ekbelsher
ekbelsher
ekbelsher
Hello and welcome! I'm Elisabeth, although EK is fine too. Illustrator | Canada | She/her | www.ekbelsher.com | @ekbelsher on Instagram and Twitter
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ekbelsher · 7 days ago
What do you use for your art? An app, or a drawing device. Forgive me if I sound ignorant. I’m curious bc you inspired me to begin drawing
You don't sound ignorant! My art process is weird. I draw on Canson sketch paper the old-school way using Col-erase pencils, which are pencil crayons that are somewhat erasable (but less erasable than graphite). I only use four colours for drawing: black, Tuscan red, brown and indigo blue. If I'm doing a colour piece, I re-draw it on watercolour paper (using a lightbox to transfer the image), paint it, then scan it in and finish it in Photoshop. Once in a while I'll skip the watercolour step and do all the colour in Photoshop. Thanks for asking! Good luck with your art explorations :)
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ekbelsher · 10 days ago
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Huh. This looks a lot more PG-13 now that it’s coloured in.
I don’t envy who or whatever did that to her. He looks ready to cause mayhem
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ekbelsher · 12 days ago
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Huh. This looks a lot more PG-13 now that it’s coloured in.
I don’t envy who or whatever did that to her. He looks ready to cause mayhem
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ekbelsher · 13 days ago
Hey, I was the one stuck on the villain goal. I have a bit of confusion, though-what if the protagonist's goal is a reactive one? Like he's just living his life, maybe thinking of what to bring to the weekend potluck, when the baddies showed up and started endangering his town. (Insert Star-Lord saying "I'm one of the idiots who lives in it!" here) Would such a hero be too boring?
Stuck on Protagonist Goal
Mainstream/genre stories are almost always either plot-driven, character-driven, or a combination. These days, most are a combination.
In a fully character-driven story, the character forms a goal that sets the events of the story in motion.
However, in a plot-driven story, or a story that's a combination of plot and character-driven, the protagonist's goal is always reactive. In other words, the character forms a goal in response to whatever event turns their world upside down. In the case of your story, the baddies show up and endanger the town.
So, when I say you need to know the protagonist's goal before you can know the antagonist's goal, what I meant is more that you need to understand what the character wants before their world is turned upside down. You need to know their internal conflict and any goals related to that. For example, in The Hunger Games, Katniss's internal conflict was longing for a better life but knowing her mom and sister depended on her for survival. Her goal was simply to do whatever it took to take care of them and protect them. But when her sister is chosen as a tribute for the Hunger Games, and she volunteers to take her place, her whole world turns upside down. Now, part of her initial goal (taking care of/protecting her mom and sister) means she has to form a new goal, which is to survive the Hunger Games.
Part of why the reader cared so much in that moment when Prim is chosen, and then Katniss volunteers to take her place, is because we understood that internal conflict and initial goal. We understood that caring for and protecting her mom and sister were the most important thing to Katniss, so when her ability to do that is upset by her sudden inclusion in an event that will likely kill her, that's a big deal for the reader.
If your protagonist is just a random person who enjoys potlucks, and they have no internal conflict, no stakes (like Prim and mom were for Katniss), and no initial goal, your reader isn't going to care when the baddies show up and turn your protagonist's world upside down. There's nothing at stake but a potluck, and being an idiot who lives in the town/galaxy might be enough for Star-Lord in a funny quote, but if you examine things more deeply, you'll see that there was more than that at stake. There was more to Star-Lord being a Guardian of the Galaxy than just wanting to defend his home.
So... examine your protagonist's life and see if you can figure out what's important to them. What's their internal conflict? Are they happy just hanging out and going to potlucks, or do they want more from life? Or maybe there's someone or something (before the baddies show up) that is challenging them to do more with their life, but they're already shying away from that. (And then the baddies show up and force them out of their comfort zone.)
Somewhere in all of that, there's got to be something important that your character would want to defend. How can you turn that thing into something the antagonists would want?
I hope that helps. Please let me know if you need more help working through this. I feel like we're close now! ♥
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ekbelsher · 15 days ago
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Saturday afternoon wip. I’m kind of embarrassed about this picture but I also like looking at it, so. There’s no backstory for what’s going on, other than something happened to Claire and her beast boyfriend is clearly unhappy about it, but I’m going to finish it anyway. It started out as a random pose study a few months ago, and next thing I knew I was drawing blood, a ripped dress and copious body hair, and today I drew in the forest so I can paint it. It looks like something out of a werewolf B movie 😂
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ekbelsher · 25 days ago
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Sang and Clara, round two! These characters are from Rachel Griffin’s debut novel The Nature of Witches. Rachel commissioned me to draw her couple kissing in a derelict house. I’ve since read the book, and decided I wanted to draw it again, only my version this time -- outdoors, because these two have a way of making weather happen around them! (They’re both witches). The book was fantastic btw 😊
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ekbelsher · 26 days ago
Just thought you should know that I started reading the Folk of the Air because of how lovely your Jude/Cardan sketches are.
BOY. NOT THE SERIES I EXPECTED AFTER STARING AT YOUR SWEET RENDERINGS.
Lol! Don't worry, you'll see all sides of Jude and Cardan as the story progresses. They both have...backstory, shall we say, and it gives each of them a little edge. But Cardan is a sweet soft boi and no one can convince me otherwise 😜 He is clever, Jude is calculating, and they're an even match. Also, it's a very satisfying story! I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the kind words about my art!
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ekbelsher · a month ago
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Post-shipwreck flashback: Matthias is going to have some explaining to do when he wakes up 😆 
Red pencil is good for soft scenes like this (I am weak for scenes involving characters asleep in each other’s arms 🖤)
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ekbelsher · a month ago
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I did some character art recently for the lovely and talented @haleydub, and here are the leading characters! She's working on the third instalment of The Witness Tree Chronicles. I can highly recommend! (She’s on Instagram as @authorhaleywalden)
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ekbelsher · a month ago
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Post-shipwreck flashback: Matthias is going to have some explaining to do when he wakes up 😆 
Red pencil is good for soft scenes like this (I am weak for scenes involving characters asleep in each other's arms 🖤)
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ekbelsher · a month ago
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Another WIP involving blokes with wings ;-) Lately I’ve been mocking up the colour digitally first, before doing the traditional painting. It helps prevent disasters XD
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ekbelsher · a month ago
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I wasn’t going to post this sketch but I think I have to. Every time I look at it, I’m reminded of that part in the animated Beauty and the Beast movie where Lumière is trying to coach the Beast on giving a debonair smile, and he flashes his big ugly teeth and Lumière’s like, Yeah don’t do that. The beast boyfriend’s slightly terrifying smile is nearly as funny – turns out there’s a reason artists rarely draw orcs/trolls looking cheerful. They are much sexier when they’re fierce 😂
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ekbelsher · a month ago
Your art is absolutely beautiful. I wanted to ask if you are still doing commissions?
Thank you so much! I do take commissions, mostly for YA fantasy/character art, but I'm temporarily closed because I have a very full schedule. I will probably open commissions again in October. I'll put it in my bio here, and on Instagram and Twitter, when I do. Have a great week!
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ekbelsher · a month ago
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Client piece that I was pleased with 😊 They wanted a sunburn and an undercut man-bun, and I wasn’t so sure, but I think I made it work!
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ekbelsher · 2 months ago
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Every now and then I do a rough I like better than the finished piece 😂 This is Lira, the MC from The Witness Tree Chronicles by the talented @haleydub (she's working on book 3 rn. Can highly recommend!)
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