Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Picture's Worth

I’ve always wanted the skills of an artist, as Strongbad would say. I have a very simple drawing repertoire of stick figures, trees, penguins, and cartoon dinosaurs, and they aren't even all that good. So I’m always impressed and envious when authors post drawings inspired by their WIPs. I would love to have a visual of my characters and their settings in front of me as I write. I do the best I can with Google image search, but that usually spirals into hours of clicking without much luck

I am also atrocious with maps. Drawing them, labeling them, reading them, navigating by them… Not so good for someone making up fantasy worlds and having characters wander around in them. :-D

I even have a children’s book that I created for some friends and that I might want to self-publish more broadly, but it isn’t going to happen until I find a way to replace their family photographs with drawings that look better than this:


(Though xkcd and Hyperbole and Half give me hope that stick figures are making a major comeback.)

Okay, so I probably don’t have an artistic future. I’ll just have to get my images across with 1000 words instead. (Hopefully fewer after editing.) And at least this post had an exciting inspiration: the reminder that while I can't illustrate my own stories very well, other people can.

A Carrion Warning ~ Justine McGreevy
This awesome piece by Justine McGreevy appears with my Kazka story and on the main page. And now I have a copy of him next to my desk, so he can glare at me whenever I’m not writing. Hmm, he actually looks rather unhappy right now...

Where do you fall on the artistic skills scale, and does it connect to your writing process?

6 comments:

  1. Nope, I can't draw either. I'm a little better with maps but not much.

    An Art League used the Hint Fiction Anthology as inspiration for their show and someone chose my story and made a beautiful collage type piece. My husband bought it for me. Too cool. :)

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    1. That is AWESOME! What a great story (about the art piece about the story :-D).

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  2. I love creating the maps, and can spend much too much time on that. Otherwise, not so much art, but I do like collaging.

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    1. I do still really love collaging. If I ever have better luck Google-image-searching for my WIP, I will have to make a killer collage for it.

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  3. Oh, man. For some reason I never even thought about seriously trying my hand at illustrations. Feeling inspired, now! (I'm not terrific, but I can produce recognizable figures, at least. : ) )

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    1. Recognizable figures are important :-D. Best of luck!

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