EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Sara Burrier

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an illustrator who’s artwork is both magical and inspiring. I’ve been following her blog for at least a month now, and it always fills me with joy when she shares a new drawing or painting.

Who and where are you?

I am a 28 year old woman who teaches art to children from the ages of 6 thru 18 at the local Art Center.  I also freelance my artwork for licensing, private commissions, and children’s books, or anything else I can find to do.  I live in Des Moines Iowa with my husband Brian and our two kitties Madeline and Tálor.

The Great Mice Detectives

How did you get started art blogging?

I started blogging for the network.  I wanted to gain a following and connect with other illustrators in the children’s book publishing field.  I have found that to be a great asset to my work!!  Without a network of fellow illustrators I don’t believe my work would be as strong as it is today.  All of the feedback and encouragement was and is priceless.

A Visitor Subterrane

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Don’t give up!  I have, and still do.  I work on it every week…motivating and encouraging myself to blog.  Sometimes I get to it, sometimes I don’t.  But I wish I did.  This keeps you fresh.  Even if it isn’t paragraphs at a time like I tend to do, just a picture with a title or two sentences about it two or three times a week will keep your blog visible.  Also you must give it back.  Find bloggers that you like and post comments.  This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours going to blogs and saying something, but make an effort to do it a couple times a week.  This not only could help others find you, but it motivates others to comment on your blog.  I’m sure most of you have heard these tips before.  But I also want to say, make your blog look good!  If you’re not sure or a bit weary about going the distance I have, keep it simple and clean!  Personally I like how some blogs “match” the artist’s website.  Which is why mine does.  It should be a continuation of your work, just like a physical gallery show.

Rest on the Horizon

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, depending on what I’m working on.  If I’m illustrating a book about a little boy who goes on adventures all of the time I might put in some Our Lady Peace, Snow Patrol, or Carolina Liar.  If I’m working on a mermaid I might be listening to Enigma, Sleeptheif, or Sarah Brightman.  I listen to quite the range.  But there are times when I prefer silence.  I have a lot of trees and birds around my studio windows, cars too, but I can totally hear the birds over everything.

Day of Joy

What’s coming next from your easel?

I would love to finish making more of my garden mice.  I am truly enjoying these and the life they give off.  But I am also currently working on a self published children’s book (that I’m illustrating not writing).  You’ll probably see more of the mice than the book’s illustrations until it’s complete.  I would also like to finish “Poppy”.  Sadly she isn’t finished yet, this month is going to be different.  My sister is getting married at the end of May and I’m helping the MoH with preparations.  We’ll see.  🙂

http://warriorprincessdream.blogspot.com/

Thank you Sara for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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EBSQ Spotlight on Fantasy Art: Jasmine Ann Becket-Griffith

This month’s featured gallery is Fantasy Art and it is one of our most-populous and popular galleries at EBSQ.  The artists that are drawn to this genre take the fanciful images and stories that live within them and share them with everyone. Throughout October, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s fantasy artists.

Jasmine Ann Becket-Griffith

Pet Trilobite - Jasmine Ann Becket-Griffith

“I’ve always been drawn to fantasy, whimsy, escapism, nature, dreams, etc.  Maybe it’s my overactive imagination, or perhaps it’s just my general dissatisfaction with a lot of the mundane world, but in my artwork I generally incorporate some sort of fantasy element into each piece.  Sometimes it’s addicting – I just can’t paint a girl – I have to add wings.  I can’t just paint a still life – I have to put a tiny mermaid in there.  I can’t paint a landscape without sneaking in a dragon.  Basically (even though I include a lot of realism in my work) I paint the world how I’d like it to look, rather than how it actually does look.” – Jasmine Ann Becket-Griffith

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EBSQ Spotlight on Fantasy Art: Meredith Estes

This month’s featured gallery is Fantasy Art and it is one of our most-populous and popular galleries at EBSQ.  The artists that are drawn to this genre take the fanciful images and stories that live within them and share them with everyone. Throughout October, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s fantasy artists.

Meredith Estes

A Place To Think - Meredith Estes

 

 

I have enjoyed drawing & painting fantasy art for many of years.  Especially the women, Mermaids, Fairies, Princesses, Queens, Goddess, etc.  Fantasy art is full of magic & unlimited possibility and allows me as the artist to freely paint what is in my heart and soul and hopefully evoke joyful feelings toward those who view my work. – Meredith Estes

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Saturday Sampler: Seaside edition

A sampling of our Freshest Art uploaded on 06.13.2009

Art: Fish Friend by Artist Meredith Estes

Fish Friend by Meredith Estes

 

Art: F.Fournier Original Canadian Landscape Oil Painting by Artist Francois Fournier  
F Fournier Original Canadian Landscape Oil Painting by Francois Fournier

 

Art: Lily Anne by Artist Hiroko Seki Reaney

Lily Anne by Hiroko Seki Reaney

 

Art: The FairyTale Moon by Artist heather anne murray

The Fairy Tale Moon by Heather Anne Murray

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