Ep.206: Beatrice “Bea” Blue on the importance of enjoying the journey

By Iva Mikles •  Updated: Oct 29, 2019 •  Interviews

Hey, guys! In this episode, I am catching up with Beatrice “Bea” Blue. We chat about what she has been up to since we talked last time – her time in Montreal, her new books and much more. Enjoy!!

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Special thanks to Bea for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Beatrice Blue, used with permission

Episode Transcript

Iva Mikles  

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Beatrice Blue  

Turn the light off so that we could showcase. He’s actually doing a little dance for us.

Iva Mikles  

Yeah, I noticed like, Okay, what is happening that is squirrel tail, like moving. So what anyone does listening, you should check it out on the YouTube that there is a squirrel. But yeah, so that’s part of the interview. But I’m super happy that you joined us here today. So thank you.

Beatrice Blue  

I’m just gonna move here so we can see this girl talk. A bit of animation in the background.

Iva Mikles  

So it’s just two of us and a squirrel. So this episode is starting very strangely already. But anyway, so that’s good. But so welcome, guys again. So to the new episode. Now let’s just get to talk about what is the new story because you have so many news, right?

Beatrice Blue  

Yeah, yeah. Well, since last time, we thought everything has changed a lot. Forget. So today is actually my last day in this studio. The thing that I have in my background, where I have been living for a year and a half, it’s it’s going to be torn down tonight. So it’s amazing to be able to be doing this on the last minute, because I could just keep it here like a little. I don’t know if I could present. I feel bad

Iva Mikles  

for the studio. It looks so nice with all the lights and everything.

Beatrice Blue  

Yeah, but you know, like, I don’t know, every every house that I’ve been to in the past four years, which has been like five or six. They all live in it. And we make it cozy and we make it work. So the things are coming with us, which is great. And we’ll set it again. That’s good. I mean, when you get to do improvements, like last time, I didn’t have a big table. Now I have a big table. Yeah, I mean,

Iva Mikles  

do you want to tell us why you are moving? Maybe for some of the people who haven’t seen it, because you were sharing a lot of these updates on on Instagram Stories, right? So maybe for those of us who don’t know, then let’s Yeah,

Beatrice Blue  

why. We basically Danny and I were married many of you tonight. And we moved here to Montreal, a year and a half ago, because of the job offer. And now we decided we’re going to travel the world a little bit. And so we’re basically moving to nowhere in particular, we’re going to be traveling from this Sunday, until probably July next year. And we’re going to visit a lot of places in Europe and maybe San Francisco, and then we’re going to Japan for three months next year. So yeah, so we’re gonna just leave our house in a box somewhere, probably in Spain, just because we’re from there. We’re going to be traveling and doing workshops and visiting places and enjoying that.

Iva Mikles  

Oh, yeah, we should get back to this as well. But I actually forgot because I was distracted by the squirrel, too, introduce you a little bit for those of the people who are listening or watching if they haven’t seen the previous talk that we had or if they’re not familiar with your work, if you can tell us a little bit more, what is your specialty, the magical world and the colorful things are the creating. So just like tiny bit of the introduction before we get back to the travels.

Beatrice Blue  

Yeah, well, I’m Beatrice blue, and I am an illustrator. But I also work for animation, both shows and movies. Yeah, I do character design and visual development. And I also do the color code script and color keys. So I like focusing on colors and And so that’s why I also do picture books. So, yeah, I write stories and they illustrate them. And that’s it.

Iva Mikles  

So what is your favorite part about the whole, like different types of projects? Do you have a Like, Favorite part when you’re like, Okay, this is my thing.

Beatrice Blue  

I guess, since it’s very variated, like I try to, that’s why I look, I like to mix up the books and the other movies, just because it’s a very different thing to do. One from the other one is very, it’s a lot more personal and individualistic, sort of, and the other ones were like a group thing. So they’re both amazingly beautiful things to do, simultaneously. And separately. So I guess from picture books, I really like the moment where, because this is a long process, right? You get to write the story and illustrate it and think about how it all corrosively works together. And I’m really love when the story already makes sense. And I can start to illustrate some more accurately instead of just like random thumbnails really fast. And so it kind of looks like a little product already. And I also love when it when I have it finished, and I’ll receive the proofs. Just because I get to see the book for the first time printed, and it has the little colors on the button. I actually have an example of the next one.

