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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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New Webcomic

I started a new webcomic about depression, life, and stuff.
Check it out if you have the chance! 🙂



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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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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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Oh, Taco!

In my desperate search through the nooks and crannies of my computer for a file the other day, I came across another file. An image to be more precise. Or rather, an illustration. I had done it last semester in Illustration Majors Studio. It was a character study for a story I had been working on at the time. (I have yet to finish that story, I’m sad to say. Are we seeing a pattern on my blog here yet?)

His name is Taco. Because he likes to eat…tacos. And he is the most lovable monster you may ever meet!

I can’t tell you much about the story yet, security reasons. You understand, don’t you? I’m still thinking I’ll finish the story someday (which I intend to make into a picture book) so for now I’ll keep it under lock and key!

He’s a sweetie and even though he doesn’t talk, he still has his ways of showing how he feels. Oh, Taco! I should finish your story! That would take some time though and right now, I just don’t have enough of that…

I’m working on several stories already. Okay…two stories. But they take a lot of my free time! And don’t get me started on school stuff! I’ve gone more in the direction of young adult novels actually. And I’m writing them in what I think is called a “novelty format.” Of course, these will also have some illustrations in them- black and white illustrations!

I’ll leave it at that for now.

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