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To Kill A Mockingbird by kelleybean86
To Kill A Mockingbird
"Your father’s right," she said. "Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

Drawn in Photoshop. Process pics and more at my blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.co.nz/2014/…
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Indian Princess by kelleybean86
Indian Princess
Reference used from Deviantart user girlinred: <da:thumb id="48509309">

My blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.com
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Hey guys! I'm going to be a part of quite a few collaborative art books this year, and the first one is available now! It's called "Inspiration," and it's a collaboration of professional fantasy artists, put together by John Schindehette (previous art director of Wizards of the Coast.) If you like dark fantasy, or surreal/edgy art, or mythology, I think you'd really like this. It's currently only $25 and all the artists get a cut of the profits.
the-artorder-store.myshopify.c…

This is my piece in the book:
The Messenger by kelleybean86

Later this year I'm also going to be a part of the Ladies of Literature zine, and the 1001 Knights art book, both of which plan to run Kickstarters. It's going to be a fun year!

Don't forget that you can also follow me on Twitter: @kelleymcmorris , and at my blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.com , both of which I update more often than Deviantart. 
Summer at Bag-End by kelleybean86
Summer at Bag-End
"Old Toby. The finest weed in the South-Farthing."

I recently visited the Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand and was blown away by the abundant colors and beautiful landscaping. I tried to capture that sense of life and light in this scene of two old friends enjoying a pipe together.

PRINTS available here: www.inprnt.com/gallery/kmcmorr…

PROCESS and more behind-the-scenes at my blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.co.nz/2014/…
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There are a lot of things I love about digital painting, and I will defend it against anyone who suggests that it's "cheating" or "not real painting." However, if you are just starting to learn how to draw, I don't recommend starting with digital painting.

The only way to get better at drawing is to draw a lot. Artists like to say that everyone has to create 10,000 bad drawings before they can start creating good ones. While this is an oversimplification, it's also very helpful to keep in mind.

If you're just starting out, you'll probably make a lot of bad drawings and it will be frustrating, and you'll start looking for ways to avoid that frustration. This is natural, but it also leaves you vulnerable to the siren song of digital painting, which promises easy answers and quick fixes. Here's why I don't think you should leap into digital right away:

1. Learning the programs will distract you from drawing. Photoshop and Illustrator have a lot of little buttons to learn about, and keeping track of your layers and preserve transparency settings takes some getting used to. If you're also learning the basics of drawing, it can all be overwhelming - and possibly make your drawings worse.

2. Fancy brushes and textures can be a crutch. Many digital beginners place way, way too much emphasis on different kinds of brushes and textures. These texture brushes can come in handy, especially if you're a concept artist who needs to render things quickly. But they can't replace drawing skill, and it's easy to spot an artist who relies on them too heavily. (See Chris Oatley's post on "the Texture Monster.") Don't think that using a tree texture brush is the same as learning to draw trees.

3. You'll want to buy the most expensive equipment. Trust me, it's only a matter of time before you meet a Cintiq evangelist and start drooling over that $3,000 piece of equipment. You'll start to tell yourself that your drawings would be so much better if you had the really good stuff. Yes, it's important to have decent equipment, but don't think that fancier hardware will save you from having to get through those 10,000 bad drawings. As an analogy, think of a person who wants to lose weight and get in shape, but keeps fretting over having the perfect running shoes or the best treadmill.

If you're just beginning to learn to draw, keep it simple: get a pencil and some paper, and start drawing. If you can go to some life drawing classes, that's great, but don't fret too much over buying the right books or watching the right tutorials or buying the right Wacom tablet. Just draw.

All you need is to wrap your hand around a pencil and draw.

Note - if you are already doing digital and you enjoy it, don't stop. I would never tell someone to stop drawing in a way that they enjoy. But make sure that you're practicing traditionally too.
Hey guys! I'm going to be a part of quite a few collaborative art books this year, and the first one is available now! It's called "Inspiration," and it's a collaboration of professional fantasy artists, put together by John Schindehette (previous art director of Wizards of the Coast.) If you like dark fantasy, or surreal/edgy art, or mythology, I think you'd really like this. It's currently only $25 and all the artists get a cut of the profits.
the-artorder-store.myshopify.c…

This is my piece in the book:
The Messenger by kelleybean86

Later this year I'm also going to be a part of the Ladies of Literature zine, and the 1001 Knights art book, both of which plan to run Kickstarters. It's going to be a fun year!

Don't forget that you can also follow me on Twitter: @kelleymcmorris , and at my blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.com , both of which I update more often than Deviantart. 

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kelleybean86
Kelley M
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I am a freelance illustrator from California. I graduated from Academy of Art University. When not drawing, I enjoy gnawing on sticks.

Website: kmcmorris.com
Blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.com
Twitter: @kelleymcmorris
Print shop: www.inprnt.com/gallery/kmcmorr…
Etsy shop, where I sell pencil portraits: www.etsy.com/shop/drawworm

My husband and I are working on a video game together - I'm doing the art for it, of course! You can check it out here: playcrea.com/
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:icongiggles0805:
Giggles0805 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful art work! Love this style 
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Always nice to run into another academy student.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You too! I graduated last year, how about you?
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
I left in 2012 after I ran out of money haha.  Though it all worked out :)
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Well done! :)
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esemese Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional
Magical gallery, wow!
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Caoc Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Like so much your Epic Movies illustrations. The Cleopatra is one of the more accurate non sexual-iced illustration of Cleopatra I ever see. Really impressive good work.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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