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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: “I’d Rather Be…” Creating

Forest Goddess – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today weekly photo challenge for  The Daily Post  theme  is ““I’d Rather Be…” and my answer is Creating!

I love to create my art and express my creativity in many different ways, I am a full-time artist and I love what I do. For me there is not much of “I’d rather be” because I try to create art every day! I am a watercolor painter, an illustrator and jewelry designer, I love photography and digital photo manipulations. I also like to write poems, haiku and short stories.  

Day #15: Witch _ Mysterious

 

My watercolor painting series are all available in Limited Edition Signed Fine Art Prints.

Day #2 Goblin Divided – Supplies

This is me on the beach in action with my camera trying to capture the moment…

Me on a Malibu Beach – California

This is one of my photos I love the ocean, sunsets and stormy skies

Majestic Ocean – Photo ©Carolina Russo

I love to create photo manipulations and I have created a Collection titled “When Nature Meets Humans” this Portrait title is “Proud” I like the Concept to mix Nature with Humans and create a unique One of a kind Digital Portraits. This is my evolving  idea and concept to combining the beauty of Nature with Humans telling a story in the form of Visual-Art, combining and blending a number of different photos in one unique portrait. Each photo has a meaning that tell the Portrait story. You can see more of this collection here and in this Gallery.

Proud – Digital Portrait ©CarolinaRusso

Nature is my biggest inspiration in everything I create…

 

Rose Quartz Dome Ring

I also love to create jewelry for  my “Among Nature” Jewelry Collection.
The nature is my greatest inspiration for my Jewelry Designs. I often use found in nature objects hand-picked by me in special places I visit.  All my creations are made using only beautiful natural gemstones, seashells, fossils, woods, bone and crystals which  I combine with precious and semi precious metals.

Hands  – Jewelry Design Rose Quartz Dome Ring – Photo ©Carolina Russo

 

Sometimes I write when words are whispered to my soul…this is one of my poems

Hands

Artist precious hands,
intensity and love givers.

Hands guided by a heart pulse,
forging and hammering metals,
holding precious stones.

Inspiration from the soul,
happiness  and art givers,
emotions in a motion of senses.

stroking brushes fulfilled with passion,
dripping water on white paper,
splashes of colors take forms.

Ink tears into the unknown
a creation is born.

-CR

First Published on Visual Verse Anthology on 11/6/2016

Copyright© Carolina Russo

If you would like to read more of my poems you can read them here

For more of my Photography visit my Photography Gallery

Follow me on Instagram @carolinarussoart  for the opportunity to see my art and more of my latest photos.

And if you love my watercolor paintings please visit my ETSY Shop

My New ETSY Shop!

 

Until the next post, I wish you a great rest of the week! ❤

 

Thank You!
Thank You!

 

Copyright ©Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Out Of This World

Sunset From Another Planet – Photo ©CarolinaRusso

Today post is about Photography!

It is a long time since I have participated to the weekly photo challenge.  The Daily Post  theme for this week it is very interesting  and inspiring and is “Out Of This World”. This week, share a picture that takes us on a journey into the unknown.

As an artist I feel that I am very often out of this world, while working on my watercolor paintings, creating my art. Inspiration and creativity can take you in many places where imagination rules  into the unknown. I enjoy the journey following my dreams and looking forward to see where they will take me.

The photo I am sharing today for this challenge, is another  gorgeous Southern California sunset. I took this photo days ago during an evening hike. The colors of this sunset were spectacular and I haven’t touched or edited this photo, no filter has been used,  it is just as I took it!

When shooting this photo, I really wanted to capture something different and unusual. I love to experiment and take photos in different and unexpected angle, using the camera in strange and unusual positions. When I went home, l have been looking at all the photos I took that day,  this one stood out to me for the beautiful intense colors, the contrast with the dark, the layers of clouds in the sky forming straight lines at the horizon. My angle shooting position created this high contrast and a diagonal  effect between the orange sky and the dark land. Transforming a familiar sunset in something different.  When I look at the photo from distance make me think an imaginary  sunset from another planet! Try to step away from your chair and look at the photo from distance, what do you see? I am really curious to know, please leave comments!


For more of my Photography visit my Photography Gallery

Follow me also on Instagram @carolinarussoart  for the opportunity to see my art and more of my latest photos.

 

 

Until the next photo, I wish you a great rest of the week! ❤

 

Thank You!
Thank You!

 

Copyright ©Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Last days of Inktober 2017 and MabsDrawlloweenClub Challenges!

– Last Days  –
MabsDrawlloweenClub – InkTober 2017

Day #27 – 28 – 29 – 30 – 31: Double challenge #Drawlloweentober

Day #27 Little Devil – Climb

Day #27 – This day prompts were Little Devil and Climb. I don’t really like to paint devil’s images, but I made this one more thinking at a horned ethereal creature like a fantasy fairy or game character the color red obviously was supposed to be!

Day #28 Villain – Fall

Day #28 – This is my choice for the prompt Villain my painting is inspired by the Disney movie “Maleficent” and she is Angelina Jolie in her character!

