Sunday, December 20, 2015

Magpie Digital Oil Portrait

Magpie Oil Painting by Veronica Kosowski

Just started a new digital oil painting of Magpie!  Here's an in-progress look at a portion of the painting.

I generally start my paintings with a pencil drawing like the one below.  That way I have a good map for the painting and have already figured out the structure of the image.  The more detailed the drawing the better usually, but in this case I started with a looser drawing as I just couldn't wait to start painting.  I'll probably do some background studies tomorrow before I get too underway with color.

The paint streaks in the top corner are a section of my palette for this piece.  Even though it's so easy to color pick in Photoshop, I still like to keep a "physical" palette on my canvas to help guide my color choices while painting.  It lets me stay focused, especially when aiming for a limited palette.  I guess it's my traditional painting background showing!

Magpie Drawing by Veronica Kosowski

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

William-Adolphe Bouguereau Master Study

Bouguereau Master Study painting by Veronica Kosowski

Some of the best teachers I ever had were the master painters.  Back in college I got introduced to the idea of master studies, and I've always liked them as a way to learn painting techniques and strategies from the great artists.

I want to get back into doing them regularly.  My goal is to do one a week, one a month if I get too busy.  I started building the habit with William-Adolphe Bouguereau.  I love the way this guy painted skin, and the delicate glow that emanates from his subjects, which is what I focused on for this exercise.


A member of the DeviantArt community let me know that this is apparently not a Bouguereau.  It's a painting in a similar style posted by contemporary artist Alexander T. Scaramanga who can be found on his DA page here.

I found this painting on Pinterest where it had been mislabeled as Bouguereau.  Apparently enough people have been mistaken by it being mislabeled that you can find it all over the internet attributed to the wrong artist.

Regardless, it's a beautiful painting that I think still deserves the title of a master work!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Magpie and the Mask Maker Stuff

Mask Maker Tree Spirit drawing by Veronica Kosowski

Magpie and the Mask Maker sketches by Veronica Kosowski

Hi friends!  It's been a while, but I've got a very good reason as to why.  I had the awesome opportunity to go to CTN expo a couple weeks back!  (Warning: overuse of exclamation marks is imminent.)

For those not familiar with the convention you can find more information about it here.  Basically it's an animation expo/ networking event where a ton of super awesome artists from the industry gather to show their work, give lectures and workshops, and give advice to young hopefuls looking to break in (that's me!).  

This was my first year going, so I was a little nervous at first.  I'd heard such great things about it from Chris Oatley and my friends at Oatley Academy, so I knew this year I wanted to take the plunge and experience it myself.  I'm happy to say it was one of the best moments of my life! 

Everyone was so warm and kind, and I met so many amazing artists both who I knew previously from online and who I just met at the expo.  I got so many great portfolio reviews from artists who were kind enough to take the time to look over my work.  The mind-blowing feedback I got from all of them has given me an even better direction for my art and tons of stuff to work on in the upcoming months.  I'm immensely grateful, humbled, and insanely inspired all at the same time!

I'll definitely be going to CTN again next year, and I highly recommend it to anyone who's even remotely interested in making a career in the arts.  If you've got any questions for me about CTN feel free to comment or shoot me an email!  I'll be happy to respond.  :)

In other news, here's two new pages of drawings for Magpie and the Mask Maker.  I've been working on revamping the Mask Maker's design to reflect his magical role in the story.  I'm also really happy with how the top drawing of the Mask Maker and a tree spirit turned out.  Can't wait to take it to color!

CTN has inspired me to work even harder than before on finishing this project and finally getting it out there.  I feel like I've already got a jumpstart on 2016, and I'm really excited for what next year will bring!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Street Magician

Street Magician Character Design by Veronica Kosowski

A street magician conjuring magic rabbits.  Trying out them bright colors.  :)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Another Gryphon

Gryphon perched by Veronica Kosowski
A new gryphon sketch 'cause I love drawing these guys.  Also Inktober's not over 'til I say it is.  ;)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Magpie and Witch

Magpie and the Witch Painting by Veronica Kosowski

The witch reached for the mask with gleeful claws.  "Give it to me Magpie.  What use could one such as you have for it?  You play with misfortune every moment it remains in your keeping."

