First of all I would like to thank you all for following me through the years, your support is essential to me !
Then I would also say a massive and warm thank you to all the models I collaborated with, they are way too numerous to be listed, but girls, I wouldn't have done so much without your incredible material and beautiful pictures !
Through the years, I have been through up and downs of course, but creating artwork has always remained my priority and my number one passion
I joined Deviantart in 2003, as a total beginner, and today I have achieved many dreams, such as working for great metal bands (Kamelot, Stream of Passion), doing the cd cover artwork of my favourite singer, Miss Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gathering, now The Gentle Storm), and of course publishing my own artbook, Requiem, as well as many book covers for France leading publishing companies
Thanks Deviantart for all you've done for me ! And now on to another 12 years, I have so many beautiful projects coming next !!!
I had a real blast during the Valjolymaginaire convention, here are some pics !
Make sure to follow me on for more pics and news !
I will bring them to my signing session this weekend over @Valjolymaginaire, they look so great
Pics of the signing session will be posted on monday ! Stay tuned,
First of all my Official calendar for 2016 is now available ! Its cover is made from my fav piece ever, Hades and Persephone, and it includes 11 other artworks that I really love, such as Amethyste, Dominant Succubus Althea, and two of my Four Seasons artwork series
Check it out !
Then I'll attend the Valjoly'Maginaire fantasy book convention in Eppe-Sauvage (59) on the 24 and 25 October, a beautiful place close to Belgium ! I am really glad to have the opportunity to meet fans in the North (of France ^^) for their are really supportive of my artwork and book covers ! My signing session will take place on both days, if you're in the area, don't miss it !
Three new book covers have been revealed, L'eau Noire, Psyché Mortelle and La Sorcière Rouge ! Make sure to follow me on www.facebook.com/Alexandra-V-B… if you haven't already !
Wow I can't believe summer already draws to its close and I am already back to work *sigh*
Nevertheless, I just wanted to say a big and massive thank you for the overwhelming and warm response on my Four Seasons series ! I am really glad that you guys like those new artworks and that you're still supporting my artwork even though I tend to submit less personal art than I used to !
Please meet Summer and Autumn if you haven't done it yet :
And thanks to my two beautiful and inspiring models Elandria and KittyTheCat-Stock
So what season do you want me to submit next ? Choice is narrow I have to say, what do you think about Spring ?
I also would like to add that I'm always looking for new models to collaborate with, if you have a stock gallery, make sure to send me the link !
So my upcoming projects are numerous : I am working atm on four new book covers (for editions Bragelonne/Milady, Valentina Eds, Editions du Chat Noir, Sidh Press), my 2016 calendar is almost ready too and I have a million of ideas to pursue my Cabinet de Curiosités series
If you haven't done it yet, make sure to follow me on fb to stay updated, join giveaways, see before/after of my works and plenty of other cool things : www.facebook.com/pages/Alexand…
Well my, after Japan, my 2015 World Tour is now stopping for a few days in Berlin (Germany) which is my favourite city by far. Some of you may know that I spent my early years in Germany in the 90's and that I return to that country as much as it's humanly possible ^^
--Btw I'm looking for metal & vintage clothing shops in Berlin if you have some tips and adresses you recommend, drop me a line ! ---
And now it's time for the now famous Deviantart Questionnaire !
How long have you been on DeviantArt?
12 years ! I joined October, 2003
What does your username mean?
It's actually my artist name. I went by Wishmistress for many years, and when DA allowed us to change our usernames it was a real relief ^^
Describe yourself in three words.
Passionnate, true and a bit crazy (on the good side)
Are you left or right handed?
Right handed but I play the bass & guitar like a left handed
What was your first deviation?
I actually cannot remember ver ywell, for I started by submitting photos and self-portraits. My first photomanipulation was named Iced Queen and was just a simple portrait with a blue texture on it ^^
- What is your favourite type of art to create ?
Mixed media photomanipulation. I love photomanipulation and I really like bringing it to a higher level, by adding many painted elements and doing something quite unique.
- What was your first favourite?
One of ladymorgana's artworks for sure, her work really inspired me to start doing photomanipulation.
- What type of art do you tend to favourite the most ?
Digital art, photomanipulation and photography.
- Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? I would love Natalie Shau when she was active there as BlueBlack I still love her work though it's less easy to just follow her on social medias. She remains an inspiration however
- How has a fellow deviant impacted your life ? Not really, but I love how Da can bring people together, it's just awesome ^^ In 2004, my dear Kalle winteravalon came from Finland to France to visit me and it was a beautiful and very special time I'll never forget.
- What are your preferred tools to create art ? My Imac, Wacom tablet
- What is the most inspirational place for you to create art ? Home ! I can draw or do lighter stuff when I travel or such, but I create my most important pieces when I am home alone.
- What is your favourite DeviantArt memory ? When I received my first DD, and when I turned Senior in 2007, two really important milestones for me <3
I was mentioned in many journals recently so thanks so much to you guys for featuring my artwork and wishing to meet me I hope we will
Here are the rules for participation
1. You don't have to be tagged to participate!
2. If you are featured, you are TAGGED, and you MUST participate! Do it, guys!
3. No excuses!!
4. How to do it: If you are a PHOTOMANIPULATOR, you must select 5 of your own favorite works and feature them. Feature ONE prominent stock photo and the name of the person who created it. (That means you'll have 10 total artworks in your feature.) If you are a STOCK PROVIDER, you must select 5 of your own favorite works and feature them. Tag your ONE favorite photomanipulator who used each stock image, and include their deviation that used your stock. (That means you'll have 10 total artworks in your feature.)
5. No tag-backs!
6. You have 24 hours.
7. Paste these rules at the top of your feature journal.
Many, many things have happened since my last journal entry, so to summarize :
- I did two awesome signature sessions in Bordeaux (along with Arnaud Armant The-Underwriter) and Poitiers ! Check the pics ^^
- I created book cover for Marie Lu's (mree)Young Elites french edition released by publishing company Castelmore and it's now out :
- I'm still thrilled to see the backdrops I created for Anneke Van Giersbergen's the Gentle Storm used on stage : look for this one over at ParkCity Live (Netherlands) !
Many other book covers have been released (Selena Rosa T5, La Tour, L'Exil, L'Ours et la Colombe, Phoebus Mortel, etc) , I don't submit all of them over on Deviantart, so make sure to follow me on www.facebook.com/pages/Alexand… or on Pinterest !
Well last but not least I am waiting for a beautiful and awesome contract to be signed next August, I am thrilled to let you know about it !!!!
As you may know, I have joined the 78Tarot Nautical team of artists in order to create a 80 cards tarot deck !
Now the project has been launched on Kickstarter ! make sure to support it and pledge and get awesome rewards ^^
Kayti Welsh says : "78 Tarot Nautical - Tarot of the Water - Tarot Deck & Art Book"
It is our goal not only to produce a truly incredible collaborative Tarot Deck, but also get these artists' names out there and really show everyone their incredible talent.
Each tarot card was carefully created by one of our 80 international artists spanning over 15 countries. Many of the artists who were with us for the first deck have stayed on for the second deck, including Meredith Dillman, Carla Morrow, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Tiffany Toland Scott,Larry Elmore, Jessica Douglas, and Natalia Pierandrei. New artists have also joined the project, including Selina Fenech, Amy Brown, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Stanley Morrison, Alexandra V Bach, Pierre Carles, and Alex Garant.
This year's deck spans the entire nautical realm, from sea monsters to pirates, mermaids to sea dragons, and every nautical critter in between."
And stay tuned if you want to discover my Two of Swords card !!
So I am back from my trip to Japan, and it's been a wonderful time ! I stayed in Tokyo, Izu, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara, and had the best time ever ! I posted some pics on my fb page, for those interested
Before leaving for Tokyo, I had the great chance to meet Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gentle Storm, ex The Gathering) as well as members of Stream of Passion (Eric Hazebroek and Marcela Bovio) after the gig over at the Divan du Monde It is so great to meet the people you work for in real life ! I really cherish those moments
Please ignore my silly face ^^
Now I am back in my hometown and will have a signing session tomorrow at Bordeaux Geek Festival
On monday, the 18th of May, Kickstarter campaign for the 78Tarot Nautical will be launched and I am mega anxious about it : it's been a really great experience to create a tarot card for this collective deck along with established artists such as Amy Brown or Selina Fenech, and the pictures I have seen from the printed deck are already impressive !
A new original artwork will be revealed on monday too ! And then I will be back to commissionned art and personal art (I miss doing artwork so much !)
What is Patreon ?
Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that allows artists to obtain funding from patrons on a recurring basis or per artwork.
When Kickstarter campaigns aim at funding one single project, Patreon turns you into my patron and in return, I have pretty much to offer !
Starting $1 to simply support my art, you can choose the option you prefer and be granted privileges such as wallpaper downloads, personal artistic guidance, or even autographed prints delivered monthly to your home !
And of course I will grant an ultimate pledge per month (1 slot only) :
Feel free to have a look at my campaign, and share it ! Your support means a lot to me !
Artwork featured on the banner is Hades and Persephone (click for full artwork credits)
Now pre-orders have just opened and I really cannot believe how amazing everything looks : there are of course cd's, digipak, but also LP's, a tshirt and even a 48 pages artbook !
I can't wait to get my copies
Pre orders will all be signed by Arjen and Anneke : Release date: March 23, 2015.
Arjen's webstore: www.store.arjenlucassen.com
Anneke's webstore: www.annekevangiersbergen.com/shop
"Break out the candy hearts and crafting paper, because the Valentine's Day Art Exchange is back! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, now's the time to create valentines for your fellow deviants to share with their special someones."
This year I have submitted my latest one, The Heart Collector, into the Valentine Exchange category so you can use it as a Valentine's card ^^ Have fun and spread the love
If you wonder about the exchange, how to submit and how it works, make sure to read the following journal, where everything is explained
Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2015The Valentine's Day Art Exchange is back! Break out the virtual glitter and cyber candy hearts, and create valentines for your fellow deviants to send to their special someones!
DIGITAL LOVE IS IN THE AIR
Break out the candy hearts and crafting paper, because the Valentine's Day Art Exchange is back! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, now's the time to create valentines for your fellow deviants to share with their special someones.
Take part and help spread the love!
Start now by creating a digital valentine to be submitted to the Valentine Exchange category. Then, from February 11th to 16th, deviations in the Valentine Exchange category can be sent as valentines to your friends and loved ones!
How It Works
Create Valentine-themed deviations and submit them to the
A new book cover I've done has just been announced, and it's called Iris Empoisonné(e) by Switzerland-based author Cindy Mezni (Publishing company : J'ai Lu / April 2015) Good news is that the book will also be released in the US as Poisoned Iris and you'll find the info about the release here www.cindymezni.com/#!iris-empo…, on Cindy's website.
It's the third time by now that I work for J'ai Lu, which is one of the leading publishing companies in my country and as usual it's been a great collaboration
You can also follow the trilogy fb page on : www.facebook.com/pages/Iris-Em…
Have a great monday and stay tuned for incoming new artwork !
Make sure to follow me on for more art, news, contests and giveaways ! www.facebook.com/pages/Alexand…
I apologize for not having mega active on the groupe this week (work work work) so here are my favs among the great pieces of artwork included this week : as usual feel free to comment/fav the selected piece, but make sure to visit the deviant's galleries too !
Aaaaand a special feature for deviant
Moody has always been a great supporter of mine, but also an inspiring artist to follow, make sure to visit his gallery !
Have a nice weekend guys and see you next week ^^
Incoming great news ! I am so glad to have been chosen to create the Two of Swords card for the 78 Tarot : A collaborative tarot deck project !
This collaborative project gathers 80 artists from all over the world to create a beautiful and original tarot deck. First deck was successfully funded last year on Kickstarter (124 %) and now we're on our way to start the second deck, the Nautical one seventy-eight-tarot.com/nautic…;
Renowned artists such as Amy Brown, Selina Fenech, Jasmine Becket-Griffith are also part of the journey, and I seriously can't wait for the campaign to be launched ! I will let you know about its opening on Kickstarter pretty soon !
Make sure to follow the 78 Tarot page here : www.facebook.com/78TarotProjec…
Here's my selection of amazing artwork for the week ! Make sure to visit the artists galleries and give them the support and encouragement they need and deserve !
Have a beautiful week and make sure to join DigitalSpotlight for more eye candy !
Here's the second installment of my Sunday Digital Spotlight Feature !
Today I've picked my favourites among all the amazing artworks featured by the group this past week. Here they are for you to enjoy :
Make sure to have a look at those deviant's galleries ! They truly deserve it and of course more exposure for their art
If you haven't already make sure to join DigitalSpotlight to discover more digital eye candies ^^
I wish you a great week