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Characters Illustration – A Collaboration with Author MJ Mallon – 1st Stop Blog Tour! #ABRSC

Watercolor Illustrations ©CarolinaRusso

Hello everyone I hope that you all are enjoying Spring!
Today I have a nice announcement to do…

time has arrived and today I am very happy to post again about one of my latest collaboration and special commission done during the past months. This has been a great and interesting project that I have been working on!
During last Summer I was contacted by British Author  MJ Mallon for the creation of some character illustrations for her new book.   We have had a wonderful collaboration developed in the coming soon publication of the book in paperback edition, including my character illustrations.  MJ Mallon is a novel’s writer and a dear  friend in our Blog-World Community. To get to know more about her,  please  visit her Blog at MJ Mallon Author!

Today is also the start of MJ  blog tour for the release of her  paperback – The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone. There will be a celebration on her blog, everyone is invited!
This post is the  first stop  on the #ABRSC tour, other blogs will follow in the next coming days.

The beautiful book  is a fantasy novel for young adults, inspired by supernatural, magic and paranormal. Many themes are touched into the intriguing and captivating story of Amelina Scott, a fifteen years old girl that lives in Cambridge,  England. With some magic help, Amelina discovers the truth of a shocking curse that destroyed her family happiness. If you like magic and supernatural you would love this novel. This is the first book and according to author MJ Mallon it would be a sequel and so a series.

The title is “The Curse Of Time” #1 Bloodstone  first published as Kindle Edition “Not Illustrated” launched August 2017.

Today I am very  happy to announce that the book would be released soon  in paperback edition during April 2018. I have created the Illustrations of two characters “Esme and the Creature Eruterac” I loved to create these watercolor paintings as portraits of the intriguing characters, MJ described them to me so well that I was able to bring them alive on paper.  I am so honored and very happy that my illustrations are included in black and white into the paperback edition, it is a great accomplishment and means a lot to me. This year you will see other great collaborations and very interesting projects that I am working on. Keep following!

Character’s Portraits – Esme and the Creature – Original Watercolor Paintings ©CarolinaRusso

I have previously wrote another post where I explain most of the behind the scene about the start of this project and details about my creation of the character’s portrait, if you’re a new follower or if you have missed it, you can read my post dedicated to the character Esme:  New Release: Esme – Bringing alive a character with a painting! Collaboration with Author MJ Mallon

you can also read MJ Mallon post about our collaboration and my illustration for the character the Creature :

A Wonderful Collaboration With Talented Artist Carolina Russo

Character’s Portraits – Esme – Original Watercolor Paintings ©CarolinaRusso

Isn’t it beautiful to see the portraits published? I love them! MJ was so kind to send me a preview copy of the paperback and everything looks great!

Character’s Portraits – The Creature – Original Watercolor Paintings ©CarolinaRusso

I have created the watercolor painting for two characters “Esme” the girl trapped in the mirror and ” The Creature” a scary entity and creepy guardian.
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I want to give a special thanks to MJ Mallon for loving my art and for thinking of me for this project and great collaboration, hopefully we can collaborate again in the future. Thank you so much Marjorie!

Character’s Portraits – Esme and the Creature – Original Watercolor Paintings ©CarolinaRusso

*** Paperback Release date is April 2nd and can be purchased on Amazon 

Paintings Release: The images of my paintings are included inside the paperback book in black and white. If you are interested you can purchase the color version available in two sizes as “Limited Edition Fine Art Print” only #20 Prints for each character are available for fans and collectors. Fine art prints include a certificate of authenticity, are numbered and hand signed by me!
If you like one for yourself or for a wonderful gift, prints are beautiful almost like the original paintings! You can fully support my Art with your purchases for the character  “Esme” visit my Etsy Shop

***If you’re interested in a Fine Art Print of “The Creature” please order here on the Blog at  Shop My Art Prints

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Artist details about the Original Paintings:
My watercolor is outlined with black, white and brown ink pens. Gold pen Gelly Roll by Sakura. I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle, Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05 . A Alvin Draft/Matic Pencil #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves.  Pentel Aqua Brushes – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches .
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If you like my Art
and would like to have a Custom Painting or Illustration from me, I am open to commission work if you have an idea
just Contact me and we can talk about it! 🙂

You can see more of my Paintings visiting my  GALLERY  there are several Galleries find  them in the drop down menu under Watercolors.

All my watercolor paintings are available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints!

Please follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

What makes me happy is to give happiness and inspire people through my Art, give feelings to the heart and deep to the soul!”  – CR

 

I hope that you enjoyed this post and suggest you to read the book!
Wish you all a great week!

Thank You!
Thank You!

