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Lots of goodies in my shop!


 xx
Laura
  • Drinking: tea
Just to let you know the series of gates are now available as prints on my society 6 shop!

society6.com/LauraTolton


Also I'm honoured again that Garth Nix has tweeted and facebook posted about my artwork!
<3



- charter be with you!
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Hi everyone, I hope the year so far is going well for you, just to say I've been updating my online shop society6.com/LauraTolton you can find iphone cases, prints and other goodies with my artwork on! Go on, have a look, might find something you like!

best wishes

Laura xx
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Hello all,

Just to let you know, although I'm sure you already do, I have changed my username to my real name, I was formerly chartermagic on here.

I apologize that I haven't done much Old Kingdom Artwork lately but I'm hoping to find some time soon around publisher work.
Thank you for all of your comments and favourites, I try and answer some as I can't answer all but I hope you know that they are much appreciated.

xx Laura  aka chartermagic
  • Reading: The Vampire Lestat
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Recently finished these illustrations for CharmedBOS merchandise, check them out here! www.charmedbos.co.uk/
  • Reading: The Vampire Lestat
  • Drinking: tea
Thank you to all of you who have been such a support to me and my work over the past year and previous years of course.
I missed wishing you all a Merry Christmas so I'll just slip that in there!
Anyway may 2013 be an even better year than 2012 for you, good luck in all you do and pass on positivity to all.

Best Wishes and Happy New Year

xx

Laura
  • Reading: The Vampire Lestat
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Who ever gave me premium membership for a month I'd like to say thank you!
Now to explore what I can do with it. :)

thank you again

CM xx
  • Reading: The Vampire Lestat
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Westfield Shopping Center in London hosted the Assassin's Creed 3 midnight launch event last night. The GAME shop in Westfields is now the flagship shop for events like this and it was turned into the winter wilderness seen often in the game complete with fake snow blowing around the entrance.

So I fixed the damage from Comic Con, dosed up on Lemsip as I am suffering a cold and went along in costume as I heard there was a competition and redcoats in attendance.
I met one other cosplayer there Wayne Alec Adams who was also dressed as Connor and we were both a little relieved to find another person in costume. He is 6'6" and I'm 5'8" so it was quite a nice dynamic having a male and female character and the difference in height.
The prize of the evening was a mystery 'money can't buy' prize, as it turns out I won the costume competition after a call for cheers from the queues for who they liked the most. The prize is a life size statue of Ratonhnhake:ton/Connor Kenway.

I had so much fun and it was a delight to meet the 95th Rifles who fought and 'captured' us as various times in the evening, they were lovely people.
Their website is here; 95thrifles.com/home.html

The evening was filmed and documented, I don't know where the film is yet but you can see the online article here;

www.mcvuk.com/news/read/in-pic…

The whole evening was truly surreal and so much fun, thank you Ubisoft and GAME!

xxx
  • Reading: The Vampire Lestat
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Well yesterday saw the arrival of London Comic Con/ MCM Expo and I attended in full costume for the first time as Ratonhnhake:ton (Connor Kenway) from the new Assassin's Creed game and was overwhelmed by the amount of photos and comments I had on my costume work. Thank you so so much.

My friend also joined me and went as Yusuf Tazim from Assassin's Creed Revelations and we were interviewed which was quite unexpected! I was also filmed posing with the bow and drawing an arrow by someone else but I am yet to find any of these videos.

I had an amazing time, exhausting but amazing, if you saw me there and have any photos I'd love to see as I can't find any online as of yet.

I was only able to attend one day of the con so I'm hoping to go to the Hyper Japan con for the first time in November, has anyone been before?

xxx
  • Reading: The Vampire Lestat
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chartermagic.tumblr.com/

I have a tumblr and I've also found lots of artwork based on the Abhorsen books on there which is great! So if you're ever over on tumblr come and say hi!
  • Reading: The Vampire Lestat
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Hello lovely people,


I have some exciting news...

You can now take Sabriel with you on your iPhone/ipod!

You can get it here:
society6.com/LauraTolton/Sabri…

hows about that!

xx

Well, I'm re-opening my commissions and here's a list of what you can get;

Waist-up and Portraits (face), Line art, Not coloured, No background : £15 fav.me/d4n1z39
(1 Character, Add £5 for each additional character, Max 4 characters)


Waist-up, Coloured, No or a simple background : £25  fav.me/d4f7xu5
(1 Character, Add £10 for each additional character, Max 3 characters)


Full-body, Coloured, No or simple background : £35  fav.me/d5e4wp4
(1 Character, Add £15 for one additional character, Max 3 characters)


A scene with decent background, Coloured : £50  fav.me/d4r1nt0
(1 Character, Add £15 for one additional character, Max 4 characters)



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Sorry but I can't offer original watercolour art or prints, these commissions will be in high res .jpeg form and digitally painted and sent to you via email.

Payments by Paypal only.

Please tell me if you have a deadline and I will prioritize, commissions could take a while to complete depending on the number of commissioners so please bear with me!

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If you'd like a commission just send me an email to laura@tolton.co.uk with the details below:

DeviantArt name:
Paypal name:
Paypal e-mail:
Link to style of work from my gallery:
Commission Request:
Simple description about your character and back story:
Link for references:

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best wishes and thank you! CM xx
  • Reading: Alamut
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I'm very grateful for the people who comment and watch my work on here and I was wondering, as I have a little free time coming up, what you would like to see me draw?

Any suggestions?


