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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

The Lord of the Rings: Strider/Aragorn


Currently, I’m searching for people who like The Lord of the Rings, Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Sailor Moon, Chronicles of Narnia, fairytales and mythology who would love to read the advanced copies of the first nine episodes for Warriors of Virtue fantasy series (find out more here) in exchange for feedback and honest reviews. If you are interested, contact me.

ARTWORK © Mili Fay Art

My favourite Strider moment is when we see him hooded sitting menacingly in Bree. However, fighting off Nazgul is also awesome. I took some liberties with the costume, because I did not have a clear image to draw from and did not feel like drawing from the film.

What is your favourite Strider moment?

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Mili

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Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, and author, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools.  In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair. Presented at INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair (November 14, 2014) out of 700+ submissions, check your local library or get a digital version on Amazon. Currently, Mili is working on her first Fantasy Series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent the a with the dragon-people while keeping her mission a secret from her overprotective mother.

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Mili Fay Art: “Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Lord of the Rings: Samwise Gamgee and Pony


Currently, I’m searching for people who like The Lord of the Rings, Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Sailor Moon, Chronicles of Narnia, fairytales and mythology who would love to read the advanced copies of the first nine episodes for Warriors of Virtue fantasy series (find out more here) in exchange for feedback and honest reviews. If you are interested, contact me.

ARTWORK © Mili Fay Art
It took two weekends to complete the Samwise Gamgee Mini-ME from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I love Sam, because he is so good. If more people were like him, this world would be a much better place. I confess, I do not remember the character from the books, but the way he was presented in the movies–he is basically the hero. Without him Frodo would not have survived long enough to destroy the ring.

For this Mini-ME I’ve played around with proportions a bit more to make them even cuter. What do you think? The drawing took much longer, because there are 2 characters (Sam and the pony). In total, the time it took to create this Mini-ME was about 12 hours. I tend to charge 30-50$/h for my work. (The price varies depending on what the work would be used for and what rights I’m selling.) Therefore, the cost of this Mini-ME is $360 – $600. The image is created in Photoshop CS5 on a Cintiq Companion. The final PSD image has 2 rough folders, clean line layer for each of the characters, 3 background layers, and 3 colour layers (colour, shading, and highlights).

You can watch the Time-lapse video by joining Mili Fay Art Fan Club below to access the YouTube Playlist. Unfortunately, you will not be able to receive the colouring page and full-resolution PDF image this week, because the mail has been sent. However, if you do join you will get the PDFs for the following Mini-ME.

Why do I insist you join Mili Fay Art Fan Club and not just give away my work?

  1. I do not believe in giving away art for free. I need to sell art to survive. Even if I had a patron who would pay my living expenses for the rest of my life, there are other artists who may not be as lucky. It is wrong to give away art, because this creates the impression that art is free, and each free artwork is taking away food from an artist’s mouth. As is, you can enjoy the low-resolution image, but it will not work for commercial purposes. By joining Mili Fay Art Fan Club, you may help me spread the word about my work at least, which I consider a fair trade for some artwork.
  2. I’m working on a fantasy novel. I need to find other fantasy fans out there who like my work, who may be willing to purchase some of my work, or at least know others who would love to purchase my work and can offer advice on how I can improve my work. Currently, I’m searching for people who liked The Lord of the Rings, Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Sailor Moon, Chronicles of Narnia, fairytales and mythology, because I believe they would like my fantasy series, and I need to find these people so that they can read my series in exchange for advice and honest reviews.
  3. I like to meet people with similar interests and exchange ideas. It is great to work from home, but sometimes it can get really lonely.
I'm not sure who I will draw next. Do you have an idea? Let me know in the comments.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Mili

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Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, and author, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools.  In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair. Presented at INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair (November 14, 2014) out of 700+ submissions, check your local library or get a digital version on Amazon. Currently, Mili is working on her first Fantasy Series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent the a with the dragon-people while keeping her mission a secret from her overprotective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

Mili Fay Art: “Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Legolas Greenleaf: The Princeling

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Legolas Greenleaf is a character I do not remember well from the books. He came alive after Orlando Bloom's brilliant interpretation of superb script writing and direction. This illustration took longer to create because Legolas' costume is much more complicated than that of Gandalf. When I was studying animation, we referred to this as "line mileage". However, because this character will not be animated, I did not have to worry about tracking the lines, or keeping the curves in regular shapes so they would be easier to track.

