Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Angela

I realize that this is quickly turning into a "Charlotte drew a picture" platform, but hey, it's my blog, and today I finished this drawing of Angela from the Undine Isles world. Just a very gay mermaid and her lizard familiar. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I'm obsessed. And it makes me realize anew just how special Derdriu's late wife is.

I'm so excited to share my illustrations of this world and these characters who mean everything to me. Two media are definitely better than one, and drawing helps me sort out all the thoughts I need in a row as a writer. It's magical to write and draw the same ideas and have them come out the same, despite the very different media. It feels like hitting a double bullseye.

I have never been quick to show artwork to anyone, but I think this change is down to the fact that my experience of school right now is so wildly positive. My classes and the WGSS world as a whole are profoundly empowering, and I have made one particularly life-changingly good friend. My old friend Meghan Bee is also editing The Undine Isles, and for the first time, I feel like things are really coming together the way that they need to.

Angela

Detail

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Drawings from January

Not that, with the semester in full swing, I have time to waste doodling BUT I have decided to get more into drawing, because drawings of these characters and their world are really helpful, important, and meaningful to me. Normally drawings that I actually like are few and far between, but January came and went and two drawings happened!

I don't draw or share my drawings because I think I am great at this, but because being able to make any art of the Undine Isles world always feels like a miracle, and I thought something that feels so joyful to me should be the thing I use to christen this blog.

I finished the first drawing, "Angela Solves the Riddle," on Angela's birthday and like posted a really long explanation of some of the weirder elements on Instagram. I finished the second one, "Cam," this week. It is specifically supposed to be the moment when Freds first meets Cam, like someone's hair obviously wouldn't do that if they had had it in a helmet for hours, but I thought it would be silly and also look cooler to imagine the way our lovestruck young Fredeline first processes the start of this glorious ship, embellishments and all.

Angela Solves the Riddle

Cam