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Laura Hepworth
Laura Hepworth
I'm a varied artist and a self-published, young adult science fiction and fantasy author. I also create fantasy and historically inspired jewellery and digital illustrations & concept art.
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Laura Hepworth
Hi, everyone! Thank you for visiting and considering partnering with me on Subscribe Star!

Who Am I:


I am a varied artist. I write, design/create jewellery, and I love to create illustration and concept art. Some of you may even know me elsewhere online: I'm the artist behind Handmaden Designs LLC, the illustrator/concept artist Rilaiss Art, and the indieauthor Laura R. Hepworth. You can expect to see all three of my art loves here on Subscribe Star. A lot of my work (all mediums) is inspired by two things: history and fantasy.

What is my story? I'm the youngest of three and was born in Cork City, Ireland where my parents served as missionaries for 13 years. My artistic journey began when I was 6 and my parents and grandparents gave me a couple of bead kits for Christmas that year. Of all the 'hobbies' my parents had tried to introduce to me, jewellery making was the only one that took hold. It was my love of jewellery that lead me to enroll in GIA's (the Gemological Institute of America) distance learning courses for my Graduate Gemologist and Graduate of Pearls diplomas (both, I'm pleased to say, are very close to completion). I began writing during a difficult time in my life (both physically and emotionally) where I needed an escape, and the Lord gave me that escape through writing Miss Gemquist and the Pearl of Peking allowing me to use jewellery knowledge in a way I'd never before considered. It helped me cope where everyday at my part-time job had become a living nightmare. It allowed me to forget my pain for awhile and set aside the pressures at work from those that seemed unable, or unwilling, to understand the physical limitations I experience as someone who struggles with severe hip dysplasia in both of my hips. It was this writing adventure that then led me to fall in love with digital painting, an art form I'd barely heard of before and previously bluffed my way through years ago in college. Three very different art forms, yet all interwoven.

My goal:


Life as an artist has always been difficult and it's not any different today than it's ever been. There is a very good reason for the well known adage 'starving artist.' It is the rare artist, and only after years of struggle, that can make their living wholly from their work without needing the proverbial 'day-job' to make ends meet. However, that is always the dream. 

I would love to have more time to dedicate to my writing and artistic pursuits, with less time spent stressing over bills, looking for 'regular' jobs, or wrapping my head around the ever changing intricacies that is social media and internet marketing. Your support would go a long ways to helping me with this. It would help take some of the pressure off of the 'everyday' needs and allow me more time and freedom to simply create. It means fewer hours spent looking for a day-job my hip dysplasia will allow me to handle, and more hours doing what I love. It means just a little bit more financial stability so that I can continue to bring you more jewellery, more artwork and even art resources, and more stories and worlds for you to explore.

You've got my interest, but how does this work:


So what does this supporting me on Subscribe Star mean for you? Besides my most sincere gratitude and the knowledge that, no matter how small your pledge, that you are helping me to reach for my dreams, you will also get inside access to all sorts of fun content. My Subscribe Star page acts as a blog of sorts for my art/writing and my life as an artist. It is somewhere where I'd also like to build a community with you through the sharing of my work and growing as an artist with your support and ideas.

So how does this work? It's easy! Just pick whichever support level you would like feel works best for you. For that support, you will get to see all sorts of content that I don't share with the public, along with, early access to news and new works! Here's some more of what you can expect if you partner with me in my artistic life journey!

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  • Short stories
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  • Behind the scenes look into my process and workspace
  • Inspiration discussions
  • Contests and challenges
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  • Community discussions on art, artists, and writing
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  • And, in future, I would also like to expand into both the lapidary arts and experiment with creating digital resources for other such as brush packs, fonts, and photo references; all of which will be made available here first!

Thank you!

