Welcome to the World of Thistlebred, Where Magic Happens Every Day!

“Journey into Chaos” $125
Biography
The reality of Faerie is a question, which seems to exist somewhere between the Innocence of Eden, and the Fear of the Unknown. Therefore, Her creatures also thrive to be just as illusive, coming to us – only – where dreams fade into the dawn, and where reason succumbs to faith.Steeped in history and wonderment, the Realm of Faerie offers us a glimpse into the very heart of man, and continues to inspire use to this day; evoking imagination; offering inspiration.

Thistlebred is the World of fantasy writer and illustrator, Leah Christeen Sutherland (pen name: Isolde), who – being born and bred of ancient, Celtic heritage – was predestined to have the heart of a poet and to be a dreamer of epic proportions.

She lives in the great State of Maine with her husband, where rugged coastlines, fragrant woodlands, haunting birdsong, and wild marshes offer endless delight and intrigue, and where her imagination is free to soar to unrealized potential.

Her hope is to offer a glimpse into the unfathomable Mind of the Creator by sharing her own creative process, and through the exploration of the mind and imagination of His ultimate creation: mankind.

“For…God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world, and the things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and the things which are not, to bring to nought the things that are: that no flesh should glory in His presence.”(1 Corinthians 1: 27-29, KJV)

The Studio
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As a new home owner, I finally have a permanent studio space!  It is a work in progress, and my fantasy creations are kind enough to share their new home with a growing hoard of My Little Ponies…but that is a tale for another time and another place!
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These are the colors that I hope to begin adding  to the walls over the summer – what do you think?
The Materials
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I am a creature who enjoys the challenge of fine detailing – and so all of the tools that I use are built for precision work.  I create concept sketches with a mechanical pencil and use Micron archival pens on smooth Bristol board for  inking in the final draft.
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 I use a light table to transfer these concept sketches onto the Bristol board so that the layers of color, which I add later, do not have the hassle of contending with  pencil lead, as this will lead to muddiness.  My signature style allows for certain areas of each piece to remain intentionally unfinished.
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The first layer of color that I put down is a layer of  Prismacolor art markers.  This allows for a nice, fairly even, base and preserves my delicate pencils from over-use.
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The second layer is that of Prismacolor pencils.  These are oil-based pencils that allow for rich color that has a smooth, creamy texture, which is easily blended.  The leads are extremely soft, however, so – if you chose to try them out for yourself – you want to be careful not to drop them…for, once you do, you will often lose the use of the entire lead inside; it will fall off in little bits with each attempt to sharpen it!  Any pencil dust must be blown or swept carefully away least it create unwanted streaks of color where you do not desire it, and it is always best to store your finished pieces carefully so that they do not smudge.
The final layer is composed with Micron or Prismacolor metallic paint pens.  These can be tricky, as well, because – sometimes – they explode!

Thistlebred Price List:

8×10: completion time – up to 1 month

1 figure, pen and ink – $50

(color choices: black, sepia, blue)

 

1 figure, full-color – $75

● with pen/ink background + $25

● with full-color background + $50

☆ each addintional figure + $10

 

11×14: completion time – up to two months

1 figure, pen and ink – $100

(color choices: black, sepia, blue)

 

1 figure, full-color – $150

● with pen/ink background + $50

● with full-color background + $100

☆ each addintional figure + $20

 

16×20: completion time: 4-6 months

1 figure, pen and ink – $200

(color choices: black, sepia, blue)

 

1 figure, full-color – $300

● with pen/ink background + $100

● with full-color background + $200

☆ each addintional figure + $40

 

18×24: completion time: 8 months to 1 year

1 figure, pen and ink – $400

(color choices: black, sepia, blue)
1 figure, full-color – $600

● with pen/ink background + $200

● with full-color background + $400

☆ each addintional figure + $80

 

☆☆☆ You may request to have your pen-and-ink drawing augmented at no extra charge.  (Augmentation being the addition of up to two colors in the same value scale as the ink which you have chosen for your drawing).

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●  Thistlebred offers Fantasy Art

● The initial concept sketch is FREE

●  To cover the cost of supplies, half of the total price is due at the completion/approval of the concept sketch.

●  Once the concept sketch has been approved and the cover charge is received, the artist will keep you visually informed throughout the progress of your piece via facebook or email. Your order can be cancelled at any time with no obligation to buy, though the artist may chose to complete the work and sell it to a different client.

●  At the time of completion, you will receive your order (free shipping in the continental U.S.) once the remainder of the fee is paid in full.

●  Thistlebred offers a “Friends and Family” discount.

●  Thistlebred does not offer matting or framing at this time.

 

●  Thistlebred uses Micron archival inks and Prismacolor Products on acid-free Bristol Board.  Colored pencils are oil based and WILL SMUDGE if handled without proper care.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

 

thistlebred@gmail.com

re: Custom Creations

 

or  message Leah Christeen Sutherland (isolde)

on facebook

 

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POSTERS and PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE!

High Quality Gloss

Prices Include the cost of Shipping and Handling

8 x 1o:  $15

11×14:  $25

16×20:  $35

18×24: $40

(only available in selected pieces)

 

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