©Copiright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

 

 

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Inktober – MabsDrawlloweenClub Day 6: Black Lagoon – Sword

Day #6: Black Lagoon – Sword

– Black Lagoon . Sword –
Day #6 MabsDrawlloweenClub – InkTober 2017

Day #6  Entry double challenges Mabsdrawlloweenclub and Inktober is for the prompts “Black Lagoon and Sword

Today painting is mainly inspired by the prompt from Mabsdrawlloweenclub which is “Black Lagoon”  referred to Creature from the Black Lagoon a 1954 American black-and-white 3D monster horror film I honestly had to do my researches to know more about this old movie. I have then created my own character that you see in my painting. And the prompt for Inktober is Sword so I had to find a way to add a sword so I had my character carry it which I think did work out great for the combination of the two promps!


Details about my paintings:
 My Ink drawing is outlined with ink pens. Pentel Pocket Brush black ink.  Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05 . A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil. A dash of watercolor  I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches .

Day #6: Black Lagoon – Sword – Supplies Used

Today I wanted to post more photos, this one is to show you all my supplies for today painting! What you see in the picture it is everything I have used 3 different size and colors of Micron pens: Dark red 0.5 – Brown 0.1 – Black 0.5 – Sakura White Jelly Roll – Pilot Turquoise Precise V5 extra fine – Sennellier watercolors, Alvin Draftmatic pencil.

Day #6: Black Lagoon – Sword – Pencil Sketch

This is the photo of my starting pencil sketch just, that you can see a little of how my drawing progressed and turned in a watercolor, outlined ink painting! I hope that you enjoy to see this daily challenges and how prompts can inspire to create paintings that you never thought about it!
My first three paintings of this series are listed as Limited Edition Prints in two sizes on my Etsy Shop!

I have a second Instagram account dedicated to my Art please follow me there! @carolinarussoart

 

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October Challenge!

Visit my DrawlloweenTober GALLERY  and follow my daily drawings!

Have fun creating!

Thank You!
Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

 

 

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Inktober 2017 – MabsDrawlloweenClub Day 5: Grim Reaper – Long

Day #5: Grim Reaper Long

– Grim Reaper Long –
Day #5 MabsDrawlloweenClub – InkTober 2017

Today my illustration for Day #5 entry for my double challenge MabsDrawlloweenClub prompt is Grim Reaper and for  Inktober prompt is Long!
I loved to create this one, including an unexpected character that we all pretty much love!  I decided to extend the theme to our loved “Alice In Wonderland” with a quote into my drawing! I think she deserves to be included in our #drawlloween

❤ Details about my paintings:
 My Ink drawing is outlined with ink pens. Pentel Pocket Brush black ink.  Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05, Micron dark red ink #1.  A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil.  A dash of watercolor,  I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches .

❤ Details about these Challenges:
Every year in October since 2009, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge created by Illustrator Jake Parker  by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. (read my previous post) Other amazing artists have created their own challenges during October. This Year I will Join two amazing challenges InkTober and Drawlloween is a little more spoocky Halloween themed created and hosted on Instagram by Pop Surrealist artist Mab Graves! I will create my daily drawings inspired by the combination of the two Challenges daily prompt words and I have combined the names creating my own challenge “DrawllooweenTober”  yes this is my plan to be able to join and drawing daily for both amazing challenges at the same time,  if you like to join me use also hashtag #drawlloweentober

I have a second Instagram account dedicated to my Art please follow me there! @carolinarussoart

 

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Visit my DrawlloweenTober GALLERY  and follow my daily drawings!

Have fun creating, keep going!

Thank You!
Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

 

 

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New Release: Esme – Bringing alive a character with a painting! Collaboration with Author MJ Mallon

Esme And The Mirror -Original Watercolor Painting by ©Carolina Russo – Portrait of Esme Inspired by the Book – “The Curse Of Time” #1 Bloodstone by Author MJ Mallon

Today I am happy to post about one of my latest collaboration and commission done during the month of August.
I have collaborated with British Author Marjorie J Mallon,  she is a novel’s writer and  a friend in our community here on WordPress.

She Blogs at MJ Mallon Author!

I always love to write the story behind the scene of  my paintings. A while back I was contacted by MJ, she is one of my lovely long time followers from overseas. She loves my Art and followed my World Watercolor Month Collection, created in July, a challenge featuring 31 paintings in 31 days. MJ was touched by one of my paintings, inspiring the coming idea. Explained in her message to me indicating that her new book Kindle Edition “The Curse Of Time” #1 Bloodstone was close to be launched on August 26, (yes it is already happened!) and that she would’ve loved to collaborate with me, asking if I could create a painting for her. A portrait to illustrate her fiction character “Esme” and a digital image to be able to share it online! The idea was very exciting to me, I love book illustrations and of course, I wanted to create this special portrait.  MJ gave me some interesting details about Esme, and enough was said that I let soon my creativity fly. I prepared a pencil sketch with my vision, MJ approved and I was ready to paint and bring the character alive. What a beautiful opportunity for both of us to collaborate while we are in two different countries, she is in UK and I am in US this is one side of the beauty of Blogging! Great connections can be made opening the doors of possibilities. I Blog from three years now and I had amazing connections and experiences. During this year is happened to me several times to collaborate and I love it.

