Some recent life studies in charcoal and nupastel. I am still “nu” with the nupastel, but I’m starting to feel more confident. 

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I read Neil Gaiman’s “Ocean at the End of the Lane” this summer, and It completely got me back into reading. 
This is my interpretation of one of the “Hunger Birds,” the willfully aggressive, world devouring varmints. When something is out of hand, or out of place, they devour.
They are the Cleaners. 
The image of them was so clear to me, that I couldn’t help but try to put it on paper. 
I also read that Focus Features will be adapting this story into a film that will be produced by Tom hanks and directed by Joe Wright. I would very much love to be a part of that. 
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I read Neil Gaiman’s “Ocean at the End of the Lane” this summer, and It completely got me back into reading. 

This is my interpretation of one of the “Hunger Birds,” the willfully aggressiveworld devouring varmints. When something is out of hand, or out of place, they devour.

They are the Cleaners. 

The image of them was so clear to me, that I couldn’t help but try to put it on paper. 

I also read that Focus Features will be adapting this story into a film that will be produced by Tom hanks and directed by Joe Wright. I would very much love to be a part of that. 

 

Here is a fancy witch to celebrate having a new tablet ( and Harry Potter/ Jo Rowling’s birthday too ) Who could go wrong with that bird hat, right?  I’m forever on a quest to push my paint application to a stronger place … One step forward  HD

Here is a fancy witch to celebrate having a new tablet ( and Harry Potter/ Jo Rowling’s birthday too ) Who could go wrong with that bird hat, right?  I’m forever on a quest to push my paint application to a stronger place … One step forward 

Thank you to those of you who came out to the Miami SuperCon last weekend and visited with me and Danielle! It was a crazy four days, but worth it. Forever grateful for your support :)  


Until next time!
xo
Audrey  HD

Thank you to those of you who came out to the Miami SuperCon last weekend and visited with me and Danielle! It was a crazy four days, but worth it. Forever grateful for your support :)  

Until next time!

xo

Audrey 

FAIRY

M.O.M. Classification: XX

"The fairy is a small and decorative beast of little intelligence. Often used or conjured by wizards for decoration, the fairy generally inhabits woodlands or glades. Ranging in height from one to five inches, the fairy has a minute humanoid body, head, and limbs but sports large insect like wings, which may be transparent or multi-colored, according to type."

"The fairy possesses a weak brand of magic that it may use to deter predators, such as an Augurey. it has a quarrelsome nature but, being excessively vain, it will become docile in any occasion when called to act as an ornament. Despite it’s humanlike appearance, the fairy cannot speak. it makes a high pitched buzzing noise to communicate with its fellows."

"The fairy lays up to fifty eggs at a time on the underside of leaves. The eggs hatch into brightly colored larvae. At the age of six to ten days these spin themselves a cocoon, from which they emerge one month later as fully formed winged adults."

-Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

It’s a huge dream of mine to work on the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movie trilogy. I’ve been trying to draw some beasts from the book lately in hopes that sharing them may lead me to doing some design work on the films. This prospect is really exciting to me, so expect more creature drawings from me. I hope you enjoy.  :) 

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The charmingly enigmatic Miss Vanessa Ives. I’m loving the show, Penny Dreadful, and being experimental late into the night. :) 
(oil paint/colored pencil) 
I’d also like to mention that I am currently available for freelance work. 
Please contact me at abenjami@c.ringling.edu for any work inquiries. 
Thank you! And I hope you all have been enjoying the summer <3  HD

The charmingly enigmatic Miss Vanessa Ives. I’m loving the show, Penny Dreadful, and being experimental late into the night. :)

(oil paint/colored pencil) 

I’d also like to mention that I am currently available for freelance work. 

Please contact me at abenjami@c.ringling.edu for any work inquiries. 

Thank you! And I hope you all have been enjoying the summer <3 

This little delivery rabbit has been riding around in my head for quite a while. I&#8217;m glad he finally made it onto paper. 
I tried to take a softer approach to drawing using charcoal pencil with graphite. 
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This little delivery rabbit has been riding around in my head for quite a while. I’m glad he finally made it onto paper. 

I tried to take a softer approach to drawing using charcoal pencil with graphite. 

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I don&#8217;t like getting too mushy, but I treasure the people in my life more than I can possibly say in a dumb drawing. This is a doodle for my dear friend Gal who cheered me up the other day. 
And by the way, look how great his paintings are!
http://galorart.tumblr.com/
Check out this woooooOOnderful painting he did of me as a badass!
 
Happy Friday :)  HD

I don’t like getting too mushy, but I treasure the people in my life more than I can possibly say in a dumb drawing. This is a doodle for my dear friend Gal who cheered me up the other day. 

And by the way, look how great his paintings are!

http://galorart.tumblr.com/

Check out this woooooOOnderful painting he did of me as a badass!

 

Happy Friday :) 

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. 

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All hail the queen! You do not even know how deep my love for hairless cats goes &lt;3 
And don&#8217;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

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!!

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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

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 

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