits I've done...so far.  I'll be adding more when time allows, of both those who've passed on and those who still grace us with their creative presence.

 

 

Glen Frey

 

 

Alan Rickman

 

Abe Vigoda

 

David Bowie

 

Prince

 

 

 

I'll be adding more...I also allow my Patreon supporters to download high res files of the art. Just a thought. 

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Starting TODAY, there is a special discount code for you Chewers at my INPRNT shop. It'll be for five days!  Its good for ANY order. 

 

The code: 

 

A7CNDO

 

 

Link to my shop:

 

INPRNT | Studio Smugbug

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You know what would be THE BEST?  If I could get that Prince one on velvet.  

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You know what would be THE BEST?  If I could get that Prince one on velvet.  


I betcha that could be done. Something else I've been looking into, metal. Printing on metal. The metal prints I've seen are GORGEOUS. 

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I HAVE A FAVOR TO ASK!!!

 

Over at Threadless, there is a Heavy Metal Cover Challenge happening. 

 

Get the basics here: Heavy Metal! Design a Heavy Metal magazine cover. | Threadless 

 

And they've extended the deadline to submit to May 11.  Meanwhile, I've submitted four designs, three of which are up and ready to vote on NOW.  Each design needs a minimum amount of votes to be able to move forward. Thats really all I ask for. Also, if you submit a design or designs, let me know and I'll return the favor.

 

Here's my Threadless page:  Threadless | @smugbug

 

Here are the designs I have up now.

 

 

 

 

 

Here's the latest and is awaiting approval:

 

 

 

There are some fabulous work/designs over there, too! Vote on 'em when you see 'em!  I really do have a dream to someday, have work in Heavy Metal. Ever since I was a kid when I got my first issue, been a dream of mine. I know its not what it use to be (especially the cover rates), but they are in the works of making a new comeback (with a new Editor-in-Chief); here's hoping they get back to being the great magazine they once were!

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Added one more (awaiting approval at the moment), just cuz.  

 

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And just one more and I'm going to now sit and wait....

 


* Wanted to say something here thats rather important. I normally don't enter these sorts of challenges. When I see any of these, first thing I do is read the "fine print" of the entry rules. Just about all of them have some scary stuff contained. Usually around the arena of "such-and-such will own the rights to the work and can do whatever they please with it....blah blah blah..."  Many of these challenges are no better than spec work (where you blindly submit work to whatever company and if they use it, they pay you; or if they use it, they WON'T pay you. Basically free work for the company! ). 

 

But I'm in the middle of a creative hole or burnout and need something to do that'll kick my ass into wanting to be creative. So, I enter. Plus, its Heavy Metal. And if the only result of this challenge is they become familiar with my work, I'm okay with that. 

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I've signed onto WyzAnt as a "expert educator", i.e., tutor. One on one, in person or online. I don't have to go through WyzAnt, but if anything, its a online site with all my qualifications and contact information.  

 

Tutor Available - Arts - PatriciaS, Studio Smugbug | WyzAnt

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New 10% discount at my INPRNT shop. Use code: 9C4I3YVF  

 

Good to May 21.

 

 

I just updated the shop with the new variation of "Sun Devil":

 

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wwwwwow

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Get her while she's hot! (see what I did there?)

 

BTW,  I'm also on ello and I really like that place: ello.co/smugbug

post #47 of 782
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Here's a fun thing to do this week: go on Instagram or Facebook and search via the #artvsartist tag. You'll see a lot of artists; lots of really cool work.

 

Here's what I did for it:

 

post #48 of 782
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Putting some watercolors up for sale, today. Later, will be putting some ink work. 

 

Watercolors of bunnies. A set of two and a lone, galloping bunny. 9x12, 140lb watercolor paper. Watercolor, color pencil. 

 

$77, includes shipping. (Work will be shipped flat. Protected by plastic and cardboard)

 

 

$155 for the pair, plus shipping (which should be no more than $7.70).  Contact me, here and payment accepted via Paypal. 

 

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While sorting through stacks of old sketches and doodles, came upon this one. Done around or before 2004....

 

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I HAVE A FAVOR TO ASK!!!

Over at Threadless, there is a Heavy Metal Cover Challenge happening. ...

Sorry I missed this like a dopey buffoon Smug, do you know when they announce the winners?
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