Latest Tutorials & More

I have some tutorials I uploaded last week, as well as some new art, and a quick Game of Thrones fanart timelapse.

The latest from my fantasy offerings is The Egg Maiden, featuring two hatching bearded dragons. I enjoyed doing the lava lamp effect around the eggs.

Art Prints

 

I also had some bookmarks made from an earlier bearded dragon piece I did of my own dragon. They are available for my $5-$10 Patrons on Patreon.

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Last week I spent time filming what ended up being a 3-part tutorial on how to draw a turtle shell. The entire thing ended up being an hour long, so I had to cut it down to smaller pieces to render the movie files. I do think it is more digestible for viewers in smaller bits, so that ended up alright.

 

 

And then finally, a pencil drawing of Drogon from Game of Thrones.

 

 

I will also be making reviews on products and services related to art weekly. I will post the first few for the end of this month, then they will only be available through my Patreon page. If you want to receive this content in the future, you can become a Patron of mine here  https://www.patreon.com/AngelaDeRiso

The Benefits For My Patreon Community

In keeping with my online marketing, I have been posting about once a week while maintaining a presence on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. I want to cement this effort into a platform where I can finally do what I truly love, while creating something unique for others to enjoy.  I will be posting more of my newer work as I finish it. It’s not just art I’ll be making. I will be making a few types of content for my Patrons, and I would love to have some of my followers on this blog to check out what I have to offer. I’m creating free content until the end of August, and then about half of it will become exclusive to Patrons only.

Visit my Patreon or my YouTube channel for new content every few days.

To show the benefits of becoming a Patron, I’ve listed what you’ll get or have access to at each level.

      $1 or more per month
  • You get to suggest tutorials you want to see
  • Advice on Materials & how to use them.
  • Wallpaper Downloads
  • 20% Off One Purchase
  • Art Postcard

     

    $5 or more per month

  • 30% Off one purchase
  • Advice & tips on your own artwork/ drawings
  • To thank you for support, you’ll be sent an art bookmark
  • Live Hangout
  • Plus all previous rewards


  $10 or more per month

  • A Custom Notebook, Postcard, or Pen
  • Your Choice Of Video Topic
  • 40% Off One Purchase
  • Live Hangout
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • Surprise Gift Box for long term Patrons!

 

 

Free VS Paid Content

  • Free content will include :
  • Simple Tutorials (Quick Techniques For Drawing In Graphite/ Colored Pencil)
  • Photos of Completed Work
  • Time Lapse Videos
  • Inside Look At How I Gather & Use References
  • Videos/Photos Highlighting Reptiles, Responsible Ownership & Conservation
  • Nature Walks/ Wildlife Videos

 

Paid content will include :

  • In Depth Tutorials (More Focus On Details, Textures & Animal Drawing Studies)
  • Inside Look At Concept To Completion
  • Photos of Works in Progress & Sneak Peeks At Upcoming Art/Projects
  • Product Reviews (Art Supplies, Etc.)
  • Content Highlighting What Inspires Me
  • Physical Rewards (prints, postcards, etc.)
  • Advice On Your Own Art & How To Use Materials
  • Downloadable Images & Photos

 

 

I have more work on my plate, but I’ll post back when I’ve got some more goodies. Stay tuned.

 

PS: Here’s a peek at something nearly done!

A Wind Of Lizards (preview)
Quick peek…

 

 

 

 

Newest Turtle Artwork & Videos

I recently finished up two 8″ x 10″ pieces of two North American species, and have made drawing process videos of them as well. When looking at the average algae covered pond turtle, it’s easy to forget just how colorful some of them can be. The Wood Turtle is a great example of that, with their bright orange skin. So too are Spotted Turtles, with orange to peach scaling on their front legs, and many pale yellow spots.

I wanted to capture these two turtle species in their native habitats, so they are as described below.