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  • updates on all writing projects.
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  • updates on all writing projects.
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  • digital art resources
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From the Ashes: Chapter 6

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From the Ashes: Chapter 5

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Plans for the rest of 2021


Okay, so, after much consideration, I wanted to let people know what my plans are for this page for the rest of the year regarding my on-going projects etc.
My jewellery work: 
I have canceled my last show for the year and will resume them next summer/spring. My online store is currently closed, but I will reopen it when I feel I have the strength to get back upstairs (where my bedroom/workroom is) as I'm just not up to it physically yet. New projects are also largely on hold (can't play with fire while still hooked up to oxygen!). Once my shop reopens, I will be reopen for limited custom orders.
My writing:
I still have two more months of chapter drafts for From the Ashes and will continue to post them on their normal third week of the month schedule. However, I will not be working on any new chapter drafts, book resurrection progress, etc. until the new year. I just don't think I'll be able to focus well on writing until we are past the upcoming holidays (and my sister's birthday which is in November) which will be difficult this year without my sister. Should I find I can, I will, but between my physical healing (I am still so tired!) and the emotional healing, I just don't see myself being able to write well until then. 
My artwork:
Of all of my projects, this is the one I see being able to work on sooner than anything else. I can't give any idea yet on when new artwork will be available, just that I do see myself being able to paint much sooner than write or create jewellery. I don't know, perhaps it's because artwork is often so connected with emotion and, right now, emotion is something I am overflowing with. So, if I post anything more this year, expect it to be digital paintings.
Other stuff:
As the page is going to be largely silent until the new year, I won't be doing my weekly updates or posts about my monthly plans until the new year unless I actually have something to share.
Thank you all so much for your support and understanding during this time! 

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Plans for October


Welcome to October everyone! It's a new month with some new (and some old) plans!
I don't really have any jewellery plans this month so I've excluded it from the list of this month's plans. However, if I have time, I may still do some jewellery work as there are a few things I'd like to do and, Lord willing, I will have an art show coming up in November to get ready for.
Art Goals:
  • Make some more progress on the creature concept paint, preferably finishing the rough paint of the scales.
  • Finish the new painting I started last week. 
  • Release the new painting as a 4k and 8k wallpaper (subscriber-only) 
  • Release a new texture/reference image pack
  • Work on the second character portrait
  • Experiment with Blender
  • Possibly work on an accompanying art piece for a previous SFF's September's 75 Word Writing Challenge.

Writing Goals:
  • Release chapter (draft) 8 of An Inkling of Magic. (Coming on Monday!)
  • Write November's chapter draft of An Inkling of Magic.
  • Add at least 8-10k words to resurrecting book 2 of The Gemquist Chronicles (total word count is now almost 47K after writing another 1,500+ words yesterday).
  • Release chapter (draft) 5 of From the Ashes.
  • Finish writing chapter 9 of From the Ashes.
  • Possibly enter SFF's October's 75 Word Writing Challenge.
As usually, plans may have to be adjusted, or new ones may come in, as the month goes on, but these are my current project goals for October.
I'd also like to thank everyone that's voted so far in my poll from yesterday! Based on your current feedback, I'm going to continue with the current posting schedule for chapter drafts but might, every now and then, decide to surprise you with a bonus chapter. Also, I've not forgotten about my earlier poll regarding everyone's favorite fairy tale, and am contemplating ideas for a new artwork and/or jewellery piece based on the current poll results! 




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Weekly Update: #28



Happy Friday all!  
Well, I didn't quite make my September writing goal of 8-10k words on the book resurrection, but I did manage to add another 5,766 words bringing the total word count up to almost 46k. Most of that having been written just this week. I plan to do some more work on it this weekend also before switching to focus on my artwork next week. 
Since putting my jewellery on hiatus, I've been trying to follow a weekly schedule of one week concentrating on my artwork (with one day set aside for writing) and then the next week focusing on writing (also with one day set aside for artwork). So far, it's been working really well! Before, I had one day a week set aside for jewellery, writing, and art with the rest of the week a free for all depending on project priority, and it worked alright. However, I'm finding this new schedule more productive as it gives me a longer span to work with, especially since everything that I do is very time intensive and it's easy to spend an entire day just staring blankly at whatever I'm trying to work on just to wrap my head around what I need to do next. This way, I don't have the issue of just figuring out what I want to do on a project only to run out of time and have to switch gears to focusing on something else the next day.
If you haven't seen it yet, my newest digital painting just went public yesterday! It's also now been made available on Art Station and Red Bubble as prints/merch. Since last week's update, I did some more work on the new painting and I'm really liking it so far. I redid an area that I wasn't quite happy with and it's looking much better. I'll be posting a sneak peak for subscribers likely some time next week.
Over the last couple of weeks, we've had an explosion of mushrooms in our yard that we've never had grow here before. We think that they may have been brought in by the deer that have been doing battle with this year over our garden. Anyways, I took a bunch of photos of them this week and I'll be putting them together as a reference pack! It likely won't release until November though as I have another reference/texture pack I've been working on that I plan to release sometime this month. 
Well, today marks the first day of a new month (or at least it does in my time zone), so tomorrow I'll be posting a new list of what I plan to be work on and share for the month of October. As usual, I likely won't complete everything on the list, but I hope to at least make a good dent in it.
That's about it for this week! Thanks for reading and thank you so much for your support! 