For this illustration I've used Cintiq Companion and Photoshop CS5. The tools were mostly soft and hard brush, but for the smooth lines, I've used the pen tool and various brush sizes that Stroked the Path. For the background, I used the same brush I did for creating Frodo.

If you would like to see the Time-lapse video, join MFA Fan Club below. You will be sent a link to the entire Playlist.

The next Mini-ME in this The Lord of the Rings series is Sam.

What are your favourite Gandalf the Grey moments? Quotes? Who is your favourite The Lord of the Rings character?

Let me know in the comment.

Cheers!

Mili

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Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, and author, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools.  In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair. Presented at INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair (November 14, 2014) out of 700+ submissions, check your local library or get a digital version on Amazon. Currently, Mili is working on her first Fantasy Series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent the a with the dragon-people while keeping her mission a secret from her overprotective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

Mili Fay Art: “Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Gandalf the Grey: Old Man With A Stick

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Gandalf the Grey is my favourite character in the entire Middle Earth Universe.

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If you have not read or seen The Lord of the Rings, skip this section.

I first read The Lord of the Rings when I was 14 for a book report. There is a scene in the first book, when Gandalf dies. The only reason I continued reading the first book was because I had to write a report on it. I stopped reading the entire series.

Years later, I guess I had nothing better to read, I picked up the second book and was so happy that Gandalf came back. He is honestly the best!
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For this illustration I've used Cintiq Companion and Photoshop CS5. The tools were mostly soft and hard brush, but for the smooth lines, I've used the pen tool and various brush sizes that covered the Path. I did not paint the background. It is a texture I downloaded a while back. If you know who's texture this is, please let me know so that I may credit them.

If you would like to see the Time-lapse video, join MFA Fan Club below. You will be sent a link to the entire Playlist.

The next Mini-ME in this The Lord of the Rings series is Legolas.

What are your favourite Gandalf the Grey moments? Quotes? Who is your favourite The Lord of the Rings character?

Let me know in the comment.

Cheers!

Mili

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Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, and author, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools.  In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair. Presented at INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair (November 14, 2014) out of 700+ submissions, check your local library or get a digital version on Amazon. Currently, Mili is working on her first Fantasy Series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent the a with the dragon-people while keeping her mission a secret from her overprotective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

Mili Fay Art: “Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Friday, June 24, 2016

Frodo Baggins: The Halfling That Could

ARTWORK ©  MILI FAY ART

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I love The Lord of the Rings. It is from this book that my own fantasy, Warriors of Virtue, grew. Well, The Lord of the Rings and Sailor Moon if I am to be totally honest. I've been working on fancy 2D character designs for my FANtasy Character Designs series featuring The Lord of the Rings characters, but those designs are too complex and therefore demand the time I do not have at the moment. Therefore, I've decided to do a series of Mini-MEs.

I've also been writing a few comics based on the book. Somehow, Éowyn is taking over the story, while Frodo has not even made an appearance.

So what can I say about Frodo?

I love the idea of someone small proving to be so strong... Though to be fair, Frodo would have failed without Sam. This is a good lesson for all us entrepreneurs: you cannot do everything alone, and it is OK to count on someone else to help you with your tasks.

I cannot picture Frodo as anyone but Elijah Wood. He has brought that character to life so well, that I'm convinced Elijah Wood is Frodo. In this illustration I tried to capture his very blue eyes, square jaw, feminine lips, and blushing face. If it was not for the very masculine jaw, Frodo would make a very pretty girl.

I did not do a caricature of Frodo/Elijah Wood. Mini-ME style has quite a few limitations for that, but I think I did capture the essence. What do you think?

Coming Soon:

Gandalf the Grey: The Old Man With A Stick and Gandalf the White: The Old Man With A Fancy Stick.

Until then...

Keep an eye on your rings!

M

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Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, and author, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools.  In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair. Presented at INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair (November 14, 2014) out of 700+ submissions, check your local library or get a digital version on Amazon. Currently, Mili is working on her first Fantasy Series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent the a with the dragon-people while keeping her mission a secret from her overprotective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

Mili Fay Art: “Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

STAR WARS VII: Rey

ARTWORK ©  MILI FAY ART
If you wish to watch me create this sketch, join Mili Fay Art Fan Club below.

I'm a fan of Star Wars, and I'm a huge fan of the The Force Awakens, Star Wars VII. Finally, we have a female heroine. I always felt Star Wars movies lacked female characters. I can only think of three in the entire movie franchise that spans decades!

I can't wait to see what happens in the following movie!

