Fanart Friday #6: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi Character Art + Phone Wallpapers

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Fanart Friday is a feature to showcase art for books I’ve highly enjoyed recently. Usually they’re for fave characters that I can’t help but want to bring to life through my art!

I’m finally done and ready to share my character art for this gorgeous book! Stay tuned on the blog for my review of A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, which comes out March 28, 2017 from St. Martin’s Griffin. Suffice it to say, I absolutely adored it – possibly even more than The Star-Touched Queen, which is a companion book to this one. We may or may not get some familiar characters, but throughout it all Chokshi maintains her lush writing and vibrant characters.

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)A Crown of Wishes
Author: Roshani Chokshi
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Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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Fanart Friday #5: GEMINA Wallpapers + Designs + Come, Space Lovers!

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Greetings, traveler of the interwebs!

My phone actually autocorrects Gemina to GEMINA, which only goes to show how utterly I’m excited for it. In any case, I recently made some designs that you lovely people can also use/buy to showcase your love for this book. Let me just tell you, designing space things (to keep up with the theme, y’know) is actually harder than it looks! Anything to do with nature is in the bag, but then you add numbers and constellations and other space objects and my head’s scrambling for ways to hold onto each idea. Anyhow, the little elf in my mind that screams ideas to the temporal love in my brain somehow managed. So here they are!

To download in full resolution, just click on the picture and click on the Dropbox link in the captain.

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There’s more! Over the summer I also opened a Society 6 and Redbubble shop. I added some designs for the Illuminae series, if you want to check it out. Just click on the picture of the canvas and there are links to be redirected to its respective Society 6 or Redbubble page.

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I also wonder if you’ve checked out the Illuminae wallpapers I released at Happy Indulgence last year! If you’re using any of these, I’d seriously love to know. Or not, that’s cool too. 🙂 Either way, enjoy!

Find the full resolution pictures at the Indulgence Designs post.

*Disclaimer: All rights go to the authors and publisher; the only thing I own is my creativity!

Look out for my review of Gemina in the upcoming weeks as well. 😀

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Fanart Friday (#4): The Star-Touched Queen + Watercolor and Digital Edit

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Hey guys! Today I’ll talk a little about my process with this particular piece of work. I guess it’s basically to highlight how you never know where one can go when painting, or drawing, or creating anything in general. I made a lot of mistakes while doing this one, and learned a bunch of lessons throughout it all. 😀 So in the end, I thought I’d share a bit with you guys.

I absolutely adored The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, and you can see my review here. (I highly urge you to check it out on Goodreads too!) The beautiful imagery in the book immediately gave me a lot of ideas. The first picture I sketched and started a watercolor of was a memory tree. That was scrapped, but I might return to it digitally (more ideas are popping up as I type this). Instead, I turned to a starry sky. So a sketch was made with both Amar and Maya, as I always have to have my main ship in the picture.

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If I had Copic markers, I would draw in the facial features and more details for the skin and clothes of the characters. Alas, I never find the time to get those. So I decided to make the edits digitally instead, which turned out pretty swell in the end too.

After doing all I can with the watercolor, I scanned it on my computer to make edits – a lot of them – on some paint programs using a Wacom Splash tablet.

Oddly enough, when I scanned the picture the lighter portions I painted came out a really sick yellow. And I didn’t realize it was there until I switched to my new PC, because the old one (which had Photoshop) has just weird lighting. So yeah, I worked with that stuff for the majority of the session. New tip I learned: to prevent wrinkles, tape the edges of the paper on a flat surface when watercoloring. That’ll probably be better for scanning too.

After coloring in the characters real quick, I switched to my new PC because the old one was making weird noises. I outlined a bit of the lineart, added text, made some finishing touches, and voila, finished product is finished.

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Thanks for staying for the ride! The Star-Touched Queen comes out April 26 – less than a month away. 😀

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Fanart Friday (#2): The Amazingness of the Characters from Six of Crows

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I finished Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo the past week and raved about it in my review because it was simply outstanding!

The characters that Kevin Wada drew on the poster were simply magnificent so this week I just used those to create some phone backgrounds. They’re free for use and all credit goes to the artist Kevin Wada and author Leigh Bardugo, as well as Henry Holt and Company. 🙂 I just took some time to edit them.

Kaz full image | Inej full image | Jesper full image | Wylan full image | Nina full image |
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I don’t know how Bardugo does it, but despite this diverse team being composed of liars, killers and outlaws, I fell in love with each and every one of them, whether it was Kaz’s scheming, Inej’s support, Jesper’s jokes, Wylan’s innocence, Nina’s innuendos, or Matthias’s loyalty. Definitely be on the lookout for this book once it comes out in FOUR days!

This week I’m going to include some fanart from artists whose works I always love to see, as well as some rad bloggers!

So how do you guys think of my edits? Are they worthy enough to be used? 😀 If you’ve seen other awesome fanart from bloggers or artists alike, I’d love for it to be shared! 

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Fanart Friday (#1): Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Happy Friday guys! I’m sure most of you are getting ready for the weekend like I am. 🙂 I’m not sure if this feature has been done or not, but I haven’t found it in the blogosphere yet so here it is: Fanart Friday!

Basically in the past I’ve done a lot of fanart for books and shows I’ve loved; however, I’ve never really shared them unless it was for a fanart competition (which I think we should have more of 😛 ) Thus, I decided to do a feature highlighting some fanart that I’ve done, or links to awesome ones that other people have done. (Because DANG the people in the blogging community are super talented.)

This baby was born when I started to get back to my drawing groove after reading Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, which comes out next year! Here’s some info about this super amazing book:

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Author: Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

This book is written in a limited third person point of view, where we can see the thoughts of several main characters throughout the book. One of my favorite aspects, however, was the sisterhood that Safi and Iseult share and how they have each other’s backs all the time. They provide a great foil to each other and are both kickass heroines that have courage and determination to do what they think is right.

This first picture was drawn the day I finished the book at 1 am (I fell asleep an hour later after scrolling through Susan’s Pinterest board and marveling through inspiration pictures.)

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This picture features the main characters, Safiya and Iseult and a quote that I thought was pretty important. It wasn’t intentional, but I started using it as my phone background since it was a pretty good size. And then I thought – why stop there? You can click on these links to download sizes for your phone!

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Why stop there indeed, because then I took each girl’s picture and made individual ones for those of you who like one more than the other. Me? I seriously admire and adore both of them so I used one picture for my lock screen and one for my home screen. 😀

I also have the sizes for each of these pictures if you’re interested!


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Iseult:

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These pictures are definitely not perfect, but hopefully this feature will also help me develop my drawing skills as well as gather the interest of more readers to books that I thought were spectacular!

This past week I’ve been seeing bunches of awesome fanart around the blogsphere too, so here are the links to some beautiful graphics, bookmarks, designs, and more!

Do you like or have any fanart for books you love? You should link them below! 😀 I want to see them alllll. How do you guys think of this feature? Look out for more fanart soon!

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