While having our communications MJ gave me some interesting information and detail about what was important for her to showcase  in my painting.  Esme has long blond hair, the mirror, a face reflection, tears, a pink quartz crystal, a clock, and sunflowers + few more detail that I wont reveal to do not spoil her book! Not much I needed, to let my creativity and vision of Esme taking  shape. I had my vision and MJ loved it! As you can see on my painting I added all the elements she gave me ” Esme, the crystal and  the sunflowers are in foreground painted in a light delicate watercolor color palette that is in  contrast with the images in the dark background, the clock and the mirror that are representing the unknown and the darkness.

I loved to create this intriguing painting which I gave the title “Esme And The Mirror”  Esme is the name of one of the main characters in the book.  MJ mentioned in one of her Blog posts this quote: “The tears in her eyes convey her sadness but the golden hair of the mysterious girl facing her (no spoilers!) is bright and vibrant, suggesting hope.”  What a great message isn’t it? Well my painting represent Light and Darkness, Sadness and Hope.

Thank you so much MJ  for supporting my art with our collaboration and commission! I had the opportunity to create this beautiful inspiring Portrait for you bringing alive your intriguing character Esme and have my Art connected with you and your new book! “The Curse Of Time” #1 Bloodstone to know more about it give MJ a visit on her Blog this is the link to her Book Launch Party Post

Painting Release: The image of my painting isn’t included inside the book, but I am having a “New Release” here now!
First run of Limited Edition Fine Art Prints only #1/20 Prints are available for fans and collectors, fine art prints are numbered and hand signed by me!
If you like one for yourself or for a wonderful gift, the Print is beautiful, you can fully support my Art and  preorder – purchase your Print here on my Blog, read all the info about price and shipping on my page Shop Art Prints

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Artist Details about the Original Painting:
My watercolor is outlined with black, white and brown ink pens. Gold pen Gelly Roll by Sakura. I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle, Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05 . A Alvin Draft/Matic Pencil #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves.  Pentel Aqua Brushes – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches .
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If you like my Art
and would like to have a Custom Painting or Illustration from me, I am open to commission work if you have an idea
just Contact me and we can talk about it! 🙂

You can see more of my Paintings visiting my  GALLERY  there are several Galleries find  them in the drop down menu under Watercolors.

All my watercolor paintings are available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Art Prints!  

Please follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

What makes me happy is to give happiness and inspire people through my Art, give feelings to the heart and deep to the soul!”  – CR

I hope that you enjoyed this behind the scene story!
Wish you all a great week!

Thank You!
Thank You!

©Copiright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

 

 

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Day 3 – Sand & Seashells #WorldWatercolorMonth


– Sand & Seashells  –
Day #3 World Watercolor Month 2017

Day 3 – Sand & Seashells – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

This post is for my yesterday painting Day #3! I know it’s a bit late, I had a busy day out of home and had not time to post it yesterday, so it goes today I will post twice my new painting for today is in progress! ❤  The prompt about this one is “Sand & Seashells” what a better way for me to create another ethereal mermaid!

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 My watercolors is outlined with black and white ink pens. Gold Jelly Roll pen. I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05 . A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil.  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches .

To see my World Watercolors Month 2017 Collection of daily  paintings please visit my  Gallery


All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month 2017 are available for preorder in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints only #31 numbered and hand signed Prints. For details visit the Gallery page linked above’

 

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This is going to be an amazing month keep painting!
Have a great day!

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Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Wander In The Abyss #MerMay2017

  

Wander In The Abyss – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

– Wander In The Abyss Mermaid #MerMay2017!

The month of May is over in few days and so the #MerMay2017 challenge, I loved to participate and during the month I re-posted some of my mermaids I previously painted and I made this new mermaid painting.
I am sorry I haven’t post much lately, it was because I had to fix a problem with my computer, thankfully right now is all working and fixed! I haven’t been writing here on my Blog but I did post my work on Instagram and if you follow me there you know I have been pretty busy drawing and painting!

