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Hey guys!

I’m writing another blog but this one I’m calling a “Story Blog” because it’s…a story. Duh.
I’ll be doing illustrations for it too!

Check it out if you can! http://sett.com/afterlife3051



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Last semester of senior year!

Hey everyone!
As the title says, I have entered my final semester of art school! Yaaaay!
I am working on a thesis project, which will consist of at least 7 pieces for a portfolio.

As many of you probably know by now, I write my own stories. And for the entirety of my college career I have wanted to work on illustrating my writing. Well, I finally get to do that!

Here is the first piece I did for thesis!

First piece for thesis!

It is for a new story I am writing and the themes are a bit darker. I have many stories that I am working on at the same time. There are about 10 in the works!

That’s it for now!
See you next time!


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Just thought I would share a few more character studies from various stories that I am working on!

I’m getting into digital coloring. I’m also getting into using graphite instead of ink. The Zofia character study (image below) is one of my first attempts at digital coloring. However, since coloring her, I’ve learned even more about digital stuff and may or may not re-color her. Regardless of that, in the future I will use my newly acquired knowledge to color her better!

Also below, are just a few sketches of characters from two other stories that I am working on currently.

With my graphite work, I scan in the illustration and then darken all the lines in Photoshop. There are several ways to do this I’ve found out.

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Hello all!

I’ve been doing some intense sketching lately (at 2 am…) and wanted to share some of the neat things I’ve been drawing!
These are for a story I’ve been writing so tell me what you think of these character studies.

I’m not ready to reveal the stories just yet but keep checking back! I may at some point share some information. 🙂

Copyright Noreen Torelli 2012

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Slender Man Comic

So…I hear there is an interest raging through the internet about the Slender Man legend!

What is the Slender Man legend, you ask?

Well, I don’t know the whole story…but I’ll tell you what I do know.

The legend started with a few old photos that were posted online. The photos seem normal enough for old black and white photography…they depict a simple scene, people who don’t seem in any way out-of-the-ordinary, they are peaceful.

Everything seems fine when you first look at these photos…look at them longer…something just feels off.

The viewer starts to see a strange phenomenon. It looks like there is a tall and slender man standing in the distance creepily. He’s too tall and slender to be normal. In fact, he probably isn’t even there. You know what I mean, don’t you? It is most likely illusion created by light and shadow…but still, one has to wonder.

More of these photos popped up on the internet. People started talking about it, paying attention to it, seeking out more of this strange legend…

And also…people started making art about it!!

And that is why I am writing this post!

I was never one for traditional superhero comics. I prefer indie comics… a fresher style, better storyline, dynamic characters…in short, something a little different!

Where do I go for most of my comics? The internet! Web comics!

And, well, if you are into the Slender Man legend or just curious like me…there are comics out there for you.

My favorite? So glad you asked!

And yes…I do know the artist and the writer! But that isn’t why I love this web comic! It draws the reader in and doesn’t let go.

For me, it started off a little slow but I couldn’t stop reading. I wanted to know what happened next. I liked the art at the beginning too but the newer pages are fantastically rendered! The reader can really see that the artist is growing and improving.

I know for a fact the artist, Peter Rimkunas, works very diligently on each page. And I know from myself being an artist that something this in-depth takes a lot of time, effort, and heart to work on.

Why are you still reading this post?! GO READ THE COMIC!

Here’s the link: http://www.slenderman-comic.com/?p=11

Till next time…
Stay creative, my friends!

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I was in Central Park the other week and got to fulfill a few childhood dreams.

First, I went to the Frick Collection! And, wow! They have so many famous paintings! It is a must see if you are ever in New York and have some connection or interest in art. They have paintings by Bellini, Fragonard, Vermeer, Velasquez, Turner, Monet, El Greco,  Rembrandt, Titian…the list goes on!

It is also just a beautiful building! There is a richness when you walk inside that makes you feel transported to a different era.

After leaving the Frick, I headed down to Central Park where I knew I needed a few photographs for several reasons. Reason one, childhood ambitions. Reason two, I needed to feel the connection with artists and writers that came before me and who inspire me.

Okay so, the first statue I needed a picture with…not exactly a representation of an artist nor a writer. But the story of this dog (and the movie) were a part of my childhood. They are also great examples of storytelling as well as animation in regards to the animated movie.

Yes…Balto. When I saw this statue in person, I realized just how beautifully made it was. (His back is gold/polished because small children like to climb on his back to get their pictures taken.) My point? Art is everywhere and anything can be an inspiration in your own practice! This statue, the movie, the story…it is all art and inspiration.

Where next?

I took a trip through the looking glass! Or rather…across the park to see the famous girl who did.

So, here I am! First thing I have to say is, it is a very impressive statue! I love the stories (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass) and I actually wasn’t aware that this statue was here until a short time ago.

The stories are so well written and the concepts behind them are fantastic. Some parts of the stories don’t even make sense but that is part of what is so great about them! I could go on and on about why I love the written part of the “Alice series,” but I also want to talk about the illustrations.

The illustrations are, in my eyes, amazing! The artist’s name is John Tenniel. I tend to think people aren’t as familiar with the artist as they are Lewis Carroll. But I could be wrong…

The drawings are pen and ink and you can tell Tenniel knew what he was doing. There is no doubt about that! I would love to do pen and ink work as skilled as him and so his illustrations are a great inspiration to me. But of course Lewis Carroll’s story and style are also a great inspiration! The two pieces fit together perfectly and each gives the other a context. They each also enhance the other piece. Each part, the writing and the illustration, has something the other does not so there are multiple layers of the story because the illustrations are not just repeating the words. And vice versa.

So, go out and find what inspires you! Carry those things with you but remember to do your own thing. Don’t try to be someone else, that person is already them and you are you!

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Dapper Crow

This drawing of a crow, who is quite dapper, does not originate from a story yet. I simply needed something to draw and so the only logical thing to draw when one has nothing to draw, is this.

Now that I have created him, however, I do see the need to incorporate him into something. But what? Which story? Perhaps a future story? I’m stumped. He just seems like he would be an interesting character and fun to write and draw.

When I start writing a story it always takes me a awhile to get to know my characters. The more I write and draw them, the better I know them! I used to make character description sheets but I find that making small notes about them and quotes of what they would say is a much better method for me to understand them. Anything that comes to mind at any given moment about a particular character is filed away somewhere, either on paper or in my head.

How do I come up with my characters in the first place? Besides randomly sketching?


Wait, let me clarify that. It’s more like the few moments before dreams. The strange place in time where one is not quite awake but not asleep either. I keep notebooks or paper or anything I can write or draw on by my bed. If I think of something I think would be a cool character (or plot or story element), I wake up and write or draw it down.

Sometimes I am surprised in the morning about what is written or drawn.

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