All done with the new Magpie and the Mask Maker concept piece!

In the coming months I plan to do a lot of intensive work on this project.   There'll be a lot more visual development pieces like this one, as well as character sheets, prop designs, style tests and a whole lot more.  I'm excited, and hope that you'll enjoy following along as I bring this story closer to a release date!

What have you been working on lately?  What unfinished projects keep you up at night?  Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Magpie and Witch Drawing

Sketch by Veronica Kosowski

Rough drawing for a new Magpie and the Mask Maker concept piece.  An evil witch tries to steal Magpie's mask.  I'm looking forward to taking this one to color!

Sunday, November 1, 2015


Knight painting by Veronica Kosowski

Back in color after all that black and white for Inktober!  Here's the finished knight painting that I posted some preview pics of a while back.  It was super fun to be painting again!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Final Inktober

Well friends, it's finally the last day of Inktober.  Made it through the whole event alive and without missing a day!  Today's drawing is the One Man Band again.

Hope you enjoyed looking at all the drawings this month, let me know which ones were your favorites!  

Friday, October 30, 2015


Vampire sketch by Veronica Kosowski

I love vampires, they're probably my favorite of the fantasy horror character types.  Here's a gothic anime-reminiscent vampire for today's Inktober.  Still can't seem to draw creepy things, but maybe someday!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

More Inktober

Birds Sketch by Veronica Kosowski

Black Cat sketch by Veronica Kosowski

Hi everyone, I'm back!  Had an amazing trip to the San Francisco Bay area.  It was great spending time with my grandparents and I miss the forest already.  I'll be posting some pictures from my travels as soon as I have the time to upload them.

In the meantime, here's the Inktobers I did while away.  Can't believe there's only two days left!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Inktobers From This Week

I had a busy work week so didn't have time to post these here earlier.  Here are my five latest Inktober drawings.  Just a heads up, I will be out of town visiting my grandparents until Thursday next week.  I'll still be posting my Inktobers on Instagram, but will post another catch up post as soon as I come back!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sleepy Gryphon Inktober

Sleepy Gryphon Illustration by Veronica Kosowski

Sleepy gryphon Inktober.  (What I feel like doing too but, alas!  Way too much to do to afford such luxuries.)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Inktober Day 17

Another Inktober today as I was a day behind.  Now all caught up with this gryphon sketch!

Czeslaw Niemen and Other Inktober Stuff

Czeslaw Niemen Illustration by Veronica Kosowski

Polish musician Czeslaw Niemen for a late Inktober Day 16.  I love this guy's music and his fashion!  Sen O Warszawie is one of my favorite songs, listen to it here:

Here are two more of the Inktobers from the last few days, didn't have time to post them here until today.

Here's a sorcerer because well, dark broody sorcerers are always fun.

And here's some character exploration for the Mask Maker!  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Inktober Days 12 and 13

Inktober Days 12 and 13!

A dragon because dragons are awesome, and a baby vulture creature on a tiny scrap of paper I found floating about my desk.

Hoping to do some more involved Inktobers over the weekend when I have more time.

I'm also planning to post another finished digital painting over the weekend as well.  It's one I've been working on for a while and can't wait to share!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Inktober Day 11

Inky hair practice for today's drawing.

Magpie and Gryphon

Veronica Kosowski illustration

As mentioned in yesterday's post, I've been working on some new digital paintings lately.  Last March, I did a visual development piece of Magpie and her gryphon friend that you can find here.  I really liked that piece, so I decided to do a repaint of it as practice and to improve it.  Here is the updated version with improved lighting, colors and painterliness.  Hope you like it!  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Inktober Day 10

Another inky brush pen exploration for Inktober today.  Spent most of the day working on some digital paintings, both of which I plan to post later this week along with many more Inktober drawings, so stay tuned!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Inktober 9: Dark Angel

Experimenting with my new brush pen for today's Inktober.  I like how, well, brushy it is.  It's a little more controlled than a standard brush with ink from a bottle, but more fluid than a micron pen.  I highly recommend it!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Inktober Day 8