Let today be the day we decide to fight for sex equality (feminist movement for those of you who did not know).

May the 4th be with you!

M

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Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, and author, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools.  In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair. Presented at INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair (November 14, 2014) out of 700+ submissions, check your local library or get a digital version on Amazon. Currently, Mili is working on her first Fantasy Series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent the a with the dragon-people while keeping her mission a secret from her overprotective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

Mili Fay Art: “Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ELEMENTARY: Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson

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I'm a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes books, and have watched most screen adaptations. My favourite so far has been the BBC version with Cumberbatch. However, after a few mishaps I've fallen in love with Elementary. I've loved Lucy Liu since her Ally McBeal days, and I first noticed Jonny Lee Miller in Emma. I think the two of them are absolutely perfect in their roles as Holmes and Watson. I also love that they are friends and are not romantically entangles. I am a bit tired of the trite: "a man and a woman cannot live together, be friends, and not fall in love." Thank you writers for not having them become romantically involved!

Do you have a favourite Sherlock Holmes adaptation? 

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Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools.  In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair. Presented at INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair (November 14, 2014) out of 700+ submissions, check your local library or get a digital version on Amazon.

Currently, Mili is working on her first Fantasy Series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent the a with the dragon-people while keeping her mission a secret from her overprotective mother.


Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

Mili Fay Art: “Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Friday, February 06, 2015

AGENT CARTER

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Marvel's "Agent Carter" is my favourite of the new TV Shows.  Finally, we have a show based on a woman hero, the kind of hero that uses wits and ingenuity to solve problems, not freakish special abilities.  I also love the choice of the actress Hayley Atwell for the role.  Here we have a woman who is stunningly beautiful in a very real way, and who has some curves!

I sincerely hope the show expands beyond the completed 8 episodes, because for now I'm enjoying every minute of it. :-)

Though this post features Peggy Carter, I do love the rest of the cast and their characters. 

P.S. I also love the hat. :-D

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Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools.  In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.  Presented at INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair (November 14, 2014) out of 700+ submissions, Animals In My Hair, is the world’s first ever Artwork Book; a new type of picture book that seamlessly combines the best features of fine art, picture books, activity books, and educational books.

In accordance with Mili Fay Art’s vision, 30% of all profits from Animals In My Hair book and merchandise will be donated to wildlife conservation.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

Mili Fay Art: “Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy Holidays!

I know it is not a Mini-ME, but I just want to wish you all the happiest of holidays, and even better days for 2015!


Feel free to download and share this image with your loved ones.

Cheers!

Mili

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Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools.  In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.  Presented at INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair (November 14, 2014) out of 700+ submissions, Animals In My Hair, is the world’s first ever Artwork Book; a new type of picture book that seamlessly combines the best features of fine art, picture books, activity books, and educational books.

In accordance with Mili Fay Art’s vision, 30% of all profits from Animals In My Hair book and merchandise will be donated to wildlife conservation.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

Mili Fay Art: “Together we support the world one artwork at a time.”

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

1995 SENSE & SENSIBILITY: Colonel Brandon & Marianne Dashwood


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Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet from 1995 movie version of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility".

Reading the book, I could not find this line anywhere.  However, in the movie version this line is the one when the relationship between Colonel Brandon and Marianne Dashwood changes for the better.  Looking from a modern standpoint, I find this relationship rather disturbing.  A twenty year difference is far too much to contemplate, especially a relationship between a grown man and a minor.  In my opinion this relationship has pedofelia written all over it.  It is not alright for a 16 year old to date a 36 year old man.  In my opinion such relationships are sick and wrong.  Nevertheless, this book is set in different times, with different social rules, so I will allow it.

I tend to pretend that Marianne is 25 years old, and though the age difference is still staggering, I find I can accept a relationship between a 25 year old woman and a 36 year old man (Alan Rickman turned 49 the year this film was released, while Kate Winslet was 20).

That controversial issue aside, I think Colonel Brandon (as portrayed by Alan Rickman) is everything I am looking for in a man.  I find his character far superior to the pompous Darcy, and somewhat comparable to Mr. Thornton from "North and South".  Romance is the theme of Jane Austen's Mini-MEs so I hope you enjoy them.

The 2008 BBC version of "Sense and Sensibility" is an enjoyable portrayal of the book, but for the senses and humor it cannot compare to the 1995 version in my opinion.  The acting in that film is phenomenal, the direction is beautiful, while the script is witty beyond the lines Jane Austen has written.

Which version is your favourite?