Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Concept Art

Yesterday I was *trying* to organize the chaos that is my desk, and when I moved one of the teetering stacks of half filled journals and TBR books, I found an old sketchbook from back when my current MS was in very early stages. In it I found some early concept art I'd done, trying to visualize the settings and characters in my story.

Most of it was either way too badly drawn to post (I'm not so good at drawing from my head) or would reveal a little more about my book than I'm ready make public. But I found three very different concept sketches for my main character, and I thought it might be cool to share (even if they're a FAR cry from artistic masterpieces).




None of them are quite the way I see her (and the outfits are kinda funky because I was also playing around with different ideas for her school uniform--all of which have since been abandoned) but these are three very different approaches to a little girl who's basic description is 12-years old, blonde, and brown eyed. Anyone have any favorites?

And how about you guys? Do you ever sketch your own concept art--regardless of your artistic skills?

28 comments:

  1. She's sweet! I like #2, although they're all good. Why would you say otherwise? You've captured the features of her face well. ";-)

    Yes, I've sketched before, just in a small notebook. I'm a mural painter, though. I don't think my husband or my kids would appreciate me splattering my waffling character images all over the house. LOL

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  2. I love the shawl in the first one, and her facial features. I would say these are very good for sketches. I can't draw hardly at all, especially people, so I'm not much of a judge but these look fun.

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  3. I love them all :)

    You're such a great artist. (Writing and drawing.) I can only draw stick figures so I am in awe of your talent.

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  4. Number 1 is beautiful. You've got me curious!

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  5. I think I like the first one best but they're all really really good. I wish I could sketch like that!!

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  6. I like the first. I think this is a great idea and wish I could do it - but unfortunately, even my stick figures are unrecognizable.

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  7. These are great. :)

    The first one doesn't look like a 12 yo. A little older looking.

    The middle one is good. Maybe a bit anime looking. :)

    The last one looks young but nice. :)

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  8. Okay I feel like I have some sort of inner view here!

    For me: #1 nailed the facial features - outfit - nah. But! The face, definitely.

    ;o)

    Love these by the way.

    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

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  9. Those are so good!! You did an awesome job!

    I don't draw pictures of my human characters, because I just picture some famousy person for them... but I'll always sketch up my magical creatures, if my characters are in a magical world.

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  10. Those are awesome drawings! I would like to try to draw my characters, but my people drawing skills are pretty much non-existent. I have drawn a map to go with my fantasy novel, though, and I thought it turned out half-way decent. I know other people who draw their characters, though.

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  11. Wow!

    I don't think you give yourself enough credit, or maybe it's that if I tried this, I would be left to stick figures with triangle dresses!

    Very cool - my favorite is her hair and hat in the first one!

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  12. You are very talented. Yes, I draw my own concept art (though one character I cannot get to save my life). No, they are not as good as yours, though that is something I'm trying to change. I like #1 best. It seems to capture her very well. I like her face especially. #3 could be giving something away, (I'm not sure if you've revealed that yet) but you have to look close.

    Kudos! I love when you showcase your talent.

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  13. I love the hair and skirt in the middle picture. You're really talented, Shannon! Did you look at something to draw those? I'd love to be able to draw my characters or scenes, but I can't draw at all from my head; I have to be looking at a concrete image of whatever I'm drawing. And that's difficult to do when my story is in my head, lol!

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  14. I love the top one - love it! She looks so alive and full of personality in that one. :-)

    You are so uber-talented, #1!!!!

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  15. I sketched the layout of a prison compound once - does that count? Seriously, anything with more than straight lines and I just need to back away from the paper.

    Your MC looks adorable, though! Can't wait to read the book! :)

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  16. You should share your art more often. The last one is my favorite because she looks a lot like my daughters. How's that for an objective study? Ha!

    I do sketch my characters sometimes, but I'm not very good. I draw maps to help me visualize the landscape too.

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  17. I sketch out concepts all the time! I'm not a great artist but I'm half decent and my friend Brian, for Christmas, drew me this epic picture from and excerpt of one of my WiPs and it's beautiful! I've got a picture of it posted on my blog(He's going to school for art) that's got to be my favorite piece ever.

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  18. I'm drawn to the first one, the way you describe her. I'm actually artistic, but don't have the patience for it anymore. I do look up pictures online to see if I could get a general idea of the way I see my characters.

    You should give yourself more credit, you draw wonderfully. (Hugs)Indigo

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  19. I like them all - but the first is my favourite. She looks confident and ready for adventure.

    I've never drawn my characters - but it's a good idea!

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  20. YOU ROCK AND YOU KNOW IT!!!

    The first sketch is really the best. The angle, eyes and serene but thoughtful expression is DEF my fav!

    I also REALLY like the outfit - I find it quite chique!

    I have often sketched things that I am writing about but I'm better at colours and outlines rather than the shading.

    They are really lovely - "Shannon The Multitalented"

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  21. I don't but my daughter sits next to me and sketches the entire world. She'll draw out my entire novel if I ask her to!

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  22. Oh, how sweet! I can't draw worth a lick, so no, I never sketch characters. But I love your sketches!! Beautiful!!

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  23. wow awesome pictures!! i've never actually drawn my characters before. hmmmm something to consider?

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  24. I'm seriously impressed with your art skills!

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  25. Those are wonderful, and they remind me a bit of you! I'm impressed with your many talents.
    I have done sketches, even watercolors of characters and scenes. Once I did a map. It's fun, really, I want to try making collages, too.
    Author Patrick Carman made a 3-D model of a world he created. Amazing.

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  26. Wow...great sketches. :)

    I've never drawn an actual character sketch (my own artistic talent is so awful that I don't dare even try), but I sometimes create a chart outlining the basic physical and emotional traits of my characters for quick reference. And sometimes I'll draw out maps or floorplans to help make sure my relational descriptions make sense.

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  27. Wow that is a cool way to visualize your character. I usually base my characters around the famous people's physical looks. And then personality on the types of relationships they have. I actually just did a post on how i visualize the character of my novel if you want to check it out:

    http://tjcarsonsblog.blogspot.com/

    Oh yeah! haha, thought I'd ask! Any secret tidbits to finding representation??

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