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Hallowe’en Artist List Revealed


 

Perna Studios’ ‘Hallowe’en’ Artist List Revealed…

Perna Studios have today announced their full artist line up for the 2014 release of their ‘Hallowe’en’ Sketch Card Set. Looking through the list I am so proud to be a part of this set as  Iknow a number of the names from various sketch card forums and Facebook groups and the quality of this set is bound to be stellar. Their recent set ‘Classic Mythology II’ has been doing exceptionally well among sketch card collectors and has featured some fantastic takes on classical mythology and pagan lore. I for one cannot wait to see what Tony and Elaine put forward with their Hallowe’en set and will definitely be picking up a few packs of my own. If you would like to see links to all of the artists various web pages and DeviantArt accounts, be sure to check out Perna Sudios’ original post here.

What sort of thing would you like to see from the Hallowe’en  set? Trick or treaters? Vampires? Mummies? Let me know in the comments section below…

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Unstoppable’s Dead Divas Sketch Card Set Released


Unstoppable’s Dead Divas Sketch Card Set Released


On the 15th October 2013 I announced that I would be taking part in Unstoppable’s ‘Dead Divas’ set, in association with Bianca Thompson. Well, today they have been officially released online for purchase, meaning you can now see the artwork I submitted on this set, as well as know how many cards I contributed (It’s 40 by the way – gotta catch ‘em all!).

If you would like to collect the entire base card set, be sure to grab Sets A, B, and C. Each set comes with an original, randomly selected card by one of the many awesome artists (including Bianca herself) who worked on the set. The packs on Unstoppable’s site are priced at £14.99 each, but you can also buy 3 for £13.33 each and make a saving of 12%.

Below are a few of my favourite cards that I contributed to the set, but you can see all 40 sketch cards 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.



Cover photo is © Unstoppable Cards ‘Dead Divas’ Sketch Card Set

The Deep Cards Released


Viceroy’s The Deep Cards Released


I can finally announce that Viceroy’s The Deep set is now being shipped. Sadly Viceroy had some issues with buyers which meant that their set was delayed, but they are now shipping and it is looking like a fantastic set.

I can also now reveal my contributions to the set which you can see below. I had a lot of fun with this set – sadly my blue Copic pens did not! I had a bit of a drama halfway through finishing the set and had to rush out to restock pretty much all of my blue pens as they had died a death on me. Insectae managed to kill what was left of my greens, while Beyond Stoker’s Dracula sucked my red dry – so I suppose it was only a matter of time.

I have put a few of my personal favorite cards from this set below, but if you would like to see all 25 of the cards I contributed to this set, click here.

I have saved one AP for my father on this set as I know how much he loves sea creatures and tropical fish, but this still leaves me with 4 APs up for grabs if anyone is interested. I will add more information on these as and when I draw them/they are approved by Viceroy, however if you are interested in a personalized AP, please feel free to get in touch.



Cover photo is © Anastasia Catris

Viceroy Insectae Cards Released


Viceroy Insectae Cards Released


Viceroy have announced the release of the Insectae card set. I really enjoyed working on this set as it gave me a chance to work with a bit of realism. I hope that the collectors like my take on certain creatures as obviously I still managed to put a little of my own style on them. This was a big test of my Copic skills too as I was relying on a lot of new techniques to create the illusion of exoskeletons, shining shells and even (in the case of fireflies) luminescence.

I really hope I get to work with Viceroy again. It was a nice change to work on animals and there are even rumblings of the possibility of arachnids in the future (obviously we had to check every insect we were drawing to make sure it was actually from the species group Insectae first!) The card stock was also of a beautiful high quality being very thick with engraved information on the back and foil detailing.

All in all these cards make for a beautiful collector’s piece and I’m really looking forward to hearing from anyone who drew any of my cards in their decks.

Here are some of my favorite contributions to the set. Let me know if you managed to pull any of them. You can see the entire collection of the 25 cards I contributed to this set here.

I also have 5 APs from this set up for grabs if anyone is interested. I will add more information on these as and when I draw them/they are approved by Viceroy, however if you are interested in a personalized AP, please feel free to get in touch.



Cover photo is © Anastasia Catris

Beyond Stoker’s Dracula Cards Released


Beyond Stoker’s Dracula Cards Released!


Well, I can finally reveal my contributions to the Cult-Stuff Beyond Stoker’s Dracula set! Cards have been released today and are available to buy from the Cult-Stuff website. If you are a collector and have managed to pick up one of my pieces, please let me know. This was my first official sketch card set so it would be lovely to meet some of the fine folk who have managed to draw my cards in their deck breaks.

I thought I would take this chance to share with you some of my pieces from this deck. The idea behind the set was to draw from the inspiration that Bram Stoker gave us, i.e. vampire myths and legends that have come about since Dracula. Here are some of my favorite cards that I drew. If you would like to see all 30 cards that I contributed to the set, please check out my Portfolio entry.



Cover photo is © Anastasia Catris

Unstoppable Dead Divas Announcement


Not one day since my last card set announcement and I already have another for you! Along a similar theme to yesterday’s post, I have been lucky enough to be asked to work on Unstoppable Cards’ upcoming 2014 set Dead Divas.


At first I wasn’t sure what the subject material was going to be. I thought it might be literal in the sense of actual deceased starlets, but no, that would be a little insensitive surely? Then I thought maybe something more zombie like? Perhaps a zombie pinups series? Well, it turns out the second guess was a little closer. It seems the artists involved will be working alongside Bianca Thompson, a pretty big name in the sketch card community, to recreate versions of her own characters, the Dead Divas.

