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Under Silver Trees
"Don't fight the pencil."  ~best art advice I ever got. 

Didn't have to work too hard to color this, and yet it was difficult to color.  Damn "silvery blue" trees, a story detail that looks cool in the mind's eye but ooooooooooooh boy makes for a nightmare.
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Sketchdump 2016
2016 was a slow year as far as "finished art" goes.  I spent a LOT of time planning and revising a dummy book that started in January 2016...as of January 3, 2017, that dummy book is completed.  So besides the few pieces that I uploaded in 2016 and the dummy book, all this happened. 

"This" being pages that weren't taken to completion (though some are in the dummy), sketches of children's illustrations I will likely not be coming back to, photoshop doodles that I saved for late at night (I don't allow myself to work on anything "important" past 10:30 at night.  For me, that's how bad decisions happen)...in short, a lot of time gone. 

I don't regret any of it though, and that's what I liked about this year.  Nothing felt wasted.   I completed roughly double the number of pages that would make it into the final dummy.  I finally started "stretching" the horse character with more animated expressions (contrast the colored sketch in January, which is too realistic compared to the fox).  I drew from observation, and the obvious nonsense unicorn doodles kept me from burning myself out.  I went full on nerd-mode and started a lugia that I knew from minute-one I was not going to finish.  :XD: 

This is roughly a 1/3 of what I had lying around on my computer.  There's more in my sketchbook (over a hundred thumbnails for the dummy alone). 

Resolution for 2017's not changing: DRAW. 

More doodles and nonsense at >>> elisabethcraster.tumblr.com/
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Into Luster
I very rarely upload graphite-only versions of my work to deviantart--that's normally a blog only thing. 
But I wanted a recent example of what my stuff looks like before it ever hits the computer. 

If you were even remotely into unicorns in the 90's, you probably recognize the books to which I am paying nostalgic homage.  Even though they were...very flawed.  I grew up with the Rebecca Guay illustrations--beautiful book covers that they were, I always got the idea that they missed the mark with the protagonist's actual age, so here I tried to illustrate a younger girl who, a day ago, was on her way back from a library in London.
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First Star I See Tonight
Based on a prompt to "cast yourself as a child in a children's book." 
My middle school brain was a bizarre place. 
Any and all references to MLP will be strapped to a chair and forced to watch re-runs of Gotham. 
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Let Us Reason Together
I've basically disappeared from the face of the earth, owing to being hired as a middle school art teacher...three weeks into the school year and no lesson plans makes me a workaholic.  o_O;  Pulling about five hours of sleep a night and while I try to reserve Sundays as "me" days, the art has slowed down.  :C  Nevertheless, the continuing adventures of cripplingly incapable fox and trollish horse...now with old and tired dog.
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brightredrose
is a silly sheep
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Elisabeth Rose Craster is probably crazy.

It takes a special brand of crazy to go to school for art. Elisabeth studied Illustration at both the Delaware College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She graduated with her Bachelor's in Illustration in the spring of 2013.

Miss Craster is nutty enough to live with an imaginary raven and a (very real) fat orange tabby cat. She is currently based in her small hometown of Felton, Delaware.

Elisabeth still believes in make-believe and aspires to create illustrated storybooks, book covers, and posters for children and young adults. In an age dominated by the latest gadgets, she plans to combine modern technology with traditional draftsmanship to keep the book--or ebook--abreast of the arms-race for children's attention.

Most of all, Elisabeth is crazy because she never wanted to grow up. So she never did.
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:iconolya19:
Olya19 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016
Your style fascinates meLa la la la Heart Heart Heart 
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brightredrose Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.  :)
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Stygma Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Misc Emoji (Happy Birthday Bunny n Bear) [PMotes] by Jerikuto
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Matschkuchn Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Happy Birthday :)
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brightredrose Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Matschkuchn Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Hope you have a good day c:
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Ravetta Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful art gallery, it is a pleasure looking through your works!
Especially your unicorn paintings mean a lot to me. They remind me of a book I wanted to write years ago and somehow never did ^^
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brightredrose Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  You and me both.  :XD: 
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abimanyudju Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lighting effect on your art are superb. i learn a lot just by watching it. thanks for sharing.
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brightredrose Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I actually had a very good friend helping me with the lighting on this one.  :)  This piece was originally a lot colder, with a pale light.  She reminded me that light has color and convinced me to go crazy with it. 
 
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