EDIT:


Thank you for the feedback! Some of your suggestions are quite interesting! I think it's a general consensus that you'd like to see more Abhorsen art however so I'll get to it asap :)

x CM
  • Reading: Alamut
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I really am not very good at keeping a journal...


I haven't been updating very much lately due to an influx of work which is marvelous but doesn't leave much time for personal work.
I would show you what I have been working on but you'll have to wait!
This year also at the same time working on two book projects I'm attempting a second cosplay for London Comic Con this year....why do I do it to myself? I've got till the 25th of May to get it sorted, eeek. This one has more making than the last one too.

In other news I've also just bought my first car after passing my test back in January, it's a mark 3 MINI ONE in 'British Racing Green'.
  • Reading: Roma by Steven Saylor
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Just a quick entry to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all :)

peace be with you this festive season.


CM xx
  • Reading: Roma by Steven Saylor
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Now is that time of year again when we celebrate the moment at which it is said the veils between the worlds of the living and that of the dead are their closest.
All Hallows Eve or Samhain is a great and spooky time of year, in England and the UK we have many superstitions and stories about Halloween, I won't go into all of them but here is an interesting story about the Jack-O'-Lantern.

The Irish brought the tradition of making a Jack O'Lantern to America. The practice of carving Jack-o'-lanterns goes back to the Irish legend of Jack, a lazy but cunning farmer who tricked the Devil into a tree, then refused to let the Devil down unless the Devil agreed to never let Jack into Hell . The Devil agreed, but when Jack died, he was too sinful to be allowed into Heaven, and the Devil wouldn't let him into Hell. So, Jack carved out one of his turnips, put a candle inside it and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He was known as Jack of the Lantern, or Jack-O'-Lantern.

When the Romans invaded Celtic Britain their festival of remembering the dead was also in late October called Feralia, a second day of celebration that was incorporated into Samhain was Pomona the Goddess of fruits and trees.

On the 5th of November we also celebrate Bonfire Night, in Pagan times it is said that on the sacred days around Halloween people would light fires to ward off evil spirits and jump over the ashes for luck. Bonfire night is now the time we celebrate the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.
'Remember remember the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.'



Updates:
Black Lantern Publishing have the new edition out of which I illustrated a story called 'Holiday Joy' a macabre Christmas story, also inside are many wonderful stories and illustrations to get you inspired. The magazine will be available from the 5th of November I think. www.blacklanternpublishing.com…

I'm working with Street Justice T-shirts and coming up with designs for a new range of clothing.

I was approached by author Edward Trayer who's pen name is Billy Bob Buttons to create the cover for his new book which will be out next year, very exciting, more on that soon.

Created and creating artwork for a new card game called Time Wars you can find their story and ideas here timewarsccg.tumblr.com/
  • Reading: Roma by Steven Saylor
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I'm terrible at keeping a diary/journal.

August has flown by! I had my birthday in the Lake District (which was incredibly beautiful) and spent most of the day at a castle-what better way to celebrate!
The rest of my time there I spent walking, painting and visiting lots of National Trust and English Heritage sites, it was hard leaving such an inspirational landscape I must say.

Made a few sample images and character designs for some book publishers too and I'm illustrating another story from Black Lantern Publishing that will be out towards Christmas.

Also commissions are open again so feel free to ask me about any ideas you have, my prices are listed in a previous journal entry titled 'commissions'.


best wishes

Laura
  • Reading: Roma by Steven Saylor
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Just to say;

Red Penny Papers have published my cover, you can see it over here redpennypapers.com/

Also that I have signed my first book illustration contract, working on the art throughout June, I think the book will be published next year so I'll keep you posted.

Oh and the lovely people at Lionhead Studios have released the trailer for the new Fable game. I visited the studios in Guildford a few times and took part in storyboard development for this game in December so it's quite surreal seeing the 'script' in 'real-life' !

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYM_8H…


*Also commissions are closed.*




best wishes


Laura
  • Reading: Neil Gaimans' 'NeverWhere'
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Hello!

Returned home last week from the north after doing a youth theatre production of Alice in Wonderland, it was a lot of fun and quite exhausting too. I made trees, teapots and cups, grass, a door and a mushroom all out of flat cardboard giving the stage a simple cartoon-ish look not to mention props and odd costume pieces here and there. The children were also involved in the making of things resulting in glitter going everywhere and very happy faces.

I'm glad to say that I'm finally starting work on a book project I have been pondering over for a while, I'll update my blog with sketches so you can have a sneaky peek.

Also I have a few illustrations published this month on two e-zines;

The fabulous Red Penny Papers are making my illustration of a featured story 'Flower Tongue' their summer issue cover. It's not up yet but you can see their other publications and stories here redpennypapers.com/

The wonderfully macabre Black Lantern Publishing are including my title illustration for a featured story 'November Moon'.




that's all for now, take care

Laura
  • Reading: Neil Gaimans' 'NeverWhere'
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Today is the day of the big wedding, whatever your view of the whole affair I hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend and I wish William and Kate good luck and happiness for today and for always.

I would have liked to have a street party but my road is a dirt track so maybe its for the best.

( Also I have never seen the roads around Westminster abbey and the parliament buildings so clear of traffic and full of people, it makes you realize just how big the area is!)

Anyway, take care and have a lovely day whatever your plans are!



xxxxxxx
  • Reading: Neil Gaimans' 'NeverWhere'
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A few things really;

If I made an illustrated book about spooky things would anyone be interested?

Also I am willing to take commissions for artwork to do with the Abhorsen books, let me know if you are interested, prices are the same as listed in my previous journal :)

May the charter be with you!

x
  • Reading: Neil Gaimans' 'NeverWhere'
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