haluyalikescheese asked:

How do you make your characters look so real and are they meant to look nearly the same in facial structure and what not?

Loads of references and a ton of time rendering. I don’t really aim for my characters to look similar; maybe that’s something I subconsciously do while rendering my works. I do know that I have a soft spot for painting freckled girls. I just love freckles!

So I’m going a bit print crazy and have also set up an Inprnt store! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the quality of their prints so I thought why not? For those of you who are interested in great quality giclée prints as well as phone and tablet cases, follow this link:
http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/taraphillips/
There’s a 20% off sale for a limited time, so be quick!

So I’m going a bit print crazy and have also set up an Inprnt store! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the quality of their prints so I thought why not? For those of you who are interested in great quality giclée prints as well as phone and tablet cases, follow this link:

http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/taraphillips/

There’s a 20% off sale for a limited time, so be quick!

1. Thanks Anon! I don’t know a huge amount about how one gets onto tumblr radar; I was just super lucky to have been picked out of the blue. I do think that a great way to get your work out there and recognised is to submit it to popular tumblr blogs and galleries. Eat sleep draw and Tumblr Open Arts are both good places to start; you could even try Art for adults (if you enjoy drawing bodacious babes). I hope this helps!
2. Thank you! I currently freelance. I’m not too fussy when it comes to my dream job, I just want to be able to work in a studio (locally or abroad) and simply do what I love to do; be creative. Actually, scratch that. I’d love to be paid to read books, cuddle animals and drink tea all day; that would be a pretty cool. 
3. Most of my work is created in Photoshop (I might use Illustrator for the odd vector shape or two).
4. Currently Optica (with a few tweaks to the CSS).

1. Thanks Anon! I don’t know a huge amount about how one gets onto tumblr radar; I was just super lucky to have been picked out of the blue. I do think that a great way to get your work out there and recognised is to submit it to popular tumblr blogs and galleries. Eat sleep draw and Tumblr Open Arts are both good places to start; you could even try Art for adults (if you enjoy drawing bodacious babes). I hope this helps!

2. Thank you! I currently freelance. I’m not too fussy when it comes to my dream job, I just want to be able to work in a studio (locally or abroad) and simply do what I love to do; be creative. Actually, scratch that. I’d love to be paid to read books, cuddle animals and drink tea all day; that would be a pretty cool.

3. Most of my work is created in Photoshop (I might use Illustrator for the odd vector shape or two).

4. Currently Optica (with a few tweaks to the CSS).

youonlylive-once-21 asked:

when did you start drawing

Thinking back, I can’t remember the exact point in time when I started drawing, but I remember enjoying it when I was 8 or 9 (I had a little diary that I filled with sailor moon drawings and cheesy comics). I don’t think I started taking drawing seriously until maybe mid high school. I was heavily inspired by The Lord of the Rings books and movies so that certainly helped kick-start my creativity.

imtiazk asked:

Isobel is fantastic! Assuming it was done in Photoshop, how many layers did you use?

Thank you! Gosh… I must mention that I’m really bad with my layers. I have the horrible habit of not merging them regularly, so I end up with some pretty hefty art files (I’m working on fixing this). But to answer your question; I’d say that through the process of ‘Isobel’ I would have used close to 400 layers!

ejdne asked:

Just wondering, do you use reference photos for your art, or do you do it completely from your imagination? Either way, I love your illustrations :)

I certainly use photo references for my work, although I prefer not to stick 100% to an image. I tend to use multiple references as a rough guideline for details, lighting and composition. The rest is whatever I come up with along the way. :)

avoxwithin asked:

Wow I saw only one piece and I knew you were worth following and now I see the rest and really you are amazing. I'm a struggling artist myself, and I think you're going to be a great driving force or inspiration to struggling artists everywhere (like me!).

Shucks, that’s so kind of you to say! I still feel like a newbie when I see all the amazing work out there. So it’s kind of weird hearing that other people are inspired by my work (a good kind of weird though). Thanks so much and keep at it!

Over the last few weeks I have accumulated a few anonymous asks so, for fear of bombarding everyones feeds with multiple replies, I thought I would answer them in groups. Here goes:
1. No one in particular. They are just a result of observing multiple references coupled with whatever my brain tells me to draw.
2. Thanks! Right back at you. :)
3. You can shoot me an email through my website. While I can’t promise this for everyone, it can’t hurt to try. It does depend on my schedule and the amount of feedback required for your work. 
4. Thanks so much! It’s always nice to hear what other people think. Glad you like my work!
5. Thanks so much! That’s really sweet of you to say.
6. He wants your flesh! He’s going to take it from you while you sleep! And thank you. :P
Thanks for the support and interest in my work everyone! I’m lucky to have such wonderful followers.

Over the last few weeks I have accumulated a few anonymous asks so, for fear of bombarding everyones feeds with multiple replies, I thought I would answer them in groups. Here goes:

1. No one in particular. They are just a result of observing multiple references coupled with whatever my brain tells me to draw.

2. Thanks! Right back at you. :)

3. You can shoot me an email through my website. While I can’t promise this for everyone, it can’t hurt to try. It does depend on my schedule and the amount of feedback required for your work.

4. Thanks so much! It’s always nice to hear what other people think. Glad you like my work!

5. Thanks so much! That’s really sweet of you to say.

6. He wants your flesh! He’s going to take it from you while you sleep! And thank you. :P

Thanks for the support and interest in my work everyone! I’m lucky to have such wonderful followers.

Anonymous asked:

Hello! Your art work is amazing and people like you inspire me to draw. The problem is, whenever I draw, it ends up looking like trash and I always try to change my style of drawing. Do you have any tips?

Thanks Anon! My advice is to just keep practicing and try not to get too frustrated or despondent (I know, easier said than done). Drawing is more of a mental process than we give it credit for! All too often I overthink with my work. Try to let go of negative thoughts; push through it with hard work and simply enjoy the process.

Find artists that you admire and ask yourself what you like about their work. See if they have any tutorial videos, gifs or blog posts so you can get an idea of their process. Think about areas that you would like to improve on in your art. From there it’s just a matter of practice, practice, practice! And by all means experiment with different styles and techniques! There’s nothing wrong with trying different things; you might just come across something really great. If you’re constantly looking for ways to improve, your work can only keep getting better from there.

I hope this helps. Keep at it!