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+ C is for Corvidae + by ShePaintsWithBlood
+ C is for Corvidae +
Twas a crow what procured me
Bound my limbs with earth and sea.


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A month or so ago I saw a really pretty letter C on the front of a book ( think it was an old cookbook at a relative's house) and I wanted to draw my own letter C. But then that seemed kind of dull so I added in a bird that could be related to said letter. While I do want to do another letter on the opposite page in my sketchbook I am not planning on doing the alphabet or anything.
But, doing more lettering is on my list of things to play with because I used to so enjoy doing lettering in my art as a young teenager (it was awful though. I cannot even describe....)
The little rhyme at the top is part of a couplet I came up with for a concept song a friend of mine and I are planning to eventually write.

If you enjoy seeing little drawings from me as well as works in progress and lots of updates not shown on dA like my  
Facebook page

Mechanical pencil sketch, inked in Bic Pen

This drawing is bloodmarked and copyright to Aria Keehn ShePaintswithBlood 2015 Thank you for looking! :blackrose:
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+ Mourning Five + by ShePaintsWithBlood
+ Mourning Five +
I very seldom submit sketches and smaller pieces here and I realized maybe I ought to do so now and then!  If you like seeing works in progress and such from me, be sure to follow my much more active Facebook art page!

A small drawing of Opling I did recently because she suited my mood. Opling is Ivan's second mate and the mother of Whispling, Ivan's son. Like Ivan, she has a lot of ties to the world of the dead which she can see through her smoky blue left eye.

For those curious this is
the real Opling :blackrose:
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+ The Chill + by ShePaintsWithBlood
+ The Chill +
A creature of Autumn has taken shelter inside of the tree to wait out the frigid temperatures of the Redwoods Gray's short Winter.

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A piece I recently finished as part of my Redwoods Gray series. Those of you who read my newsletter have already seen this but here is it for the rest of you lovelies as well!

Can you find my little Wendigo amongst the cold and snow? Perhaps if you come down to Valkarie Gallery tomorrow night 12-19 for the Members' Show starting at 6PM you might be able to track her down in not only this piece but one of the many others I have up.

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Watercolour on 24x12 inch canvas. For sale through Valkarie Gallery. Email: hello@valkariefineart.com to purchase or stop by in person.

This painting is bloodmarked and copyright to Aria Keehn ShePaintswithBlood 2014
Thank you so much for looking! :blackrose:

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+ And Onward to Summer + by ShePaintsWithBlood
+ And Onward to Summer +
I posted a little photo of this piece at an angle the other night on my Facebook
And here is the full view of it. I so wish I could get a photo of it in the dark as it looks like a kind of 3D sky of stars and a glowing moon.

I bought these little shadow boxes a few months back planning on using them for this but only just recently got around to making one. This one is not for sale but I will be making more at some point. If you want a custom one they start at $50 and I currently have either 4x4 inch or 3.5x5 inch sizes (but I am sure I can easily get larger ones)
Feel free to email me with any questions at ShePaintswithBlood@hotmail.com

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Mediums: Watercolour, glowing paint, wire, thread and real, dried moss.

This piece and Threadlings are copyright to Aria Keehn ShePaintsWithBlood 2014
Thank you so much for looking! :blackrose:
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Just a reminder that I have an Etsy with fine art prints for sale of a lot of my most popular pieces! www.etsy.com/shop/ShePaintsWit…;

Also, did you know you can set up payment plans with many of my paintings?  If you have had your eye on something but did not have everything saved up for it at the time I can often split the price up into several month's payments.  Once you have paid the piece off it will be packed up and shipped to you!  Feel free to contact me about any of my available pieces to set up a plan!

