Fan Art

You all know how much I love to write fanfiction. I’ve posted a few of my fanfictions for Owl City, Doctor Who, and The Hobbit on my blog. Well, I also enjoy drawing my favorite characters! Today I’m sharing a few of my fan drawings!

This is the Eleventh Doctor played by Matt Smith from the episode A Nightmare in Silver. In this episode, the Doctor is in the process of being turned into a Cyberman, a human in a robotic suit with no emotions. I loved the way he looked with all the wires on his face and his creepy cyberman grin, so I drew it!

Nightmare in Silver version of the Eleventh Doctor

A Nightmare in Silver version of the Eleventh Doctor

This is Rose Tyler as the Bad Wolf/The Moment from The Day of the Doctor, Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special. Rose is one of my favorite companions, and I loved her as the Bad Wolf.

Bad Wolf girl

Bad Wolf girl

So, maybe I’m a little older than the intended audience for Disney’s Frozen, but hey, I like the music, and Elsa is pretty awesome. I love drawing her and her sister, Anna, so I did matching drawings of them.

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Anna

Elsa

Elsa

I mentioned a few months ago that I read The Hunger Games books and watched the movies for the first time. For my first Hunger Games fan drawing, I wanted to do a cartoon version of Effie. I never get to use bright colors like she wears or draw in that heavy of makeup, so this was really fun to color in!

Effie Trinket

Effie Trinket

My very favorite character from The Hunger Games is Finnick Odair. He’s a complicated character, and through most of the books, I just wanted to make everything better for him! I’m still not over the ending. Anyway, here’s my drawing of him from Catching Fire!

Finnick Odair

Finnick Odair

This isn’t actually a drawing. However, this was too cute not to share. I made my own baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. I saw the movie and loved it, especially baby Groot dancing at the end. I knew I needed to have my own baby Groot for my desk, so I made my own out of polymer clay. 🙂

Baby Groot

Baby Groot

Do you do fanart or write fanfiction? Who are your favorite characters? Comment below and let me know!

Thanks for reading!

~ Kayla

Character Sketches Part 2

My characters Myranda, Snow, and Finley got the spotlight last week, and now my other characters want in! So, here are a couple more of my character sketches. 🙂

Bravery and Dax

Bravery and Dax

These two are Dax and Bravery from my June Camp NaNoWriMo novel, Fences. They live in a dystopian society that outlaws anger, both in thought and action, and gives everyone an injection that blocks anger in the brain. Bravery is my girl MC, and she’s studying to be a nurse who administers the shot. At first, she’s loyal to the government and obeys their laws to the letter. By the end of the novel, she sees the world through Dax’s eyes and the problems the government has caused. She’s caring, compassionate, sacrificing, though a bit rash. Physically, she is pretty with long brown hair and light brown eyes. Dax, on the other hand, is a rebel. He’s grown up in the tough prison-like environment of the Fence where those who haven’t had the shot are placed. Dax is hardened, cold, and angry. He has blonde hair and intense steely gray eyes.

Lark

Lark

Lark is my MC from my April Camp NaNo novel, God Save the Queen. She’s a peasant girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to the queen. When the queen dies, the noblemen fear that someone will usurp the throne before the real heir can be found, so Lark is chosen to impersonate the queen to keep the throne from being taken. This means taking peasant Lark and transforming her into a queen. It’s harder than it might sound because Lark is independent, bold, has no respect for authority, and flaunts the rules. Her official record is filled with past law breaking and crimes. Lark is also smart, as she worked as a weapons technician fixing weapons for the Crown. When she becomes queen, she finally begins to grow up becoming a mature, law-abiding, respectable lady.  Physically, Lark has green eyes and long reddish brown hair.

Nerissa of Rohan

Nerissa of Rohan

Nerissa of Rohan is my Hobbit OC. She’s the half-Elven daughter of a Rohirrim soldier. Nerissa is a little timid and shy, but she has her own strength about her. She ran away from her home in Rohan to seek adventure, but when she signed on with the Dwarven company, she got a little more adventure than she bargained for! Nerissa has light blue eyes and dark brown curly hair. She also inherited her mother’s pointed Elven ears which she hides to keep her Elven heritage a secret from the Dwarves.

Do you sketch or find pictures of your characters? Let me know in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Character Sketches Part 1

There’s nothing I like more than finally getting to see a book character with my eyes and not just with my imagination. Whether it’s in movie form or fanart or official illustrations, I enjoy being able to fully picture a character. When I’m writing my own books, I like to picture my characters as well. Sometimes I find photographs of faces that are close to how I imagined theirs, but mostly I like to sketch them out. Today I’m sharing some of the drawings I’ve created of my characters. 🙂

Snow

Snow

This is Snow, my character from my novel of the same name. She started her life in a small town in the arctic. Her life completely changes when Finley (who is down below) kidnaps her. It turns out she is a very special girl because she’s a Katari, a rare member of a race that can control nature. Snow has the ability to create and control ice and snow. Physically Snow’s most outstanding feature is her eyes. All Kataris have unusual blue eyes. She’s rebellious, independent, and stubborn because she’s been different all of her life, but Snow also has a sweet, kind side to her. I’m planning on posting chapter one of Snow’s story shortly, so stay tuned for that!

