By Kelsey Hamersley. Black and brown ink wash. June 2014.

By Kelsey Hamersley. Black and brown ink wash. June 2014.

By Kelsey Hamersley. October 2014. Photoshop.
My take on the heroine of the fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon. If you click through the picture, there’s a blog post that goes into more detail about the project and shows some in-progress pics.

By Kelsey Hamersley. October 2014. Photoshop.

My take on the heroine of the fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon. If you click through the picture, there’s a blog post that goes into more detail about the project and shows some in-progress pics.

Anonymous said: Hey, this isn't so much a question but a "Hive Five!" I really enjoy your inspiration boards on Pintrest, and I decided today to look you up, and see if you wrote anything. Your a talented Artist! God Bless! Your's Truly, Paris V.B.

Hi! :D Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my artwork—and for enjoying my Pinterest boards. I enjoy yours, too! And thank you for the kind note. God bless. :)
-Kelsey

By Kelsey Hamersley.
Making more progress! I want to try bring some light back in; I feel like it’s getting a little too dark in some places. Mostly I’m just playing around with it and trying to refine the linework.
I love keeping track of projects as they progress; there’s something so magical about being able to look back and see all the strides it’s made since the beginning (see here and here).

By Kelsey Hamersley.

Making more progress! I want to try bring some light back in; I feel like it’s getting a little too dark in some places. Mostly I’m just playing around with it and trying to refine the linework.

I love keeping track of projects as they progress; there’s something so magical about being able to look back and see all the strides it’s made since the beginning (see here and here).

Anonymous said: Hi! First off, I love your art and it's a huge inspiration to me. :) I was wondering if I could ask your advice-I want to start an art blog to post some of my drawings and hopefully get feedback and such from people, but I have no idea how! I know you have a BlogSpot blog and a Tumblr-which would you suggest? Or both? Anyway, sorry to bug you and you don't have to answer if you don't want to :) Again, thanks so much for sharing your gift! Have a lovely day! :)

Hi! Thank you! ^_^ I’m glad my art inspires you.
Well, BlogSpot and Tumblr both have their advantages. I’ve mostly found BlogSpot to be useful for longer posts, where I talk more about my projects and post lots of photos in a single post. It’s also handy because it’s really easy to see how many people are viewing your blog and where they’re coming from. The comments system helps a lot with communication, too, which could be useful when you’re looking for feedback.

I like using Tumblr for shorter posts, and the archive makes looking over lots of pictures at once, or going through old posts, really easy. It’s not as easy to see how many hits your blog gets with Tumblr (I think there is a way—I just haven’t gotten around to trying it out yet!), but you can see all the notes from people reblogging your stuff, which is really encouraging, and that system helps spread things better than BlogSpot, I think. Communication on Tumblr can be a little trickier but it has advantages, too, and it seems like it’s pretty easy to find a network of people to interact with. Just from personal experience, I tend to post on Tumblr a lot more often, and I have a lot more followers on Tumblr than on BlogSpot at this point in time.

Anyway, it’s entirely up to you and what you’re looking for out of your blog. They’re both excellent systems. I’m excited for your blog; I hope it goes well and that you have fun with it. And it’s no problem answering! I’m honored that you would go to me for advice about this. Thank you for the message. You have a lovely day, too! :)

By Kelsey Hamersley.
Making more progress on the East of the Sun and West of the Moon avatar. (Previous version here.) I feel like it’s finally heading in the direction I wanted it to go in, though I still have a long was to go. Happy to see my digital painting style getting a little less airbrushed! I think my personality is coming out a bit more in this than in my previous digital paintings.

By Kelsey Hamersley.

Making more progress on the East of the Sun and West of the Moon avatar. (Previous version here.) I feel like it’s finally heading in the direction I wanted it to go in, though I still have a long was to go. Happy to see my digital painting style getting a little less airbrushed! I think my personality is coming out a bit more in this than in my previous digital paintings.

Just came across this old doodle of mine, from back when I was in high school. I went through a phase where I loved drawing these spreading doodles, with lots of swirls and abstraction. I meant to fill the entire page eventually, but it never happened.

Just came across this old doodle of mine, from back when I was in high school. I went through a phase where I loved drawing these spreading doodles, with lots of swirls and abstraction. I meant to fill the entire page eventually, but it never happened.

By Kelsey Hamersley.
Current project, very much a work in progress (if the grey smudge on her forehead and the grainy linework didn’t alert you). I had put an old sketch of my character for East of the Sun and West of the Moon through Photoshop and edited it in black and white quite a while back. Now I’m adding color and playing around with it a lot.
It’s still too stark; I really want to get a stained-glass-ey, storybook style going. A bit of a throwback to the style of this drawing, but with four+ years’ more experience in drawing, and the versatility of Photoshop rather than colored pencil as a tool.
I’ve just been working at it here and there in between school assignments and scrolling through Tumblr, but it’s coming along, and I’m eager to see it to completion. I’m also motivated because I want to use it as an avatar for another Tumblr of mine, A Girl Named Lassie, which has inspiration for East of the Sun on it (because my massive Pinterest board wasn’t enough for me). My current avatar there is the black and white edited version of this drawing, which is okay, but…I want something more exciting.

By Kelsey Hamersley.

Current project, very much a work in progress (if the grey smudge on her forehead and the grainy linework didn’t alert you). I had put an old sketch of my character for East of the Sun and West of the Moon through Photoshop and edited it in black and white quite a while back. Now I’m adding color and playing around with it a lot.

It’s still too stark; I really want to get a stained-glass-ey, storybook style going. A bit of a throwback to the style of this drawing, but with four+ years’ more experience in drawing, and the versatility of Photoshop rather than colored pencil as a tool.

I’ve just been working at it here and there in between school assignments and scrolling through Tumblr, but it’s coming along, and I’m eager to see it to completion. I’m also motivated because I want to use it as an avatar for another Tumblr of mine, A Girl Named Lassie, which has inspiration for East of the Sun on it (because my massive Pinterest board wasn’t enough for me). My current avatar there is the black and white edited version of this drawing, which is okay, but…I want something more exciting.

By Kelsey Hamersley. Watercolor. July 2014.
This was me trying to be a bit less persnickety about my watercolors. Normally I like having everything sketched out with pencil before I start painting with watercolors, and I tend to agonize about getting the colors right, worried I’ll mess up the painting. So this was an exercise for me, to just be expressive with color and not worry about making it perfect. It’s still looking a little hazy and unfinished at this point; I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go from here. The building in the background is supposed to be in ruins. This was also sort of concept art for my Amara story.

By Kelsey Hamersley. Watercolor. July 2014.

This was me trying to be a bit less persnickety about my watercolors. Normally I like having everything sketched out with pencil before I start painting with watercolors, and I tend to agonize about getting the colors right, worried I’ll mess up the painting. So this was an exercise for me, to just be expressive with color and not worry about making it perfect. It’s still looking a little hazy and unfinished at this point; I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go from here. The building in the background is supposed to be in ruins. This was also sort of concept art for my Amara story.

By Kelsey Hamersley. July 2014. Pencil and watercolor.

Doodle gone wild and turned into something expressive. She’s thinking of wings and escape, reaching for the sky, but turns into a tree instead—imprisoned.

I sketched this in pencil and painted the colors in on not-very-sturdy sketchbook paper, which was not showing much respect for watercolors on my part. It’s more of a concept at this point; I could see doing a more finished version eventually.