Some (but not all) of my current originals for sale~

+ The Redwoods Gray + by ShePaintsWithBlood
Of Life's Breath and the Itch of Death by ShePaintsWithBlood +Within an Owl Graveyard + by ShePaintsWithBlood + Swim the Moon + by ShePaintsWithBlood
:blackrose:
Just a reminder that I have an Etsy with fine art prints for sale of a lot of my most popular pieces! www.etsy.com/shop/ShePaintsWit…;

Also, did you know you can set up payment plans with many of my paintings?  If you have had your eye on something but did not have everything saved up for it at the time I can often split the price up into several month's payments.  Once you have paid the piece off it will be packed up and shipped to you!  Feel free to contact me about any of my available pieces to set up a plan!

Some (but not all) of my current originals for sale~

+ The Redwoods Gray + by ShePaintsWithBlood
Of Life's Breath and the Itch of Death by ShePaintsWithBlood +Within an Owl Graveyard + by ShePaintsWithBlood + Swim the Moon + by ShePaintsWithBlood
:blackrose:

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Tips Every Artist Should Know!

Don't overuse your eraser, ESPECIALLY when sketching. I hardly use them at all during a sketch, unless I'm refining things or I made a serious mistake. You'll spend less time erasing and more time sketching, and you'll learn how to convert your mistakes into something else. It makes for good practice and it gives your sketch more flow to it (I find, anyway).
And kinda to go along with the eraser part, use light, flowing lines when sketching. Light is easier to mask than dark, and flowing lines are more enjoyable.~LuxDani

I use the above tip more than ever these days since I mostly only draw via ballpoint pen. I have to agree, it really helps you learn to be more careful and get an eye for beauty among messiness.

...Drawing an animal(or human) that you've never drawn before.(like me drawing big cats, or canines) DON'T draw from a cartoon, draw from a photo. Its perfectly alright if you spend an hour looking over dA or the internet, and don't get discouraged, looking for a reference photo is part of the drawing process. Once you find a photo you like make sure that you have the artist's permission to reference it, respect the artist's wishes if they say no! When you have the photo begin blocking in the animal(or person) with simple shapes, if its frustrating find more photos to reference from and practice drawing that creature. The best advice I can offer from that point is don't give up, even if you think your end result looks horrible, stick with it!~HorseCookies

Try mirroring your drawing to see mistakes you didn't notice before. If it's a real life drawing, put it in front of a mirror and look at the reflection. Or, if the paper is thin enough, you can also turn it around and hold it in a way that the light shines through and you can see it from behind... you'll then see a mirrored result too. ~JWiesner

One thing that has really helped me out is asking friends and family to look at a drawing. I've often found that a different set of eyes can pick out mistakes you didn't notice for one reason or another, something that applies to both art and writing. ~Inkwerk

Thumbnail something before you draw it. This is definitely something I tell myself again and again.

I'm one of those people who start with a face and then work the composition from there. Which, while effective, can sort of affect the final outcome. Like writing, drawing can be planned ahead. For big pieces, I draw a small box to represent the piece of paper I'll be drawing on (the actual size of the box depends on what you like, i make mine about a 4th of a page) and sketching in the basic idea. Your subject would be standing here, his background would be so, etc. ~thewintercynic

Try facing your characters a different way than you would normally comfortably draw them in. If you always draw facing to the right, try drawing to the left a few times. It is really excellent to be comfortable with both and cuts down a ton of stress when referencing.~ShePaintsWithBlood

Each of us have unique structure. We're all have different heights, weights, and ways we carry ourselves. As artists this can be a challenge when it comes to portraying our characters. If you can turn them into black silhouetted shapes and others can still tell them apart easily you have succeeded. It shouldn't be because of hairstyle or the outlines of their clothes but rather who they are. This way your characters can be as diverse and dimensional as those in the real world. ~FlameShuken

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calikal Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your gallery is amazing!!!! :happybounce: Clap 
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AmethystVixen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Writer
I :love: your artwork!
It leaves me speechless! :wow:
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I am so glad!:blackrose:
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AmethystVixen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Writer
Quite welcome! :heart:
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Cutest sleep accident ever.

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