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Marvel ‘Fleer Ultra Spider-Man’ Sketchcards Aprroved



Marvel ‘Fleer Ultra Spider-Man’ Approved Cards


As a lifelong Marvel fan, this was a very big deal for me and I am super proud of the work I did on this set. I had a bit of a stressful start to this year, with a lot of things happening in my personal life that started to effect my work. This was one of those jobs that I knew I had to finish no matter what was happening in my life, and I am so happy that I had it to concentrate on. I cannot wait to work with Upper Deck and Marvel again in the future.

I used this set as an excuse to re-work an old puzzle piece I did many years ago, of the film versions of the Avengers. This was one of my first major sketchcard commissions and I sold it at Bristol Comic Con (only my second comic con that I had exhibited at). It was also my first project working with Copic Markers (which have since become a staple of my sketchcard work).


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The original piece was a whole card bigger than the newer ‘official’ piece, so it’s awesome to see what I can do with the small space now considering how daunting I remember it once being. I also added in a few new Avengers to have it keep with the flow of the Spider-verse as well as a little bit more up-to-date with the films (though I kept a traditional comic book line up).A lot of things have changed since those first cards and I am pretty happy with how far my art has come in that time. Can’t wait to see where I go next and here’s to more improvements!

You can see a few of my favourite sketchcards from the set below, or check out the gallery to view all of my contributions to the set. Hope you enjoy them! 



Where’s Trump Release and Giveaway!


Where’s Trump Release and Giveaway!


To celebrate the release of ‘Where’s Trump?: Find Donald Trump in his Race to the White House’ I am giving away a free signed copy to one lucky reader! All you have to do is use the Raffelcopter Widget below and follow the simple instructions to enter the raffle.

The giveaway runs until the 9th August at 12am GMT. You can enter multiple times using some of the options below, so get tweeting and generally commenting. If you already have a copy or a digital Kindle copy of the book, please consider leaving a review for it on Amazon.


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Perna Studios’ ‘Spellcasters 2’ Sketchcard Set


Perna Studios’ ‘Spellcasters 2’ Sketchcard Set


As Perna Studios have started shipping out orders of Spellcasters 2, the artists are now allowed to reveal their contributions to the set. I always absolutely love working with Perna Studios. The subjects they deal with are always very fun and speak a lot to my own favourite subject matter, from Hallowe’en to Classic Fairy Tales and now enchanted creatures (which, as you know, I have a colouring book full of!). For this particular set, artists were asked to draw specifically examples of unicorns, faeries, mermaids, dragons and elves. I had so much fun working on different styles of unicorn and mermaid and may even consider a sketch book of mermaid designs in the future.

The mermaids I drew were lion fish, koi, octopus and flame angel inspired and I had so many more ideas that I would have liked to have played with. I also love my tropical zebra unicorn as I thought that would be a bit different and of course, the Hell/Demon-hybrid unicorn. I hope you like the cards. I contributed 20 to the set altogether, which you can see in the gallery below or on my portfolio page.




DC Justice League Approved Cards



DC Justice League Approved Cards


Only the other week I shared with you the preview that  George Nadeau posted of my upcoming contribution to the DC/Cryptozoic Sketchcard set Justice League. Well, I am happy to announce that not only did all of my cards get approved by DC and Cryptozoic, but I am now able to show you each and every one of them. The set is due for release in 4 weeks (June 29th) and features some absolutely amazing artists that I am very proud to be counted among. Thanks again to Cryptozoic for the opportunity and I cannot wait to work with you again.

You can see the full range of 56 (!) cards I contributed in my Portfollio here. But below are a few of my favourites. I also did a little rainbow theme of one of the most popular versions of the JL team. Who is your favourite?


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DC Justice League Preview


Justice League Preview


DC Justice League Preview

I am extremely proud to announce my involvement in the upcoming Cryptozoic trading card set, Justice League, in association with DC Comics. You can find more information on the trading card set, including what other amazing inserts each of the packs will contain, here. Thank you to George Nadeau for allowing me to show these three cards as previews of the work I did on this set.

Featured in this image are Swamp Thing (New 52 Justice League Dark), Katana (New 52 Justice League of America) and Firestorm (New 52 Justice League). You can also expect characters from a wide variety of other Justice League titles throughout the ages. Really hope you like them and I honestly cannot wait for this set to be released later in the year.

Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog via e-mail to be kept up to date with further announcements, including all the contributed images from this set when Cryptozoic allows. 


 

 

Patreon Launch and Giveaway!


If you follow my Twitter or Facebook you may have seen the exciting rumblings lately regarding my upcoming Patreon Campaign. Well… IT’S FINALLY HERE!

This is a brand new venture for me and a very exciting one. I have been following and supporting a number of my friends over on Patreon for quite a while now* and have always wanted to start one of my very own, now I have!

