Creatures and Characters

In this post: character studies and sketches for a personal project, illustrating 'Sorcerer to the Crown'.

PART 1: Sorcerers, Studies, and SmArt School
PART 2: Creatures and Characters
PART 3: From Sketch to Sorcerers

It's been a month since I last wrote about how the 'Sorcerer' illustrations were going! Here's an update:

In between working on the cover, I also tried sketching the characters to see how they would look like on paper. Our solemn protagonist, Zacharias Wythe, who in the book is clean-shaven (though here I experimented with adding a bit of facial hair):

FW Acrylic inks on paper, digitally painted over.

And Prunella Gentleman, normally possessed of much more vigor and sass, in a somber state at the Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers.

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, FW Acrylic ink, on a Moleskine watercolour notebook.

Digital painting over the scanned image.

Each sorcerer is accompanied by a familiar, a magical being. Prunella comes into possession of three: a garuda, a qilin, and an elflet. There are a myriad of ways to depict these three - the garuda is a holy bird found in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology, as well as in the legends of Southeast Asia. Indonesia's take on the garuda is less anthropomorphic, and based on the Javanese hawk eagle. Since Tjandra is specifically described as posessing the face of a child with a golden beak where its nose and mouth should be, I've gone with that, while keeping to more bird-like features elsewhere.

Pilot Brushpen on a recycled paper notebook.

Same materials as the ones for Prunella's character study,

More flames and feathers to come!