Spent the afternoon at the beach today and drew one of the feisty locals on a grungy scrap of sketchbook paper.  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Inktober Days 6 and 7

Veronica Kosowski Illustration Wolf girl

Here are days 6 and 7 for Inktober.  I didn't have a chance to post yesterday's on the blog, though it was up on Instagram.  These are both character explorations of the wolf girl from the last post.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Wolf Maiden

Veronica Kosowski Wolf Pack Illustration

Bereft of her skin, the wolf maiden returns to her family in sorrow.  Unless she steals back what he has hidden, she can never be her true self.

My latest Inktober drawing, inspired by the wolf maiden story.  Similar to the selkie, the wolf maiden has her skin stolen from her in the old stories and is forced to live with a human husband until she finds her skin and runs away.

There's something powerful about stories that involve overcoming an imprisonment of one's own self. I think that's what draws me to swan maidens, selkies and other shape-shifter stories.  I definitely want to do more with this theme eventually.  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Inktober Day 4

A magpie with a bit of digital color for Inktober day 4.  

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Inktober Days 2 and 3

Veronica Kosowski Illustration

Veronica Kosowski Illustration

Veronica Kosowski Illustration

Took a go at Sketch Dailies topic "One Man Band" for Inktober yesterday.  Finished him today with an extra cat companion.  That counts for two days right?  ;)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Inktober Day 1

Veronica Kosowski Inktober Sketch

I'm not usually one for self portraits but thought it'd be a fun first Inktober drawing.  So here I am in cartoon form, happily painting away wearing a paisley flower pattern of course.  :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Inktober Is Almost Here

Things are about to get serious around here: Inktober starts tomorrow!

I loved Inktober last year.  I improved so much, and it got me posting more frequently on my blogs again.  I also met a lot of new artsy comrades-in-arms who have helped me grow and develop as an artist throughout this year.  You know who you are, virtual hugs for all!

Who else is ready to join the dark side?  Let me know if you're participating this year in the comments.

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Sprawling Picture-filled Catch-up Post

Woodland ACEOs by Veronica Kosowski

Hi Blogger friends!  It has been way too long since I've posted anything here!  In these busy times I've come to really appreciate Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr for fast posts, but still want to keep this blog alive.  So here's to the sprawling picture-filled catch-up post!  :)

So what have I been up to in the last month and a half?  Lots of things.

I've almost caught up in one of my amazing Chris Oatley classes.  I know I rave about Oatley Academy a lot, but seriously, if you're looking for the best online art classes you can't really get any more awesome or affordable than his.

My younger sister was in town, so I took two weeks off of personal projects to spend more time with her.  We're basically twins even though we're three years apart in age and we always get up to ridiculous amounts of fun when we're reunited.  This picture sums up our relationship (and of course we had to buy these guys when we saw them in the mall.  How can anyone resist No Face!).

I'm well on my way to finishing a color version of the knight drawing I posted last time.  I've been sharing sneak-peeks of him on Instagram.  Here are some work in progress shots from my computer screen.

I'm really looking forward to sharing this painting with you when it's done!  I've learned so much painting it and it's one of my favorite pieces this year.

One of my other goals has been revamping my Etsy shop, starting with creating some new pieces.  Below are two little ACEOs I painted traditionally in acrylics that are available now in my shop.  I'm planning on opening some custom item listings for character sketches and paintings soon, as well as posting new prints.  I'll make sure to let you know as soon as that happens.

Mini Owl Painting by Veronica Kosowski

Mini Fox Painting by Veronica Kosowski

Last but definitely not least, I've been working on a super secret collaboration project with one of my good friends and amazing artists, Matthew Nielsen. We're ├╝ber excited to share more about this project as soon as we can.

It may be a little quiet this week on the blog as I'm in the process of moving house, but as soon as that's done I plan to return in full force!  With Inktober and CTNX just around the corner, it's time to get that pencil moving!

What have you been up to of late?  Any awesome artistic news?  Any cool adventures?  Feel free to share in the comments, I love reading and responding to them!  :)