Even though the sketches of these characters would not be printed in Cricket, I wanted to carefully develop each one since I knew I would be painting them many times throughout the course of the story. As I mentioned in my first Crowd Sorcery characters post, taking the time to sketch each character also helps me understand who they are – what type of clothing they might wear, their mannerisms, how they might react to a challenge, etc. – all of which help create engaging illustrations by including subtle cues the viewer can pick up on and then, in turn, develop their own understanding of the characters. I've referred to my pages of drawings each time I've started working on a new chapter of "The Girl Who Writes the Future," so the preliminary development work definitely came in handy!
The Heroine: Fable Thatcher
Created by Madeline T., age 13
"Many people would call it a gift to write as well as Fable. To her, it is a curse. Whatever she writes becomes true."
|Subtle variations in the search for Fable.|
The Sidekick: Araceli LuminèCreated by "Katniss Everdeen," age 14
"The only child of the mysterious Booksmith, she is raised by the Silent Sisters in the library and holds in her possession the Book of Shadows, which has the power to control all knowledge ever written."
|She has a little bit of that "goth" vibe...|
The image says it all: it did not take me long to develop Araceli Luminè. Luminè's creator gave us a vivid, detailed description of the character and she quickly emerged from the shadows of my imagination.
|My "model sheet," referred to many times while illustrating the story.|
The Villain: Khaos
Created by Brooke E., age 11
Khaos can take on many forms. So far I've only depicted him as a shadowy figure. I don't want to spoil his appearance before his true form is revealed in the story. For now, he is hidden, even from me!
"The Girl Who Writes the Future" by Frederic S. Durbin is currently being published in Cricket Magazine. To follow the adventures of these characters, pick up some issues at the bookstore or see the instructions for downloading the digital editions here.