Iva Mikles  

Because it’s yeah, it was very recent, or people can check it out.

Beatrice Blue  

Right? Yeah, this is for the upcoming one, actually.

Iva Mikles  

So this one is not the published one yet.

Beatrice Blue  

No, this one, I just received the proof. So that’s why I think this is a beautiful thing to see. Just because like you’ve always seen it. I’ve always seen it on the computer or my sketchbook I’ve never actually on paper. It has the little colored stripe on the button. So I don’t know, it’s just really nice. So there’s going to be called once upon a dragon’s fire. And yeah, this will have like golden foil, but it’s not right there. And yeah, but

Iva Mikles  

so you have the front and back as a for a color prove Yes, to check the colors and compare what it was in the computer. And if it is not too warm or too cool. These colors and all of that. Yeah,

Beatrice Blue  

yeah, so so to see what needs to be maybe lightened up or darkened up or which color is actually not that accurate, or so you know, to see if it’s good to go. And I really like to just be like, Yeah, I’m good with the gut for it. Really cool thing. And as for the movies and, and shows, I really, really like when I get a script, and I get to try to get a bit into the world and think it and start developing it like what could this look like all the possibilities and ask for color is the same thing when one nothing is color, and I had to tell a story with it is just beautiful. It’s so nice. It gives me like a big hype.

Iva Mikles  

Do you have maybe some tips for people they would love to do something like this, like either develop their own story or work on color scripts? I know there are two different things but maybe where to start, you know, like what should they have in the portfolio or like what to show to people to like how to present themselves with the work.

Beatrice Blue  

Um, I would say be personal in terms of like a show the story that you want to tell and how you want to tell it. And because there is so much in so many things of everything already there’s there is the market is really big, and there’s a lot of people that are able to do this. So it can seem daunting at the beginning. But like this might seem stupid, but really stay true to yourself and what you want to do. Just because if you’re doing something or showcasing something that you don’t really want to do, if someone calls you to do that, and you don’t want to do it you stuck doing the job

Iva Mikles  

you don’t want to do

Beatrice Blue  

so you’re not enjoying it. So in the end, though, what it’s good to just show what you want to do. So if you want to write stories about Arjuna plants, don’t. Don’t show kings works about football just because you’re not gonna get word from plants. to eventually, people that look for new things are going to look at what you have to tell. So just showcase what you want to tell because there’s someone wanting to listen. And that’s the beauty of it. So

Iva Mikles  

yeah, I heard from one person, she was working on the reo, animated movie as well, when she was like really into drawing these, like old crooked houses. And she was really interested in the slums of the like the houses looked like. So she was drawing it for a long time. And then they hired her for real, right, because it was like a great fit in that sense. So sometimes it can feel very strange at the beginning, like, oh, yeah, Where can this be used? But

Beatrice Blue  

yeah, absolutely. Like, I think there is there is a place for everybody. And the more accurately you showcase that, the more accurately you will get the job that you like, and that has happened to me in every single way. And every single way, like, when I wanted to tell the story, a weird story about something like a unicorn, that’s so normal, I even got that, which is like, you’re not gonna get the typical unicorn story, you’re gonna get something else. And still, I was able to do that. So as long as you are willing to just keep going and don’t, don’t think that you’re not, you know, good enough for something. Just keep

Iva Mikles  

going. Because we will be improving forever, for sure. So yeah,

Beatrice Blue  

I feel like you’re good enough. For me, I don’t think I’m always thinking I’m not too good. And I need to improve. And this is no good. And I should be better. And I mean, that’s like,

Iva Mikles  

yeah, because if you have like tips about the imposter syndrome, right? Because it’s a big thing. I guess, not only in the artistic community, it’s like, a madman workplace places, but many places.