The Wood Turtle is not strictly aquatic, often venturing out on land half of the time. However, in the artwork I have one swimming through a creek (or river) accompanied by a small school of minnows. A stand of trees in the woods shows just at the water’s surface.

The Spotted Turtle swims under aquatic plants and their hanging roots. The water is shallow and tinged yellow with tannin from dead and decaying trees.

Here are the process videos!

And here are the links where you can shop for products made with these pieces printed on them!

Sell Art Online

Photography Prints
 

I’ve developed a soft spot for turtles over the years, from both becoming enamored with local pond residents and rescuing injured or disoriented turtles. I now have two of my own as part of my family. Both were adopted from the Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society, whom I connected with through the wonderful Turtle Forum. Through them I learned about just how many turtles are abandoned and cast off as if throwaway items. I also learned how unique and personable turtles can truly be. No, they are not animals who are soft and cuddly, nor do most of them care for much handling. But they do interact with their owners, they have favorite foods, and some even enjoy a good shell scratch (They do get itchy, especially during a growth spurt). There are even some who actually want to be pet, or held, but it depends on the turtles disposition.

I have also met wonderful people who love them just as I do, and have expert knowledge on their care. A pet turtle or tortoise is a serious consideration as a pet, not just in terms of care, but also in longevity. Some are capable of outliving their owners, especially tortoises.

So, in appreciation of my artwork, I hope that people will also see the importance of the species depicted, both wild and captive, whether they be pets or wildlife that needs protection.

Here is a list of some great links about turtles. Stay tuned for more!

 

 

 

Drawing Process Videos!

In the last few days, I’ve been putting together some videos of the shot by shot process of some of my latest drawings.

In between working on these, I am still working on more original artworks. I’ve had a couple of commissions all completed and sent out in the last month or two. I’m free again to take on more custom orders if anyone’s in the market for it. Some of my time has been spent on marketing on Facebook, and other social media platforms. Sometimes just before the perfectly timed summer storms begin rolling in. Then, because of frequent lightning, I have to turn off my PC.

This is what it looked like right before things got ugly.

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Dark clouds rolling in

 

I have more work left to do. I’ll be back soon!

 

Youtube Video Artist Ad

Utilizing social media platforms to advertise myself and my work have been very beneficial to me in starting my own venture. Some of it has been frustrating and confusing, but I’ve kept learning through trial and error.

I had a Youtube channel a few years before I started posting on many other platforms, mostly for my pet videos and such. However, I just tried my hand at making a video advertisement for this little business of mine. It’s a fairly simple trailer for my artwork, but it is the beginning of something I feel will add another dimension to what I do for my readers, and possible customers.

Many people are fascinated by how art takes shape and progresses over time. While no one but the artist sits hour by hour seeing that process through its iterations, by documenting it in photos I can show it all without taking hours of someone’s time. I would love to have a high-speed camera to record everything, but for now I can provide a similar experience by taking incremental photos.

I did this video below a few years ago on some seaturtle pieces I’d done.

I have several folders of image files for the more recent pieces I’ve done, and I will be putting more art process videos on my channel.

I will still be adding pet videos every now and then, typically of my turtles. Those are fairly sporadic uploads. As I need to increase my marketing platform, I will be trying to focus more on the art side of things.

Although, who can resist the little turtle destroying the live plants I so lovingly put in the terrarium for him?

 

Speaking of turtles, this was my latest completed commission. A pet red eared slider turtle and her owner. This is a big female slider of nine years old. Many people end up getting rid of turtles when they become so large. I’m so glad to see someone who loves their turtle after so many years (and hopefully many more!). It’s very encouraging for me to see others who value them as much as I do. I was very happy to do this piece, and it’s a great piece of work to add to my portfolio.

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Two Ladies: One A Turtle, One A Human

 

 

Having a love for my pets and wildlife is a big part of what I do as an artist. They endlessly inspire me. And of course, make me laugh.

More content coming soon, stay tuned!