You have such a strong understanding/usage of value in your work—is there anything you find helps with varying your value and maintaining contrast? I often have a difficult time with this@softgrungenitori
Oh man, thank you so much!!!
I think I owe my understanding of value and contrast almost 100% to taking many many traditional drawing classes throughout my art education. I used the most obnoxious media possible— charcoal and/or conte crayon— and really fought with it.
Having to struggle with the medium is what enables you to appreciate the fine distinctions between values, and most importantly observational drawing is the only way to learn how to see properly. Also, using real media is a great way to learn to be not precious with your work, which doesn’t have anything to do with value but is an essential development for any artist. I am a huge huge huge promoter of learning traditional drawing technique.
Thanks for the question— good luck!
Hey, What's your name? I ended up on this tumblr through Pinterest, but can't find your actual name. I'm a designer at Simon & Schuster, and I'm always on the look out for new artists to hire. I'd love to add you to the list!@Anonymous
Hey there Anon, and anyone else with questions, here’s the answer to the one you asked and one you didn’t:
1) Leela Wagner!
2) and I am ALWAYS on the lookout for fun and interesting freelance work! Hit me up with any queries at LeelaWagnerArt@gmail.com.
Thanks for the compliment!
Instant Gratification Quick Commmission, anyone?
Hey my friends- sorry I haven’t been around a lot lately. Got a lot of stuff going on, and I need to unwiiiiiiind by drawing some art that doesn’t have vast emotional, financial, and grammatical consequences.
Would you care for an instant gratification quickie commission? I used to do these on DA and it was always super fun for me.
$35 flat rate for whatever, paypal only.
Here’s how it goes: You send me an email at LeelaWagnerArt@gmail.com with a description of what you want (PLEASE no copyrighted characters, I’m sorry no I will not draw you Wonder Woman). 100% first come first serve! I’ll get back to you ASAP, and then you can send me reference etc. I’ll draw up a thang (probably digital but just w/e I feel like really) and send you a jpeg. If you approve, send me some money and I’ll send you the high-res!
Just about anything goes, but I’m not super into redrawing photos, so no basic “draw me!”s today, please.
That’s it. If it goes well I’ll do it again, and just FYI— as always, I accept regular commissions as well (though they’re in a slightly different price range.)
As always appreciating your support even if I don’t show it too well! <3
<edit> WOW YOU GUYS THANK YOU FOR ALL THE INTEREST! I officially have more than I can handle right now haha and the way this works is I’m just taking one at a time to preserve my sanity. If you are interested, please feel free to email me and save yourself a spot on the theoretical wait list, but it will be a little while before I’ll be able to get to any subsequent requests. You guys. You’re the best! </edit>
so i was just going through your art tag, and naturally noticed all the 3 musketeers (love it, btw) and i was wondering. are you really into the book, or do you like the recent tv adaptation, or what? (i'm about halfway through the book at the moment and decided to give the "musketeers" show a try, and…i had to stop a little ways into the first episode because it was just--well, not faithful to the text at all, let's say.)@Anonymous
Thanks for the question! Well, I had seen multiple movies based off Dumas’s characters around, and knew of the story, but I didn’t really get interested in it until the idea for a gender/genrebend came to me, so honestly most of my reading of the novel was more from a research perspective as opposed to for the novel itself. I didn’t actually make it all the way through the book— it’s a wonderful piece of fiction and history both, but it’s not really for me. I found out about the show when someone brought it up after seeing some of my sketches, and I enjoyed it greatly for the swashbuckling and the gorgeous men, but it has had very little impact on my story.
I’m not really adapting any once source here— I’m more interested in the collective impressions of these characters that countless interpretations have built, most of which have little regard for canon. While I do intend to make as much of a direct translation as possible from the plot of Dumas’s first novel, that’s more for fun than anything, to give readers who are familiar with the book lots of easter eggs. My versions of the characters are going to have just as little to do with his canon figures as do the characters on the recent show.
In fact, my musketeers story will likely have infinitely more homage to Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country and HBO’s Deadwood (two incredible westerns!) than any Musketeers adaptation.
First Second Acquires KISS NUMBER EIGHT, a Graphic Novel About Growing Up Queer in a Conservative Community
First Second Books has recently acquired Kiss Number Eight, a YA graphic novel written by Eisner-nominated author Colleen AF Venable and illustrated by newcomer Leela Wagner. Due out in 2016, here is First Second’s tantalizing description of the book:
Amanda can’t figure out what’s so…
This is one piece of news I’ve been hanging onto for FAR TOO LONG— I am working with First Second to make the awesomest book around! Complete with lots of macking, fart jokes, and lesbians.
I am so so so thrilled that now I get to be sharing little bits of process with you guys here at tumblr- it’s been hard not sharing something that’s the designation for so much of my creative energy!