One of the serious benefits from Patreon, for me, is that it will help me create a more structured schedule for my work. Working as a freelance illustrator is an extremely time consuming job and I spend so much time hunting down new work, sending out speculation emails**, marketing and advertising my work and, of course, working on commercial art; that I very rarely have time to myself to work on my own projects.

With the financial help that Patreon can hopefully provide, I will be able to spend more time drawing things that I am passionate about and less time hunting down commercial work to pay the bills.

This does not mean that I will not still be working for awesome companies like DC, Dynamite and IDW, as well as publishing books. In fact, it means that I will be able to afford more time to work on my portfolio pieces so that I can improve my standing with these companies as well as work on my own self-published books.


So… How Can You Help Launch My Patreon?

Well, firstly, being here and reading this is a huge help, so thank you! But there are lots of other ways you can help too. My Patreon launches on Tuesday 10th May (Today… unless you are reading this in the future in which case it WAS Tuesday 10th May, but you can still help out! Just keep reading…) and here are a few ways you can help make the first day a huge success:

  • Share the link to my Patreon on your Facebook wall, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Patreon or to your Kickstarter/IndieGoGo friends (here is the link for you www.patreon.com/AnastasiaCatris )
  • Visit the Patreon Page and watch the video.
  • Like the video on YouTube, comment on it and/or share it around. (here is the link for the video www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xWQnQBQSPQ )
  • Share this blog post, or re-blog it on your own blog.
  • Like this blog post, comment and generally help raise it’s search engine optimization by being awesome.
  • Pledge to the Patreon. I mean, this would be amazing, it really would be going above and beyond. I’m sure you will see something you like on the pledge list.
  • And finally – enter the Raffle Copter Giveaway below! I mean, if you’re doing all of these awesome things anyway, you may as well get the chance to win some awesome goodies out of it right?

If you are reading in the future, you can still do all of the above things, you may just not be eligible to win anything in return. But if you back the Patreon, you get a whole host of awesome pledge rewards anyway!


Giveaway Time!

Well, I’m pretty sure this is what you’ve been waiting for, am I right? As part of the awesome, exciting, super launch day, I am also giving away some goodie bags full of fun amazing things, including:

  • Copies of Colour Me Mindful, Draw Your Way to a Younger Brain or Cirque Du Mort.
  • Sketch Cards.
  • Prints.
  • Original Artwork.
  • Pin Badges, Bookmarks, Post Cards and much, much more!

Each goodie bag contains a selection of the above and is a surprise. The more people who enter, the more goodie bags I will be giving out, so be sure to spread the word to all of your friends to be in with a chance of winning more.

The competition will end on Friday 13th May, when winners will be contacted via e-mail. So you will have 3 whole days to complete as many RaffleCopter tasks as you can to gain your entry tickets. Good luck everyone! And thank you so much for taking part!

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* Seriously guys, check out Al Davison, Reaperfox, Wolfskulljack, Kat Nicholson and Emma Vieceli who are all creating amazing work and tell them I said Hi!

** Speculation work or ‘Spec’ work is when you draw something as an ‘audition’ for a company and send it to them in the hopes of getting work with them.


Cirque Du Mort FREE on Amazon Over The Holidays


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You can currently grab Cirque Du Mort: Volume One for FREE on your Amazon Kindle or Kindle app on your phone/e-reader over the holiday season. This offer is made available by KDP Select and is only available from Dec. 22nd – Dec. 26th. Grab your copy while you can and enjoy your visit to the haunted circus with some spooky tales over the Festive Season.

‘Cirque Du Mort’ is a collection of gruesome short stories centering around the cast of a haunted circus. Their lives, loves, deaths and everything in between. From the tragic to the ridiculous, the romantic to the macabre, each character in this cursed carnival has a story to share with you. 

Meet Felicity and Mallory: the famous Janus sisters. They shared a womb, a life, a liver, a grave… 

Or Mimi the Mime. Once a chatty clown with stories to tell – she just couldn’t hold her tongue. So someone held it for her… 

Roll up! Roll up! Enter if you dare… The greatest show NOT of this Earth… 

‘Cirque Du Mort’ is a self published book; written, edited and illustrated by Anastasia Catris. It was published in May 2015 and launched at London MCM Comic Expo. 

Volume One contains 10 unique and highly illustrated short stories surrounding different circus characters and how they met their grisly ends. Told in a variation of styles from fairy tales and nursery rhymes to fiction and realism, this is a collage of style and art that is bound to delight.

Don’t forget to leave a review of the book on Amazon and Happy Holidays!


