These are my sketches of Cress Darnel and Carswell Throne, who are characters from ‘Cress’ by Marissa Meyer. ‘Cress’ is the third book in Meyer’s sci-fi, fairy tale retelling series, The Lunar Chronicles, and this one is based on the story of Rapunzel, with Cress and Throne taking the roles of Rapunzel and her prince.
This original started out as another pencil and ink sketch but turned into a painting as it progressed. I really enjoyed working on this, mainly because I didn’t really plan it and it just developed into this illustration the more I worked on it, and so I think I would like to try something similar again, working more spontaneously as well as painting underwater scenes, which was very fun.
‘The Lunar Chronicles’ is a series of books by Marissa Meyer which retell famous fairy tales in a sci-fi setting. I am a big fan of this series and have wanted to do some artwork based upon it for a while now and have started with some character sketches. The first book in the series is ‘Cinder’ which is based on Cinderella. The main character, Cinder, is a cyborg mechanic who lives with her stepmother and sisters and is the main character thought the series, and Kai is the Crown Prince who is her love interest. I’d highly recommend the series to anyone who is a fan of sic-fi and/or fairy tales and retellings, and I have more sketches of characters from throughout the series to post soon.
This one for Mermay was inspired by The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and the scene where the mermaid visits the Sea Witch. I did this in my sketchbook using pencil and quink ink and I think I would like to make a bigger painted version of it using more colour and adding more detail. I really like the quink ink and the colours I manage to get out of in, however it is rather difficult to create images using just quink ink, especially in my sketchbook as the paper doesn’t hold the watery ink well a lot of the time.