Beatrice Blue  

Yeah, well, yeah, I guess keep going. Like, I, I started with that a lot. And personally, it great being in a relationship with someone like Danny, because you’re always encouraging each other and learning from each other. But it’s also very daunting. Because his work is amazing. And everybody’s work around us is amazing. But, again, we’re here to, to show something. And even I mean, I guess social media also doesn’t help because you see all this people and everybody saying beautiful things about their work and maybe know our work. And they’re like, Okay, I’m not good enough. And in the end, I feel like it’s about enjoying is just about having fun. So if you’re not having fun, and you’re thinking about I’m not good enough, and I should not be doing this, then think about it really like, how could I enjoy this that I’m scared of? If I can’t enjoy it in any way, then I’ll don’t do it. Like, sometimes, I feel like, I really can’t do something that I have to do. And I just think what do I want to do. And if I want to go out to the woods, I just go to the woods, and I don’t work, because that’s what, to me, at least keeps me wanting to do stuff. And once I come back from the woods, I’m like, I’m ready to paint this just because I really want to. So sometimes it’s not that easy, because we’ve got deadlines, and we’ve got jobs to do and people to, to not not disappoint. But that’s the other thing, right? Not wanting to disappoint. But, again, if you’ve got if on one side, you don’t have clients and you think you’re not good enough, keep going because you will get it. And don’t despair, everybody gets it. It’s okay. Like everybody has gone through that and you get it. And if you on the other side have a huge client and you don’t want to disappoint any feel like they’ve hired you, but they don’t know who you are. And they don’t know how that you’re going to do it. Well try it. But I can tell you they hired you is because they like it already and you can’t you can’t mess it up. And if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t have probably to do with how bad you’re doing it is because maybe it didn’t fit with that or whatever. But there’s so many reasons right? But we I tend to think that it’s me and I did it wrong in a year and I don’t deserve that anymore.

Iva Mikles  

But it’s always stressful when you are starting to worry like to work on some client project. Then they’re like, oh my gosh, I have to do the best job possible, and then stressing the body and then they are happy and then you’re like, Okay, so I didn’t do such a bad job. Yeah,

Beatrice Blue  

yeah. And they weren’t happy. Sometimes it’s not because of you do be very hard on ourselves. And there are several ways when something could go wrong. So

Iva Mikles  

yeah, because like art is kind of not like just any other service because It’s like part of us. And then yeah, so you kind of it’s, yeah, it’s part of you. So it means sometimes when it doesn’t fit, then you start to think like, oh, maybe I am not good enough, as you mentioned, but it just maybe not fitting the style of the project or just any, like, either deadlines or just something else. So yeah,

Beatrice Blue  

change their lines. And also in the animation industry, there’s a lot of issues as well with like, production people, and maybe someone decided that they don’t want that anymore. And they’re the people that put money. So that’s not your fault. It’s just someone chose something else. So it can be several things again, but as long as you I think, like just always want to keep growing and getting better and keeping enjoying that’s, that’s it to me at least.

Iva Mikles  

But it may, it may be a challenge for people who are starting out and if they don’t have income yet. So what would you advise there? Maybe, maybe for people who don’t know, how did you start? Because did you start right away freelancing? Or did you do something on the side? Or did you save up when you were just like, at the beginning of the journey?

