I created this short  narrative a couple months ago, but I finally feel ready to share it with you. Despite its length, making this was a laborious process and took me quite some time to put together.

(media: charcoal, graphite and digital)

This story is personal to me, but you can interpret it whatever way you please. 

 Bernadette the Brave

Bernadette gets lost and scared in a crowd when life is too much. She imagines that the swarms of people around are a forest of trees to cope.

As she walks through the imagined trees, she sees they all have unique faces like the people in the crowd.

Bernadette comes across one in particular with a doorknob. It beacons to her with a golden light. She opens the face and climbs inside.

There she finds a golden world. 

This world is wonderous, as if it was made just for Bernadette. It is a place of serenity, safety curiosity, and beauty. 

However, back in the forest of faces, danger awaits. Another has found his way into Bernadette’s mind. The danger wields an axe and finds the tree with the golden world. 

As he takes his axe to Bernadette’s tree, everything within her world splits, including her body. But from her body comes the source of the golden light. Bernadette holds the power to fight back.

This is your world. You may be small, and It’s okay to be afraid.  But know that when fear is crippling and invades your heart, you hold the ultimate power to fight back and conquer. 

Audrey Benjaminsen 2014

All hail the queen! You do not even know how deep my love for hairless cats goes <3 
And don’t forget to check out my kickstarter project for publishing a concept art/ visual development book HERE! 
All help and generosity is appreciated :) You all are the best. 
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All hail the queen! You do not even know how deep my love for hairless cats goes <3 

And don’t forget to check out my kickstarter project for publishing a concept art/ visual development book HERE! 

All help and generosity is appreciated :) You all are the best. 

Audrey Benjaminsen 2014

Help a Wonderful Art Book Come to Life

Please consider helping to support my friends’ and my kickstarter to publish a hardcover (and hardcore) concept art book. :)

(Watch our video and find out more HERE)

The book is called "Design Unscripted" and will feature a diverse and quality collection of over 25 artist’s visual development work. (myself included.)

I would really appreciate your support in helping this book come to life, and I can honestly say, if you are interested in concept art or visual development, it’s something you’d like on your shelf! Also, the rewards for backers are rather nice. 

Everything helps. Pass the link around to your friends if you are interested and feel up to it!

Thanks for reading and for passing this along if you do :D

Stay hopeful, spring is almost here!

Audrey  

People people and more people! I’ve been in a bit of art molasses with other projects, and these characters just started coming out naturally. I love when things happen like that. It gives me hope. 

I’d like do share my process incase you’d ever want to try something similar:

1. I found vacation pictures and used people in the backgrounds as loose inspiration/reference. 

2. I did very fast character sketches of people, focusing most importantly on big interesting shapes and exaggeration. The most important part for me in this stage is to sketch in pen (to have a more deliberate mindset), and to sketch fast! You can do as many as you want. A lot will look like utter crap until you get some you like. 

3. So, next I pick the scrappy doodles I like, and use a projector to blow up the drawings and project them on a piece of drawing paper. (You can also use a window or a tracing table or whatever works for you). Trace the doodle lightly.

4. Next I get out the watercolors and play around with washes over the light drawing, and come up with a cool general color idea/base. No details… it will feel like kindergarden again.  

5. Now I use some prisma colored pencils (or whatever kind you have), and flush out the rest! I also use white and black gesso if needed. Really play around, there  is no right and wrong… have fun!

6. After this, I scan the drawings, touch up the colors if needed and add some texture. You can do it!!

Audrey Benjaminsen 2014

I&#8217;ve been very focused lately, and I feel good things on the horizon. 
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I’ve been very focused lately, and I feel good things on the horizon. 

Audrey Benjaminsen 2014

This year I illustrated the cover of the annual “Meanwhile Comic”. 
You can check out the shiny new website for the comic HERE!
Come visit the team of artists at Megacon in Orlando Florida March 21-23. I will be there with the Ringling College of Art and Design booth and I’d love to say hello to you. :) HD

This year I illustrated the cover of the annual “Meanwhile Comic”. 

You can check out the shiny new website for the comic HERE!

Come visit the team of artists at Megacon in Orlando Florida March 21-23. I will be there with the Ringling College of Art and Design booth and I’d love to say hello to you. :)

It&#8217;s been a while since I&#8217;ve posted work, but I have been working (and playing) none the less! Sometimes it&#8217;s important for my creative process to not post as much on the internet. I find it valuable to take some time to develop without receiving outward validation. However, I love sharing art and I love all of you. Everything has its time. 
My latest illustration is a &#8220;bat rider&#8221; drawn with various ink marks. Although a very laborious process, I find inking incredibly calming and melodic. It was also nice looking back on my pictures Paris to find good window reference. 
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted work, but I have been working (and playing) none the less! Sometimes it’s important for my creative process to not post as much on the internet. I find it valuable to take some time to develop without receiving outward validation. However, I love sharing art and I love all of you. Everything has its time. 

My latest illustration is a “bat rider” drawn with various ink marks. Although a very laborious process, I find inking incredibly calming and melodic. It was also nice looking back on my pictures Paris to find good window reference. 

Audrey Benjaminsen 2014

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Hey there cool cats! Are you into instagram? I am new to that world and It seems like a good time so far! 

Join my instagram journey HERE if you’d like, and get sneak peeks of things I’m up to. <3

My gift to you this Christmas Eve, is my sincere gratitude, and a wish that wherever you are, you are able to find some light and warmth this winter. All winter holidays that we celebrate are a way to bring some life into a very cold and dead time of year. Thank you for your support throughout all the earth&#8217;s seasons from the bottom of my heart. I love you all, Happy Holidays!
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My gift to you this Christmas Eve, is my sincere gratitude, and a wish that wherever you are, you are able to find some light and warmth this winter. All winter holidays that we celebrate are a way to bring some life into a very cold and dead time of year. Thank you for your support throughout all the earth’s seasons from the bottom of my heart. I love you all, Happy Holidays!

Audrey Benjaminsen 2013 

Some portrait sketches from the Massive Black Workshop in LA this weekend! It was an amazing time. I am happy to be home and inspired now. 

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I spent this Thanksgiving with my funky friends Ryan and Jamie &lt;3
Other that being an adorable couple, they both are fabulous designers!
You can find Jamie&#8217;s work HERE!
and Ryan&#8217;s work HERE!  HD

I spent this Thanksgiving with my funky friends Ryan and Jamie <3

Other that being an adorable couple, they both are fabulous designers!

You can find Jamie’s work HERE!

and Ryan’s work HERE! 

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&#8220;I still believe in summer days
The seasons always change
And life will find a way.&#8221;
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I still believe in summer days

The seasons always change

And life will find a way.”


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I&#8217;ve been having dark dreams. 
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I’ve been having dark dreams. 

Audrey Benjaminsen 2013 

The wonderfully wacky Pee-Wee Herman &lt;3 “WHY DON’t YOU TAKE A PICTURE IT WILL LAST LONGER!”  Pee-Wee has always been an inspiration for my creativity, and I had a good time reminiscing about all his pals from the playhouse while working on the frame. :D  HD

The wonderfully wacky Pee-Wee Herman <3 “WHY DON’t YOU TAKE A PICTURE IT WILL LAST LONGER!”  Pee-Wee has always been an inspiration for my creativity, and I had a good time reminiscing about all his pals from the playhouse while working on the frame. :D 

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