Join me this Inktober on Instagram and Twitter - I’m excited to draw the stuff I imagine every time I walk through the markets and old streets here! Southeast Asia is such a rich, diverse region and I’ve always wished that more mainstream speculative fiction would depict it in the way it deserves. Time to draw everything from sarongs to makara and satay on the street.
In this post: character studies and sketches for a personal project, illustrating 'Sorcerer to the Crown'.
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):
And Prunella Gentleman, normally possessed of much more vigor and sass, in a somber state at the Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers.
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.
More flames and feathers to come!
For this year's Inktober, I'll be keeping an illustrated journal of the waste I generate in my daily life. It also serves as a research project for me before I conduct an illustration workshop about waste generation and management at the local wet market in November.
I started one week early! This is the junk I produced in seven days - of which only a fraction was recycled. It's a little mortifying, but I now know where to cut down.
Each week, I'll update the project page with the compiled drawings.
If you haven't got an Inktober topic yet, why not try recording your personal waste? It's guaranteed to be insightful and you may end up changing your lifestyle or attitude towards waste. Tag #wasteitdrawit if you post on social media - I'd love to see what you come up with.