Lina Loves Drawing

Art blog of Chelsea 'Linaeve' Beiler, Illustration student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Currently working through senior thesis work, updates might be slow until May!

Amaya dressed up for Halloween ayooo

ten-minute sketch of self-indulgent Original Character Halloween Costume nonsense before work I’m SO EXCITED to finish drawing this

furiously channels Marlet

Breaking in my brand new Yiynova MSP19U+ with some really quick warm up doodles and some more refined/study sketches!

First impressions: this tablet is really slick and an amazing competitor with Cintiqs I’ve used in the past for a third of the price. Setup was only difficult because I was trying to install new drivers at 11pm with alcohol in my system (not recommended), otherwise I was able to get everything up and running relatively quickly.

The only thing I’m missing is my pen eraser but that’s easy enough to live without, otherwise I’m pretty chuffed with what I got. Especially happy to be drawing on a slick surface again, I grew up on a graphire4 with a plastic cover and switching over to an Intuos4 was more torturous than I could have ever imagined, haha. Everything feels so much faster, lighter, and more natural to me now!

Also highly recommend this stumpy pencil photoshop brush! Fantastic little tool <3

Drew something for my fiancé as a way to mess with realism again. Going straight from cute and simple to detailed, huzzah!

Art is of a personal character, please do not use this for your blog!

Made a cute little repeating pattern for my personal blog because I’ve been obsessed with drawing Ashewyn cute-style for the past few days. It’s not much, but it’s better than being totally artblocked. I’ll hopefully get back into the groove of drawing soon, I’ve had a bit of a rough summer artistically.

I’m his ladydude (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚

Hanging out with a friend and we decided to draw our favorite ACNL villagers. Forever in love with this adorable anteater.

Made a drawing for my lovely friend teetonka between commissions because she’s fantastic and her character is a heck of a lot of fun to draw haha

I have a lot of feelings about this movie- as the first person in my immediate family who didn’t end up going into the medical field, I often have a hard time relating to my parents, so hearing my mom tell me that she was proud of me at graduation was a hell of a feeling. I made this piece before that happened, when I was hoping to hear something like that.

Rumor has it the next movie is going to have more heart-wrenching parental feelings :’) Going to see it tonight, so I guess I get to find out.

Hey followers!

Quick update on how things are going over here-

I graduated from MIAD with a degree in Illustration and a minor in Natural Sciences on the 10th, and life so far has been busy and exciting as I say goodbye to friends and work on piecing together where to go next. I’m really thrilled to start some new projects that have been sitting on the back burner and make some things that aren’t for class, haha.

I’m also really excited to put up work from Senior Thesis and all of the Critter Cards together as a set, but unfortunately my computer died and is in for repairs, I’m hoping to get it fixed soon. Being without my digital art powerhouse is really upsetting, I’ve been fidgety for a chance to draw some stuff in Photoshop for a while now. 

After it returns I’ll also be putting up products and opening commissions to pay for the repair, if you’re interested keep an eye out! 

-Lina

"Wrapping" up the critter card project with my final set of creatures, these lovely arachnids!  Spiders are probably some of the creepiest and most misunderstood of the critters in this project for most people, but I wanted to show them as unique, fascinating, and beautiful as they really are. Trust me, it took me a long time to be comfortable with looking at my reference photos for some of these animals, so I completely understand the creep factor! This was as much an exercise for me in facing my own discomfort with certain species as it was a way to inform other people about them.

The Texas Brown Tarantula is big, but mostly harmless. Its main defense is bristles (more correctly, urticating hairs) on its abdomen which it will throw at any potential threats. 

The Brown Recluse Spider has often been unjustly blamed for bites that develop into necrotizing lesions where the flesh basically continues to die until it is treated by a healthcare professional (don’t look that up on google images unless you have a really strong stomach, by the way). However, this spider very rarely actually causes the reaction - more often than not, bacteria such as staphylococcus or streptococcus is the culprit. Always remember to practice good hygiene and visit a doctor whenever a wound doesn’t seem to be healing well!

Last but definitely not least is the deadly Black Widow, infamous for eating her own mates. This is a pretty blown up claim too, though- black widows will typically only eat their mates when they are confined in a space where the male can’t escape, and black widow bites are very rarely lethal, usually only to very young or very old people or those with compromised immune systems.

Remember that even if a spider is venomous it still has an important place in the ecosystem and should be respected like any other animal! Don’t kill or otherwise disturb animals that you find in their natural habitat, and remember that most spiders will leave you alone and peacefully dispose of things like the most dangerous animal in the world (mosquitos!) for you if you leave them be. 

I’ll be posting all the finished cards in a group when I return from a short vacation sometime next week!