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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.


Birthday Book Promotion Weekend


As some of you may know, it is my birthday on the 17th July and, to celebrate, I am giving YOU presents! From the 16th – 19th July Cirque Du Mort will be available for FREE on your Amazon Kindle! If you would like to add this to your Facebook schedule, why not join the Facebook Event here.

This FREE GIVEAWAY is running alongside my book promotion weekend, where I am basically asking all of my awesome friends, family and everyone in between to help me promote the Cirque Du Mort to a wider audience. I am also running a BLOG COMPETITION too! This competition includes very simple terms such as following my Facebook group, or tweeting a message and of course – downloading the book. You can find the competition at the bottom of this post.


But I don’t have an Amazon Kindle? 

Not a problem! You can download an Amazon Kindle Ap for FREE for most phones and mobile devices using your phone’s ap store. You can also download the ap for your computer, making it easy to read Kindle titles on your PC. If you don’t have an ap (or don’t want one) but still want to support the Cirque Du Mort, then you can still ‘purchase’ the free book over the weekend and not download it. This will make your review a ‘Verified Purchase’ and more respectable on the Amazon site.


How can I help promote the book?

There are many ways you can help me promote the Cirque Du Mort, either over this weekend or any time!

  • Download the Amazon Kindle Book of Cirque Du Mort
  • Leave a review for the Amazon Kindle Book of Cirque Du Mort
  • Tweet about Cirque Du Mort using the hash tag #CirqueDuMort
  • Instagram photos of your copies of the Cirque Du Mort or you reading it #CirqueDuMort
  • Review the Cirque Du Mort on Goodreads
  • Share the Facebook event with your friends list (either by inviting them or sharing it as a status)
  • Invite your friends to ‘like’ the Cirque Du Mort Facebook Page
  • Don’t want FREE things? Then why not BUY a physical copy of the book from Etsy or Amazon?
  • Write a blog post about Cirque Du Mort. Reviews, previews or just general opinions are always welcome!
  • Most importantly – TELL YOUR FRIENDS! This is just a great event to help promote indie art and authors and the more people who know about the book, the more people will want to see a second volume!

Blog Competition

And, if you still needed an excuse to help out by doing some of those wonderful things, then check out this Rafflecopter Giveaway!

I am giving away a Cirque Du Mort Goodie Bag to one lucky book promoter! The goodie bag contains a signed copy of the Cirque Du Mort as well as art prints, postcards, stickers, bookmarks and pin badges (some previously only available to Kickstarter backers!) All you have to do is follow the directions below and every bit of promotion you help with from tweeting to liking, will count as an entry into the raffle! Those who download the book, leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads can count as up to 15 entries!

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So get entering and good luck! And, of course – THANK YOU for all of your amazing support!


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DC’s ‘SuperVillains’ Sketch Cards by Cryptozoic


DC’s ‘SuperVillains’ Sketch Cards by Cryptozoic


I am very excited to be able to reveal my contributions to DC’s ‘SuperVillains’ Sketch Card Set published through Cryptozoic. I really loved working on this set with the awesome guys over at Cryptozoic Entertainment and cannot thank them enough for giving me the chance to work with one of the biggest comic book companies in the world, let alone one that it has been a dream of mine to work with since I was a little kid watching the 60’s Batman TV show on VHS! I got to draw officially licensed depictions of some of my favourite villains including Two Face, The Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and of course Harley Quinn.

One of my favourite parts of this set was the ‘Hall of Doom’ shaped sketch cards which were significantly smaller than other sketch cards I have worked on in the past, as well as being quite a difficult shape. We were told to show characters from the Legion of Doom on these cards, so I chose Cheetah, Bizarro and Sinestro and I was pretty proud of how they turned out.

The set is due for release on May 27th 2015. Below are some of my favourite cards from the set. I hope you like them as much as I do. You can see my full list of 32 contributions in my Gallery. You can also check them out on my Facebook and my Instagram @AnastasiaCatris.


Breygent’s ‘Women of Dynamite’ Premiere at SDCC


Breygent’s ‘Women of Dynamite’ Premier at SDCC


On the 3rd April 2014 I announced that I would be featuring as an artist in Breygent Marketing Inc.’s ‘Women of Dynamite’ Sketch Card set, in association with Dynamite Entertainment (Yes – THE Dynamite Entertainment! Home of Red Sonja!) Not only would I be lucky enough to be a part of this set, but it was also going to be released at San Diego Comic Con – the Mecca of Comic Cons! So, as you can imagine I was pretty excited.