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Traveller of the Realms


"Traveller of the Realms" by Laura Hepworth (Rilaiss Art)

"After months of fruitless searching, she was finally nearing the end of her long, arduous journey. But would it truly be the end she wondered? The portal that would take her out of this forsaken realm was at last within reach, it's eerie glow visible from across the canyon. Just one more mountain to climb and she could leave this world behind her. The only question was, where would this portal take her? Home, where her heart ached to return and she could once again look upon the faces of those she loved, or would it strand her in yet another unknown realm, alone and forever wandering - a traveller of the realms. Oh, how she rued the day she scorned the warnings passed down through generations in her family and wished she had stayed far away from the stone circle in the woods."
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I started this painting back in June as a practice piece. I'd taken one of my old experimental digital photography pieces and planned to use it as a backdrop of a new painting, just letting the colours and forms of the photograph inspire what the new image would become. It changed many, many times with the final result bearing absolutely no resemblance to the original photo inspiration other than in some of the colours used. Which is fine, because I'll just reuse that photo for some more paintings! Here's the photo I started with.

"City of Shards" ; experimental digital photography by Laura Hepworth

It's a photo I took a number of years ago of a Bismuth crystal pendant I made. For the fun of it, I kept moving the camera all over the place as I took the photo just to see what strange results I would get and then played around with the adjustment settings (exposure, contrast, highlights, etc.) on the computer until I got the result I liked the best. 
My intention was to turn it into a painting of a glacial city, but, as I worked on it, it turned into this. I'd still like to do a painting closer to my original idea someday, but I'm very happy with how this one turned out!
The figure in the painting is based off of a photograph by Armstreet (a fantasy garb company). I absolutely love how they stage and photograph their products and so asked them if it would be alright if I used them as reference images for my artwork and they were gracious enough to say yes! For this image, I used photographs from their 'Labyrinth' collection as reference/inspiration.
So, how do you like it?
Prints are available on ArtStation. New merch is also available on RedBubble. Subscriber-only merch is already available on the Patron Perks area of my author website.

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Working as an artist and author is not easy. There are always supplies that need replenishing, new tools to get, tech that goes out of date as soon as you take it out of the box or breaks on you when you can least afford it, and all manner of publishing fees no matter how much you try to do yourself. On top of covering all of this, you also have to find some way to pay your bills and put food on the table. This is the minimum monthly income I need to stop stressing about my bills and the inconsistency of art/book sales and be able to focus more on my art and writing and less on getting 'seen'.
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I love what I do and wouldn't want to be doing anything else! Reaching this goal would mean I have successfully achieved the minimum income I need to make a part-time living as an artist/author which will go a long ways to helping me continue to bring you more art and stories. It would also help me to start a fund for replacing worn out/outdated tech so that I can keep creating.
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Reaching this goal would be truly amazing as this will have meant that I have now reached the minimum income goal I need to be a full-time artist/author! It would also allow me more freedom for trying new things and test out new ideas with you. I would also be able to spend more time creating resources to help others with their art.
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This goal would be a truly awesome milestone! It would allow me to invest in new materials or software to keep up in an ever advancing and competitive field and be able to attend workshops/seminars to upgrade my skills. All of which means that I can continue to grow as an artist and share that journey with you.

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