Beatrice Blue  

Yeah, not really, I started actually, I couldn’t go to art school, really, because I didn’t have money or the place to go to. So I studied Fine Art sort of figure drawing. So I was sent to you more an observing kind of thing, instead of imagining a lot more. At some point, I decided that I wanted to tell stories more than to tell my vision about something was already there. So but again, I did not have, I didn’t have any mentors, or teachers or anything. So I just kept trying. And I can tell you, it can be very frustrating. And I cried a lot. It was very hard. I did not know how to use a Wacom or anything or Photoshop, because I was painting with oils and all this traditional stuff. And everything that people did, like any character, any, any anything would seem like it’s amazing to me, and I could never reach that. And to me, it was actually a very, it changed everything. The moment I remember, the drawing actually was a very “beep” drawing. And I was thinking, What can I do to enjoy this and to feel like, even if it doesn’t look as good as I want, at least it has like personal value, you know, when you have a very, like non beautiful object, but it just gives you this amazing feeling because you got something around it and a story around it. So I was like, Okay, I gotta make sure that this, I’m going to enjoy doing it. And it, it has a personal value to me. So I started to look not to have a child, we’d started actually, because I started to think, Oh, what do I like, and what makes me feel happy and trying to memorize and thing on the past, like, what made me feel like, I really enjoy this thing. And I started looking for toys, and for like old radios and all these things. And I got really excited about movies that I liked when I was a kid. And I was like, okay, so I started drawing all these things. And in the end, I really enjoyed that the drawing wasn’t really well. But for me, I actually created a new folder on the computer that the name was start, just because I understood that as long as I enjoy that, and I want to keep improving, that’s fine. And of course, there’s going to be ups and downs always forever. But and also understanding how you as a person are in every situation because art changes with how we change. So maybe that made me feel good a few years ago and made me want to do it. But maybe today I have other things that makes me want to paint. So understanding that can also help you keep going forward and being enjoying your art. And it might might seem silly that I’m always saying just enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, but that for me, that’s the real clue. And the real key to to my art as at least just if I want to do give, I don’t care about how it’s going to go in social media or how it’s going to affect anyone but me at the moment when I am trying I just try it and have fun or not. But I tried because I want to do it. And for me, it’s like a little gift that I do for myself and then I share with people and that’s when I really feel a guy. It makes sense to me to do it. That’s it.

Iva Mikles  

Yeah. So kind of planned the patient project, right? And then, yeah, kind of balance it out with the other projects, either client project, or just always have something which you are like, Okay, I’m super excited about this.

Beatrice Blue  

Yeah, and even clients work. So when you’re starting to get client work, at least, when I started to get them, I felt it felt very daunting to me, because I felt like I had just started and I didn’t really know how to get freelances or how to get commissioned. And then when once you get it, you’re like, oh, how am I supposed to act?

Iva Mikles  

Or how much you should ask? One of the big questions when you’re doing the first one.

Beatrice Blue  

Yeah, I, I always believe in being honest. And whenever something like that happened to me and just asked, like, look, this is my first my first project and what would seem fair to that person, if it doesn’t seem fair to me, I’m sorry, but I’m gonna do it, even if it’s my first job. But talking about it is always great. And getting to an agreement that’s good for both of you. And maybe in the future, you see that you got really “beep” paid, but it’s okay. Because you it was fair to you at that point. So that’s fine. As long as you have you then in the client happy with it, it’s, it’s fine. But also about how to treat that, that job. It can feel very daunting. But again, I got this actually, I got a book, The first book that I had to illustrate it was about the ugliest boy in the world. And I had to Yeah, and I was like, how am I going to join this and the book was really fun. But all the illustrations were about very ugly boy going through all these things. And so the way I, it was at the same time that I was thinking this, like, how do I approach instruction in a very fun way. And actually, I remember the movie Matilda from Roald Dahl, but the about the little girl live action one. I really loved it when I was a kid. And I was like, Oh, what if I make it Oh, like old styles, 90s sort of thing that that could be cool. I would enjoy that. And I really enjoyed doing that book just because I approached it in. In that way. There’s always a way that you can approach each job that can be actually fun to you, and something new and something fresh that you want to try. So you can also use claim jobs, to challenge yourself and to do something that you’ve never done before. Right? Yeah, definitely. Because

Iva Mikles  

I mean, you can have something which doesn’t even sound exciting. But I mean, you just make it exciting, or because that’s why they hire us. Because we just kind of bring the emotion and the connection with the audience, either the colorist or the characters, or we’re just basically doing the best job you can and yeah,

Beatrice Blue  

yeah, for sure. Actually, I would say like half of the jobs that I get are not really that exciting first, but they become exciting, because we make it exciting. That’s part of it. I think it’s part of the creative job, I think.

Iva Mikles  

Yeah. Because like, one of the big parts are that the planning part, right, when you have to like figure out how it will be and sometimes people think it’s just about the execution, right. But then it’s like, all of it before how you do it. Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, definitely. And actually, when you mentioned also the traditional art and transition to digital. Do you have some tips about keeping them the feel of the traditional like pencils, or like favorite brushes? Because there’s always people want to know that right?

