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Breaaaaathe in. Breaaaathe out. And write !

Such hectic months my friends since my last “real” connection in June. I think it’s time to share the story of my dA disappearance. I honestly felt a bit sad, even guilty, for not having been there for so long and able to chat with my dearest followers but I have to say that from an art and creative point of view, those months couldn’t have been better.

In fact it reminds me when I was in artschool and we had tight deadlines for our illustrations or projects ; strangely, despite the fact that I was rushed and stressed, the result was oftenly better (even if not “perfect”) than my everyday art. Adrenaline ? Well, situation was pretty the same here, with several deadlines per week during the summer, I think I’ve made, not huge, but GOOD improvements.

       Bullet; Red  So, back to the point, in a nutshell, what happened in my life since June ?

>>> CLIENTS

I’ve had the occasion to work on several great projects from June to September, but as it always happen in the art field, clients all knocked at my door at the same time... :p.

    Bullet; Black  Sara King

I’m still working on her fictional universe, this time the book was about legendary creatures, so I’ve depicted the two main heroes in their human and animal shapes : one is a wereverine and the other one a phoenix.

[AF] Blaze - Phoenix by LauraBevon
[AF] Blaze by LauraBevon [AF] Were-Jack by LauraBevon [AF] Jack by LauraBevon

   Bullet; Black  Don des Dragons

You’ve seen the sketch before, here is the final poster for the french tabletop rpg convention.

[DDD] The Forgotten Terror by LauraBevon DDD dragontypo by laurabevon by LauraBevon



It was this week end, by the way, and as nice as last year, so thanks to the people who came to see me and get a copy of the poster ! :D

    Bullet; Black Insectopia

The nice team behind this tabletop rpg asked for more illustrations than I thought they would, and I was really happy they did because even if it was exclusively line works, drawing insects with some human attributes was truly interesting.

Here are some examples of what I did :)

IT apisarcher by laurabevon by LauraBevon IT syrpheassassin by laurabevon by LauraBevon IT lizardwarrior by laurabevon by LauraBevon
IT lulletranspo by laurabevon by LauraBevon IT shamantermide by laurabevon by LauraBevon



    Bullet; Black Short Film

I’ve also made a concept sheet of tribal masks for an upcoming short film. Can’t tell more though :x

Tribal Mask Sheet by LauraBevon Triba Mask Concept by LauraBevon




>>> ARTCAMP 2015

If you don’t have a clue of what Artcamp is… I talked about it here : fav.me/d8ycab5
But in few words it’s a 3 months concept art course I took ;)

Artcamp ô artcamp… what to say… it was awesome ! :)
Titus Lunter is a really good teacher, one of those who teach you to think more than to draw, which is, to me, the most important especially during a short course.

Nature by LauraBevonBuildings by LauraBevon
Robots by LauraBevonTemple by LauraBevon



Basically, and during 12 weeks, we had to choose and work on our own game project. Three thematics were given by the teacher to help us then it was up to us : synopsys, light gameplay, researches, thumbnails, concept sheets, and at least one final shot… along with various exercices.

Character by LauraBevonLS OldAnam by laurabevon by LauraBevon



My project is about a grandma left alone on earth while the rest of humanity flew on an orbital city. She, as a shaman, will have to wake up the nature spirits to help her in her quest of seeing her old fiancee again.

3best-sketches by LauraBevon 3more-sketches by LauraBevon
Final2 by laurabevon by LauraBevon




Here is most of the work I’ve done. I think this project has some potential, but it’s still in hiatus for now, I’m unsure if I should continue working on it or not.

Statue by LauraBevon
Stick by LauraBevon
Lamp by LauraBevon


>>> BACK TO LYON

Right after the end of Artcamp, my partner and I decided to move out and we chose to go to Lyon, the french city where I’ve done my studies, which is, for my part, undirectly linked to art, as the videogame industry here is far more developped.

Finding a flat was kind of an epic tale but it’s done now and since yesterday I can breath a little ! :)


>>> DRAWLLOWEEN

With the move, October was full of administrative shitness, and projects were over so I decided to take part to a light challenge to keep the rythm but no, not inktober… the counter-party you know : #drawlloween ! There was a theme per day based on halloween folklore. A perfect occasion for me to train my character design skills while being totally free, I’ll show you that in another journal ! ;)


       Bullet; Red  And what about those improvements ?


Well I don’t know exactly, it’s still fresh, I feel like I’ve made a huge step in term or art. My skills, from a technical point of view, did not improve that much, but mentally, I learned to say NO to realism, I suddenly stopped thinking it was a prerequisite, and just had fun ! Yes, fun !