Think Monster High meets Living Dead Dolls, but all grown up. These ladies each have their own unique personalities and styles which I cannot wait to work on. My personal favourite is, obviously, ‘Lady of the Death’ due to her being a Day of The Dead style skull. And we all know how much I love those. Luckily for me the deadline is early 2014 allowing me plenty of time to work on these gorgeous characters.

Unstoppable is also the first company I have worked with who offer licensed material! Which is a pretty big step for me, so I am even more excited to work with them on this series. As well as Dead Divas they will next year be offering Blakes 7, The Wicker Man and The Man Who Fell To Earth.

Keep posted by following this blog for more information on the set as I hear more from Unstoppable Cards. To learn more about this company, feel free to visit their site Unstoppable Cards or their Facebook group here.


Cover photo is © Bianca Thompson

Perna Studios Hallowe’en Announcement


I am happy to announce that I have been invited to take part in Perna Studios upcoming Hallowe’en set, due for a 2014 release.


I am definitely looking forward to working on this set as I have followed Perna’s latest release Classic Mythology closely. As a company they seem to be dealing with subjects that really interest me personally, and the standard of their previous sets is exemplary.

This comes as I have been drawing a lot of Halloween themed art on my Facebook group lately and I couldn’t be happier that I have as that is what caught Perna’s eye when contacting me. I am sure you can all guess the subject material involved and I am excited to get started, but obviously, due to the 2014 release, I should have a lot of time to work on it.

Keep posted by following this blog for more information on the set as I hear more from Perna Studios. To learn more about this company, feel free to visit their site Perna Studios or their Facebook group here.


Cover photo is © Perna Studios. Artwork by Lynne Anderson

Featured on A Medic’s World!

by Anastasia Catris in Announcement Comments: 0 tags: ACEO, Announcement, Sketch Cards

Featured on A Medic’s World!

I have been featured as Sketch Art/Artist of the Day by the wonderful Tom Shewbridge on his website A Medic’s World. Looking through some of the other sketch card artists featured on the site, it is a pretty big honor to be featured. Tom is an avid collector of sketch cards and active member of the sketch card community, so having his seal of approval means a lot.

The featured card is actually Supergirl, one of my older cards from my 2012 Sketch Card A Day Challenge. It’s quite nice to see how I’m slowly improving in this art form. I’m trying to experiment more with compositions now as I get used to the small scale of the cards, adding a bit more dynamic to the posing and trying to fit some more action. But then, pinups like this one are always popular.

Please be sure to pop by his website and leave a comment. It’s always nice to have so much encouragement from the Sketch Card Community as I am still quite new to it all. Here’s hoping that my first professional sketch card sets due out later in the year will be as well received.


Cover photo is © Anastasia Catris 2012

Viceroy Insectae & The Deep Announcement

by Anastasia Catris in Announcement Comments: 0 tags: ACEO, Announcement, Sketch Cards, Viceroy

I am happy to announce that since receiving my first company job as a sketch card artist for Cult-Stuff Cards, I have been accepted to work on two new sets for a Las Vegas based company named Viceroy Cards.

 


Much like Cult-Stuff, Viceroy concentrate on unlicensed material (I.e. material which holds no copyright and is therefore public domain), creating high quality cards with unique artist driven artwork. Their previous set ‘Carnival’, for example, had artists creating characters based on the travelling carnival, such as strong men and ring leaders (I am seriously jealous that I couldn’t be part of this set – would have had a lot of fun with it, I’m sure).

I have been commissioned to work on their two newest sets named ‘Insectae’ and ‘The Deep’. I am pretty excited about this as I get to play around with realism and, of course, draw a lot of ugly buglies and underwater creatures.

My dad actually seems more excited about this set than anything else I’ve worked on! If anything because me and him have always shared a passion for tropical fish. He has an amazing fish tank of his own, full of ridiculously colourful fish; whereas I have three little puffer fish in my own smaller tank. I’m hoping I will get to reference some of these little guys in my sketches.

Keep posted by following this blog for more information on the set as I hear more from Viceroy. To learn more about this company, feel free to visit their site Viceroy Cards or their Facebook group here. You can also follow them on Twitter.


Cover photo is © Viceroy Cards. Artwork by Lark Sudol

Beyond Stoker’s Dracula Announcement


I am proud to announce that I have been accepted onto my first ever sketch card set, ‘Beyond Stoker’s Dracula‘ by Cult-Stuff Cards!

 


For those of you who don’t know, a sketch card or ACEO (Art Card Editions and Originals) or even ATC (Art Trading Card) is a small piece of original artwork measuring 2.5” by 3.5”. It’s an awesome way for collectors to purchase original art for a reasonable price.

I started drawing sketch cards for conventions in 2012, premiering my work at CICAE (Cardiff International Comic and Animation Expo). My cards have definitely evolved since my first few commissions. Originally they were simple pinups drawn on basic Bristol stock with felt tip pens! Since I received a pack of Copic Markers as a gift, however, my cards have gone from strength to strength.

Sketch Cards have fast become one of my best selling convention items and, thanks to useful websites like Sketch Card Fanatics, my most requested online commission too. I’m slowly getting to know the online sketch card community and am hoping to get on a few more sets in the future. But, until then, I am really looking forward to working with Liza and Jason from Cult-Stuff on this set.

Keep posted by following this blog for more information on the set as I hear more from Cult Stuff. To learn more about this company, feel free to visit their site Cult-Stuff Cards or their Facebook group here.


Cover photo is © Cult Stuff Cards