Beatrice Blue  

Yeah, well, honestly. Keep it simple, just because, okay, so I remember I had a teacher when I was doing realistic work, and we would only use one pencil, I would only use one. And it was it was the same thickness, the same pressure, the same thing like traditional pencil on a paper and you had to do this thing that looked like real life thing. So we tried and learn how to make the texture of a wood, just painting the texture over wood, or the plant or anything and trying to learn about how it reacts to the light to the texture of each thing. So once you go to detail that’s actually really helpful and that’s a reason why I only use like three brushes. And I use one that I liked the edges of it just so that is not very sharp and smooth, right? Yeah. I use another one that looks like a pencil. Actually, so it looks like a pencil color. And I use another one for big messes if I had to do like something really scratchy. So like if I if I broke a paper sort of thing, but it’s just exactly how you would react in traditional. So for me, the tip would be paint more traditionally, if you want a traditional look on your digital illustrations, just because you can’t make it traditional, if you’ve never done traditional. And once you’ve done it, it will seem easy just because you have to do the same thing you did on a painter before. So it is for sure about the brushes. But if you want to make it look traditional, that’s the way to make it look traditional. Do it too.

Iva Mikles  

Because he’s also just through mix the colors or how, as you said, like how the material reacts to the light and all of that? Yeah. Yeah, for sure. And then we were talking also about the travel, right? So after 20 hours later, maybe we can like circle back to that. So how did you decided to do this? And how are you kind of planning all of the, like working on projects, or you’re taking complete break from everything?

Beatrice Blue  

I am yeah, I’m gonna work on projects I’m working with. I’m doing an emission show right now. Freelancing. And I’m also working on a third book that will be released next thing next year? Yeah, next year. So basically the planet since I have to start it. Now the plan is to while I’m traveling, write the book and industry, the book. And the freelance is only certain times a week, it’s not everyday at hours. So I can still do that. And since it streamlines, I could do it from anywhere I am. So the workshops are only on the weekends, which is a good thing. So I can work during the week in any city that I’m at. And then I can I can do the workshops on the weekends. I am I am planning a break, though. On Japan, just because we’re going from we’re going April, May and June 2020. I’m going to an art residency. So I think for me there is just to travel a bit around Japan, learn about the culture and go to the the bread guy and teach me how to make bread.

Iva Mikles  

Like sounds tea ceremony?

Beatrice Blue  

Yeah. Everything that people do there, I’m gonna be like, Yeah, I’m gonna do everything and learn from that. And I don’t want to have any any work. I think just because I don’t want to feel like I have to do something while I’m in a place that I want to learn so much about. But that’s it the rest of the time, I will definitely be working. Just I’ll take a bit more space, because I’ve been working very recently this year, and it’s just being too much. But I need a smarter piece on everything. So I will do the show plus the book. I think that’s it maybe small things here and there

Iva Mikles  

in the workshop or the workshop. So what do you mentioned that you are organizing yourself or with help of someone

Beatrice Blue  

new organizing them myself? When the places that we’re going to? So it’s just about organizing it with the galleries itself? Yeah.

Iva Mikles  

So do you have like a tip for someone who wants to do it as well maybe like just calling a gallery and asking them like, oh, like, Would you be interested in this? And then I can teach this? Yes, some

Beatrice Blue  

some galleries we contacted just because we were going to tour so we thought it was interesting. And they will Yeah, sure. We would love that. Some others just came to us because they saw we were touring. And they’re like, Oh, would you like to come to this place. And it worked out as well. So I guess going to places like, I guess CTN or lightbox or things like that could help. That’s how we got some of them. They just came to us and wanted us to go there. So places like that open the connections in in a lot of ways. And it’s great because you can actually talk and, you know, in real life. And so things like I can help and yeah, just talk to people. Just yeah, communicate what you want. It’s always like that. I said to someone at some point, I really want to work for Cartoon Network someday. And I think it was a girl. She said, Have you told them? And I’m like, Well, no. I mean, no, it’s got to network and I won’t tell them you don’t know. Maybe they see that you’re available and they know for sure we want you but they don’t know. So just just talk to them. And yeah, so I guess just to show what you want to do and Until what you want to do people don’t know it is you so do it.