 

Christmas Giveaway


Christmas Giveaway


How would you like a chance to win not one, not two, not even three, but ALL SIX of the ‘Colour Me Mindful’ adult colouring books released by Orion Publishing in 2015? Not only will you get copies of the most recent releases ‘Seasons’, ‘Enchanted Creatures’ and ‘Butterflies’, but you will also get American copies (yes – that’s Color without the ‘U’) of the original ‘Color Me Mindful’ ‘Birds’, ‘Tropical’ and ‘Underwater’ by Gallery Books. These books measure 22cm squared (as opposed to the UK copies of 17cm squared) with a gorgeous gloss cover and are not available in this country.

As the UK ‘last post’ date is fast approaching before Christmas, the raffle will run until 15th December so that the winner will be able to get their books before Christmas Eve (this raffle is open to you lovely lot from countries other than the UK of course, but it won’t be guaranteed that you will get your books before Christmas depending on your location).

This would be an ideal way to bulk out your stockings, great gifts for family and friends, or just a great activity for you to have fun with and relax with some mulled wine and mince pie!

And don’t forget that ‘Colour Me Mindful’ ‘Seasons’ has some great Winter images to really get in the festive mood. Why not check out the hashtag #ColourMeMindful on Twitter or Instagram to see what gorgeous holiday pictures the other colourists out there are making.

There are plenty of ways to enter the Raffle after you have entered the first two mandatory options below, from following on Facebook to posting an Amazon review (I know a lot of you have already been kind enough to do these things so, of course, your past follows count). Just follow the instructions on the simple Rafflecopter widget below and GOOD LUCK!  

 

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Win The BRAND NEW Colour Me Mindful Series


Win The BRAND NEW Colour Me Mindful Series

Time really does fly! It seems like only yesterday I was adding the finishing touches to the next batch of Colour Me Mindful titles: Butterflies, Seasons and Enchanted Creatures; and now, in little over a week (on the 24th September), they are due to be released.

This series was a lot of fun to work on. While butterflies was fun and relaxing, Seasons and Enchanted Creatures were both interesting and challenging. Not only to come up with original content but to research interesting concepts.

Enchanted Creatures is definitely my favourite of this series and I would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you helped by telling me your favourite magickal creatures, myths and legends. In this book you will find selkies, mermaids, dragons, magical birds, nagas, sphynx and many, many more and I really hope you enjoy colouring them all in.

The books are all still available to pre-order from Amazon and will also be available from your local bookstores, WH Smiths and Waterstones (so make sure to ask if they are due to be stocked). But, if you would like the chance to win a FREE COPY of EACH BOOK then keep on reading!


COLOUR ME MINDFUL BOOK GIVEAWAY!

To be in with a chance to win a FREE COPY of Colour Me Mindful: Butterflies, Colour Me Mindful: Seasons, and Colour Me Mindful: Enchanted Creatures, simply check out the Rafflecopter box below.

All you have to do is subscribe to this blog via email (link in the box at the bottom of the page) and comment on any of the blog posts on my website, then you will see a whole host of other options to grab extra ‘tickets’ in the raffle. Amazon reviews are the BIG TICKET! If you review the current Colour Me Mindful titles (Underwater, Tropical and Birds) you will get a grand total of 15 entries into the raffle! Significantly boosting your chance of winning.


PRIZE BONUSES!

Also – the more entries – the more prizes! That’s right, if I receive a significant amount of entries, I will add extra prizes into the raffle. So the more entries you encourage, the more prizes I will add into the mix! This will include extra copies of the book, copies of the current titles and even original pages! So if you would like a bigger and better chance to win, spread the word!

The giveaway will be running from 16th September to Monday 28th September.



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Colour Me Mindful Launch Day


Well, the day is finally here! Colour Me mindful Birds, Tropical and Underwater are now available to buy in stores across the United Kingdom. To celebrate this ‘Book Birthday’ I am running a Launch Event over on Facebook which includes fun things such as giveaways, behind the scenes images and auctions; but mostly it is just a place for us to gather and meet each other and, of course, share your beautiful colouring in!

One of the biggest events of the day that I am running is an eBay auction for an original page from Colour Me Mindful: Birds. This is one of my favourite pages from the book and it features a highly detailed owl. All proceeds from this auction – that’s 100% of the money – will be going to the Mind Charity, a charity and cause very close to my heart that offers support for those living with mental health problems.

So please, if you can take the time to visit the auction or simply Tweet it/Facebook it/blog about it, that would be wonderful. You can find the link here. The auction will be running for the next three days so there is plenty of time to take part.

Also, due to the HUGE popularity of my previous Rafflecopter Giveaway, I will be running a similar giveaway today. The difference is – EVERYONE who takes part will get a FREE digital download of an EXCLUSIVE colouring page! This colouring page is not featured in ANY of the Colour Me Mindful books but is based on the theme of Enchanted Creatures‘ which will be released in October. So just by entering the very simple giveaway below, you will be sent a FREE COLOURING PAGE!

Happy Book Birthday everyone! And happy colouring!

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