Chibi Finley in his grey coat

Chibi Finley in his grey coat

Along with Snow, my other main character in the novel is Finley. He works for the government as a Katari trainer, and his mission is to bring Snow to Fall’s Hill so he can train her to discover her powers and to use them effectively. Finley starts out in the book as Snow’s arrogant and overbearing enemy, but, as the novel progresses, the relationship changes. I pictured Finley as tall with medium length brown hair. Like Snow, Finley’s eyes are his most striking feature, although his are bright green. He hates the cold which is why in my drawing he’s bundled up in a furry grey coat! He’s not actually this tiny in the book; this is his chibi counterpart. For those who don’t know, a chibi is a Japanese character drawn in an exaggerated, small, cute style. Shhh….don’t tell Finley I drew him so tiny and adorable. He’d be horrified! 😉

Myranda

Myranda

Myranda is my quirky Star Trek OC. She’s the niece of Major Kira on DS9, and after her parents are killed in the line of duty, Myranda comes to live with Kira. Myranda’s actually brilliant, being fluent in numerous languages and working at the station as a teenager. She hides her intelligence behind a mask of sarcasm, humor, and an outgoing and chaotic nature. The first thing you’d notice about Myranda is her flaming red curly hair. Her eyes are dark brown which she got from her Mom’s side. She’s a super fun character to write, and her voice is very unique. I also plan on posting my Star Trek fanfiction featuring Myranda soon.

Have you ever found or drawn pictures of your characters? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

~ Kayla

 

 

Five Favorite Drawing Books

This sorta-kinda-not-really has to do with writing. Well, maybe a little. You see these are all books, just not concerning writing. They are all about drawing which is something I love to do when I’m not writing. I do use these books many times with my writing, though. I like drawing my characters to help me visualize them. I do a good amount of fanart as well. 😉 Anyway, these are five drawing books that have really helped me to learn how to draw and paint.

Nerissa, my Hobbit OC.

Nerissa, my Hobbit OC

5. Dragonart’s Fantasy Characters by J “Neondragon” Peffer

This was one of the first drawing books I checked out when I began drawing. The author’s style is realistic cartoon, something that really appeals to me. There’s everything from braids to fairy wings to elves to dwarves in this book. Her step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to follow not to mention there are entertaining cartoons on every page. The only thing I don’t like about this book is Part 3: Things that Go Bump In The Night. It’s full of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and things I’m not really into. I personally choose not to use that section, but I still find the rest of the book really helpful, especially the fashion section at the end.

4. Painting Animal Friends and Painting More Animal Friends by Jeanne Filler Scott

I mostly draw manga/anime style characters, but I do occasionally branch out to painting more realistic animals. These books teach you how to paint different animals step-by-step. The animals range from cats and dogs to peacocks and cows. It’s a great series for anyone who wants to try their hand at acrylic painting, especially the beginner.

Dalmation painting

Dalmatian painting

3. How to Draw Manga Chibis & Cute Critters by Samatha Whitten and Jeannie Lee

My favorite part of Manga style is the chibis. I love chibifying characters such as Kili, Captain Jack Sparrow, and most recently, Loki and Khan. The more chibi help I can get, the better! This book is awesome if you’re looking to learn how to draw chibis. It has everything from chibi clothes to chibifying animals. It also goes through and shows the differences between a manga styled piece and a chibi style drawing.

Chibi Captain Jack Sparrow with his jar of dirt!

Chibi Captain Jack Sparrow with his jar of dirt!

2. Drawing Dragons by Sandra Staple

This is the book that started me drawing. I’d never really liked to draw, but I checked this book out, because, hey, dragons are cool. This book changed how I felt about drawing. Unlike other dragon books, this one focuses just on dragons. No people, just dragons. The author’s simple step-by-step instructions will have you drawing dragons in no time! She has a good sized reference section for different dragon designs which is very helpful when you’ve started branching out from her ideas.

Dragon

Dragon

1. Mastering Manga and Mastering Manga 2 by Mark Crilley

Without a doubt, I owe most of what I know about drawing to Mr. Crilley! I’ve learned so much from his YouTube channel, and I can see a huge difference in my art from when I started watching his channel until now. Since I can’t take my wifi connection everywhere and always have his videos handy, his how-to-draw books are the next best thing! Mastering Manga takes you through the basics of manga style art. There’s also a nice section on eyes, hair, shoes, hands, and poses if you need a little inspiration. Mastering Manga 2 is a “level up” with more complicated poses and scenes with foreshadowing and backgrounds. Another plus is that Mr. Crilley’s work is clean, so there are no worries about half-clothed anime girls which is a big problem with this genre.

Steampunk gentleman

Steampunk gentleman

Here’s one of Mr. Crilley’s timelapse videos:

Thanks to Jennifer K. Marsh who encouraged me to share some of my character drawings on my blog.

What are your favorite drawing books? Have you used any of these? If so, did you like them? Comment below and tell me!

~ Kayla