Day# 29 and 30 Broom Ride – Spider

Days #29 and #30 – I had to catchup a day so I decided to combine two days using four promps in one drawing! Prompts are: Broom Ride, United, Spider, Found 🖤Today I wrote a short story for this painting!  “Gilda the mysterious witch in a night during Fall, was seen in the sky at night, she was fast riding her broom happily, after she got reunited with her found friend Spider!” ©CR 🖤♥️

Day #31 Tim Burton – Mask

Day# 31 – This is my “Emily” character from the movie “Corps Bride” honoring Tim Burton with this prompt. I haven’t changed Emily character too much, but she has my style touch! This is last painting of this amazing month of October!


Double challenge #mabsdrawlloween #inktober2017 is now ended!
  

 

Hello everyone,
This post is an update including my last four paintings for the double challenge ended yesterday on Halloween day! These paintings were posted on Instagram on time each day but I had not time to post them here on the Blog!
October has been an amazing month each day lots of beautiful art around the world was posted online and shared on social media! Thank you to  artists @jakeparker  for #inktober and  @mabgraves  for inspire, motivate and be able to bring all of us together in this magic month of October! I made beautiful new friends because her challenge  #mabsdrawlloweenclub and I came across amazing artists! I want to thank all my followers old and new you guys are amazing your support means everything to me and help me to keep going! To the new followers, I hope you will stay and keep following because l will create lots of new art! Today I feel so happy looking at what I have created this month but also a little exhausted! I completed the two challenges also #inktober combining the prompts in one painting each day! My Collection of paintings is now already available most of it in Limited Edition Prints on my  Etsy Shop, if you like something check the shop out! I have “Just Reduced” all the prices today and added mini prints 5 x 7 inches  starting at $12!!!! 😉
Have a Happy November everyone and lots of love from me to you! ♥️

Visit my Gallery you can see all my 30 Paintings!


❤ 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, Sakura Gold Pen Touch Calligrapher.  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

Note: Most of these paintings are now available  on my Etsy Shop!

❤ Feel free to contact me if you like a print of any other entry or that you cannot find on the 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 26: Headless Horseman – Squeak

– Headless Horseman – Squeak –
Day #26 MabsDrawlloweenClub – InkTober 2017

Day #26 Headless Horseman – Squeak

 

Day #26: Double challenge #Drawlloweentober   

Prompts:
> MabsDrawlloweenClub: Headless Horseman
> Inktober:  Squeak

This is the painting for Day 26, I had to slow down a little other things did come to my way. Here is my “Headless attached horseman girl” with a squeaking wooden horse and lots of gold! 🖤 Yes I did let creativity run free on these prompts. i don’t really like to paint people without head so hers is re-attached I also decided for a girl as horseman! 😉

****I will grant the 20% off coupon until October 31st also here on purchases made on the Blog! Just contact me if you like anything in my galleries!

Day #26 Headless Horseman – Squeak


❤ 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, Sakura Gold Pen Touch Calligrapher.  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

❤ Shop Update Include a 20% Off coupon! Most of these paintings are listed as Limited Edition Prints in two sizes on my Etsy Shop!

❤ Feel free to contact me if you like a print of any other entry!

 

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 25: Black Cat – Ship

– Black Cat – Ship –
Day #25 MabsDrawlloweenClub – InkTober 2017
 

Day # 25 Black Cat – Ship

Day #25: Double challenge #Drawlloweentober   

Prompts:
> MabsDrawlloweenClub: Black Cat
> Inktober: Ship

This is the painting for Day 25 a lover’s eyes painting, just the beautiful yellow eye of a black cat. I love black cats and their eyes are so interesting to paint!

****I will grant the 20% off coupon until October 31st also here on purchases made on the Blog just contact me if you like anything in my galleries!


❤ 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

❤ Shop Update Include a 20% Off coupon! Most of these paintings are listed as Limited Edition Prints in two sizes on my Etsy Shop!

❤ Feel free to contact me if you like a print of any other entry!

 

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 24: Moon man – Blind

– Moon man – Blind –
Day #24 MabsDrawlloweenClub – InkTober 2017
 

Day #24 Moon man – Blind

Day #24: Double challenge #Drawlloweentober   

Prompts:
> MabsDrawlloweenClub: Moon man
> Inktober: Blind

This is the painting for Day 24 I made it on time and the same day posted on Instagram, I got busy and  had not time to post it here, so today made an update with multiple Blog posts!♥️
This is my Moon man finally finished! In the end I added a dash of silver dust to it and give a beautiful effect! You can’t really see the glittery silver ink on this photo, but I took a mini video to show the glitter spark and post it on Instagram ! 🖤 I did straggle at first with this painting when I started yesterday. I wasn’t satisfied! I had to leave it alone for the night then this morning I got it! ♥️ I hope you guys like it!

***Prints would be available only Hand Embellished to be as close as possible to the Original painting! Message me if you like one! I will grant the 20% off coupon until October 31st also here on purchases made on the Blog just contact me if you like anything in my galleries!


❤ 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

❤ Shop Update Include a 20% Off coupon! Most of these paintings are listed as Limited Edition Prints in two sizes on my Etsy Shop!

❤ Feel free to contact me if you like a print of any other entry!

 

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

 

78315df6f0f901f4-weblogo
October Challenge!

Visit my DrawlloweenTober GALLERY  and follow my daily drawings!

Have fun creating!

Thank You!
Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com