Wander In The Abyss – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today I am excited about my  ” New Release” and  to share with you my finished  “Wander In The Abyss – Mermaid” a watercolor and ink painting. If you came across my previous post you remember this mermaid and that I was showing my work in progress, from the pencil sketch to the begin stage of watercolor, if you missed that post, maybe you like to read it and see how this painting come alive. This watercolor mermaid had a pretty long process, lots of patience and layers for me to be able to obtain this look and all the shades of colors on a “not watercolor paper” like the gray toned paper sketchbook that I used. This time, I really wanted to try something different using a toned paper for background and I wanted to see how  I could use watercolors and inks on a paper for dry media.  I can say that It’s pretty tricky! I am happy with the way the painting turned out!

A Limited Edition of 20 Art Prints is now available only hand embellished
I will add by hand the gold ink to embellish each print and turn it in one of a kind and special. It is very difficult to print the gold ink from an original painting because the scanner and printer aren’t able to give the real gold pigments and spark, that’s why I decided to do only a very small run of special prints hand embellished. When the 20 prints are sold out I won’t print them again and with time they will increase in value!  Prints are size 8×10 inches, I offer a special discounted price for  my friends and for anyone that  place an order here on the Blog Price is $45 + $8 Shipping via USPS Priority Mail within US if you like to reserve a print just fill in the form linked.

Wander In The Abyss – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Details about my painting:
 I Sketched on a Strathmore 400 Series medium surface 80 lb – gray toned paper large sketchbook size 9 x 12 inches for dry media.  I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.5mm by Mab Graves Limited Edition for ALVIN for my sketch  and I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle and Artist’s Loft watercolor pan set I used this set for a opaque- chalk effect. Ink pen COPIC Multiliner #0.03 and a SAKURA  Metallic gold Gelly Roll pen.

 


You can see more of my Paintings visiting my  GALLERY  there are several Galleries here on my Blog! You find  them in the drop down menu under Watercolors.

All my collections of watercolors paintings and illustrations are available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Art Prints   here on my Blog!
Some of them are also available on my Etsy Shop CarolinaRussoArt.

Please follow me on my Instagram account dedicated to my Art! @carolinarussoart 

 

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Happy weekend!

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Thank You!

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Dragons And Castles – Behind the scene of a commission painting!

Dragons And Castles - Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo
Dragons And Castles – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today post is about one of my latest commission work!

I loved to create this painting title “Dragons and Castles”  it was very inspiring and it goes to another kind and talented Fantasy Author, she is part of our Community her Blog is A.S.Akkalon  I am sure some of you came across her Blog already!

Life is always a surprise!

Awhile ago I made the painting “Katie The Writer”   you that follow my Blog maybe remember that post! And because a kind comment left me then, I got to know better Alecia aka A.S.Akkalon she left me a very nice comment telling me how much she loved my painting for Katie and the story behind it!

I responded to her comment:  “Thank you very much in a way I am sure you can relate with it! You’re a writer I could’have portrait you with castle and dragon 😉 Thank you for stopping by my Blog and I love your comment!” ❤

The comments are what did bring us closer together and the beautiful surprise of her decision to custom order to me this painting. A Fantasy Portrait representing her with her cat and what she love to write about it in her fantasy stories. So a Dragon and a Castle were a must to paint! As part of my creative process we started to exchange emails and talk about her own idea and my vision of the painting and here there is the beautiful and interesting outcome! Alecia purchased the Original Watercolor Painting and a digital image to use on her Blog. At this moment her painting is in the hands of the postal service, is in transit going overseas all the way to beautiful  New Zealand! Today Alecia couldn’t wait to receive the “Original” and she used the digital image to share a post about it, you can read it here it is “A dragon, a castle and an audiobook”  visit her Blog there are lots of good and fun reading!

Thank you Alecia so much for supporting my art with your commission and for the opportunity to create this painting for you and have my Art in another beautiful part of the world!

I hope that you all enjoyed reading this post and to know more about behind the scenes of my paintings!

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Artist Details about the Original Painting:
My original watercolor painting  is size 8×10 inches painted on acid free cold press 300gm archival watercolor paper.
and is outlined with black ink pens. I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier.  I used  Pigma Micron pen Black ink #03 and a black ink  Pilot Prera fountain pen with  fine nib. The dragon scales and other parts are outlined with gold ink and white ink.
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P.S.
If you like my Art and would like to have a Custom Painting or Illustration from me, I am open to commission work if you have an idea
just Contact me and we can talk about it! 🙂

You can see more of my Paintings visiting my  GALLERY  there are several Galleries you find  them in the drop down menu under Watercolors.

All my watercolors are available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Art Prints  

Please follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

What makes me happy is to give happiness and inspire people through my Art give feelings to the heart and deep to the soul!

 

#worldwatercolorgroup

Wish you a great weekend!

Thank You!
Thank You!

©Copiright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com