Iva Mikles  

Yeah, exactly. And meanwhile create that for the are passionate about, as you mentioned. So yeah, that’s definitely important. Because if you don’t have anything to show, it’s more tricky for people to like, kind of like, okay, so what can you do? Yeah,

Beatrice Blue  

I guess when you start into it, it happened to me that I wanted to do more things that what I could actually do. So being also bit realistic about what you need, in order to get that that you really want to do it was down to earth, I guess. Like, I’m very, like, outgoing. And under that I haven’t do this. And I didn’t actually see that my work wasn’t good enough for that. So before that, actually realizing, what can you do? And if not, what can you do to achieve that? And then sometimes, I guess,

Iva Mikles  

yeah. How many years? Did you kind of invest into improving yourself? Maybe if you want to, like, share that?

Beatrice Blue  

Yeah, for sure. I think I started painting more thoroughly when I was 16. And I was doing traditional art until I was 24, or something. I’m 28. Now. So the first time I grew up the Walkman was like four years ago. And yeah, so digital has only been a very, very small portion of my life. And but I’ve been trying to improve every single day since then, like, every day, there’s not a day that I sit down, and I feel like this is good. I’ve done enough for this is good to go for the rest of my life. Like I honestly wish there. There is a struggle there. But it’s also great. I don’t think I would keep doing this job if I didn’t have that challenge. As part of growing as a person as an artist is the same way we grow as humans, I don’t think there’s a point, at least in my life, where I’m like, Oh, this is good enough, I can stay like this breath, right? I can’t learn anymore. I mean, every single thing I do every day teaches me a thing about me, I think about the world and think about my family. So it’s the same way with art for me. So yeah, a lot of years of trying to improve and more to come. So that’s why

Iva Mikles  

some people are worried that if they start to lay the or but it’s never too late. It’s just like, You need time, right, and patience and the practice. So all of that takes time.

Beatrice Blue  

Someone said, I think it was one of my teachers, ones that you need, how much was it? It was like a certain time of days, and a certain years in total to become a professional and something.

Iva Mikles  

Usually people say 10,000 hours. That’s like the traditional thing they say like to kind of learn anything. So yeah,

Beatrice Blue  

yeah, that was it. And I thought, Okay, I’m almost there. And it wasn’t engineered. I still am not there. But I can kind of understand what they mean with that. And it’s just like, for you to understand what you’re into, basically, and how to manage yourself around.

Iva Mikles  

Because also to figure out what as you say, like the not the style, but the things you want to say with your art, either its traditional, or you want to work in games, or in movies, or books or, or combination, or whatever it is, and

Beatrice Blue  

it’s all the same. In the end, for me, creatively speaking. Yeah, like, this year, I’ve done a book, I’ve done a show, I’ve worked on a movie, and I’ve worked for Square Enix video games. So it’s like, I existing thing, you can do anything if you understand the approach. So as long as you keep learning and keep going, it’s fine. It’s going to be fine. Like trusting little future you it’s gonna it’s going to be okay. And people that he actually started doing this when he used I think 27 He was doing architecture before. And so there’s a lot of people that I know that didn’t go to art school that were older to start doing that and now they’re the biggest pros ever and there’s no never too late for this. It’s not like anything actually you can learn anything, whatever you want. Yeah, exactly.

Iva Mikles  

You just like how much you practice because I also started when I was what 24 I think or five or something like that. So because I used to draw when I was a kid, but then I dropped it completely and then after uni I was like okay, yeah, I should probably do something.

Beatrice Blue  

Yeah, there’s I think there’s a lot of like, I guess we society to like At least in Europe before it was you can’t be an artist you’ll die. But

Iva Mikles  

you’re like a starving artist and

Beatrice Blue  

a family that kind of require that you study something before you go into the arts. from normal? Yeah, so there’s a lot of people that start after that just because they have a backup or something that’s already now I guess that’s gonna change in the future. Now that part is more valued, or there’s a lot more jobs in that.