Big thanks go out to Gail Simone for giving me the incentive to work on this set. I was lucky enough to sit behind her at Cardiff Comic Con last year and decided to draw her a Red Sonja Sketch Card. It was a little bit rushed and nowhere near the quality I wanted it to be and I was determined to make her a better version, so I did as soon as I got home (see below). Gail tweeted me saying that it was ‘gorgeous’, which boosted my confidence to no end as she is a creator I really admire.

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A few weeks later, I was contacted by Breygent for some up-to-date samples for a new secret set they were working on. Little did I know that it was a set that would include Sonja herself! I sent them a scan of this card and it obviously ticked all of their boxes because next thing I knew I was being asked how many cards I would like to do. So, thank you Gail for being so encouraging of emerging artists – especially when they are drawing characters so close to your heart – and inspiring me to draw this card which ultimately led to me working on this set.

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Now that San Diego is over, you can finally see the artwork I submitted to this set, as well as know how many cards I contributed (29). I decided to do some traditional classic versions of each character as well as an Art Nouveau alternative.

Below are a few of my favourite cards that I contributed to the set, but you can see all 29 sketch cards I contributed here. I am currently available for AP Commissions if anyone is interested, simply use my contact form. Please let me know in the messages below if you have picked up any of my sketch cards from the set. It’s always nice to know that my cards have gone to a good home. I am also now on Instagram, so please tag me @acatris if you picked up any of my cards from Breygent.



Cover photo is © Breygent Marketing Inc. and Dynamite Entertainment

Copic Sketch Card Step-By-Step


A few people have been asking me the process I go through when I draw a sketch card, so I thought I would show you a step by step…

This card is part of my contribution to Viceoroy’s ‘The Deep’ Sketch Card set. You can see more of my contributions on my my Gallery page. This particular card if of a Flame Angel Fish.

Firstly I begin by gathering reference for the fish and deciding on my layout. I then draw the basic outline faintly with a blue line pencil. Once I am happy with the pencil outline, I go into inks and start adding the shape and details that I want to be inked in black.

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After I am happy with my inks, I erase the pencils and go over any points of the card that might have grayed with the erasing. I also add a thick holding line around the image (this is a personal style preference more than anything). I then leave the card for an hour or so to make sure that the ink has dried completely. The Viceroy Card stock was gorgeous and thick and held the ink very well, but as you can never be sure how different company’s stocks will hold, it is always best to leave it to dry just in case (and have a tester card for experimenting).

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Once the ink has dried I can start laying down the base colour. I start with the lightest colour which will eventually show the highlights on the image. As you can see here, the ink still spread in with the Copics even after leaving the inks to dry for a few hours as the stock was so thick and you always have to be careful that the alcohol won’t re-activate the ink (this is waterproof ink, but it’s still always worth caution).

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I then choose the next colour in the spectrum and start to blend it into the darker points. Once I have blocked in the darker colour, I go over its edges with the lighter colour I used previously to blend it into the new colour. You can skip this step if you would prefer to stick to graphical cell shading, but I was going for more realistic shadows with this piece. You can repeat this process until the image is all set and shaded.

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Once the primary image is finished, I can add small details like scale shadows, eye shadows, highlights on the scales with white gel pen etc. When this is done I start doing the background (which luckily in this case is a nice simple ocean). Much like the fish, I start with the lightest point and add layers of colour in gradients going down to the darkest point, blending as I progress to each stage.

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The last stage for me is all about personal preference. It completely depends on your own style. I personally like highlighting the main image by outlining it with white gel pen. I also add extra highlights and bubbles. And finally the image is finished and I can sign it! (For some reason, I never sign it until it is complete – superstitious weirdo that I am).

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So there you have it!  Sketch Cards tend to vary in how long they take to draw depending on the intricacy of the character/creature, but also the layout. Even though they are only 2.5″ by 3.5″, they still require as much preparation and work as any larger pieces.

Don’t forget to check out my gallery for more sketch card samples.