Betsy Bauer is the fourth member of Light Grey Art Lab‘s 2016 Iceland Residency: Team Mist to volunteer to be introduced. Previous interviews are all linked on this post: Iceland.

K: What lights you up about what you do?

Betsy: I think creating concept artwork for animation is particularly exciting because you see your ideas realized by other artists.  It’s so rewarding to see a character or prop that I have designed translated into 3D by the modeling and surfacing departments.  Animation is such a collaborative medium!

K: Do you have an example?

Betsy: This isn’t really a great example of what I’m talking about because it’s hard to show that, but I do really like this image. :).

by Betsy Bauer

by Betsy Bauer

K: And where can we find you online?

Betsy: betsybauerART.com

Readers

I’m off to Readercon in July, which prompted this month’s calendar (although it’s a pattern I started sketching at World Fantasy last year).

Reading tree

You can print it in colour or to colour. Clicking on the images below will take you to a larger version of the image.

July Calendar - Colour July Calendar - Lines


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I am busily working at deadlines before I head over to Readercon and Iceland. Here are some work-in-progress glimpses of some illustrations I have made for Angie Rega, to accompany her reading of a story at next week’s Australian Fairy Tale Society conference.

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I thought, since time is tight, it would make sense to make the illustrations really small, but put more detail than usual in them at the same time. I still can’t properly feel the tip of my index finger.

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I’ve been sick for a few days, but am now able to sit up, take nourishment and get graphite all over my hands. Guess it’s back to work tomorrow.

Illustration Friday: Tribal

A little pen and ink Neverland drawing with digital colour. I’ve put the colours separately below, because I like how they read – they almost work without the lines.

The clearly readable silhouette is an important principle of art (especially, I think, animation). It makes sure you can easily read exactly what’s going on. It’s something I think about a lot with my cut-paper pieces, and less with drawings than I should.

Illustration Friday: Tribal - silhouette

These are some of the earlier sketches for the idea. I still like them, and would like to play around with them, but I have Just A Few things due between now and when I fly out to America and Readercon!

tribal-sketches

June calendar fox - detail

Some lepidopterophobic foxes for June’s calendar – a little late this month because I do this around other deadlines, but still in time!

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I think the nose-down fox is my favourite. The calendar can be printed in colour or for colouring in (click on the images below), and I will put them together into some prints through my Spoonflower and Redbubble shops as soon as other projects permit – check back!

June Calendar - Colour June Calendar - Lines


I was preparing a sequence of pen-and-ink foxes, but one got away.

(A trifle late this week – I’d intended to colour this in between other jobs, but my computer was required for watching a Barbara Cartland movie marathon).

(Also, from an illustration perspective, bicycles are complicated).

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