Iva Mikles  

And people understand that I think more and also that if you share stories, like more people talk about it, what they actually do, how did they get through it and all of that help. So

Beatrice Blue  

also kids can prove their parents that they can do it showing a YouTube video showing an Instagram account showing anything they want, even things like this that we’re doing right now. They’re really helpful for for future things. Increases the possibilities that a kid in the future is going to be able to, to learn this from from earlier. So that will make the industry actually grow and get better. And all the kids will do better. And then as when they attend, so

Iva Mikles  

they will just start with digital, they will create something crazy afterwards. More pressure, more pressure. Anyway, but let’s stay positive. That’s a positive thing. It is. Because more people will create awesome stuff. So the world will be basically more colorful, more stories around us. And yeah, all of that. Very nice. Yeah. And so you are working now you will be finishing the book. And yeah, the more yet TV series, right? You said and yeah, all of that. And if you think about like more future projects, do you have like, some magical project, you’re like, Okay, I need to get to this.

Beatrice Blue  

I guess. So. I guess, as a goal, I would like I might regret this in the future when I look back for the video. But I think I would like to make something like that maybe, like show myself or the movie. But like, make it myself. Or I would also love to see any of my books turned into a movie or show at some point. And I also have a project in mind. For the future near future. I haven’t even started but I have like an idea of what I want. And it’s a bit more adults and a bit more serious. Less magical, but talking about kids and about their their approach to the world. And nowadays. How is the world right now? And everything that’s happening? I would like to do a picture book like that. But again, more I don’t know for kids at all. And yeah, and I guess yeah, have a like life projects just like have a place where I can put my stuff so I don’t have to go like a snail with my house my back

Iva Mikles  

to choose the country where to leave, right?

Beatrice Blue  

I mean, I would love to keep moving and I know that’s gonna happen just because the companies are everywhere, right? And I would love to keep traveling but just have a place where I could put my stuff and then move for a few years and maybe come back or not but like know that things are okay. But I guess that’s not ambitious at all.

Iva Mikles  

But it sounds great. So now when you are saying that you would like to do it so maybe someone hears these and they’re like okay, I have a production company I have resources to do it. Let’s do this. Exactly. When is the book coming out for people to check it out?

Beatrice Blue  

The dragon book is coming out in March the unicorn one was published already in March but it’s in I think 12 languages now so you can find it on most ports in America will be out in March. I think that one a bit later on the art book is out on December this year.

Iva Mikles  

Okay, good. Good because we have a lot of stuff right? So yeah, so so you guys can check out all the products and you will be also sharing about it in your either stories on Instagram or in the feed right? So that’s where people can connect with you and follow your art and the workshops where they can find out about your work shows where you will be in different locations. I

Beatrice Blue  

will put the tour, the tour information and my website and on social media but overall Oh, we’re going to be isolating Danny and me and most of them just separate weeks. But together on the same timeline on Serbia, in Spain, on Malaga and Spain, on Austria, on Amsterdam, or Rome, and San Francisco and in Japan, no so many locations, I can share with you the the times of everything so that you have,

Iva Mikles  

we can put that there perfect. Yeah. And I also want to mention for guys, if some of you don’t know, the the course is what I published, it’s how to make money with art, actually. So I compiled all of these different tips. And the second one is about color and light and storytelling. So a little bit similar what you’re doing so yeah, so hopefully everyone can learn from the sources they they like or just take all the courses necessary. So more the better. Yeah. So yeah, so thank you so much, again, for being here. It was super nice. It’s always great talking to you. Super nice. Thank you again. And yeah, and thanks, everyone who was watching or listening. And you guys, you can do it. So don’t stop and keep creating. Yeah. Definitely. So see you guys. Bye. So hope you guys enjoy the interview. And don’t forget to check out the Skillshare class, which I mentioned before, to help you grow your creative career. And if you’re not a member yet, you can get two months for free if you go through the link artsideoflife.com/skillshare. Until next time, thank you and bye

Hi, I am Iva (rhymes with “viva”). I am an artist, illustrator, founder of Art Side of Life®, and Top Teacher on Skillshare. Since 2009 I've worked as an illustrator, character designer, art director, and branding specialist focusing on illustration, storytelling, concepts, and animation. I believe that we are all creative in infinite numbers of ways, so I've made it my mission to teach you everything I know and help either wake up or develop your creative genius. Learn more about me.

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