I really have to thanks Artcamp for that, because I chose to add some difficulty to the exercices and worked in a style which wasn’t really familiar (cartoon) for my game project. And again... it’s was fun ! But also opened kind of a lock in my head.

It made years I didn’t have “true” pleasure while making art, I always strive for improvement and with social networks flooding you with 3D and realistic digital art, it’s easy to be confused and label those works as “the best”, the “wanted per the industry”.

At least I did, unconsciously. Truth is I was so much obsessed with perfection while doing realistic-in-becoming pieces that it wiped all the fun away, every fucking time. And I was thinking work became boring because I was to slow to finish my illustrations, so I tried to paint faster, which left imperfections, and so on,... vicious circle, right :o

But now that I’ve lowered the level of realism in my work a bit, the level of perfectionnism follows, which gives me more time (and will !) to concentrate on technical aspects such as colors per example, to simply appreciate my own work and to avoid boredom. I feel released ~~ !

On that point my Drawlloween paintings and sketches were also a nice transition, and I hope you’ll see the difference when you’ll check them, but also understand why my style has taken a new direction.

Anyway, I think the pleasure I took while doing post-Artcamp works transcribes well in the pieces themselves, at least more than in my past illustrations.

I’m now in this childish period, when all looks new and I feel like i’ve to re-learn tons of things to improve this new style, but …

Best part of doing Art is about learning isn’t ?
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As always, feel free to share your thoughts about all that, or think of the question below :

  • Have some of you already made some massive change in term of style ? Why, when, how ? Share with us !

  • On contrary, do you feel blocked with a style which isn’t truly yours ? What do you think keeps you being stuck ?

  • Are you those kind of person who, like me, improve faster while being under pressure ?



I leave you there with some inspiring art from Gorrem for Gigantic. Cheers ! Hug 

GIGANTIC - Tyto Concept art by Gorrem
 GIGANTIC - Aisling Concept Art by Gorrem GIGANTIC - Xenobia Fan Art by Gorrem

  • Listening to: Soom T - Broken Robots
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nfouque Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
incroyable, tout est superbe. Bravo pour le travail acharné et merci pour le partage.
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LauraBevon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Professional
Merci à toi nfouque :D
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
C'est vraiment superbe ! Je suis ravie de voir autant de bonnes nouvelles et tes nouveaux travaux sont vraiment inspirants ! Bravo !
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LauraBevon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional
Merci à toi :D
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Diabolo-menthe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
*____* ça fait plaisir à lire ! C'est vrai que dernièrement tes dessins ont semblé plus "libres" et exhaltés que ce que tu as fait pendant un temps.
Je suis vraiment ravie de la tournure que prend ta vie artistique, et j'espère que tu vas continuer à poster plein de trucs ici et ailleurs !
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LauraBevon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional
Merci très chère :D
Je suis contente également, je me prends moins la tête et c'est finalement plus consistant, ce qui est une meilleure chose je crois pour trouver un public/clients régulier! :) Et oui pas de soucis, j'espère meme avoir le temps de partager plus :)
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Jurgis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015   Traditional Artist
Very cool stuff indeed. Appreciate the thought process behind everything. Interesting concepts. They look and feel professional. Keep it up.

By the way, I think an important part of developing a style, reinventing oneself, thinking more about what you create and having fun has something to do with consistency. If you just take a few hours in a week to scrible something, you'll become trapped in a vicious cycle, always doubting yourself. But if you keep your head and heart in it most of the time, you'll see the results.
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LauraBevon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional
Thanks a lot Jurgis ! And I agree with you, consistency is important. Especially for personal work, and all the challenge is here... staying consistent with personal stuff while drawing for clients the same time is everything but easy to me :)
I don't know if it's the case for you, but I make a lot less improvements while working for clients as it's oftenly series or so on.. :o
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Chitsuu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah c'est bien cool tous ces nouveaux travaux ! Faudra que je regarde ça plus en détail dans, euh, deux semaines le temps que mes études se calment un poil xD
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LauraBevon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional
Haha, et bien j'espère que tu es en vacances et prend un peu de temps pour toi maintenant ! Dur dur la vie d'étudiante ET d'artiste en simultanée ;)
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Euskelo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015   Digital Artist
Lovely to have an update and see some more of your work. I really like the fantasy pieces for the author, and that RPG poster is bad ass! :heart: I hope you are settling in well in your new home.
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LauraBevon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional
Thanks ! We are... slowly. December isn't the best month for moving with all the administration in "pause" but home at least is already kind of a cocoon :D !
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Euskelo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015   Digital Artist
That is good! It is important for home to be a comfortable and safe space to come back to. :nod:
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LauraBevon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional
Totally :D
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